To commemorate the one year anniversary of Obamacare, here are 10 of the worst healthcare headlines we read over the last couple of years that will have you wishing O-care was repealed.
Though illegal, there has been widespread taxpayer-funded abortion coverage under Obamacare, according to a newinvestigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) previous claims that Obamacare will “drive down costs” are falling apart before her eyes, as healthcare providers announced that they expect health insurance premiums to increase by double-digits, something Landrieu once called a fabrication by the opposition.
In fact, the percentage of uninsured Louisianans only dropped from 22.41 percent to 20.91 percent, meaning that only 1.5 percent of the state’s uninsured individuals signed up for Obamacare. Even with the implementation of Obamacare, there are still more than one of every five Louisianans that do not have health insurance.
The Obama administration has spent at least $3.7 billion to build and promote online marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act, but it can’t prove exactly where it all went, according to an audit released Monday.
According to a report by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, only 59 percent of Louisianans enrolled in Obamacare have paid their first month’s premium. Nationally, the number is just a bit more, with only 67 percent of enrollees have paying their first month’s premium.
The Pew Research Center poll shows disapproval of the law hitting a new high of 55 percent. It comes on the heels of several polls last week that showed the law had very little — if any — bump after sign-ups on the health-care exchanges exceeded goals.
Last August, officials in the nation’s capital decided to spend $6.4 million hiring 150 “trained experts,” or navigators, to help uninsured residents of Washington, D.C., to sign up for ObamaCare.
By mid-April, just 10,714 people had signed up for a private ObamaCare plan through the D.C. exchange. Nobody knows how many of them previously went uninsured. But even if every one had insurance — and paid their premiums — the cost still works out to $597 in spending per enrollee.
Emergency rooms are no less crowded since Obamacare started, Tenet Healthcare CEO Trevor Fetter told CNBC on Tuesday.
In a “Squawk Box” interview, Fetter said the growth rate in ER visits has not slowed as many supporters of the president’s new health-care law had hoped. “Emergency room visits are up. But emergency room visits have been up every quarter for a really long time.”
We have finally (almost, sort of) reached the end of Obamacare signups. The White House is claiming over seven million people have signed up with several million more now on the Medicaid rolls. Democrats are desperate to find a success somewhere in the Obamacare narrative, so reaching seven million is the story of the moment. However, as bad as the open enrollment period and its infamous healthcare.gov website was, the real problems are about to begin. Now people are going to try to use their new insurance.
In addition to sending taxpayer money to plans that cover abortion, the massive health care law has created new avenues of public funding for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.
Just a few weeks ago, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the award of more than $500,000 in taxpayer grants to Planned Parenthood affiliate health centers in Iowa and Montana to act as “navigators,” helping enroll Americans in federally facilitated insurance exchanges under Obamacare. Those grants are in addition to the more than $655,000 Planned Parenthood affiliate health centers received from the federal government under the same program last year.