Sunday, September 25, 2011

Obamacare, More Insured With Fewer Medical Access

Obamacare will force everybody in America to get health insurance. It does not take a rocket scientist to realize that there will not be enough doctors and nurse to take care a huge influx of new patients with insurance. Also, the cost will be the burden of the young healthy people. Thus, Americans can expect a horrible and shoddy service. It will be similar to the DMV with the long waits, exorbitant fees, and lousy service.

(The Tennessean) Nearly 700,000 Tennesseans will gain new coverage under health-care reform, but those already with insurance might have to wait longer to receive care and younger people overall may have to pay more.

Those are among findings from a report out from a think tank the state’s largest health insurer, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, launched this year to study the interface between public policy and health care.

“It will be a little longer line, but everybody will be in the line,” said Dr. Steven L. Coulter, president of the insurer’s Tennessee Health Institute and co-author of the report with William T. Cecil, an independent health-care consultant.

The bulk of the new people obtaining coverage would be younger men who become eligible for Medicaid under new guidelines because of their low incomes, according to the report.

The rest will be people who qualify for subsidies to buy insurance policies through state health exchanges starting in 2014.

Expanding insurance coverage without a corresponding increase in the number of primary care doctors, though, could create problems with access to medical care, the study says.

Coulter called for a coordinated statewide strategy for increasing primary care. “We’re going to have a lot of new patients, but not going to have any new doctors,” he said.

There will be other issues bubbling up as the federal heath reform law takes effect. The reform law narrows the advantage that younger people had over older people when it comes to costs of insurance policies, for instance, Coulter said. As a result, healthy young adults will pay more unless they’re poor and eligible for government help, he said.