Monday, November 7. 2011
Remember 3+ years ago when the election was going on and people accused the government (if they passed ObamaCare) that they would have these "death panels" and Obama said that's not true "No one is going to pull the plug on Grannie".
As we all know, we now have the USPSTF - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a committee of "experts" appointed by the Department of Health & Human Services which determine what, when, and which procedures are necessary as part of a wellness exam. This includes all new ObamaCare 100% wellness services. As you may have heard the USPSTF has now said PSA tests for men don't work and they are no longer recommending them, just like they no longer recommend women have mammograms until age 50+. Are they getting ready for 2014?
We all thought many new procedures would be introduced (and they have been) since the new law took effect, and remember insurance plans are now required to pay 100% of all wellness. The problem is.........the government will also have to pay for the same procedure later and I'm sure their actuaries told them the same thing.....you can't afford to pay all of this.....better cut it back or you have big issues coming later with high costs.
The problem with all of this is: IF the government takes over health care or we have the majority of people insured by government over private insurance, which procedures for wellness, or even worse an illness, will they "recommend" in the future? Grannie literally might not have the "plug" pulled on her but you can bet if she is old and the procedure is too costly her care will be "rationed" at best. "Take this pill Grannie you don't get a new heart at 83 years old". If you have one payer in the system (tax payers) you HAVE to ration health care there is NO other way.
It's just like Canada...."health care is free". Well forgot about the "free" part for a minute which we all know isn't true, the real problem is health care that THEY tell you and THEY approve is free but as we all know that might not be the best care available hence why many come to the US each year. Canada is just one big USPSTF.
There has to be somewhat of a policing mechanism with all of this, right now we know each state government was given over a $1 million by the Federal government for one purpose: To police the insurance companies and make sure they are compliant with the new health law.
My question is this:
WHO is going to police the government later on what is, and what is not covered? The government?
To read more on this subject click here: New death panels
The opinions in this article are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent those of JLBG Health.
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