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Maryland ACA enrollments are 96% Medicaid

posted at 9:06 am on October 26, 2013 by

As David Freddoso points out at Conservative Intel, Maryland chose to release its ObamaCare enrollment data in a Friday night news dump.  It’s not difficult to see why:

More than 3,100 Maryland households have chosen to enroll through the state’s online marketplace for health insurance…The state also says 82,473 residents are signed up to be automatically enrolled in Medicaid coverage on Jan. 1.

What does this tell us? The demand for Medicaid remains significant in a chronically-stagnating economy.  The demand for overpriced health insurance with high deductibles? Not so much, even though the government is forcing people to buy it.

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If you like you’re economy death spiral, you can KEEP your economic death spiral.

ParisParamus on October 26, 2013 at 9:27 AM

(And remember, Maryland is, I suspect, doing fairly well, given its proximity to DC jobs. Elsewhere?

ParisParamus on October 26, 2013 at 9:28 AM

How does someone eligible for Medicaid have money to buy a computer?

bgibbs1000 on October 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Everyone can use public library computers

Imrahil on October 26, 2013 at 9:55 AM

How does someone eligible for Medicaid have money to buy a computer?

bgibbs1000 on October 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM

They don’t. They go down to the library to check out the healthcare site and watch youporn.

Mostly watch youporn.

Gatsu on October 26, 2013 at 9:56 AM

The state also says 82,473 residents are signed up to be automatically enrolled in Medicaid coverage on Jan. 1.

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Ah, yes, Medicaid expansion, the government freebie that no doctor will accept… except free clinics and, well, they’re free.

ExpressoBold on October 26, 2013 at 11:15 AM

If it’s FREE they will come.

gerrym51 on October 26, 2013 at 11:28 AM

How does someone eligible for Medicaid have money to buy a computer?

bgibbs1000 on October 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM

They don’t. They go down to the library to check out the healthcare site and watch youporn.

Mostly watch youporn.

Gatsu on October 26, 2013 at 9:56 AM

LOL yeah right. And yeah it sounds good. These people are too lazy to work. No way they are going to the library to use a computer.

bgibbs1000 on October 26, 2013 at 11:43 AM

As the numbers on Medicaid swell and the fees paid to doctors decrease, the time it takes doctors to receive reimbursement extend even more ridiculously long than they are now, more and more doctors will opt-out of treating Medicaid patients.

Many already have and many more will. It will be interesting to see what tact the government will take on what will be an unmitigated disaster.

I’m wondering if they try to force doctors to accept Medicaid paitents… but slavery is un-Constitutional isn’t it?

DrDeano on October 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM

I’m wondering if they try to force doctors to accept Medicaid paitents… but slavery is un-Constitutional isn’t it?

DrDeano on October 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM

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Yes, yes, yes, of course but willing servitude is not… so the way to do it is to have every newly licensed MD agree to treat Medicaid patients for a period of five years after licensure so that they can practice medicine before they have to treat the fully insured patient. Bonus: same forgoing condition plus practice in a community with no or few health care resources gets a percentage of education loans paid by Uncle Sam.
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Waddayathink? Will it fly in the newly-minted nationalization of American health service?

ExpressoBold on October 26, 2013 at 12:07 PM

So on other words we were right. Ted Cruz was right. The shutdown was right. The Tea Party was right.

neyney on October 26, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Waddayathink? Will it fly in the newly-minted nationalization of American health service?

ExpressoBold on October 26, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Your term “willing servitude” fits well the state of all too many Americans these days.

It would not surprise me in the least if the government were to try anything like your licensing scheme, but I suspect they will leverage that which they now have ultimate control over: The tax code and control over what and how insurance companies reimburse MDs.

DrDeano on October 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM

96%?

