The Boston Globe reports that the use of hospital emergency rooms is soaring in Massachusetts:
The cost of caring for ER patients has soared 17 percent over two years, despite efforts to direct patients with non-urgent problems to primary care doctors instead, according to new state data. [Nearly half of the 2.5 million ER visits in 2007] didn't require immediate treatment, or could have been treated in a doctors' office.
Several physicians and policy makers said the state information, along with other new data from Harvard researchers, suggests that emergency room crowding and rising costs will not be solved by providing people with health insurance alone, despite optimistic talk by politicians who advocated for the law.
"Despite optimistic talk by politicians" could be the theme song for the next four years.