This article was published prior to the 2016 US Presidential election. The themes expounded have heightened meaning based on result of said election.
Without us noticing, we are entering the post-capitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian.
I have always been a fan of Keith, especially during his Sports reporting career. Now he has an opportunity to be unleashed since he doesn’t work for the typical corporate media.
What you see on the left is an actual collection letter authorized by the dominant medical system locally. Part of the sales job that is the Affordable Care Act “Obamacare” is the ability to rein costs, cover most people (not everybody), and allow to see the doctor when needed. The dirty little secret is that it does none of these things very well, and that seems to be OK with the current electorate at best, and part of which would return to the no insurance days of yesteryear. Keeping it 💯 “100” requires more substantive dialog than any of the 3 major candidates will provide.
While it has done a lot of good, the Affordable Care Act is not a long-term solution to the US health care crisis. P.S. #feelthebern
This is not surprising, given the political realities of passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to begin with. North Carolina and all states that touch it made the decision to dispense with expanded Medicaid, even though it was paid for in the first 3 years of its existence. Their excuses are very lame and politically motivated, but that is life. As for this author, the choice of passable healthcare should not be determined by geography in the United States of America.
The health insurance industry has been undergoing tremendous reforms in recent years due to new federal regulations including the Affordable Care Act.
What really gets me is that the economics is cut and dried, but dislike for the current President trumps reason. That is the only way I can explain this. Now we have proof that should quiet the doubters, that is if they open their mind.
Due to Medicaid expansion, low income populations with coverage have less unpaid non-medical bills that they owe to collection agencies.
This would seem to be a no-brainer to me, but what do I know? I am not in government. If you are North or South Carolina, as an elected body, the hate for the “player” i.e. President Barack Obama has overshadowed the hate for the “game” i.e. Obamacare/ACA. The state will pay for everyone’s healthcare at some point. It would seem to be cheaper to keep them out of Carolinas Medical Center ER as the most costs are borne there.
‘The Affordable Care Act called on for Medicaid expansion among the 50 states.
UPDATE 3/10/2020 Since this story was first published years ago. North & South Carolina continues to avoid Medicaid Expansion