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Failure of Obama’s health care plan is on the Democrats, but they seem content to do nothing to fix it

If Democrats refuse to fix Obamacare, Republicans must do it.

Senate Republicans are planning to vote on their version of the long-awaited health-care replacement bill as early as next week; this is the latest development in the contentious process of dismantling the Affordable Care Act. The unveiling of the “Better Care Reconciliation Act” sets up another showdown of competing narratives: ACA supporters will accuse Republicans of cutting coverage and reducing benefits and the GOP will point to a flawed system that is losing insurers and forcing double-digit premium increases on families across the country.

This face-off is nothing new. The conversation has played out repeatedly over the past six months. But one thing no one seems to be talking about is that Republicans are the only ones attempting to address the rising costs, declining quality of coverage, and increasing lack of choice in the health-care marketplace.

Democrats seem to be content with the status quo of the Affordable Care Act. Premium and deductible costs are rising and choice and competition are decreasing. As of now, over 1,200 counties will have only one insurance provider available on the individual market next year, and 35,000 individuals will live in counties with no options available at all. These numbers are expected to increase as insurers finalize their 2018 plans in the upcoming weeks, and yet, Democratic lawmakers have not introduced any major legislation to try and fix the system. They have taken the easy way out: showboating and complaining instead of working on a solution to stabilize the health-insurance market.

Liberals often accuse the GOP of intentional sabotage, but premiums were increasing and insurers were fleeing long before the GOP victories in the last election. If Democrats are worried about the effects of the replacement plan, they should be proposing their own ideas, not just placing blame. Symbolic protests and legislative obstruction might play well in Washington, D.C., but they do nothing for the families all across the country being crushed by the consequences of the ACA. Republican messaging to date has focused only on the collapsing marketplace; it must also emphasize that Democrats have done nothing to improve Obamacare.

The reform conversation has been framed as a decision to cut coverage and reduce benefits, but what most on the left leave out is that the biggest driver of reduced insurance coverage is cost. A report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services last month showed that premiums have increased 105 percent since the implementation of the ACA. Average monthly premiums in the 39 states using HealthCare.gov (the federal health-insurance exchange) increased from $232 in 2013 to $476 in 2017. In 24 of those states, premiums have doubled since the implementation of the ACA.  Another report, released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), showed that 2 million people have dropped individual-market insurance coverage since January. Of those people, 46 percent cited lack of affordability as their reason for canceling their plans.

Some Democrats have suggested that a lack of funding is the only problem with the ACA, but throwing more money at the problem by increasing tax credits and bailing out insurance companies does not fix the law’s underlying problems. Any person with basic math skills should know that increasing the amount of money spent on a program does not lower its expenses. This is just cost shifting, not cost reduction. The actual cost of the product is not any lower. Americans are just hit twice, first in the form of higher insurance premiums and then again in higher taxes to cover the cost of government subsidies.

This week, Senate Democrats added holding the floor, a legislative maneuver to slow down routine Senate business, to their grandstanding efforts. A few Democratic senators also livestreamed a field trip to the Congressional Budget Office as a form of protest, taking time to snap a selfie in front of the CBO in an effort to bring attention to their cause. Late-night speeches, cellphone snaps, and scavenger hunts do nothing to help those living in counties with no insurance provider. There is no moral high ground in claiming to care about those struggling to obtain health care while not attempting to bring forth any ideas for reform.

Republicans should no longer let their colleagues across the aisle get a free pass on the health-care-reform discussion. They cannot assume that just because the ACA is unpopular with their conservative base, replacing it will be a political win for the party. In addition to highlighting the merits of their own bill, Republicans must also continue to show the country that the ACA is a disastrous law, but one that Democrats are nonetheless committed to preserving.

The Democrats’ refusal to change current law most likely stems from an unwillingness to admit that the ACA has not lived up to its promises. Conservatives predicted eight years ago that a government-heavy health-care system would lead to decreased competition and increased costs. Democrats should not let embarrassment that those predictions came true prevent needed real solutions and lasting reform.  At present Republicans are the only ones working to remedy the problems the ACA caused.

