Skip to comments.ObamaCare: My 90 Year-Old Mom Kicked Out of the Hospital
Posted on 02/21/2011 10:33:02 AM PST by neverhome
For those of you who still think ObamaCare is a good idea, heres how its affecting my family at the very moment Im writing this
My 90 year-old mother has taken ill. High fever (103), throwing up, weakness, spasmodic cough and significant respiratory issues. Her neighbor took her to the ER. The doctor says that "due to the changes in Medicare under ObamaCare" (the doctor's own words) he could not admit her into the hospital, even though he thought she should be admitted.
Kicked out of the hospital, even though shes also a heart patient. Kicked out of the hospital, even though she runs a risk of developing pneumonia.
Would anyone like to try convincing me at this point that the rumors of death panels within ObamaCare are false? Before the new rules took effect, she'd have been admitted without question. We're getting a nurse to stay with her so that (hopefully) she gets proper care.
Those of you who pray, please pray for my mom.
This is exactly what happened to my Mom last week. The only difference was that pneumonia had already started setting in....
BTW, she is 93
Riiiight. And, Bill Clinton remembers seeing church burnings while growing up.
Yet an illegal will be immediately admitted.
et me guess her PCP was NOT consulted. This is the final outting of the fascist state that the “left” has been working for all along. Get a Lawyer!
If we allow certain citizens to be denied care it is only a matter of time when the commie system. The politicos and powerful go to state of the art hospitals while the rest of us get to go to roach and rat infested “clinics”.
So many of our seniors have become dependent on government health insurance and government health care. I hope other seniors can learn from your story. Medicare is going to get some severe cuts and seniors need to start making other arrangements.
Prayers up for your mother and her family.
Does she have insurance outside of Medicare?
Welcome to our Brave New World.
You may find this interesting. It sounds like the practice of denying healthcare to seniors is becoming widespread. A scary thought!
If you’re close to DC, take her to the halls of Congress.
Seriously, would it do any good to get an attorney?
If you’re close to Canada, drive her to a hospital there?
It's a nightmare, folks.
Apologies for the correction, and a long live for your Mom, she's got plenty of good years left, medicare actuaries excepted.
I’ll add my prayers. My Mom is only a 2-3 years younger. Let us know how this turns out. Do you need a lawyer? I have some contacts in thst profession and could possibly ask one for a referral if you can give me your city and state.
You've got that right. Seen it time and again over the past few years. (Welcome to California.)
Well since Obamacare is unconstitutional, suing the hospital is in order for enforcing Obamacare in the first place.
Just sent story to Rush, maybe he will shed some light on it.
What hospital is it?
If we knew the hospital, maybe they could be FReeped. My spouse is the top admin. in a hospital and they sure wouldn’t like a lot of phone calls and bad PR.
Call tv stations, newspapers,... anyone the get this story into the local headlines. I’d do anything for a member of my family.
Oh, good luck, and keep us posted.
Vigilanteman said: “Do you need a lawyer?”
One of my brothers lives nearby (I live out of state) and he’s tending to the legal issue. Thank you very much for asking. It’s appreciated.
Obamacare is death.
Its intent and its outcome.
Stopping Obamacare is a matter of life and death for millions.
I’ll post updates to all this at my blog as time allows. Thanks to all of you.
I would demand to speak with a hospital attorney, and I would ask them to delineate exactly what law and what specific statements within that law are being used to deny admission. I would ask the attorney if he/she is willing to categorically state, in writing, that either 1) admission is not required on the basis of expert medical opinion (must state the doctors name, exact diagnosis, reasoning admission is not required, and treatment plan), or 2) admission is warranted but is being denied under the law.
Tell them that if they refuse to work with you directly on this you will go to media outlets and your own personal attorney. I would be shocked if you didn’t get results.
She has PRIVATE insurance and is being refused care?? How can that be possible? Where in the private insurance contract does it state that there are age limits to care???
What if you took her to another hospital, gave her a phony name, and say that she is from Mexico? They’d have to take her. This makes me so mad. Prayers for your poor mom.
