As I watched the GOP debate last night, it was difficult to keep up with the number of ways the right wing is attempting to rape the middle class. But the greatest travesty, in my opinion, was represented by the comments of Mitt Romney concerning “Obamacare.” He said, of course, it would be his first priority to get rid of it, and this, naturally, was met by a loud cheer from the audience which presumably contained many people who might actually be helped by the new law.
It was ironic that this took place on the same day that major California health insurers announced they were going to boost rates, once again, by up to 14%, significantly outpacing their actual costs.
Simply put, the alternative to Obamacare, which is really called the Affordable Care Act, is the system we have had which is essentially a money machine run by and for the benefit of the insurance industry and assorted special interests. Under this system, the United States has suffered under the highest healthcare costs-per-capita in the world, twice as high as the next most expensive country, while the quality, in comparison with other nations, has been deplorable.
Presently, tens of millions of people are praying that Romney doesn’t make it. These are the ones who have been denied coverage by the insurance industry due to preexisting conditions. In many cases, this has involved the companies finding what they categorized as failures in the application process and throwing out policyholders who had encountered serious health conditions even though the so-called failures had nothing to do with their subsequent health problems. Blue Cross of California was reported to have two floors of people whose job it was to screen the applications of every policyholder who made expensive claims, looking for any conceivable irregularity.
Consequently, the uninsured today are forced to obtain the most expensive types of treatments, such as in emergency rooms, and the costs are ultimately borne by the taxpayers. This disgraceful situation knows no parallel in the industrialized world. Although the act initially imposes additional costs, its ultimate effect, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget office, is huge savings. There are literally tens of millions who can’t wait for the Affordable Care Act to give them the ability to purchase coverage at a reasonable rate once again, starting in 2014.
Meanwhile, as I listened to the audience cheer Romney’s comment I was reminded of how effective the untruthful propaganda had been that was launched by the insurance industry. This pattern of lies was examined in detail in an article published here on Gather back in August, and the same falsehoods are still being spread as gospel. The link to the article is here, for anyone who might be interested in the truth.