Another government bait and switch


Poorly constructed foundations lead to substandard end results which in turn will always cost more money to fix and redesign over and over again; versus tearing down the entire structure and correcting the fundamental foundation in which the structure is being built upon. As the Obamacare rollout begins it is apparent to us who don’t wear rose-colored glasses that the architects of the Affordable Care Act failed to structure a clear, simple and easy way to implement a bill that would reduce costs for the American people. Instead we have a bill that contains over a thousand pages of ifs, ands and buts; coupled with additional paper work that the healthcare providers and insurance companies now have to sift through and figure out what and how to manage it.

Now, does everyone believe that additional man hours spent to figure this out and implement this bill is better? Guess who is going to bear the cost for the administration of this bill? The insurance companies are not going to eat the cost nor are the hospitals or doctors. We are! Doctors have enough headaches to contend with now; they don’t need additional rules, guidelines and forms to fill out. I want a doctor who is solely focused on medical problem solving not trying to figure out how to comply with all of the new federal requirements.

In business there is a sales tactic that is called bait and switch, which is illegal. Simply put, this is a ploy of offering a person something desirable and then thwarting expectations with something less desirable. It’s ironic that this is an illegal tactic and yet President Obama made one of the best sales presentation of all times by stating over and over again to the American public, “If you like your current insurance plan you can keep it, period.”

Washington is great at playing the game kick the can with problems that they create. Again, the president seems to be able to flex this great law at will by allowing people who have lost their insurance to be covered again by their old provider as a temporary measure for a year. We have to ask ourselves, what is going to happen next year?

Republicans like to shout out for free market in health care, but the fact remains that we haven’t had a free market health care system in several years. State lines prohibit the sales of health care policies and there is no open pricing structure for individuals to compare between health care providers. It’s funny how you can encounter several auto insurance commercials on TV each and every day, but seldom do you see commercials for health insurance. Is this because there is limited competition, or do they just have all the customers they need? On a side note, the website issue is the least concerning factor of this new law and in my opinion, the most concerning issue is who is going to enforce the law.

Tim Santell