ObamaCare, one year later

Today is the anniversary of President Obama’s signing federal health-reform legislation into law. At the time, Democrats promised repeatedly that the public would grow to love it over time. But you may have noticed that left-wing blogs and websites aren’t exactly celebrating the occasion.

I guess we’re all still waiting to find out what is in it.

Actually, the law’s unpopularity may be instead that we know too much about what is in it. I’ll have another post later today about things Georgia is, or should be, doing to improve our health-insurance market in spite of ObamaCare. But for now, Emily Miller at Human Events counts down the top 10 failures of ObamaCare in its first year, beginning with:

1. Explodes the Budget Deficit

One year ago, Obama said, “This legislation will also lower costs for…the federal government, reducing our deficit by over $1 trillion in the next two decades. It is paid for. It is fiscally responsible.”

Today: ObamaCare is projected to cost at least $2.4 trillion when it is fully implemented. Instead of Obama’s promise to reduce the deficit, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that ObamaCare will increase the federal deficit by $260 billion through 2019. The United States has more than $14 trillion in debt already, and will hit the current statutory debt ceiling ($14.3 trillion) in the next couple of months. (italics and links original)

The list continues with:

2. Kills Jobs

3. Lose Your Own Doctor and Health Plan

4. States’ Budget Deficits Grow to Possible Bankruptcy

5. Higher Insurance Premiums

6. Crushes Businesses

7. Fewer Americans Have Access to Health Insurance

8. Senior Citizens Lose Medicare Coverage

9. Overburdens Small Business

10. Tax Hikes

You can read the explanations for items 2-10 here.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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Ragnar Danneskjöld

March 23rd, 2011
11:01 am

Saw some other cites with similar “celebrations” today. Have you noticed the concerted leftist effort to avoid the name “ObamaCare?” Think they may perceive a downside for 2012 political campaigning.

Unrelated, hope you saw the Drudge link youtube.com/watch?v=Adpa5kYUhCA , strangely locked at 301 views.

Georgia Voter

March 23rd, 2011
11:09 am

Is Kyle Wingfield under the impression that if you tell a lie enough times, then it somehow becomes true?

From the CBO Director’s Blog–

Cost Estimate for H.R. 2, Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act

“For the most part, the budgetary impact of repealing the health care legislation is similar to the impact of enacting it, with the opposite sign…

CBO and JCT estimate that, on balance, the direct spending and revenue effects of enacting H.R. 2 [to repeal the health care reform law] would cause a net increase in federal budget deficits of $210 billion over the 2012-2021 period…

Because PPACA and the Reconciliation Act were projected to reduce deficits in the decade following the 10-year projection period, CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 2 [to repeal the health care reform law] would increase federal deficits during the decade following the initial 10-year period.”

http://cboblog.cbo.gov/?p=1844 (posted Friday, February 18th, 2011)

Rockerbabe

March 23rd, 2011
11:31 am

Kyle: don’t you ever get tired of lying about healthcare reform?

2. Kills Jobs-whose job? the current unemployment rate has absolutely nothing to do with healthcare, except those that lost their jobs, lost the healthcare plans they used to have. One can thank the republican bankers and financiers who played casino with everyone’s livilhood. Anyway, with all of the newly insured Americans, there will be an increase in the number of jobs in the healthcare industry; someone has to take care of all of these folks.

3. Lose Your Own Doctor and Health Plan: which is a total lie. Now one can loose one’s doctor if they choose not to participate in the healthcare plan offered by your employer or choose not to accept assignment with the Medicare program. Oboma, has nothing to do with this. This is happening already – I cannot tell you how many doctors I have had in the past with my employers healthcare plan that just did not accept my plan. Now, I check at the end of the year before I make my upcoming choices, to see if my doctor is participating next year. In fact, I have lost healthcare plans I liked; MY EMPLOYER choose not to renew with the old company, so I had to make other choices. Obama had and will have nothing to do with this.

4. States’ Budget Deficits Grow to Possible Bankruptcy: the state are already in trouble financially, because of the comments in #2. Try raising taxes a small bit to cover needed services, instead of continuing to deny about 20% of the popluation medical care. Obama had nothing to do with these mess; it was inherited.

