The Easy Feel Good Nothingness

I demand you read this: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704795604574519671055918380.html I’ll wait. It’s much shorter than 1,900 pages.

Done? Ok. I’m going to ignore your multicultural tizzy, as you are entitled to your opinion. That’s a feelings issue, & I can’t argue with feelings. However, I am going to give you some facts based on my experience in medical billing and patient care.

Of particular alarmingness to me, the thing making me scream NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO this CANNOT HAPPEN into a pillow repeatedly:

• Sec. 1302 (pp. 672-692) moves Medicare from a fee-for-service payment system, in which patients choose which doctors to see and doctors are paid for each service they provide, toward what’s called a “medical home.”

Now this is EXACTLY my problem with Medicare Advantage on the Part B level! We will have to hire staff just to take care of the auths portion…

• Secs. 1158-1160 (pp. 499-520) initiates programs to reduce payments for patient care to what it costs in the lowest cost regions of the country.

…and this will make it so we can’t pay that staff.

Holy Christmas trees. If this passes, forget everything. Your health care experience will decline rapidly, dramatically, and not just because the staff you will be dealing with will be insane with rage and stress. We won’t be able to afford to care for you the way we want to, it’s that simple.

I understand that you think you are caring & kind because you are on the side of insuring everyone. You want to feel good about yourself, so why not go with the first promise to make everybody happy?

Well, what you are effectively promoting, the change you want to believe in, is screwing the disabled. You want to punish the disabled and the elderly so that people who are already getting free health care (as doctors and hospitals are obligated to treat emergent conditions regardless of your ability to pay) can be “insured”. Insured crappily and expensively, I might add (go back & read the article again if you didn’t catch that the first time).

In order to have pre-existing conditions like mine covered, you are willing to put truly disabled people through hell?

Heck, maybe you’re just a run of the mill selfish ass like most people. Well, the amount of strain this idiotic travesty of a “health care reform” bill would put on the health care industry would make your 30 minute to two hour wait for your doctor, even with your spiffy private insurance, potentially much longer. Why? Because of the added rigamarole we’ll have to go through for our Medicare patients. Who, remember, are getting screwed by the good intentions of liberals.

I’m going to throw up.

YES I’m pissed!

One more question: Why does everybody have to have insurance? How does someone’s choice to not have health insurance, which is their right, hurt you? It’s not like they’re hitting you with their body like they would with their car. This is a non-pissed question. I am genuinely curious.

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