My special guest, US Senator John Barrasso, enlightened the audience with several of his pointed critiques of the Obama health care law. As an orthopedic surgeon, Senator Barrasso has a unique understanding of the complexities of the American healthcare system. The main point interest to me was his criticism of how the legislation contains more funding to hire IRS agents than it does to train new health care professionals. Workforce issues have been a prevalent theme in other episodes, and this was troubling. We will explore this issue further.
My special guest co-host Rick Johnson is a corporate attorney in Omaha who runs and manages a healthcare facility . Rick provided a legal analysis of the ACA, specifically Section 3403 of the law which creates the Independent Medicare Payment Advisory Board. Rick plans to contribute regularly to debunk several of the myths and disinformation created under the legislation from both sides. One point of interest made by Mr. Johnson is the fact the ACA (Obamacare) is so large and complex, the only statute comparable is the IRS code. He believes after fully implemented, the health care law will be like Arnold in the picture below. Who is supposed to keep up with all of this stuff and at what cost?
We will address that question and others in subsequent weeks. The American healthcare system is in need of fundamental reform. This site intends to be a non-partisan resource on a complex issue impacting all of us. Check back regularly to this site for more information on this topic in language you can understand and apply. Follow me on Twitter @SeanMMcGuire, and as always check out next week’s episode of America’s Healthcare Challenge Saturday’s 10-11 AM Central time, exclusively on 1110 KFAB.
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