We all know that you can’t put lipstick on a pig. And referring to what Barack Obama is doing to Medicare as ‘Medicare reform‘ is not any better either. Obama is making change that will seriously affect the seniors all across this great country of ours. The 962 page ruling now dictates how doctors are to treat their patients which, of course, include more paper work. And that’s not all. Hospitals will get bonuses for spending less money and more time with seniors.
Haven’t seniors earned the right to quality health care? They have worked their whole lives, paid their taxes and this is how they are repaid. On top of that the doctors aren’t winning either – Medicare patients will cost doctors ensuring that they bypass Medicare patients altogether. The patients who really need our care won’t be able to afford medical care. So much for reform!
The Federalists Papers Project reports:
He’s calling it “reform,” but what Barack Obama is really doing to Medicare is gutting it.
These so-called “reforms” are going to do some things that will devastate seniors. It will shortchange doctors by paying them less, which will discourage them from taking Medicare in the first place.
It will add a fee for what’s called “observation care” when seniors are in the emergency room. Hospitals will get bonuses for spending less money and time with the seniors they’re charged with taking care of, the New York Post is reporting.
This is all in a 962-page rule dictating exactly how doctors are to treat patients. The little time doctors have for patients will be taken up completing required paperwork.
Physicians are glued to computer screens, following prompts, seldom making eye contact with patients. Renowned New York cardiologist Jeffrey Borer’s fed up: “I need to interact with my patients.”
Obama’s rules are “far too complex and burdensome to be workable for most physicians,” warns John Halamka, a Harvard medical professor.
Even seeing Medicare patients will cost the doctors. Imposing any annual fee increase over even a fraction of one percent per year is not allowed – no matter how much costs rise.
All this adds up to a recent poll showing nine out of ten independent doctors will avoid Medicare patients.