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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So, President Obama’s shining promise that his national health care overhaul would drive down health costs proved to be like so many of his promises. In September 2008, campaigning Democratic presidential nominee Obama said: “We’ll cut the cost of a typical family’s health care by up to $2,500 per year.” Among his pledges was that under his plan, everyone would be able to get health benefits at least as good as those available to members of Congress. Ironically, members of Congress tried to exempt themselves from the failed ObamaCare scheme. But apparently they are covered.

The spending forecast for ObamaCare could change completely if ObamaCare is declared unconstitutional or is repealed in a future Congress, which surely will happen if Obama loses the presidency in 2012.

Spending was forecast to grow by 5.8 percent annually under ObamaCare. The major reason was attributed to an enlarged insured population. By 2014, under the scheme, an estimated 23 million people are expected to get insurance, mainly through state health exchanges and the fact that many more people would be eligible for Medicaid where the government is expected to spend 20 percent more.

As for private insurance, it is expected to shoot up by 9.4 percent. Why the big increase? It’s because “the privately insured will be tapped to help pay the difference between what an expanded Medicaid base pays and what doctors charge,” said a story July 29 in Hotair.com. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), whose hundreds of agencies and programs make up and enforce ObamaCare, may well note the costs caused by its distortion and “claim that it should help solve the problem” it has caused.

A giant problem the HHS has not adequately addressed is that having Medicaid insurance doesn’t assure that a patient will see a doctor when ill.

Indiana University’s School of Medicine, for example, in a new study confirmed a national trend: the nation is looking at a severe doctor shortage in the next 15 years. The school is expanding class sizes to address the issue, which will make it the largest medical school in the country.

The Association of American Medical Colleges says graduation and training rates aren’t keeping up with the current shortage of about 150,000 physicians. At present, the country has about 350,000 primary care doctors. The association estimates that 91,000 more will be needed by 2020. In addition, medical colleges and hospitals are warning about a shortage of medical resident positions, according to Indiana News Station WIBC.

Some doctors today won’t even take Medicaid patients, the reimbursement rate is so low. So, when Nancy-Ann DeParle talks about provisions that “don’t show up on an accounting table,” she’s pouring the same kind of snake oil that her boss in the White House has been using to grease his never ending campaigning since he started running for president.

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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."