The .1% ROI on PPACA
CMS came out with an estimate of healthcare spending in 202o and opponents of PPACA have jumped on it to claim the law is raising, not lowering healthcare costs.
In fact the most egregious is Avik Roy at Forbes, a self proclaimed healthcare expert with zero background at any level of the industry. His analysis is simply dishonest, shallow and misleading.
CMS projects total US expenditures to rise from $2.6T to $4.6T or 5.8% annually compared to 5.7% without PPACA a whopping difference of $35 Billion.
So lets look at the .1% from the perspective of an investment in America and what the ROI of that is:
- 30-40 Million Americans with quality health insurance
- 300,000 lives will be saved by 2020 as no longer will 45,000 deaths occur annually for Americans without health insurance.
- The cost savings to society and social programs that would support the families of these victims alone will exceed the .1% let alone the human and family benefits
- No American can be turned down for a pre-existing condition. 125 Million have at least one.
- High quality plans for all Americans that will eliminate medical bankruptcies (60% of all today)
- No annual maximums
- No lifetime maximums
- No exclusions/restrictions for pre-ex issues
- Preventive care for all to keep us healthier and reduce long term costs
- State based marketplaces that improve competition and options for small businesses
- Online enrollment, admin, communication in a common format will lower admin costs for businesses
- Allow employers to take advantage of federal subsidies for lower wage workers and contribute to coverage as well
- Insurers must accept electronic data for efficiency
- Consumer protection requirements on insurance companies, regardless of the state:
- Operate at or above 80% or 85% for their medical loss ratios or provide rebates to customers
- This requirement forces insurers to get lean and mean to maximize their profits and streamline operations and connections which will further cut transaction costs downstreamwith consumers, businesses and vendors/payors
- All rate increases be published online for review in a common format in all 50 states, including 10 that do no rate reviews at all today
- All plans use a common format to describe their details to make it easier to understand
- Accountable care organizations will be providing coordinated care for patients reducing duplication, errors and over treatment and using evidence based medicine to improve outcomes and lower costs
- Over 100,000 patients die annually die to improper care. How many will this save?
- less than ethanol subsidies, or
- tax breaks for hedge fund managers or
- 10% of the cost of oil company subsidies
none of which add anything to GDP or any ROI for the American people.
So what is the total ROI for the economy for this .1% investment?
CBO has never scored a dime of savings from reduced healthcare costs into their projections.
Nor has anyone put a price tag on the lives saved and the societal costs of lost wages, taxes, social programs for survivors etc.
Or the really important human costs of children growing up healthier, reduced infant mortality, families not losing loved ones , kids not losing parents et al.