Another Obamacare failure – just a giant Medicaid expansion

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by NW Spotlight

Jeffrey Anderson at Weekly Standard wrote an article yesterday that points out that Obamacare has fallen short by 24 million people the number of Americans who will have private health insurance.

In 2013 the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected Obamacare “would result in an average of 201 million people having private health insurance in any given month of 2016. Now that 2016 is here, the CBO says that just 177 million people, on average, will have private health insurance in any given month of this year.”

Anderson goes on to note “It turns out that Obamacare is pretty much a giant Medicaid expansion.” Medicaid is the government health care payment system for the poor. “The CBO now says that 68 million people will be on Medicaid or CHIP in 2016” – that’s DOUBLE what the CBO projected in 2013, “on the eve of Obamacare’s implementation.”

Over 1 million Oregonians are on Medicaid (1,033,518 – including CHIP – as of Dec 2015). Oregon has a little over 4 million people now (4,013,845 – PSU estimate for July 2015) – so that’s more than 1 in 4 Oregonians on Medicaid (25.75%).

Note that Medicaid is different from Medicare – Medicare is government administered health insurance for people age 65 and older and younger people with certain disabilities. The over 1 million Oregonians on Medicaid does not count the number of Oregonians who are on Medicare. Based on U.S. Census data, there are around 645,000 Oregonians who are 65 or older.

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  • Bob Clark

    Obummer’s welfare state policies have probably seriously accentuated the decline in the U.S. labor force participation rate. The decline in the participation rate has probably taken a percentage point off of U.S. economic growth, with the GDP growing only about 2% versus a more normal rate of 3% during the Obummer era.

    Even the job growth in the last two years is more due to the GOP Congress having reduced the length of unemployment insurance from 99 weeks back down towards 26 weeks. Almost immediately after this move, the rate of job growth went from the low 100k per month nationally up to 200k.

    It would be good to get back to the political arrangement of the mid to late 90s where Bill Clinton governed more or less from the middle buttressed by a fiscal conservative congress. I am very wary Hillary Clinton is not of her husband’s flexibility and adaptability, but more hard nosed left (although probably nowhere obstinate as Obama).

    I do support the Trump bid for presidency, although he is like a box of “chocolates” in that you do not know what your going to get. But he represents an injection of animal spirits into our political economy which I hope will break from the economic and foreign policy malaise we’ve been in since the early 2000s. His touted trade policies are troubling but believe they will soften sharply if ever in office.

    • DavidAppell

      I bet Bob Clark likes his own “welfare state policies” just fine — having the government pay part of his mortgage, part of his company sponsored health insurance, subsidizing his retirement account.

      Bob is greedy — subsidies for him, but no one else.

      • Burst Appell’s blather

        Sharia Appell off to snobbie Arabia where can enjoin with the all expenses paid welfare state going on there.

  • thevillageidiot

    Well knock me over with a feather. Surprise, Surprise, Surprise. Oregon swallowed it hook line and sinker with the expansion of the Oregon health plan (Medicaid). We now have to start subsidizing the reduction of the Feds payment. How? the Dems have the solution Tax, Tax, Tax right after they pay off the campaign contributors, unions, lawyers, and environmentalists whom they have already been paid through tax increases and special regulations passed this last legislative session. So all you liberals that love the current party in power should be in heaven and looking forward to less in your pocket. The latest tax increases and political favors do not come from the rich. They come from all Oregon taxpayers.

  • thevillageidiot

    “Medicare is government administered health insurance for people age 65 and older and younger people with certain disabilities. The over 1 million Oregonians on Medicaid does not count the number of Oregonians who are on Medicare. Based on U.S. Census data, there are around 645,000 Oregonians who are 65 or older.” So nearly half of Oregonians are on the government welfare of medical care. Hooray for us we have a wonderful safety net. Tax, Tax, Tax. I don’t think the marijuana tax is going to be sufficient.

  • DavidAppell

    Of course Obamacare fell short of expectations! Many conservative legislators choose instead to keep their constituents poor and unhealthy. It is an absolute disgrace.

  • DavidAppell

    “Anderson goes on to note “It turns out that Obamacare is pretty much a giant Medicaid expansion.” Medicaid is the government health care payment system for the poor.”

    And this is bad why?

    Because people who have been starved for health care are now getting it?

    How is that so horrible?

    • Road Appell sours again

      Starved? Howl about those ‘illegal’ freebie-beings pigging out in hospital emergency, udderwise waiting rooms?

  • Reconsign Him to Swim w’ Obama

    Ascertain *hits inDEMsure defiled: Ballistic Buffoon Obama pe’ers a DEMiigod reeking of bawdy odor-steeped consensus – 2 tit wit, a cabal airing smell attending doff the forceps of a gnu whorld odor, reminiscent of New whorld arbor-sublimation outhouse he so odor files.

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