There is still plenty of debate and dialogue to be had between the parties on specific crucial matters such as Medicaid funding, tax credits, and benefit waivers in the new bill, but this should not distract from the larger issue at hand: The market today is not a functioning place to buy high-quality, affordable insurance. Republicans need to go on the offensive and remind voters that they are the only ones working to remedy Obamacare’s problems. The GOP is stepping in to save an already failing system; their push to repeal and replace is not the cause of Obamacare’s collapse. The collapse is a consequence of a poorly designed law.  (Repeat: The collapse of Obamacare is a result of a poorly designed law.  (NORM ‘n’ AL emphasis))  That is on the Democrats, and Republicans should be sure to make that fact crystal clear as the work continues to give Americans a health care program that actually performs as needed.

 

[From an article written by Juliana Darrow, published by NATIONAL REVIEW]

 

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States still scrambling to stop “sticker shock” from Obamacare

Obamacare still scaring lots of people...Expecting premiums on the ObamaCare insurance exchanges to rise sharply in the wake of the repeal of the individual mandate, states are scrambling to find ways to blunt this “sticker shock,” reports the Washington Times.

Simply put, the individual mandate forced healthy people to subsidize coverage for the unhealthy. Without it, premiums are expected to rise by an average of 10 percent as people who draw few benefits drop coverage, leaving a smaller pool of sicker people for insurers to cover.

Congress had an opportunity to remedy the situation somewhat by including provisions in the just-passed omnibus spending bill that would, among other things, have poured federal money into the exchanges to hold down premiums for 2019 — a deal brokered by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.). But Democrats balked at GOP-authored language that would have applied the Hyde Amendment, which forbids federal funding of abortion, to ObamaCare, scuttling the agreement and leaving states to deal with the inevitable rate hikes.

 “States don’t print money, and individual markets, to become stable, need an infusion of federal dollars,” Mila Kofman, executive director of the D.C. health exchange, told the Times.

This was always one of the big pitfalls of ObamaCare. The system was designed to require federal subsidies in perpetuity. The repeal of the individual mandate and the failure of the Alexander-Murray deal, which would only have forestalled the premium increases for another year, simply exposed the problem.

What is a state to do when faced with double-digit premium jumps?

According to the Times, “A few blue states are considering a restoration of the “individual mandate,’” among them Connecticut, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia. Rhode Island “is exploring whether they should copy neighboring Massachusetts,” writes the paper. Given that, at least as of 2016, the Bay State had the highest family premiums in the nation and insurance costs that were growing faster than wages, Rhode Island might want to reconsider adopting “Romneycare.”

The unpopularity of the federal individual mandate suggests that few states beyond those deeply committed to the progressive agenda will try to impose their own version of it. Instead, most are likely to pursue “reinsurance” programs whereby the state covers claims for high-cost beneficiaries, thus reducing premiums. The Trump administration has made it easier for states to apply for waivers to create their own reinsurance programs, and several states have taken advantage of the opportunity.

“There is a template for doing this based on what a handful of states have already done, but the clock is ticking,” Larry Levitt, senior vice president for the Kaiser Family Foundation, told the Times. “States would have to move fast to have reinsurance programs in place to affect premiums for 2019.”

For some states, time has already run out. Washington gave up on a reinsurance program when it couldn’t decide how to finance it. Meanwhile, Nevada’s legislature, which mercifully meets only in odd-numbered years, won’t convene again until February, so the state can’t do much to address insurance premiums for next year. Instead, writes the Times, “Nevada is using its marketing skills to stress the economic benefits of being insured instead of lacking coverage, plus federal subsidies that will blunt rising cost[s] for the vast majority of customers.”

Maryland isn’t waiting around for solutions from D.C. Besides approving a bill calling for a reinsurance waiver application, Governor Larry Hogan (R) said he’s set to sign one that would redirect the $380 billion insurers are expected to retain under federal tax reform into a state tax to subsidize high-cost exchange enrollees.

“Other states,” reports the Times, “are trying to find ways to get around Obamacare, saying its robust coverage requirements nudged healthier people out of [the] market” by making insurance too expensive for them — a perfectly predictable result of the so-called Affordable Care Act.

ObamaCare was always a disaster waiting to happen. Republicans had the chance to repeal the entire law and blew it. Now they, not the party that foisted this monstrosity on the country in the first place, are likely to take the blame for its flaws that their halfhearted repeal exposed. In the meantime, ordinary Americans — and their state governments — will pay the price for the GOP’s ineffectiveness.

