LETTER: The effects of Obamacare
To the Editor:
Many Americans are receiving notices that their insurance rates are much higher than expected, yet Medicare recipients expect their monthly premium will stay the same at $104.90 base. Alas, according to the Sanford Social Security office, the expected increase could occur at any time.
We must remember that $716 billion was taken from Medicare and given to Obamacare. Now many doctors are not accepting Medicare patients because reimbursement rates are so low. Also note that some hospitals will close or stop serving Medicare patients, as $818 billion will be cut from Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) in 2014.
In addition to all this is that inconvenient, pesky little item in the Obamacare law called the IPAB (Independent Payment Advisory Board) which directly effects Medicare. IPAB is made of 15 presidential appointees. They will be confirmed by the U.S. Senate two members at a time. This board’s responsibility is to dictate to doctors, surgeons and other medical personnel what and who gets surgery, tests and treatments, and how the surgery is to be done. Does this rationing bring to mind the term “death panels”?