It allows rising predatory costs. It empowers private insurers. It lets them ripoff hundreds of billions annually for overhead, profit, huge salaries and bonuses. Every dollar scammed is one less for care.
Labor initially endorsed ACA. Cold shower reality "turn(ed some) sour."
"Union leaders say many (ACA) requirements will drive up costs for their healthcare plans and make unionized workers less competitive."
They want compensating federal subsidy help for lower-paid rank and file. Smith expects complaints "to get louder" ahead.
ACA "is a gimmie to Big Pharma and the health insurers." It works for large hospital chains. It exacerbates fundamental problems. It made America's dysfunctional system worse.
Consumers end up with "costly insurance that does not cover much." Expensive care will be hard to get or unaffordable. Many of America's most disadvantaged are left in no-man's land.
They'll be be uncovered by federal benefits and ineligible for subsidized insurance. ACA provides 100% of funds to expand Medicaid until 2016. Thereafter, it's 90%.
Until now, federal funding required state participation. No longer. Millions will be harmed. Many will be left out entirely.
Medicaid expansion provided coverage for around 17 million Americans by 2019. States now can opt out at their discretion.
Opting in assures full federal coverage for three years. At the same time, Congress plans major Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, disability, education, and other social benefits cuts.
Bipartisan complicity assures it. It's part of their scheme to destroy America's social contract. ACA is an integral component. Ordinary people should have opposed it when they had a chance. They'll have cause to reflect when ill.
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