Take a look at the following. This is a perfect example of misinformation.
For 2017 the basic Medicare premium increased by 10%. Enough said. But there is more. Health care cost growth has been about three times general inflation, not unlike past growth rates. So, the general economy has a lot to do with cost escalation.
Those new schemes for paying doctors and hospitals are limited to Medicare, not private insurance, not employer plans and not Obamacare exchange plans although insurers too have been experimenting with various options.
Now look at the actual provisions of Obamacare that do impact cost increases in the non-Medicare population. 👀 👀 👀 Did you see them? Me neither😷 On the contrary, benefit mandates add to costs.
Ask insurance companies, employers, doctors and hospitals how much more they are spending on administration and compliance; how about the IRS and other agencies whose costs are not counted as health care?
Especially ask workers and other insured individuals about the higher deductibles and co-pays they are now responsible for.
General agreement on success? Better just stick with more Americans with health insurance… at any cost.
Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), tapped to be secretary of health and human services under Trump, is a physician, an orthopedic surgeon to be precise. And a tea partier. And an avowed enemy of Obamacare. You’d think a physician might have some compassion for the uninsured, but in Price’s case, think again.
The former orthopedic surgeon has long complained that doctors face, as the AMA put it, “excessive regulatory burdens,” and his proposals would lead to increased pay for doctors. But they would also reverse reforms that have kept health care spending in check during Barack Obama’s presidency and could send costs skyrocketing once again.
For all of the controversy over health care under Obama, there has been general agreement on one area of success: Growth in health care spending has slowed. The Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, created new schemes for paying doctors and hospitals that helped sharply reduce the annual increase in national health care spending and keep it below pre-recession levels. Both Republicans and Democrats have supported these provisions, which have centered on charging for the overall quality of care rather than for each service performed. But now Price, a longtime booster of freeing doctors from government restrictions, appears eager and able to undo them.