To insure that everyone complies and buys insurance, the IRS will be hiring 17,000 new workers, paid for by the ever shrinking pool of taxpayers.
And when people protest that they cannot afford the high-priced insurance, ObamaCare has come up with the “compassionate” answer of declaring that those who earn 133% of the “poverty” level will be eligible for Medicaid. This means they get to pay nothing for their “insurance” but the taxpayers are stuck with the bill. A healthy family of four will provide a $20,000 windfall for the Medicaid HMO. Odds are, these families will need very little medical care in a given year—but if they do, they’ll have trouble finding it because Medicaid payments to physicians are so low that few can afford to take it. Meanwhile CEO compensation for Medicaid HMOs is notoriously high.
Let’s look at the effect of a specific mandate, mammograms. Current recommendations suggest that every woman over 40 ought to get one yearly. Thus insurance companies are mandated to pay for mammograms with no charge to the patient. The reasoning goes that catching breast cancer early is a good thing and will save money overall. It is also assumed that providing the service for free will remove the major barrier to access.
But what will this really cost? Radiology groups will have to do the mammogram, billers will code and bill the insurance company, the insurance company will process the claim, verifying that the patient has paid her monthly premium, and cut a check to the radiologist—anywhere from one to three months later. It is estimated that the administrative costs for such a claim amount to about $50.
Multiply $50 by, say, 50 million women over 40. That is $2.5 billion in administrative costs—for a service that can now be obtained for as little as $80 cash. The administrative burden will nearly double the cost for this one service with no proof that the quality or access to care will be any better than it is today.
On top of the cost, physicians will be now given the task of prodding each woman to get her mammogram, with his own compensation being lowered if she does not. Cost is not the only deterrent women have to getting screening mammograms, others being discomfort, fear, or simple procrastination. Yet the doctor will be expected to hire personnel to track compliance in his ever enlarging nanny role.
ObamaCare needs to be labeled what it is—an expensive, burdensome, private sector job-killing bureaucratic nightmare that will ultimately bankrupt the states and extend the economic recession.
We do not need Big Government to tell us what to do, but liberty to act in our own best interest. Instead of buying expensive government-approved insurance, we need the option to buy the insurance we want with the deductible and the coverage we want. We would like the freedom to establish a relationship with a physician who is a trusted coach and confidant, paying him directly for most services.
Physicians are tired of government meddling, as if we do not know how to care for patients. We love our profession and love to see and help patients get well. We do not love the exploding paperwork burden and the constant intrusion of the government inserting its will between our patients and us.
This time it’s a 27.4 percent cut for doctors by January one.. (2months added). Last year, it was about 20 percent.
My vet makes more per visit than my primary care Doctor. The Obama administration says seniors and their doctors have nothing to fear.??????????????? Oh really! I believe that this administration does not care if we live or die.
Remember when Hillary Clinton said “when the last of the world war two generation dies she would get her Healthcare Bill passed.? Americans said no then and they say no now to using health care for more power over our lives.
If we stopped giving borrowed money to the IMF (International Monetary Fund) the United Nations and countries that laugh at us. We could be much better off. But with Obama in the White House I believe his Socialist agenda means more spending until we are soley in the hands of a tyrannical government.ruling with absolute power over a population kept submissive and fearful.