At Forbes.com, John C. Goodman writes:
In about a year and a half, the ObamaCare employer mandate kicks in. Firms with 50 or more employees will be required to provide expensive health insurance for their workers and their dependents or pay a fine of $2,000 per employee. What difference will that make? …
Something similar already exists in France, where firms that hire a 50thworker become subject to a 3,200 page labor code that makes it difficult to fire employees or reduce their hours or their pay during down turns. How are French employers responding? They are remaining small. In France there are more than twice as many companies with exactly 49 employees as there are with 50 or more.
See also: The Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Small Business.
“Obamacare Enrollment is Mostly Medicaid Expansion,” writes John R. Graham. This is bad news, considering the poor quality of medical care available to Medicaid enrollees and the rampant fraud.
The Medicaid Mess: How Obamacare Makes It Worse, by Avik Roy, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
What Medicaid Fraud Looks Like: Mansions, Sports Cars, Klingon Battle Swords, and 30,000 Dubious Claims, by Peter Suderman, Reason.
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.