During the “pitch” for ObamaCare, a repeated warning from Conservatives was the fact the people would not be able to keep their doctors, and that Medicare would be gutted. They were, of course, accused of “fear mongering” and lying. Low and behold, less that six months after ObamaCare passed, it seems that some Medicare members aren’t going to keep their own doctors-just as predicted. Here is some coverage from Texas.
Texas doctors are opting out of Medicare at alarming rates, frustrated by reimbursement cuts they say make participation in government-funded care of seniors unaffordable.
Two years after a survey found nearly half of Texas doctors weren’t taking some new Medicare patients, new data shows 100 to 200 a year are now ending all involvement with the program. Before 2007, the number of doctors opting out averaged less than a handful a year.
“This new data shows the Medicare system is beginning to implode,” said Dr. Susan Bailey, president of the Texas Medical Association. “If Congress doesn’t fix Medicare soon, there’ll be more and more doctors dropping out and Congress’ promise to provide medical care to seniors will be broken.”
More than 300 doctors have dropped the program in the last two years, including 50 in the first three months of 2010, according to data compiled by the Houston Chronicle. Texas Medical Association officials, who conducted the 2008 survey, said the numbers far exceeded their assumptions.
The Pitch: So saith the chosen one, “You can keep your own doctor.”
The Reality: Not so much.
The question then is, what’s next? This will, of course, create a crisis. Now, the Congress has the ability to correct the spending cuts that they placed on Medicare, but that would mean that ObamaCare would cost more. Or, did they put the Medicare cuts in to make it look good on paper, and to get it passed, knowing that there would be an outcry later to restore the funding? Then, they can appear to be heroically saving Medicare from the “party of no.”
At any rate, the results are coming in, and ObamaCare is everything that Conservatives said it was, and everything that the Democrats denied it is.
Elections have consequences. Ponder that while you’re trying to find a doctor.