$7 Billion In Savings?! Thanks, ObamaCare


Tara Culp-Ressler: Thanks To Obamacare, Hospitals Saved More Than $7 Billion Last Year

According to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), hospitals saved at least $7.4 billion last year, thanks in large part to reforms under Obamacare. The savings reflect a reduction in the so-called “uncompensated care” that hospitals provide to uninsured Americans, and are even greater than HHS officials predicted they would be at the beginning of this year. Since people without insurance typically don’t have any means to cover their medical bills, the cost of their treatment ends up falling on the hospital itself. Therefore, as more people gain coverage, it become less expensive for hospitals to care for their patients.

More than 16 million previously uninsured Americans have gotten covered under Obamacare, contributing to the biggest drop in the national uninsurance rate over the past four decades. The savings have been most pronounced in the states that agreed to accept Obamacare’s optional Medicaid expansion, which seeks to extend public insurance to additional low-income people. Nearly 70 percent of the savings documented in the HHS report — a total of $5 billion — occurred in the 29 states that have expanded Medicaid. And, if every state had agreed to add more people to their Medicaid rolls, their hospitals could have saved an extra $1.4 billion.

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136 Responses to “$7 Billion In Savings?! Thanks, ObamaCare”

  1. May 15, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Good Afternoon, TODers!!!

    May 15, 2015 at 2:46 pm


    • May 15, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Sue sometimes I have not a clue what you’re talking about, but I love it all the same! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. 8 Linda
    May 15, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Bernie Sanders and 17 Senate Democrats Urge Obama To Use The Presidency To Help Workers


    15 of them, plus Bernie voted against our President yesterday on the cloture vote for TPA

    • 9 Don
      May 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      Hey Bernie, I’ve always helped workers, its why I got into office, instead of going to Wall Street after I graduated form college I went to work trying to make a difference in the lives of working men and women. Hey Bernie, would you consider voting yes to help me close Gitmo?

      • 10 kid kanga
        May 15, 2015 at 3:16 pm

        Hey Bernie, maybe you should ‘urge’ your GOP fellows to get on the stick instead of badgering the one guy in DC actually doing his job?

    • May 15, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Do they ever ask themselves what they’re doing or not doing (what they’ve done or not done) that would support the President in helping workers? That has been President Obama’s agenda from day one.

      • May 15, 2015 at 7:35 pm

        “Do they ever ask themselves what they’re doing or not doing (what they’ve done or not done) that would support the President in helping workers?”

        Exactly, Swbluega! Where have these loudmouths who are grandstanding for the media been? I don’t recall them writing a letter to the media in support of the President’s impassioned call on Congress to raise the minimum wage. I don’t recall any one of them going to the media to loudly proclaim their support of the President’s campaign urging businesses to raise the minimum wage for their workers? I may be mistaken, but I also distinctly remember President Obama issuing an Executive Order requiring companies that have contracts with the Federal Government to raise the minimum wage of all their workers to $10.10. As a matter of fact, some Republicans were threatening to impeach him over this. If these so called progressive Senators continue to undermine, embarrass, and backstab President Obama they will turn-off many of us who support the President. Can any one here remember when Republican members of Congress publicly tried to undermine and backstab Republican Presidents?

    • 14 jackiegrumbacher
      May 15, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      They truly have some nerve, Linda. Everything our President has done since his first inauguration day has been aimed at helping workers. He has put millions of Americans back to work, saved the auto industry, worked to raise the minimum wage, supported unions, fostered the growth of US manufacturing, fought for worker rights and equal pay for women and now these senators think they can teach the president how to do his job. Just what have they done to help workers except stand in the way of global trade expansion.

        May 15, 2015 at 5:12 pm


    • May 15, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Linda, please help my faulty memory. Didn’t President Obama issue an Executive Order requiring companies with federal contracts to raise the minimum wage of their workers to $10? Besides, why didn’t these so called progressive Senators ask a private meeting with the President to communicate their desires instead of grandstanding for the media? To be honest, I’ve had enough with these “purity progressives” who are so vocal in attacking the President instead of putting pressure on the Republicans in congress who have been obstructing every effort made by President Obama to help workers. As my grandmother (may she RIP) used to say: “Talk Is Cheap!” These mf Democratic Senators (even when they were the majority in the Senate) have done very little to put pressure on these intransigent Republicans who have been screwing workers. Yet they think they are such a big deal by harassing President Obama every chance they get.

