Charles Blahous of the Mercatus Center and Hoover Institution describes how the ObamaCare he made in 2010 have proved correct, and the predictions of Obamacare supports have proved false. The predictions include:
- States will make a variety of decisions with respect to expanding Medicaid.
- Expanding Medicaid will cost the states money, in part because of the “woodwork effect.”
- The ACA will significantly worsen the federal budget deficit.
- Expanding health insurance coverage will increase health service consumption and costs.
- There was a substantial risk that cost savings projected for several ACA provisions would not fully materialize.
Read more: I Was Right About the ACA | e21 – Economic Policies for the 21st Century.
Sean Parnell of the Self-Pay Patient blog writes:
Nearly two and a half months ago, I posted here that a reporter had contacted me and waslooking for people to interview who had chosen to opt out of Obamacare. Several dozen of you responded, and I was able to pass along your information for her to include in her article.
The article finally ran last week in the Washington Post (her editor had bumped it until after the end of Obamacare’s open-enrollment period, hence why it’s only now coming out), and I’m pleased to say I think the reporter did a good and fair job explaining what some Americans are doing.
More: Washington Post features Americans opting out of Obamacare.
How could a bloated government bureaucracy achieve such low-cost success? As we found out recently, it’s by quietly sticking veterans on a waiting list and putting off their treatment for months-sometimes until the patients are far too dead to need much in the way of expensive care. Which is to say, calling it a “success” is stretching the meaning of the word beyond recognition. And, while the White House insists it learned from press reports about the secret waiting lists, Press Secretary Jay Carney acknowledges that the administration long knew about “the backlog and disability claims” that have accumulated in the VHA.
The article begins:
Just a couple of years ago, Paul Krugman pointed to the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) as a “huge policy success story, which offers important lessons for future health reform.” He gloated, “yes, this is ‘socialized medicine.’”
Read more: The Veterans Health Administration Really Does Offer ‘Lessons’ in ‘Socialized Medicine’ – Hit & Run : Reason.com.
From the Associated Press:
[M]ore consumers realize they bought plans with limited doctor and hospital networks, some after websites that mistakenly said their doctors were included.
Before the law took effect, experts warned that narrow networks could impact patient’s access to care, especially in cheaper plans. But with insurance cards now in hand, consumers are finding their access limited across all price ranges.
The dilemma undercuts President Obama’s 2009 pledge that: “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period.”
More: Consumers losing doctors with new insurance plans – The Washington Post.
Via the NCPA.
Paul Hsieh, MD writes:
There will always be limits on who will or will not receive expensive medical treatments. We have no choice about that. But we do have a choice of whether those decisions will be made by patients based on their personal and economic priorities — or by government bureaucrats. The first protects the doctor-patient relationship. The second creates divided loyalties for doctors, who will always be serving two masters. As a doctor, I prefer the first. As a patient, you should too.
Read more: Should Doctors Limit Medical Care To Save Money For ‘Society’?.