Far be it for a forester with mud on his boots to disagree with Rob Colones, the president of a huge health care system, such as McLeod Health, about a topic within the health care system, but here goes!
In his recent op-ed encouraging S.C. to accept the $11.2 billion in federal funds to broaden health coverage for the uninsured in our state under Obamacare, his obviously slanted view has to be recognized and addressed.
I think that all of the views that I have read which are in favor of accepting the federal funds and control have come from folks who stand to gain financially.
The opposing views come from our elected officials who are knowledgeable about the long-term effect that this will have on our well being.
Mr. Colones’ article states that 44,000 jobs will be created by accepting the federal funds. Mr. Colones says that these jobs will boost the state’s economy and generate sufficient tax to offset the difference that it will cost the state (you and me).
What projected costs have ever been accurate? We have never seen a federally funded give-away program end, but we have always seen the cost of that program grow exponentially.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is already over budget. How confident are we to believe that our state is going to end up paying only 10 percent of this cost — and most importantly, 10 percent of what figure?
I think that we should compare this to the state government’s college scholarship programs and what has happened to the cost of a college education.
We agreed on the S.C. Lottery to help fund college education and look what happened to the cost of college tuition. It has grown at a much faster rate than inflation.
The colleges and universities have obviously taken advantage of the funds that were supposed to help us with the cost of educating our children. Education costs us more today than it did before.
Will the same thing happen with the cost of health care? If you and I agree to pay for the health insurance of those who will not work, will the cost of health services’ increase to offset it all? The answer is yet another question: “Are there people who make money from health care?”
Our problem lies in the cost of health insurance and in government interference with health coverage.
When I purchase health insurance and see the agent make an automatic 25 percent profit, when I see that I cannot go outside of my state to purchase insurance that is cheaper, when I see the federal government mandating what my insurance company will cover and what coverage I can purchase, when I see that my personal health coverage went up 20 percent since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, and I hear the call for more government control, my head spins.
Vaux Hall Avenue