What will health care look like in 2012 and beyond?
Woodbury #Rotary Club Healthcare Forum – Jan 12, 2012. About 30 in attendance.
Tweets from MinnesotaLAS:
- Julie Bunn extolling virtues of US healthcare but noting it is wasteful, inefficient and unsustainably costly.
- Curt Geissler, Lakeview Hospital, noted that pharmaceutical costs are the highest expense in healthcare driving up costs
- Overall impression of uncertainty and worry due to the level of change and regulation coming down the road for the healthcare industry as a result of ACA – Affordable Care Act
- A 26 to 42% premium increase for health insurance is estimated by the States consultant
- Nancy Nelson, BC & BS: The federal govt. is very new to health insurance. [How appropriate she put Wizard of Oz analogies in the presentation]
- 46% of US healthcare financed by government. There is nothing simple about the Affordable Care Act says Chris Schneeman of Seven Hills Benefit partners which puts together health plan packages for employers.
- Penalty for not insuring is $99 (individual mandate) – since ‘people aren’t dumb’ this is a big flaw of ACA.
- [God - please have the Affordable Care Act repealed. It won't be good for anybody!]
- Penalty for employers to NOT insure will be a lot less than the cost of providing insurance, so guess what? [People will be dumped onto the government healthcare plan!]
- Wizard of Oz appropriate after all, Sibelius who is HHS secretary, is from Kansas and the effect of the ACA will be as bad as one big, huge, tornado.
- Overall the mood of these healthcare experts seems to be much frustration and fearful anticipation.