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ObamaCare: My 90 Year-Old Mom Kicked Out of the Hospital
Burkhart's Blog ^ | 02.21.11 | Alan Burkhart

Posted on 02/21/2011 10:33:02 AM PST by neverhome

For those of you who still think ObamaCare is a good idea, here’s how it’s affecting my family at the very moment I’m 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 she’s 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.


TOPICS: Government; Health/Medicine; Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: 0blowacare; deathpanels; healthcare; hospital; obama; obamacare; palin; pneumonia; politics; socialisthealthcare
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All this started mid-morning today. We're trying to get it resolved. How is it in America that a sweet little gray-haired lady, who never hurt a soul in her life, can be kicked to the curb like this? I took the time to blog it simply because this can happen to any of us. But nothing brings the realization home like having it happen at home.
1 posted on 02/21/2011 10:33:11 AM PST by neverhome
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To: neverhome

This is exactly what happened to my Mom last week. The only difference was that pneumonia had already started setting in....


2 posted on 02/21/2011 10:34:59 AM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: neverhome

BTW, she is 93


3 posted on 02/21/2011 10:36:14 AM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: neverhome

Prayers!


4 posted on 02/21/2011 10:36:42 AM PST by griswold3
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To: neverhome

Riiiight. And, Bill Clinton remembers seeing church burnings while growing up.


5 posted on 02/21/2011 10:38:13 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: neverhome

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”.


6 posted on 02/21/2011 10:39:36 AM PST by Marty62 (Marty 60)
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To: neverhome
That's a sad story.

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.

7 posted on 02/21/2011 10:40:16 AM PST by Walts Ice Pick
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To: neverhome

Prayers up for your mother and her family.

Does she have insurance outside of Medicare?


9 posted on 02/21/2011 10:41:09 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer (biblein90days.org))
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To: neverhome
My 90-year old mother has been going through the same thing for the past few months. She had dementia and has been sent to the E.R. from her rest home a number of times, ranging from bronchitis to kidney failure, and they absolutely REFUSE to refer her to skilled nursing. Same with my BF's mother, but she finally died while waiting.

Welcome to our Brave New World.

10 posted on 02/21/2011 10:42:03 AM PST by truthkeeper ( Life is a pre-existing condition - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: sijay

You may find this interesting. It sounds like the practice of denying healthcare to seniors is becoming widespread. A scary thought!


11 posted on 02/21/2011 10:43:26 AM PST by Fantasywriter
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To: neverhome

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?


12 posted on 02/21/2011 10:44:18 AM PST by Reagan69 (I went to a shooting-victims' memorial service and all I got was a lousy T-shirt !)
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To: All
And BTW, my mother has excellent private insurance in addition to Medicare. Medicare simply REFUSES to take the assignment to a skilled nursing facility, where she needs to spend some time.

It's a nightmare, folks.

13 posted on 02/21/2011 10:44:20 AM PST by truthkeeper ( Life is a pre-existing condition - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: neverhome
I took the time to blog it simply because this can will happen to any of us, public employees excepted.

Apologies for the correction, and a long live for your Mom, she's got plenty of good years left, medicare actuaries excepted.

14 posted on 02/21/2011 10:45:04 AM PST by SJackson (In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria.)
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To: neverhome

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.


15 posted on 02/21/2011 10:45:24 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Marty62
Yet an illegal will be immediately admitted.

You've got that right. Seen it time and again over the past few years. (Welcome to California.)

16 posted on 02/21/2011 10:46:00 AM PST by truthkeeper ( Life is a pre-existing condition - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: neverhome

Well since Obamacare is unconstitutional, suing the hospital is in order for enforcing Obamacare in the first place.


17 posted on 02/21/2011 10:46:52 AM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: neverhome

Just sent story to Rush, maybe he will shed some light on it.

What hospital is it?


18 posted on 02/21/2011 10:47:05 AM PST by Reagan69 (I went to a shooting-victims' memorial service and all I got was a lousy T-shirt !)
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To: Reagan69

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.


19 posted on 02/21/2011 10:49:33 AM PST by Reagan69 (I went to a shooting-victims' memorial service and all I got was a lousy T-shirt !)
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To: Vigilanteman

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.


20 posted on 02/21/2011 10:50:46 AM PST by neverhome (Everyone shut up until AFTER I have my coffee)
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To: truthkeeper

Obamacare is death.

Its intent and its outcome.

Mass murder.

Stopping Obamacare is a matter of life and death for millions.


21 posted on 02/21/2011 10:54:29 AM PST by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: All

I’ll post updates to all this at my blog as time allows. Thanks to all of you.


