April 6, 2010

Dr. Allen Dobzyniak is a retired physician. He has been my personal physician for many years and is one of the wisest and best physicians I have ever had. He has taken a hard look at Obamacare. I am not going to put up all of his findings but you can go to this link and find them there.

C:\Users\Russ\Documents\A docs view of obamacare, 4-2-10.htm

I would like to put up a little bit of the information about the changes that will be coming to your Medicare and mine in the near future. Just read these and shutter at what is going on with Obamacare... It’s a scam...

2009: Medicare cuts to hospitals (long - term care (7-01-09) and inpatient rehabilitation facilities (FY 10)

2010: Medicare cuts to inpatient psych hospitals

2011: Medicare Advantage cuts begin
Medicare cuts to home health begin
Wealthier seniors (85k/170k) begin paying higher Part D premiums.
Medicare reimbursement cuts when seniors use diagnostic imaging like MRI, CT scan, etc.
Medicare cuts to ambulance services, ambulatory surgery centers, diagnostic labs, durable medical equipment
Prohibition on Medicare payments to new physician - owned hospitals
Seniors prohibited from purchasing power wheelchairs unless they first rent for 13 months
More cuts to long - term care hospitals
Medicare cuts to hospitals. Nursing homes and inpatient rehabilitation facilities

2012: Medicare cuts for dialysis treatment
Medicare plans to reduce spending by using an HMO - like coordinated care model
More Medicare cuts to inpatient psych hospitals
Medicare cuts to hospitals with high readmission rates
Medicare cuts to hospice begins

2013: Increase from 7.5% to 10% threshold at which medical expenses, as a % of income, can be deductible
Impose 2.3% excise tax on medical devices
Medicare cuts to hospitals who treat low income seniors begin

2014: More Medicare cuts to home health
Government board (IPAB) begins submitting proposals to cut Medicare
Medicare payment cuts for hospital acquired infection begin

2015: More Medicare cuts to home health

2017: Physician pay for quality program begins for all physicians

I have attempted to create an objective analysis of many of the direct and indirect consequences of the new health care law. Add to this the recent Gallop Poll of physicians that concludes 26% of health care spending is a result of defensive medicine. No significant med - mal reform is included in this law.
The law does provide for rationing of health care especially to seniors. Further conclusions are possible: free health care for illegal immigrants, publicly subsidized abortion and forced participation in abortions by physicians. The law will also eventually force private insurance companies out of business with everyone eventually in a government run system, except our legislators, of course, who are exempted. All decisions about personal health care will ultimately be made by federal bureaucrats. Hospital admissions, payments to physicians and allocation of necessary medical devices will be strictly controlled by the government. This is the most massive transfer of power and compromise of personal freedom to the federal government that has ever occurred.

Allen Dobzyniak M.D.