5. Higher Insurance Premiums: this has been going on for the last 20 years that I am aware of. Now everyone makes a big deal, but the practice has been around for a long time and Obama had nothing to do with this. This has to do with the greed and avarice of the private medical insurers and the unearned wealth the executives want.

6. Crushes Businesses: I do believe that started under Bush and has grown in size under Obama; again, see comments in #2. Currently, most of the top 1000 corporations are posting sizeable profits; so either their businesses are overcharging customers or business is a lot better than reported! Offering private medical insurance to employees is a good thing; use some of the profits to reward your employees for all of their hard work. They should reap the rewards of their labor, not just the executives and stockholders.

7. Fewer Americans Have Access to Health Insurance: this is going on anyway. Employers have beend dropping medical plans for a variety of reasons, long before Obama came one to the scene. That is one reason why employees go elsewhere, because, medical insurance is part and parcile of one’s renumeration or salary package and an employer taking away health insurance, is a cut in salary – few folks stick around for that treatment. Anyway, that’s one reason why the health insurance exchanges are being created. A marketplace for insurance companies to find and get new customers, heretofore, not in the market for a variety of reasons.

8. Senior Citizens Lose Medicare Coverage: No that is not true. At age 65 and if a citizen, a senior is eligible for Medicare and cannot be thrown off of the program. That is why the insurance premiums are deducted from their social security check. The Medicare Advantage programs only served one purpose and that was to take money from seniors for benefits already offered under the core program. Those who have lost the Medicare Advantage program have shown no decrease in care.

9. Overburdens Small Business: !!?? Since when is caring for employees, who do the work, help make the profit and make the owner wealthy, an overburden. AND, JUST WHERE ARE THESE FOLKS TO GO WHEN THEY NEED MEDICAL CARE? You republicans never seem to have an answer for that question. Probably because you don’t care about anyone who isn’t wealthy.

10. Tax Hikes; Maybe it is time for Americans to pay for the government they want. Tax hikes are the cost of living in a free society with a minimum standard of living. All one has to do is look at the 3rd world countries and see that they do not have what we have.. .and why, because, they have not banded together to improve the lot of the average citizen. Tax allow a community to have resources to buy what they need. . .like sewers, street lights, sidewalks, paved roads, water shed resources, public schools, a profession police force, universities, medical research institutions, vaccines, a public health service, NASA, etc.

Taxes are the cost of doing business in the community and benefit the entire community. Denying medical insurance to about 20% of the community is not an answer to anything, but selfishness and greed. So Kyle, I will ask again. . . what are people without private medical insurance going to do if ObamaCare goes away?

Kyle Wingfield

March 23rd, 2011
11:32 am

Georgia Voter: The fact that CBO has to base its estimates on the assumptions give to it by Congress, rather than what’s likely to actually happen (e.g., Congress isn’t really going to cut Medicare by $500 billion as ObamaCare calls for, rendering estimates that incorporate those cuts meaningless), has been covered dozens of times on this blog.

Maybe you didn’t notice all those occasions because you were busy deciding which of your many names to use.

Kyle Wingfield

March 23rd, 2011
11:38 am

Rockerbabe: Your point-by-point comments might carry more weight if you’d actually address Miller’s point-by-point explanations (see links above).

Peter

March 23rd, 2011
11:42 am

Kyle what did the BUSH WARs do for America ? Bankrupt us haven’t they !

How about Germany shutting down all Nuclear power plants Kyle…….. Do you think they will now have a collapsing economy ?

Seems your ideas are really all about Money for a few, the rich corporations, and not the everyday American.

Kyle Wingfield

March 23rd, 2011
11:43 am

For example, Miller’s point about state budget deficits has to do with *future* spending required by ObamaCare, not current deficits.

Joe Cool

March 23rd, 2011
11:44 am

“Georgia Voter: The fact that CBO has to base its estimates on the assumptions give to it by Congress,”

Repub. TRANSLATION=
CBO Numbers Are Bad When Dem’s Report Them (Cant Trust The CBO’s Findings)
CBO Numbers Are GOOD When Repubs Report Them… Go Figure

Peter

March 23rd, 2011
11:47 am

Kyle here is the reaction of the Japanese who has a nuclear power plant close to their home……….

