Medicaid enrollees strain Oregon; state expanded program under health care overhaul

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  • Interloper Portland, OR
    July 24, 2014 11:45 p.m.

    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.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    July 24, 2014 1:37 p.m.

    “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 marketplace.

  • deseret pete robertson, Wy
    July 23, 2014 11:29 p.m.

    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.

  • md Cache, UT
    July 23, 2014 4:54 p.m.

    @ordinaryfolks Medicare is going to be as Medicaid is now. Unsustainable.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    July 23, 2014 3:18 p.m.

    @ 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.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    July 23, 2014 2:21 p.m.

    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 administration.

  • ordinaryfolks seattle, WA
    July 23, 2014 2:03 p.m.

    md from cache

    what does medicare look like?

  • md Cache, UT
    July 23, 2014 1:43 p.m.

    I can't imagine why a government-run insurance would fail. What a shock.