Monday, July 16, 2012

Domino's Part Deux

And speaking of Domino's . . .     

What happens to all those hundreds of thousand of people covered by risk pools and PCIP?

Come 2014 these money-losing plans are no longer needed. You can say goodbye to COBRA as well, at least for those who lose their employer coverage after January.

With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day there will be more than 5,000,000 new beneficiaries on Medicare when the calendar turns over to January 1, 2014.

And then there are 15,000,000+ who will become eligible for Medicaid on that date.

It takes about 10 years to produce a new doctor. Will we have enough medical personnel to handle all these people? 

Will the federal government have the funds, and personnel to administer health insurance for 20,000,000 more people in January, 2014?

With 43 million on Medicare now, and 54 million on Medicaid, where will the money and staff come from to handle another 20 million new "policyholders"?

Did anyone in Washington bother to think this through?

And this just in, courtesy of Holly Robinson . . .

(Ohio) Gov. John Kasich says he doesn’t know if the state can afford adding more poor, uninsured Ohioans to Medicaid rolls as called for in President Barack Obama’s health-care law.
Even if Ohio opts out of expanding Medicaid, as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month states could do, the Kasich administration projects nearly 400,000 Ohioans already eligible will sign up, costing taxpayers $940 million in 2014 and 2015.
That price tag cited by Kasich, a staunch opponent of Obama’s health-care law, is 63 percent ($365 million) higher than projections his administration produced a little more than a year ago.
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