Medicare Offers a Glimpse Into How Awesome Obamacare Will Be
I love when 75 year old ladies use curse words. Pretty soon we'll all be cursing like angry Medicare recipients.
Larry Barrows, 76, spent eight days in a Canton, Connecticut, hospital after falling twice in a day. Despite being covered by Medicare, the federal health plan for the elderly, Barrows was hit with $36,000 in normally reimbursed bills because of an unintended glitch in U.S. rules.
John Dempsey Hospital said Barrows was under “observation” during his stay, said his wife, Lee. Under Medicare rules, patients listed as under observation face 20 percent co-payments that wouldn’t be required if they were admitted, and expensive aftercare isn’t covered at all. Larry Barrows needed three months of rehabilitation that Medicare wouldn’t pay for because the hospital didn’t call him an inpatient, something his family didn’t learn until halfway through his hospital stay, said his wife.
“A hotshot doctor came down armed with a social worker and Larry’s doctor, and said, ‘Gee, I’m sorry, your husband’s never been admitted,’” Lee Barrows, 75, said in a telephone interview. “I said, ‘Who the hell have I been visiting?’”
I can't freaking wait.
Read the rest of the article for fascinating insight on how a simple phrase can mean tens in thousands of unpaid hospital bills. Excellent social safety net there, kids.
Reagan was wrong:
One of the traditional methods of imposing Statism or Socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. Most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it.
Now, the American people, if you put it to them about socialized medicine and gave them a chance to choose, would unhesitatingly vote against it. We had an example of this. Under the Truman administration it was proposed that we have a compulsory health insurance program for all people in the United States, and, of course, the American people unhesitatingly rejected this.
So with the American people on record as not wanting socialized medicine, Congressman Ferrand said, if we can only break through and get our foot inside the door, they can we can expand the program after that. Well, let’s see what the socialists themselves had to say about it. They say once the Ferrand bill is passed, this nation will be provided with a mechanism for socialized medicine capable of indefinite expansion in every direction until it includes the entire population. Well, we can’t say we haven’t been warned.
Socialized medicine was never capable of indefinite expansion because, well, someone has to pay for it. As if it weren't already at its breaking point, including the entire population (or most of it) will only exacerbate this problem.