Framingham, MA (PRWEB) September 19, 2012
There’s no shortage of opinions about 2010’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) - or Obamacare - especially as we near what may be its ultimate referendum with this November’s presidential election. But a new eBook on the subject –Obamacare – The Good, the Bad & the Missing – takes a highly analytic approach to both its strengths and weaknesses.
While critical of Obamacare for not going “far enough, fast enough” given the magnitude of the crisis, it finds it vastly superior to the deregulated free - market alternative advanced by Governor Romney – which the book suggests will “pour fuel on the fire” of our medical misspending. It cites the experience of the country’s most deregulated states, which generally score poorly for healthcare costs and quality (a list of “Rip-Off States” is offered to drive home the point).
To further support this conclusion, the author includes the attached graph documenting that virtually ALL the increases in America’s healthcare costs have occurred under less regulated Republican administrations.
This hardly qualifies the book as a defense of Obamacare, however. While it finds it better than its free-market alternative, it also suggests that “More than insurance needs reform” and that “As many Americans may die because they gain health insurance under Obamacare as die from the lack of it”.
The reasoning is that more Americans will be exposed to medical errors responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths every year. This dwarfs the number dying from lack of health insurance, according to John Lynch - the book’s author.
In addition to comparing Obamacare to Romney’s free-market alternative, the book also compares it to the more fundamental and “disruptive” reforms it suggests are needed to realign medical spending with America’s economy.
According to Lynch, “While Obamacare goes further than Governor Romney would in addressing the flaws in our delivery of healthcare, both approaches focus too much on health insurance and too little on healthcare delivery - where most of our medical misspending occurs. Our healthcare costs will double by the time the Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that Obamacare encourages have meaningful impact – while Romney would rely on private insurers to change healthcare delivery, something they’ve failed at to date...
But we need to have realistic expectations of what Obamacare can actually achieve over the next 5-10 years. It won’t be enough to avoid a doubling of our current healthcare costs. And with continued cost-shifting to employees and consumers, many will see their current healthcare costs triple in that time frame.”
The book’s divided into three parts:
The book links to a handful of videos explaining various aspects of the ACA and why fundamental change in America’s healthcare system is so urgently needed in the first place.
The book ends with a discussion of end-of-life care and the need to get beyond “death panel” sloganeering to address this crucial and sensitive issue if we’re to gain control of our healthcare costs in America.