National issue hits home

When I moved to the area a few years ago, I was referred to Dr. Eric Gibb at Mountain Medical. I recall from my first visit that a part of our conversation focused on the Obamacare proposal. He indicated that he was for it, saying that at least when he set a broken arm for an uninsured patient (for example), he knew he would get paid.

Dr. Gibb is terminating his current practice. In a written statement to his patients, he says this about the new government and insurance-free practice he is starting:

“My relationship with you as my patient is being damaged by the paperwork and economics of our changing system. Family physicians are being forced to reduce office visits to 10 minutes for each patient, and the political uncertainty of our current medical system is creating chaos.”

Dr. Gibb proudly announces that his new practice will “happily” not accept insurance.

In neighboring Park County, the only health care clinic in that county closed June 27. The Fairplay Flume reported “It was like the heart of medical care was torn out of Park County.”

Right here in Buena Vista, as reported in the September 25 issue of the Chaffee County Times, HRRMC CEO Bob Morasko says that a new assessment of patient demand calls for two additional physicians – one at BVHC and one at Mountain Medical.

On a related note, my wife was diagnosed a few years ago with a genetic condition that is easily and fully treatable. She was then designated “uninsurable” by every insurance company we contacted. Our only option was to go to a state-run insurance exchange where we paid extremely costly premiums for high-deductible coverage.

Obamacare was promoted as providing health care insurance for the “uninsurable”. She should have benefitted. She didn’t. The state exchange closed. Now, under Obamacare, we pay EVEN higher premiums for even higher deductibles.

National issues affect everyone . . . and we can see it locally. Obamacare can be repealed if citizens vote locally for those national candidates pledged to repeal it.

J. David Holt
Nathrop, CO

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5 Responses to “National issue hits home”

  1. Marty

    Sad to say I do not know one single person who is paying lower premiums under Obamacare.

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    • Lisa

      I pay lower premiums under Obamacare. I recently went part time and lost insurance and I'm thankful that the ACA exists. I pay significantly less money than I did before and my deductibles are comparable. So far I am happy.

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    • Jeff Auxier

      To blame Obamacare for the ails of the American health system is like blaming a lunar eclipse for tides. Both involve parts of an interrelated system, but one has little causal effect on the other.

      The US pays 16 or 18% or so of our GDP into medical care. Putting aside the issue of why we consider GDP growth a success (when GDP includes bee-killing pesticides, mountaintop removal, and diabetes medicine), if we could bring the percentage of GDP spent on medical care to a level in line with that of the next two or three industrialized nations, our nation's annual budget deficit would just about disappear. Think about that - our budget deficit would disappear.

      Many people that dislike Obamacare dislike it because they feel it did not go far enough. They are always lumped into the overall figure of people who are against Obamacare. Yet these folks would rather see a single-payer system, with one set of payment rules, less hassle for docs over getting paid, fewer crushingly stressful arguments for very sick people seeking necessary care, one set of rules and one well-understood benefit plan for patients, etc. Single-payer proponents are a considerable percentage and polar opposite to the "let's do what we did before" crowd.

      No society can possibly afford everything the medico-pharmacological-industrial complex wants to sell us, and that many of us want to buy (or have our insurance company buy). No society. That is perhaps the great thorny issue that was not addressed by Obamacare, any prior system, or our society at large.

      It seems a multifaceted problem with probably all parties bearing some responsibiltiy for the solution.

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  2. Chris

    As an Insurance Agent who has assisted many folks with health insurance, the Affordable Care Act has reduced premiums for a much higher percentage of my clients than have seen premium increases. And now because the Affordable Care Act does not allow insurance carriers to deny folks insurance because of pre-existing conditions there are a number of clients that recently secured health insurance that in the past were deemed uninsurable. The Affordable Care Act is here for now, so we need to make the best of it. To ensure you are getting the correct information about the Affordable Care Act and to ensure you are getting the best coverage for you and your family I would recommend speaking with a Certified by Connect for Health Colorado Broker or Health Coverage Guide.

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    • Larry Jones

      Chris where are you an agent at? I want a consultation as our agent is saying my wife and I's premiums are going to take a 27% jump this year. He has shopped everything.

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