Here’s the new reality: You need a knee replacement (hip or cataract surgery). Because your physician will be paid less to do a knee replacement procedure on you than on a Medicaid patient, you might decide to pay more, to make up the difference or more than the difference. That should work in a free market environment. Right? Maybe you mortgage your home, if you haven’t already. Maybe your children step in with financial assistance. Without the knee replacement, the quality of your life will be greatly diminished — no more taking the Grandkids to the park, or maybe you are the only childcare source for the Grands. According to Betsy McCaughey, the ObamaCare law “bars” your physician “from providing care…for an extra fee. You’re trapped.”
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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. You’re trapped.
Medicare patients paid into their future medical coverage under Medicare their entire working life. A portion of every Social Security contribution was dedicated to future Medicare coverage, but what has the Medicaid patient paid? In some cases, nothing – ever.
The average person on Medicare currently pays about $100 per month, excluding dental and prescription drug coverage, and $200 per month for supplemental insurance. This is just an average — about $3,600 annually for people who have a work history of probably many years, but no longer has income due to retirement. While many use far more than they’ve paid in, many also die early and never use it, and many are healthy, and for most of their lives need nothing more than an annual checkup. I am not disputing that Medicare is an “entitlement,” but it isn’t free.
McCaughey’s piece covers numerous issues with ObamaCare, but if anything about the law can be surprising today, it’s that you cannot — it is unlawful — pay a doctor more for a procedure to entice him/her to take care of your medical needs, and further, this applies only to seniors . . . only to those eligible and paying for Medicare every month.
Of the funds available for Medicare, Obama diverted $716 BILLION to Medicaid. If you have a solid work history, you paid into that stash but the Medicaid patient will now reap the benefits and “law” is forbidding you to find a better way out of your situation. Please, read the entire article here and remember, not a single Republican voted for your stolen liberty.
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