Failure to Expand Medicaid = Thousands of Deaths

When Republicans swept the statehouses and legislatures of more than 30 states in 2010, putting many very far-right governors in office, many of them refused to go along with the expansion of Medicaid that was part of the health care reform bill, even though it was almost entirely paid for by the federal government. A new study says this will result in thousands of deaths.

As many as 17,000 Americans will die directly as a result of states deciding not to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, according to a new study.

Researchers from Harvard University and City University of New York have estimated that between 7,115 and 17,104 deaths will be “attributable to the lack of Medicaid expansion in opt-out states” in a study published in Health Affairs.

“The results were sobering,” Samuel Dickman, one of the authors, said, according to theMorning Call. “Political decisions have consequences, some of them lethal.”

They projected that 423,000 fewer diabetics would receive medication to treat their disease. If opt-out states had expanded Medicaid, 659,000 women who are in need of mammograms and 3.1 million women who should receive regular pap smears would have become insured, the study found.

“Low-income adults in states that have opted out of Medicaid expansion will forego gains in access to care, financial well-being, physical and mental health, and longevity that would be expected with expanded Medicaid coverage,” the authors wrote.

The Republican message, as always: Screw the poor.

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  • tubi

    Also the Republican message: “We’re not really pro-life, just pro-telling women what they can and can’t do. After that, you’re on your own, suckers.”

  • colnago80

    But, but, how can this be? The Rethuglicans are pro-life. End snark.

  • raven

    U.S. Women Are Dying Younger Than Their Mothers, and No One …

    www .theatlantic. com/health/…women…dying-younger…/280259/‎

    Oct 7, 2013 – U.S. Women Are Dying Younger Than Their Mothers, and No One Knows Why … three decades, especially those without a high-school diploma or who live in the South or West. … These women are now expected to die five years earlier than the generation before ….. It looks like mostly rural white areas.

    Well, look on the bright side!!!*

    A whole lot of those people dying younger will be christofascist Tea Partier women.

    The big story in public health is that white women in the rural south and west are dying young. It can be as much as 5 years younger. This is a new trend last seen a century ago during the 1918 flu pandemic.

    Uneducated, low socioeconomic women in the south and west is a straight fundie xian demographic. No one is quite sure why these women are dying younger but access to health care is the number one theory. And these are the states that aren’t expanding Medicaid under the ACA.

    *This is sarcasm BTW. Just because their minds have been poisoned by toxic fundie xianity doesn’t mean they deserve to die 5 years younger. It’s likely that a lot of those docs and other health care workers trying to fix this problem are No Religions. One of the others is Obama, the Kenyan Moslem terrorist Reptilian Shapeshifter.

  • raven

    The Tea Partiers aren’t too clear why they won’t expand Medicaid. Sometimes they say because it costs money.

    Which is true. But it also saves money!!!

    1. According to the CBO, the ACA will save the Feds $20 billion a year. While there are costs, there are offsetting savings. For one thing, they somehow used the ACA to extend Medicare solvency for 8 years.

    2. The poor in those states will still receive hit and miss “free” health care, much of it in the ER. Of course, this is neither comprehensive, preventative, or free. There is no such thing as free health care. What they don’t pay will be paid by the state and spread over the people who do pay.

    Free health care still costs money and someone still pays for it.

  • cry4turtles

    I wonder once we vote out our idiot governor Corbett in November, will our new Governor be able to opt in? My mom and dad are suffering because of fuckwad Corbett. I hope they will soon see some light.

  • D. C. Sessions

    This is great news. Those people breed like rabbits as it is, and something needs to be done to keep them from overrunning us.

  • a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    To the Rethuglicans, that is just that many fewer po’ folks to vote against them.

  • So much spin! These additional deaths will be solely because of Obama and his Death Panels!! Often with Obama personally pulling the plug! Thanks, Obamacare!

  • New reptilican ad:

    “The sick, old poor people. We have to kill them to save them from the death panels.”.

  • had3

    It’s only the sin committing ones who die earlier. Prayer will save the others.

  • Surely, nobody is surprised by this! Why they’re so stupid is the real mystery. Inbreeding?