Steven Brill has an article in Time describing how some of the very people who would benefit most from the Affordable Care Act have been misled by the virulent anti-Obamacare campaign to think that it is a terrible program and would do nothing for them. He also highlights the way that hospital monopolies and the reluctance of people to change providers prevent a truly competitive system from being created that would lower costs.
This is what was obvious to many of us right from the beginning, that the ACA was designed to be a boon to the health insurance, drug, hospital, and physician industry by putting more people into the system without changing the price structure. What we now have is the same expensive and price-gouging health care system that we have always had in the US, except that now taxpayers subsidize the health care and insurance costs of many more people.
The one major good thing about it is that more people can now get medical care without being bankrupted and I for one do not begrudge at all paying more taxes if necessary to achieve that goal. But it does not make sense for taxpayers to increase the profits of the health care industry and we need to move far beyond this and adopt the government-run single-payer system that the rest of the developed world has.
Brill was interviewed on The Daily Show.
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