(USA Today) – The ObamaCare delay is a bad sign. It was a bad law to begin with. Nothing good will come of it, unless you like the idea of bankrupting the country, stifling job growth, unprecedented tax increases on the dwindling middle and growing lower classes, and more bloated bureaucracy within the already bloated and corrupt IRS.
— Tracy Farthing
ObamaCare will create more bureaucracy for the health care industry and less competition among insurers, adding more costs.
The law has already fundamentally improved health care, increasing preventive care and extending the parental insurance window.
The people who wrote the law could have allowed individuals to “opt out,” forfeiting their chance to sign up under the Affordable Care Act. That way if they refused to do so now, and if they later decided they wanted insurance, they would have to get it on their own without ACA provisions. People who want Obama’s health care could have it, and others wouldn’t have to. How much simpler could it be?
— Larry Hubble
Employers are reducing hours or not hiring, as the financial burdens of this plan are too complicated and costly. Now we have an executive order declaring employers do not have to participate until after the next election, but individuals must comply. The IRS is not capable or trustworthy to be in charge of health care!
— Kathy McGinnis
Congress and the administration didn’t give themselves time to think ObamaCare through. They threw together a bill of several thousand pages that few, if any, legislators had time to read, let alone understand, before voting on it. And it seems not all that’s in it is good. Why couldn’t they take time and get it right in the first place? Politics. Why are they delaying it now? Politics.
— Hugh Marshall
Letters to the Editor:
ObamaCare hasn’t unfolded, but when 2014 hits, we’re going to find out if we really can provide health insurance and do it at a reasonable enough cost that people feel they can afford it.
Some states are going to say they don’t need any of this law, while others are going to embrace it to see how much money they can get out of the federal government for their state programs.
Is this “reform” really reform? Does it put more money in the insurance companies’ pockets? Does it put more responsibility for health care on our government? Will we get to choose the health care provider we want?
ObamaCare brings more questions than answers. In 2014, we’ll know more answers. With any real luck, we’ll have health care.
John A. DeBartola; Johnstown, Pa.
A column correctly states ObamaCare didn’t cause the physician shortage, and the reasons listed in the piece are very real (“Get ObamaCare, while supplies last”).
However, as a practicing nurse practitioner with almost 20 years of experience delivering primary care, I think you are doing a disservice by omitting a major cause of provider shortage all over the U.S. The American Medical Association, a powerful political lobby, has officially stated that nurse practitioners and physician assistants do not have the capability to deliver optimal patient care.
Patient satisfaction studies have shown the opposite — that we can provide excellent care, especially as part of a team of providers, including physicians. The model of care being called the “medical home” delivers high-quality care to patients.
Yes, there is a physician shortage, but there is not a provider shortage. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners has called for coordination of care for many years, but continues to meet resistance.
It is the patient who will go uncared for because of the AMA’s ongoing turf battle.
Mary Polson; Camp Hill, Pa.