Colorado Medicaid expansion: Denver Business Journal spreads myth of unsinsured cost-shift

In the Denver Business Journal, Ed Sealover describes the effect of Gov. Hickenlooper’s proposed Medicaid expansion on businesses:

The most direct effect of the move on general businesses could be a long-term slowing of the growth of health-insurance costs if hospitals can reduce the cost of uncompensated care for uninsured patients — which they now pass along to patients insured by employers by increasing their costs of care.

I left the following comment:

This analysis does not account for how much Medicaid, through low doctor payment rates, increases insurance premiums. This amount is much more than the amount uninsured people increase premiums when they do not pay part of all of their medical bills. For details on this, see my article: Your Health Care; Don’t Trust the Colorado Trust.

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