Obamacare Rationing by Price: Accident or Design?

Customers are imposing Obamacare rationing on themselves.

There were a couple of reasons given for the Affordable Care Act, one of which should lead us to expect Obamacare rationing. On the one hand, we were told that people were not able to afford needed medical care. On the other hand, we were told that people were spending too much on medical care and they needed to stop wasting resources (especially if they were old).

Now we find that people, who have insurance through Obamacare, are finding that they can’t afford medical care. The New York Times reports,Patricia Wanderlich got insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, and with good reason: She suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2011, spending weeks in a hospital intensive care unit, and has a second, smaller aneurysm that needs monitoring.But her new plan has a $6,000 annual deductible, meaning that Ms. Wanderlich, who works part time at a landscaping company outside Chicago, has to pay for most of her medical services up to that amount. She is skipping this year’s brain scan and hoping for the best.“To spend thousands of dollars just making sure it hasn’t grown?” said Ms. Wanderlich, 61. “I don’t have that money.”