Under ObamaCare, Seniors to Receive Worse Treatment than Medicaid Patients

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Obama has his priorities and Medicaid patients voted for him by a much higher margin than senior citizens. And even if they hadn’t, the left is still the left and it is as predictable as a broken clock and far more malignant.

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.

Which will reduce the quality of life of senior citizens making it easier to put them on a pathway to euthanasia.

That’s the gameplan here. First open the door to cutting spending on the so-called “last 2 months of life”, though that can’t be reliably predicted unless you ensure that they really will be the last 2 months.

Then decrease treatment options so that more and more seniors fall into those last 2 months. And that will free up money to spend on obesity programs for inner city kids, abortion, sex change operations and all the other social change obsessions of the left.

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.

The doctors and hospitals will be there, they will just have been “nudged” with rewards and punishments to provide the kind of treatment or lack of treatment that the authorities favor.

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.

Which will make Medicare, instead of Medicaid, the unwanted insurance. Punish the privileged white people, favor welfare minorities.

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.

Everyone will eventually have the same or a worse level of treatment than Medicaid, whether they are senior citizens or working people with private insurance. That was one of the major goals of ObamaCare.

President Obama seems to think too many seniors are getting these procedures. At a town hall debate in 2009, he told a woman “maybe you’re better off not having the surgery but taking the painkiller.”

Somehow I doubt the Prince of Chicago will be making do with painkillers when the time comes.

  • onecornpone

    LOL! ….path to euthanasia… So true!

    Common sense told us this, after what little info was leaked, during the legislative phase of ACA.

    And now for the advent of true medical tourism. Create a market, it will emerge.

    Next UP!?! How far will the Leftist/RINO complex go to doom Baby Boomer’s savings?

  • Hard Little Machine

    Soylent Green is People.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    There’s your social justice you silly fascists.

  • HettyT

    When the time comes, bari won’t need any pain killers.

  • BagLady

    One step away from the British Liverpool Care Pathway that actually pays hospitals a lump sum every time they ‘kill’ an old person. They have decided to ‘phase out’ the practice. What does that mean? Why can’t they just say STOP KILLING OUR OLD PEOPLE… NOW? Savings on pensions. Savings on hospital costs, care homes etc.

    However, I notice that no-one is talking about the outrageous profits being made in the US medical industry. If I can walk into a pharmacy and buy a gauze dressing for $1.00, why is it charged out at $99.00 to hospital patients? This surely has to be your biggest problem when it comes to cost. The profit margin on absolutely everything life-saving is up there in the 1000%’s.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      It’s the LCP in the long run. They just have to phase it in.

      The medical industry has so many regulations and cost controls that the marketplace is insane and Chargemasters cite crazy prices that no one in the know will pay as part of a complicated game with private and gov insurance.

  • pupsncats

    Clearly, one could see this coming. When the murder of the unborn was legalized, in part due to the scam perpetrated by the over-population terrorists that the earth’s resources can’t support more than x number of people, the door opened to the acceptance that if a class of human being is a drain on the elitist’s notion of “sustainability”, it must be eliminated.

    The slippery slope from abortion to voluntary suicide, already legal in some states, to involuntary suicide also wasn’t hard to predict. Obamacare simply pushes that stepping stone further down the slope.

    • The March Hare

      Welcome to the Monkey House, Kurt Vonnegut, 1968

  • Aditya Vivek Barot

    More racial Socialism.

    This is truly a Minority-Occupied Government.

    The USG has, for three generations, transferred income from whites to non-whites, specifically, blacks. Increasingly, Mestizos are being accorded the same position.

    This is the natural culmination of this policy. Look at the Obama cabinet and identify the proportion of white Gentile males therein.

    The question is:what is wrong with America? White Gentiles are still at least 65% of the population? Where is the outrage? Why can’t they band together and pursue their interests which coincide with the interests of all non-blacks who actually want to live a good life by making money through the sweat of their brow in a First World Nation?

    This is absurd. We are watching America getting raped like Russia in the 1990s. At least the Russians reacted by electing Putin who is doing the best he can to return the country to the Majority Russian Nation.

    Do men like me have no option but to watch tightly-knit hostile minorities rape this nation and turn it into a North American Brazil? Is there no way out?

    • pupsncats

      The reality is the white race has chosen to exterminate itself through the use of widespread contraception and abortion.

      Demographics control everything.

  • pupsncats

    “Everyone will eventually have the same or a worse level of treatment
    than Medicaid, whether they are senior citizens or working people with
    private insurance. That was one of the major goals of ObamaCare.”

    In a novel agreement with the federal government, the state of Maryland, the only state where a state commission sets hospital prices for all payers-that is, private insurers, Medicare and Medicaid, will attempt to control rising health care costs over the next five years by limiting the total amount hospitals can charge to treat patients each year. The state will also change how hospitals are paid by private health plans and government insurance like Medicare. The current system bills for each service provided. Under the new plan, hospitals will have to decide whether treatments are worth the cost. In other words, will they break the hospital’s fixed budget?

    The new plan limits overall per-capita hospital spending to no more than 3.58 percent per year, the average growth rate of the state’s economy over the past decade.

    Does anyone believe that hospitals, in order to stay within the limits set by the new plan, won’t have to start rationing services? Or simply not provide a service?

  • http://www.federaleagent86.blogspot.com/ Federale

    Not just seniors, but white seniors. Killing white people is what Obama is about.