[9-30-12] Medicare Rationing Officially Begins Tomorrow


“As of Monday, Medicare will start fining hospitals that have too many patients readmitted within 30 days of discharge due to complications. The penalties are part of a broader push under President Barack Obama’s health care law to improve quality while also trying to save taxpayers money.”

So writes the associated press. I don’t know how fining hospitals for readmitting people too many times “improves quality” exactly. But the consequences of these fines are clear, and they are the intended consequences of Obamacare, namely, less healthcare in order to save money. Now, as a conservative, I have always been, and continue to be in favor of limiting how much money is spent on medicare, especially considering we don’t have the money to fund it, so it might seem hypocritical of me to denounce rationing. Here’s the thing. If you are going to have a program, then do it right, and cover what needs to be covered, no questions asked. Obamacare does the opposite of this.

Reforming medicare is necessary. By reforming it now, we save it for future generations. The alternative is to pretend we don’t have a funding shortfall, thereby causing either an eventual sudden implosion of the system and its viability, or a sudden massive tax increase on the entire populace that we can’t afford. However, the way to save medicare is not through rationing the care it offers. This is not the answer. We can raise the eligibility age. We can raise the co-pay. These are tough, needed reforms that conservatives have talked about for years.

Remember when conservatives talked about how Obamacare would ration healthcare just a few years ago? Like most things conservatives say, that assessment was dismissed out of hand immediately by the liberal media everywhere. Well it starts tomorrow. Increasing access to mediocre healthcare is not progress. When it comes to my health, nothing is more important than quality care, even if it takes more than one visit. Access to noncare may give some people a fuzzy feeling simply because they are all in the same boat sink or swim, but not me. In the end, if you really think rationing needed healthcare is more desirable than doing things like nominally raising co-pays, than Obamacare is definitely for you. If you don’t believe this, join the conservative cause against Obamacare, because there are few things more important than your health.

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