Welcome to America’s Healthcare Challenge
No guests, just information and clarification of the facts related to the largest bill passed in American History, the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.
I encourage your calls at 402-558-1110 or 800-543-1110.
If you are in favor of the law please call and share your thoughts. If you are opposed, tell me why. Or if you are undecided, hopefully the next hour will clarify some of your questions/concerns.
I’m Sean McGuire…
If you are just joining us or have not heard the show before, my background is in health policy where I worked for the Senate Finance Committee in Washington when the bill was being put together. I have read the entire thing and consult businesses and health providers about its impact.
For today’s show, I have developed several scenarios to help you understand how individuals, businesses and providers will be impacted under this legislation.
Let’s shift gears… I would like to give you my thoughts on the debates and important takeaways.
Right now so many people are out of touch in this country.
Exit polls on Tuesday morning at the water cooler probably showed an equal tie between the Chicago Bears, San Francisco Giants or MAYBE if they watched the debate…Israel or Bob Schiefer
The Presidential candidates and the vice-presidential candidates have battled in a verbal version of a UFC pay per view. What are the key takeaways?
Did we learn anything at all?
I learned our leaders are so out of touch that Big Bird became a central talking point as our country faces a Fiscal Cliff, a global economy in turmoil, spiraling debt, rising healthcare costs contributing to said debt, an Ambassador assassinated for the first time in my lifetime, and the list goes on. But we’re talking about Big Bird.
Guess who loses? You Do. We Do. We the people… Especially those of us who consume of healthcare.
This will be will be all of us after January 1, 2014.
Enough time to have an adult conversation about 1/6 of our economy…Yea Right.
Did Obamacare join the witness protection program? Odd because it impacts all of us.
Where was the conversation about rising healthcare costs squeezing the bottom lines of businesses?
Missing in action.
Governor Romney hammered home the idea of repeal and replace at every opportunity including the foreign policy debate, but the appropriate response should be how? At what point in a Romney administration could such an accomplishment take place as we face a fiscal cliff, enormous debt and changing tax policies beginning in 2013?
I do not believe there are enough hours in the day with a Congress that only works three days a week at best.
The President danced around the issue highlighting only small portions of the bill. Someone should ask President Obama or Governor Romney for that matter, what one thing he would change in the legislation
Since the candidates did not answer the real questions, here are three takeaways you should know about healthcare prior to November 6th.
Number one, we spend way too much for healthcare in this country. Twice any industrialized nation and our outcomes are sub-par on several issues like preventable mortality.
Our system encourages volume over value and Obamacare is just the beginning to scratch the surface of a necessary national effort to reform our fragmented healthcare system.
Second, the health reform law only dabbles in cost containment. Future solutions will be desirable. Congress should be more specific in spelling out new policies due to the inefficiencies of the executive branch. However, at some point we are also going to put our consumer power to work and also change human behavior to take personal responsibility for our own health. Time to put down the don’t super size it next time.
Finally, a serious conversation needs to be had about entitlement spending on programs like Medicare and Medicaid. They are threatening to bankrupt this nation and future generations will pay disproportionate amount for benefits they may not enjoy. Politics aside, Medicare is broke and needs to be fixed.