The Obama Administration brags that the number of uninsured Americans has declined.
Well, that's not surprising, given that the government now fines people who don't buy health insurance. It has also made available more “free” healthcare insurance options.
So it is hardly a shocker that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the number of people without health insurance declined by 15.8 since ObamaCare took effect. It’s national surveyed reports that the 29 million people are currently uninsured (Q1 of 2015) compared to 44.8 million in 2013 before ObamaCare kicked in – dropping the national rate to 9.2 percent from 14.4 percent. Young people, who might ordinarily not have health insurance, are also counted if they remain on their parental policy.
Not surprisingly, the CDC found a larger drop uninsured Americans in states through the controversial expansion of Medicaid. In states that expanded this entitlement the rate of uninsured Americans went from 18.4 percent to 10.6 percent compared to 22.7 percent to 16.8 percent rate in states that resisted expanding the government-funded healthcare program.
USA Today reports on these seemingly impressive figures, which look far less impressive when you consider that Americans must now have government-approved policies, whether they would make other choices or not.
Gallup polling als recently found that the uninsured rate fell from 17.3 percent in 2013 to 11.7 percent. But much of this is due to the expansion of Medicaid, which the federal government foisted onto states with promises of money that will dry up in a few years. Here’s more:
Seven of the 10 states with the greatest reductions in uninsured rates have expanded Medicaid and established a state-based marketplace exchange or state-federal partnership, while two have implemented one or the other… Medicaid expansion among initially participating states also began with the onset of 2014. As such, 2013 serves as a benchmark year for uninsured rates as they existed prior to the enactment of the two major mechanisms of the healthcare law.
Through the first half of 2015, there are now seven states with uninsured rates that are at or below 5%: Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, Minnesota, Iowa, Connecticut and Hawaii. Previously — from 2008 through 2014 — Massachusetts had been the only state to be at or below this rate. No state, in turn, has reported a statistically significant increase in the percentage of uninsured thus far in 2015 compared with 2013. Nationwide, the uninsured rate fell from 17.3% in full-year 2013 to 11.7% in the first half of 2015.
So take the numbers touted by the Administration for what they are worth–which is not exactly what the Administration claims.
Manhattan Institute health care policy expert Avik Roy has made a great point: we’d rather see more Americans get insured because they have jobs and can afford to buy health insurance than through the expansion of Medicaid. Not only would that be less onerous to the taxpayer, but they'd likely have more choice in their medical services, as fewer and fewer doctors are accepting Medicaid these days.ObamaCare, however, is a notorious job killer.
The promised savings of ObamaCare just aren't materializing either. Healthcare spending is on the rise and what the Administration tries to convince us are the “gains” from ObamaCare are not free. States will find out just how un-free it is when the federal Medicair money dries up.