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ObamaCare throws Granny off a cliff

Posted by on Feb. 28, 2014 at 8:20 AM
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Jim Geraghty of National Review remembers when Democrats responded to sensible Medicare reforms by depicting House Budget chair Paul Ryan throwing an old lady off a cliff, and wonders if they’ll have the intellectual consistency to caricature HHS Secretary Kathleen “Whatever” Sebelius doing the same thing, since unlike Ryan she really did just implement massive cuts to a program for the elderly.  Of course, he knows the answer to that challenge.  I expect any senior citizen unhappy with the loss of home health care services to be called a stinking, filthy liar and puppet of the Koch Brothers by Harry Reid within hours of speaking up.

Not only will services to the elderly be cut by this move, but as Jim Angle of Fox News reports, it will end up killing hundreds of thousands of jobs.  Advance warning: if you work in this industry, and your company folds up because of ObamaCare, Harry Reid will call you a stinking liar.  People who lose their jobs because of ObamaCare are un-persons according to Democrat ideology, unless of course they can be portrayed as happy because now they get to live out their secret dreams at taxpayer expense.  Really, it’s quite easy to love even the most disastrous and dishonest of Big Government programs, provided you completely ignore everything bad that happens because of it, and invent a few hypothetical virtues that make you feel good.  In a similar vein, if you ignore all the withdrawals made from your bank account over the years, you’re practically a gosh-darn millionaire, so cheer up.

ObamaCare throws Granny off a cliff

The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend.
Sometimes the Enemy of my Enemy is just another Enemy.
The trick is to know when.
by on Feb. 28, 2014 at 8:20 AM
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Ednarooni160
by Eds on Feb. 28, 2014 at 8:52 AM
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Jim Geraghty of National Review remembers when Democrats responded to sensible Medicare reforms by depicting House Budget chair Paul Ryan throwing an old lady off a cliff, and wonders if they’ll have the intellectual consistency to caricature HHS Secretary Kathleen “Whatever” Sebelius doing the same thing, since unlike Ryan she really did just implement massive cuts to a program for the elderly.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Feb. 28, 2014 at 10:32 AM
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Thanks for the feature Cafemom you rock

Analeigh2012
by Silver Member on Feb. 28, 2014 at 11:22 AM
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I haven't seen indications that Seibelus will get the "blame" for what Obamacare is doing to seniors, but many analysts are already pointing to Obama and Obamacare as being the real vehicle for pushing "Granny off the cliff".  I hated seeing that ad depicting Ryan - it served no purpose than to disturb and scare.  I prefer factual details like this tht can be checked for accuracy.  

-Celestial-
by Platinum Member on Mar. 1, 2014 at 11:52 AM
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But the next generation of grannys will had preventative healthcare from the womb and won't have to wait till their golden years to receive health care ( medicare) and try to play catch up on their health.
Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Mar. 1, 2014 at 3:38 PM
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Except for the millions that even Obamacare supports say will still not have health coverage.

Health coverage is not necessarily health care.

Unaffordable health coverage is definitely not health care.



grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Mar. 2, 2014 at 10:01 PM

 

Obamacare forcing 14 percent cut in Medicare's home health care program

By Richard Pollock | DECEMBER 12, 2013 AT 5:18 AM

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Photo - An Obamacare rule cuts Medicare payments to home health care providers by 3.5 percent each year beginning in 2014. (Photo: Thinkstock) An Obamacare rule cuts Medicare payments to home health care providers by 3.5 percent each year...

An estimated 3.5 million poor and ill homebound senior citizens will wake up on New Year's Day to discover Obamacare has slashed funding for their home health care program.

It will happen because the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services quietly issued a regulation Nov. 22 announcing a 14-percent cut over the next four years in funding for the Home Health Care Prospective Payment program.

The rule cuts Medicare payments to home health care providers by 3.5 percent each year beginning in 2014, for a total cut of 14 percent.

The program puts health care in the homes of seniors suffering from acute or chronic afflictions, or who are in need of rehabilitation therapy.

