Skip to comments.Obama Dooms Seniors to Ravages of Aging
Posted on 01/02/2014 3:01:01 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
On Oct. 1, 2012 the Obama administration started awarding bonus points to hospitals that spend the least on elderly patients. It will result in fewer knee replacements, hip replacements, angioplasty, bypass surgery and cataract operations.
These are the five procedures that have transformed aging for older Americans. They used to languish in wheelchairs and nursing homes due to arthritis, cataracts and heart disease. Now they lead active lives.
But the Obama administration is undoing that progress. By cutting $716 billion from future Medicare funding over the next decade and rewarding the hospitals that spend the least on seniors, the Obama health law will make these procedures hard to get and less safe.
The Obama health law creates two new entitlements for people under age 65 subsidies to buy private health plans and a vast expansion of Medicaid. More than half the cost of these entitlements is paid for by cutting what hospitals, doctors, hospice care, home care and Advantage plans are paid to care for seniors.
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Astoundingly, doctors will be paid less to treat a senior than to treat someone on Medicaid, and only about one-third of what a doctor will be paid to treat a patient with private insurance.
On July 13, 2011, Richard Foster, chief actuary for Medicare, warned Congress that seniors will have difficulty finding doctors and hospitals to accept Medicare. Doctors who do continue to take it will not want to spend time doing procedures such as knee replacements when the pay is so low. Yet the law bars them from providing care their patients need for an extra fee. Youre trapped.
President Obama seems to think too many seniors are getting these procedures. At a town hall debate in 2009, he told a woman maybe youre better off not having the...
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Science proves the president is wrong. Knee replacements, for example, not only relieve pain but also save lives. Seniors with severe osteoarthritis who opt for knee replacement are less apt to succumb to heart failure and have a 50% higher chance of being alive five years later than arthritic seniors who dont undergo the procedure, according to peer-reviewed scientific research.
Yet Foster warned Congress that 15% of hospitals may stop treating seniors once the Obama-Care cuts go into effect. The rest will have to lower the standard of care. Hospitals will have $247 billion less over the next decade to care for the same number of seniors as if the health law had not been enacted.
Be afraid; be very afraid.
Death panel reach...........they will force the doctors thru regulation and threats to refuse to treat seniors thereby allowing them to die of the govenments label of natural causes
This bastard should drop dead and take Sabelius with him.
Well I guess there is a truth Obama told after all.
When you OFF all the seniors,you do save money,just don’t tell the seniors
When this lying SOB finally contracts AIDS or hepatitis, I hope some good doctor hands him an aspirin and tells him to go home (back to Kenya).
The bottom line is that if you are a senior expect to get "free" off-patent drugs to your heart's content. Most will have bad side effects and unknown interactions. Most won't cure anything, but at best control some symptoms (at the expense of side effects). Knee replacement? Forget about it, here's a cheap med made in China that might alleviate some symptoms.
The leftists who voted for this marxist-mooslum deserve this....but we suffer, too.
Standard and well-known procedures such as cataract surgery or hip replacements not only save lives, but money. A person who is able to walk, see, etc. is a person who ultimately costs less in care and in many cases a person who is then able to go on working or being productive.
Many, many people who fall into the “senior” category work, at least part-time, and of course self-employed people usually keep on working until they drop. Making this common surgery unobtainable by them is going to lower their income and make them more dependent and costly. But I guess that’s only if they’re allowed to stay alive, which is the next question on Obama’s agenda.
Well,before we make a decision let’s check your voting record.
(Sniffle) "Tolerant and compassionate" Obama knows that the most expensive h/care is delivered the last three years of life...so oldsters HAVE to pay more (sob).
Heck, socking Harry w/ a massive increase could even save money. For sure, decrepit Sen Harry will necessitate expensive medical care for diseases of old age including the ones he's being treated for now--- senility, Alzheimer's, dementia, arthritis, osteoarthritis, heart problems, heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure, prostate enlargement, osteoporosis (brittle bones)....etc.
Course, just in case ol' Harry hangs in there, Obamacare's I-PAB kicks in to ration medical care when stubborn old buzzards like Harry insist on getting more healthcare than his lousy $4500 per month entitles him to.
Harry's dam lucky he represents Nevada---if he represented Alaska, he'd been on the ice floe w/ the rest of the older, sick Eskimos----floating out into the frigid Arctic Ocean wearing a sealskin coat, bearskin shorts, and a pair of mukluks.
