crowded20waiting20room1In what has to be a stunning turnaround, a key Obamacare promise has turned out to be completely untrue. And the program is instead fueling a crisis he predicted will cost you billions.

“Three in four emergency room doctors said patient visits have increased since the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to have health insurance went into effect, in an email survey released Monday by the American College of Emergency Physicians,” the Washington Examiner reports.

47 percent of emergency room doctors report their patient volume increased “slightly” since Jan. 1, 2014, while 28 percent report it increased “a lot.”

Only five percent report a decrease in emergency room visits since Obamacare took effect.

The problem is a ticking time bomb.  70 percent of doctors report their ERs cannot handle a massive hike in visits.

Unsurprisingly, that’s the opposite of what Obama said would happen.

“I think it is very important that we provide coverage for all people, because if everybody’s got coverage, then they’re not going to the emergency room for treatment,” Obama promised in 2009.

“(T)he federal government is picking up the tab — and this is helping them because people are no longer going to the emergency room,” Obama reiterated in 2013.

“(Y)ou’ve got 15 percent of the population without health insurance, they end up showing up at the emergency room typically at a point when they’re much sicker than if they had been getting regular checkups and preventive care.  So you pay for the most expensive care there,” Obama repeated again in 2013, promising that Obamacare would save money.

In that speech Obama attacked any future increase in emergency room visits, pointing out “you’re basically dumping those costs onto society.”

But that’s exactly what Obama created. Under Obamacare there’s been a drastic increase in the number of people seeking what Obama points out is “the most expensive care.”

The emergency room overcrowding crisis appears to be the result of two factors fueled by Obamacare.

First, with earnings capped and more paperwork required, many doctors retired, rather than face financial ruin under Obamacare.  That has created a doctor shortage.

Second, with someone else paying the tab people are more likely, not less likely, to rush to the emergency room when dealing with a minor illness.  People are also being forced into emergency rooms because while Obamacare means someone else will pay the tab, it also means you’re less likely to find a doctor to schedule an appointment.

The result is a slow poison being injected to America’s health care system by Obamacare.

“You can’t find a doctor that will see Medicaid patients,” House Speaker John Boehner told NBC’s Meet the Press. “And so where do they end up? The same place they used to end up, in the emergency room.”

“You have a situation where people have [an insurance] card, but they don’t have access,” said Orlee Panitch, an emergency physician for MEPHealth in Germantown, Md., and chairman of the Emergency Medicine Action Fund, which commissioned the survey.

“The (Obamacare) card doesn’t equal access.”

Other doctors report the same crisis.

“America has severe primary care physician shortages, and many physicians will not accept Medicaid patients because Medicaid pays so inadequately,” ACEP President Michael Gerardi tells the Washington Times. “Just because people have health insurance does not mean they have access to timely medical care.”

Reason magazine’s Peter Suderman predicted this over a year ago.

“(M)uch of the law’s expanded coverage comes via Medicaid, the jointly run federal-state program for the low income and disabled,” Suderman wrote in January 2014. “And Medicaid beneficiaries tend to visit the emergency room more often than the uninsured.”

“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,” writes Suderman.

“’When you cover the uninsured, emergency room use goes up by a large magnitude,” wrote Suderman, quoting Amy Finkelstein, a health economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who served as a lead investigator on the study, in a MIT press statement accompanying the study.

The data is in.  Under Obamacare emergency room doctors are being crushed under a wave created by doctors being run out of business and people exploiting the “freebie” mentality.