There are two criticisms being made simultaneously about the Obamacare insurance plans - that the new mandates are driving up the cost of insurance and that, despite the new mandates, some of the problems that would unexpectedly affect consumers like high deductibles will continue to persist.
The Obama administration has expanded mental health care coverage, but the latest research shows that psychiatrists often do not accept insurance at all. When only 43% of psychiatrists accept Medicaid, it is difficult to see how expanded coverage will help mental health patients.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services paid $23 million to providers, suppliers, Medicare Advantage organizations and prescription drug plan sponsors on behalf of beneficiaries who had died between 2009 and 2011.
The newest wave of critics are the people President Obama vowed Obamacare would save: the sick, the disabled and the poor.
As the fateful date of Obamacare’s arrival in 2014 approaches, an in-progress review seems in order. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s main stated purpose was to make medical care more affordable and/or available to Americans, and the unstated reality is that it needs to do so in a sustainable fashion.