I had to screencap the headline before someone at WaPo with an ounce of sense changes it. It’s right up there with, “Brick-like object held outside office window, yet somehow falls to ground when released.”
Here’s the text from WaPo “Wonkblog” writer Jason Millman:
Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion is facing a new threat from an unlikely source: the law itself.
An additional 9.1 million Americans have been added to the Medicaid rolls in the year since the program expanded under Obamacare. But a scheduled cut in Medicaid payments — built into the law — could steer doctors away from taking new patients covered the program.
That’s because a temporary payment bump to Medicaid primary care doctors, included in the Affordable Care Act, is likely to expire at the end of the year. That will mean an average payment cut of 42.8 percent to Medicaid primary care doctors next year, according to a new Urban Institute analysis.
The federal Medicaid reimbursement to doctors vary by state, but they’re lower than the rates paid by private insurers and the Medicare program.
“Unlikely!” That takes a lot of nerve, even for a wankblogger.
Fact is, even without the bump, Medicaid doesn’t pay doctors as well as private insurance does. So the “surprise!” for a wankblogger is that when doctors lost privately insured patients due to ♡bamaCare!!!’s narrower networks, and have boatloads of new Medicaid expansion customers showing up, then somehow, mysteriously, doctors get paid less money.
Gosh, it’s almost like math or something.
Everything we on the right said about ♡bamaCare!!! has come to pass, and yet the Wankblog goes right on as before as each new “revelation” (predicted by the right well in advance) comes true.
Heads should roll, but instead “explanatory journalism” will go on.