You gotta love Medicaid’s enablers.
Last week, in a letter to the editor that ran in the Albuquerque Journal (unavailable online), Bill Jordan of “New Mexico Voices for Children” repeated the (unintentionally) hilarious claim that Medicaid “is saving the state money while providing care to our children, seniors, the disabled and neighbors in need.” And with all those federal bucks flowing into the state from Obamacare, New Mexico’s increased “cost” to expand coverage 100 percent since 2013 has been only 5.5 percent!
Evidently, in Jordan’s fantasyland, no one in New Mexico pays federal taxes, but let’s leave that issue aside for now. As Dr. Deane Waldman (a member of the board of directors of “beWellnm, New Mexico’s Health Insurance Exchange”) and Dayal Rajagopalan noted last summer, the actual results of Medicaid coverage are far different than the paradise depicted by Jordan and his ilk:
In 2013, an Oregon study compared the new enrollees of expanded Medicaid to the individuals who had no insurance. Researchers found that spending $545 billion in Medicaid expansion showed “no significant improvement in measured health outcomes” in Oregon. This was in spite of Oregon’s Medicaid program being considered one of the best in the country, with doctor compensation rates far above the national average.
Another study, performed by a team at Harvard, looked at three states that expanded Medicaid, and only one of them had any statistically significant reduction in mortality. A third study by the University of Virginia found that patients with Medicaid coverage did worse after surgery than uninsured patients. Because of Medicaid expansion in Illinois, nearly 800 enrollees died while waiting for medical care, called “death by queueing.”
“Voices” might also want to check out what’s going on in the United Kingdom, where healthcare is “free.” (We’re not halfway to single-payer in the Land of Enchantment, but we’re awfully close. As of November, 41.9 percent of New Mexicans were on Medicaid.) The UK has ordered hospitals “to cancel all non-urgent surgery until at least February.” A rough flu season has induced the axing of 50,000 operations. The news comes on the heels of October’s proposal to “ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking.” In November 2016, the National Audit Office called the National Health Service’s financial problems “endemic,” and the chair of the public accounts committee called “on the prime minister to address the realities of increasing deficits in NHS trusts, long-term workforce problems, unrealistic efficiency targets and the impact these financial stresses are having on the quality of services.”
Liberals’ delusions and virtue-signalling can’t overcome the reality that socialized healthcare … stinks. The UK offers jarring proof of what’s to come if New Mexico and the nation continue to ignore market-oriented reforms of health insurance.