You're STILL counting on people to get the preventative care and checkups. For the majority, that won't happen.
it WILL cut down on people taking their kids to the ER with a sore throat. I guarantee that.
I wouldn't be so sure about that.
The biggest users of emergency rooms are not the uninsured, it's Medicaid users, by a hefty margin.
quote: Associated Press medical writer, as published in USA Today
The biggest users of emergency rooms by far are Medicaid recipients.
This link details two studies that proved as such: LINK
One could argue that Medicaid patients are seeking emergency care in such numbers because they are in poor health -- but that would undermine the notion that access to preventive care leads to fewer ER visits (which has indeed been disproved by a study published in The New England Journal of Mediciine
Others could argue that it's because they are not seeking preventive care and are using the emergency room as a matter of convenience (no waits) or pure neglect/ignorance.
I tend to believe the latter scenario.
Also, I noticed in an earlier post that you stated uninsured people can be turned away in emergency situations. That is not true, that's been against the law since the mid-1980's. Will they get it for "free"? No. Will they get the treatment? Yes. But of course, that's also a double-edged sword that has added to increased healthcare costs.
That reminds me. Cut social security. it needs to be privatized big time. Make a new law where people only receive what they 've paid in in their life over the next 2 years and then end the motherfricker.
Well, that sounds good, but even if you ended Social Security tomorrow as we know it, the taxpayers are still on the hook for the $2.5 trillion Social Security "Trust Fund" that has been borrowed by the government for general spending, and replaced by treasury securities (IOU's) that will have to be repaid by us, the taxpayers (unless there's some sort of default involved). Associated Press