Doctor with patient

Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg.


June 23, 2014
Arkansas Doctor, Kathryn Chenault, has seen first-hand how Obamacare fails to deliver in reducing health care costs. She writes in USA Today, “Every year, lawmakers wrap health care providers like me in ever-tighter reams of red tape.” She explains how this is making things worse for her and other doctors:

By October, the law had already created 11,000 pages of regulation. It has added thousands more since.

Doctors, hospitals and insurers must hire armies of lawyers and administrators to make sense of this system. This leads to mountains of paperwork. I’ve had to hire extra staff to fill out forms, file them and fax them. Even for a private practice doctor like me, this dramatically increases costs while worsening the patient’s experience. This also explains why doctors rarely spend enough time with patients. We’re forced to do paperwork, too.

The end result are higher health care costs.

Complex Obamacare regulations also frustrate employers as Katie Mahoney, Executive Director for Health Policy at the U.S. Chamber, recently explained to Members of Congress:

First and foremost, the greatest complaint we hear from our members is about the extraordinary expense of complying with the reporting requirements. This includes challenges with identifying which employees are full-time during which months as well as, for those employers that self-insure, challenges with collecting social security numbers for dependents.

“Businesses must redirect resources to report on the coverage they offer, rather than use those resources to pay for a greater portion of the cost of that coverage,” she added.

Regulation-writing bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., aren’t the answer to making health care more accessible andaffordable. For solutions, check out the recommendations in the U.S. Chamber’s Health Care Solutions Council reportthat are based on innovative efforts employers are taking to control costs and improve health care quality.

Follow Sean Hackbarth on Twitter at @seanhackbarth and the U.S. Chamber at @uschamber.


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