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By CMS's own calculation, 40 percent or nearly 5,000 home health companies - mainly small businesses - will experience a "net loss" in revenue due to the cuts and go into the red by 2017. That will put many of them out of business.

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice calculates the losses will be much more severe, affecting 75 percent of all home health care companies.

Nearly a half million skilled home care workers are also projected to lose their jobs over the next four years due to the cuts, according to the program's supporters.

The cuts may also have a disproportionate impact on minorities and those living in underserved rural communities.

A November 2013 study by Avalere Health, a Washington, D.C., health care business analysis firm, found that two out of three home health care recipients fall at or below the federal poverty line.

The study also estimated that one in four seniors getting home health care are age 85 or older.

Federal officials had discretion to keep Medicare home payments at the same level or impose a maximum 3.5 percent cut each year through 2017 to reach the 14-percent reduction.

But CMS opted to impose the maximum reduction, beginning on New Year's Day 2014.

The home health care program has been hugely popular, with bipartisan support in Congress and from seniors groups like AARP.

AARP, which claims 37 million members, endorsed the Obamacare health reform law and was among its most vigorous supporters in the nonprofit advocacy community.

In an August letter to CMS head Marilyn Tavenner, AARP said it considers home health care to be "of tremendous importance to Medicare beneficiaries, since these services help beneficiaries stay in their homes and avoid more expensive skilled nursing facility care."

Former U.S. Rep. Billy Tauzin decried the rule, saying "it's obviously a decision they've made to maximize reductions in Medicare spending in order to fund Obamacare."

The Affordable Care Act that President Obama signed into law in 2010 included $716 billion in Medicare cuts to help fund Obamacare.

"They've just basically doubled down and said, ‘We're going to cut seniors' health care again, and we're going to cut the most vulnerable of all in America in order to fund the ACA,'" Tauzin, a Republican, said.

Tauzin said the cuts did not have to be made: "This was an extra cut. It was a discretionary authority of CMS to review the base funding for home health."

Tauzin is now a political consultant to the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, a trade group that represents 12 home health care companies.

Tracey Moorhead, president and CEO of the Visiting Nurses Associations of America, called the cuts "devastating."

Moorhead said in a Dec. 2 blog post that "the home health industry was not included in the models envisioned by [Obamacare], other than as a revenue raiser for the legislation."

Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, said Congress asked CMS to evaluate the home health care benefit to increase access and efficiency and to reduce costs, not to kill the program.

"Instead, all they did was look to impose the largest possible cut - 3.5 percent a year - on the Medicare home health benefit," he said.

Moorhead said the decision to cut the program was made before completion of a study - for the government - of how the reductions would affect vulnerable patients.

"So it is unclear to us how they have effectively and appropriately considered the impact on vulnerable patients," she said, "before they have put out this final rule."

Fifty-one senators appealed in a September letter to Tavenner to reject the proposed cuts to home health care agencies, saying enactment "would raise serious concerns about access to care for vulnerable seniors."

There were 35 Democratic signers of the letter to Tavenner, 15 Republicans and one independent.

Also in September, 142 members of the House of Representatives wrote Tavenner that "home health is a critical service that allows patients to be treated in a cost effective manner in the environment they prefer - their home."

Sixty-six House Democrats joined 76 House Republicans in signing that letter.

Twenty-six organizations representing a broad coalition of health care and social service organizations also called upon House and Senate leaders last August to oppose the proposed cuts.

"If finalized in its current form, this rule will put access to care at risk in rural, minority and underserved communities all across the U.S.," the coalition members said.

Defending the rule, CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum said, "CMS is confident that Medicare beneficiaries will continue to receive quality home health services across the country under our final policies

Farmlady09
by Silver Member on Mar. 2, 2014 at 10:48 PM
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This is the part that supporters consistently avoid (or start screeching names at people for mentioning). Expensive 'coverage' is NOT 'care'. It's just something that takes money from a person and leaves them dangling when they actually do require care.

I'm so sick of the tap dance around that.

Quoting Billiejeens: Except for the millions that even Obamacare supports say will still not have health coverage. Health coverage is not necessarily health care. Unaffordable health coverage is definitely not health care.

 

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