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Stabilizing Obamacare
(09-09-2017 07:35 AM)Frog in the Kitchen Sink Wrote:  I could see Trump coming out for these kind of ideas. His practical side seems to be coming out finally and health care is an issue longing for bipartisan cover instead of a partisan and policially difficult unilateral repeal. The moderate Reps plus Dems plus Rep Governors could easily get enough goodwill and get some of these ideas passed and get the issue of the table so Trump can move onto some of his bigger priorities. And like the debt ceiling compromise he'd get some positive press, which he clearly values. I think Obamacare has some issues, but they are fixable and if you get bipartisan cover and stability, it could find a workable steady state.


zerOcare has more than "issues", and no they are not "fixable". This was designed to fail and any honest look at this monstrosity will reveal that. No way it could ever work without completely wrecking what's left of the dwindling middle class.

Simple economics. Math is hard for the leftists, tho.


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(09-09-2017 09:44 AM)Frog in the Kitchen Sink Wrote:  Obamacare has some structural issues to be sure, but it's workable. One of its bigger issues is image since it was pushed through with only Dem votes and since been a political cattle prod used by Reps on their base. So by definition half of the country distrusts it. The exact same thing would happen if the Reps did repeal and replace. And then the Dems would run against replace and we would ping pong back and forth with no stability which really hurts long term strategic planning for insurance companies, hospitals, and doctors. And patients also face coverage uncertainty. A bipartisan bill with ideas like Kasich suggests would slow down or even stop the uncertainty cycle and assuage the industry's anxieties about potential unvetted and rapid changes. The true believers on both sides would be dismayed but everyone else would be glad to move forward.


So it's an "image" problem


Lolololol cmon.

Really?


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RE: Stabilizing Obamacare
(09-09-2017 09:44 AM)Frog in the Kitchen Sink Wrote:  Obamacare has some structural issues to be sure, but it's workable. One of its bigger issues is image since it was pushed through with only Dem votes and since been a political cattle prod used by Reps on their base. So by definition half of the country distrusts it. The exact same thing would happen if the Reps did repeal and replace. And then the Dems would run against replace and we would ping pong back and forth with no stability which really hurts long term strategic planning for insurance companies, hospitals, and doctors. And patients also face coverage uncertainty. A bipartisan bill with ideas like Kasich suggests would slow down or even stop the uncertainty cycle and assuage the industry's anxieties about potential unvetted and rapid changes. The true believers on both sides would be dismayed but everyone else would be glad to move forward.

Lol. Sorry, but that's complete BS. The "instability" excuse is complete crap. As I said before, the rates were skyrocketing even when the Democrats were firmly in control of government. Furthermore--insurance is written on a year to year basis. Even if the Republicans changed the law, any changes to Obamacare wouldn't take affect for at least year or more. So, the insurance companies would have a full year to analyze the changes and reset thier rates. The rate increases are COMPLETELY connected to the CURRENT Obamacare and its universal coverage on demand clause as well as the guaranteed bundle of coverage mandated by the law. The requirements that the sick and well all pay the same rate also plays a role in the increases.

Look, this law would be DEAD DEAD DEAD if everyone had to pay the true cost of today's coverage, however, with the subsidies and Medicare expansion, only the middle class is stuck paying it (the rich pay it as well, but, they are rich--so it doesn't really affect them like it does the middle class).
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RE: Stabilizing Obamacare
(09-09-2017 12:46 PM)JMUDunk Wrote:  
(09-09-2017 09:44 AM)Frog in the Kitchen Sink Wrote:  Obamacare has some structural issues to be sure, but it's workable. One of its bigger issues is image since it was pushed through with only Dem votes and since been a political cattle prod used by Reps on their base. So by definition half of the country distrusts it. The exact same thing would happen if the Reps did repeal and replace. And then the Dems would run against replace and we would ping pong back and forth with no stability which really hurts long term strategic planning for insurance companies, hospitals, and doctors. And patients also face coverage uncertainty. A bipartisan bill with ideas like Kasich suggests would slow down or even stop the uncertainty cycle and assuage the industry's anxieties about potential unvetted and rapid changes. The true believers on both sides would be dismayed but everyone else would be glad to move forward.


So it's an "image" problem


Lolololol cmon.

Really?


