I’ve just returned from taking my child to school this morning. On my way back I tuned into a local radio program here in my little corner of heaven. The host, a local conservative, was talking to a nurse who works in geriatric long term care. She was educating the host about some of the changes in Medicare because of Obamacare, none of them for the better.
She maintained that the changes have caused a drop in the quality of care especially to the elderly. There is so much paper work that now has to be done that patient care is suffering. Dr. offices are having to hire extra transcriptionists instead of health care professionals due to all the extra paperwork. Then there’s the issue of who gets treatment and whether or not Dr.s are going to be able to factor in “spunk” when deciding if someone gets treatment. After all “spunk’ can’t be put on a bureaucrats actuary table.
Oh and here’s something that should shiver your timbers. This past summer one part of Obama care already went into effect. If your heart should stop beating for any reason, EMS can perform 20 min of CPR. If you don’t have a pulse by then they CAN NOT transport you to the hospital. If you are in the emergency room it’s the same procedure. They will not do anything else for you. As I understand it not shock treatment, no IV’s, no needle to the chest. (I’m not a medical person so I don’t know all the names for what they do but I took first aid classes-years ago so I know they do more than just CPR) You are dead.
As bad as all this is the worst thing it seems is the dehumanizing effect of this “landmark” legislation. People are no longer people, they are relegated to numbers on a spreadsheet. The lady who spoke on radio today works with Alzsheimers patients. The government wants a second opinion on their diagnosis’ . This means these patients have to be transported by the institution or families (out of their “safe environment” which is very bad for peoples suffering from the disease) to another facility. It may take weeks and months to get them back to where they were. Then there are the added costs. The people who have to travel with the patient, the added time back in their “homes’ it takes to help them become reacclimated. These are elderly people who don’t know who they are, don’t know where they are and like the movie Fifty First Dates sometimes start over every day from scratch. What they need is consistency, not chaos.
But as many of us have said for the last 3 years, Obamacare is not about quality care, it’s not about people and it’s never been about patients. It’s all about money and power. The power to decide who deserves to live and who deserves to die. I don’t want some government employee deciding whether I can have an operation or not. Like the government workers responsible for making the decisions on security in Benghazi they may decide that they have too much to do to read my file or look at my case or they’re too busy talking about who was kicked off Survivor to pay attention to my medical problem. After all it’s not like they’ll have to be on Obamacare. They’re some of the exceptions, along with Congress and the President. If it’s such a good deal all of them should have to sign up, and be seen first. I’d vote for that.