ObamaCare Is Still Junk Insurance That Is Fatal for Many

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

This is your reminder that we are still not rid of the deadly junk insurance known as ObamaCare.

ObamaCare is stll here hanging onto life and causing death because it is still the same junk insurance that it was when it was first passed. A recent study found that, like the Veterans Affairs scandal, people have died waiting for treatment—over twenty thousand of them. This occurred in the states that expanded Medicaid, not the ones that refused it. It turns out there were not enough Medicaid resources to serve everyone who was enrolled in it. Like all experiments in socialism, the government doesn’t actually give you what you’re promised but gives you the hope you might get some of it if you can stand in line and wait long enough.

The policies you can buy at healthcare.gov are just as bad or worse. They have huge deductibles, extremely narrow networks, and expensive premiums.

All these problems were present when Obamacare was first rolled out. Instead of improving, Obamacare is only getting worse.

Investor’s Business Daily writes, “ObamaCare Is The Real Junk Insurance, And It’s Killing People.”

We keep hearing about how short-term health plans are “junk insurance.” Really? Compared to ObamaCare’s high-deductible HMOs, or Medicaid’s long and often deadly waits?

A new study finds that at least 21,900 people on Medicaid have died waiting for treatment in states that expanded Medicaid eligibility under ObamaCare.

The reason, the Foundation for Government Accountability report says, is that ObamaCare opened Medicaid up to millions of able-bodied non-poor adults. That created a surge in demand for scarce Medicaid resources, forcing the poor to wait longer for services.

An insurance plan that you can’t use? That’s junk insurance.

Meanwhile, those signing up for private insurance through an ObamaCare exchange are increasingly finding their choices limited to HMO plans that also come with sky-high deductibles.

Health care consultant Avalere says that 73% of plans offered in the exchanges impose narrow network restrictions on members. If you go out of network, you often get zero coverage.

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Despite these restrictions, ObamaCare plans also charge budget-busting premiums.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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