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Insko: Two years later, health care reform seen as a “huge victory” (video)

This week, health care activists are marking the second year anniversary of President Obama’s signing of the national health care reform law.

Today at the legislature, the Regional Director of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services will join with women’s organizations, health care advocacy and consumer groups to show their support for Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Because of the Act, millions of women have expanded access to basic health care, such as mammograms and Pap smears. They can also no longer be dropped from their health insurance when they need it most.

State Representative Verla Insko was among a group of 31 NC legislators who signed on to an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court in January supporting the constitutionality of the ACA.

Insko, who joined us last weekend on News & Views,  notes the Affordable Care Act provides a 50% discount on prescription drugs for Medicare recipients in the coverage gap known as the “donut hole.” and by 2014 insurance companies will be required to provide coverage for those with a “pre-existing condition.”

This week’s celebrations come just days before the U.S. Supreme Court will be hear arguments on the constitutionality of several aspects of the ACA.  Rep. Insko believes the High Court will uphold the law.

To hear a portion of  her radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below. To hear the full interview, visit the radio interview section of the N.C. Policy Watch website:

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10 Comments

  1. Alex

    March 20, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Now if we could just figure out a way to pay for it !

  2. gregflynn

    March 20, 2012 at 11:00 am

    We all pay for uninsured medical costs more than we need to. The national health care reform law makes those costs visible, and reduces them.

  3. Alex

    March 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Sorry Greg, but the studies don’t support your optimism. When have you ever seen a large bureaucracy reduce costs ? It’s just a new entitlement program, and they all go up in cost every year guaranteed.

  4. gregflynn

    March 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I’ve talked to emergency room doctors who see patients use the ER as a walk-in clinic because they don’t have primary-care physicians, displacing other patients, creating delays, using expensive resources and running up costs at high ER/hospital rates. A lot of such treatment should be preventive care and case management which has proven results in NC.

  5. Stephen

    March 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Alex: “the studies don’t support your optimism. When have you ever seen a large bureaucracy reduce costs ?”

    Citations, please. Every study on this issue that I’ve ever read comes to opposite conclusion. Medicare and Medicaid are the most-efficient health care systems we have (in terms of positive health outcomes per dollar spent).

  6. Alex

    March 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Simply look at the growth in costs of both programs over the last 10 years my friend. The two together will eventually bankrupt the country if not reined in. In just 4 budget years, entitlements will be 70% of our total budget which leaves little else.

  7. Doug

    March 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Stephen, how can you call Medicare efficient when 20% of the total spent is nothing but fraud and waste according to the GAO ?

  8. gregflynn

    March 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    That number according to GAO is upwards of 10%, not 20%.

  9. Alex

    March 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Some studies put it even higher than 20 %- regardless it’s a huge number !

  10. Doug

    March 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Medicare is a license to steal ! Whatever you bill to the government is paid with no questions and no human involvement ! By the time the fraud is discovered, the money is long gone .