Libs are geniuses./

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 26, 2013 at 1:45 PM

How does someone eligible for Medicaid have money to buy a computer?

bgibbs1000 on October 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM

someone elligible for medicaid in the united states has a computer, mutiple cell phones, a flat screen, all the food they can eat, air conditoning and 1.5 cars. what country are you talking about?

t8stlikchkn on October 26, 2013 at 2:31 PM

How does someone eligible for Medicaid have money to buy a computer?
bgibbs1000 on October 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Don’t need a computer to get Medicaid – it’s a different process than picking a qualified ZeroCare policy. Call a health insurance agent, if you’re Medicaid-eligible, you get referred to the county health department. They can sign you up on the phone, or you might have to come in once to fill out forms.

Here in Oregon, they sent all food stamp (SNAP) recipients notifications saying they were automatically eligible for Medicaid because they already qualified for food stamps. Just say yes, and it’s done.

Marcola on October 26, 2013 at 7:43 PM

ExpressoBold
DrDeano

Another route: green cards and automatic path to citizenship for any foreign “doctor/nurse/health professional” willing to come to Amerika and join the new National Health Service for life.

Might save a bit of money, since the new docs and nurses will work for food for their 25 family members with whom they live in a 3-room apartment.

Expect to see “degrees” from South Central Timbuktu on your new “doctor’s” wall. Forget about pronouncing his/her name, and be prepared to use a lot of sign language to communicate. If you hope to survive, it probably would not hurt to say “Allahu Akbar” a few times…

Marcola on October 26, 2013 at 7:52 PM

82,473 reasons Maryland will go bankrupt faster.

Johnnyreb on October 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Other states have reported similar percentages:

N.Y. Obamacare: 65% Medicaid sign-ups.

Oregon Obamacare: 100% Medicaid sign-ups.

Washington state Obamacare: 90% Medicaid sign-ups.

AZCoyote on October 27, 2013 at 7:33 AM

someone elligible for medicaid in the united states has a computer, mutiple cell phones, a flat screen, all the food they can eat, air conditoning and 1.5 cars. what country are you talking about?

t8stlikchkn on October 26, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Here in AZ, Comcast gives away “free” internet service, as well as “free” computers, to low-income applicants. Of course, all the “free” products and services are actually paid for by Comcast’s paying customers, who get a surcharge added on to their monthly bills to finance Comcast’s “generosity.”

No doubt other ISP’s do the same in other states. Just another chapter in the wealth redistribution schemes of our “elites” — transferring the wealth of those who work and save to those who don’t.

AZCoyote on October 27, 2013 at 7:37 AM

How does someone eligible for Medicaid have money to buy a computer?

bgibbs1000 on October 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM

There’s also a lot of fraud going on. ObamaCare subsidies are the new and improved Earned Income Credits.

NotCoach on October 27, 2013 at 1:13 PM

ExpressoBold
DrDeano
Another route: green cards and automatic path to citizenship for any foreign “doctor/nurse/health professional” willing to come to Amerika and join the new National Health Service for life.

Might save a bit of money, since the new docs and nurses will work for food for their 25 family members with whom they live in a 3-room apartment.

Expect to see “degrees” from South Central Timbuktu on your new “doctor’s” wall. Forget about pronouncing his/her name, and be prepared to use a lot of sign language to communicate. If you hope to survive, it probably would not hurt to say “Allahu Akbar” a few times…

Marcola on October 26, 2013 at 7:52 PM

This is what’s happened in the UK. Doctors and nurses from Third World countries who are willing to work for the NHS salaries (and hours), but whose command of English is poor. Read the Daily Mail on-line for NS horror stories. There was one about not being able to give Englis exams because it would hinder the free flow of labor across the EU. They can give crednetials exmas, but it doesn’t help much when they don’t understand enough English to now what the patient is saying.

Wethal on October 27, 2013 at 2:32 PM

I suppose ACORN, in its new manifestation, is driving the MEdicaid signup.

Wethal on October 27, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Well another state that will either be left at the mercy of the feds because to keep the feds funding them they have to give in to what the feds want or else be left funding all them by themselves.

This again proves those that opted out ( like my gov scott walker ) are again ahead of the game.

watertown on October 27, 2013 at 4:41 PM