SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

February 15, 2015

ACA poorly done (says me)

Gotta get this off my mind B4 I’m past my ‘expiration date’ 

(I have held back my extreme angst over this debacle of an attempt to provide health-care to those who need it in our country.  And I am frankly so disenchanted over everything about it.  While I have deeply chastised our president for abandoning the single-payer approach which he ran on,  for I as well as thousands more like-minded others felt it was the only approach which could have a chance to do what was needed and be effective – – if done right;   the way it has turned out is in my mind unfair, not workable and some kind of grab-fest for the corporate powers that be.  

Apparently, the doctors are deeply resentful,   They have spent much in time, energy and financial indebtedness to get where they are and are now being cut back severely in payment for their services to the point many are leaving their contractual agreements behind, and making other choices.  Many will not be able to continue operations with the combined overload of regulations and paper dominated new rules  together with the cutback in remuneration.  Doctors are leaving in droves — I lost mine,  (and I liked him) when he became a concierge doctor.  Everyone’s gotta do what he’s gotta do.  

I am not an admirer of the Medical Complex as it is run in America.  I do not now use any doctor, which is not a particularly fine place to be.  But under no circumstances would I be engaging in taking any pharmaceuticals under any circumstances, for any reason.  We don’t have a “HEALTH CARE SYSTEM going for us at all.  What has been foisted off onto us all is “DISEASE CARE”  whereby BIG PhRMA wins whether we live or die.  They treat symptoms;  don’t even probe the area of ‘causation’ and natural, non-toxic treatment of which there are many and varied choices.  The greed and corruption is so immense that it is indescribable and they will always make out like bandits. . . as seen with every rising cost of medicine.  It is obscene.  Only the wealthy can afford it.  But the wealthy aren’t too concerned about any of this for it doesn’t concern them. .they do have freedom of choice.

As to the indigent,  we have had Medic-Aid in place for a generation or so. (working so-so to okay in many if not most states).  It is the masses of our land whom are being under-served – BIG TIME!   The so-called middle-class clinging by their fingernail to hold onto some semblance of home and family and many are losing the battle.  There are droves of people who couldn’t qualify for any of the (discounts).  They haven’t crawled out of the hole of recent economic down-turns, remain too indebted, overburdened and without any medical option at all.  So they will be fined as this article explains and they will HAVE TO PAY THE FINES, even tho they can’t afford it.   So President Obama,  keep making those LAWS and MANDATES,  in no time — we’ll all be criminals.  But I must say emphatically – – this is bad juju – –  how can you keep a straight face when discussing all the help you brought to the middle class?  If your millions whom you say have been helped, because they never had insurance before, well that’s gotta tell ya we’re in rotten shape – medically.  The Republicans don’t despise this ACA any more than I do.  People should NOT be fined, badgered,  MANDATED, nor made to feel like criminals because of their right to exercise “choice” on what they will or will not choose to put in their body or their children.  And a country who values and respects their citizens would find a way to exist so that the sick and ailing or feeble can have access to medical help without all the paperwork and rigmarole.  Where is the decency and concern for ordinary folks doing the best they can in incredibly hard times.    Jan)

Health-care law

Ohioans still have time to get coverage

By Ben Sutherly THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Ohioans who aren’t covered have until Sunday to sign up for health insurance through the federally run marketplace.   Coverage can be purchased through HealthCare.gov . Help will be available from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and Sunday at the following locations:  
Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave.  
Enroll America — Columbus office, 2090 E. Dublin-Granville Rd.  
Church of the Nazarene, 4770 Hoover Rd.  
Eastland Mall, 2740 Eastland Mall.  
For help from home, go to connector.getcoveredamerica.org  , or call 1-800-648-1176.  
As of Feb. 6, 33,890 people in the Columbus metropolitan statistical area had signed up for coverage. Statewide, more than 208,000 people have enrolled. About 10 million U.S. residents have signed up for coverage so far.  
The 84 percent of Ohio consumers who have qualified for assistance have received an average of $247 in tax credits per month to help pay for coverage.  
  • Those who do not qualify for hardship exemptions will face penalties for not having coverage in 2015.   The penalties are $325 per adult and $162.50 per child (up to $975 for a family) or 2 percent of family income above $10,000, whichever is greater.

bsutherly@dispatch.com

 

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