posted on Oct, 25 2013 @ 09:00 PM
Okay, being an 'elder', I am pissed. I, and most older Americans, paid into the system (40 plus years for myself) and now the gov is not only taking
our money to pay for those who have not paid into the system but rewarding hospitals with points for spending less on seniors. Waiting to see how much
my SS is reduced because of increase in health coverage.
On Oct. 1, 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.
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.
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.
Although I am healthy and take no meds, unlike some 50 year old's who take a ton and are in the hospital often, I feel like I and others my age are
'persona non grata' in the US anymore.
Of course, the real reason is we have already paid and they want fewer people on Medicare and SS so they can fund those who get Welfare, food stamps
and Medicaid. Those who have already paid are no longer needed.
If you are not pissed, you should be. Are you over 65? You will be someday. Do you have a parent over 65? If not, you will someday.
And Mr. Obama, you too will be 65 someday and you won't get the care you need because you have pissed off so many people who lost loved ones due to
edit on 25-10-2013 by liveandlearn because: (no reason given)