Last night I was sitting at my computer after having read a story where this guy in Florida killed his wife because he couldn’t afford the medicine. Deductibles are evil!! The costs of medications is RIDICULOUS!! Mind you, he tried for so many years and even went back to work at the age of 81. This was one of the saddest stories I read. Seemed like he got to the end of his rope.
When I looked at the comments, some could sympathize. Others went on to state that Florida was one of those states that didn’t expand Medicaid. That was as if to say place the blame on those in office who voted against participating in the Federal program.
Let me tell you a couple of things missing:
1) Those states that did expand Medicaid and are participating in Obamacare are not necessarily feeling less pressure. The latest news I saw for Colorado was that participating in Obamacare caused a CRUNCH on the BUDGET. Look below:
a) Colorado spends proportionately MORE on MEDICAID than do most states.
b) Colorado’s growth in Medicaid was driven by changes in the law NOT AGE!
c) Colorado lawmakers created FOUR new Medicaid Categories. Enrollment doubled in those categories from 358,000 to 721,000.
d) General fund spending grew from $1.5 billion in 2009-10 to $2.67 billion in 2016-17.
Result: 1 of EVERY 4 are now enrolled in MEDICAID!! DOES that really help people!!
So before people get their underwear all in a bunch and blame it on the fact that Medicaid wasn’t expanded, take a step back and realize government funded programs are not always the answer for the consumer! It may be for the government yet not consumers.
Then I think about the next story where a person is paying for health insurance – a high monthly premium and they have a deductible that is unaffordable. Mind you they are struggling to pay the premium and have already decided THEY ARE NOT paying the deductible.
WHO wins in the situation?
What about the elderly person who has health insurance, a deductible and live on limited income? Do you think that person is going to the doctor?
I ask you… Dr. Taffy asks you WHO benefits FROM this? I’ll wait!