To say that the rollout and implementation of Obamacare has not gone smoothly would be an understatement. And now there are new numbers showing the law is failing to do something it was designed to do.
One of the things it was supposed to do was cut down on the amount of people going to the emergency room. But the American College of Emergency Physicians says the exact opposite is happening. And Jeff Kalina, Associate Director of Emergency medicine at Houston Methodist told KTRH it's happening here, too.
“Hospitals in Houston are busier. Capacities are higher. Hospitals are fuller,” Kalina said.
And the trend may not be ending anytime soon.
“We are going to see a rise in ER visits and people that require hospitalization. The demand is going to be there,” Kalina told KTRH News.
Health care reform analyst Mike Kahley told KTRH this is all going to have an impact on your wallet even if you're not one of the ones going to the ER.
“When claims increase, their taxes increase. It creates an additional burden on premiums as hospitals try to pass on those costs to the private insurance marketplace,” Kahley explained. “The hospital tax is a function of the treatment that they are issuing. They need to share the costs of the volume added to the system.”
So be prepared to pay more for health insurance down the road.