Friday, January 6, 2017


Dear Readers: Came across an interesting article about the ACA and its ramifications from the perspective of a physician. 
Below is an excerpt with a link to the entire article.
There are a host of good reasons to “repeal” the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). “Replace” is an entirely different matter. Start with its negative effects on individuals and on our country.

Americans are experiencing skyrocketing health insurance costs—premiums, co-pays, and deductibles—which is the opposite of what the law’s name promised: affordable. The ACA is wasting trillions of dollars even though President Obama initiated his takeover of health care claiming we had to “bend down the [health care] spending curve.”

Supporters of President Obama’s signature law loudly tout its one success—an increase in the number of insured Americans. Regrettably, it did so by reducing access to medical care for all Americans.

The ACA cut reimbursements to Medicare providers by $716 billion. States that expanded Medicaid under the ACA, such as New Mexico, were forced to cut the already low payment schedules to Medicaid doctors even lower. Cuts to physician reimbursements automatically reduce the availability of physicians. As Robert Moffitt of Heritage Foundation testified before Congress in 2009, “You can’t get more of something by paying less for it.”

More insured patients plus fewer available doctors equals longer and longer wait times. That is why 752 residents of President Obama’s home state of Illinois died: they had to wait too long to get life-saving care that was not available in time. This is called death by queueing, something U.S. veterans experience every day.

ObamaCare has aided the growth of the malignancy that is destroying U.S. health care: a massive federal administrative apparatus and regulatory machine that diverts trillions—not millions or even billions—of “health care” dollars away from health care services to pay itself, to pay the health care bureaucracy. 

To read the entire article - click HERE

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