Yaelle wrote: “She has PRIVATE insurance and is being refused care??”
She only has Medicare.
Eugenics through Neglect.
Apathy through Beuracracy
Obama needs to leave immediately.
Gee, we can afford to build tunnels for turtles, let illegals into the hospital for free, let illegals send their ninos to public school where they get free breakfast and lunch, pay hundreds of thousands of people "crazy checks", when they're crazy like foxes, study cow flatulence, try to counsel Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly, see how rats respond to cocaine, ad nauseum, all on the public nickel.
Yet the old folks "need to start making other arrangements".
Think again. All the BS needs to be cut FIRST, particularly ANY program that benefits or supports ILLEGALS !
I’m curious why you don’t mention the doctor’s name and the name of the hospital?
Will pray for your mom. She must not be an illegal immigrant? I suspect they would have admitted her, if she was illegal. ?
” The doctor says that “due to the changes in Medicare under ObamaCare” (the doctor’s own words) he could not admit her into the hospital, even though he thought she should be admitted.”
He’s absolutely correct.
There are new Medicare rules which
have newer, more restrictive thresholds for
administering medications and admitting patients .
If a doctor violates Medicare’s rules ( this has been law for years ),
the physician can be fined
with very steep penalties ,
even for a simple and accidental billing mistake.
And that’s just the beginning of the cascade of legal jeopardy .
No physician ever wants to run afoul of Medicare, it’s like the IRS on steroids .
Trying home care is the first hoop both your mother and her doctor must jump through .
I hope she responds quickly.
I do not believe that your mother was denied in-patient care exclusively because of ‘Obamacare.’
What is the change in Medicare that is causing people to be turned away with serious issues?
Yes, but all the BS doesn't add up to squat. These "entitlement" welfare programs (Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security) are the 300 pound gorilla.
Seniors should make alternative plans. Maybe AMAC ("The Conservative Alternative to AARP") will come up with an alternative, private health plan for seniors, something with high deductibles and copays. IOW, something that is more market oriented.
Some seniors are already opting out of Social Security and Medicare. Relying on welfare is not a safe way to go.
When I read the title I thought you were going to say she was caught partying with old grand-dad........(I'm sorry, I couldn't resist)
All we were told was that under the new “rules”, she could not be admitted. My wife is checking with her doctor tomorrow to see what is going on.....
If you can find out what specific rule is cited for this, would you please ping me or use private mail? As a senior I need to know what they are trying to pull so I can fight it.
raybbr wrote: “Im curious why you dont mention the doctors name and the name of the hospital?”
At this point I do not know the Dr’s name. I live out of state. And I’m protecting my mother’s privacy.
Most definately will do - would be interesting info for many here at FR.....
Thank you very much. Yes, it would be good information. obama is trying to slip obamacare through the basement door.
illiac wrote: “All we were told was that under the new rules, she could not be admitted. My wife is checking with her doctor tomorrow to see what is going on”
I’m also studying the issue. I do know of one person, a close acquaintance, who got dumped by BCBS the moment he turned 65. He’d never missed a pmt but once he hit “Medicare Age” his insurance was no longer interested in his business.
Wonder at what point they “bend” the curve. Death panels for sure. Wish we had an “information” conduit to get these kinds of things to Sarah Palin. This is a real live example of what obamacare is doing to elder Americans.
I thought ObamaCare didn’t kick in for another 4 years. They’re just collecting taxes for it now.
hattend wrote: “I thought ObamaCare didnt kick in for another 4 years. Theyre just collecting taxes for it now.”
A lot of the new rules are being phased in now, in spite of Judge Vinson’s ruling.
Our health care delusion (Canada)
Seniors appear to be a major target for precious resources under the Obama healthcare plan. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Obama plan cuts nearly $500 billion in Medicare benefits to seniors as the federal government adds 30 million uninsured Americans to private and public healthcare systems.
The cost of caring for the elderly has not been lost on Berwick.
The chronically ill and those towards the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health care bill out here . . . there is going to have to be a very difficult democratic conversation that takes place, he said.