Hospitals Will Save $5.7B?!?! Thanks, ObamaCare



HHS.Gov: New Report Projects A $5.7 Billion Drop In Hospitals’ Uncompensated Care Costs Because Of The Affordable Care Act

A report released today by the Department of Health and Human Services projects that hospitals will save $5.7 billion this year in uncompensated care costs because of the Affordable Care Act, with states that have expanded Medicaid seeing about 74 percent of the total savings nationally compared to states that have not expanded Medicaid. For over a decade prior to the Affordable Care Act, the percentage of the American population that was uninsured had been growing steadily. But with the significant expansion of coverage under the health care law through the Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicaid, the uninsurance rate is at historic lows.

As a result, the volume of uncompensated care provided in hospitals and emergency departments has fallen substantially in the last year, particularly in Medicaid expansion states. Projections from today’s report suggest that hospitals in states that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act will see greater savings than hospitals in states that have not expanded Medicaid. Hospitals in states that have expanded Medicaid are projected to save up to $4.2 billion, which makes up about 74 percent of the total savings nationally this year. Hospitals in states that have opted not to expand Medicaid are projected to save up to $1.5 billion this year, and which is only 26 percent of the total savings nationally.

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84 Responses to “Hospitals Will Save $5.7B?!?! Thanks, ObamaCare”

  1. 1 Allison
    October 9, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Continued good news! Thanks, NW!

  2. 6 COS
    October 9, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Hey and thanks NW.

  3. October 9, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Thanks a trazillion for the posts today Nerdy, you’re THEEEEEEEEEEEEEE best!!

  4. 10 Nena20409
    October 9, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Allison and COS, GOLD ⭐ Winners 🙂

  5. 11 Nena20409
    October 9, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    The Good News keeps on Rolling!
    Thanks NW.

  6. 13 Nena20409
    October 9, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    They did, JUST an UPDATE? Hmm? Yesterday, It was all BREAKING News with all the News Media.

  7. October 9, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Hey, Nerdy and Chips!

    Not sure if you saw this article from Washington Monthly: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/ten-miles-square/2014/10/the_triumph_of_the_democratic052414.php?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    “The Obama era, which is almost certainly how these days will be known a few decades hence, has seen the most consequential advances in history on two of the Democratic Party’s paramount objectives.”

  8. 19 Nena20409
    October 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Oops, meant to post this on this page, not on the last page.

  9. 20 JER
    October 9, 2014 at 4:38 pm

  10. 21 57andfemale
    October 9, 2014 at 4:40 pm

  11. October 9, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Alison Grimes won’t say if she voted for President Obama. I know red state Dems run their campaigns differently but she is getting on my nerves. If we weren’t trying to keep the Senate I would loudly root against her. We’re going from Mitch who spent 6 years blocking PBO’s agenda to a Democrat who will likely do the same because she’s terrified of her constituents.


    • October 9, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      Good grief. I cannot stand her GB, and as we’ve all argued about here before, I know any Dem is probably better than Mitch, but with her, sometimes I wonder.

      • 24 57andfemale
        October 9, 2014 at 4:50 pm

        I have the same problem with Brad Schneider here in IL (I work in his district but I don’t live there). He’s an alleged Democrat but some his votes with the GOP makes me insane. He’s the rep for the district that the odious Mark Kirk used to hold.

        I know I shouldn’t root against him, but I sure don’t like him.

        • October 9, 2014 at 4:54 pm

          The thing is 57, I know the sensible voices say ‘look, damn it, any Dem is better than a dinosaur from the GOP’, but with the likes of Grimes, and by the sounds of it, Schneider, how can we be sure what way they’ll vote on key issues? Any time I see anything about Grimes, I have to remind myself what party she’s in. Yuck.

          • 26 57andfemale
            October 9, 2014 at 5:09 pm

            I should remember, but there was a recent vote in the House and Schneider was with a handful of Dem’s that went with the GOP. When the margins are this small, we damned if we do and damned if we don’t.

