The ACA was a tough choice don't you think?<quoted text>
The media sharks have started circling the wagon. Saw an article on Yahoo the other day that asked the question, "Is it time to do away with presidential term limits?". I have a feeling that since Obamacare is not going as well as Obama had planned, that eliminating term limits will be the next thing on his agenda. If we don't wake up, we're going to completely lose this great nation. I fear that there aren't enough people that pay attention left to make a difference. All we have left are those that vote for the "coolest" guy and that guy happens to be Obama. Someone who knows how to get this nation back on track and make the tough choices that are ahead of us simply can't be "cool".
In private insurance, the average spending growth rate per person has slowed a lot over the last few years. In Medicare, there was no spending growth between 2010 and 2013 and, in Medicaid, per person costs actually decreased some.
All told, health care costs have been growing more slowly over the last three years than any other time period since 1965. More recently, yearly health cost growth slowed from an average rate of 3.9 percent between 2000 and 2007 to 1.3 percent between 2011 and 2013.
Most health care economists now agree, at least to some extent, with this more structural view. Even those who argue that the current slowdown is unlikely to last, such as Harvard's Amitabh Chandra and Dartmouth's Jonathan Skinner, still expect slower health care cost growth in the next decade compared with the previous one.
And in some cases, that translates into better health care, too. This chart from the council's report shows a significant drop in preventable readmissions to hospitals (when treatment goes wrong the first time and the patient must return to the hospital). That happened right around the time Medicare began penalizing such return trips to the hospitals.
Cost savings aside, that's great news for patients, suggesting that the quality of care hospitals are delivering is improving at the same time that spending on that care is slowing down.