While we are all consumed with the subject of debt, deficit, and spending, the Obama administration, in two unrelated actions, has decided to throw grandma off the cliff, and, to make your health insurance more expensive.
On Friday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced it would cut payments to skilled nursing homes by 11.1%, or $3.87 billion annually, while, of course, proclaiming its commitment to “high quality care”. Whether this is part of Obamacare’s $500,000 billion cut to Medicare (used both to “strengthen” Medicare, and to pay for the costs of insuring the uninsured) is not something the administration has shared with us, but, we are told it is in response to “unexpected increases in nursing home payments this fiscal year”.
Is anyone getting as tired of the word “unexpected” as I am? More and more Baby Boomers are turning 65 every day, and Americans are living longer than ever before. What part of that is unexpected?
Meanwhile, on Monday the Department of Health and Human Services announced that beginning in August, 2012, all health insurers must cover the full cost of any FDA approved birth control…no copay, no deductible, no nothing. As the pharmaceuticals and medical device manufacturers are not providing their products for free, your insurance premiums will rise to cover this extra cost, whether you use birth control or not. And, whether you believe in birth control or not, you will be subsidizing someone else’s birth control.
This is merely the tip of the Obamacare iceberg. As medical costs rise “unexpectedly”, the government will cut payments to providers until they can no longer survive as we now know them, and when that fails, the next step is rationing.
And, as the administration requires more mandates be included in Obamacare’s “qualified insurance plans”, your premiums will increase far more than they otherwise would.