Originally Posted by AustinChief
Again, this whole idea is mostly a fiction.
The people flooding the ER with non emergency care are people WITH govt insurance. Obamacare will do NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, to reduce the levels of ER abuse significantly. For every 1 uninsured person you take out of the equation you add 1 more medicaid leech to the system.
This, plus the idea millions of uninsured that don't go to the ER now but will get free or greatly subsidized healthcare will somehow lower costs in the long run has long ago fallen off the tracks. Obamacare will raise premiums for many people that are already insured. That isn't in question.
If completely enacted you'll eventually see companies drop coverage and force employees to buy insurance on the exchanges. But again, that won't reduce costs unless benefits are reduced.
What we're witnessing is the birth of another entitlement. And as we've seen how good the government at handling entitlements it isn't a surprise Obamacare has a low approval rating for those of us paying the bills.