OpEd by Paul F. deLespinasse, Ph.D
Statesman Journal, November 20, 2014
Two medical stories headlined recent Oregon newspapers: one local but with national implications, the other national with local implications. A common denominator lies beneath both stories.
In Oregon, thousands of people got inflated tax credits when buying insurance through the Obamacare exchange. Some people might have to pay more than $1,000 back to the federal government.
The national news was the death of Thomas Duncan and infection of several people who treated him. Duncan was sent home when he first visited a Texas hospital's emergency room, despite highly suspicious symptoms.
Obamacare may have been a step in the right direction, but both news stories illustrate its inadequacy. Partly due to refusal by many states (including Texas) to expand Medicaid, tens of millions remain uninsured. And Obamacare doesn't cover foreign visitors and resident aliens.
Liberian Thomas Duncan had no insurance.