For the past few days NPR has run 3 separate stories on Obamacare and all of them have clearly shown the wake of destruction that this massive takeover of healthcare has left.
The first story was about a Cleveland, Ohio bar owner who is frustrated with his hike in insurance costs.
“They just seemed to keep going up every year,” he says. “One year we got a 38 percent increase; another year we got 11. One year we got 3.”
“This year, under the Affordable Care Act, he saw another hike — this one about 20 percent.”
“It just seems odd that we get such a drastic price increase when nothing has really changed with us as far as our employees and health issues,” he says.
“I always thought that health reform was needed of some type,” he says. “It just seems like … they botched it.”
The next day NPR ran this story about a company who is contemplating eliminating health care benefits for its workforce due to rising insurance costs.
“AmeriMark, like most businesses, has been coping with rising health insurance premiums for years. This year, the company’s initial estimate from a broker was a 30 percent increase in the price of premiums if they stayed with the same insurance provider. Lyons says they shopped around, chose a new company and changed some of the policy’s benefits — such as increasing the deductibles and copays that employees pay as their contribution to their own health coverage. Such changes in plans have become increasingly common nationally in recent years as annual increases in health care premiums have become normal.”
“Giesler says the company debated dropping health insurance for its employees — a step that, beginning in 2015, would result in an expensive penalty.”
Then today NPR ran this story highlighting how there is a troubling inconsistency how doctors charge for Medicare claims.
“By exposing such massive variations in how doctors bill the nation’s health program for seniors and the disabled, experts said, ProPublica’s analysis shows Medicare could—and should—be doing far more to use its own data to sniff out cost-inflating errors and fraud.”
“I think this is a smoking gun,” said Dr. Robert Berenson, a former senior Medicare official who is now a fellow at the Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C., think tank. “Who’s asleep at the switch here?”
“A May 2012 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general found that doctors are choosing higher codes more often for evaluation and management services, the broad category that includes office visits.”
And remember that Leftists often claim their goal is to move everyone in the US to a single payer/public health care plan like Medicare. Imagine the billing errors, fraud and waste if everybody was on Medicare!
For me, it was shocking to see 3 stories in as many days published by Left leaning NPR that point to serious problems with Obamacare. Has NPR rediscovered their journalistic roots? Is Obamacare such a failure that the lapdogs have no choice but to report the devastation this law has caused?
Something tells me that Team Obama will summon the NPR leadership to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for a recalibration of their talking points.