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Quoting sccutler (Reply 56):
make routine health care less available to the large majority of Americans (yes, less available, not more available)
What hog tripe.
Spend five seconds talking with someone who COULD NOT GET health insurance before, and now can, and you'll learn how ridiculous of a statement that actually is.
Hog tripe, indeed.
"Hog tripe" is the bizarrely naive belief that a system which adds massive additional expense to the provision of health insurance and compels a dramatic increase in deductibles can actually increase availability of health care; it does not. What happens when a typical (non-wealthy) family has its deductible increased from a grand or $1,500.00 to $6,000.00? This is the question being answered daily, and the answer does not begin with, "...I had a bucket ofmoney I did not need, so I spent it on routine health care."
More "hog tripe" would be the belief that a taxation scheme (no matter how it is named, the ACA
is a tax scheme) which extracts money to the federal government without any linkage at all to the actual provision of health care (no linkage at all, funds collected go straight to general revenue) will somehow, magically, improve healthcare. It does not.
Fascinating construct, really, something I get to witness on a daily basis, from hundreds of small businesses (which represent the majority of jobs). The sheer cost of insuring in a post-ACA
world has cost thousands of jobs, and it is getting worse.
It is, indeed, opportunity lost, because (as has been anecdotally referenced above) there have been issues needing attention in the health care system - but the ACA
is such a cluster-duck of special-interest finagling and misplaced social engineering (and downright meddling) that it can be likened to brain surgery with a hatchet. It is, at its core, exactly the kind of thing you expect to get when you cram through a massive and all-encompassing piece of legislation, with the principal goal of passing *something* through legislative deceit without taking some reasonable measures to ensure that the something they passed would actually help.
Promises. We were promised that, with the ACA
, we'd have less-costly health care and insurance, and that has not happened. This result is not a surprise to those possessed of reasonably decent math skills.
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