Tis true, Mary Beth, that the uninsured in this country will not be turned away in the emergency room. They will receive top notch medical services for whatever ails them, getting the best and most expensive care our system offers.
These uninsured individuals will however, most likely not get the needed follow up care that most health conditions require in order to return to a state of good health. I'm thinking about diabetes in particular right now, but there are other chronic illnesses where patients really need the contact and relationship with a primary care physician.
Still, God bless the ER.
Many uninsureds will make a trip, or even multiple return trips to the ER. Most medical bills will not be paid by those being treated. Expensive, expensive, expensive but not to worry. They won't be turned down, and the ones who carry insurance will pay through rising insurance premiums
Thankfully, the person advocating for the health care law, actually got his point out and made it very well I must say.
The Affordable Care Act aka ObamaCare aims to solve the problem by getting more people insured. It is modeled after the successful Massachutsetts health care law that appears to be working. The ACA health care law will not be fully inacted until 2014.
You may already be aware that starting today and for the next three days hereafter, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments regarding the ACA. The core issue being decided is the part of the law that mandates that Americans carry health insurance. A ruling will come in the summer and this will likely determine the fate and/or the effectiveness of the law. A ruling could also repeal the law outright.
Some young people in Indiana talk about the extension of coverage afforded to them under the ACA that allows them to remain covered under their parents' insurance after college graduation. They have 'breathing room' while they are looking for employment that may or may not include a health care benefit.
Starts about :58.
Some of the Affordable Care Act changes that have already rolled out:
- 50% discount for name-brand drugs in the Medicare "donut hole"
- Expanded coverage for young adults
- Small business tax credits
- Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans
For more information on the continuing roll out, here's a helpful timeline.