ObamaCare! The centerpiece of Barack Obama’s Presidency. It was going save every family $2,500 per year on their health insurance. That was a promise with a quick expiration date. It was going to make sure everybody got the medical care they needed. Looks like that one isn’t working out so well either.
As a flashback, here’s the President talking about the cost of health insurance relative to your cell phone bill.
We’re guessing the President will using his bully pulpit to get cell phone companies to raise their rates.
Then there’s the other thing, everybody getting health care. Not “health insurance,” “health care.” Gallup took a look at the state of health care today.
Thirty-three percent of Americans have delayed medical treatment for themselves or their families because of the costs they’d have to pay, according to the survey. Obamacare, of course, had promised that it would help make health care more affordable for everyone, but the number of people who can’t afford a trip to the doctor has actually risen three points since 2013, before most Obamacare provisions took effect.
The hardest-hit: the middle-class. Americans with an annual household income of between $30,000 and $75,000 began delaying medical care over costs more in 2014, up to 38 percent in 2014 from 33 percent last year; among households that earn above $75,000, 28 percent delayed care this year, compared to just 17 percent last year.
Part of the problem is an ongoing shift towards higher deductibles and out-of-pocket costs, while health insurance premiums continue to rise all the same.
Remember, ObamaCare was going to “bend the health care cost curve down.” That’s not happening, and the impact of higher deductibles wipes out any potential benefit of lower premiums, although we don’t know anybody whose premiums have gone down, the deductibles just keep going up.
The bottom line is that a few more people are covered by insurance, but the costs of using that insurance are so high, they don’t. Add that to the expansion of Medicaid, coverage for the “poor” that is covered primarily by the states, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster both from a cost covered by taxpayers perspective and people actually getting the health care they need.
Think of it as a mechanism to finally prove Sarah Palin wrong about death panels. The government won’t need death panels, we’ll take care of that ourselves by delaying critical care because they’ve jacked up the deductibles so high.
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