Weren’t we all told that the main purpose behind Obamacare was to insure the millions of Americans that didn’t have healthcare coverage? If you believed that lie, then I have a bridge in San Francisco to sell you.
Edmund Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski with The Heritage Foundation analyzed the latest numbers for Obamacare from the second quarter of 2014. The second quarter encompasses the last two open enrollment months along with the delays from the first quarter that were the result of numerous website failures.
What they found indicates that most of the uninsured are still uninsured. There were four basic figures that they found:
“Enrollment in individual-market plans (both on and off the exchanges) increased by 6,254,564 individuals.
Enrollment in private employer-sponsored group plans declined by 3,788,978 individuals.
In the states implementing the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, enrollment in Medicaid grew by 5,716,977 individuals.
In the states not implementing the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, enrollment in Medicaid grew by 355,674 individuals.”
“Applying a little arithmetic to those four key data points yields the following observations:
The drop in employment-based coverage offset 61 percent of the gains in individual-market coverage, for a net increase in private-sector coverage of 2,465,586 individuals.
Total Medicaid enrollment increased by 6,072,651 individuals, with 94 percent of that growth occurring in the states that adopted the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.
The total, net increase in health insurance coverage (private-market and Medicaid combined) during the first half of 2014 was 8,538,237 individuals, but 71 percent of that coverage gain was attributable to Obamacare expanding Medicaid to able-bodied, working-age adults”
From their analysis, they concluded:
“Thus, while most of the attention this year focused on the new health insurance exchanges, the data indicate that a significant share of exchange enrollments were likely the result of a substitution effect—meaning that most of those who enrolled in new coverage through the exchanges already had coverage through an individual-market or employer-group plan.”
“Given that increased enrollment in Medicaid accounted for 71 percent of the net growth in health insurance coverage during the first half of 2014, the inescapable conclusion is that, at least when it comes to covering the uninsured, Obamacare so far is mainly a simple expansion of Medicaid.”
In other words, the millions of uninsured Americans are still uninsured and the whole alleged purpose of the Affordable Care Act has been an utter and complete failure. Yet the White House flaunts their 8 million enrollee figures like they flaunt the supposed huge drop in unemployment, telling everyone of how good of a job they are doing. Yet, when the figures are carefully examined, they tell an entirely different story. In the case of the drop in unemployment, the largest part of that is due to people exhausting their unemployment benefits, people who are forced to work insufficient part-time jobs and those that are simply giving up looking for work.
However, I never have believed that Obamacare was about insuring the uninsured. It’s always been about Obama’s socialist agenda to force Americans into complying with governmental demands. It was also designed to further undermine the Christian faith and increase taxes without letting people know they were doing so.