I would agree with Jolie that it's a big fail of Obama and one of his many broken promises.
Any moron could have told him the catapulting insurance premiums that have been happening the last 20 years are still going to continue to rise. Obama's policies aren't necessarily responsible for this (many would disagree with that http://cbo.gov/sites/default/files/c...0-premiums.pdf
), it would have happened anyway, but saying he could lower it was a lie of the devil in his ear and out his mouth.
We're in the process of picking our benefit packages for the next year where I work and premiums aren't going up at all. I'm very sure where I work the premiums have risen only twice the last four years and certainly not 24%, but that doesn't mean Jolie's posted overall stats are false.
Any effort to drive down health care costs are going to fail as our population of aging, obese and unhealthy people continue to gobble up any gains me make to control costs. That unfortunately is the reality that Obama and Romney/Ryan have to face. It would be nice if they were honest about that.
I've heard many conservative friends grumble "why should I have to pay for the health care of everyone?" and my answer is this "has your insurance premiums gone up the last 10 years"...the answer is invariably yes and we all are paying for the healthcare of everyone else through those rising premiums. Some of those people are on medications and seeing several doctors and using up more in health care costs than their premiums, but it can be argued that someone else is picking up the tab for them even though they pay insurance premiums.
If we contributing half as much energy into taking care of ourselves and the general population, through prevention, nutrition and wellness screenings our health care costs would drop because people would be healthy. That's our only solution.
Romney/Ryan can't offer anything better. Getting rid of Obamacare as they promised isn't going to lower health care costs to society. Like it or not health care costs are going to rise, the uninsured are going to be a huge cost burden (for lack of a better word) that drives costs up. Society is still going to pay one way or another.
That's probably all I'm going to say. I added healthcare to guns and abortion to what I don't talk about. LOL