Remember the ad that pushed grandma over the cliff? Remember all the talk about death panels? Do you also remember Obama promising us we can keep our health insurance? I don't think its going to be quite like that.
Today I had a conversation with a doctor friend of mine who is a Podiatrist. Dr. ABC is already planning to close his practice. You will see later why. My friend talked with another doctor who works for Medicare under the Obamacare laws. He informed her that every single person will get a letter in 9 months informing them that they will then be assigned to a group of doctors that will manage them. Each person will have a set amount of money for his/her overall health care which will be decided by Medicare. In other words, a person in Medicare gets a "value" and a money amount allocated within his/her group and then a panel decides how this money is spent. (Death panel?) This group will be the called the "ACO". Sorry, I don't know what it stands for.
I asked my friend if my husband, who is on Medicare, will still be able to see his internist and other doctors that he likes. She informed me that he will not be able to see whatever doctor he wants, but rather he will be in the group his card is in. My friend, the Podiatrist, is concerned that a patient will spend his/hers allotted money preferably on heart, and other doctors before a Podiatrist.
I hope this scares you as much as it does us. There is talk that Congress will vote on defunding Obamacare this coming Friday. Please call your representative and ask them to defund this hideous law.