ObamaCare Clusterfuck: If triaging the employer mandate means the government will cover more workers, why not just go directly to single payer?
A letter to the editor in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
What happened [to the Affordable Care Act][/to]? Gone are the $2,500 savings and the public option. Cost control wasn’t part of the ACA. The public option bothered insurance companies, so it was out. Of 60 million uninsured, the ACA will leave at least 30 million still without coverage, and the employer mandate delay will now surely increase the implementation burden on the exchanges, which might not be ready to go by Oct. 1.
Not to worry. Employers that have been unable to come up with a plan over the past four years are mainly employers of lower wage and temporary workers. These workers might receive subsidized plans on the exchanges. According to the Post-Dispatch ("Delay in health care law raises questions," July 4), some employers expect to save millions during this one-year delay, millions to be picked up by the taxpayers. Most of the 30 million newly insured will be exchange or Medicaid clients, also to be funded in full or subsidized by the federal government. While I never begrudge the use of federal funds for health care, I do begrudge this elaborate plan giving insurance companies a third of those federal funds to shuffle paper and deny care, while earning huge profits for themselves.
If medical care is to be funded by tax dollars, let’s skip the hogwash and go directly to a single-payer system, which saves billions and provides equitable care for all.