Pa­tients’ cost bur­den un­der the ACA isn’t a pre-con­ceived no­tion

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the July 15 Vi­tal Signs blog post “Note to doc­tors wor­ried about get­ting paid: ACA in­cludes cost- shar­ing sub­si­dies, too,” the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act shifts more risk onto the pa­tient’s back. That’s no pre-con­ceived no­tion. Credit-rat­ing agencies are fac­tor­ing it into their rat­ings, and they’re no fools. It’s one of many fea­tures of the ACA that crush ac­cess to care while ex­pand­ing in­sur­ance. That’s what passes as “lib­eral” and “pro­gres­sive” in to­day’s Amer­ica. Go fig­ure.

Bill Baar Camp­ton Hills, Ill.

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