“The 9 most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”
Here’s the question: Has the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) had a positive or negative impact on Americans living with diabetes?
It’s easy to digress on this question, but I’d like to focus on the promises made to those Americans living with pre-existing conditions, specifically diabetes. Obamacare was signed into law on March 23rd, 2010, so we’ve had over 6 years to observe its consequences.
I haven’t read the bill in its entirety over those 6 years. And while I may not have any letters after my name, there’s one thing I have in common with the so-called experts who support the Affordable Care Act… none of us understand it. Hell, the bureaucrats who wrote it don’t understand it.
Anything longer and more complex than the Bible is just too much for me to handle.
But I’ve read most of the policies pertaining to diabetes. My conclusion is that Obamacare has had an overall negative impact on people with diabetes (PWDs).
In a recent article, Blue Cross Blue Shield stated that the number of members who enrolled in Obamacare “have higher rates of certain diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, coronary heart disease, HIV, and Hepatitis C… medical costs associated with caring for the new individual market enrollees were, on average, 19% higher than employer-based group members in 2014 and 22% higher in 2015.”
Now a lot of experts state the obvious… providing health insurance to Americans with pre-existing conditions will lead to higher costs because the number of people suffering from diseases like diabetes will obviously rise. While this makes sense on the surface, dig a bit deeper. Because everything that comes out of these officials mouths is shrouded in vague and misleading terminology.
Here’s a subtitle from PRNewswire regarding treatment for PWDs under ObamaCare and ludicrous new policies like the Competitive Bidding Program: “Peer-Reviewed Journal Article Shows How Disruption in Access to Diabetes Testing Supplies Led to Increased Mortality and Hospitalizations, Higher Costs for Medicare Beneficiaries.”
Here’s another related quote from the CMS website: “The Affordable Care Act created the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) to make health insurance available to those that have been denied coverage by private insurance companies because of a pre-existing condition. PCIP runs until 2014.”
And after 2014?
Well, that’s when everyone in America was forced to get purchase Healthcare. What if you refuse to sign up? That’s not an option… you’ll get charged a fee, which is taken from your tax returns. The penalty started at $90 per person in 2014. As of 2016, it’s up to $695. So much for freedom of choice.
I have personally spoken with hundreds or maybe thousands of PWDs, and I haven’t met anyone who’s happy with the changes. Many have been forced to change to new doctors, different hospitals, and lower quality brands of diabetes supplies.
Since Obamacare was instituted, PWDs have generally seen a drop in the quality of care and coverage. And to be frank folks, that hacks me off. Because despite “never having read it,” our politicians passed the bill anyways.
Big Brother defines all types of diabetes as pre-existing conditions, and things were supposed to change under Obamacare. Considering we’re $19 trillion in debt, how was the government planning on funding it? That’s what the Individual Mandate was for… under this law, all Americans were forced to buy Healthcare, whether they wanted it or not.
If you were under the impression that we’d simply dip into the old Medicare jar, you’d be severely mistaken. Sadly, as soon as we send in our Medicare, Medicaid, and other ambiguous taxes, that money disappears into the vaults of China or some inept political agency.
Fun Fact: In 2008, the FDA actually indicted itself for incompetence.
The point is, we don’t have unlimited resources to help those with diabetes. We do need to find a solution that’s sustainable, but Obamacare isn’t it.