While the implementation of ObamaCare is moving forward, the rules are about as clear as mud and many of the regulations are being written on the fly. On top of that, there have been many surprises for both businesses and health care providers.
For many businesses the costs associated with the new health care law are far beyond what they were paying for their employees health care before the law passed. The new law requires expanded coverage in many areas and this has of course driven up costs. While businesses are used to seeing annual increases in premiums, new plans are far more expensive than those covered in the past. This is a result of the plans covering so much more than before.
While one can argue that this is better for the employee, and certainly this is the Obama Administrations take, what actually happens is that employers end up dropping employees from coverage altogether and pay the mandated fine. The employee is then forced to seek a plan from one of the state sponsored insurance exchanges.
One current frustration is that very few states have actually set up these exchanges. In fact the Federal rules for the exchanges aren’t even completed at this point, and most likely won’t be ready for at least another year. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone give how inept the government is at doing anything. But to attempt to reorganize 1/5 of the U.S. economy is a blunder of historical proportions.
It’s not just businesses that are being drastically affected by the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act. Doctors and health care facilities are feeling the pinch as well. Many hospitals and clinics that see Medicare patients have recently discovered they’re reimbursements will be dropping as one of the cost saving measures of ObamaCare. This has lead to clinics turning away Medicare patients because they can no longer afford to provide them care and stay in business.
Salary levels will most likely also be affected for health care professionals. Much of the bills cost savings come from relying less on specialists like radiologists and more one primary care doctors. These physicians will then make requests for imaging and diagnostics directly from technologists. X Ray Tech Salary Guide has a wealth of information on how the changes in the bill will affect radiographers and other technologist salary levels. This site also has a good deal of information on ways to find jobs in a tough economy.
Undoubtedly this is just the beginning of the issues involving Medicare. So much smoke and mirrors were used to get the law passed in the first place, that there are sure to be more surprises for businesses and doctors in the near future.
Of course average citizens are now feeling the pain of the increased taxes that are a part of the method of payment for this behemoth of a bill. Some recent estimates have said that it will end up costing TRILLIONS more than was originally advertised.