[Originally published 10/2014]  It's been our official healthcare all year long, the legislation dubbed, the Affordable Care Act also known as “Obamacare”. How has it faired?  That may have mostly to do with your political point of view and little to do with the truth. Even with this new legislation enacted we still have a market-based system of healthcare. People will only get the amount of healthcare that they can afford rather than what they need or is required. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) takes our failed system to new heights with the only participants gaining value from it - the upper echelon of the health insurance industry, for-profit hospitals and the big pharmaceuticals.

Having listened to the debate over the new legislation prior to its passing only makes me realize that most Americans don't have a clue about the healthcare industry or the healthcare system they're now receiving. In a nutshell, the ACA takes our broken, failed, market-based healthcare system and requires the uninsured to purchase private health plans using the government to sell and subsidize those plans. Those that already had health insurance are either forced off of their existing plan and onto one of the new ACA compliant plans or are blasted with rate increases, coverage exemptions, and out of pocket increases. Americans are being subjugated to a class divided system of healthcare. Once again it seems our government is complicit in yet another money-making scam profiting the large corporations that seem to be running everything now.

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0 #3 Slim Pikins 2017-08-20 16:15
Oh yeah, the fix is in! So here is one for ya - a person takes a prescription medication like say insulin for instance. You take what you need when you need it, right? The caveat here is that when you go to refill the prescription you may find that the pharmacy will not fill the prescription because your insurance company says it is too soon to be refilled! WTF? Yes that is right the [****]ing insurance company is dictating when you can refill your prescription based on their [****]ing formula for maximizing profits and screw you if you need something like insulin to keep you alive!

This is where we are in the most disgraceful display of wealth (we are the wealthiest country on the planet) and sheer greed ever seen! We have allowed the money grubbers to dictate humanity.

How [****]ed up is that?
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+1 #2 Phil the Ins Exec 2017-05-28 11:43
This is the new world order and insurance companies are at the head of the movement! They take virtually no risk, it is a money making business and they don't lose unless they get involved in, say banking or investment finances. They take as much as they can monetarily and they pay out as little as possible. Having said all that what they pay out on is not based on their contract with policy holders or anything based on honest dealings - it is whatever they can or feel they can get away with!
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0 #1 Butdumb 2016-01-10 20:47
The average insured is offered an in network physician "co-pay" of $40 or $50 for say an annual physical exam. Stupid! So you will pay thousands a year in premiums in return to get to pay a $40 co-pay instead of $100 for that same visit without the co-pay or insurance intervention? WTF! How about you pay the full physician fee for the visit and when really needed you get hospitalization or some other type of catastrophic coverage where your insurance company actually pays for things. (Not just "standard and customary" or "allowed" charges) The public is so gullible we are being conned and extorted at the same time! Christ! Wake up folks, the average family of 4 is now paying between $15,000 and $20,000 a year in premiums alone! Not to mention that you pay out of pocket and by the way to reach your deductible, only allowed, in-network charges are counted towards your deductible. That's why it takes so long to get there. Everything else is "out of pocket"!
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