Archive

ShareThis Page
Failure, not success | TribLIVE.com
News

Failure, not success

Tribune-Review
| Monday, November 17, 2014 9:00 p.m

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.

Sean Parnell

The writer is a research fellow of The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.