File this one under “DUH!” Tea Partiers and Conservatives (and no, they aren’t always the same thing) said this months ago, before Obamacare was passed. Looks like now that it has been rammed down our throats despite over 60% of the American people saying they did NOT want it… now the Main Stream Media decides to catch up…
Emergency rooms, the only choice for patients who can’t find care elsewhere, may grow even more crowded with longer wait times under the nation’s new health law.
That might come as a surprise to those who thought getting 32 million more people covered by health insurance would ease ER crowding. It would seem these patients would be able to get routine health care by visiting a doctor’s office, as most of the insured do.
But it’s not that simple. Consider:
_There’s already a shortage of front-line family physicians in some places and experts think that will get worse.
_People without insurance aren’t the ones filling up the nation’s emergency rooms. Far from it. The uninsured are no more likely to use ERs than people with private insurance, perhaps because they’re wary of huge bills.
_The biggest users of emergency rooms by far are Medicaid recipients. And the new health insurance law will increase their ranks by about 16 million. Medicaid is the state and federal program for low-income families and the disabled. And many family doctors limit the number of Medicaid patients they take because of low government reimbursements.
_ERs are already crowded and hospitals are just now finding solutions.
Rand Corp. researcher Dr. Arthur L. Kellermann predicts this from the new law: “More people will have coverage and will be less afraid to go to the emergency department if they’re sick or hurt and have nowhere else to go…. We just don’t have other places in the system for these folks to go.”
via Health overhaul may mean longer ER waits, crowding – Yahoo! News.
President Obama made a surprise visit to the White House press corps Thursday night, but got agitated when he was faced with a substantive question.
Seems to me like he expects the same free ride he got during the campaign. Combine this with the rehash of the old campaign site on the new Whitehouse.gov site… and well… Someone really needs to tell him he won, and things have “changed.” Read the whole story at Politico here, and watch the footage for yourself.
(HT Scott of Scott’s Morning Brew VA)
Mr. Juan Williams has a stellar piece in the Wall Street Journal today.
If his presidency is to represent the full power of the idea that black Americans are just like everyone else — fully human and fully capable of intellect, courage and patriotism — then Barack Obama has to be subject to the same rough and tumble of political criticism experienced by his predecessors. To treat the first black president as if he is a fragile flower is certain to hobble him. It is also to waste a tremendous opportunity for improving race relations by doing away with stereotypes and seeing the potential in all Americans.
Yet there is fear, especially among black people, that criticism of him or any of his failures might be twisted into evidence that people of color cannot effectively lead. That amounts to wasting time and energy reacting to hateful stereotypes. It also leads to treating all criticism of Mr. Obama, whether legitimate, wrong-headed or even mean-spirited, as racist.
This is patronizing. Worse, it carries an implicit presumption of inferiority. Every American president must be held to the highest standard. No president of any color should be given a free pass for screw-ups, lies or failure to keep a promise.
via Judge Obama on Performance Alone – WSJ.com.
He went on to admit that the media went easy on President Obama during the campaign, and that those who tried to oppose him were painted as racists. He correctly points out that everyone ought to hold President Obama to the same strict standards they held other Presidents *cough cough BUSH cough cough* to.
Do I think it will happen? Do I think Obama will be under as heavy a microscope as Bush was? Nope. Not in the mainstream press anyway.