Proof that Democrats Hate the Elderly
Please bear with me. I am going to lay out some important facts before I pull them altogether to show why Democrats hate the elderly.
Let’s first be clear. No Republican voted for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. There are parts of the act that they not only favored but even proposed in prior years. However, as a whole, those Republicans in the voting well of the house and Senate thought the law to be bad. A poorly written and assembled law. It was put together hastily for a vote before a Senate filibuster could take place.
Democrats Hate the Elderly – Fact 1
They moved money out of Medicare to pay for the Act. Not just some money but $716 Billion dollars of it over 10 years. The theory is that enough waste will be reduced as well as efficiencies created that will save some of that money. The other part of the theory is to reduce payments to providers.
Who are the providers? That would be hospitals and doctors. Today an elderly patient goes to the doctor for some cure. The doctor provides the service and Medicare pays the doctor. Usually this amount is less than what insurance providers would pay but some doctors like it because it does provide a consistent cash flow if they have enough patients.
Let’s skip forward a year into 2014 when the full force of Obamacare is in effect. The same doctor provides the same service but is now paid less. That doctor is paid less not because of any efficiencies gained in their practice. They are not paid less because they spend less time with the patient. They are paid less because …..well….congress said it is so.
Doctors just have to take it. They have no recourse……oh wait, yes they do. They can stop or limit the number of Medicare patients they see. There is no provision that doctors have to see Medicare patients. Doctors know this.
Democrats Hate the Elderly – Fact 2
There were no provisions in the Affordable Care Act to increase the number of doctors. There were no inducements for doctors to get into the profession. Not only will there be no MORE doctors to handle an increase in insurance population, there very well could be LESS doctors. Many doctors are nearing retirement age and are threatening to retire early so they don’t have to deal with the ACA.
Democrats Hate the Elderly – Fact 3
The Act mandates that preventative care services be included with new policies starting in 2014. This is one of those things that I don’t like the idea that the mandate is forced upon the insurance carriers to provide that coverage but I do understand that preventative care can greatly reduce the cost of a persons’ overall health care coverage. Think in terms of how much money can be saved on treatments when cancer is found early.
Democrats Hate the Elderly – Fact 4
Look at the words of the ACA as long as you want but you will find NO mention of tort reform. Malpractice insurance will continue to rise. The cost of malpractice insurance ranges widely from specialty to specialty and from state to state. No matter how a doctor factors it, malpractice insurance is expensive. It has been expensive….it will be expensive. It has driven doctors out of the profession… it will continue to drive doctors out of the profession.
- We have the following facts and effects of the ACA:
- Reduction of Medicare patients
- More patients in the medical system
- Those patients have increased coverage of preventative care
- Fewer doctors
- Ever increasing costs for medical doctors malpractice insurance
So we have fewer doctors examining more patients. We have those patients demanding more care in the form of preventative check-ups. The doctors that are left in the system to care for patients are being squeezed in at least a couple directions…they will be paying more for malpractice insurance while getting less money from Medicare.
Put yourself in the doctors’ place. Do the math. Would you see more, the same or fewer Medicare patients? By necessity and not even greed, the doctors of tomorrow will have less appointment times for the elderly. The only way the elderly will be able to get good health care is if they buy insurance like those under the Medicare age. Somehow this does not seem affordable.