You’re familiar with President Obama’s “Lie of the Year” in 2013 – “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor…”
It turns out it’s a much bigger lie than we originally thought.
The Affordable Care Act provided a big increase in Medicaid payments for primary care in 2013 and 2014. But the increase expires on Thursday — just weeks after the Obama administration told the Supreme Court that doctors and other providers had no legal right to challenge the adequacy of payments they received from Medicaid.
ObamaCare has been long recognized as a Potemkin Village rather than a “health care initiative.”
ObamaCare was based on lies from very first statements candidate Obama made about it.
- If you like your health insurance…
- If you like your doctor…
- ObamaCare will save you $2,500…
- ObamaCare will reduce healthcare costs…
And on and on and on.
We’ve discovered that reality is a harsh mistress. You can’t keep your insurance or your doctor, it’s costing you significantly more, and healthcare costs are going up. There’s another wrinkle that’s going to kick in on Thursday. Care for the biggest segment of people who got new coverage – Medicaid patients – are about to discover that while their “insurance” may be free they can’t find a doctor.
Dr. George J. Petruncio, a family physician in Turnersville, N.J., described the cuts as a “bait and switch” move. “The government attempted to entice physicians into Medicaid with higher rates, then lowers reimbursement once the doctors are involved,” he said.
A bait and switch? Who could have possibly seen that one coming? As a side note, the even bigger bait and switch was the federal reimbursements to the states to get them to set up their ObamaCare websites. The feds are paying an increased percentage of new Medicaid costs for five years and then the states are going to discover the same thing that Dr. Petruncio discovered. Expanded Medicaid rolls are going eat their budgetary lunches.
Just to make sure everybody suffers, the reduction of reimbursement rates is going to shut Medicaid recipients out of the market because they won’t be able to find a doctor.
The White House says Medicaid is contributing to the “largest coverage gains in four decades,” with 9.7 million people added to the Medicaid rolls since October 2013, bringing the total to 68.5 million. More than one-fifth of Americans are now covered by Medicaid.
But federal officials have not set forth a strategy to expand access to care with enrollment…
The result will be that doctor’s – greedy bastards that they are – will choose to opt out of taking Medicaid patients. So you’ve got your ObamaCare, you just may have to drive 300 miles to find a doctor.
Hell of a job Barack.