While everyone is talking about the disastrous rollout of the healthcare.gov website, they are largely ignoring a much more substantial problem with Obamacare: the crushing burden it will place on doctors and cash-strapped states by enrolling millions more American’s in Medicaid.
Obamacare initially required all states to expand Medicaid to cover everyone earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $32,500 for a family of four. However, the Supreme Court found President Obama’s forced Medicaid expansion unconstitutional, leaving it up to the states to expand Medicaid or not. So far, 22 states with Democrat governors and four states with Republican governors have accepted the expansion — thanks to promises of one-time federal grants and the extraordinary influence of the same health industry lobbyists who wrote the Obamacare law.
Now we are learning that out of the few thousand who have successfully signed up for insurance through the exchanges a vast majority are enrolled directly in Medicaid. In my state of Maryland, 96 percent of the total enrollment in the exchange has been enrolled in Medicaid. In New York, 23,717 of the 37,000 were enrolled in Medicaid. Finally in Oregon, 100 percent of the 56,000 exchange sign-ups were on Medicaid.
Medicaid, which costs taxpayers more than $450 billion a year, is a failed government program. Instead of providing quality health insurance, there is extensive research which shows Medicaid actually ends up leaving patients in worse condition than if they had no coverage at all. This is probably because the best doctors rarely accept Medicaid, leaving patients with physicians who are willing to accept lower payments. Also, uninsured patients with serious needs likely would go to a free clinic or the emergency room immediately, while Medicaid patients can waste days or weeks navigating a bureaucracy while their condition gets worse.
According to The New York Times, there is ample evidence that this extraordinary growth in Medicaid will aggravate America’s serious doctor shortage. Already, more and more doctors are refusing to take new Medicare and Medicaid patients. As more Medicaid patients flood the system the remaining doctors will be forced to either take the below-market rates the government offers or leave the state, forcing more sick patients to seek care from a shrinking pool of doctors. As furious as the millions of people who have lost their private insurance are now, just wait until those pushed onto Medicaid find out how their access to and quality of care will decline. This expansion of Medicaid will cost at least $250 billion and will be paid for with tax increases and severe cuts to Medicare’s most popular program. This is wealth redistribution.
Obamacare is a pill the American health care system must not swallow. By forcing millions into an already-broken Medicaid system without addressing the severe doctor shortage America faces, Obamacare is set to destroy the best healthcare system in the world. Get all the facts about this and other real life nightmares in this must-read report on Obamacare. It is critical that you share this paper with your friends and family. With your help, we can stop Obamacare before it is fully implemented.
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