A new study on the Affordable Care Act shows no one is healthier because of ObamaCare, and no one will die if it is repealed.
In fact, it is possible that ObamaCare might be responsible for 80,000 deaths.
The Manhattan Institute just released a stunning report showing that despite the claims of people like Sen. Bernie Sanders, who say thousands of lives have been saved, it is just plain not true.
ObamaCare apologists rely upon the idea that more private insurance coverage means better health care.
But ObamaCare has expanded coverage through Medicaid, a public program that, according to several studies, fails to improve health outcomes for recipients.
In fact, public health trends since the implementation of the ACA have worsened, with 80,000 more deaths in 2015 than had mortality continued declining during 2014–15 at the rate achieved during 2000–2013.
In other words, being on government health care is worse than not having insurance at all.
Many people are upset at the low quality care our veterans receive at the government run VA. Imagine this system for everyone.
The Manhattan Institute report said:
“The practical effect of the Affordable Care Act has been to expand the non-elderly adult population covered by Medicaid. Unfortunately, we know from numerous studies that such Medicaid expansions do not improve public health.
Mortality data from the last several years indicate that the ACA has done no better. The best statistical estimate for the net number of lives saved by Obamacare is zero. Oren Cass, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute”
The taxpayers are paying trillions of dollars, our country is getting deeper in debt, and we are NOT saving any lives.
The report went on to say:
“If the ACA were, in fact, saving thousands of lives each year, that effect should appear in the nation’s public health data—in particular, in the measures of age-adjusted mortality and life expectancy.
But something strange has happened in the past several years during ACA implementation: mortality stopped improving.
In 2015, for the first time in decades, American life expectancy decreased. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 732 out of every 100,000 Americans died in 2013 after adjusting for the changing demographic composition of the country. That figure fell in 2014—as it had fallen in 19 of the prior 20 years—to 725 out of every 100,000.
But in 2015, the figure jumped back up to 733; only the second such increase in more than 20 years and the first to erase the prior year’s gains. This represented 30,000 more deaths in 2015 than had the mortality rate remained at the 2014 level; 80,000 more than had it fallen during 2014 and 2015 at the average annual rate of 10.5 per 100,000 seen during 2000–2013.
Perhaps some other phenomenon was responsible for the rise in mortality rates, and so, compared with what might have happened, the ACA improved matters. But this does not appear to be the case. Thanks to the split between states that did and did not choose to expand Medicaid under the ACA, a natural control group exists.
Did states that embraced the ACA’s Medicaid expansion at least fare better than those that rejected it in this environment of rising mortality? No. In fact, they fared worse: states that expanded Medicaid in 2014 saw mortality increase by nine per 100,000 in 2015 while non-expansion states saw an increase of six per 100,000.”
An honest look at the data shows that without a doubt no lives are being saved by ObamaCare, and arguably 80,000 lives may have been lost because of it.