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Obamacare Redistributes Health and Death

Monday, 23 September 2013 11:13 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Most people and businesses clearly understand, now, how Obamacare redistributes the cost of health insurance and the cost of healthcare. It does it with a plethora of rules, taxes, and penalties.

But little attention has been given to how these same rules, penalties, and taxes also redistribute health, sickness, and death. Maybe it is because it's a sensitive subject, or maybe it might cause the PC police to declare a full attack on anyone who would use such provocative narrative. That's what happened, after all, when Sarah Palin was crucified by the mainstream media for correctly identifying "death panels" in Obamacare.

Well, bring it on, PC police! The truth shall set some people free.

When the "death panel" (also known as the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB) decides whether you are allowed a procedure or not, they are deciding whether your chance of survival is worth the cost in their opinion. If they say no, then you may die sooner rather than later.

When the cost of insuring the uninsurable is spread across everybody that buys insurance, rather than a dedicated subsidized pool, somebody's coverage is going to be denied or delayed because they are forced to buy less expensive insurance coverage if they cannot afford to pay more for their insurance. Just like minor car accident claims, people might ignore minor ailments to keep their rates from going up. 

In my own personal case, a minor ailment which I thought was acidity from coffee turned out to be stage four cancer. Because I was able to get diagnosed and treated on my timetable instead of the government's, and at the expense of my insurance coverage and my out-of-pocket expenses, my 30 percent chance of survival turned into now seven years of being cancer-free!

When someone is notified that their Medicare insurance will no longer cover certain medications, such as the cost of their insulin medication, that person is forced to choose between paying their bills or staying alive. 

Many doctors have announced that they can no longer afford to take new Medicare patients because of cuts in Medicare payments to doctors. These patients can't just find another doctor who will take Medicare patients because chances are that they can't take anymore either. As a result, some people will not get medical assistance until their condition is an emergency from waiting too long, or until they are on their death bed.

Rural communities will be especially negatively impacted by a shortage of doctors who will see Medicare patients, because rural communities tend to have more Medicare-eligible patients. A majority of Medicare payments means most of a doctor's revenue is coming from Medicare payments made by Uncle Sam, which is not sufficient to sustain a financially viable medical practice.

As a result, doctors will relocate to more lucrative areas and people living in rural areas will have to travel farther to get medical care, or they will not be able to get treatment at all. Thus, illnesses will advance more quickly, thus reducing survival rates.
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Most people and businesses clearly understand, now, how Obamacare redistributes the cost of health insurance and the cost of healthcare. It does it with a plethora of rules, taxes, and penalties.
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