Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Healthcare — Lifesaving Proposition vs. Political Spin Cycle and the Winner Is

Insurance Cancellation Letter: Wrong Focus, but Political Tool for Spin

The question of this post is how do we fight or at least understand the impressive GOP PR spin to repeal, cancel, defund, or otherwise destroy the ACA (commonly now called Obama-care) anyway possible and as soon as possible is the question.

Here is an outstanding article from a former insurance giant insider who is a well-known whistle blower, Mr. Wendell Potter, a man who knows the nuts and bolts of the health insurance industry. A couple of highlights from the article based on the mess that the Obama-care roll and firestorm it caused. There is no doubt about that.

However as promised, the tech team has been working around the clock to fix the website and now says the site can now handle 50,000 users at a time — up to 800,000 a day — without crashing. That is impressive.

Major roll outs like this, whether it was a space shuttle launch, new iPhone, or laptop, etc. always experience major glitches. The ACA is no exception to that rule. However, the key point is that it is being fixed, and the website problems do not affect the ingredients of the plan to help people get good affordable health care that is projected to better without the mess that kept prices high in the past under old plans.

A few of the major benefits of the ACA:

•  Women (some 47 million) get access to preventive health care. And it makes it illegal to charge them more than men.

•  Seniors will have access to cheaper drugs, free preventive care, and reforms to Medicare Advantage, and it closes the Medicare Part D donut hole.

•  Removes the “pre-existing” condition clause of health insurance plans. For example, right now today, some 1 in 2 Americans have a “pre-existing” condition that they could be denied in current plans. ACA fixes that.

•  Expands Medicaid to over 15 million Americans who are below 138% poverty level.

•  Gives preventive care with no added costs to some 54 million Americans with private health insurance mostly now with higher standards and costs.

•  Does not ration health care, and protects consumers from the health care rationing that insurance companies have been doing for years.

Do the research. The PR game is not the end game - not by a long shot.

No comments: