Having insurance does NOT assure better medical care. That is another fraud in the sales pitch of Obamacare. Somehow, by having insurance, suddenly you get great medical care. In fact, it can cause inferior medical care because the economic incentive is NOT to get you well and out the door, but to rack up the billing.
Here's an exact example. A very well known, popular and connected older fella here had a heart attack (clogged heart veins, not drop-dead type). He is not wealthy and has no insurance. The local hospital? It is ill equipped for heart surgery. Because of who he was and because he would only be an expense, they put him on a medevac helicopter, flew him to a hospital in Tampa with a unit specifically for heart surgery, and before the sun rose he had had triple bypass surgery, life saved, and home in 3 days.
If he had insurance? It likely the local hospital would not have sent him right away. They could have billed his insurance tens of thousands of dollars for this and that totally incapable of adequate care for the small limitations of the local hospital, not transporting him for days, though ultimately having to anyway - if he had lived long enough and hoping permanent more heart-muscle death hadn't occurred.
His lack of insurance minimized the heart attack damage, may have saved his life, and since ultimately he would have to be transported anyway (unless he died in the running-up-the-billing delays) cost less in medical costs. Lack of insurance meant the ill equipped hospital had disincentives to keep him for no insurance. But for who he was had him transported to avoid potential political issues.
Insurance does not buy superior medical care nor an incentive for it. It provides an incentive for billing.
Last edited by joko104; 10-15-13 at 09:52 PM.
Who created these terrible poll choices? I either have to say I want Obamacare eliminated, that it has major issues, or that it's better than EVERYTHING else combined? I do not want Obamacare eliminated and it has minor issues.