Keep Taxing Them To Make The ACA Affordable

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A new study reveals that many Obamacare customers pay more than 10 percent of their incomes toward coverage. This becomes a lot more if these customers use a lot of health services under their plan.

  • One in 10 Obamacare customers who earn between just two and five times the federal poverty level will have coverage costs that exceed 21 percent of their incomes, an analysis by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute found.

 

How does the government want to fix this? I think Carly Fiorina said it best during one of the Republican debates. The government causes a problem and then has to fix that problem by making more problems.  The article I found this information from proves this point:

  • One suggestion the report makes is to link the premium subsidies that most Obamacare customers get to the price of “gold” plans, instead of to the price of the less expensive “silver” plans. Obamacare plans are designated by metal tiers — platinum, gold, silver and bronze. Platinum plans cost the most in terms of premium, but cover the biggest share of health costs. The others cost less, but cover fewer health costs.
  • The report also suggests that low-income customers could get higher amounts of assistance paying their out-of-pocket costs.
  • A third suggestion is to put a cap on the percentage of income that people who earn more than four times the poverty level would have to pay for Obamacare plans.

All this is paid how?  That’s right, higher taxes.  It’s a dog chasing his own tail.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “Keep Taxing Them To Make The ACA Affordable

  1. Pat
    December 30, 2015 at 1:11 am

    This is the point: physicians who support government intrusion in health care – Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare – support forcing some of their patients to pay for other of their patients. It won’t work, can’t work ever, corrupts everyone, and will hasten our economic collapse. Otherwise, it’s a great idea.

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