In 1965, after pas­sage of the nation­al Medicare Act, health care expens­es increased dra­mat­i­cal­ly, as pent up demand among seniors was slaked and they began to use ser­vices that were pre­vi­ous­ly denied them due to inabil­i­ty to afford. The same was antic­i­pat­ed to hap­pen with the Afford­able Care Act. Despite the increase in the “insured pool” the prob­lem was that those join­ing the pool were those who had delayed med­ical care. Ear­ly reports show this is the case, as sev­er­al sources have report­ed sky­rock­et­ing costs in the health care indus­try. The good news is that this helps the economy…but at what cost, as these charges will come back to the car­ri­ers that spon­sor cov­er­age, and thus to the com­pa­nies and con­sumers who pay pre­mi­ums. The Wash­ing­ton Exam­in­er expressed its alarm by say­ing the accel­er­a­tion comes after years of “Oba­ma and his allies…crediting a show­down in the rate of growth for health care to pay­ment reforms imposed by the law” Yes that was true in the begin­ning, but now we are see­ing the true expansion…and the true costs. As report­ed in the Huff­in­g­ton Post (admit­ted­ly not the most unbi­ased of reportage) “Who could have pre­dict­ed that a recov­er­ing econ­o­my, high­er incomes and a rise in the num­ber of peo­ple with health cov­er­age brought about by Oba­macare would increase how much Amer­i­cans are spend­ing on med­ical care? Well, pret­ty much anyone”