“What gets me is that I feel we were sacrificed. We are the ones living next to these reactors, so that people in Tokyo can have the conveniences they are accustomed to. Everybody wants electricity, and I suppose this is the age we live in,” he said. “But the nuclear plants really messed us up. We can’t start thinking about our future until their situation is cleaned up.”

No wonder Germany is closing all nuclear plants.

Holly

March 23rd, 2011
11:50 am

I’d love to hear from some of these defenders in 10 years when they have serious health problems.

ByteMe

March 23rd, 2011
12:01 pm

Looks like Kyle is repeating someone else’s words, but refuses to support them himself and expects everyone else to explain the lies point by point to him over and over. Must be a good gig if you can get it, huh, Kyle?

Hazel

March 23rd, 2011
12:30 pm

One can dream.

Infographic: How To Have A Rational Discussion

http://www.simoleonsense.com/infographic-how-to-have-a-rational-discussion/

Ragnar Danneskjöld

March 23rd, 2011
12:58 pm

Two good essays today in the WSJ on the topic:
Sen Ron Johnson (R-Wisc):
online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704662604576202203050970010.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

editorial:
online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703858404576214622084940078.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_AboveLEFTTop

Jefferson

March 23rd, 2011
1:06 pm

1st step to the solution.

carlosgvv

March 23rd, 2011
1:27 pm

You listed 10 reasons why we should not like Obamacare. You failed to mention this is just a smoke and mirrors deception to fool the people. Big Business has used healthcare for many years as one of it’s major cash cows and will tell as many lies as possible to keep the money comming in. The simple tools who make up the majority of Republican voters will, of course, go along with whatever lies they are told.

Blackneck

March 23rd, 2011
1:29 pm

I support President Obama Heatlhcare Plan! Can’t win every games white people! LMAO! Fools!

JF McNamara

March 23rd, 2011
1:33 pm

My insurance went up again this year. Its going to go up again next year and the year after that. If you want to help me out, then do something about my problem of rising healthcare costs and stop allowing the healthcare companies to increase their profits on me. Republicans control the House and could get something reasonable through the Senate. Where is the plan?

By the way, where’s your latest Libya article? Shouldn’t you be criticizing him for taking us to war after last week you called for action like the rest of the hard right?

Tech Man

March 23rd, 2011
1:45 pm

Rockerbabe
March 23rd, 2011
11:31 am

Obamacare doesn’t cover close to everyone and does nothing to control medical costs.

It is an awful bill jammed down our throats because Obama, Pelosi, and Reid would not compromise because in the great words of Obama, “I won”.

Rick

March 23rd, 2011
1:48 pm

- The good things from ObamaCare
Children allowed to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans until their 26th birthday.
- A 10% tax on indoor tanning services. (Sorry, Snooki.)
- Seniors receive a $250 rebate to help cover the so-called “donut hole” in Medicare drug coverage
- Free preventative care covered by Medicare and private plans. (So, when your company says, “Good news, you now get free health-care screenings, child well visits, physicals and other preventative care,” that comes from the health-care bill.)
- Nursing mothers to be allowed lactation breaks
- Insurance companies no longer allowed to discriminate against children with pre-existing conditions
- Government-run insurance plan set up for adults with preexisting conditions who are denied coverage
- Government-run long-term care program set up. For those who participate, people pay premiums for five years and then will receive benefits if they need them — “whether they are 20-somethings in snowboard accidents or 80-somethings with Parkinson’s disease,” the New York Times wrote.
- Insurance companies barred from placing lifetime caps on benefits
- Insurance companies barred from dropping patients’ coverage when they get sick
- Insurance companies must prove they spend 80% to 85% of premium revenue on medical services.
- Insurance companies required to disclose rate increases (and the reason) of 10% or more
- Small businesses (with fewer than 50 employees) begin receiving tax credits covering 35% of premiums to help them buy coverage. (This credit jumps to 50% in 2014.)
- States receive billions in funding for community health centers
- Drug companies face $2.5 billion in fees (rises in later years)
- Creation of a government research institute created in to examine the effectiveness of medical treatments
- Establishment of a Medicare Independent Advisory Board, which will be tasked with trying to keep
Medicare spending down and submitting legislative proposals to do so. It will first submit recommendations in 2016.