 

[From an article published by THE NEW AMERICAN]

 

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Medicaid scandal under Obamacare: 21,904 truly needy people died while waiting behind 13 million able-bodied adults

Medicaid has lost sight of its core purpose as a safety net for the truly vulnerable.  The program has become bloated, enrolling a record number of able-bodied adults who are consuming limited resources.

 

Nearly 22,000 needy people have died while waiting for Medicaid coverage, while 13 million able-bodied adults received coverage from Medicaid in the states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, an explosive new study has revealed.  At least 247,295 people are currently on waiting lists to enroll in Medicaid.Obama

The study, published by the Foundation for Government Accountability, revealed that when Obamacare enabled states to vastly expand Medicaid, it resulted in mismanagement, depriving the most needy and rewarding the able-bodied.

“This really is a tragedy. Medicaid was designed as a safety net for the truly needy. But it’s become bloated and lost its focus,” Nic Horton, research director at the foundation, told PJ Media. He argued that the “ObamaCare expansion is perhaps the best example of this: nearly 13 million able-bodied adults have been added to welfare while truly needy individuals on waiting lists die before ever getting the services they needed.”

“I hope this is a wake-up call for policymakers everywhere to examine their Medicaid programs and make sure resources are being preserved for those who are truly vulnerable,” Horton declared.

Since Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion came into effect in 2014, 21,904 people have died while on the waiting list, and that number only includes 12 of the 32 states that expanded Medicaid. During that time, Medicaid spending on able-bodied adults more than doubled.

According to the report, only 10.7 million disabled people are on Medicaid, while the program covers 29.2 million able-bodied adults.

The foundation’s report told the tragic story of Skylar Overman, a 12-year-old girl in Little Rock, Arkansas. “Born with a rare neurological condition called Schizencephaly that requires around-the-clock care, 12-year-old Skylar spent more than 10 years on the state’s Medicaid waiting list. While Skylar waited, the state enrolled more than 300,000 able-bodied adults in their Obamacare Medicaid Expansion.”

Currently, there are more than 650,000 truly needy individuals like Skylar on waiting lists across the country, with nearly 250,000 of them in states that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare.

Here is a breakdown of the 22 states that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare and reported how many needy people are still on the Medicaid waiting lists. Next to the states where people died on the waiting list, we have included the number of people who died waiting for care. Three states in particular stand out: Maryland, Louisiana, and New Mexico.

1. Alaska.

In Alaska, 535 people remain on the Medicaid waiting list.

2. Arkansas, 74 deaths.

Under the Obamacare expansion, 289,428 people successfully signed up for Medicaid in Arkansas. There are still 3,278 people on the waiting list, however, and in the past four years 74 of them have died.

3. California, 384 deaths.

More than 3 million people (3,838,401) signed up for Medicaid under the Obamacare expansion in the nation’s largest state. Even so, another 4,088 remain stuck on the waiting list, and 384 of them died before getting coverage.

4. Colorado.

In Colorado, 3,194 people remain on the waiting list to get Medicaid coverage.

5. Connecticut.

In Connecticut, 2,903 people remain on the waiting list to get Medicaid coverage.

6. Illinois, 823 deaths.

In Illinois, more than half a million people (655,307) signed up for Medicaid under the Obamacare expansion, and another 19,163 remain on the waiting list. Another 823 people died on that waiting list.

7. Indiana.

In Indiana, 1,627 people remain on the Medicaid waiting list.

8. Iowa, 989 deaths.

A full 152,174 people signed up for Medicaid under the Obamacare expansion in Iowa. Another 8,928 remain on the waiting list, while 989 have died while on that waiting list.

9. Kentucky, 38 deaths.

Nearly half a million (466,193) people in Kentucky received Medicaid coverage under the Obamacare expansion. Another 8,190 remain on the waiting list, and 38 people have died waiting.

10. Louisiana, 5,534 deaths.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards unilaterally expanded Obamacare on July 1, 2016, and the state has since signed up 451,643 people. The program is grossly over budget. Despite promises the welfare program would only cost $1.1 billion in its first year, actual costs came to $2.5 billion.

In that same time period, however, 5,534 people died while on the Medicaid waiting lists. Another 73,929 remain on the waiting list, according to the report. Individuals wait up to six years and six months on average before receiving services.

