President Obama's health care overhaul law will increase the nation's health care tab instead of bringing costs down, government economic forecasters concluded Thursday in a sobering assessment of the sweeping legislation.Yep -- no doubt about it; if you can't get access to health care, that will save you money.
A report by economic experts at the Health and Human Services Department said the health care remake will achieve Obama's aim of expanding health insurance — adding 34 million Americans to the coverage rolls.
But the analysis also found that the law falls short of the president's twin goal of controlling runaway costs. It also warned that Medicare cuts may be unrealistic and unsustainable, driving about 15% of hospitals into the red and "possibly jeopardizing access" to care for seniors.
Don't worry about it, though. It's all good. We'll get single payer in a few years and it will all be better. Or if you have enough scratch, you'll be able to go to one of the new maquiladora hospitals that should be springing up soon. We could call it the "Cinco de Mayo" Clinic.