Blueprint of part of Obamacare is unworkable

Posted on: May 12, 2011

In my former life, I worked for a Benefit Consulting agency where I wrote benefits for private companies as well as unions. Before writing these plans we had an Account Representative that would sit down with the client to present various ideas as well as giving them financial cost and risk assessments.

During Obamacare it seemed to me that no one from Congress – especially Nancy Pelosi –received input from the professionals who know how to write and administer Health Care Benefits. It seemed to me that they just wrote down a wish list and didn’t even do any type of risk assessment. It’s just like throwing ideas on a wall to see what would stick and then go with it.

Now we are learning that key medical providers are saying the blueprint for Obamacare is so complex it’s unworkable. Mayo Clinic was one such premier organization that wrote to the administration recently saying that more than 90 percent of its members would not participate because the rules as written are so onerous it would be nearly impossible for them to succeed.

The medical groups also said that they are worried they will be left holding the bag for losses.The government has designed things so there is no easy way to tell which patients are part of the program, and that there’s no reliable way to adjust for patients who are sicker and require closer follow-up and more expensive treatments. (Wasn’t there a provision for “death panels” in this legislation?)

In addition, the medical group said in their letter to the administration that the regulations are “overly prescriptive, operationally
burdensome, and the incentives are too difficult to achieve to make this voluntary program attractive.” One of the major problems seems to be that medical groups have little experience in managing insurance risk, and the administration blueprint rapidly exposes them to potential financial losses.

So there you go. Once again this administration didn’t think through Obamacare but just like Nancy Pelosi said, “We have to pass it to see what’s in it.” What’s in this Affordable Health Care Bill are problems, problems and more problems. Dealing with this legislation is a big burden on all of us including medical providers. Besides, I believe it is unconstitutional and should be null and void.

Let’s start with a common sense medical program. Hire professional benefit consultants who do this every day to find the best medical programs for everyone and then grow it from there. Don’t let legislatures write medical benefits, they don’t know what they are doing.


1 Response to "Blueprint of part of Obamacare is unworkable"

There you go with facts and logic. Don’t you know that liberals can’t be bothered with such things. In fact it is a foreign language to them.

Blessings on you and yours
John Wilder

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