Stop the Health care Hysteria.
Yes, the real name for all the health care hype I read about in the media is ‘hysteria’ (defined as “exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion,” and “a psychological disorder whose symptoms include conversion of psychological stress into physical symptoms, selective amnesia, shallow volatile emotions, and overdramatic or attention-seeking behavior”).
I am sick and tired of rants that include assertions such as “millions of Americans will lose their health care if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed.”
In reality, if the ACA provision requiring Americans to purchase health care were stripped away, millions of young and healthy folks would simply opt not to buy high-price insurance plans.
The only thing that makes a majority of these plans anything near ‘affordable’ are government subsidies (aka a redistribution of wealth). Will these same health care plans still be affordable when prices increase 18 to 36 percent this fall?
Will the government heavily subsidize those even higher-priced plans? Will more young and healthy Americans opt to pay a penalty (tax!) rather than steep premiums charged by insurance companies?
Stop the hysteria! Start looking into the root causes of unaffordable health care, then do something about it!
Last week, Charles Krauthammer elaborated on two key root causes:
• Frivolous health care-related lawsuits and the need for tort reform and;
• Risk-averse treatments by fearful doctors and hospitals leery of medical malpractice suits.
Not hysteria, simply the facts.