That's really typical of you Carol to pick and choose whatever seems to suit your ignorant assertions. How about this from the same source;<quoted text>
This is more recent and credible.
The main disadvantage is that the Act could actually increase health care costs over the short term. That's because many people will receive preventive care for the first time in their lives. This could lead to treatment of heretofore unknown illnesses, driving up costs.(Source: CBO, 2009 Study on Preventive Health Care, August 7, 2009)
Most of the disadvantages are accruing to those individuals and businesses that are paying higher taxes. In addition, somewhere between 3-5 million workers could lose their existing, company-sponsored health insurance if their company finds it more cost-effective to let them buy it on their own and pay the penalty.
The main advantage of the Affordable Care Act is that it lowers health care costs overall by making insurance affordable for more people. That's because insurance will be extended to two uninsured groups. First, it will include many more younger people, who are healthier. This lowers costs overall because they'll pay premiums, but won't use as many services. Second, insurance will become available to people who now use expensive hospital emergency room treatments instead of going to a primary care physician. This lowers costs because they will have their conditions treated before the expensive critical stage.
Another advantage is it provides insurance more fairly. Prior to the Act, only people who fell into one of four categories could get affordable health care:
1. Those who work for a company that provides it.
2. Those who can afford to pay on their own and who have no pre-existing conditions.
3. The very poor, who have Medicaid.
4. Those who are 65 and older, who have Medicare.
If you don't fall into one of those categories, you are forced to pay for health care out of your pocket. If you can't afford it, either the hospital must pick up the cost, or you must declare bankruptcy. The U.S. system was set up this way when the Federal government gave tax breaks to companies who provided health insurance for their employees.
So Carol do you honestly think it's a bad thing that provisions of the ACA will allow people to become aware of medical conditions early on when they're easier and less expensive to treat? What do you think happens when those conditions like hypertension cause more serious medical issues because they weren't dealt with earlier?