            In the critical first two years of PBO’s presidency, it was the false sense of security of the conservadems that hurt his image: “Massively high margins” never existed. We NEVER had a filibuster-proof Senate – not with the likes of Lieberman and Landrieu and Baucus, so it was totally false that PBO could have gotten anything he wanted. And remember that Catholic nut who almost jettisoned ACA in the House because – regardless of the laws that already prohibit abortion, he wanted MORE? In retrospect, that was the beginning of the contraceptive argument that is now marching forward.

            Howard Dean had his 50-state solution. Well and good. Most of those conservadems were happy to take DNC money to put a “D” after their names. They were never committed to a Democratic agenda. And that I blame on party leadership. I’ll get yelled at here, but Dean exacted nothing from them, except their numbers. But does that matter if they will vote against the party when it counts? This is something the GOP would not allow.

            DWS hasn’t exacted anything either. Just take DNC money. Nancy Pelosi was the true magician in how she corralled votes. But unfortunately, GOP looks unified, and commitment to Democratic issues looks weak, because the party cannot get everyone onboard when it matters. Sigh.

            • 27 arapaho415
              October 9, 2014 at 6:18 pm

              I wonder if the vote you’re referring to is about the prisoner swap for Bowe Bergdahl?

              My Dem rep voted with the GOP on that one.

              And yes, you’re right about the myth of the filibuster-proof Senate majority. Can’t recall the particulars, but it cumulatively it was a very short period of time — Al Franken wasn’t confirmed for a long time (thankfully, he’s winning by a #LandslideDem2014 now), and the sad deaths of Robert Byrd and Ted Kennedy reduced the Dem majority.

              • 28 57andfemale
                October 9, 2014 at 6:21 pm

                That was bad, too. It was something else. I’ll have to look through my email, because I sent him a scathing rebuke. But I can’t remember the subject. Getting old sucks.

                Even with the numbers, arapaho, we did not have a dependable Senate block. It’s a myth.

      • 29 COS
        October 9, 2014 at 4:55 pm

        This!!! It really upsets me that these Dems have bought into the MSM meme that PBO is poison to their campaigns a When Rachel introduced Sen. Warren Tuesday night, she credited her with all of the things that PBO stands for, and made it look like Warren is the only one who stands for these policies.

      • 31 Vicki
        October 9, 2014 at 4:59 pm

        I feel the same as you, Chips and gobrooklyn and Linda. But this election is so important that Any Dem win is better than a GOP.

        Think Supreme Court and Alison will be a small price to pay.

    • October 9, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      She’ll vote for democrats 80% of the time as opposed to zero and many government shutdowns.
      Do the math?
      The president is unpopular bc the GOP has done a very good job masking racial fears, especially in red states.
      They scare people every day and blame this president. And it started the day after he was elected in 2012, with all those hearings.
      He was later found innocent(on all charges) but many people have doubts in federal government ability, even under a democratic president.
      It was insidious, but a plan nonetheless…
      Then, they make no decisions, black everything in congress, and then blame this president.
      Meanwhile, all democrats run for the hills and don’t fight, the MSM all GOP talking points. And viola you have this mess.
      Luckily, we have lots of money to spend this election cycle to withstand a mini wave election. That’s our firewall. $$$$$$. 🙂

      • October 9, 2014 at 5:04 pm

        “She’ll vote for democrats 80% of the time”

        You sure of that Jovie? I’m not.

        • 35 Vicki
          October 9, 2014 at 5:07 pm

          I thought for a long time that ALG was running to lose. Demonstrating something or other to the ClintonCamp.
          Now, i just want her and every Dem everywhere to win.
          We can deal with the individual idiosyncrasies after our Victory Party.

        • October 9, 2014 at 5:07 pm

          Well she vote against on any climate change, any guns control.
          But she’ll vote for judges in the affirmative.
          That’s basically what the next two years are for- judges!

          • October 9, 2014 at 5:09 pm

            Okay, fair point Jovie, although I’m beginning to doubt whether she’d even vote for PBO-nominated judges. She has issues.

            • October 9, 2014 at 6:19 pm

              She’s makes me sick. She’s WAY WAY WAY too invested in trying to prove she’s not a Democrat. To be unable to say whether she voted for PBO is a whole lot of weak sauce. OMG, “pandering” doesn’t even capture her triangulating style. That she’s the hand chosen candidate of the Clintons is icing on the cake. UGH.

