Skip to comments.Watch Out, Grandma: ObamaCare risks for the elderly
Posted on 05/19/2014 2:10:42 PM PDT by Rusty0604
On May 7, the Obama administration boasted that ObamaCare was improving health-care quality for seniors, and it pulled out a bag of statistical tricks to prove it. But a closer look shows that its not improving care. Its skimping on it, socking seniors with unexpected bills for observation care and likely shortening their lives.
President Obamas Department of Health and Human Services announced that fewer seniors discharged from the hospital are returning for additional care within a months time. HHS claims that this drop in readmissions, from 18.5 percent in 2012 to 17.5 percent in 2013, signals quality improvement.
Nationwide, readmissions are dropping because Section 3025 of ObamaCare punishes hospitals if a senior returns within 30 days.
What happens to the senior treated for a heart attack who rushes to the hospital a week later feeling faint, possibly because of arrhythmia?
To dodge the penalty, hospitals put the patient under observation. Its just a word on the chart. The patient may get the same tests and be put in the same room as if he had been admitted.
But unless he stays at least two nights, the hospital wont bill Medicare for a stay, and the patient gets clobbered with the cost. Many seniors dont even know they were under observation until they get the bill.
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Obonics 101: Take whatever he or someone in his administration says and reverse it and you have the truth.
Palliative End of Life Optimum Serenity Initiative (PELOSI)
"Just give 'em a pill."
Why would anyone think that a government who will treat its veterans so shabbily will threat its citizens who are not veterans any better?
Just remember: What you are seeing in the VA today awaits you....only much worse.
I went to the ER for chest pain and was admitted for overnight observation. The cost... about $11,000 Fortunately I had private insurance, but I will be on Medicare later this year and being hit with a bill like that is scary. I also expect a lot of seniors will be routinely denied joint replacements and pacemakers by Obamacare death panels.
I'm afraid that is going to happen to my mother, and the Medicare refuse-to-pay extends indefinitely to a nursing home admission also.
Would Medicare Advantage or a MediGap plan have covered that?
$11,000 for overnight observation is a big bill.
BUT BUT BUT. Sandra Fluck gets free birth control!!!
Yep. Both Betsy AND Sarah tried, in vain, to warn us about the evils of 0DeathCare four years ago.
This is when it all starts to come to pass :(
The sad truth is that Sandra Fluke would have to spend a heck of a lot more money getting a guy drunk enough to sleep with her, then she ever would on contraception to prevent pregnancy if, indeed, she managed to be successful.