Recently, one of my uncles experienced chest pains on a Thursday. That Saturday he was in the hospital and received triple bypass surgery. In three weeks, he was golfing. In their book, The Economics of Public Issues, Miller et al look at healthcare in the Netherlands where the government pays for all procedures. If you need heart bypass surgery, there is a three month wait. During that time, nearly 15% of all patients awaiting that surgery die. In that same study, they found that diabetics wait an average of 3 months to obtain laser treatment for retinal hemorrhaging, and risk blindness; and the average wait for removal of gallbladder stones and hernia repair is from four to eight weeks.
Healthcare is often times an emergency service. In all my years as a police officer, no one who was being loaded in an ambulance ever asked what it was going to cost
Our population is overweight. Over 2/3’s of the population is overweight or obese. The average adult is 25 pounds heavier now than in 1960 (CNN) and obesity related problems are accounting for $200 billion/year in healthcare costs.
Life expectancy is increasing and so are end of life costs. In a recent CNN article, 90% of all an individual’s healthcare costs are in the last 3 years of their life.
Insurance Malpractice premiums have skyrocketed and this is being passed on to the consumer.
Medical claims will become more expensive because of Obamacare regulations. The Society of Actuaries released a report concluding that medical claim cost will rise more than 30% for individual policies, and by 2017 to more than 60% in some states.
According to the Government Accountability office, the implementation of Obamacare will increase the federal deficit by $6.2 trillion in the long term.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, taxes will be increased by $1trillion in the next 10 years to pay for Obamacare. Also as a result of increased taxes and costs to businesses, there will be a loss of 800,000 jobs in this time period; 1 million according to Duke University Prof. Chris Conover.
The House Ways and Means Committee estimated that about 30% of private sector firms will drop their insurance plans and pay the less costly penalties. These employees must now get insurance on the state exchanges where part of the premium cost will be borne by the taxpayer. Most employer plans cover 80% of costs whereas the state exchanges are estimated to cover 70%
The mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emmanuel, Obama’s former Chief of Staff, plans to exclude retired city workers from the city’s insurance and “dump” them onto the state exchange.
And finally, Obamacare’s burdens fall most heavily on people under 25 where they can see premium increases ranging from 145% to 185%.
I can go on but you get the idea. As I said initially, The Affordable Care Act is a lot of things, but Affordable isn’t one of them