February 1, 2013

Death by Obamacare

I have been getting quite an education about Obamacare lately, as my employer tries to put into place all of the processes and personnel that it will take to comply with all of the new regulations.  I am also learning that many of the required provisions are "law" but the IRS hasn't issued official guidance that clarifies how things are to be done.

Late yesterday several friends posted this story about the IRS's latest guidance on how to calculate the penalty owed for those that don't buy insurance.  In the article, they let the cat out of the bag - the lowest tier of Obamacare insurance, the Bronze healthcare plan, is expected to cost a family of five $20,000 per year.

During this same time period, a co-worker asked for some suggested doctors in the area, as her family is new here.  A few of us came up with a list of people we had seen and liked, for her.  When she began calling around for more info, two-thirds of the doctors said that they aren't taking new patients.

How is everyone going to get their free health care if their aren't any doctors willing to navigate Obamacare?

Perhaps most frightening to me is the cumulative picture of health care in the future, based just on my personal experience.  More red tape and fewer seasoned health care providers means the standard of care will drop significantly.  And it wasn't great to begin with:
The medical profession and the media have always claimed that the leading causes of death, for both men and women, are heart disease and cancer. Records show us that in 2001 cancer claimed 553,251 lives, with heart disease in the lead with 699,697 attributed deaths. But when medical reports were more closely examined, analysts found that 783,936 deaths—in a single year--were directly related to medical care misdiagnosis and carelessness.
Never before has a complete overview of the medical field been examined where medicine related deaths have been combined and totaled. Here are some of the horrific results derived from a one-year period:
  • Adverse Drug Reactions: 106,000 people dead with $12 billion in expenses. 
  • Medical errors: 98,000 dead with $2 billion in expenses.
  • Bedsores leading to other complications: 115,000 dead with $55 billion in expenses.
  • Hospital acquired infections: 88,000 dead with $5 billion in expenses.
  • Outpatient mishaps: 199,000 people dead with $77 billion in expenses.
  • Unnecessary Procedures: 37,136 people dead with $122 billion in expenses.
  • Surgery-Related complications: 32,000 people dead with $9 billion in expenses.
I suppose the birth control mandate is a good thing, since we are all getting screwed, one way or another.

[Statistics from Death By Medicine, Gary Null PhD, Carolyn Dean MD ND, Marin Feldman MD, Debora Maslo MD, and Dorothy Smith, PhD.]

1 comment:

CenTexTim said...

Volumes could be written about the problems with obamacare, but the biggest one is that it creates more demand for healthcare without increasing the supply of healthcare professionals. Couple that with decreased payments to healthcare providers and increased regulations, and the result is the situation your co-worker is experiencing.

That's what happens when idiots with no understanding of basic economics and no real-world experience play political games.