Caution: Senior Citizens

In September, I posted about Max Baucus’s proposed healthcare reform bill and how it coerced America into getting healthcare. Don’t believe President Obama when he says that his new proposed healthcare “reform” won’t ration healthcare because it will !! Obama thinks that we are a bunch of ignorant idiots who don’t have the capacity to comprehend the crap he is trying to pull by us. Guess what “Mr. Lack of Hope and Change”, we are on to you and your cronies and we are stick of it. Embedded within Obamacare’s legal mumbo jumbo jargon it s tiny stipulation regarding Medicare and senior citizens.>

On page 81 the bill states its concern regarding Medicare physician payments. Within those concerns, they offer a “solution”:

“Beginning in 2015, payment would be reduced by five percent if an aggregation of the physician’s resource use is at or above the 90th percentile of national utilization. After five years, the Secretary would have the authority to convert the 90th percentile threshold for payment reductions to a standard measure of utilization, such as deviations from the national mean.”

English translation: Any physician who authorizes treatments for their patients and falls in the top 10% of physicians who have spent the most will be penalized 5% of their total Medicare reimbursements for that year. That sounds to me like an incentive for physicians to ration care. Doesn’t it? Physicians will order less tests and cheaper exams. It basically tells doctors to think twice before ordering that $1,000 exam for Mary who is 85 years old and has chronic heart disease. That $1,000 exam might be the one to put you into the top 10% of physicians who spend too much money on their patients.

If you analyze this further, no matter how much you cutback, there will always be a top 10% of “big spenders”. Doctors will be under pressure all year since they will not know where the cut-off will be and their judgment will be affected also. Seniors are the ones who will suffer and the care they receive from their physician will be heavily affected. Next time you hear the president say, “Healthcare will not be rationed for senior citizens”, do a Joe Wilson and scream at the TV, “YOU LIE !!”


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