Drug scarcity hits Medicaid as states limit spending
by: J. D. Heyes
Friday, August 10, 2012
When it comes to getting some honesty from the Obama Administration regarding the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), a good rule of thumb is to believe the opposite of what the president and his echo chamber have to say about it.
Since before this monstrosity was passed, astute researchers pouring over the more than 2,100 pages of regulations and provisions contained in the bill (apparently they didn’t take Nancy Pelosi’s advice to wait until the bill was passed to see what was actually in it) made certain claims about it that were refuted by the administration – all of which, so far, have turned out to be true.
Opponents of the measure said it cuts Medicare spending. The administration said it didn’t.
Opponents of the measure said it would raise taxes by billions of dollars. The administration said it didn’t.
Opponents of the measure said it would raise insurance premiums. The administration said it wouldn’t.
It does – by an average of $2,100 per household per year.
President Obama said repeatedly that “if you like your current health insurance, you’ll get to keep it.”
Now we are finding out that scores of employers will be dropping employee coverage because – you guessed it – the law creates an increase in insurance rates.
And perhaps the most controversial of the opposition’s objections/predictions is that the measure would lead to healthcare rationing. The administration vehemently denied this allegation.
Well, it turns out that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has led to rationing – already. And the major provisions of the law haven’t even kicked in yet.
Well, we passed the law – now what?
According to Kaiser Health News, 16 states have already set limits on the number of prescription medications they will cover for Medicaid patients. Illinois, the president’s home state, was the latest to impose prescription drug caps for Medicaid patients: four. Alabama has an even tighter limit: one.
“Doctors fear the state’s cost-cutting move could backfire on patients, who have to get state permission to go beyond the limit,” said KHN.