Obama’s healthcare advisor says road to reform may be rough
Posted Jun 21 2010 8:01am
By Jennifer Mitchell
Editor, Action for Better Healthcare
With several years to go before many provisions tied to the new healthcare reform law actually come into play, healthcare costs are likely to get worse before they get better. Even President Obama’s top aide on healthcare reform agrees.
In an article published in the Chicago Tribune the aide says:
"Will plans continue to raise prices? Will some people continue to lose coverage? I think the answer is yes," says Nancy-Ann DeParle, head of the White House Office of Health Reform . "It is something we are concerned about."
DeParle called the next several years a "bridge period" until 2014, when Americans will get guaranteed access to health coverage along with billions of dollars of federal subsidies to help them pay their insurance bills.
The Obama administration is trying to do what it can to bridge the gap, but for some it will still be a rough road. Several million Americans who have used federal assistance to hold on to healthcare insurance may soon lose coverage as special assistance programs expire.
Insurance premiums in general continue to rise and others worry as some companies look for ways to cut back on employee health benefits and to shift more of the costs to employees.
Experts say be aware. "Costs are out of whack and nothing can change that in the short run," said Len Nichols , a healthcare economist at George Mason University.
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