Report: Did Obamacare Really Help “20 Million” Get Health Insurance?

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The Obama administration often touts that Obamacare has provided health care coverage to 20 million individuals who were once without insurance.

But, upon closer inspection, it seems that number is skewed by a few million, and the coverage itself is anything but ideal.

President Obama and the Department of Health and Human Services claim that Obamacare has given 20 million more Americans access to health care insurance in the period since its enactment in 2010 through early 2016.

However, since Obamacare was rolled out, the harsh reality is that the 20 million figure often touted is actually closer to 14 million, of which 11.8 million were “gifted” Medicaid, according to a report from The Daily Signal.

New research released by the Congressional Budget Office suggests that between 2 to 7 million people who are currently enrolled in Medicaid would have qualified for the program even without Obamacare.

This is shocking to hear and further discredits Obama’s claim of 20 million more Americans having health insurance because of Obamacare.

A University of Virginia study conducted between 2003-2007 found that with eight different surgical procedures, Medicaid patients were more likely to die than were privately insured or uninsured patients, and at greater risk of suffering from complications of those procedures.

This means Medicaid coverage was already determined to be far inferior before the administration enacted Obamacare, bringing more individuals to a program that was already overwhelmed in an effort to help them get “better” coverage.

The glaring truth is that while more people may have access to Medicaid coverage, this does not translate to having quality health care, or to having health care coverage at all if their physician chooses not to accept Medicaid, a problem which is only increasing.

One Medicaid cardholder told The New York Times, “My Medicaid card is useless for me right now. It’s a useless piece of plastic. I can’t find an orthopedic surgeon or a pain management doctor who will accept Medicaid.”

Furthermore, it has been reported that disabled Americans and veterans are unable to get proper care because of the expansion of Medicaid for otherwise healthy, working adults between the ages of 19-54. Not to mention, “over half a million disabled people” are on waiting lists for care because “Obamacare gives states more money to enroll able-bodied adults than it does to take care of disabled children and adults who qualified for Medicaid prior to Obamacare,” says the report.

It’s not only those with Medicaid who have been negatively impacted by the disastrous Obamacare program. Individuals who have health coverage through Obamacare exchanges are also finding fewer health care provider options, according to research from The Heritage Foundation.

H/T: The Daily Signal 

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