Another Obamacare Failure: Emergency Room Visits Still Climbing Despite Obama’s Claims to Contrary

by Warner Todd Huston | May 4, 2015 4:22 pm

One of the “reasons” that Obama claimed that the USA needed his disastrous Obamacare law is because the healthcare system needed to decrease the amount of people going to emergency rooms with conditions and illnesses that should be handled by primary care doctors and insurance. But despite that we have had Obama’s law passed, emergency room visits have continued to skyrocket despite Obama’s claim that they would decline with his law.

Just chalk this up as yet another Obamacare lie[1]…

Emergency-room visits continued to climb in the second year of the Affordable Care Act, contradicting the law’s supporters who had predicted a decline in traffic as more people gained access to doctors and other health-care providers.

A survey of 2,098 emergency-room doctors conducted in March showed about three-quarters said visits had risen since January 2014. That was a significant uptick from a year earlier, when less than half of doctors surveyed reported an increase. The survey by the American College of Emergency Physicians is scheduled to be published Monday.

Medicaid recipients newly insured under the health law are struggling to get appointments or find doctors who will accept their coverage, and consequently wind up in the ER, ACEP said. Volume might also be increasing due to hospital and emergency-department closures—a long-standing trend.

“There was a grand theory the law would reduce ER visits,” said Dr. Howard Mell, a spokesman for ACEP. “Well, guess what, it hasn’t happened. Visits are going up despite the ACA, and in a lot of cases because of it.”

Was there anything that Obama told the truth about with Obamacare?

Endnotes:
  1. yet another Obamacare lie: http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-emergency-room-visits-keep-climbing-1430712061

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