Beyond the spin, some facts about the Affordable Care Act
“Here are the top three facts that need to be addressed:
- The rise of health care costs are slowing, but not because of the ACA.
- More people will have health insurance but that doesn’t mean they will have access to health care.
- The ACA further privatises our health care system, which is the opposite of single payer.
…And while companies can’t charge more to people with health problems as individuals, they can charge up to three times more based on age and cancharge more in geographic areas where the population has more health problems or the costs of care are higher. It is expected that if a company finds they can’t make enough profit in a particular area, they can just pull their plans from that area. These are some of the most obvious ways that insurers will game the system. The largest insurance companies assisted with writing the law and then with the regulations that accompanied it, so we will see what other tactics they employ as time goes on.”