      • 17 yardarm756
        May 15, 2015 at 7:34 pm


        • May 15, 2015 at 10:26 pm

          Thanks, Yardarm. My grandmother, who had a profound influence on me, had another favorite saying: ” Speak the Truth and shame the Devil.” I’ve had enough with the “holier than thou” progressives. What exactly has any of these “holier than thou” progressive Democratic Senators, who are loud critics of President Obama, accomplished in the Senate on behalf of American workers? They talk a good game, but they have absolutely nothing to show when it comes to implementing what they preach.

      • 19 hopefruit2
        May 15, 2015 at 7:50 pm

        Preach on Nath, PREACH ON!

        • May 16, 2015 at 4:47 pm

          You know, Hopefruit, there does come a time when enough is enough! Almost from day one of his presidency, President Obama has been dedicated to improving the lives of American workers. He was willing to risk his political future to save the Auto industry, despite the political reality that people around him, including some fellow Democrats, were ready to give up. I don’t know why these “holier than thou progressive Democrats” have been completely out of touch with reality. For more than six years, President Obama has been singularly focused on improving the lives of working people in this country and throughout the entire world

  4. May 15, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Hola, peeples.

    Chips, sent you a DM.

  5. 24 Linda
    May 15, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Which Drug Is Your State Most Addicted to? This Map Reveals a Disturbing Trend


    • 25 Linda
      May 15, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      I was curious to see what drug ” Bernie’s ” State was addicted to because I had heard it is heroin…..but it is opiates.

      Hey Bernie….what are YOU doing to help the workers in YOUR State to break their habit ????

    • 26 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      May 15, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      Pity; I knew the answer to PA before clicking the link. Heroin. So many lives have been loss in my area the last couple of years…

    • 27 Don
      May 15, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      My state is Texas and of course its marijuana, ugh, marijuana, so pedestrian so mundane. Why couldn’t my state be addicted to Heroin or Opiates? I want something with panache; I want something that says, “oh, they’re deep thinkers down there in Texas”.

    • 28 susanne
      May 15, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      that’s a lot of green 🙂
      i guess alcohol and tobacco are not included because they’re legal, but if hemp were legal…. then i think we’d see a lot more meth on the map.

  6. 29 kid kanga
    May 15, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Have mercy! 2 days of awesome obamacare news!?? I don’t think my RW facebook friends can handle it! I’m sure the media will be all over reporting all this awesome news right? I mean i’m sure the news would love to celebrate more americans with more health coverage right?? all the while reducing the deficit AND saving hospitals money right??

    oh yea, the news is ran by right wing bobo’s… i won’t hold my breathe.

  7. 30 Linda
    May 15, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I am against the Death Penalty .

  8. May 15, 2015 at 3:42 pm

  9. May 15, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Because of Obamacare my sister-in-law cancer survivor can get health insurance. Because of Obamacare 95% of Oregonians now have health insurance.

    • 46 jacquelineoboomer
      May 15, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      And thanks for your help in making that possible for Oregonians, Bill R!

    • 48 Dudette
      May 15, 2015 at 5:11 pm


    • May 16, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      Wow, Bill R. It’s absolutely wonderful that 95% of Oregonians have health insurance. I went to school in Oregon for six years and I met some of the most wonderful, compassionate and civic minded people in your state. Moreover, many Republicans in Oregon, like Gov/Senator Mark Hatfield, and Gov. Tom McCall, were very decent people

  10. 50 JER
    May 15, 2015 at 3:50 pm

  11. 54 Lockewasright
    May 15, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    When I first began listening to B.B. King music, I thought that I had discovered the pinnacle, that I would never discover music that was any better. I haven’t encountered any cause to change that opinion in the decades since. Riley “Blues Boy” King was a joyous man who probably would not want us to be sad over him. I can’t help it. I am heart broken. I have such reverence for his music. That Lucille has gone silent leaves me with lump in my throat that is going to take me great deal of time to swallow.

    • May 15, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      It seems like the end of such a great era……

      • 56 lockewasright
        May 15, 2015 at 6:02 pm

        There is still a bit of blues going on and it’s nice to see a few younger guys getting into it, maybe it’ll make a resurgence. My wife and I try hard to make sure that my children hear music from when it was actually musical and was played rather than programmed or sampled. We can always hope.

