johnfajardohenry wrote: And "affordable" is more accurate?
Do you really think healthcare will be more affordable now? Do you really think this act does anything to make healthcare more affordable?
For lower-income working people, it makes health care more affordable because of government subsidies.
Making health care more affordable overall is a 15 year process. Obamacare gets the ball rolling by funding pilot programs to test strategies to restructure delivery.
The amount of people added to the insurance pool has been wildly exaggerated. The increased demand is not going to cause prices to soar. Those people were already placing cost burdens.
johnfajardohenry wrote: Overall, the cost of healthcare is going to skyrocket.
A 10% increase in demand for primary care resources may cause minor inconvienence, but not skyrocketing prices. Obamacare also expands primary care resources by incentivizing students to pursue those professions. It's not a fixed, zero-sum game.
johnfajardohenry wrote:2) Employers will stop providing health insurance and it will become the responsibility of the individual. I have said for years that the way we treat health insurance, as compared to the way we treat auto, house or other insurance is terrible.
I've long thought that health insurance should not be exempt from income taxes when paid by the employer.
Employer-provided health care drives costs higher. Obamacare is weening the country off that system. This is part of a very long-term process of reducing costs.
johnfajardohenry wrote:And now that it is a "tax", it is also completely accurate to say that it is collected at gunpoint. Ultimately anyway. Most people will pay before it comes to that point but the gun is always there even if holstered or hidden.
Gunpoint!? How ridiculous. 85% of Americans already have health insurance of some form, and are subject to no guns or taxes. Most of the lower classes will get medicaid or subsidies. That leaves a very small number of free loaders who can afford health insurance, but decide to place their risks on the backs of others. What is the gun pointed at these people? They have to pay a lousy $200 per year to subsidize the health care system that bails them out in the emergency room! After 4 years, it goes up to $600 or something, but it is a tiny tax penalty.