The head of one of the region's largest hospital groups concedes that while he had high hopes for the Affordable Care Act, he is now convinced that Obamacare is flawed and will not work, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Patrick Carrier heads the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System, which operates several hospitals and clinics in the San Antonio area, including the new Children's Hospital of San Antonio. He told 1200 WOAI news that one fatal flaw in Obamacare is the price of coverage.
"One calculation where a family of four that makes $50,000 a year, will have to pay up to $9,000 a year in premiums," Carrier said, citing the average San Antonio family.
But Carrier stresses that the concept of a national health care plan which will include those without insurance and make sure patients don't have to use the emergency room for routine care is needed. And he says Obamacare is a 'start.'
"I'm not sure how many people can afford that kind of coverage," he said, "Even though they truly need it."
Carrier does give the Obama Administration points for trying.
"It may not be perfect," he said. "Let’s not let good get in the way of perfect. Let's look at changing it if we need to," he said.
Meanwhile, Sen. John Cornyn is outraged after Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius conceded that the so called 'navigators' who are helping citizens enroll in Obamacare, do not have to undergo any background checks, which means they may in fact be convicted felons. Felons who will then have access to all of the personal information of enrollees.
"Even thought they will receive sensitive personal information from the individuals they help sign up for the Affordable Care Act," Cornyn asked with increasing credulity.
"A convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst to them," Cornyn asked.
"That is possible," Sebelius replied.