Middle Class Getting Killed With Obamacare

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This article states what everyone is feeling:

But for many middle class Americans — a single person earning more than $47,520 or a family of four with an income of $97,200 — the pricey premiums and deductibles mean health care coverage remains out of reach.

And here is more:

For the 10.5 million enrollees on the Obamamcare exchanges, health insurance costs are more transparent. And more of the burden falls on the consumers. That is leaving an untold number of Americans opting to remain uninsured, rather than shell out thousands a year for premiums and deductibles. In 2015, 46% of uninsured adults said that they tried to get coverage but did not because it was too expensive, a Kaiser study found.

It’s not working.  Ask any doctor in the field and they will tell you the issues.  Ask most people and they will tell that system this is unaffordable.

The bottom line is that any plan that eschews the free market system fails.  You can’t guarantee the insurance companies a profit and expect to save money by removing competition. It will never happen.

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] 

  3 comments for “Middle Class Getting Killed With Obamacare

  1. robert l erickson md
    November 10, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    The ACA was set up to have insurance company completion but insurance companies dropped out because they couldn’t make enough profit. Premiums are high in private industry as well. Healthcare insurance companies are making out quite well.

  2. Steve O'
    November 8, 2016 at 8:48 am

    “Money” and “the marketplace” is how people move things around. They were invented a long time before recorded history. The market can cause justice and injustice – but these are best addressed as individuals, as moral questions. “Why should the hungry have nothing to eat, when others have plenty?” That is a fair moral argument. “How can we fix the laws of the market to make it so?” leads to catastrophe.
    It’s like asking – “how can we make gravity more fair?” for the elderly often fall and become injured by gravity. We are unlikely to adjust the laws of gravity to make them more compassionate towards the elderly; we must do something more directly.
    When I thought of this, I couldn’t think of anything more absurd than trying to adjust the laws of gravity – but our Guidelines on Fall Precautions seem to try. “Stop medications that cause falls!” yes, of course – the antihypertensives are the greatest culprit there. So what do we do to make gravity more fair? The great thinkers of the Ivory Towers are working on it, don’t worry.
    PS: Tom – “Healthcare Is A National Security Issue.” Memorize that. We’ll be singing it at morning meetings. I suspect all physicians will be obligated to have Federal licenses and “volunteer” for the Public Health Service Uniformed Corps. Voluntary, of course – if you still want to practice medicine.

  3. Thomas Guastavino
    November 8, 2016 at 6:24 am

    Everyone knows where this heading, single payer. Physicians now have a choice. Do nothing and have a system that commits us to virtual servitude or demand an equal place at the negotiating table as the details get hammered out.
    $100 says we will do nothing.

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