ObamaCare Enrolling Vastly More in Medicaid Than in Private Insurance

By:  Michael Tennant
10/30/2013
       
ObamaCare Enrolling Vastly More in Medicaid Than in Private Insurance

Early ObamaCare enrollment data indicate that far more people are enrolling in Medicaid than in private insurance, which could prove troublesome for patients, taxpayers, and insurers alike.

Those who believe that the purpose of ObamaCare is ultimately to bring about single-payer, nationalized healthcare continue to be vindicated. The latest evidence: Most of the people getting coverage under the healthcare law are doing so via Medicaid, not private insurance — a trend that could spell disaster for patients, taxpayers, and insurers.

“Though the federal government has not yet released enrollment numbers at all, some state exchanges have revealed their Obamacare data,” reported the Daily Caller. “In early [sic] every case, Medicaid enrollment has exceeded new private insurance coverage.”

According to CBS News, “In Washington, of the more than 35,000 people newly enrolled, 87 percent signed up for Medicaid. In Kentucky, out of 26,000 new enrollments, 82 percent are in Medicaid. And in New York, of 37,000 enrollments, Medicaid accounts for 64 percent.” Oregon, meanwhile, had signed up 56,000 people for Medicaid by October 17 but not a single one for private insurance, noted the Washington Post.

“Obamacare is really just a massive Medicaid expansion,” Tarren Bragdon of the Foundation for Government Accountability told the Daily Caller.

Medicaid, a joint federal-state program originally intended to help the very poor obtain medical care at no cost, was expanded by the healthcare law to cover Americans earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, with the federal government picking up most of the tab. After the Supreme Court made the expansion optional, about half the states chose not to proceed with it. However, even those states opting out of expansion are still likely to experience a five-percent increase in Medicaid enrollment “because of intensive outreach efforts related to the health law and because the [law] makes it easier to sign up for coverage through the new online health insurance exchanges,” stated Kaiser Health News. In addition, wrote CBS, “Medicaid experts say ... it’s easier to enroll in Medicaid than private insurance.”

While those newly obtaining Medicaid coverage may be rejoicing now, they — and other patients — may find that this new coverage isn’t the solution to their woes, said the Daily Caller:

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