22 posted on 02/21/2011 10:56:21 AM PST by neverhome (Everyone shut up until AFTER I have my coffee)
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To: neverhome

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.


23 posted on 02/21/2011 11:00:23 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: neverhome

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???


24 posted on 02/21/2011 11:03:03 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: neverhome

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.


25 posted on 02/21/2011 11:04:50 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: neverhome

26 posted on 02/21/2011 11:06:04 AM PST by pabianice
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To: neverhome
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27 posted on 02/21/2011 11:06:40 AM PST by RetSignman ("It's about saving our Republic, STUPID")
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To: Yaelle

Yaelle wrote: “She has PRIVATE insurance and is being refused care??”

She only has Medicare.


28 posted on 02/21/2011 11:10:09 AM PST by neverhome (Everyone shut up until AFTER I have my coffee)
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To: neverhome

Eugenics through Neglect.

Apathy through Beuracracy


29 posted on 02/21/2011 11:18:42 AM PST by GraceG
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To: neverhome

Obama needs to leave immediately.


30 posted on 02/21/2011 11:29:31 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Walts Ice Pick
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.

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 !

31 posted on 02/21/2011 11:35:38 AM PST by jimt
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To: neverhome

I’m curious why you don’t mention the doctor’s name and the name of the hospital?


32 posted on 02/21/2011 11:37:23 AM PST by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: neverhome

Will pray for your mom. She must not be an illegal immigrant? I suspect they would have admitted her, if she was illegal. ?


33 posted on 02/21/2011 11:46:17 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: neverhome

” 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.


34 posted on 02/21/2011 11:47:49 AM PST by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: neverhome

I do not believe that your mother was denied in-patient care exclusively because of ‘Obamacare.’


35 posted on 02/21/2011 11:48:34 AM PST by verity
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To: illiac

What is the change in Medicare that is causing people to be turned away with serious issues?


36 posted on 02/21/2011 11:56:45 AM PST by WVNan
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To: jimt
All the BS needs to be cut FIRST

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.

37 posted on 02/21/2011 11:58:27 AM PST by Walts Ice Pick
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To: neverhome
My 90 Year-Old Mom Kicked Out of the Hospital

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)


38 posted on 02/21/2011 11:59:31 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Oh Magoo, you've done it again.....)
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To: WVNan

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.....


39 posted on 02/21/2011 12:00:53 PM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: illiac

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.


40 posted on 02/21/2011 12:06:37 PM PST by WVNan
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To: raybbr

raybbr wrote: “I’m curious why you don’t mention the doctor’s 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.


41 posted on 02/21/2011 12:08:17 PM PST by neverhome (Everyone shut up until AFTER I have my coffee)
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To: WVNan

Most definately will do - would be interesting info for many here at FR.....


42 posted on 02/21/2011 12:08:38 PM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: WVNan
don't you remember the $500B in “savings” from medicare that Obamacare promised? and the term “bending the curve” which is code for cut off granny.
43 posted on 02/21/2011 12:10:23 PM PST by djwright (2012 The White House Gets Another Coat Of Shellac)
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To: illiac

Thank you very much. Yes, it would be good information. obama is trying to slip obamacare through the basement door.


44 posted on 02/21/2011 12:11:14 PM PST by WVNan
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To: illiac

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.


45 posted on 02/21/2011 12:13:03 PM PST by neverhome (Everyone shut up until AFTER I have my coffee)
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To: djwright

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.


46 posted on 02/21/2011 12:17:22 PM PST by WVNan
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To: neverhome

I thought ObamaCare didn’t kick in for another 4 years. They’re just collecting taxes for it now.


47 posted on 02/21/2011 12:19:33 PM PST by hattend (Obama got his 3am call about Egypt. The call went right to the answering machine.- Sarah Palin)
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To: hattend

hattend wrote: “I thought ObamaCare didn’t kick in for another 4 years. They’re just collecting taxes for it now.”

A lot of the new rules are being phased in now, in spite of Judge Vinson’s ruling.


48 posted on 02/21/2011 12:32:36 PM PST by neverhome (Everyone shut up until AFTER I have my coffee)
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To: neverhome; Salvation; GailA; socialismisinsidious; Clive

Our health care delusion (Canada)

http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/01/25/our-health-care-delusion/


Daughter copes at home with two ailing parents

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/941697—daughter-copes-at-home-with-two-ailing-parents


Home care promised by hospital never arrives

http://www.thestar.com/article/941699


Computer program says “no”

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/941679


49 posted on 02/21/2011 12:44:34 PM PST by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: hattend

http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/obama-death-panels-medicare/2010/12/26/id/381043

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.


50 posted on 02/21/2011 12:44:54 PM PST by neverhome (Everyone shut up until AFTER I have my coffee)
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