Sunday, January 22, 2017

ObamaCare Reformed

This is another in a series of posts authored by those 
capable of intelligent analysis of complex and 
controversial subjects.  We share on the 
basis of educating our audience whom 
we trust will pass along this
analysis to others.

[via: J Duncan Barry]

"Liberals are notorious for caring about 'groups' of people, but when it gets down to individual persons, not so much. You’re about to see this play out in spades as Democrats cry crocodile tears over the coming repeal of Obamacare.

"You hear it over and over again: 
'This will be catastrophic for the 20 million people who were previously 
uninsured but now have coverage! You can’t take away their health care!'

"First of all, no one is talking about doing that. Any repeal legislation will have a transition period for those who got coverage through Obamacare to move to new plans. 
And second, they will have more choices and better options. Win. Win.

"But liberals would rather focus on quantity, how many millions we’ve given something to, versus quality, what does that 'gift mean for individual people.

"The Obama administration claims 20 million more Americans today have health care due to Obamacare. The reality is that when you look at the actual net gains over the past two years since the program was fully implemented, the number is 14 million, and of that, 11.8 million (84 percent) were people given the 'gift' of Medicaid.

"And new research shows that even fewer people will be left without insurance after the repeal of Obamacare. Numbers are still being crunched, but between statistics released by the Congressional Budget Office and one of the infamous architects of Obamacare, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Jonathan Gruber, it’s estimated that anywhere from 2 to 7 million people now on Medicaid would have qualified for the program even without Obamacare.

"That further discredits the [Obama] administration’s claim of 20 million more Americans having health insurance because of Obamacare.

"Multiple studies have also shown that even those who are uninsured often have better outcomes than those with Medicaid. A University of Virginia study found that for eight different surgical procedures, Medicaid patients were more likely to die than privately insured or uninsured patients. They were also more likely to suffer complications.

"And it is important to note that this study focused on procedures done from 2003-2007, prior to the geniuses in Washington deciding it was a good idea to put even more people on the already overburdened Medicaid system.

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"Additionally, despite what proponents of the law promised, there is little evidence to show that the use of emergency rooms, which have a higher level of medical errors, has decreased due to Obamacare.

"Then there is this reality: While Obamacare has handed out millions of new Medicaid cards, that does not mean the recipients now have quality health care. In fact, it doesn’t ensure they have health care at all. That’s because increasing numbers of doctors aren’t accepting Medicaid.

Useless if doctors won't accept it

"As a Louisiana woman told The New York Times
'My Medicaid card is useless for me right now. It’s a useless piece of plastic. 

I can’t find an orthopedic surgeon or a pain management doctor who will accept Medicaid.'

"Keep that in mind every time liberal Democratic senators pull out the Kleenex boxes bemoaning the fact Republicans are the ones trying to take people’s health care away."

We thank Mr Barry for his insightful analysis of the ObamaCare conundrum which continues to reign as the most catastrophic of the Obama legacy.