But the best evidence has never really supported the hope that the law would reduce emergency room usage. That’s because much of the law’s expanded coverage comes via Medicaid, the jointly run federal-state program for the low income and disabled. And Medicaid beneficiaries tend to visit the emergency room more often than the uninsured.Gosh, if only there was an independent press pointing out similar results in Massachusetts under Romneycare before plunging headlong into this mess.
A new study of Medicaid beneficiaries in Oregon makes a strong version of this case. The study, published today in the journal Science, finds that adult Medicaid beneficiaries rely on emergency rooms about 40 percent more than similar uninsured adults.
Extra - From Ace: "Is there a single claim about this program that wasn't a "wrong promise"?"
More - Samefacts: "This talking point was never properly evidence-based or even particularly plausible given prior research." We'll throw that in with "if you like your health plan you can keep it" pile.
Addendum - Or maybe ER visits went down in Massachusetts.