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Obama's Medicare 'reform' blocking seniors from accessing important services including knee replacements; hospitals rewarded for spending less per patient


(NaturalNews) Remember when the liberal left accused us all of being paranoid racists for reading senior citizen death panels between the lines of Obamacare? It turns out that these hysterical Democrats were wrong once again, as new Medicare reforms issued by the Obama administration are reportedly stripping aging Americans of their coverage and leaving them to fend for themselves.

According to the New York Post, Obama is completely "dismantling" Medicare, "dooming seniors to needless pain and disability and shortening their lives." It might sound a bit hyperbolic, but it's true; the new rules apparently scrap Medicare coverage for things like hip and knee replacements, cataract operations and heart surgeries – you know, the things seniors need to actually keep on living.

The plan is to incentivize doctors to cover far less under Medicare, or not even accept Medicare at all, while at the same time over-billing seniors for so-called "observation care" at hospitals. Hospitals will also receive bonuses for spending less money on caring for seniors, even though these same hospitals are already putting seniors at risk of infection and death due to the fact that they're teeming with superbugs and filth.

The 962-page manifesto spells out exactly how Obama plans to rule over American doctors and dictate how they treat their patients. And, just to ensure that no doctor has a chance to escape this regulatory vice grip, Obama's "reform" will require that all medical providers complete burdensome paperwork, explaining to the federal government exactly what they're doing at every move – and ensuring that as little time as possible is spent actually treating and helping patients.

"I need to interact with my patients," laments renowned New York Cardiologist Jeffrey Borer, who thanks to this type of government overreach has almost no time to faithfully interact with his patients in the ways they need.

Richard Amerling, former president of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) agrees, noting in media reports that if doctors actually want to provide individualized care to their patients moving forward, they'll have to "either opt out of Medicare or simply not comply."

One solution to an Obama dictatorship: refusal to comply

Refusal to comply with these and other unreasonable decrees of Dictator Obama seems to be the only way around this type of unconstitutional tripe, the repercussions of which stand to put many physicians out of business. John Halamka, a medical professor at Harvard University, told the New York Post that the new rules are "far too complex and burdensome to be workable for most physicians."

Then there's the cost factor. Rent, insurance and other things involved with running a medical practice admittedly increase year after year. But the new restrictions placed on annual fee increases under Medicare – capped at just a fraction of one percent – won't cover any of this, leaving many doctors no choice but to stop treating patients.

Cancer patients will likely feel the hardest sting, as oncologists are poised to suffer the worst pay cuts under the new Obama rules. Rather than incentivizing doctors to use the newest and best drug treatments to help their patients, Obama's Medicare reform initiative will force them to choose the cheapest treatments possible, even if those treatments aren't appropriate for a patient.

And if granny needs rehabilitation after a knee or hip replacement – if she can even get the surgery in the first place – you can forget about admitting her to most hospitals. The new plan will essentially force hospitals to say no because the cost is too high, instead recommending dangerous painkiller drugs.

There was a time when Obama accused Republicans of plotting to "end Medicare as we know it." But it's clear that Obama is the biggest perpetrator of trying to kill off the elderly – the very ones who most need appropriate medical care in their old age.

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