Is there a difference between coverage and care?

Monday, August 28, 2017
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

medical heartbeat screenThese days, when everyone has an issue with media coverage, one "action tank" says that is certainly the case with healthcare policy.

Linda Gorman of the Colorado-based Independence Institute, says media is not talking about the fact that guaranteed issue and community rating pricing is destroying the individual markets.

"They are not talking about how stable coverage was in the United States between 1987 and 2012, all the years for which we collected data with the same instrument," she adds. "Basically the rate of people covered in the United States ranged from 84 to 87 percent, it was stable, [and] we didn't need a big, new federal program, but they pretend the U.S. healthcare system was broken before ObamaCare."

Gorman says that is totally misleading.

"The other thing they don't talk about is that 30 percent of the uninsured were eligible for Medicaid, but they had never signed up. And by not signing up, they saved taxpayers a lot of money, because most people on Medicaid in the United States today are in some sort of managed care program," she continues. "What that means is that government has to make a payment to a provider whether the person ever uses any medical care or not, so providers had this huge incentive to go out and enroll everybody they can in Medicaid."

Gorman

Gorman explains there was no reason to do that prior to ObamaCare because the states would have to pay for it.

"Now the feds pay for it, so they're out there expanding the Medicaid rolls as much as they want, and taxpayers are paying a whole lot more for able-bodied people who don't have any medical problems," she says.

Regardless, the biggest thing media is doing wrong is equating health coverage with healthcare.

"Nothing could be further from the truth," Gorman concludes. "Coverage just means somebody is promising to pay for your healthcare, if they decide they're going to pay for it. Getting actual care is your ability to get somebody to see you and take care of your condition."

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