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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Medicaid Expansion Increasing ER Use?

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 08:41:30 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, HB4714, ER Visits, Welfare Expansion, Medicaid, Indigent (all tags)

    One of the most compelling arguments being made for expansion of Medicaid is that it will cut down on the use of Emergency Rooms for medical care by the indigent.

    "Compelling" of course, for those who actually believe the Governor, an executive who is in reality, looking to fill a budget gap with federal largess for a few years by "caring about one another." The expansion however, is not-so-much for the indigent, but rather for the 'donut hole' middle class. An interesting point is being made by Jack McHugh, legislative analyst at the Mackinac Center:

    "One of the promises Obamacare proponents make is that the law will reduce this reliance on emergency room care. However, it may be more likely that Obamacare will actually increase the pressure on emergency rooms, not decrease it, according to studies."
    Insert record scratch and gasping "whuuuuut?" here.

    Follow through and READ WHY.

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    This works here real well (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Corinthian Scales on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 01:19:12 PM EST
    From, Karl Denninger.

    NOW The Media Writes On OK Surgery Center?

    Better late than never....

    OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City surgery center is offering a new kind of price transparency, posting guaranteed all-inclusive surgery prices online. The move is revolutionizing medical billing in Oklahoma and around the world.

    Dr. Keith Smith and Dr. Steven Lantier launched Surgery Center of Oklahoma 15 years ago, founded on the simple principle of price honesty.

    "What we've discovered is health care really doesn't cost that much," Dr. Smith said. "What people are being charged for is another matter altogether."

    That's right.

    Now here's the ugly, and this hasn't been focused on by anyone.

    Matthew Gang, 22, tore his patella tendon, dislocating his knee-cap playing basketball earlier this year.

    Gang is from California and he is uninsured.

    Surgery in his home-state was going to be about $30,000.

    The posted price at Surgery Center of Oklahoma was $5,700, one-fifth the price.

    What's your Medicare co-pay?

    20%, right?

    Same for most other "health plans" when it comes to surgery.


    So the price is 1/5th that of the hospital.

    That is, the all-in price is the same as your co-pay.

    So what did you buy with your so-called "insurance"?  Nothing.

    This is a rather good scam, if you can get away with it.  In any other line of work I'm sure the various attorneys general could come up with a list of violations of consumer protection laws, not to mention just plain-old fashioned racketeering (coercing people to buy something under threat of ruining them when in fact they could buy the same thing for cash were all the collusions not to occur) -- if they cared to.

    This is what I've been pointing out now since this debate began -- the entire "industry" is literally stealing 80% of your health care dollars, and when you analyze the issue on a purely arithmetic level you find that you could buy the procedure in cash for your deductible and co-pay combined in many if not most instances.

    The remaining and actual risk is for truly catastrophic and rare situations -- such as a car accident that leaves you with a $1m+ medical bill, or a cancer that you can actually beat (that is, it's not a death sentence that simply bleeds your estate to zero before it kills you) but costs $500,000 to successfully beat into indefinite remission.

    True catastrophic insurance to cover those extremely rare incidents could be had very cheaply; certainly less than $100 a month even for older people and probably for less than $1/day.

    You're being robbed folks, and Obamacare is simply institutionalization of the robbery in such a fashion that it becomes much more difficult to stop.

    F#@% Snyder and Soetoro.  Those bastards are raping us.

    And this works even better! (none / 0) (#2)
    by KG One on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 09:58:02 PM EST
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