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  •  And the millions who signed in March/April (7+ / 0-)

    will start using their insurance on May 1.

    Expect healthcare spending to be a huge, huge component of 2014 GDP.

    Millions have been putting off surgeries and other care for years due to lack of insurance. The pent up demand will be the driver of GDP for 2014 and even 2015 and 2016 as more people get insured.

    •  Hey, maybe we can mandate market participation (4+ / 0-)

      in other vital areas as well.

      We could have mandated purchasing of agribusiness products. We could have mandated purchasing of bottled or filtered water.

      Just think of all the GDP we could raise if we mandated market participation in vital areas of human need. It would be a real bonanza.

      /snark - at least I hope it is. Your argument scares the shit out of me, and it's a slippery slope argument that I made back in 2011 when I first heard of the plan to push the ACA without a public option.

      Not at all a fan of mandated market participation for the health of industry or the health of key national markets.

      Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

      by k9disc on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 09:26:36 AM PDT

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    •  I would have thought the same thing... (2+ / 0-)
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      Shaylors Provence, RFK Lives

      I really thought that the ACA would be a big help with the economy and would help to bail out some of the hospitals that were providing primary care via emergency room. Then I actually saw what many of the most popular policies provided. For far too many of them, the deductibles are simply huge. I don't think they will help the situation for any major health problems or emergency room reimbursements much at all. People will get their 0 deductible wellness care and a few other things, but any real medical help has these huge deductibles. I really was a bit clueless at first in my support for the ACA, but I really don't see how it is going to help things to the extent I first had hoped.

      Hey...I've got insurance!!!!!!...but I can't use it till I go bankrupt!!! This really did catch me by surprise.

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