Recent news articles in Minnesota have announced the success of MNSure and a dramatic plunge in the uninsured rate under Obamacare. The problem is the uninsured rate numbers they released have virtually nothing to do with measuring the effectiveness of Obamacare in achieving its stated goal.
The original premise for nationalizing our healthcare was that there were so many folks who wanted healthcare but could not afford it. And that, further, only an overhaul of the entire American Healthcare system would achieve this. Proponents of Obamacare originally asserted that 16% of the population were uninsured. When pressed, Proponents of Obamacare admitted to a lower figure of 8% with the other 8% being folks who simply had exercised their then free market right to not have said healthcare coverage(often folks 18-26 years old). And 8% of 315 Million is 25.2 Million.
This writer has asked the Obama Administration to provide the number of this 25.2 Million who said they wanted but could not afford healthcare several times.
And to this day, not one person has produced the most important number necessary to determine the effectiveness of Obamacare. How many persons who said they wanted, but could not afford healthcare are now covered? Yet one more time, this writer asks President Obama to immediately produce this number.
And so it comes as no surprise that Progressive Minnesota would also attempt to feed its General Public similar bogus numbers. Minnesota created its own malfunctioning computerized healthcare exchange called MNSure. MNSure had a rocky roll out similar to Obamcare's computerized exchange. And MNSure's initial head lost her job. Then Security concerns arose with MNSURE.
Finally, Minnesota Government was able to announce some good, though misleading, news:"U Study shows 40% drop in uninsured rate, 4.9% of state now without coverage." The problem is that 40% uninsured rate lumps all new insureds into one pot. Most importantly, it lumps folks who opted not to have healthcare insurance before Obamacare, but were now forced to have it, in with those who previously said they wanted but could not afford healthcare. (Could we also find out how much of that decline resulted from parents being forced to carry their adult children on the family insurance plan?)
In measuring the effectiveness and efficiency of Obamacare, it is intellectually dishonest to lump those forced to buy Obamcare, who previously had simply chose not to have coverage in with the original target group. However, though the number of folks who said they wanted,but couldnot afford Obamacare was the entire premise of Obamacare, for some reason Minnesota Appears to have not tracked that number. Did measuring the success of the program with regard to the specific group never come to mind for Minnesota leaders?
And some how, the demographics for Minnesota are substantially different than for the rest of the county. According to Minnesota, only slightly more than 9% of its population had no healthcare insurance coverage in 2009. With no numbers for the target group being those folks who said they wanted but could not afford healthcare, it seems we just have to guesstimate that the same ratio of forced insureds to those who said they wanted but could not afford healthcare coverage to be the same as national numbers. The numbers this writer has located for the 2013-2014 population of Minnesota is approximately 5,304,000 and 4.5% of that yields 238,680.
So, Governor Mark Dayton, Please do tell how many of 238,680 persons who comprise the target group, that is to say those folks who said they wanted but could not afford healthcare, are now insured under Obamacare? (And then we can get into how many of those were partially or fully subsidized?) Minnesota awaits with baited breath, the numbers which most accurately measure the success of failure of Obamacare.
Of course, we can point out again that Minnesota already had a safety net for those who could not afford healthcare called MinnesotaCare. But no one in Minnesota Government bother to bring that up during the time of the Obamacare debate. And since that didn't seem to matter before passing Obamacare, why would it matter now?
On the other hand, this writer must ask, "Really Governor Mark Dayton, we couldn't just add 238,640 to MinnesotaCare rather than force 5.2 Million Minnesotans to give up traditional healthcare?"
But apparently Minnesota Government is hell bent on giving Minnesotans the same sub-standard, bureaucratic nightmare, scandal cover-up healthcare the Federal Government delivers to Veterans at the VA Hospitals.
Could someone in Minnesota Government (Scott Lietz?) please email to DonMashak@Yahoo.com the number of the 238,680 Minnesotans who said they wanted but could not afford healthcare, who are now insured under Obamacare?
Thank you in advance.
In this writer's humble opinion, the simple fact is this. If Obamacare and MNSure had been wildly successful in providing healthcare coverage for the traget group Obamacare was premised upon, that number and the proofs there of would have been boldly posted all over Main Stream Media. The fact that Minnesota Government had to resort to posting almost meaningless numbers implies that Obamacare has been a dismal failure in providing coverage for the target group upon which it was premised.
Those were my thoughts.
Thank you, my fellow citizens, for taking your valuable time to read and reflect upon what is written here.
If what is written here rings true to you, perhaps you should contact your local elected officials and let them know. If you are afraid of repercussions, snail mail it anonymously and ask them to respond in the local paper or their own monthly/quarterly internet newsletter. Even if this article refers to something outside you geographic area, it still likely applies to your location. Remember all those taxpayer training junkets we taxpayers send the bureaucrats on? They all learn the same “livestock management” techniques to use on WE THE PEOPLE.
And that leaves WE THE PEOPLE with this conundrum: While our #Government works full time with compensation and funded with our money for the cause of #Tyranny; WE THE PEOPLE are forced to work part time without compensation for the cause of #liberty with what is left over of our time, money and energy.
Finally, this article is written with the same intentions as Thomas Paine http://ushistory.org/paine. I, Don Mashak, seek no leadership role. I, Don Mashak, seek only to help the American People find their own way using their own “Common Sense” http://amzn.to/kbRuar
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