HSA stands for Health Savings Account, which is what Congress wants to substitute for the ACA to get them off the hook doing what they don’t want to do anyway — provide for the general welfare. The “general welfare” is such a plebeian assignment and never done! Privatization, here we come!
The problem is that bankers (who populate local chambers of commerce, which groom upcoming public officials to send them to Congress) rely on circulating money to generate revenue. For some time now (since the high of 1992), the rate at which money circulates has been falling steadily–i.e. there are fewer opportunities for bankers to take a cut (dip into the passing stream). So, since the rate of flow seems impossible for bankers to effect (credit card users are balking, student loans have been shifted to the U.S. Treasury, housing borrowing is flat, millennial are riding the bus instead of borrowing to buy cars, and Congress keeps sequestering the bucks), the logical alternative is to increase the stream from which they dip.
So far, when payments from the Treasury to the health care industry are direct, that flow of money is out of the bankers reach. Diverting dollars into health savings accounts would make them accessible to the bankers’ lust.
Bankers, traders in currency instead of slaves, are the problem. Occupy Wall Street shone a light on that. Unfortunately, the focus on Wall Street has been distracted by the Dude’s Mexican Wall. So, what’s needed is a renewed focus on the banksters from a different perspective.
I’m ambivalent between “financial vipers” and “viperous finance.” Instead of snake oil salesmen, we’re best by financial vipers. While I like snakes, vipers are probably an apt symbol of deception and greed.