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Will Obamacare increase ER use?
San Diego Union-Tribune

Keeping nonemergencies out of the emergency room is one of the main reasons for the Affordable Care Act’s push to insure millions of Americans.

Getting more people insured, many experts say, will shift routine cases into doctors’ offices, where they can focus on preventing the serious illnesses that emergency services are designed to handle. Pushing toward this goal, federal health reform extends subsidies to the uninsured and expands the number of low-income residents who qualify for Medicaid.