11. Maryland, 8,495 deaths.

A staggering 8,495 people have died while waiting for coverage in Maryland since the Obamacare Medicaid expansion began. The state enrolled 291,044 people in Medicaid under the expansion, 103 percent more adults than were ever supposed to sign up. Another 36,156 remain on the waiting list.

According to state officials, the average wait time for an individual to be approved for Medicaid is seven years and six months. Even so, Maryland’s Medicaid expansion has cost the taxpayer $4.7 billion.

12. Michigan, 1,970 deaths.

Under Obamacare, 665,057 Michigan residents received Medicaid coverage. Another 3,311 remain on the waiting list, and 1,970 people have tragically died while awaiting coverage.

13. Minnesota, 15 deaths.

When Minnesota expanded Medicaid under Obamacare, 206,774 Minnesotans were added to the rolls. Another 128 are still on the waiting list, and 15 tragically died while waiting.

14. Montana.

In Montana, 1,309 people remain on the Medicaid waiting list.

15. Nevada, 304 deaths.

Under Obamacare, 220,582 people in Nevada received Medicaid coverage. Another 1,372 remain on the waiting list, while 304 of the needy have tragically died waiting.

16. New Hampshire.

In New Hampshire, 260 people remain on the Medicaid waiting list.

17. New Mexico, 2,031 deaths.

Since New Mexico expanded Medicaid under Obamacare starting on January 1, 2014, the state has spent $2.8 billion on benefits, enrolling 259,537 people. Both costs and enrollment far exceeded expectations.

During that same period, 2,031 needy people died while waiting for approval. Another 5,401 remain on the waiting list, while the state has provided benefits for more than 259,000 able-bodied adults. For those who do eventually get care, total wait times average 10.2 years.

18. North Dakota.

In North Dakota, 3 people remain on the Medicaid waiting list, despite the Obamacare expansion.

19. Ohio.

In Ohio, 62,118 people remain on the Medicaid waiting list.

20. Oregon.

In Oregon, 134 people remain on the Medicaid waiting list.

21. Pennsylvania, 154 deaths.

Under Obamacare, 705,911 people in Pennsylvania received Medicaid coverage. Another 9,728 remain on the waiting list, while 154 of the needy have tragically died waiting.

22. West Virginia, 1,093 deaths.

Under Obamacare, 181,105 people in West Virginia received Medicaid coverage. Another 1,540 remain on the waiting list, while 1,093 of the needy have tragically died waiting.

 

The Foundation for Government Accountability report ended with a call for Medicaid reform. “Medicaid has lost sight of its core purpose as a safety net for the truly vulnerable,” the report argued. “Over the last few decades in particular, the program has become bloated, enrolling a record number of able-bodied adults who are consuming limited resources.”

“As these adults consume more and more resources, the truly needy are being left behind, many of them dying before ever getting the additional services they need,” the report stated. “In order to restore Medicaid, policymakers must reprioritize and refocus the program on the truly needy.”

The foundation presented a three-step reform plan: stopping the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, empowering individuals through work requirements, and cracking down on welfare fraud.

While Obamacare did not create the waiting lists, the Medicaid expansion increased the likelihood that truly needy individuals will miss out on the help they need, because billions of dollars in aid are being diverted to able-bodied adults.

When liberals expand big-government welfare programs, they don’t just cost the taxpayer. Misdirecting government benefits can also leave the truly needy out in the cold, and this horrible tragedy provides 21,904 reasons to reverse the Obamacare expansion and reform Medicaid.

 

[From an article published by PJ Media]

 

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Family of four paid $900 per month for Obamacare health insurance last year…their monthly premium in the year ahead? Over $3000 per month.

Over the past several months, Democrats have jumped on every opportunity possible to blame the Trump administration for yet another year of staggering Obamacare premium increases.

Ironically, despite arguments from the Left that Trump’s defunding of Obamacare’s marketing budget would cause 2018 signups to plunge, as Politico recently noted, they’re actually up in 2018…which begs the question: was the Obama administration just wasting $100 million a year in taxpayer money for nothing?  Shocking thought, we know.

Meanwhile a fresh barrage of outcries from Democrats, most notably Nancy Pelosi, came after Trump’s decision to cut federal subsidies, an action which the CBO insisted could result in devastating premium increases of up to 20%.

