Free health care is not free
POSTED: Monday, February 11, 2013 - 9:47pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 11:44am
Tyler, Tx — Now many in this great country are finding out that free health care is not free or easy. We passed the messy bill and now, according to Nancy Pelosi, we are reading it and it's wobbly and all over the place.
It's also very expensive. But it was supposed to be free.
The LA Times reports, As the state moves to expand healthcare coverage to millions of Californians under President Obama's healthcare law, it faces a major obstacle: There aren't enough doctors to treat a crush of newly insured patients.
They are working on proposals that would allow physician assistants to treat more patients and nurse practitioners to set up independent practices. Pharmacists and optometrists could act as primary care providers, diagnosing and managing some chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and high-blood pressure.
WHAT A MESS.
The New York Post reports Start with the IRS's new estimate for what the cheapest family plan will cost by 2016: $20,000 a year to cover two adults and three kids. And that will only cover 60 percent of medical bills, so add hefty out-of-pocket costs, too.
The next surprise is for parents who thought their kids would be covered by an employer. Sloppy wording in the law left that unclear until last week, when the IRS ruled that kids won't be covered.
We could have targeted those who needed health care. But, no, they wanted control over the entire system. And all that free stuff is not free.
I don't think this is going to work. Even low information voters are going to start figuring this out.
That's my point of view, what's yours?
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