According to a doctor who serves as a medical contributor for Fox News, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is more commonly known as Obamacare, has led to a dramatic increase in preventable diseases in the United States.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends,” Dr. Nicole Saphier, a a radiologist and Director of Breast Imaging at Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth, said that since more people have health insurance as a result of Obamacare, “incentivizations” for good behavior have disappeared:

“Americans are dying younger, from largely preventable disease and bad health policy decisions. And the problem that I have with this is heart disease alone costs about $230 billion to the United States, and the Affordable Care Act did nothing to help that except take away — they took away the incentivizations for good behavior choices, by saying that however you act, whatever you do, everything’s going to be covered. And so preventable illness is running rampant across the United States.”

According to Dr. Saphier’s deeply-flawed logic, if people have health insurance, they’ll let their health go to hell because they know they can get medical care. Hard to believe such a ridiculous statement came from a person with a medical degree who is supposed to be dedicated to healing.

Even worse is the simple fact that Saphier’s assertion is utterly incorrect.

As the Washington Post reported last September, the ACA has saved lives:

“Poor people in Michigan with asthma and diabetes were admitted to hospitals less often after they joined Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. More than 25,000 Ohio smokers got help through the state’s Medicaid expansion that led them to quit. And around the country, patients with advanced kidney disease who went on dialysis were more likely to be alive a year later if they lived in a Medicaid-expansion state.

“Such findings are part of an emerging mosaic of evidence that, nearly a decade after it became one of the most polarizing health-care laws in U.S. history, the ACA is making some Americans healthier — and less likely to die.”

Once again we see that the biggest source of fake news on the planet is to be found on Fox, where even the doctors are advocating that fewer people have access to decent, affordable health care.

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