              • 39 vcprezofan2
                October 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm

                Here’s a good read on the subject. I actually laughed (without humour) when I first clicked the link and saw Grimes and her gun. I do find (what i have seen of) her campaigning in the last few months quite ‘childish’.
                Shooting Themselves: Democrats and the Dumbing Down of Prominent Senatorial Campaigns ~Trevor LaFauci September 30, 2014

                My message to three prominent Democrats running for Senate is simple:

                For the love of dog, please stop what you’re doing immediately.

                I’m serious. It’s gotten to the point now where you are embarrassing the party. I mean when Jon Stewart shows your campaigns ads and then states, “Uh, that was actually the Democratic candidate for Senate…” then you’ve gone too far. Stop trying to out Average Joe your Republican opponent and focus on substance. As Joe Biden said back in February, the American people agree with the Democratic Party on every major issue. Every. Major. One. It’s time to actually assume your voters are intelligent and engage them in meaningful conversation rather than pretending to be their BFF. There’s simply too much at stake not to do so.

                What’s at stake, exactly? The policies and progress of the country for the next twenty years.

                To Allison Lundergan Grimes:

                You started off so well and yet now I have no idea who you are or what you stand for. Your latest gun-toting ad made me vomit in my mouth. For the love of dog, stop what you’re doing and fire your campaign manager. Stop trying to be a new and improved Mitch McConnell. People hate Mitch McConnell. When you started off your campaign, you attacked him for being what’s wrong with Washington and yet now you seem to be trying to paint yourself as a Mitch Version 2.0. Stop trying to distance yourself of Barack Obama. Stop selling out to big coal. Stop threatening to turn back EPA regulations. Are you really a Democrat, or are you just a Republican lite?

                My point, Allison, is this. People are tired of Mitch McConnell and his policies. So, start talking about your policies! …….


        • 40 nospin
          October 9, 2014 at 5:33 pm

          I don’t think she will either Chips. I think you won’t be able to tell the difference between her votes vs. the Turtles. The only thing is that she won’t have the tenure that turtle has and can’t create as much havoc.

    • 42 Linda
      October 9, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      I can’t stand her either……

  12. 43 57andfemale
    October 9, 2014 at 4:53 pm

  13. October 9, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    The DCCC better be using all it’s money wisely. It certainly has more money than it’s counter, the NRCC.

    • 45 arapaho415
      October 9, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      According to the article, the CA Dem is in a Dem-leaning district, while the VA Dem is in a GOP-leaning district.

      And the CA Dem is being bombarded on the airwaves by Koch, so it sounds like CA might be the better investment for the DCCC.

      • 46 whatisworking
        October 10, 2014 at 2:33 pm

        We are calling for the CA Dem 2 times a week. It is a tough district that Bera won by a few votes in 2012.

  14. October 9, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Ahh, a democrat with some spine!!

  15. October 9, 2014 at 5:02 pm

  16. 52 Vicki
    October 9, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    So, I just turned Ed on and SD is his #1 story.
    A few days ago only a few of us had considered SD.
    Now it is such a focus.

    There must be something here more than the surface info.
    Maybe it’s the Daschle stuff Nena mentioned??

    • 53 arapaho415
      October 9, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      Rick Weiland just got an infusion of $2 million, which will go a long way in SD (from DSCC and @lessig’s superPAC), so money talks.

      Also, the Independent is a moderate Republican, a former 3-term Senator for SD whose positions sound more like Barack Obama’s than most other SD GOPers — see upthread response to Jovie for link to previous thread and the tweet re: this is the year of the Independent candidate.

  17. October 9, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Btw – will somebody explain to me how South Dakota is in play while the new poll there has the democrat Weiland down by 7 and in third place ? The two candidates in second and third place would probably caucus with democrats. Presser is. 3 down… Sounds like second and third place are taking votes away from each other.
    This makes no sense !

    • 55 Nena20409
      October 9, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      The Native American Votes is Number one……..pollsters are notorious of under counting them. The Pipe Line issue…….The Native American Community are adamantly opposed to it. They worry about it’s environmental issues and the Aquafa contamination is a huge possibility.

