Obamacare Wipes Out Private, Free Clinics

Free clinics are closing down because donors assume Obamacare has eliminated the needs. It hasn’t.

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Ahh, another victory for the Health Care insurers and bureaucrats, thanks to Obamacare!

As the Wall Street Journal reports: “Health Law Hurts Some Free Clinics.”

Some free health clinics serving the uninsured are shutting their doors because of funding shortfalls and low demand they attribute to the Affordable Care Act’s insurance expansion.

Nearly a dozen clinics that have closed in the past two years cited the federal health law as a major reason.

The closings have occurred largely in 28 states and Washington, D.C., which all expanded Medicaid, the federal-state insurance program for low-income people, and are being heralded by some clinic officials as a sign the health law is reducing the number of uninsured.

But the closures have irked some patients and left pockets of uninsured people not covered by the law with fewer venues for care. Some of the roughly 1,200 U.S. free and charity clinics are struggling with a drop in funding because donors believe there is no longer a need for free or low-cost care in the wake of the health law. That is making it particularly difficult for clinics that still report strong demand, especially in states that didn’t expand Medicaid.

Think about it: These free and low-cost clinics operated on donations and volunteers—I guarantee you their costs were far lower than traditional services.

Now… the insurers and big medical conglomerates who wrote Obamacare will get to profit from these people their grubby paws couldn’t touch before, and a bunch of bureaucrats (like Jonathan Gruber) get to laugh all the way to the bank. Rather than having people involved who actually cared for those they were serving, now these people get handled by many simply seeking a paycheck.

[See also, “Private Charity Transforms Neighborhood.”]

This is similar to what happened to caring for the poor in the 19th Century as government handouts replaced and ruined so many Church-based ministries. What was formerly a labor of the heart among volunteers and donors became a scheme to gain power and money by politicians and bureaucrats.

Truly helping people is more than a material act. Real help seeks the long-term good of those being served, not a temporary Band-Aid that creates dependency and guarantees voting blocs