UnitedHealthcare to keep portions of ObamaCare
Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in on their decision
- Duration 4:03
- Date Jun 11, 2012
Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in on their decision
Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
Floral even if the Supreme Court decides to strike down the president's health care law this month the united health care will not at least not parts of it.
Who's going to -- Part of the Fox News medical eighteen what is united health care -- there they're keeping a lot of the provisions of people.
Presumably liked -- but you're gonna pay more for you.
Illnesses huge group it's a behemoth that covers nine million people in another.
Nineteen million and administers and I'm -- -- disclose they come across -- -- absolutely I'm gonna call this a Philanthropic face I think they know that these.
Provisions are very very popular among consumers they know.
The consumers like covering people up to the age of 26 that they like no co pays on preventive services like colonoscopy -- That they like the -- gave no lifetime limits they like the bells and whistles but here's what people out there don't know.
Sometimes this means other services you might want like a cat -- you might want.
Or X rays can get cut sometimes it might mean when you go for an echo cardiogram you're now paying 20% of that whereas before you're paying zero.
Sometimes it means your premiums are gonna go up.
And from my into the woods it also means doctors get cut in terms of their -- And doctors are not happy may -- they're gonna work a little faster maybe they're not gonna spend as much time -- do so.
I don't think the system can afford this and I don't it's for Philanthropic reasons but it's painless to the group doing it it's not painless to us.
So in other words they're gonna charge you for this one way or the other it's -- like.
Banks with -- whenever they reduce -- cut you're gonna play elsewhere.
Either they're gonna raise our premiums or they're gonna cut our services and other ways or they're -- increase our co insurance is that we have to pay.
Or they're gonna cut my fees.
And I'm already cut to the -- I know you don't feel sorry for me but I am comfortable -- -- my expenses are high and my incomes going down.
But -- -- I know you're not a justice on the Supreme Court but if you were and you hear what the largest insurance company health insurance company America's doing.
Wouldn't you say.
That supports keeping the law.
Has -- No because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and we all know the individual mandate is holding -- -- together because -- managing forcing people to write a forcing people.
Because of something we call the insurance death spiral which is what I just described which is cost are gonna keep going up if you don't force people who don't have health problems into the system.
No I don't happen to believe by the way that insurance coverage.
It's the same thing as providing for health care needs this is a big difference.
-- -- the federal government wants to -- -- poor people living in an area they're not getting care and they wanna build a clinic I'm not gonna say that that's a reckless.
Increase of government power.
But a mandate to buy a product is because it doesn't necessarily mean you're gonna get into -- me.
And I think -- is gonna vote this way I expect the individual mandate to be struck when -- have all lost structure that is another possible.
That is another possibility better when I'm like that's unlikely to decide is politically popular and and -- court wants the look like it's acting nearest.
Yeah it was -- it would -- -- court could be emboldened and is like this because it's so we can demonstrate it down because.
An original insurance companies -- taking matters into their own hands.
Neil you and I have discussed this the number one problem with this -- -- cost and unconstitutionally -- cost and the course will go up dramatically.
If they don't have the individual mandate of Supreme Court is paying attention to that they might straight down the hole.
So -- -- stands right now.
That this move by united health -- help or hurt this whole process.
I think if if it shines a spotlight to -- much of the course problems will remain it helps us.
It with that -- the message here is not.
This -- is good for us it doesn't matter what happens in the Supreme Court the message here is that this law has already started to become so entrenched in a bad way.
That we have huge problems in terms of health care cost.
And also providing services I'm worried that even with the law being struck down.
In certain ways we've already gone too far.
It's -- and I can learn much extra.