Of course, if Trump is responsible for 20% of Obamacare’s premium hikes in 2018, then perhaps Nancy Pelosi should explain to the Dixon family in Charlottesville, VA precisely who is responsible for the other portion of the 235% premium hike they just received.

As the Washington Post pointed out, the Dixons, a family of 4 in Virginia, were shocked earlier this month to find that their Obamacare premiums were going to surge from roughly $900 per month in 2017 to over $3,000 per month in 2018.

 Ian Dixon, who left his full-time job in 2016 to pursue an app-development business, did so because the ACA guaranteed that he could still have quality coverage for his young family, he said.

But when the 38-year-old Charlottesville husband and father of a 3- and a 1-year-old went to re-enroll this month, his only choice for coverage would cost him more than $3,000 a month for his family of four, which amounted to an increase of more than 300 percent over the $900 he paid the year before. And this is for the second-cheapest option, with a deductible of $9,200.

“Helpless is definitely a good word for it,” Dixon said. “Rage is also a good word for it.”

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Of course, Democrats and the MSM also applauded Obamacare’s ‘great success’ earlier this year when several counties that were previously feared to be left with no coverage options in 2018, suddenly picked up a carrier.  That said, perhaps Bloomberg, Reuters, NBC, etc. should reconsider just how meaningful these Obamacare monopolies are if the premiums charged are so high that no one can afford them anyway…

Earlier this year, Aetna and Anthem pulled out of the Albemarle market, citing too much unpredictability and risk. A smaller carrier, Optima, came in to fill the void. Consumers in the area went from having 19 plans offered in the options from Aetna and Anthem to only five coverage options with Optima.

Several factors led to Optima’s offering such high-priced plans, said Michael Dudley, the president of Optima.

First, small communities like Charlottesville tend to be pricier to cover because there is a small patient pool to balance out risks. So Optima took a cue from the carriers who had already ditched the market when actuaries predicted it was a place where the insurance companies might be paying out more to cover claims than it receives in premiums.

It is also a more expensive coverage area because the primary provider is University of Virginia Health System, an academic medical center that charges higher rates for its care than a community hospital. Optima will include UVA Health System in-network, unlike many carriers who have dropped the big medical centers as a cost-saving measure.

Perhaps local business owner Shawn Cossette can provide the Obamacare cheerleaders within the media some helpful insights…

Among them was Shawn Marie Cossette, 55, who runs her own event and floral design business in Charlottesville. Last year, she purchased an Anthem silver plan for $550 a month for herself. This year, under Optima, a silver plan would cost her $1,859 monthly.

“It’s a huge percentage of my income,” she said. “I really believed in the ACA. I really feel everyone deserves the right to health insurance, but who can afford those prices if you don’t qualify for subsidies?”

We in the US pay far more for healthcare than anyone else does by a very wide margin, and we desperately need to get healthcare costs down.  We also need to get health insurance premiums back to reasonable levels.

One way to do this would be to legalize the group buying plans that Rand Paul has been proposing. By allowing large groups of people (the NRA would be one example) to band together to buy health insurance, that would give average citizens much more negotiating (and buying) power with the health insurance companies.

Models such as direct primary care that cut health insurance companies out of the equation entirely are another option.

The US healthcare system is deeply broken and getting worse; we need to get back to a system that is centered primarily on doctors and patients.

 

[From an article published by ZERO HEDGE]

 

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Repealing the Obamacare individual mandate would not only boost health freedom, it would save the government hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars

Healthcare rates still going thru the roof...

Two of the most important aspects of repealing Obamacare are regularly under-reported by the “mainstream” media and ignored by Democrats: Getting rid of the law’s individual mandate would not only dramatically enhance health freedom, it would also save our broke government hundreds of billions of dollars.

As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, the Congressional Budget Office estimated last week that getting rid of the mandate — a requirement that all Americans be forced to buy overpriced, under-delivering insurance — would save $338 billion over the next decade.

Under the law, Americans who fail to purchase health insurance as required are fined by the Internal Revenue Service. A recent report by the Taxpayer Advocate Service found that about 4 million Americans paid an average penalty of $708 this year, or $2.8 billion in all, the Free Beacon reported.

