Mr. Picou’s attempt to include Medicaid (not Medicare) in his tirade is illogical. He says the states will have to pick up an increase of $118 billion in new Medicaid funding, without mentioning that the federal government will pay 90 percent of the cost for new enrollees.
His last attempt to discredit the law is his statement that 1,231 companies have applied for and received waivers from parts of the new law. But again he fails to explain why the waivers were granted. The main reason is that the companies that applied for waivers already have private insurance plans that equal or exceed the law’s requirements.
The only somewhat factual statement I can find is that around 16,000 new Internal Revenue Service “auditors” will be needed, although this numerical requirement is not in the law. Nor is the projected huge decrease in insurance company auditors that will be realized when carriers can no longer search medical records, credit reports and previous policies for reasons to deny coverage or disapprove claims.
Mr. Picou’s statements are nothing new. Essentially identical statements can be read on countless right wing sites and publications. It is notable that opponents of the Affordable Healthcare Law long ago stopped using Mr. Picou’s references because fact-checking organizations tore them to pieces.
But perhaps Mr. Picou and I should wait until the law actually starts next year before we predict its effect on healthcare.
We really won’t know for years what its true impact will be. The people will decide. That’s called democracy.
Dennis Tilly, Weatherford