Free Markets, Free People
Rick Ungar is the latest flag bearer:
Recent data provided by the nation’s largest health insurance companies reveals that a provision of the Affordable Care Act – or Obamacare – is bringing big numbers of the uninsured into the health care insurance system.
And they are precisely the uninsured that we want– the young people who tend not to get sick.
The provision of the law that permits young adults under 26, long the largest uninsured demographic in the country, to remain on their parents’ health insurance program resulted in at least 600,000 newly insured Americans during the first quarter of 2011.
Of course, most will be gone at 27 for any number of reasons – unless they’re forced by law to buy it on their own.
But again, the problem going in isn’t necessarily “uninsured” as the left continues to insist. Surprise, the ERs didn’t magically empty as promised under RomneyCare in MA as promised, but became even more crowded – with insured.
Why? Because there’s a shortage of Doctors and health care providers willing to take on new patients, especially those on Medicaid. In fact, there’s a shortage of doctors, period.
But the fantasy lives:
For starters, every one of the young immortals we add to the rolls of the insured is one less young adult who will turn to the emergency room to fix a broken leg and then find themselves unable to pay the bill – leaving it to the rest of us to pay the tab.
See, false flag. It isn’t about being “stuck with the bill” – the mythical “free rider” problem. It is about being seen and receiving care in other than an ER, and that’s just not going to happen under this law unless doctors are forced to do so. Our problem isn’t that we’re going broke because of ER costs. Our problem is that government insurance has made those who hold it so unattractive to doctors that most don’t want too many of them in their patient mix.
Doctors most likely take this “young blood” as Ungar calls them as they’ll rarely if ever see them, and besides they’ve most likely been seeing them under their parents insurance for years.
And I’m sure the insurance companies are very happy with the result of the new law which extends coverage to family members up to age 26. More profit, little payout. Those that are under the age of 26 probably are fine with it too since they’re most likely not paying the bill.
We can insure everyone in America, and I’m sure that’s the eventual goal. But unless we increase the size of the health care force exponentially, it won’t mean a thing. It isn’t an insurance problem, folks, it’s the usual problem of supply and demand. And government intrusion in the market has made the market less attractive to those who would be the suppliers – as usual.