3/16/2010

Obama main example in Ohio accidentally shows why his health care plan will raise insurance premiums

Here is how the NY Times piece today starts off:

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — Declaring that “every argument has been made” on his health care overhaul, President Obama sought to seal the deal with Congress and the American people Monday by focusing on a single patient: a self-employed cleaning woman who dropped her costly insurance plan and just discovered she has leukemia. . . .


Obama seems to think that people should be able to buy their insurance when they get sick without any penalty. In that case, everyone will wait until they get sick before they buy insurance. How much will that raise the price of insurance? It will no longer be insurance if Obama gets his way.

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Blogger juandos said...

Consider the following from the New England Journal of Medicine: Physician Survey: Health Reforms Potential Impact on Physician Supply and Quality of Medical Care

Health Reform and Primary Care Physicians
46.3% of primary care physicians (family medicine and internal medicine) feel that the passing of health reform will either force them out of medicine or make them want to leave medicine.

Health Reform, Public Option, and Practice Revenue/Physician Income
• 41% of physicians feel that income and practice revenue will “decline or worsen dramatically” with a public option.
• 30% feel income will “decline or worsen somewhat” with a public option.
• 9% feel income will “improve somewhat” with a public option, and 0.8% feel income will “improve dramatically” with a public option.

Health Reform, Public Option, and Physician Supply
• 72% of physicians feel that a public option would have a negative impact on physician supply, with 45% feeling it will “decline or worsen dramatically” and 27% predicting it will “decline or worsen somewhat.
• 24% of physicians think they will try to retire early if a public option is implemented.
• 21% of physicians would try to leave medicine if a public option is implemented, even if not near retirement age at the time.

3/16/2010 8:09 PM  

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