Tech Man

March 23rd, 2011
1:49 pm

carlosgvv
March 23rd, 2011
1:27 pm

“Big Business has used healthcare for many years as one of it’s major cash cows and will tell as many lies as possible to keep the money comming in.”
——————–
Employer health insurance premiums are a major cost not a cash cow.

jconservative

March 23rd, 2011
1:53 pm

The problem with “Obamacare” for me is not the bill that is currently law but the law as it will be in 10 years after several expansions of the current law.

See the history of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid And CHIP. All now inflated way beyond the original laws.

And for the expansion of those original laws we can thank Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama.

Notice that both the Republicans and Democrats are all guilty as sin.
There are no innocents here. We have an 80 year history of the Expansion of Government that no president as attempted to slow down.

Also note that I left out Ford and Carter. I cannot find where they expanded anything pertaining to the programs under discussion. But maybe I did not look closely enough.

Tech Man

March 23rd, 2011
1:53 pm

Rick
March 23rd, 2011
1:48 pm

One cannot buy a child only policy any more. Why?

Over 1000 waivers of Obamacare have been issued and the number is rising. The small businesses are not issued waivers. Only big entities and unions get them.

Tech Man

March 23rd, 2011
1:54 pm

“Small businesses (with fewer than 50 employees) begin receiving tax credits covering 35% of premiums to help them buy coverage. (This credit jumps to 50% in 2014.)”

——-

Please take the test and see how few small businesses qualify.

George W Bush

March 23rd, 2011
1:57 pm

Obamacare is a FARCE….It is a horrible bill….please o please defund this bill….Save America please Congress

Tech Man

March 23rd, 2011
1:58 pm

“insurance companies must prove they spend 80% to 85% of premium revenue on medical services.”
——————
With virtually no control on costs. Many cost containment plans are excluded from exemption to the MLR and therefore will be discontinued. The major “cut” of Obamacare is to earnings of insurance agents who are the consumers advocate.

Tech Man

March 23rd, 2011
2:00 pm

-States receive billions in funding for community health centers
——–
Go talk to your state reps and see if they view the federal government as saving States money with regard to Obamacare.

I Know You Are But What Am I

March 23rd, 2011
2:01 pm

U.S. SPENDING IN IRAQ

Spent & Approved War-Spending – About $900 billion of US taxpayers’ funds spent or approved for spending through November 2010.

Lost & Unaccounted for in Iraq – $9 billion of US taxpayers’ money and $549.7 milion in spare parts shipped in 2004 to US contractors. Also, per ABC News, 190,000 guns, including 110,000 AK-47 rifles.

Missing – $1 billion in tractor trailers, tank recovery vehicles, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and other equipment and services provided to the Iraqi security forces. (Per CBS News on Dec 6, 2007.)

Mismanaged & Wasted in Iraq – $10 billion, per Feb 2007 Congressional hearings

Halliburton Overcharges Classified by the Pentagon as Unreasonable and Unsupported – $1.4 billion

Amount paid to KBR, a former Halliburton division, to supply U.S. military in Iraq with food, fuel, housing and other items – $20 billion

Portion of the $20 billion paid to KBR that Pentagon auditors deem “questionable or supportable” – $3.2 billion

U.S. 2009 Monthly Spending in Iraq – $7.3 billion as of Oct 2009

U.S. 2008 Monthly Spending in Iraq – $12 billion

U.S. Spending per Second – $5,000 in 2008 (per Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on May 5, 2008)

Cost of deploying one U.S. soldier for one year in Iraq – $390,000 (Congressional Research Service)

Rick

March 23rd, 2011
2:01 pm

The bill is not perfect but it’s a step forward to help everyone.

Tech Man

March 23rd, 2011
2:03 pm

Bloomberg—-

Chancellor Angela Merkel said she doesn’t plan to close all Germany’s nuclear reactors as a result of the atomic crisis in Japan.

Merkel, in a speech to lower-house lawmakers in Berlin today, said her decision to close Germany’s seven oldest nuclear plants for three months while checks are carried out on the industry is guided by the principle of “safety first.” The government will also present a plan for speeding up the transition to alternate energies such as wind power, she said.

Georgia Voter

March 23rd, 2011
2:09 pm

KW at 11:32,

Have you gone mad?

