Remember how the Affordable Care Act was going to allow you to keep your doctor? Well, it didn’t. Remember how it was going to increase your access to healthcare? Well, it didn’t. Here you go:
Primary-care physicians saw 18% fewer patients from 2012 to 2016, according to new analysis from the Health Care Cost Institute that compiled data from Aetna, Humana, Kaiser Permanente and UnitedHealthcare. There has been a relatively steady decline in primary-care visits for adults under 65 years old with employer-sponsored insurance since 2009.
So what happened? Health insurance is NOT healthcare! I believe the ACA, with the expensive premiums, made it hard for patients to see their family doctors due to the high deductibles. Patients just couldn’t afford both.
The bottom line is that the ACA was mostly an utter failure. Maybe a discussion that doesn’t involve helping the insurers and drug companies is in order? Maybe a discussion about have a real free market is in order? Just saying.