Thursday, July 06, 2017 by Ethan Huff
Many on the “left” are freaking out over the GOP’s proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” In lockstep with the Democrat narrative, they claim that a full repeal of, or even slight modifications to, the government health care bill will end up costing “thousands” of people their lives, despite data suggesting the exact opposite.
To be more specific, the current chatter from those opposed to pretty much everything that President Trump and his allies in Congress want to do with regards to health care is that Obamacare needs to be left alone because it supposedly saves thousands of lives per year. But is this actually the case, and on what legitimate basis is this sweeping claim being made?
It seems to be that it’s mostly out of thin air, with the only evidence being “tweets” by people like Hillary Clinton who are likening any tinkering to government health care as instituted by Obama as “death panels.” The failed Democratic candidate actually went to Twitter to accuse the Republican Party of being the “death party” for trying to change and/or repeal Obamacare.
Nothing could be further from the truth, it turns out. While there are problems with the GOP’s approach to modifying health care – many in the Trump camp are pushing the president to stay true to his promise of a full repeal – it most certainly will not “kill lots of people” as the lunatic left is now screaming from the rooftops.
In a recent study by the Manhattan Institute’s Oren Cass, it is revealed that the estimates of the number of lives supposedly saved under Obamacare are not based on actual mortality data. Instead, these fictitious numbers were blindly extrapolated from other similar programs like “Romneycare” in Massachusetts, which because it expanded insurance coverage is said to have helped prevent some people from dying.
“…[T]aking this correlation as a ‘fact,’ the pro-ObamaCare researchers multiplied by the expansion of insurance under ObamaCare and came up with an estimate of how many Americans’ lives were saved,” writes Robert Murphy for the Mises Institute.
“What the literature actually shows is that expansion of private health insurance coverage contributes to improved health outcomes. But under ObamaCare, the amount of private coverage went down relative to what we would have expected in the absence of the legislation.”
Perhaps not surprisingly, actual mortality data shows that rather than save lives, the full implementation of Obamacare resulted in more people dying. That’s right: After accounting for an aging population, the data shows that Obamacare didn’t save anyone, and that all this reeling by the Democrats is just another political smokescreen.
What’s even more interesting about the uptick in mortality that was seen in the immediate aftermath of Obamacare’s implementation is that it directly coincides with America’s worsening opioid epidemic. If anything, Obamacare only egged this on by driving many health insurance providers to the brink of collapse, resulting in millions of people losing their private health care coverage. In addition, patient satisfaction surveys and other quality measures tied to Obamacare’s Medicare reimbursement qualifications are further said to have worsened the opioid overdose crisis.
“…[T]he states that took advantage of ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion saw a worse impact on their mortality rates than the states that rejected the expansion,” adds Murphy. “Fans of the Austrian school should not be shocked, though, to discover that having the federal government get more heavily involved in the health sector has apparently made things worse.”
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