Fallout from Obamacare

11/23/2013 12:00 AM

11/12/2014 3:08 PM

Millions of incurious Americans seem content to accept at face value the barrage of testimonials from people who say their healthcare costs have soared because of the Affordable Care Act.

The truth is that in the vast majority of these cases, people’s costs will go up only because they now own junk policies and are being required to upgrade the quality of their coverage.

Why? Because if they don’t, the rest of us will bear the cost of their future medical treatment not covered by their inadequate insurance.

It’s not a matter of individual choice when other people have to pay your bills.

That’s the whole reason for the individual mandate that requires people to buy coverage — an idea grounded in the ethos of personal responsibility originally put forth by the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think tank.

— Marc York, Fort Worth

The Republicans should stop worrying about Obamacare. It will eventually implode on its own.

You can’t cram millions more people into the system without expanding it and expect it to perform as well as it has.

Doctor shortages, long waits to get care, physicians opting out of Medicare and Medicaid will take a further toll. People signing up for the exchanges are finding how complicated the enrollment is and the deductibles for some of the low-cost plans are very high.

In addition, the mandates on small businesses to either pay a fine or provide coverage is forcing many employers to drop coverage, opting for the fine because it’s cheaper. Americans will get sick and tired of working two or three part-time jobs.

The Democrats may think they have won on Obamacare. When the full effects kick in, it will be a totally opposite effect as not one Republican voted for the bill.

— Jerry Johnson, Fort Worth

Pat Adkins wrote in a Nov. 20 letter (“Why act surprised?”) that she’s been warned that the Affordable Care Act will make medical appointments harder to get.

I’m sure she’s right. When you get used to only 75 percent of the population having access to medical care and then, suddenly, just about everyone is able to see a doctor, what doctors there are will be spread thinner by a third.

Life gets tough when the “have-nots” become “haves,” right along with the rest of us.

I’d guess the logical (though long-term) answer would be to expand the supply of doctors by opening new medical schools. (The U.S. currently ranks in the bottom third of the developed world in the number of doctors per 1,000 inhabitants.)

Or perhaps Adkins could volunteer, along with enough of her Obamacare-bashing friends, to become the new 25 percent of the country that goes without medical care.

That would balance things off just fine.

— Dennis Novak, Fort Worth

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