Failure, not success
In his column “The truth behind ObamaCare numbers” , Ed Haislmaier rightly notes that ObamaCare to date is mostly just an expansion of Medicaid, representing a failure to significantly expand private coverage as promised by the law’s defenders.
But there is another dimension to this failure. The millions of new Americans being signed up for Medicaid are entering what is a failing program, one where finding a doctor who will even see them has become a challenge because so few doctors are accepting new Medicaid patients. The program habitually underpays doctors for health services, meaning they have to limit the number of Medicaid patients they will see. This means long waits for care.
If improving access to care was the goal of ObamaCare, an expanded Medicaid program represents failure, not success.
The writer is a research fellow of The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News.