Right up there with Supreme Court fights, canceled plans, un-kept doctors (period), and the fiasco that was and is Healthcare.gov:
One in three Americans say they have put off getting medical treatment that they or their family members need because of cost. Although this percentage is in line with the roughly 30% figures seen in recent years, it is among the highest readings in the 14-year history of Gallup asking the question.
Last year, many hoped that the opening of the government healthcare exchanges and the resulting increase in the number of Americans with health insurance would enable more people to seek medical treatment. But, despite a drop in the uninsured rate, a slightly higher percentage of Americans than in previous years report having put off medical treatment, suggesting that the Affordable Care Act has not immediately affected this measure.
Then there’s this nugget:
If the goal of ObamaCare was to give the poor more access to health care, Mission Accomplished: those making less than $30,000 and those on Medicaid showed improvement on these scores.
And if the goal was to give that access to the poor at the expense of the middle class, Mission Also Accomplished. Everybody else suffered. Everybody. These numbers explain not only the truth of ObamaCare, but the story of the recent elections.
Yet again, I am forced to ask: what was the point of ObamaCare? More and more I am forced to answer, to take from the barely-making-it and give to the hardly-even-trying. Even if we thought that was noble or even worthwhile, did we need to hijack one-six of the nation’s economy?
Silly BTL, hijacking one-sixth of the nation’s economy was the goal. Any benefit to the poor—which could have been accomplished by any number of easier fixes—was merely the means to an end.
PS: It ain’t just hangnails we’re postponing:
If these stats make you sick to your stomach, I wouldn’t put off seeing your doc.
How could I forget this success?
Health insurance giants are eating up a bigger slice of the marketplace in most states, despite intense efforts under ObamaCare to increase competition.
The three largest insurance companies held an average of 86 percent of customers in the individual market last year, up from 83 percent in 2010, when the healthcare reform act was passed, according to a Monday report from the Government Accountability Office.
The report found that the marketplace remained highly concentrated from 2010-2013, the latest year data was available, which shows the nation’s slow progress to dislodge long-standing insurance monopolies under the Affordable Care Act.
The findings are a blow to the Obama administration, which has touted lower costs and more options for millions across the country under the healthcare law.
Bull[bleep]. “A blow to the Obama administration”? They wrote the damn bill, and interpret it any damn way they choose. This is by intent, by design. How dare you insult this wise and marvelous man by declaring his signature achievement an abject failure. That’s my job.
Obama couldn’t have passed the law without the consent of the insurance companies. They had to know that their profits were assured—and what fat-cat would oppose the mandated addition of more clients to their roster? If it weren’t for crony capitalism, Obama wouldn’t believe in capitalism at all.
They’ll rue the day, however, they ever got into bed with him. Whatever the capitalist equivalent to herpes, crabs, HPV, HIV, and chlamydia, they’ll get them all. Those valued profits will be their undoing, and socialized medicine will be all that’s left.