Niagara Gazette —
Another popular provision of "Obamacare," is that health coverage cannot be denied if a person has pre-existing conditions. That just makes sense to people, much like agreeing to not hit a man when he's down.
The act is now law, so a dead stop is almost impossible, according to Roberta Rifkin, vice president of government affairs for Independent Health.
"What the bill does do is create an environment for change, " Rifkin said and others agreed.
"This is both an evolution and a revolution," said John Bartimole, president of the WNY Healthcare Association, a trade organization representing area hospitals.
"Obamacare" as it stands is very open ended right now, according to Bartimole, a lobbyist for his association. The bill is created so a lot of the ultimate decision making power on many of its provisions is ultimately charged to the Secretary of Health and that person will serve at the wishes of the new president. Many of the provisions won't come into effect for two years, so there is much jockeying taking place in the details.
"The federal government and the state government are still developing the rules," said Don Ingalls, vice president, state and federal relations for BlueCross/BlueShield of WNY. "We don't have all the details we need."
The crux of reform involves creating a healthier population and getting and keeping people healthy. "Obamacare" has numerous incentives to encourage municipalities and businesses to enhance the health of their people through programs that promote nutrition, exercise and preventative care.
The second most important issue is cutting costs by insuring the nearly 50 million uninsured who use hospital emergency rooms for their primary care — resulting in very expensive hospital bills, which ultimately raise the premiums of the insured.