INSURING THE UNINSUREDS?

“For too long, Americans with pre-existing conditions were locked out of the health care system and their health suffered,” Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, said in a statement. “Thanks to health reform, our most vulnerable Americans across the country have the care they need.”

It is estimated that there are about 50 million Americans without health insurance. 25 million of these people have pre-existing conditions. The government set up a system where these people can now get coverage.

What are the results? Let’s start with expectations. At the low level it was expected that the first year would insure 200,000 of these people. In my math that is .4% of the people. The $5 billion program was launched in 2010. Recently the number of insured just passed 50,000. That is an actual result of .10% of the uninsured individuals. That leaves a staggering 99.90% still not covered. I think that statistically qualifies as having no effect at all.

If that news isn’t bad enough, it has been discovered that the cost of insuring these individuals is twice what the actuaries expected. What was expected to cost about $13,000 per year per enrollee is actually costing in excess of $28,000.

What do all these figures mean?
1. We are not even scratching the surface of insuring the uninsureds
2. The cost is more than double what was expected
3. The $5 billion dollar program is going to end up costing much much more than ever imagined and the uninsureds remain uninsured.

Do we have health care problems? The answer is ABSOLUTELY, YES!
Is the Health Care Reform Act helping Americans? APPARENTLY NOT!
Is this saving taxpayers money? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
Stay tuned as the facts reveal impossible promises.

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