A new report published today from the American Public Health Association has detailed the failures of Obama Care to properly fund public health issues. The Affordable Care Act had intended that these areas specifically be addressed and now moving forward the funding for such areas of importance are either not being funded or are substantially lower than needed. This is how rationing begins.
From the summary of the report:
[Obama Care] “has thus far failed to adequately invest in the public health workforce, jeopardizing the goals of the sweeping health measure.”
On preventive disease and community health issues overseen by 19 new programs “But to date, only 11 of 19 provisions assessed in the report have received funding.”
And “Those that have received monies have been funded at substantially lower levels than authorized.”
The report also does well in documenting the effects of the “accelerated decline” in the public health sector services in relation to our current economic reality. Nine out of ten state health agencies have cut services between 2008 and 2010. Also in the same time period 19% of the public health workforce has been lost.
So while massive stimulative efforts in spending have stalled the economy it inadvertently has hurt their baby, health care reform. And just like all measures taken by leftists, the people that they claim they are helping are the first to suffer. This report was created because of the devastating reality being created. The first to lose their jobs are middle class and the first to lose health services are the ones who need it the most; the poor.
The three critical challenges the public health sector now face are:
1) Substantial decreases in funding, resources, and staff
2) Inadequate training and
3) Inequitable distribution in areas of the greatest need
So now its back to the emotional class warfare talking points. This report identifies the problem(s) and offers solutions. No where in the report are yacht and private jet owners cited as being part of the problem or involved in any solutions. Government is cited as the problem and wrangling government is the key to their solutions before this gets wildly out of control.