2/6/13 Health News
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
If you don't or didn't get a chance to read the Health News on SparkPoints today, this is very interesting.
Fewer May Get Insurance Under Health Care Reform: Report
Only about 27 million more Americans will have health insurance by 2017, instead of the 32 million to 34 million originally projected by the Obama administration when it implemented the health care reform law, according to a Congressional Budget Office report.
It said that the smaller number of newly-insured people within four years is mostly due to the deal Congress made last month to prevent the country from going over the fiscal cliff, NBC News reported.
***The CBO said the deal takes away some of the tax breaks employers get for providing health care coverage to employees. This means that about eight million people who would have been insured by their employers will likely lose their coverage.
Some of those people will likely purchase health insurance on the new insurance exchanges that are scheduled to be available by October, while others will become newly eligible for Medicaid, NBC News reported.
About 18 percent of Americans under age 65 don't have health insurance, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. One of the main goals of the Affordable Care Act was to greatly increase the number of people with health insurance.
***About eight million people who would have been insured by their employers will likely lose their coverage. I believe both my husband and I will not have our health coverage through our employers. I already am paying $3,000 a year toward my health insurance. I have MS and MGUS which require blood tests and my co-pays are $30 for each visit. Add in all the extra fees and I am spending a fortune on a voluntary retired lifestyle due to MS. My husband also had to retire early due to going deaf. We are not collecting Social Security or any other government aid.
I think everything is out of control and the low income earners (like me) are suffering more.