OMG! The Unwashed Have Healthcare and May actually Use It!
After a year long debate where the GOP, the Tea Party and their conservative cohorts insisted that the poor did have healthcare because they could all walk into emergency rooms when they were so sick the illness was intolerable... They are shocked that the poor, the ones who could not honestly afford to get healthcare, even in those emergency rooms of last resort, may actually have access to them now:
Health Care Reform And Emergency Room Overcrowding
The Associated Press has an interesting story looking at what the health care law will do to the nation’s emergency rooms. Carla Johnson suggests that the expansion of coverage will actually lead more people into the emergency rooms and here’s why:
– People without insurance aren’t the ones filling up the nation’s emergency rooms. Far from it. The uninsured are no more likely to use ERs than people with private insurance, perhaps because they’re wary of huge bills.
– The biggest users of emergency rooms by far are Medicaid recipients. And the new health insurance law will increase their ranks by about 16 million. Medicaid is the state and federal program for low-income families and the disabled. And many family doctors limit the number of Medicaid patients they take because of low government reimbursements.
– ERs are already crowded and hospitals are just now finding solutions.
There is little to quibble with here. The health care law expands coverage, and invests in the nation’s workforce, but on balance we’ll probably face a situation where some people will still be turning to the emergency room for care. The law has already begun making important initial investments in workforce expansion.
"OMFG! Boil the ERs! Disinfect the waiting rooms! !Eleventy!!one!!! I may have to actually sit next to a poor person! And these newly insured rats may even get seen before me because their heart attack is as important as my stubbed toe!"
That is how it reads to me. And you? Seriously? More people will actually have access to healthcare, something that may just create some jobs in the real world, and these dizzy MoFos at the AP think that they have written the real story?
Imagine how alarmist the stories would be if they had created even more jobs with single payer healthcare, like extending and improving Medicare for all?