Update at the end of the post.
Or rather, NOT working, as the case may be. Okay, that IS the case, no need to beat around the bush about it. One area in particular is working exactly the OPPOSITE of what they promised (which many of us didn’t buy, but whatever, right?) That would be the number of ER visits.
Yes, while we are focusing on so many other issues currently facing the nation, Obamacare continues to lumber along having all kinds of impacts on us. This one factor is a big one, that’s for sure.
Would you be surprised to learn that they have gone UP, not DOWN, since the inception of Obamacare? Yeah, I didn’t think so. It sure wasn’t for Ed Morrisey at HotAir.com:
And not unexpected either, except for those who continue to defend ObamaCare as the solution to rising medical costs. A poll of over 2,000 emergency room doctors shows that visits to ERs have increased, and in precisely the population that ObamaCare advocates claimed they would decrease and reduce costs:
A survey of 2,098 emergency-room doctors conducted in March showed about three-quarters said visits had risen since January 2014. That was a significant uptick from a year earlier, when less than half of doctors surveyed reported an increase. The survey by the American College of Emergency Physicians is scheduled to be published Monday.
Medicaid recipients newly insured under the health law are struggling to get appointments or find doctors who will accept their coverage, and consequently wind up in the ER, ACEP said. Volume might also be increasing due to hospital and emergency-department closures—a long-standing trend.
“There was a grand theory the law would reduce ER visits,” said Dr. Howard Mell, a spokesman for ACEP. “Well, guess what, it hasn’t happened. Visits are going up despite the ACA, and in a lot of cases because of it.”
ObamaCare includes a Medicaid expansion component, which advocates claimed would get people out of ERs and into clinics. Emergency rooms cannot deny service, and many people without health insurance chose to seek care in ERs and then let their bills go unpaid, creating the need for government subsidies. By forcing people into either health insurance plans or Medicaid through the individual mandate, ObamaCare would give these patients the option to seek medical care at lower-cost clinics rather than through expensive ER visits, which was a major theory for its supposed cost controls.
Shocking, I know. Okay, it probably isn’t to most of us who knew that a lot of these claims by Obama and his Minions were a crock of hooey. Turns out that is indeed the case on a HOST of levels. All at the taxpayer’s expense, I might add.
Who can forget how horrible the website was, how poorly it functioned when it functioned, how vulnerable our private information was (is) to fraud (and more), and how unbelievably, INSANELY expensive just the WEBSITE was to create? Never mind all of the false claims by Obama himself – you know the ones, like “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” blah, blah, blah:
Yeah. Right. Like I said, a whole bunch of hooey was spewed about this law, its benefits, how much it would save (Obama claimed for a family of four, it would save $2,500 a year – AHAHAHAHA), and more. Please.
But yeah, that whole ER visit was a BIG one made by the Democrats and their advocates repeatedly. And now we know THAT is wrong, too. Awesome. Just freakin’ awesome. The Democrats WRECKED out Health-care system based on a whole bunch of lies, forcing a law on us the vast majority of citizens did NOT want, and not only is it FAR more expensive than we were told it was going to be, but it is far less effective than it was supposed to be. In other words, it is a total Lose-Lose for us.
Another way in which we lose regarding Obamacare is the secretive manner by which our public officials conduct our business. Sharyl Attkisson has a GREAT piece on this very topic:
[…] In 2009, when President Obama ordered federal agencies to be more open and err on the side of releasing material to the public, this can’t be what anyone had in mind: thousands of pages of HealthCare.gov public business conducted via email by public officials yet somehow deemed so sensitive, so secret in nature, that we are not to see it.
Public disclosure has gotten to be so bad that the overused b(5) exemption to turning over material has been nicknamed the “withhold it because you want to” exemption.
Who is in charge of forcing agencies to properly comply with FOI law? The Department of Justice, which — unfortunately — is just as egregious with its FOI violations and defends the federal agencies in court for their failure to disclose. So the agency that could and should prosecute them is not about to do so. It’s a Catch 22. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
A “Catch-22,” to put it mildly. So the whole law is costing us a boatload of money; with public officials, paid by us, writing emails that they refuse to allow us to see; with many people losing the health care they really did want to keep; with the tax portion worse than people thought it would be; with just about all of us paying more than we were before for less; all while Obama and the Democrats claim it is working because using Common Core math, they claim 8 million people are now covered, which, in the scheme of things, is a mere drop in the bucket of people here and not very many for whom we should have trashed the entire system.
Yeah, that sounds about right.
Maybe the Supreme Court will actually do the right thing this time around. I guess time will tell. In the meantime, we might be getting totally screwed over by this thing. If only we could actually read those emails to know for sure…
This is an Open Thread.
UPDATE: The Daily Caller also has an article highlighting two more ways Obamacare is “imploding”: low enrollment numbers, and the cost to states. And the hits just keep on coming…