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Cost Shifting Does Not Justify Obamacare

George121 Wrote: May 04, 2012 6:17 PM
"cost-shifting"? Isn't that what Enron did? Isn't that what a lot of Wall Street investment banks did when the sub-prime loan scam bubble finally imploded? Isn't that what Barney Frank and his Banking Oversite committee was supposed to keep in check..right up until it had a meltdown? Obamacare is an inevitable meltdown..right after the 'death panels' come out from the bureaucratic shadows.

A major justification by President Obama for the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, which requires everyone to buy health insurance, is that every time an uninsured patient receives care in an emergency room, doctors and hospitals shift the cost to those of us who have insurance. But the impact of such cost shifting is vastly overblown and government, through the legislation, makes the problem worse, not better.

As a general surgeon in private practice for over 30 years, I have lost track of how many times I have performed emergency surgery on uninsured patients who never paid their bills....