As the date gets closer and closer to January, news sources are talking about ObamaCare. The mandatory health reform taking effect in 2014 is dedicated to providing healthcare for Americans nationwide. While lately the focus has been on how the reform will affect people negatively, there might be a beacon of light in the darkness. Will ObamaCare be the beginning of controlling the prescription medications epidemic that has infected American society?
Media outlets investigate and report about how ObamaCare will force Americans to choose from a provided list of health care professionals for those who do not want to pay out of pocket. This will cause thousands to lose their doctor and possibly their health coverage. However, there is also another element of this reform – people might be losing their prescription coverage. There are two main issues with prescription coverage under ObamaCare. First, co-pays are very high; people will have to pay 40 percent with ObamaCare versus the 25 percent in private health care providers. Secondly, the list of prescriptions that the new reform will cover is not very long. If a specific medication needed isn’t on the list, the prescribed individual will have to pay completely out of pocket. This makes prescription drugs quite expensive. And the expenses do not count against the deductible, or the out of pocket limits, so people could be spending tens of thousands per year on medication. Now, there are more expensive plans that can be chosen, but the numbers in these plans might be deceiving. The Platinum Plan, for instance, features a higher premium, but it hardly differs from the Bronze Plan. The only difference is Platinum Plan members are paying off their copayments. The doctor networks are exactly the same.
Defeating Prescription Medications
While this may raise eyebrows around the country, and lift the question as to why someone would pay more for a plan that is exactly the same, this plan might be the beginning of the end of the prescription medication epidemic. Under the new plan, people will be forced to choose from the list. If they decide not to, they have to pay for their own medication. The issue with prescribed medications is that they were so readily available for the public that it was difficult to keep up. With the new health reform, that is not the case. And since the sky is the limit, literally, on how much medications that aren’t covered by the reform can cost, it might deter those who want to use the medications for ill means from doing so. Of course, there will be a few, but the majority will use the medication as prescribed.
Fighting an addiction is always an uphill battle. Prescription medications have been added to the list of the country’s most addicting substances, some medications more than others. The medications weigh heavily on the body. Things like painkillers after surgical procedures (Vicodin and Oxycodone) are some of the most addictive of all. Legal prescriptions were given at far too often a rate, and when the drug became a problem another script would be written as a substitute.
A Living Testimony of Prescription Abuse
Amanda is a living testimony to a harmful prescription drug habit. After several injuries, she had been prescribed pain medication. Her use slowly became abuse and she would commit prescription fraud until her doctor finally cut her off. Her opiate abuse brought down her physical health and affected the relationships she had with those closest to her. Then she found Narconon Arrowhead and everything changed. She worked through the program and with the tools she learned has been able to stay drug free. She now trains horses and deals with her problems head on, without the use of prescription drugs.
Like Amanda’s doctor, Obamacare is essentially cutting off those who do not have the appropriate plan, forcing them to pay out of pocket or use something from the list. Is it possible that Obamacare will be the answer? Or maybe just the beginning of a permanent solution to the prescription drug problem?