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WNYC reporter Fred Mogul looks ahead to how the Supreme Court's ruling on the health care law will affect the local area.
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Hi, How about universal health care for all? Wouldn't that be more helpful and humane instead of health care now being such a big business for some? Eugenia Renskoff
BK, no one knows when they will need their health insurance for somethng serious - people of any age can come down with serious conditions.
Also, no one knows if they will need Social Security or Medicare in the unfortunate event of an accident and disability, and the resulting loss of a job and insurance, at a young age.
In response to the various on-air callers and commenters above expressing problems getting or using coverage (either public or private) or getting access to services when uninsured, there's a wonderful new program created under and funded through the Affordable Care Act here in New York called "Community Health Advocates". CHA is a network of over 30 community-based non-profits across New York State, including several here in New York City, whose sole purpose is to help people solve these kinds of problems, including interceding with insurance companies and government agencies to cut through red tape and get people the help and coverage and services they need. I'd strongly recommend booking someone from them for a future show. CHA is based out of the Community Service Society here in NYC. CHA can be reached: www.communityhealthadvocates.org or 212-614-5400.
Medicaid is not very helpful. I have a friend who won't go on it because no decent doctors take it and she's not on any ongoing meds. My boyfriend is on it because he's on long term meds and he can't find good doctors to treat him. We live in Long Island and he had to drive to the Bronx to find a doctor to treat a special condition he has and they didn't know how to prescribe his medication. He's driving back to today (wasting precious gas) to get the right prescription. He can't get a primary care visit until August. The only good thing, is that the medications he does get prescribed correctly, he gets very cheaply.
If they rule the mandate unconstitutional, they must also rule that forcing everyone to pay for the care of the uninsured (a hospital act passed in 1986, I believe) is unconstitutional.
I think this all stinks and shows our corrupt system at it's worst. We need universal, single-payer healthcare - everyone pays and everyone benefits, just like the numerous essential single-payer things we have: water, sewage, roads and transportation systems, etc
I have to sympathize with some of the younger healthy people who will be forced to purchase insurance. I have not used my own health insurance for anything major since I left college and starting paying 15 years ago. Considering what I spent on premiums, I could have paid cash the few times I went to see a doctor for a respiratory infection or something. Medicare and Social Security are the greatest transfer of wealth from relatively low wage young people With no net worth to high wage wealthy elderly people ever. See the opinion pages of last Sundays NY Times for a great piece on this. It is depressing for us young people to know that we will probably never see the benefits of what we currently pay.
In the discussion of expanding Medicaid coverage, we never discuss that its "insurance in name only" as it does not reimburse hospitals or physicians adequately for services. For example, in my practice, it costs me to see Medicaid patients (the reimbursement is less than the cost to me as a provider). The key is whether Medicaid will provide true access to quality health care and the is answer is NO.
While there are good portions of the healthcare law, like the ability to keep your children covered into their 20's, the whole of it just shifts the burden of cost to the government. Employers will surely drop coverage as soon as they can jettison it and just pay the fees and we'll all wind up under a government "medicare" for all. There's no effort to control costs, curb the "everyone can get everything" that drives the costs of HC up.
A. It's called the Affordable Health Care Plan
yes. illegal aliens can't get medicaid.
but they do get free healthcare by going to hospitals which are not permitted by law to turn them away. this is a significant burden, ultimately borne by the insured in the form of higher fees for them.
please mention this.
I'm currently covered by HHC Options, would that still exist under 'Obamacare'?
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