The site reported further: The budget office predicts that eliminating the mandate would reduce the deficit by $338 billion from 2018 to 2027 and would decrease the number of those with health insurance by 4 million in 2019 and by 13 million in 2027. Even with this loss, the report says that markets would remain stable in almost all areas of the United States over the next decade.

And there’s this: What Obamacare supporters and the Democrats who imposed it on the country won’t tell you is that the majority of those who “lose” insurance without the mandate will choose to voluntarily ditch their insurance coverage.

In other words, they will be exercising their full health freedom to make a conscious choice to go without coverage — a right that Obamacare took away from all of us.

And there would be a variety of reasons for ditching coverage. Younger Americans who are healthy may simply ditch pricey health insurance. Others who are wealthy enough to pay for their own coverage, even when they experience a catastrophic illness or injury, would also make that choice.

Other Americans who are generally healthy but want some coverage may buy a policy that only covers a catastrophe. And so on. But the point is, health freedom means the freedom to choose what kind of coverage you wantif you want any at all. (Related: The meltdown of the Obamacare mandate)

As for the financial aspects of ditching the mandate, supporters of repeal noted that it would dramatically reduce the government’s fiscal outlay.

“We’re seeing with the CBO report that repealing the mandate would reduce the deficit by nearly $340 billion over 10 years,” said Sally Pipes, president of the Pacific Research Institute. “The report estimates that by 2027, about 13 million fewer Americans would enroll in ACA-compliant plans.”

She added: “What’s great news is that if the mandate were repealed, most markets would remain stable. That’s significant for the millions of Americans who would become free to purchase other health care plans that are better fits for both them and their families.”

In fact, other experts say that markets would not simply stabilize, but premiums would mostly likely fall because companies would be forced to compete once again for customers. Prices would fall and quality of products would go up, they argue.

During a tele-townhall last February, U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, told about 7,500 constituents that as it stands the mandate gets rid of market requirements that insurers sell customers plans they really want. That, in turn, has reduced competitiveness due to a restriction in the kinds of plans that can be offered.

He said “repealing the mandate and changing the rules will mean more competition and lower premiums.”

“The individual mandate is certainly one of the most unpopular Obamacare regulations—and it’s largely been a failure,” Pipes said. “Not as many Americans are insured in the Obamacare insurance exchanges as originally projected, and premiums have skyrocketed since 2013.”

 

[From an article published by NATURAL NEWS]

 

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US healthcare is often compared with the Canadian version. Here are the figures.

Canadian health care cost figures

 

According to the nonpartisan Fraser Institute, many Americans falsely believe that Canadians pay nothing for health care visits. This couldn’t be further from the truth.  A scathing new report just revealed how much Canadians actually pay for their “free” health coverage, and revealed deep problems with the system that Democrats want to force onto Americans.

“Canadians often misunderstand the true cost of our public health care system,” the institute found in a detailed report. “This occurs partly because Canadians do not incur direct expenses for their use of health care, and partly because Canadians cannot readily determine the value of their contribution to public health care insurance.”

In other words, the system seems almost designed to hide costs from the people who pay them. Canadians end up paying through a complex web of taxes at both the national and local level.

A “typical Canadian family of four will pay $12,057 for health care in 2017—an increase of nearly 70 percent over the last 20 years,” explained The Daily Caller, which dug into the Fraser report.  Over a $1,000 per month is hardly “free,” and the costs keep increasing. So do the wait times — and people often forget that having coverage on paper is not the same as receiving timely care.  Wait times for many medical procedures were approaching half a year.

“For all those tax dollars, there is still a long waiting list for a host of operations, both routine and urgent. Another Fraser Institute study recently revealed that 63,000 Canadians left the country in 2016 to seek medical assistance elsewhere — usually the U.S.,” explained the Caller.

According to the Fraser report: “Services are being rationed.  In our last report on wait times in Canada, we discovered that the average wait time from referral to treatment was 20 weeks. That was the longest wait time in the history of our survey.”

It turns out that the socialist model doesn’t work so great in real life. Who knew?

Almost everybody agrees that America’s health care system needs to be overhauled and simplified. Costs are high, the system is complex, and everything only became more confusing with the Affordable Care Act, which is proving itself to be anything but affordable.  Single payer systems are clearly not all they’re cracked up to be.

