Obamacare is Working

Medicaid

According to Community Health Systems CFO Larry Cash, the Obamacare Medicaid expansion has already significantly reduced the number of people walking into public hospitals without insurance.

During a call with investors on Wednesday, Community Health Systems CFO Larry Cash claimed that the company has already seen a decrease in self-pay admissions in the states that have expanded their Medicaid programs and predicted that the law would lower those kind of admissions from 8 percent to 4 percent over a three-year period. The CEOs of LifePoint Hospitals and HCA reported similar experiences: in states that expanded their Medicaid programs, Medicaid admissions grew, while the number of uninsured admissions declined at faster rates than in states that have yet to comply with the Medicaid provisions of the health care law.

We already know that refusing to expand Medicaid could lead to thousands of preventable deaths each year in states that refuse to expand. Combined with the economic losses, it’s entirely justifiable to say that refusing to expand Medicaid is ethically repugnant if not criminal.

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  • Mike_Norris

    And that’s why the conservative conversation now shifts to Benghazi. They truly are mentally ill….

    • Christopher Foxx

      Yes, they’re sociopaths.

  • Christopher Foxx

    We already know that refusing to expand Medicaid could lead to thousands of preventable deaths each year in states that refuse to expand

    On the silver lining side, eventually there will be fewer people who insist on electing sociopaths.

  • i_a_c

    This is why I think the states will not hold out on Medicaid forever. It means too much to the hospitals. Their choice is a Medicaid payment or nothing in most cases.

  • joseph2004

    The democrats should have focused on just expanding Medicaid. It would have gotten a lot of push back from various quarters, but at least they could claim it was directed at helping people who actually need the help. Money that in OCare is going to help families making $100K/yr get big screen TV’s or go on vacation could have been directed at the truly needy.
    How hard is that to figure out?

    • JMAshby

      Money that in OCare is going to help families making $100K/yr get big screen TV’s or go on vacation could have been directed at the truly needy.

      Excellent self parody.