Emergency room visits on the rise despite Obamacare

ER Visits Continue to Increase, Despite Affordable Care Act
ER Visits Continue to Increase, Despite Affordable Care Act

Doctors report that emergency room visits are continuing to rise, according to a new poll released this week.

The survey from the American College of Emergency Physicians found that 28 percent of respondent reported significant increases in ER visits, 47 percent saw slight increases, and only 22 percent reported either a steady or dropping number.

During his push for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the president repeatedly cited expensive emergency room visits as one problem the ACA could solve.

"What about those parents whose kids have a chronic illness like asthma and have to keep on going back to the emergency room because they don't have a regular doctor, and the bills never stop coming?" President Obama asked a crowd during a speech in Maryland.

Although the upward trend has continued since the law was fully implemented, it started years ago. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics show ER visits increased by 13 million to 130 million in 2010.

The president and ACA supporters had argued once more people had access to health insurance and preventive care, ER visits would go down, but the ACEP argues not enough doctors are accepting the coverage people have received under the ACA, leading them to instead turn to the emergency room.