It’s a serious question because you originally posted an excerpt stating that the CBO estimates that the health care reform law will increase the deficit. Then, when I posted text from the CBO’s website exposing the lie, your response was that CBO estimates can’t be trusted.

In short, you’re busted!

And by the way, I sometimes like to give my comments a headline or use a handle that reflects the comment. Get over it.

WWJD

March 23rd, 2011
2:16 pm

Rockerbabe…

Your points carry enough weight with me. Who is Miller? What are her is her specialty in economics. Getting some of you ‘facts’ from the CEO of Starbucks leave alot to be desired. The reason why Starbucks is firing people:

1. Dunkin’ Donuts coffee is better, and
2. They over reached with a Starbucks on every corner.

I want facts and opinion about a Democratic plan, from someone that don’t posts articles with ‘Ann Coulter’ in the corner.

Tech Man

March 23rd, 2011
2:16 pm

Georgia Voter
March 23rd, 2011
2:09 pm

What does Obamacare do to State budgets. Just because you push the cost off to the states does not make the costs to the public go down.

WWJD

March 23rd, 2011
2:17 pm

Sorry about the grammer mistakes above.

Tyler Durden

March 23rd, 2011
2:18 pm

Like many, I disagree with how the healthcare reform process was handled. And I squarely blame Pelosi and Reid (two folks who I just don’t like and who have created a lot of problems unnecessarily). BUT, I’m glad that healthcare reform is occurring, because it was sorely needed and obviously never going to happen with the GOP in charge. Dubious and Boehner/McConnell gave us Iraq, yet ignored soaring healthcare costs and a faulty delivery system.

Is the current version final? No. Will it change somewhat in the next few years? Yes, I should hope so. Is it the end of America as we know it, as most conservatives would love to believe? Hardly. Will it be the basis of an exponentially improved health delivery system? Most likely. Consider the EHR provisions in ARRA and HITECH funding, which encourage hospitals and providers to move to electronic medical records and sensible data sharing (not proprietary hoarding) to improve care delivery and establish Accountable Care Organizations. Like the European models on which it’s based, this will dramatically shift care from a fee for service model to a fee for performance model, and any honest physician or provider will agree that this is the best approach to deliver effective, efficient care.

It ain’t perfect, but unlike Iraq, it was necessary, and it will improve the lives and livelihood of Americans for generations to come. And it will likely be cheaper… :-)

yuzeyurbrain

March 23rd, 2011
2:19 pm

Rarely do I get to state that every one of the reasons listed for disliking Healthcare Reform, which I presume you endorse by listing them, is a bald-faced lie. Kyle, sometimes you say intelligent things so I have presumed you are intelligent. Was I wrong? Or are you just too lazy to really investigate the alleged “facts” set forth by the Human Events, a notorious right-wing group?

Junior Samples

March 23rd, 2011
2:20 pm

Fellow participants,
Please do no bring facts into Kyle’s regurgitation of talking points. He’s merely towing the line.

Besides “it only annoys the pig…”

Stand with Stacie

March 23rd, 2011
2:21 pm

Stacie Ritter and her husband Ben had to pay huge fees for the treatments their twin girls, Hannah and Madeline, needed when they were diagnosed with leukemia. It was too much and they went bankrupt. Thankfully Hannah and Madeline are doing well today but Republicans in congress want to take us back to a time where insurance companies could deny them coverage because of their medical history.

Fight back today: http://www.healthcareforamericanow.org/page/signup/Stand_With_Stacie

Tech Man

March 23rd, 2011
2:24 pm

Study: Massachusetts Health Reform Did Not Reduce Medical Bankruptcies.
The Los Angeles Times (3/9, Brown) “Booster Shots” blog reports, “Studying medical bankruptcies in Massachusetts, whose recent healthcare reform was a model for national reform, researchers found that while new insurance rules increased the number of people who had coverage, those rules did not improve coverage — leaving many still struggling with medical debt.” Notably, “proponents of the national healthcare reform passed into law last year have claimed that it would reduce medical bankruptcy in the United States by helping more Americans get insurance.” But, this study “suggests that a reduction in bankruptcies is unlikely.”

Gregory

March 23rd, 2011
2:27 pm

Repubs hate Obamacare because they are afaid that it will cover deadbeats. Period.

