Now they tell us: preventive care doesn't save money

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mainemom
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Now they tell us: preventive care doesn't save money

Now that the ACA has entrenched "free" preventive care in the law, the NYT comes out and tells us that the "it saves money" justification is false. No mention that such evidence was already available before the ACA became law.

Preventive Care Saves Money? Sorry, It’s Too Good to Be True

I remember posting here about a New England Journal of Medicine article that warned us preventive care actually causes overall medical spending to rise, not fall.

The nanny-staters plugged their ears, wanting nothing to rebut their preferred Narrative for pursuing socialized medicine.

Now we're on the hook for expanding MaineCare, with the same false justifications being repeated endlessly.

So does the writer of the article say we should rethink our policy about forced spending on preventive care?
Of course not!
Instead, the call is to switch justification for the policy to, "it makes us happier."

Sheesh. So much for a free country.

The worst thing about our nation's health care regulations is not the cost, IMO.
It's the unintended (or intended?) suppression of disruptive innovation that could transform not only the way medical care is delivered, but the way it's financed.
We'll never know what the fertile, creative minds of Americans would come up with if regulations weren't enforcing one particular paradigm (so-called insurance).

Melvin Udall
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When Medicaid allows getting

When Medicaid allows getting an MRI for a hangnail, what else can we expect?

Economike
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Nor does the writer apologize

Nor does the writer apologize for his newspaper's complicity in fooling the public about the supposed savings of preventive care in the ACA.

anonymous_coward
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A liberal news outlet reports

A liberal news outlet reports a (conservative) factual result and you guys still throw shade.

This was relatively old news (the Oregon Medicaid experiment results have been around for a while) but I think it's still good that the information is getting into the mainstream media cycle.

Economike
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The supposed savings were a

The supposed savings were a liberal talking point for expanding medicaid coverage as part of the ACA. This used to be news in the mainstream media and now, sucker, it turns out to have been fake news. Like most of the promises that smokescreened the ACA.

Matt
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I’m still waiting for my

I’m still waiting for my beautiful trumpcare. Better, cheaper.

Talk about fake news. Who are the suckers, again?

Toolsmith
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Congress couldn't get that

Congress couldn't get that done.

I'm still waiting for the "affordable" part of ACA. Which, of course, was just another lie.

Mainelion
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I'm still waiting for my

I'm still waiting for my annual $2,500 savings that the One promised me.

Islander
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The ACA, so good Obama had to

The ACA, so good Obama had to lie to get it into law, is it a tax Obama swore it was not , yet.. Even Biden told his followers that taxes were not going to be raised. The ACA, so good you are forced to buy it

Economike
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Matt -

Matt -

The suckers are the people who believe that the politicians from their own tribe have the wisdom and goodwill to enact "...care" for them.

This isn't a binary world of Obama versus Trump.

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