Deception and higher costs, the legacies of Obamacare, are becoming more obvious as the health care act enters its six year. Supportive politicians, with their media marionettes, have been hiding or downplaying some of the results of the failing programs. New information—some revealed in the last few days—offer a more focused picture on Obamacare.
Not many Americans know that somewhere between 15 to 20 percent of the customers who went to the Obamacare HealthCare.gov site to get on the program, have canceled their coverage. They soon discovered after paying the higher than promised premiums and consuming costly medical services, it was not worth the problems and expenses, according to Blue Cross Vice President and Chief Actuary Patrick Getzen.
While press releases from Obamacare and White House supporters claim there will be a 6 percent increase nationally in health care costs, Blue Cross rates on Healthcare.gov have increased 13.5 percent so far in 2015. Despite the hard-selling optimistic picture presented to America, the reality is that the future will be more of the same: deception and higher costs.
No newspaper headlines or television news lead stories mentioned that Marilyn Tavenner, Obama’s pick in charge of the disastrous Obamacare rollout as director of the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has a new job. She is a lobbyist for America Health Insurance Plans. According to an article this week written by attorney Brendan Williams for The Hill, she previously worked “for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), a company that once paid $1.7 billion in penalties for fraud.”
Other Obamacare leaders who cashed after leaving Obamacare posts include:
- Joe Ario, former Obamacare head of Office of Insurance Exchanges. Now Managing Director of Manatt Health Solutions, with Aetna as a client.
- Steve Larsen, former Obamacare Center of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. Now Executive VP, of OPTUM of UnitedHealth Group.
- Nancy-Ann DeParle, former Obamacare Health Reform Director. Now Consonance Capital private equity firm advising investments from her former decisions.
- Elizabeth Fowler, former Obama Healthcare Adviser. Now executive at Johnson & Johnson (fined $2.2 billion for fraud)
Ask any nurse or staff member that has worked in hospitals the past five years and they can site numerous examples of how health care administrators and hospital leaders have cut costs to deal with Obamacare and remain profitable. Nursing schools are a lucrative business, because new nurses are required to fill the growing vacancies in hospitals where former employees have burned out and become frustrated with growing and hopeless demands handed down by executives.
One in every 25 people who goes into the hospital to get well will end up getting an infection they didn’t have when they walked in the door of the hospital, according to Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, associate director for health care associated infection programs at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Each year about 648,000 patients in the United States acquire infections during a hospital stay according to the CDC. Over twice as many people—about 75,000 annually—die from these infections than from car crashes.
In the continuing battle of people vs. disease-causing bacteria, the germs are ahead. Lethal and merciless, the bacteria are becoming more demanding and challenging to destroy. CDC reports indicate far too many of the deaths and infections can be attributed to the use of antibiotics, mankind’s traditional fighter against the infections.
Further unease is that “we’ve reached the point where patients are dying of infections in hospitals that we have no antibiotics to treat,” said Arjun Srinivasan, M.D., who masterminds the CDC’s energies to prevent hospital-acquired infections. Srinivasan admits some hospitals are put into place and are enforcing proper processes to reduce and end inappropriate antibiotic use, “but others have made little effort.”
Last year the federal government penalized 721 hospitals across the country in its first year of a program designed to place pressure to reduce the infections. Obamacare tracks infection rates and the readmitting rates of patients in a 30-day period to penalize “poor performing” hospitals by cutting Medicare reimbursement amounts. One of the many problems hospital face is that about 20% of all Medicare patients discharged from a hospital—almost 2.6 million seniors—are readmitted within 30 days, costing the program $26 billion annually.
Ask any emergency room doctor and over 75 percent, or 3 out of four, will indicate Obamacare has overwhelmed their facilities as more people are visiting their centers than ever before. The plan has allowed it easier to go to emergency rooms for concerns that normally not be considered emergencies.