    • 57 Dudette
      May 15, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      LWR: Sharing your story of how his art moved you honors him and keeps his legacy alive. Grieve the loss, yes, but rejoice in the life well lived and the soul that touched millions. May he rest in peace.

      • 58 lockewasright
        May 15, 2015 at 5:58 pm

        It’s true. He has left an indelible mark on the world. The thrill will never be gone.

  12. 59 jacquelineoboomer
    May 15, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    • 60 Dudette
      May 15, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      My heart is breaking for that poor man. Unbelievable that hospital sent him home alone without making sure he had a support system in place. It oughta be a crime, if it’s not already. Ugh!

      • 61 jacquelineoboomer
        May 15, 2015 at 5:35 pm

        Thanks for sending your follow-up tweet. And this is just ONE known and publicized case, among many that aren’t, unfortunately.

        • 62 Dudette
          May 15, 2015 at 5:38 pm

          Yep. So many fall through the cracks. Fayetteville is a military town. I don’t even know this man and I am livid that the hospital sent him home alone without making sure he had some one to look after him until the home health nurse started duty. It’s really outrageous. I really hope the American Legion sees this tweet and assigns someone from the local chapter to check in on him.

          • 63 jacquelineoboomer
            May 15, 2015 at 11:37 pm

            Luckily, there are people in the world who have the same good heart you do, Dudette. Hopefully, as you said, this will be the start of getting help to him.

      • 64 yardarm756
        May 15, 2015 at 7:51 pm

        Where the hell was the VA, I wonder?

    • 65 jackiegrumbacher
      May 15, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      Thank heavens the person handling the 911 call was a compassionate human being who helped this man, rather than dismissing him. The fact that she got his groceries and even made him a sandwich says wonderful things about her. I hope she alerted social services to provide him with volunteer support or Meals on Wheels. There must be many millions more like him who are helpless, alone and hungry.

      • 66 jacquelineoboomer
        May 15, 2015 at 5:33 pm

        It’s tragic, but – as you said – thank heavens there was a Good Samaritan on the phone!

      • 67 Dudette
        May 15, 2015 at 5:35 pm

        Indeed jg. She showed a basic decency that seems to be lacking in many service professionals these days. Glad she got to be his angel at just the right time.

    • 68 Nena20409
      May 15, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      Here’s a Vet…..who served his nation……lonely and hungry.
      This so sad. Congress is great at cutting……especially, the GOPers. Now here is an 81 yrs old who should NEVER go hungry in the Wealthiest Nation on earth. SHAME!

    • 70 Nena20409
      May 15, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      Thank Heavens for this 911 Operator.
      Bless you.
      They have these Catholic Charity Organizations delivering Hot Meals. I am hoping that one was set up for him now.

  13. 73 Vicki
    May 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Thank you Nerdy for this important post.
    In NY many hospitals were closed in the last few years. Some of them closed because the real estate industry saw their property are potential profit centers. Hospitals turned into condos. But……
    I wonder if any/many of the shuttered hospitals might have been saved by Obamacare helping with the uncompensated costs.

    I also wonder about the nationwide number of saved medical facilities that the ACA has made possible. Obamacare is a blessing, no two ways about it.
    Thank you, President Obama!

  14. 75 jacquelineoboomer
    May 15, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Unpleasant topic to watch, but gotta give credit where credit is due. Much impressed by Ronan Farrow today, covering the Boston Marathon bomber death penalty phase. Was not impressed when he hosted a show on MSNBC, but he was very well prepared as a man-on-the-street reporter today. (Had to kick in a dig for ol’ Jake … will never forget how much of a goofball he was, middle of the night, in Boston, hiding behind a cop, around the time of the bombing.)

  15. 76 jacquelineoboomer
    May 15, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    • 77 jacquelineoboomer
      May 15, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      B.B. King’s obituary ended in his own words:


      “Growing up on the plantation there in Mississippi, I would work Monday through Saturday noon,” he said. “I’d go to town on Saturday afternoons, sit on the street corner, and I’d sing and play.

      “I’d have me a hat or box or something in front of me. People that would request a gospel song would always be very polite to me, and they’d say: ‘Son, you’re mighty good. Keep it up. You’re going to be great one day.’ But they never put anything in the hat.

      “But people that would ask me to sing a blues song would always tip me and maybe give me a beer. They always would do something of that kind. Sometimes I’d make 50 or 60 dollars one Saturday afternoon. Now you know why I’m a blues singer.”

