Republican governors have been capitulating towards Medicaid expansion, despite the fact that it’s the most expensive part of Obamacare – and it’s a “humanitarian catastrophe.” Forbes’ Avik Roy has probably one of the best indictments of the program. Back in 2011, the University of Virginia did a study on the program, and found that Americans, who are uninsured, are more likely to survive, than those enrolled into Medicaid. Right now, Virginia is considering such an expansion, and Americans for Prosperity isn’t going to sit quietly on this massive power grab by the government. They’re planning a rally in Richmond on August 19. A rally to show state lawmakers that conservatives are against expanding the “humanitarian catastrophe” that is government-run health care.
In 2011, Roy wrote about the UVA study, and found that:
Despite all of these adjustments, surgical patients on Medicaid were nearly twice as likely to die before leaving the hospital than those with private insurance.
Patients on Medicare were 45% more likely to die than those with private insurance; the uninsured were 74% more likely; and Medicaid patients 93% more likely. That is to say, despite the fact that we will soon spend more than $500 billion a year on Medicaid, Medicaid beneficiaries, on average, fared worse than those with no insurance at all.
This is, simply put, the greatest scandal in America. Bigger than Madoff, bigger than the Wall Street bailout, bigger even than the plight of the uninsured.
For all of TARP’s flaws, the government actually made money—$22 billion—bailing out the banks. For Medicaid, in contrast, we spend nearly half a trillion dollars every year to provide the poor with worse care than is gained by the uninsured. How is this even possible? To get your mind around the problem, you need to understand one thing: access to health insurance is not the same thing as access to health care.
On August 10, Roy wrote about Sen. Harry Reid’s admitting that Obamacare was a step towards singer-payer health care.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) was asked whether his goal was to move Obamacare to a single-payer system. His answer? “Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes.”
Yet, before we get to that debate, there’s the issue of cyber security. The government is going to need to know a lot about the personal, financial, and employment aspects of our lives. As usual, government, in its infinite wisdom, has created a massive data hub for all of our information to be stored in one place because nothing gets hacked anymore. Nevertheless, the Privacy Act of 1974 and the the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 ensure, by law, that the executive must safeguard all Americans’ private information from felonious activity – and that government agencies cannot share your sensitive information without your consent, as Roy reported on August 7.
Several agencies are cleared to access this data hub, but security measures for the protection of our identities are behind – and there’s the little fact that the Obamacare exchanges could be in violation of the ’74 Privacy Act.
Michael Astrue, who recently stepped down as Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, and also once served as HHS general council, is scathing in his condemnation for the Obamacare privacy breach.
“A functional and legally compliant federal exchange almost certainly will not be ready on October 1,” he writes in the latest issue of the Weekly Standard. “The reasons for failure are not short timelines (Congress gave HHS more than three years), political interference (Congress has not focused on ACA systems), or complexity (states have built well-designed exchanges). The reason is plain old incompetence and arrogance.”
So, this is one of the MANY reasons why conservatives, and other patriots, are openly saying “no thanks” to the president’s health care plans. It’s not so much that Obamacare is setting up single-payer healthcare, as it’s already making sure hackers have an all-you-can-download buffet on our personal information. Perhaps, that’s one area anti-Obamacare legislators in Congress can exploit.
You can join AFP’s rally for August 19th at Richmond here.