Bidenflation: People Putting Of Medical Care Over Rising Costs

I love this NY Times article, because the word “Biden” appears exactly zero times despite being the president. Now, just imagine how many times Trump would have been blamed if he was still in office

Higher Bills Are Leading Americans to Delay Medical Care

Megan Swanson has warily watched the erosion of her family’s savings as inflation chips away at a reserve for emergencies.

I’ve been reliabily informed by People In Charge that inflation isn’t harming people

She often postpones any regular doctor’s appointments, including her yearly dermatology appointment, even though annual skin checks are typically recommended for residents of sunny Florida, where she lives in Naples with her husband and their three children.

“Each month we are seeing our costs go up, but not our bank account,” she said. (snip)

Rising out-of-pocket costs are weighing heavily on the scale, pushing aside tests or procedures when troublesome symptoms emerge. And these days, the grocery list (and even the price of eggs) feel more pressing to many families. While some people avoided seeking medical care during the worst of the pandemic, worried about the risk of infection or unable to get an appointment because hospitals and doctors were overwhelmed, now many are finding that inflation and the uncertain economy have thrown up another barrier.

“We are starting to see some individuals who are putting off some care, especially preventive care, due to the costs,” said Dr. Tochi Iroku-Malize, the president of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the chair of family medicine for Northwell Health in New York. Choosing between going to the doctor or paying for rent and food, “the health issue is no longer the priority,” she said.

Remember, some un-named guy is getting inflation under control. In fact, it’s that previous guy’s fault according to the People In Charge

The inability to afford medical tests and treatment, a perennial concern in the United States, began emerging as a much more striking issue last year. Nearly four of 10 Americans said they had put off care in 2022 because of cost, the highest number since Gallup started asking people about delaying care more than 20 years ago. The percentage reporting they or a family member delayed health care because of cost rose to 38 percent from 26 percent in 2021.

Probably Trump’s fault, right?

With the prices of prescription drugs, hospital stays and other treatments expected to increase significantly this year and next, some doctors expect families to have an even harder time affording medical care. A recent report from the Commonwealth Fund found that 29 percent of people with employer-based coverage were underinsured, because they had such high out-of-pocket costs even with insurance. The coming roll back of health coverage under the state-federal Medicaid program will very likely lead many people to become uninsured.

And what, exactly, is Biden doing? The New York Times doesn’t bother asking, just tells us how bad things are

The cost of treatments is also likely to rise next year as hospitals, many of whom reported losses in 2022, will raise their rates, said Sean Duffy, the co-founder and chief executive of Omada Health, a company in San Francisco that provides virtual care and coaching to people with chronic health conditions like diabetes. The company’s employees were already starting to see an increase in patients wrestling with how to pay for medicine and healthy food.

Welcome to Bidenflation.

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7 Responses to “Bidenflation: People Putting Of Medical Care Over Rising Costs”

  1. H says:

    Haven’t the Republicans in Congress voted against things like lowering prescription prices?

    I do know that they voted down a law that would have capped insulin prices for all st $35, he was able to get the law passed to limit people on Medicare to max 35$ inflation is at 6.1%
    It has been trending down ever since June when the global gasoline price spiked
    Wages are going up at 4.6%
    Thus real wages are going down about 1.5%. if you are taking home 50000$ per year, 1000$ per week you are losing 15$ per week, or about equal to a cup of coffee each week. So, tough it out. Inflation is going down each month by about .5% In 3 months inflation will be offset by rising wages. With inflation gone you can go back to worrying about more important things like gender neutral restrooms

    • Dana says:

      Mr H really doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

      The year-over-year inflation rate in January was 6.4%, while the average hourly income rise was 4.6%; that’s a 1.8% difference, not 1.5%.

      Inflation is going down each month by about .5% In 3 months inflation will be offset by rising wages.

      The year-over-year inflation rate in December was 6.5%; in January it was 6.4%. That’s a 0.1% decline, not 0.5%.

    • david7134 says:

      Has it ever dawned in your little head that there may be other reasons for the failure of a law other than the nice things that are advertised. Maybe there was a rider on the bill or the structure was not good. But you have a very simple way of viewing things that is hardly ever correct.

  2. Jl says:

    No. Johnny-the most pressing thing is CO2!

    • drowningpuppies says:

      Johnnie boy, the stoner Buddhist, is almost as innumerate as Rimjob.

      Bwaha! Lolgf

  3. From Heather Long, economics specialist for The Washington Post:

    It’s not hard to understand why Americans are still frustrated w/this economy when you look at the latest inflation report:

    Groceries +11.3% in past yr
    Eating out +8.2%
    Natural gas +26.7%
    Electricity +11.9%
    Rent +8.6%
    Airfare +25.6%
    Vehicle insurance +14.7%
    Pet services +8.4%

    All of those things are higher than the ‘official’ year-over-year inflation rate of 6.4%, and, other than airfare and ‘pet services,’ they’re things you can’t put off.

  4. L'Roy White says:

    The “year over year inflation rates” are manufactured by the same people who brought us the Wuhan Flu stats, the climate projections, and my favorite the colossal 81 million vote phenomena.

    There is nothing put out by our current illegitimate government that is not a lie. The lies continue…and all by the same malevolent pigs.

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