Posted by Tina
Democrats keep telling us that Obamacare added 20,000 uninsured to the insurance rolls. But there’s strong evidence to suggest that number is greatly inflated. Research by the Heritage Foundation paints a much different picture:
As soon as Donald Trump won the election, left-wing groups were busy predicting that, should he succeed in repealing ObamaCare as promised, anywhere from 20 million to 37 million would lose coverage.
An analysis by the Heritage Foundation shows that these claims are largely based on phony numbers coming out of the White House.
While the White House derived its number using survey data, which it then adjusted, Heritage instead went directly to the sources for enrollment data — Medicaid and private insurers — to see what’s really happened.
What they found is that the Obama administration has inflated the ObamaCare coverage number by almost 42%. The actual gain in coverage between 2013 and 2015 was 14 million, Heritage found. That’s close to the Census Bureau’s estimate that the number of uninsured declined by 12.8 million over these years. And of that, only 2.2 million gained private coverage, Heritage figures. The other 11.8 million went on Medicaid. (Heritage only has hard data through 2015, but enrollment in the exchanges was basically flat in 2016.) …
…ObamaCare has caused massive disruptions of the individual market, forced millions to drop health plans they like, caused huge price spikes and mounting insurance losses, created monopoly markets around the country, and resulted in the virtual takeover of the individual market by HMO plans.
That’s to say nothing of the enormous costs of setting up and running the ObamaCare exchanges and the trillion dollars in subsidies to offset the cost of premiums for lower-income families.
All to increase the number of privately insured by a meager 1%.
As for the nearly 12 million added to Medicaid, this cannot be called a victory, given that Medicaid is a bloated, fraud-ridden program that leaves many unable to get to a doctor.
Democrats also insist that republicans have no plan but that’s just fake news. In reality they have had plans to reform healthcare for decades that included removing restrictions for preexisting conditions. Some of the other elements they plan to include are: Health savings accounts, the ability to buy insurance across state lines, efficient tax credits to offset costs of insurance, and separate high risk pools. Obama’s expansion of Medicaid will remain intact for two years to give our legislators time to reform and create a better method for getting healthcare to our nations poor. They will end the massive and expensive over regulation to save time, money and many a doctors health and sanity.
Good news…health insurance relief is on the way!