Today I offer these parting thoughts to President Obama. We have arrived at that awkward moment when you think you’re important, but you’re not. Today Americans can take a deep cleansing breath as we start a new chapter we have been waiting eight years to begin. As Dr. Seuss famously said, “Don’t cry because it’s over (America), smile because it happened.”
Before we say “adios,” we need to clear up one major piece of “fake news.” What is that, ask you? The contention that Obamacare helped 20 million previously uninsured Americans to get health insurance.
Democrats believe that if they say something often enough it will become “a fact.” You hear our outgoing President (hurrah) say it over and over again. You hear his political puppets in the Congressional MINORITY repeat the refrain. What’s that, ask you? That the repeal of Obamacare “will be catastrophic for the 20 million people who were previously uninsured but now have coverage! You can’t take away their health care!”
[Source: Why Obamacare’s ‘20 Million’ Number Is Fake, by Genevieve Wood]
Seriously, have you heard President Trump or any Republican say that they were going to “take away people’s health care insurance?” Any repeal legislation will have a transition period for those who got coverage through Obamacare to move to new plans. And they will have more choices and better options. Win. Win.
The Democrat Party, trying to salvage a vestige of “good” from a plan that was patently “bad,” want Americans to focus on quantity, not quality. The Democrats are proud of yet another massive give away.
[From the Wood article – in italics] The Obama administration claims 20 million more Americans today have health care due to Obamacare. But that is based on six years of survey data, not actual sign-ups. 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.
It isn’t that difficult to insure people when you simply give them the insurance. If we want to have 12 million more millionaires we can always accomplish it by giving a million dollars to 12 million people.
A better way to count those new additions to the insured would be to completely repeal (no replacement) Obamacare and count how many lost their insurance. …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.
As a physician dealing with patients on Medicaid (MediCal where I live) there is much evidence that they often have worse health outcomes than Americans WHO ARE UNINSURED. 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. So the “gift” of Medicaid isn’t all that great a gift.
Additionally, Americans on Medicaid may not be able to get ANY health care. Why is that, ask you? Because, answer I, the reimbursement to physicians is so low that it is difficult for Medicaid patients to find a provider. 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.”
Further, the increase in Medicaid recipients who are able-bodied adds another serious wrinkle to the equation. The pressure on the remaining doctors who accept Medicaid patients means that many truly needy and disabled Americans are NOT getting the services they need because of the expansion.
My friends, don’t listen to Democrat political hype. They created a disaster and it will take some time to unwind the drastic consequences of their folly.