ObamaCare gets health plans focused on cost

It bothered me when Governor Romney cited the continued increase in health care costs as a reason to do away with ObamaCare. Health care costs have been rising for decades and if anything the rate of increase has been slowing recently. The Affordable Care Act is probably more responsible for putting the brakes on costs than it is for fueling increases. While it has some components that drive costs up –such as removing lifetime benefit caps– there are other aspects that contain costs, such as medical loss ratio limits.

I’m happy to see health plans saying publicly that the Affordable Care Act focuses them on cost containment. We’d be best to let health plans and employers get on with it under ACA and see what they can deliver.

From Bloomberg:

The health-care industry will change its focus from expanding the insurance market to reining in medical costs now that the U.S. presidential election has been decided, said Karen Ignagni, chief executive officer of America’s Health Insurance Plans.

The re-election of President Barack Obama, who campaigned to preserve his health-care system overhaul of 2010, gives the industry certainty that implementation of the Affordable Care Act will proceed, Ignagni said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Peter Cook for “Capitol Gains” airing Nov. 11.

“When we look at health reform we look at it through the prism of affordability and disruption,” said Ignagni, whose organization is the main Washington-based lobbying group for health insurers. It means “making sure that care is affordable a year from now and making sure that employers who are providing coverage and individuals who are buying are not disrupted.”

One thought on “ObamaCare gets health plans focused on cost”

  1. I am concerned that Obama is trying to dictate the salaries of doctors. It should not be his decision as to what people in the medical field make. My quess is, if someone told Obama he could only make so much a year, he would say that is not anyone’s business.

    In an article by CNCNEWS.com http://cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-why-michelle-was-working-mom-316k-year-we-didnt-have-luxury-her-not-work

    In 2005, when Obama began serving in the U.S. Senate (and his daughters turned 4 and 7), he and his wife were earning a combined annual income of $479,062. Barack Obama was paid a salary of $162,100 by the U.S. taxpayers, and Michelle Obama was paid $316,962 to handle community affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center.
    What if we told Obama and his wife, they could not make this much. No more than $100,000. Think he would go for a salary cap to his pay?

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