More Costly Health Care Ahead

Tait Trussell is a national award-winning writer, former vice-president of the American Enterprise Institute and former Washington correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.


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Health care spending in America will soar from $2.6 trillion in 2010 to $4.54 trillion by 2020, with nearly half of all spending for health to be made by government by 2020, according to a new national study by the peer-reviewed health policy journal Health Affairs.

Meanwhile, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in a 10-year forecast limited solely to ObamaCare provisions sheepishly admitted July 28 that health spending would grow at a slightly slower rate if we didn’t have the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Supporters call ObamaCare the Affordable Care Act. But it likely will be affordable in the same way Michelle Obama’s vacations with family and friends to Spain and South Africa have been affordable—on the taxpayer’s dime.

Total spending for ObamaCare is projected to grow each year by 5.8 percent, according to the forecast released by CMS July 28. If ObamaCare didn’t exist, spending would rise at a slightly slower rate—5.7 percent, CMS said.

But defending ObamaCare, much like Davy Crockett at the Alamo, was White House Health Czar Nancy-Ann DeParle. She was quoted as saying: “The Affordable Care Act creates changes in the health care system that typically don’t show up on an accounting table. We know these new provisions will save money for the health care system even if today’s report doesn’t credit these strategies with reducing cost.” This was rather like calling the CMS actuary a big fibber.

The Health Affairs journal said, “During this period [from now until 2020] we expect that the Affordable Care Act of 2010 will reduce the number of uninsured people by nearly 30 million, lead to prescription drugs and physician services accounting for a greater share of health spending than would have been the case otherwise, and contribute to an increase in the government-sponsored [federal, state, and local] share of health spending to just under 50 percent by 2020.”

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  • Watchman

    It make come a time in the very, very near future that being a Doctor of Medicine will not be the career choice people will select. It's just not cost effective and will be worse as time goes by thanks to Obama. Better read up on do it yourself home style natural herb medicines. Sounds funny but, there may be truth to it.

    • http://www.katherinesands.com Kathy

      Soon a law will be passed that doctors can't quit their jobs and they will HAVE to take every Medicare/Medicaid patient that comes their way. They will not be allowed to deny them.

      • Jim Swarthowe

        Or, the doctors who want out will be fined! Sounds like Soviet Union style tactics to me!>!?!>!?!

      • Edward Buck

        That is quite possible. In 1967 the Canadian province Quebec instituted a harsh law against doctors. To make it stick, they were forbidden to quit; and if they did leave the province, their assets were confiscated. This did not hit the front pages in the US because at the same time mail box bombs planted by separatists were of concern. It took a couple of years for Canada the nation to put Quebec in its place.

      • paul

        Who is John Galt?

  • Jim Svendsky iii

    Remeber the lies?

    Not one thin dime.

    You can keep your own doctor.

    Health costs will go down.

    Health care will increase.

    LIES LIES LIES.

    To hell with Oh-bamma.

  • LindaRivera

    SCARY……

    Is this REALLY our AMERICA??????

    Know the TRUTH about the Government Health Care Bill H.R.3200 – Key Points http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcBaSP31Be8

  • LindaRivera

    An inferior health care plan that no one wants and CANNOT afford to pay. The threat to jail and/or fine those who don't purchase the government enforced plan.

    Massive spending as if there is no tomorrow. Fighting wars we have no money for. Massive borrowing. The Massive giving away of Billions of dollars every year to other countries, including the oil-wealthy Middle East, Hamas-controlled Gaza and the Palestinian Authority organization who fill their war chests, build mansions and laugh all the way to the bank with free infidel money. Whilst in America, homeless shelters are filled to capacity; tent cities have sprung up all over the U.S. filled with desperate, jobless, homeless, NEGLECTED Americans.

    Massive debt. The massive printing of paper money out of thin air to DELIBERATELY create out-of-control inflation. There is no question that the total DESTRUCTION of America's economy is planned. The results will be horrifying. In the once wealthy and great nation of America, millions of Americans will become destitute, hungry and homeless with no money or resources to help them.

  • LindaRivera

    OBAMA: DEBT UNSUSTAINABLE

    Obama Says U.S. Long-Term Debt Load ‘Unsustainable’
    By Roger Runningen and Hans Nichols

    May 14, 2009 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama, calling current deficit spending “unsustainable,” warned of skyrocketing interest rates for consumers if the U.S. continues to finance government by borrowing from other countries.

    “We can’t keep on just borrowing from China,” Obama said at a town-hall meeting in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, outside Albuquerque. “We have to pay interest on that debt, and that means we are mortgaging our children’s future with more and more debt.”

    Holders of U.S. debt will eventually “get tired” of buying it, causing interest rates on everything from auto loans to home mortgages to increase, Obama said. “It will have a dampening effect on our economy.”…

    Obama admits the terrible financial destruction wrought against Americans. WHY then DOES OBAMA NOT IMMEDIATELY REVERSE THIS TRAGEDY?

  • LindaRivera

    Organic, non-gmo avocado, fruit and nut trees and berries must be planted in all of our nation’s cities’ and towns’ parks to help the many millions of Americans who will soon be in a desperate struggle to survive.

    Watch it. And weep for our great nation and people:

    FALL Of The Republic – The Presidency Of Barack H Obama – The Full Movie HQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8LPNRI_6T8&fe

  • Sound&Fury

    The President has already delayed scheduled cuts in Medicare reimbursement until after 2012, no doubt because he knows that reducing reimbursement will have the predictable effect of reducing the number of MDs willing to take Medicare patients. When Medicare beneficiaries realize that their access to care is now limited as a consequence, this will create unhappy voters. Delaying that move until after the 2012 election will hedge his chances for reelection.

  • mrbean

    Free health care is not free. To guarantee "free" health care, the Canadian government must force the individual to pay for everyone else's medical care and limit his freedom to pay voluntarily for his own. With bureaucrats deciding who receives what, the individual is therefore forbidden from spending his money according to his own rational judgment (and the advice of his doctors) as to what's best for his health. When a government forces people to act against their own interests, it's no surprise that the results are misery and death.

    Fortunately, Canadians are starting to recognize the problems inherent in "single-payer" health care and are taking very small steps towards limited private medicine. America must not repeat Canada's mistakes. As P. J. O'Rourke said, "If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free

    • mlcblog

      So well said, Mr. Bean.

  • mlcblog

    HOW can we get this repealed??

  • Amused

    Yea , so we can go back to $40 aspirins in the hospitals , not enough nurses for a safe ratio of nurses to patients , rising insurance and medical costs of almost 28% per year ,pharmaceuticals where folks have to choose between medication or food , yea we had it " great " before Obama care . You numbskulls dont know what a private policy for a family of four costs ? Oh wait , maybe you got a "Group policy " THAT YOUR BOSS IS PAYING PART OF . Take all the hype ,spin and rhetoric out of your arguments ….and you got NOTHING . But you still have your FEAR MONGERING ,.."death for grandma " .All you know about Obama care is the partisan pablum you've been spoon fed since the election .

  • Amused

    But wait …….it's the Teabaggers to the rescue !!! Where's their Plan ?…..uh-oh… all I hear is the sucking wind .

    • Jim_C

      100% on the money.

      "Our plan has always been to stand in the way of any new plan. We have the best health care system in the world."