California Dreamin’ on Obamacare
2:24 PM, May 31, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
“The Massachusetts reformers believed that once everyone was insured, patients would go to the doctor’s office for primary care rather than to the hospital emergency room. But in expanding the demand for care, they (just like ObamaCare) did nothing about supply. The newly insured can’t go to doctors’ offices for their primary care if there aren’t any more doctors’ offices.
“Here is what is happening on the ground. Traffic to hospital emergency rooms in Massachusetts is higher today than before health reform. Traffic to community health centers is almost one-third higher than it was before reform. Yet, the time it takes to get care is growing. The wait to see a new doctor in Boston today is two months ― the longest wait in the entire country.
“On balance, the only thing that seems to have changed in Massachusetts is that patients are waiting longer….”
Of course, Obama’s Hollywood friends won’t have to wait longer. They’ll simply use insurance not bought through the exchanges or will just pay cash — and they’ll continue to go to UCLA, Cedars-Sinai, or wherever they choose to go. That’s what happens when people are in control of their own health care dollars.
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