Yes, I know president Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law five years ago and the Supreme Court recently firmly solidified it in our health care system. But Obamacare was not health care reform, it was just health care change. Sure, more Americans are covered with health insurance because of it but the health care system is otherwise business as usual.
That includes continuing skyrocketing costs. Health insurance providers from around the country are planning to raise their premiums twenty- to forty-percent in 2016—some even more. The ACA was supposed to drive down the cost of health care. But it should come as no surprise that it’s not happening. Even before the law was passed, Dr. Marcia Angell from Harvard University Medical School said “we’re going to deliver the private insurance companies a captive market.” What did anyone seriously think would happen when you give for-profit insurance companies a captive market?
I’ve been saying since the beginning of president Obama’s term that real health care reform means a single-payer system. It’s as true today as it was then. Thanks to the ACA, health insurance companies are more entrenched in our health care system than ever. Unfortunately, they are the problem not the solution.