Obama and the Dumbos are in for a shock---they don't seem to realize they're "teaching" their own caretakers how to treat them in old age.....not going to be pretty.
Where’s the “War of the Elderly” rhetoric?
If the parties were reversed, the dems would be going berserk.
“Harry’s dam lucky he represents Nevada-—if he represented Alaska, he’d been on the ice floe w/ the rest of the older, sick Eskimos——floating out into the frigid Arctic Ocean wearing a sealskin coat, bearskin shorts, and a pair of mukluks.”
You must be an artist. That is a portrait. Thank you
Looks like some of Holders people are happy navigators (HPN).....
HPN....OK whitey....lets check your voter registrations ....
HPN....Looks like you need to make a couple of adjustments here....
OK now I see it......your colonoscopy is scheduled for next month.....and the insulin will be mailed as before...
HPN Thinks...."this desk job sure beats stealing cell phones and a once a year gig patrolling voting booths with my billy club......and as for playing the Knock Down Game...I don't have to spend time searching for polar bears....now with just a few key strokes ...and POW-ZAP....another one bites the dust"
(He also got the message about hiding the screen image of his laptop)
Sure, we suffer too, but at least we can laugh through our pain at those who are oblivious to the nature of their condition.
If I get into a debate about Obamacare or any other leftist debacle, I mock the idiot in his face being armed with the facts and couldn’t give a damn if they are offended or not.
Those of us who know the outcomes in advance can at least figure out ways to mitigate the effects. Thos who believed all of this crap will be the big losers all the way around because they will have no way, or are intellectually incapable of finding work-arounds.
F-em. Just friggin F-em.
....and what’s that on the table just in front of the right hand side corner of the laptop....a thumb screw....?
Where is AARP on this?
Harry on an ice floe in mukluks——begs to be photo-shopped-—doesnt it?
I wish I had the skills. A picture of him looking really constipated too...
Probably too busy counting all the money they've been making selling insurance to the RPs.
Not surprising at all. With the pain of arthritic knees, physical activity is difficult, if not impossible, meaning the person will get less exercise. But an important point is, replacement knees will improve the quality of life. Chronic pain SUCKS!
Hey, it works for the NHS in GB, which is something that one of the architects of ObamaCare is enamored with.
They endorsed Obamacare, which makes all of this possible.
EXACTLY!! Try finding a senior citizen who did not support Obama in the last two elections! They were ALL in the tank for him! Every single one in our family did ....they all just banded together and wanted to kick that old mean Bushie right out!!
My hospital, where I had a $75,000 knee replacement three weeks ago, couldn’t’t have been nicer.
They got their 30 pieces of silver.
He doesn’t want to save lives. Look at the life span data on various ethnic groups. He has no interest in old white people.
So Medicare won’t be socialist enough? Ok by me.
Ditto what you said.
Leftism is truly a mental disorder and they continue to cling bitterly to their failed psuedo religion in the face of reality.
See my tag line.
Heh-—skinny Harry-—must have a slew of nutritional deprivation diseases.
Show this to every Senior lib you know. Tell them good luck with that knee/hip replacement, cataract surgery, etc.
Hold on there,sparky.
I only know one senior in my circle of friends that voted for Obama and he only did it the first time.
If the doctor can’t accept the Medicare rate plus cash out of pocket, can the patient at least pay all of the cost in cash?
from reading the article, it doesn’t seem like we can. This affects me, by the way.
Now my prayer is that our Lord takes me home quickly.
One doesn’t need to be a “lib” to be affected by this. We conservatives will suffer right alongside the vultures who gave us this abomination.
I know lots of seniors (including myself) who did not support Obama and who worked their tails off for the Republican choice(s). It’s the retired teachers/public employees who put this clown and his coherts in office.
Obama is laughting at them for believing him number one and number two , even though they worship the ground he pisses on, he holds them in the bases of contempt.
Precisely. Don't kick the senior entitlement problem down the road, just eliminate the recipients.
Full disclosure: I turn 65 in August.
I think the libs who said things like "but now, EVERYONE will have affordable health care" and "I've paid into Medicare all these years while paying for private health care, and I cannot wait to get my *free* healthcare" need a good dose of reality (that's so well given in this article).
Seniors are majority Republican.
The problem is 2.46m die every year and are replaced by 2.5m reaching 18 and immigrants (legal & illegal) who are overwhelmingly Democrat.
Wouldn’t it be nice if America had an opposition party?
Remember, AARP supported Odumbocare.