We are not yet in a single-payer system, which means the market remains in the driver's seat.
No. For the same reason the market isn't in the driver's seat when I mandate lightbulbs with technologically unreachable efficiency levels or coal scrubbers that jack the cost of energy by 20-30%. Don't claim a free market where a free market does not exist. It's like me tying one of your arms behind your back, bashing your knees, then handing you a sword and having you defend yourself against a trained swordsmen -- fate is entirely in your hands, right? Until the consumers of healthcare (aka the people getting the care) can see transparent prices PRIOR to the actual care given and can competitively bargain shop for doctors/hospitals/procedures, there is no market. Ask yourself how this kind of thing can happen and you'll very quickly understand why it's not a market: http://www.washingtonpost.com/...
Note that in a free market, the consumers would flock to the cheaper option, with the "invisible hand" forcing the higher prices down through basic supply/demand. It doesn't happen in reality because healthcare is a shell game between a bunch of "price negotiators".
The market's treatment of pre-existing conditions is a known black mark against those that argue that free market forces will fix everything.
Again, no. You're conflating health insurance and healthcare, which are two entirely different things that this country insanely links. The _insurance companies_ are the ones who abuse pre-existing conditions. And that can be readily handled with legislation. You don't see life insurance companies dropping people when they get sick or old, do you? There's a reason it doesn't happen: because it's fraud.
Free market sees the uninsured being denied access to emergency rooms
EMTALA guarantees everyone access to emergency rooms. No one is denied.
You're going to need to explain the FU bit about cost controllers. It forced an administrative/medical care ratio on insurance companies. That means that insurance companies can't pile on administrative costs forever.
You seem to think that administrative costs are the primary drivers of rising healthcare costs. I suggest further research. And that clause is also irrelevant as it could just as easily exacerbate costs by having insurance companies push for useless tests to drive up the ratio.
It also increased the minimum requirements of insurance so that what "insruance" is isn't $25 a month feel-good, get-sick-and-die policy.
You think this is a cost control??? It's in fact the exact opposite. And that red herring of "insurance that isn't real insurance" is bullshit. Tons of people with perfectly valid non-garbage HDHP HSAs (myself included) had their costs skyrocket when all sorts of minimum standards they didn't want or require (ever) were forced into their plan (such as childless families and/or men in general paying for maternity care in their insurance costs)
We don't necessarily need more doctors (just allow nurses to practice within the scope of their training, that's one of several quick fixes) or more hospitals. Just because you cannot see or understand the difference doesn't mean the difference isn't there.
You are the one who doesn't understand the difference. And this should be dead obvious to you considering the fact costs (including premiums) are still rising even against the backdrop of this bill. Total healthcare costs haven't changed and the only reason health insurance _looks_ cheaper for poor people is because it's subsidized by the more wealthy who are now paying much more (both out of pocket and in premium hikes). I suggest you stop focusing on health insurance and look at what healthcare actually costs. What's the bill do to lower that cost? (you know, the one that matters...?)
The President and the Democrats and a couple Republicans actually -did- something. If its a buck passed, then its a buck that no one else has bothered or managed to pass in the history of the US.
Again, wrong. Medicare passed the buck from the elderly to everyone else. Medicaid passed the buck from poor people to everyone else. ACA further passed the buck from poor people to everyone else. NONE of these things addressed healthcare costs, which are exorbitantly high. All they did was make it somebody else's financial problem. Hell, if the government did nothing more than spend a trillion dollars a year building new hospitals, purchasing new MRI machines, and training more doctors, we'd probably be way better off than where the money has gone to date. And the healthcare per capita spending here (in the light of three massive government healthcare programs) should make that obvious.
This is part of being a community, and paying taxes sucks, but this is the least horrible option available that the government was actually able to pass.
Not even marginally true. There are a _zillion_ things that could have passed, many with bipartisan support. And those would have all been better than what did pass. What did pass solved one big problem (pre-existing conditions) in a very poor fashion (mandated health care) and solved some small problems (~5-10% of the populace without insurance) in a very expensive and reckless fashion (destroying the HDHP concept, cementing the existing system while redistributing costs, tacking on another mammoth unsustainable Mandatory budget item, etc).