Obamacare is putting more people in the ER

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Another day, another Obamacare myth, debunked. This time, the oh-so-popular selling point about Obamacare and emergency room visits is being thoroughly disproved by cold, hard numbers.

Remember back when Obamacare proponents argued health reform would lower the number of ER visits? That it would solve the “free-rider” problem [1] of non-insured Americans showing up at ER’s to get free care? Yeah, that’s not exactly what’s happening.

Emergency room visits are on the rise, reports the Wall Street Journal, and have been for the last couple years. And here’s the real kicker: it’s mostly because of Obamacare.

Reports the WSJ [2]:

Medicaid recipients newly insured under the health law are struggling to get appointments or find doctors who will accept their coverage, and consequently wind up in the ER, ACEP said. Volume might also be increasing due to hospital and emergency-department closures—a long-standing trend.

“There was a grand theory the law would reduce ER visits,” said Dr. Howard Mell, a spokesman for ACEP. “Well, guess what, it hasn’t happened. Visits are going up despite the ACA, and in a lot of cases because of it.”

It’s just one more broken, Obamacare promise. The Obamacare fantasy liberals desperately tried to sell the country in 2009 isn’t just not materializing, it’s making old problems worse. The only question now is, will Democrats acknowledge the law’s failures? Will Congress act to fix the mess Obamacare created? Will Republicans successfully fight to repeal Obamacare?

One can only hope.