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You know what I mean. I'm saying that healthcare is something that needs bipartisan support for political cover. You could say that the Democrats shouldn't have pushed it through without bipartisan support and would be right. However, the past is what it is. The complexity of healthcare is too much for the Reps to go it alone now.

Of course the true believers on both sides will be upset with a bipartisan bill. But in my opinion that's a good thing.
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RE: Stabilizing Obamacare
(09-09-2017 09:44 AM)Frog in the Kitchen Sink Wrote:  Obamacare has some structural issues to be sure, but it's workable. One of its bigger issues is image since it was pushed through with only Dem votes and since been a political cattle prod used by Reps on their base. So by definition half of the country distrusts it. The exact same thing would happen if the Reps did repeal and replace. And then the Dems would run against replace and we would ping pong back and forth with no stability which really hurts long term strategic planning for insurance companies, hospitals, and doctors. And patients also face coverage uncertainty. A bipartisan bill with ideas like Kasich suggests would slow down or even stop the uncertainty cycle and assuage the industry's anxieties about potential unvetted and rapid changes. The true believers on both sides would be dismayed but everyone else would be glad to move forward.

This is a political rant... Please tell me why its a financial disaster. Whether or not people trust it, it's the law
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I'm willing to give the Frog the benefit of the doubt here, unlike the leftist dumbasses that usually post here.

Since you feel so strongly about this how exactly can this boondoggle be "fixed"?
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No the insurance rates were not sky rocketing when the D's had full control. Eliminating the insurance corridors practically gauranteed that rates would skyvtocket and that was by design. So then you could use that as an excuse to dismantle it. Problem now is you never expected to be in full control of all three branches and the R's just wanted to make political hay out of it. Fix the insurance corridors with a VAT or national sales tax. Model European systems.
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(09-09-2017 11:26 PM)Kaplony Wrote:  I'm willing to give the Frog the benefit of the doubt here, unlike the leftist dumbasses that usually post here.

Since you feel so strongly about this how exactly can this boondoggle be "fixed"?

I think some of Kasich's and Hickenlooper's ideas are good. In general I could see a bipartisan deal which uses the basic Obamacare structure and adds some conservative ideas of more consumer choice and more flexibility of the states to experiment. I think some of their stabilization ideas in the insurance industry would go a long way. The uncertainty right now is as much a problem as anything. Once the insurance and medical industry knows "OK this is how it's going to be", you will see less volatility in rates. And because of Obamacare (to a lesser degree) and Medicare changes (MIPS and MACRA) you are seeing better efficiency and emphasis on quality and not quantity in the Medical field. So I think that will help bend the medical cost curve at the same time.
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RE: Stabilizing Obamacare
(09-10-2017 09:15 AM)Machiavelli Wrote:  No the insurance rates were not sky rocketing when the D's had full control. Eliminating the insurance corridors practically gauranteed that rates would skyvtocket and that was by design. So then you could use that as an excuse to dismantle it. Problem now is you never expected to be in full control of all three branches and the R's just wanted to make political hay out of it. Fix the insurance corridors with a VAT or national sales tax. Model European systems.

But the insurance corridors were always supposed to have gone away by now. That was one way that the bill maintained the fiction of cost neutrality.
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RE: Stabilizing Obamacare
(09-10-2017 09:34 AM)Frog in the Kitchen Sink Wrote:  
(09-09-2017 11:26 PM)Kaplony Wrote:  I'm willing to give the Frog the benefit of the doubt here, unlike the leftist dumbasses that usually post here.

Since you feel so strongly about this how exactly can this boondoggle be "fixed"?

I think some of Kasich's and Hickenlooper's ideas are good. In general I could see a bipartisan deal which uses the basic Obamacare structure and adds some conservative ideas of more consumer choice and more flexibility of the states to experiment. I think some of their stabilization ideas in the insurance industry would go a long way. The uncertainty right now is as much a problem as anything. Once the insurance and medical industry knows "OK this is how it's going to be", you will see less volatility in rates. And because of Obamacare (to a lesser degree) and Medicare changes (MIPS and MACRA) you are seeing better efficiency and emphasis on quality and not quantity in the Medical field. So I think that will help bend the medical cost curve at the same time.

But the basic Obama structure is badly flawed. It combines the worst element of our former system--tying health insurance to employment--with the worst element of centralized systems--replacing the doctor-patient relationship with one size fits all bureaucratic fiat. It violates basic economic principles which have always shown themselves to be unable to be legislated away.
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