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Affordable Care Act’s fate doesn’t hang on individual mandate decision (Best of MedCitizens)

Every week, MedCity News highlights the best of its MedCitizens: syndication partners and MedCity News readers who discuss life science current events on MedCityNews.com. Now here’s the best of what YOU had to say.

Every week, MedCity News highlights the best of its MedCitizens: syndication partners and MedCity News readers who discuss life science current events on MedCityNews.com.

Now here’s the best of what YOU had to say:

ACA will survive even if the individual mandate falls. “Should the mandate fall, though, it won’t drag down the rest of the law despite claims by many supporters that the intricacies of the insurance marketplace make the mandate economically necessary. Indeed, briefs before the court suggest the economics behind the mandate are iffy.

MLR is only the beginning of the end of private health insurance in America. “Make no mistake – Obamacare spells the end of private insurance as we know it. And slowly but surely, patients previously covered by private insurance will find themselves funneled into government health programs. One of Obamacare’s most disruptive new restrictions is its ‘minimum medical loss ratio’ (MLR).”

Gloomy conference weather matches the mood of the medical profession. “Things are changing at these big Scientific Meetings for doctors now. They used to be fun to attend; now you can see the collective sighs as you spoke with other doctors – the meetings have become more obligatory than anticipated for many. Get your CME’s, pay the freight, and head home. Even a fellow from Wayne State’s program cornered me at a post-conference event: ‘What’s happening to us? Aren’t doctors supposed to be important? I needed a pen, so I asked a vendor if I could have one of theirs that was displayed on their counter. They agreed, but not before scanning my name badge. Depressing.’”

Kauffman Life Science Ventures Summit seeking applicants. “Life science startups face more complex and daunting hurdles than new enterprises in non-regulated industries do. To help aspiring and early-stage life science entrepreneurs address these challenges, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation will hold a Kauffman Life Science Ventures Summit June 22-23, 2012.”

One idea for reducing healthcare costs: Healthcare marketplace collaboratives. “Given how big a cost healthcare is to employers it makes sense for more employers to reexamine their healthcare spending. The healthcare marketplace collaborative is an attractive model for those purchasers willing to assume an active role in reshaping healthcare delivery for their employees.”

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