Among the arguments in support of the Affordable Care Act was that unless there was something close to universal insurance, the nation’s emergency rooms would be flooded with people needing care. Now, as Laura Unger reports in USA Today:
It wasn't supposed to work this way, but since the Affordable Care Act took effect in January, Norton Hospital [in Louisville, Kentucky] has seen its packed emergency room become even more crowded, with about 100 more patients a month.
many hospitals … across the nation are seeing a surge of those newly insured Medicaid patients walking into emergency rooms. Nationally, nearly half of ER doctors responding to a recent poll by the American College of Emergency Physicians said they've seen more visits since Jan. 1, and nearly nine in 10 expect those visits to rise in the next three years. Mike Rust, president of the Kentucky Hospital Association, said members statewide describe the same trend.
Maybe they can get a waiver. That seems to be the preferred fix when there is a problem with Obamacare.
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