PPACA 2013 observations

We saw this timely article on EBN’s webpage and want to pass it on and comment.

While State exchanges are something that are part of our PPACA reality, the administration of these plans is an issue. How will they be enrolled and who handles the eligibility?

PPACA opposition – is 52% enough to overturn the law? It’s not likely, but this statistic continues to point to the fact that 78% of the Republicans in Congress still oppose Obamacare and 52% of survey’s respondents believe that the law should be overturned. This statistic, ironically, mirrors the election’s popular vote.

Women’s Health Care- PPACA’s birth control mandate may well be on the road to interpretation by our highest court but birth control is and always will be a personal choice. Despite how the law comes down, it will unlikely change the habits and desires of women in this matter. Therefore, the costs to the health care system won’t be reduced. They will likely increase due to uncollected expenses generated by these items.

Here is the article;

With the 113th Congress up and running and the president’s policy schedule filling up by the day, a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard School of Public Health identified five things Americans would like the government to set as top health care priorities this year:

1. State exchanges. Fifty-five percent of respondents say state-based health insurance exchanges are a top priority for their lawmakers. With only 18 states and Washington, D.C., declaring they will create state exchanges, more information is needed on how federally run exchanges will operate in the remaining states. “This is the year of the health insurance exchange,” said David Colby of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at a luncheon held Thursday at the Kaiser Family Foundation. The panelists, including Drew Altman, CEO of KFF, noted that governors are still split along partisan lines about the creation of exchanges.

2. PPACA opposition. Fifty-two percent, including 78% of Republicans, say the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act opponents in Congress should continue trying to overturn the law. When asked why, a majority of respondents cited overturning the law for “less impact on taxpayers, employers and health care providers.”

3. PPACA complacency. Forty percent think that PPACA opponents in Congress should “accept that it is now the law of the land,” and move on to focus on implementation.

4. Premiums. Increasing state regulation of health insurance premiums should be a priority for lawmakers, 37% of respondents say.

5. Women’s health care. One-fifth of respondents believe lawmakers should limit women’s family planning, reproductive health and other services. A timely topic as PPACA’s birth control mandate seems poised to head to the Supreme Court later this year, according to the Associated Press.