New study from Harvard University showing that Medicare patients used the Emergency Room 40% more than people with no insurance, which is about the exact opposite negative number projected by the Democrats when they were selling ObamaCare as cutting long term healthcare costs. And the study showed the vast majority of those ER visits were non-emergency issues better suited for a primary care physician. Opponents (including me) had predicted that with fewer 'in network' options, non-emergency use of ER services would increase, not decrease. If this trend plays out across the country, ObamaCare will increase US healthcare expense and place additional stress on ER service providers. Expect to see more privately owned, non-critical ER centers open up that do not accept Medicare patients, as people with good insurance will look to avoid the chaos of hospital ERs and seek out a higher level of service.
When asked about the cost reduction claims made in selling Obamacare to the public Vs the finding of the published Harvard study, Jonathan Gruber, health economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and considered co-author of the Affordable Care Act along with Dr. Zeke Emanuel said, "That was sometimes a misleading motivator for the Affordable Care Act. The law isn't designed to save money. It's designed to improve health, and that's going to cost money."