Debunking The Myth – Professor Acknowledges Affordable Care Act Will Not Decrease Costs

Debunking The Myth – Professor Acknowledges Affordable Care Act Will Not Decrease Costs

In a recent New York Times article, Aaron E. Carroll, Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University, breaks down the pros and cons of the new Affordable Care Act. The Professor is very honest about what benefits the new law may bring; however, he also questions the accuracy of a key component of its name – “Affordable” – as in affordable for those who bear the costs primarily via premiums and taxes. The article explains that the “trade-offs among access, quality and costs” are not what the administration was expecting. Emergency use is not declining; preventative screening is not lowering costs, and discretionary and nondiscretionary surgeries are on the rise. The Professor concludes, “it’s understandable that supporters of the law want it to increase access, increase quality and decrease spending all at the same time, but that’s very unlikely. Tradeoffs occur; we need to be honest, and prepared, for what’s likely to happen.”

 

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