Confused by the title? Well, there is a reason for it. Once central assertion is that much of the Obama administration’s policies concerning health care are part of a larger Cloward-Piven type strategy. For those of you that might be new to all of this, the Cloward-Piven strategy is name after two leftists, one of which, Francis Fox Piven, is still living. The strategy is rather simple. The idea is to target a system (the original system targeted welfare), and put never ending levels of stress on it until it breaks. Then, the system falling apart creates a crisis, which requires more government as a solution. So, to achieve change, you break something so badly, that the resulting “crisis” justifies more government spending, intervention, and most importantly, power. So, let’s take a look at how our would-be regressive masters are using health care, and Medicare in particular, to break health care.
Medicare hasn’t seen an increase to payments in 15 years. Obama took $700 billion plus out of future payments to Medicare doctors and hospitals to “pay for” the free Obamacare.
Costs go up all the time to provide services, but the income has not. And, it’s an intentional thing.
Fewer US doctors are enrolling Medicare patients. Payment rates combined with insufferable rules make it hardly worth anyone’s wile.
If Doctors don’t even break even treating Medicare patients, they have no incentive to see them, and. a greater incentive to reject them.
In three years, the number of health professionals rejecting Medicare has tripled! Others are limiting the number of Medicare patients they take in.
Currently, 9,539 physicians who had accepted Medicare opted out of the program in 2012, up from 3,700 in 2009. That compares with 685,000 doctors who were enrolled as participating physicians in Medicare last year.
Note that this has gotten even worse in Obama’s Presidency, and since the passage of ObamaCare, it surviving it’s legal challenges, and Obama’s re-election. And why should Doctors trust Medicare, Obama took hundreds of millions out of it to fund ObamaCare.
So, stagnant reimbursement, and taking it’s funding for ObamaCare is creating a scenario in which no one wants to treat Medicare patients. This will cause a crisis. Of course, the government will step in to save the elderly from the problems that government created in the first place. First, they will blame someone else for the problem, and then, they will propose more of the same as the solution!
Oh, and for the title? Medicare is a huge part of the medical care delivery system in the US. With the population growing, it will continue to grow. So, if you want to kill of the health care industry, you have to collapse Medicare. To essentially make it suck is a great way to make that happen. Doctors will avoid it, patients will have a hard time getting care. People will complain. The MSM will show us tearjerkers about how granny is suffering, and it’s all because of…
Not the government, but greedy doctors!
New government regulations will be needed to take care of this government induced program. Of course, that will fail too, but thge regressives will blame yet someone else.