Posted by Pat Cunningham on Jun 28, 2012 in Uncategorized | 1 comment
This video was produced long before today’s Supreme Court ruling, but it’s useful and instructive anyway.
I guess I will just repost what I said the last time you used this video.
September 21, 2010 at 3:18 pm
Nice video. I especially like the cute little avatar people. Too bad the real world isn’t so shiny and happy.
I agree, the video explains some things very well, but it glosses over some other key factors.
First, it does feature all the great new added benefits, which sound great, except as we all know there is no such thing as a free lunch. All those guarantees and increases in coverage have to cost somebody something. What the video fails to mention is that what it will cost is people’s jobs and access to care.
You can’t pay less for service and expect more coverage, the world doesn’t work that way.
Hospitals are already laying people off in order to right size their workforce in the face of decreased reimbursement. That won’t yield more access for patients it will yield less access. I wonder if the American people will tolerate that?
I also felt very confident when near the end the video they mention all kinds of experiments that will be tried to alter reimbursement systems for hospitals and doctors and that we should just hope some of them work!
I truly feel that even those that wrote this bill (mcuh less those who voted for it) have no idea of the disaster they have just unleashed. It will be a slowly arriving tsunami but as it hits people will likely long for the days when they had better coverage that cost them less money.
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