As we approach the solstice, the heat on those avoiding reality in dealing with the Affordable Care Act, because the deadline is nearing the 6-month mark.
As someone who deals with one of the most complicated laws in U.S. history, one of my favorite ways to do ignore reality is relax at home with good movie and summer is the best time to check out the theater. Here are a few with timely application.
My Cousin Vinny
All eyes are on the Supreme Court this month as they await the decision on the King v. Burwell case that has been dominating the headlines as of late with a ruling expected in late June.
Many observers outside those of us at E.D. Bellis were shocked when the high court upheld the law during the first challenge in 2012. The policy implications created by the court deviating from the original legislation allowing states to opt out of Medicaid has caused other issues.
Will SCOTUS legislate from the bench and allow additional changes or simply punt this back to Congress to deal with a sloppily written piece of legislation? We will find out soon.
My belief is Vincent Gambini, the flamboyant attorney from My Cousin Vinny, could have won this case for the government. We are expecting it to be upheld because the consequences could send the insurance marketplace into chaos. Furthermore, many states do not have the infrastructure to handle this undertaking. I could be wrong and crazier things have happened…
It would be nice to see them send up a marked up version of the Act with red ink and a grade. Mine would be D+ for the Members of Congress who participated because this could have been caught had it not been rushed through Legislative Counsel in the middle of the night. Unfortunately most of them are now gone.
Rapidly increasing premiums has been the biggest argument against ObamaCare. We were told multiple times costs would go down and this has simply turned out to not be the case as rate shock affects many in the individual marketplace.
Visit ratereview.helathcare.gov for the rate increases for the past two years. My plan is going up 22% next year and went up about 20% last year. It’s going to be an extra $100/month in premiums as an average Joe.
Most are facing double digit increases and if the court does rule subsidies are only applicable to State based exchanges the numbers could be 100%+.
The main concern not being talked about enough are the rising deductibles and narrowing of networks. The average deductible now out matches the savings of many average American’s. The question even Method Man would ask is how high can we get before everybody wigs out.
On our radio program, America’s Healthcare Challenge, we have talked at length about the future of healthcare. The explosion of healthcare data has created exciting times in the startup space. IBM and Apple in the healthcare space and the super computer Watson has plans to help solve problems.
Artificial Intelligence is being tapped to help treat disease and improve healthcare. Robotics could be the future of healthcare and are already here. The upcoming show “Humans” on AMC could have some health implications and be a glimpse into the future.
Am I the only one who wonders if the machines are taking over the industry and are cy-borgs really that far off? Maybe the people who wrote Terminator were not that far off. Do you think they could make a doctor version of Arnold’s terminator machine to save disease? Listen this week to program where we discuss.
My Fellow Americans
Finally, one of my all time favorite flicks is a movie called My Fellow Americans where huge political enemies were thrown into a situation and they ended up working things out. It is also hilarious. The movie included two ex presidents from opposing parties coming together to solve a problem for the nation.
Maybe this is what is needed to get things put into place in Washington. The only bipartisan vote in the ACA was a No vote. Perhaps we need to come up with solution that works for both sides and gets a huge majority. I’m thinking it worked for Medicare, why not another healthcare entitlement.
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