I think Obamacare is a good thing. Hopefully the Obamacare trend continues.

I have health insurance. All premiums just went up on March 1st. My son broke his arm…wife had a medical issue. Between the two…we are out of almost 1 grand. $200 for an emergency room visit? Really?

Health Insurance is a joke. Its good for annual check ups, but if you are really hurt…you get poked for thousands. The amount I pay now just few years back would have my family covered in a top tier plan. Today..its the most worthless garbage on the market.

Insurers and Republicans want the greed to continue, while most want this nonsense to stop by any means necessary!!!!

Joe

March 23rd, 2011
2:29 pm

Wow, Kyle, this is so original.

Tech Man

March 23rd, 2011
2:30 pm

Gregory
March 23rd, 2011
2:27 pm

And how does it stop? Obama admits medical costs under Obamacare will still increase dramatically.

Gregory

March 23rd, 2011
2:31 pm

We should have Universal HC. Stop with the oooh we will never be seen and long waits. My son…broken arm. He had a follow up last week. Apt at 3pm…they saw him at 5:15pm. We wait now!! The foreign folks who work at my company say they never had issues with Universal HC. (From the UK)…how is it we have Repub Americans telling us…oooh its sooo bad? Cuz they want all that money!! Capitalism gone mad!!! They get rich…we claim bankruptcy!!

Gregory

March 23rd, 2011
2:33 pm

Tech Man… again…its a start…we should keep expanding it to include cost cutting measures, but Obama at least got us a foot in the door. I don’t remember any Repubs walking up to the door, but they sure kept it locked….

Tech Man

March 23rd, 2011
2:35 pm

Pipes Says ACOs Will Lower Health Quality, Increase Costs.
Sally C. Pipes, president and CEO at the Pacific Research Institute, wrote in Forbes (3/1) that CMS “will soon issue new regulations that could completely restructure American healthcare — and not for the better. The vehicles for this restructuring are called ‘Accountable Care Organizations’ (ACOs), and the president and his allies see them as a way to improve care and reduce costs.” But, Pipes argued that “ACOs amount to little more than the old HMOs of the 1990s — which Americans detested — and will yield lower-quality, centralized care that ends up costing patients more.”

Tech Man

March 23rd, 2011
2:38 pm

Gregory
March 23rd, 2011
2:33 pm

It’s the wrong start. It is ill advised, poorly written rush to avoid Sen. Scott Brown’s veto.

Typically liberals bring up that many Republican ideas are in Obamacare.

Obamacare is a mess brought on by the NAIC not doing more to solve problems before now.

reebok

March 23rd, 2011
2:38 pm

kyle knows the right-wing playbook well…and one cardinal rule is, ‘repeat a lie often enough and people will start to believe it.’ (see also: Saddam Hussein was behind the 911 attacks, Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, John Kerry was a coward under fire in Viet Nam).

carlosgvv

March 23rd, 2011
2:38 pm

Tech Man

And where does the money from all those sky high premiums go? To the big insurance companies, of course, who keep raising premiums every year. I hope you are not actually a Georgia Tech student or graduate.

Gregory

March 23rd, 2011
2:40 pm

We detest HMO’s now….but we all know that they are here to stay. If an ACO can keep a hospital from charging 100 bucks for an aspirin that I think its a good thing. Sally Pipes bio states:

“She served as one of Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s four health care advisors in his bid for the Republican nomination for president in 2008.”

Need we say more….

Tech Man

March 23rd, 2011
2:42 pm

Gregory
March 23rd, 2011
2:31 pm

Geez, my foreign business friends just say the opposite. As a two time cancer survivor I am glad for fee for service insurance coverage and the USA medical system.

Waiting? Yes I have had to wait in a doctor’s office while the doctor was taking care of an emergency, however, my chemo and radiation were timely and given to me much earlier and without the fuss my friends above the border, for one, suffer.

Gregory

March 23rd, 2011
2:44 pm

carlosgvv ….the money actually goes to shareholders pockets. Healthcare was never supposed to be for profit. It was a community idea that said…pay in for the greater good. If you get sick you will be covered. Now with the for profit system…its pay in…and if you get sick we will pay for some and whatever we do not cover will go to incentives to doctors to not push care. After that, we give the rest to stockholders.