Letter: Concerns regarding health care bill
I’m concerned about the House decision on health care and what I see as a lack of details. Below are concerns that I have:
l In the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act, private insurance companies indicated they could provide the same coverages as Medicare at a lower cost and called them Medicare Advantage programs. These programs were restrictive, as to providers and when crossing state lines. Users found that their winter home locations would not accept these programs. Some major-medical facilities would not accept these programs. This same program created what is called “the doughnut hole” which increased patient drug costs. Obamacare had language that closes that part “D” donut hole to 25 percent by 2020. This has not been discussed in the new proposed medical plan. Will the gains from Obamacare be taken away?
l In discussing medical costs, why isn’t insurance company’s CEOs salaries, stock options and golden parachutes deals being discussed?
l Why haven’t people talked about the 50 percent reduction in bankruptcies since Obamacare? Records show 1,536,799 in 2010 and 770,846 in 2016. Almost all experts agree that expanded health care coverage played a major role.
l Many say that Obamacare was patterned after Romney Care in Massachusetts, so why not compare the two?
l What will the impacts be for rural doctors and hospitals?
l What will the impact be for mental health care?
l What will be the impact of ER walk-ins?
l Why don’t we get bids for drugs like the VA?