Obamacare was supposed to improve health care right?

From the Washington Times and – believe it or not – the Associated Press, we learn state cuts to Medicaid continue and more are planned in the future. No kidding?

Someone on the left will soon claim this is a positive result … imagine how bad it could be if we did not pass Obamacare! </sarc> From the Washington Times and AP writer Shannon McCaffrey.

Nearly every state has proposed or implemented a plan in its current budget to rein in costs, and many are considering additional cuts in the year ahead.

For the tens of millions of poor and disabled who rely on the program — approaching nearly one in five Americans — the cuts translate into longer waits for doctors, restrictions on prescription drugs, a halt to vision and dental care, staff cuts at nursing homes and dwindling access to home health care.

On top of that, the article notes some seniors in southern New Jersey are being “assigned” doctors in Philadelphia.

General practitioners do not have to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs, and if they are losing money on each patient they see, they can either demand higher fees from private health insurers (good luck) or just stop accepting seniors as they become eligible for the program.

Do you think mandates on physicians requiring them to ensure a minimum percentage of their patients are one one of these government programs could be around the corner? I’m almost certain of it.

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Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. Eric on December 28, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Obamacare was sold to us (stuffed down our throats) as a cost cutting scheme, though the intent was never to cut costs. The true intentions of the democrat-controlled Congress, and probably the only explanation for all of the closed-door meetings was to grow the size of our government and allow that much more control over one sixth of our economy. ?Most people could see what was going on right from the beginning although many people have been duped into believing that this behemoth of a bad bill could actually save money and improve their healthcare. ?Go figure!

  2. JBS on December 28, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Medicare is so poorly managed tat it must be hemorrhaging money at a colossal rate. Knowing that, the Regime is trying to fix the problem by limiting services to recipients. So, why not fix the ruptures in the system instead of helping people to get medical services? Hmmm. Follow the money.
    Agreed, forcing doctors to see a certain percentage of Medicare –soon? to be




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    • Dimsdale on December 28, 2011 at 8:28 am

      All these entitlement programs are so rife with fraud that simply enforcing the regs would probably make most of the solvent, or at least less expensive to those of us propping them up, but that would mean that the Dems would lose votes.
      We can’t have that, can we?

  3. Lynn on December 28, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Well it worked for The Feds to require that banks give mortgages to people who could not afford to buy houses, didn’t it? Oh wait it didn’t work. Those pesky mandates, there must be some that work somewhere.

  4. jesichashope on December 28, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Obamacare is nothing more than smoke and mirrors; the corruption within the healthcare system will not change. He promised access to care, only that, he promised insurance or the ability to get it; promises no guarantees you will have anything. There is no promise, no guarantee you will have care, or if you get care what kind of care. Denials of care that could help is apparent, it already occurs. Understand sick people make doctors, hospitals and drug companies bilions collectively; if it is cheap and makes you well, it will not be offered or suggested; if you cannot make them money you are not worthy of their consideration. We are not people, humans, we are a commodity. Obamacare is an illusion of what we would like to believe created by the illusionist Obama; if you believe in magic, you believe in Obamacare.

    • JBS on December 29, 2011 at 10:03 am

      Obama has given nothing but promises. He has produced nothing but debt and misery.

  5. cherwin on January 3, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I am a little confused if we are discussing Medicaid or Medicare? The article mentions Medicaid so I am going with that. As a nurse I think that some cuts in Medicaid not Medicare are needed. First, so many people on Medicaid healthcare take no responsibility for their healthcare. They use emergency rooms for their doctors office. Earaches, headaches, colds, etc. A total waste of taxpayer dollars. There must be some expectation from the people receiving free healthcare but there never has been and their never will be- unfortunately. They all know that it is too much bother to get a doctor and go to that doctor for illnesses, follow the MD’s orders, and follow up appointments etc. It’s easier to show up in the ER when needed. So it costs five times what it would to see their own doctors. They also know that they can’t be turned away. So why bother with all that work getting a doctor, making appts. showing up and doing what the doctor says.?This is a huge?part of the problem in every?city in every state in the country. It is a problem that Obama and his cronies can’t figure out how to fix because it would mean requiring all persons to take some initiative to be responsible for themselves. Those of us who take some…


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