Actresses. NFL football players. Baseball players. Librarians.
Mayors. City councilmen. Members of AARP.
Obama administration is looking far and wide, leaving no stone
unturned in a relentless search for…well…for help.
Help with what? Help with getting people to enroll in
health insurance plans this fall.
How odd. You mean they’re not lining up already, pitching
tents and wearing funny costumes (my bet: surgical
Well, here’s a clue:
- About one in every four
individuals who are eligible for Medicaid in this country has not bothered to enroll.
- About one in five employees who are offered
employer-provided health insurance turns it down; among workers
under 30 years of age, the refusal rate is almost one in
Think about that for a
moment. Millions of people are turning down (Medicaid) health
insurance, even though it’s free! Millions of others are turning
down their employers’ offers. Since employees pay about 27% of the
cost of their health insurance, on the average, millions of workers
are passing up the opportunity to buy health insurance for 27 cents
on the dollar.
informed me yesterday on the Facebook Page (then
subsequently removed the comment once I’d replied to it) that the
reason there are problems getting “healthcare” to those who need it
is that the Republicans actively work against people being aware of
the programs available to them. Yea, that’s it.
Or, how about this?
At Parkland Memorial Hospital both
uninsured and Medicaid patients enter the same emergency room door
and see the same doctors. The hospital rooms are the same, the beds
are the same and the care is the same. As a result, patients have
no reason to fill out the lengthy forms and answer the intrusive
questions that Medicaid enrollment so often requires. At Children’s
Medical Center, next door to Parkland, a similar exercise takes
place. Medicaid, CHIP and uninsured children all enter the same
emergency room door; they all see the same doctors and receive the
Interestingly, at both institutions,
paid staffers make a heroic effort to enroll people in public
programs ― working patient by patient, family by family right there
in the emergency room. Yet they apparently fail more than half the
time! After patients are admitted, staffers go from room to room,
continuing with this bureaucratic exercise. But even among those in
hospital beds, the failure-to-enroll rate is significant.
Clearly, Medicaid enrollment is important to hospital
administrators. It determines how they get paid. Enrollment may
also be important to different sets of taxpayers. It means federal
taxpayers pay more and Dallas County taxpayers pay less. But aside
from the administrative, accounting and financial issues, is there
any social reason we should care?
teaches that people reveal these preferences through their actions.
If people act as though they are indifferent between being
uninsured and being on Medicaid, we may infer ― based on this
behavior ― they are equally well off in both states of the world
from their own point of view.
The thing is, the poor have known about
universal free health care for a long time.
It’s called the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor
Act (EMTALA). It mandates that, for any hospital
that accepts money from government:
…to provide care to anyone needing emergency healthcare
treatment regardless of citizenship, legal status or ability to
pay. There are no reimbursement provisions. Participating hospitals
may only transfer or discharge patients needing emergency treatment
under their own informed consent, after stabilization, or when
their condition requires transfer to a hospital better equipped to
administer the treatment.
Laf, laf, laf. All them poor…too “helpless” or “dumb” to
sign up for your “healthcare” you’ve all been patting yourselves on
the back about in faux concern and
compassion…are already covered, and they
don’t have to fill out or “participate” in anything to do it. And
don’t give me any of your ignorant bullshit about “managed
healthcare” vs. emergency services. Go to any ER with poor
neighborhoods around it to disabuse yourself of that ignorance. The
way EMTALA works, it’s probably easier and cheaper for hospitals to
just treat the scrapes and runny noses, and avoid any risk over
turning anyone away—and all those “dummies” know
They’re just smarter than all you
enlightened elites, that’s all. Why should
they participate in all your “marvelous social engineering
programs” when they don’t even have to make an appointment at the
ER, YA STOOPID FOOLS! Laf, laf, laf.
I’ll wrap it up—because there’s not much more to say and
you can’t fix stupid, commie, or especially stupid commie or
economic illiterate but I repeat myself—with another quote from the original article that, if the
plain economics of pricing is understood (including one’s time and
attention to fill out paperwork and “participate” in a
“program”—scare quotes denote euphemism), offers a pretty good
prediction of what’s going to happen until they do what they’ve
done with SSI, income tax and all other state “largess”: they’ll
draft employers to steal it for them.
Under ObamaCare, similarly situated individuals are going
to be expected to pay a monthly premium the way they pay their
utility bills. But with this difference. When people don’t pay
their electricity bills, the utility cuts off their electricity.
When they don’t play their rent, the landlord throws them out in
the street. But when they don’t pay their health insurance premium,
what happens then? Not much.
All in all, it’s just another brick in The Wall, another day in “The Land of the
Free,” and another expose on the home of the perpetually stoopid and