A Personal Tale of ObamaCare Woe: One Patient’s Story

A patient, I’ll call him John, is the kind of working class American that ObamaCare’s architects say that they fashioned their law to help.

ObamaCare’s political disciples are dismissive of the tales of woe that ObamaCare has left in its wake, pointing instead to statistics on the reduced rate of uninsured.

But the rising rate of insured Americans is a phenomenon mostly driven by the massive expansion of Medicaid. Only about half of the people covered by ObamaCare previously lacked health insurance. The rest are folks who had coverage at work or in the individual market, and were forcibly transitioned onto the exchanges.

By comparison, the travails of John, who manages a small retail business, is far more emblematic of the myriad ways that ObamaCare has wrought havoc on the lower-middle-class, working Americans that the law was ostensibly meant to help.

Read more at Forbes

 

Doctors Could Take Heat For Obamacare’s Shortcomings

How do you measure success or failure of a government program? Is it by how many people it helps? Is it by its costs; or savings – that is, if there are any?  Or, do other standards exist by which to judge its overall effectiveness? In the case of Obamacare, the only indicators mattering to many in need of healthcare is just how much money it has (or has not) paid out; and how much medical treatment it has dispensed.

According to a report in Human Events (online, Mar. 23, by Justin Haskins) an appreciable number of physicians are refusing both Medicaid and Medicare patients. The reason? Federal government levels of “reimbursement rates” (Human Events) are not sufficiently high enough for doctors to make the effort in this regard worthwhile.  Yet, what this does is give the stark appearance that doctors (as a group) act harshly against patients.

Haskins’s Human Events report adds, “It may seem counterintuitive to some since doctors spend their whole lives healing sick people, including many sick and poor people, but the reality is that doctors actually make easy political targets for the Democrat machine.”

Another component in the care versus cost conundrum (the Human Events report outlines) is that “[M]ost doctors are not politically active and are poorly represented in government.” Only 17 serve in Congress, for example, who are actually physicians.

Haskins further explains, doctors who are “specialists” are convenient targets.  Their annual earnings easily place them in the “1 percent.” Thus, they are lumped in with that more affluent segment of the population comparatively recently demonized by the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Read more at Human Events