Canada is often seen as the ideal model… but it would be wise to take a closer look at its flaws.

 

[From an article published by the CONSERVATIVE TRIBUNE]

 

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Congressional Budget Office shows it’s just as good at creating fake news as any media outlet

The latest analysis of the CBO’s scoring of the GOP’s repeal efforts is shocking, but it really shouldn’t be. The media is constantly telling us that the Congressional Budget Office is an unbiased, and nonpartisan entity that does their very best to accurately score the legislation coming out of Congress. Here’s the problem with that statement… it’s wrong. The CBO has proven time and again to be biased towards big government initiatives, and hardly ever “accurate” on its estimates. Now, one of the foremost healthcare and economic experts, Avik Roy, is unmasking the CBO for what they truly are – a hack organization that doesn’t care at all about accuracy or truth.

Roy is a right-leaning economist and thinker but he recently decided to dig into the CBO projections because he noticed something startling about the projections of every GOP healthcare plan – they all showed expectations of more than 20 million people “losing” their healthcare. It didn’t matter how conservative or how moderate the plan, no matter what the GOP suggested, the CBO kept saying that more than 20 million people would lose their healthcare. Roy wondered how this was possible give the wildly different plans being suggested by various legislators. So, Roy dug into the numbers and realized almost immediately that the CBO was playing a corrupt and very misleading game with their projections:

In the national debate over the GOP health reform proposals, one data point has stood out above all others: the estimate, from the Congressional Budget Office, that more than 20 million people would “lose” coverage as a result. And there’s been an odd consistency to the CBO’s projections. Do you want to repeal every word of Obamacare and replace it with nothing? The CBO says 22 million fewer people would have health insurance. Do you prefer replacing Obamacare with a system of flat tax credits, in which you get the same amount of assistance regardless of your financial need? The CBO says 23 million fewer people would have health insurance. Do you prefer replacing Obamacare with means-tested tax credits, like the Senate bill does, in which the majority of the assistance is directed to those near or below the poverty line? The CBO says 22 million fewer people would have health insurance. 22 million, 23 million, 22 million — these numbers are remarkably similar even though the three policies described above are significantly different. Why is that?

A congressional staffer kindly leaked the CBO’s scoring process to Roy, and what he learned was that nearly 75% of the difference in coverage between Obamacare and any of the GOP bills has to do with the repeal of the “individual mandate.” Yes, almost all of the difference is just because the GOP would stop forcing people to buy healthcare, and the people would CHOOSE to stop getting healthcare insurance.

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It gets worse.  Almost all of the rest of the difference between the GOP’s suggested bills and Obamacare only exists because the CBO is using faulty numbers.

Based on those estimates, of the 22 million fewer people who will have health insurance in 2026 under the Senate bill, 16 million will voluntarily drop out of the market because they will no longer face a financial penalty for doing so: 73 percent of the total.  Two factors — repealing Obamacare’s individual mandate and the CBO’s outdated March 2016 baseline — explain nearly all of the CBO-scored coverage difference between GOP bills and Obamacare.

The GOP keeps suggesting new plans with hopes that the CBO will give them a better score, but as Roy’s explanation proves, there is no plan that the GOP could propose that would give them a fair scoring. The CBO score has been the primary reason that GOP moderates have given to explain why they continue to fight against repeal, but again, Roy’s breakdown proves that their excuse is spurious. The moderates have to choose: Will they continue to be cowed by the fake numbers from the CBO, will they continue to break the very promises they made to get elected, or will they finally stand up and do what they promised to do, which is repeal Obamacare?

In a follow up piece over at Forbes, Roy suggests a simple solution for the GOP to prove that the CBO’s projections are all washed up:

There’s a simple way for Republicans to highlight the CBO’s mandate mania: have CBO score one version of the bill with an individual mandate, and one version without. It’ll make as plain as day what those of us who follow this stuff see up close: that the mandate is the secret sauce driving the CBO’s faulty coverage predictions.

By the way, the media continues to report that repeal is unpopular, but you shouldn’t believe that lie either. The most recent CNN poll revealed that most Americans want Obamacare repealed.

 

[From an article published by CONSTITUTION.COM]

 

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As always, posted for your edification and enlightenment by

NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis
normal@usa1usa.com
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