- Americans eat too much of the wrong kind of food, resulting in obscenely high obesity rates for the country.
- Our food chain is infested with overdoses of high fructose corn syrup, salt, sugar, and other unhealthy additives.
- Americans smoke too much.
- Americans do not exercise enough.
- The country is in serious need of health care tort reform.
- Barriers to insurance company competition across state lines need to come down.
- Obama Care never “followed the money” to find out who is actually profiting from the ever escalating healthcare costs in this country and how to get those factors under control.
- Obama Care never got the immense amount of fraud and abuse in current government healthcare programs, Medicare and Medicaid, under control in order to save money to efficiently fund other government health care initiatives.
- Obama Care never put serious research money towards curing the major diseases that drive high healthcare costs such as high frequency cancers and dementia type diseases.
1) Although Congressional Democrats and Obama were solely for the unfolding disasters of Obama Care, some of these same Democrats have what they think is a better idea now that Obama Care is failing faster and faster everyday. People like Senator Bernie Sanders want the U.S. to adopt the so-called single payer plan for health insurance for this country, a plan where the government and the politicians that operate it are in total control of your entire health care needs.
So a couple of years ago Sanders said a single payer system would bankrupt the country but today he thinks it is a great idea. Makes no sense. Preliminary estimates of his current single payer system is an astronomical $16 TRILLION over the first ten years. And you know that this number is far too low since everything Washington does costs far more in reality than when it is being proposed. Obama promised that Obama Care “would not add a single dime to the national debt” but the Congressional Budget Office estimate now says that it will add at least $1.2 TRILLION to the national debt.
- Medicaid is one of the biggest suppliers of opioid painkillers in the entire country.
- Obama Care resulted in an additional 11 million Americans being signed onto the Medicaid rolls in many states.
- Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson recently pointed out a strong correlation between this Medicaid expansion and opioid overdoses.
- His source of data: the Centers of Disease Control found that: “[opioid] overdose deaths per capita rose twice as much on average between 2013 and 2015 in states that expanded Medicaid than those that didn’t.”
- As an example of two similar states, opioid deaths rose 205% in North Dakota which expanded Medicaid rolls vs. only an 18% rise in South Dakota which did not expand Medicaid.
- Between 2013 and 2015, the opioid deaths in Ohio, which did expand Medicaid, went up 38% while the addiction in nearby Wisconsin, which did not expand Medicaid, went up only 2%.
- According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medicaid funded hospital stays for opioid addiction went up 40% between 2012 and 2014, four times the growth rate of Medicaid enrollment, while opioid addiction hospital stays for those covered by private insurance went up a tenth of that rate, only 4%.
- The article points out similar trends in hospital visits of Medicaid patients, with hospital visits going up dramatically in states where Medicaid was expanded.
- Since many doctors across the country to not accept Medicaid patients, many times Medicaid patients go to the emergency room for pain control since they cannot get access to a doctor.
- The overwhelmed emergency rooms want to relieve the pain so prescribing an opioid pain killer satisfies the short term problem of pain relief because of non-doctor access but sets up a patient for a longer term problem, addiction, since getting into see a Medicaid-friendly doctor or specialist might take months, if ever, to correctly fix the root cause of the pain problem.
- A study found by Express Scripts Holding found that Medicaid patients are twice as likely to get prescribed opioids than non-Medicaid patients.
- In the meantime, the Medicaid patient is still in pain, still looking for relief, and thus, an addiction is born since the root cause of the pain is not being treated.
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