The Richmond Times Dispatch has outlined some of the crippling aspects of the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
A doctors’ group in western Henrico County has made a decision it hoped to avoid.
The doctors say their social devotion to helping their community’s most unfortunate residents has been trumped by dollars and sense. They have decided to stop participating in Medicaid, the health-care program for the needy funded by federal and state governments.
Christine Talbot, practice administrator for Richmond Allergy and Asthma Specialists, recently met with the doctors. She told them: “I know philosophically you want to help, but basically, if you don’t pull out of Medicaid, you guys are going to be holding the bag, and they’re never going to fix the problem.”
And so they dropped out of a program that pays health providers less than most private health insurance and comes with an array of special regulations.
This highlights one of the best arguments against the utopian dream of universal health insurance for all, having health care insurance does not guarantee health care, if the providers cannot remain in business due to insufficient reimbursements there will be no one to provide the service.
As serious as this is the real disaster lurks in the impending liability on already stressed state budgets by the mandated increase in the number of people who will be qualified for Medicaid benefits paid for by the states.
About 460,000 Virginians could be newly eligible for Medicaid under the Obama administration’s federal health-care overhaul, according to estimates by the Weldon Cooper Center at the University of Virginia.
The newly eligible, combined with residents currently eligible, could mean that nearly one-fifth of Virginia’s population would be eligible for Medicaid by 2014.
The state estimates that its cumulative costs for newly eligible Medicaid recipients at roughly $1.5 billion between 2017 and 2022.
So the formula is to force more people into a system that is forcing more providers out of the same system. Is there any doubt that this legislation is designed to fail and pave the way for a full-fledged Government run, single payer health care system.
We must repeal this disasterous legislation, and it must be done quickly.