I opened the newspaper today to read an AP report:
"As of Monday, Medicare will start fining hospitals that have too many patients re-admitted within 30 days of discharge due to complications."
The article goes on to say:
"About two-thirds of the hospitals serving Medicare patients, or some 2,000 facilities will be hit with penalties averaging around $125,000 per facility this coming year, according to government estimates."
According to AP:
"The penalties are part of a broader push under President Barack Obama's health care law to improve quality while also trying to save taxpayers money."
"Improve quality while trying to save taxpayers money?" Who is AP fooling? You better have a good supplemental insurance policy folks, because hospitals will not be financially able to admit you on a second health episode within 30 days if you are on Medicare. That is assuming the hospital you go to will allow you to just use your supplemental. And that your supplemental will be allowed to cover whatever the need is under the Obamacare rules. And that the hospital will even take a chance on admitting you at all.
So who is pushing granny off the cliff in a wheelchair? Do you think it is Paul Ryan? Obama claims he is "saving Medicare?" Sure. Saving it by fining hospitals or forcing hospitals to not allow a re-admittance for the elderly?
What is the hospital supposed to say to patients? "Oh, sorry." "We can't let you in our hospital because ....because....well....hmmm....because Lyndon Baines Johnson set up a socialist program that ruined medical care in this country...and oh, by the way, Obama won't let us take care of you because Johnson's program is another failed socialist program."
This is all very nice since the Federal government requires you to sign up for Medicare at age 65. You don't sign up, they take your first born child or some disastrous such penalty will be paid. So they force you into a system you may not want in the first place, and then you are facing the mercy (lack thereof) of the Federal government punishing your hospital for taking care of you. How does that work, folks?
Let's say you are 70 yrs. old and admitted for surgery. They send you home. 15 days later you are battling an infection from the surgery, because you are 70 yrs. old and your immune system is just not quite as great as it used to be. Let's say your mom is 80 yrs. old and comes down with pneumonia. They treat her at the emergency room for breathing difficulties and send her home. A week later the pneumonia is not cleared up and she relapses. She needs more care. Hmmmm.....what do you think the hospital will say? Sorry, lady, Obama won't let you back into this hospital? There are any number of scenarios you can imagine with this. The bottom line is that Obama has decided the elderly are not worth the care under Medicare.
In case you missed it, please go look up Ezekial Emanuel's book, "The Complete Lives System." (Yes, that is Rahm's charming brother who advises less or no care for the very young and the elderly.) Ezekiel Emanuel wrote a large part of Obamacare. Below is a chart showing Emanuel's level of spending per age of patient. And look what happens as the patient arrives at 60 yrs. of age.
Quoting the article: "Dr. Emanuel concedes that his plan appears to discriminate against older people, but he explains: "Unlike allocation by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious discrimination. . . . Treating 65 year olds differently because of stereotypes or falsehoods would be ageist; treating them differently because they have already had more life-years is not."
What did he just say? What planet are we on?