Friday, October 4

Obamacare - Some Facts

Under ObamaCare, “seniors have been singled out and forced to bear a disproportionate share of the cost of a new entitlement for young people.”

(Chris Conover, “98 Percent of Individual Health Plans Flunk Obamacare Standards,” Forbes, 3/11/2013)

In 2012, a survey found that 74% of doctors would stop accepting Medicare patients or will leave Medicare entirely because of Obamacare.

(Marc Siegel, “How ObamaCare Hurts Seniors,” New York Daily News, 8/22/2012)

The American Medical Association opposed the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) created under ObamaCare which is authorized to make “arbitrary across-the-board cuts to physicians and other providers.”

(American Medical Association Web site, accessed 3/13/2013)

More than 20 percent of primary care doctors will not accept new Medicare patients due to low reimbursements for the care they provide. Under ObamaCare, by 2019 reimbursements to doctors for Medicare services will be below those for Medicaid, the healthcare program for the poor, which almost 50 percent of doctors refuse to accept.

(Scott W. Atlas, “IPAB: President Obama’s NICE Way To Ration Care To Seniors,” Forbes, 10/21/2012)

Starting in 2014 under ObamaCare, the unelected members of IPAB are required every year to make specific recommendations for cutting spending in Medicare. If an alternative to these recommendations is not passed by Congress and signed into law by the president, the unelected HHS Secretary is authorized to unilaterally make these cuts.

(Scott W. Atlas, “IPAB: President Obama’s NICE Way To Ration Care To Seniors,” Forbes, 10/21/2012)

Under ObamaCare, the nature of IPAB will keep it focused on short-term cuts because it has to make recommendations every year instead of focusing on long-term improvements to the quality of Medicare.

(Douglas Holtz-Eakin, “The Independent Payment Advisory Board and Access to Health Care,” American Action Forum, 10/23/2013)

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