The article is VERY misleading. The consensus is Oregon has one of the most
successful programs for coverage of low-income people in the country. Most
important, if conservatives had their way and there was no expansion of Medicaid
under the Affordable Care Act, these people would have no access to preventive
and continuing medical care at all.The 30% increase in emergency
room visits claimed is for only some of the 15 regions surveyed. The average
is much closer to the norm. Once the bottleneck of new enrollees decreases,
scheduling appointments at clinics will go much more smoothly and emergency room
visits will be fewer.BTW: The federal government does not run USPS.
It is federally chartered, but an independent entity. And, USPS does millions
of local deliveries for UPS and FedEx. It is the largest and the most
successful package delivery company in the world. USPS loses money because it
is forced to operate inefficiently by Congress. One example is Saturday
delivery of mail.
“Seven regions report an increase in ER visits, up to 30 percent”I thought Obamacare was supposed to get those people out of emergency
rooms and into primary care clinics – just another example of what a big
lie Obamacare is.So glad we did not rush headlong into Medicaid
expansion.low federal reimbursements …prompted many doctors to
turn Medicaid patients away.Oregon's Cascade Health Alliance,
(a)… coordinated care organization that has closed its doors to new
patients.The liberals who drafted this monstrosity have no concept
of market forces, and refuse to acknowledge those exist in the health care
This was predicted long before Obama Care was even passed -But too many people
have no Idea how much ( FREE ) stuff costs.It will not get any better, but will
get much worse.The only thing you can do change the system by your vote. However
if you think the party that is in power now will change what has happened you
will be bitterly Disappointed.
@ordinaryfolks Medicare is going to be as Medicaid is now. Unsustainable.
@ OrdinaryFolks:Medicare and Medicaid are both government-run
programs who process billions of dollars in fraudulent claims every year, and
that often go unnoticed due to the inefficiency earlier described. A
private company would never tolerate such waste.
This is a prime example of what happens whenever the government gets involved in
areas where they shouldn't. It's always invokes more problems and more
inefficiency compared to private enterprise. Take the Post Office
for example. Federal Express and UPS are private companies competing with the
government-run Post Office. They makes billions of dollars in profits per year
while the Post Office continues losing billions annually. Sadly,
that's the way the government functions regarding most matters. It's
by nature less efficient and has no incentive to become more so. When the biggest part of Obamacare kicks in at the end of this year, we will
see what is currently happening in Oregon take place place on a national level.
There will be unfathomed levels of frustration and cost. There are
no free lunches. Somebody always has to pay, and it's usually the taxpayer.
The red ink with the federal government budget deficit will eventually hit a
limit... and much quicker than anticipated thanks to Obama's policies since
taking office. It's still averaging nearly a trillion per year under his
md from cachewhat does medicare look like?
I can't imagine why a government-run insurance would fail. What a shock.