“If you think health care is expensive now, wait until it’s free.” This quote has been making the rounds, and continues to be amusing, amusing because I believe it is true. There was a time when a trip to the doctor meant pulling out your wallet and paying the bill. End of story - done, finished. No third parties, no paperwork, no government-mandated codes and intricate diagnoses. No funny money.
No young person today remembers anything even remotely that simple. Third-party administrative costs have added tremendously to the complications and expense of health care. I believe the whole concept of people taking responsibility for their own lives has not only disappeared but been made impossible.
I believe Obama did our country a great disservice with the so-called Affordable Health Care Act. I believe Medicaid is a laughable excuse for health insurance. Meanwhile, I believe the insurance systems that were working have been destroyed. To me, Obamacare is an example of government at its worst.
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Susan Blondell Kaplan