  16. 78 jacquelineoboomer
    May 15, 2015 at 5:23 pm

  17. 83 Dudette
    May 15, 2015 at 6:01 pm

  18. 84 Nena20409
    May 15, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Thank you so much Nerdy Wonka for always updating and keeping TOD informed on News on the ACA, aka, ObamaCare! Awesome.
    Congrats Swbluega on your Solid Au ⭐
    Good Evening TOD.

  19. 85 Dudette
    May 15, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Gorgeous photo that JER posted earlier today

  20. 86 Dudette
    May 15, 2015 at 6:41 pm

  21. 87 Dudette
    May 15, 2015 at 6:45 pm

  22. 88 Dudette
    May 15, 2015 at 6:48 pm

  23. 89 Nena20409
    May 15, 2015 at 6:53 pm

  24. 90 Nena20409
    May 15, 2015 at 6:54 pm

  25. 91 Nena20409
    May 15, 2015 at 6:55 pm

  26. 92 Nena20409
    May 15, 2015 at 6:56 pm

  27. 96 Nena20409
    May 15, 2015 at 6:59 pm

  28. 99 hopefruit2
    May 15, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Good evening Nerdy, Chips & TOD! 🙂 Thanks Nerdy for posting this fabulous O’Care news! Paging “Kill the bill” emos…Warrenites…

  29. May 15, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    {{{{{ TOD }}}}}. I ❤ Obamacare!

  30. 104 Dudette
    May 15, 2015 at 7:26 pm

  31. 105 Dudette
    May 15, 2015 at 7:36 pm

  32. 108 Dudette
    May 15, 2015 at 7:37 pm

  33. 109 Dudette
    May 15, 2015 at 7:39 pm

  34. May 15, 2015 at 7:45 pm

  35. 115 JER
    May 15, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    petesouza/32 minutes ago
    President Obama greets families of fallen officers at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol today. The annual ceremony honors law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty in the previous year.

  36. 117 Dudette
    May 15, 2015 at 7:47 pm

  37. 118 Dudette
    May 15, 2015 at 7:48 pm

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  39. 120 Dudette
    May 15, 2015 at 7:50 pm

  40. 121 Dudette
    May 15, 2015 at 7:51 pm

  41. 125 Dudette
    May 15, 2015 at 7:54 pm

  42. 126 hopefruit2
    May 15, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    My apologies if this has been posted here before, but thought I’d share this heartwarming piece 🙂

    HEADLINE: 2,300 Obama portraits go on display at Detroit museum

    // “Once I commit to something, unless of course it’s exercise, I’m pretty good at maintaining the commitment.”

    That’s New York artist Rob Pruitt speaking earlier this week about his portraits of President Barack Obama — all 2,307 of them so far — that go on display Friday at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The show marks the first time all of the paintings have been exhibited.

    On the day that Obama was inaugurated in 2009, Pruitt made a 2-foot-by-2-foot painting of the president, based on a photographic image taken from the news and rendered in a subdued palette of washed-out red, blue and white. The next day he painted a second. The next day he painted a third. The next … well, you get the idea. He doesn’t plan to stop until Obama’s final day in office. By then the Washington D.C.-born artist, who turns 51 on Sunday, will have made more than 2,900 portraits of Obama.

    Now that’s commitment. [READ ON]

  43. 127 Dudette
    May 15, 2015 at 7:58 pm

  44. May 15, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Comment from Horizons

    a night owlMay 15, 2015 at 12:38 PM
    Thank you! This has been my thinking as well, but you expressed it much more thoroughly than I could have. Here’s another foreign-policy benefit of free trade: If people in poorer countries have good jobs that feed, clothe, and shelter their families, they are less likely to turn to violence and terrorism. Health benefits: Raising standards of living in poorer countries will help prevent outbreaks of infectious diseases like bird flu that can “go viral.” It really is multidimensional chess, but you have to look at the WHOLE board, to figure out the best move.

  45. 129 Dudette
    May 15, 2015 at 7:59 pm

  46. 130 Dudette
    May 15, 2015 at 8:02 pm

  47. 131 Dudette
    May 15, 2015 at 8:03 pm

  48. May 15, 2015 at 8:26 pm

  49. 136 amk for obama
    May 15, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    7 billion is a lot of d0ubl00ns.

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