      Rounds is in Deep bat poop. There are Issues of Corruption and what Rounds did as Gov that cost SD money and benefited those who helped fund his campaign.

      SD is Red……but more Like Montana. They like straight talks. They vote and there are just Not many of them.

      Cost to run statewide is Not as an uphill battle as in many states.

      • October 9, 2014 at 5:28 pm

        I was stationed there in rapid city for four years. I know SD. 🙂

        • 57 arapaho415
          October 9, 2014 at 6:37 pm

          My cousin lives in Rapid City. He took me to Sturgis for the August motorcycle event the last time I was there.

          Take a look at the various articles on this race. I think it has to do with the fact that there’s no plurality required to be Senator, and at this point the winner may be either a declared Dem or an Independent who may caucus with the Dems (like Orman in KS).

  18. October 9, 2014 at 5:09 pm

  19. 64 JER
    October 9, 2014 at 5:10 pm

  20. 66 Linda
    October 9, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Ron Portman said that if the Republicans take the Senate the first thing will be to pass the Keystone Pipeline which will create 42,000 jobs.


    First, only the President can approve the pipeline because it crosses borders.

    Second, even Trans Canada says the jobs are minimal ….around 35 permanent jobs.

    • 67 57andfemale
      October 9, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      Let’s put the other 41,965 people to work fixing bridges, sewers, electrical grid, roads, dams………..

  21. October 9, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Librarians, folks. You’re welcome.

  22. 69 JER
    October 9, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    CBS Los Angeles @CBSLA

  23. 71 JER
    October 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm

  24. October 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Two heads up: #1- anyone in Akron – my nephew Katisse is playing at Tangiers Cabaret Room, this Saturday, 10/11, at 8:30 pm. #2 – just found a delectable Turkish honey at Trader Joe’s, very special! For those who might like honey!

  25. 74 donna dem 4 obama
    October 9, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    • 75 Nena20409
      October 9, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      Drip, Drip, Drip……
      He won in 2010 for Alex Sink looked at or answered a phone call while the debate was in progress and they both had agreed not to look at any devise.
      There were issue withing the Dems.
      RickS has an African American woman as his running mate. The senate race had issues too. Meeks, Crist and Rubio. Rubio won.

      Dems had No Business losing in 2010. But it was what it was.

  26. 76 donna dem 4 obama
    October 9, 2014 at 5:37 pm

  27. 78 dotster3
    October 9, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I see the campaign treasurer of Mo Dem. state sen., Maria Chapelle-Nadal is resigning due to her endorsement of a Repub for St. Louis county executive. She is familiar because she appeared to be quite fond of the camera during the height of the Ferguson unrest, admired by many for her fired up rhetoric, know Joy Reid had her as a guest on her show many times. She often talked about how important it was to get people registered to vote etc. But for a Repub? Chapelle-Nadal said the Repub was just a blessing of common sense etc., but the Dem treasurer said he is a typical rt. wing Repub, policies of fear and hate, anti-minorities, anti-gay, pro gun, pro tax breaks for the wealthiest, anti economic policies which would benefit poor and middle class.
    These are the kind of things that make no sense to me.

  28. 80 arapaho415
    October 9, 2014 at 6:06 pm


    First positive thing I’ve heard on the radio about President Obama in a loooong time.

    @knx1070 just aired an interview from a man in Santa Monica who said he was about to go to a meeting, but was waiting for PBO’s motorcade instead. He said, “How often is the most important man in the world, who is beloved by so many people, just a few feet away from you?”

    I could have hugged him through the radio. 😉

    • October 9, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Two of my closest friends just got back from a trip to DC. They somehow managed to get tickets to tour the WH and they were a bit stunned to hear that POTUS was in the Oval Office and the Roosevelt Room so they couldn’t see that room. WOW!!

  29. 83 arapaho415
    October 9, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    As LL and I were discussing a few days ago, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    The NFL needs to stop being babied now.

  30. October 9, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Getting hot in Turkey ….

    …. not a surprise ….

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