Medicare and the Death Squad
One Woman’s Opinion
By: Sheri de Grom
Medicare, I still hate you. I’ve more contempt for your bureaucracy and lack of empathy and understanding for the population you serve, than any other governmental agency. You did your best to kill me October, 2012. My memory of that event is located in my January 2013 archives.
Before President Obama was elected, Medicare provided doctor-ordered standardized care for almost a half century for all qualifying hospitalized patients.
President Obama changed the practice of how Medicare would provide and pay for hospital services. Obama’s administration launched an ‘efficiency’ measure that discourages hospitals from expending resources on older patients.
Hospitals are now being evaluated based on ‘spending per Medicare beneficiary.’ Hospitals that spend more than the average on any patient pays a large penalty.
President Obama has said he could cut thirty percent from what Medicare spends on a patient without doing harm. But research suggests otherwise.
Examining patients with heart failure at six California hospitals found that the hospitals giving more care saved more lives. The low-spending hospitals had higher mortality rates. That’s the opposite of what President Barack Obama’s cost-cutting program is doing.
Those of us that are forced into Medicare, along with the regular Medicare population, will never know what care we might have gotten or how much less we might have suffered if it weren’t for Obama’s cost cutting program. Rationing is invisible. Only the consequences are felt.
When Medicare started in 1965, the law forbade the federal government from interfering in treatment decisions. Doctors decided what patients needed and Medicare paid for each treatment on a fee-for-service basis. The Obama initiatives have destroyed Medicare as we’ve known it.
It’s likely some hospitals will stop accepting Medicare for payment, the same as many doctors do now.
We have ways to save Medicare for the population that needs it. The same population exists today that existed in 1965, except instead of being primarily rural, it’s primarily urban.
In my opinion, the United States is on the precipice of meeting socialized medicine face-to-face. Members of the Supreme Court don’t care because they’ll never be forced to have Medicare. The medical care of President Obama and Congress will continue to be taken care of without the aid of Medicare. Obamacare will never be a concern of any of the aforementioned either. Why are we, the tax-paying public, the victims of this dangerous game?