| Opinion/The Review

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

ObamaCare's reality: Perpetual flu

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Letters home ...

Traveling abroad for personal, educational or professional reasons?

Why not share your impressions — and those of residents of foreign countries about the United States — with Trib readers in 150 words?

The world's a big place. Bring it home with Letters Home.

Contact Colin McNickle (412-320-7836 or

Daily Photo Galleries

Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, 8:56 p.m.

Now that ObamaCare likely will remain intact through Barack Obama's second term, here's just a glimpse of what's in store for Pennsylvanians:

• As stipulated under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Medicaid eligibility will expand to an additional 800,000 Pennsylvanians — in effect, placing a quarter of the state's residents on government insurance, according to the Commonwealth Foundation. Never mind that Medicaid currently consumes 30 percent of the state's operating budget.

• Care will be tougher to find. Nationally, one-third of Medicaid providers will not take new patients, according to a report in the journal Health Affairs. ObamaCare tightens that noose substantially. The Association of Medical Colleges projects that the U.S. will face a shortage of almost 63,000 doctors in just three years under ObamaCare. And The Doctor's Company, a medical malpractice insurer, estimates that ObamaCare will motivate 43 percent of today's physicians to retire within five years.

• Insurance costs will increase. Highmark raised small-business rates by more than 50 percent in July 2010 and is requesting another 10 percent hike, Commonwealth reports. Nationally, costs are projected to grow by 7.4 percent in 2014, then continue to increase at a rate of 6.2 percent annually through 2021, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Once fully realized, ObamaCare will have all the appeal of a perpetual flu.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Steelers QB Roethlisberger not targeting Oct. 25 return
  2. $11M gift from Hillman to help CMU attract faculty, support students
  3. Plum school board asks why tip line was removed from student handbook
  4. Pitt women’s soccer makes history; West Virginia doesn’t want to repeat it
  5. Keuchel, Astros beat Yankees
  6. Audit: Work of adviser in Pa. Department of Education hard to pin down
  7. Steelers notebook: Tomlin not worried about Jones’ lack of sacks
  8. Ligonier council approves design changes to Diamond
  9. Rossi: Time for Pirates to take next step
  10. $9M sought to finish turning Penn Circle in Pittsburgh to two-way streets
  11. Same cast, improved results for Pitt defense