Doctors will not see Medicare patients under heinous provisions of Baucus bill.

I have written several posts about how the Democrat  healthcare reform is going to destroy the system as we know it.   If the public option passes, it will mean the end of private health insurance except for Congress and the very rich.    Insurance companies cannot compete  with  the referee, that is the  federal government,  which does not pay taxes and can operate in the red for years.   Numerous Democrats have said the public option is a Trojan Horse for single payer socialized medicine.    And Harry Reid is bound and determined to pass something with the public option as payback to the unions.

Doctors will have to ration care or quit practicing medicine.   Read this excerpt from American Thinker:

Because Baucus and the Dems apparently can’t be bothered to post the bill online, the Washington Examiner had to get a copy the old fashioned way.  When they did, here is what they found on pages 80-81, “hidden amid a lot of similar legislative mumbo-jumbo”:
“Beginning in 2015, payment would be reduced by five percent if an aggregation of the physician’s resource use is at or above the 90th percentile of national utilization.”  Translated into plain English, it means that in any year in which a particular doctor’s average per-patient Medicare costs are in the top 10 percent in the nation, the feds will cut the doctor’s payments by 5 percent.
[…] This provision makes no account for the results of care, its quality or even its efficiency.  It just says that if a doctor authorizes expensive care, no matter how successfully, the government will punish him by scrimping on what already is a low reimbursement rate for treating Medicare patients. The incentive, therefore, is for the doctor always to provide less care for his patients for fear of having his payments docked. And because no doctor will know who falls in the top 10 percent until year’s end, or what total average costs will break the 10 percent threshold, the pressure will be intense to withhold care, and withhold care again, and then withhold it some more.  Or at least to prescribe cheaper care, no matter how much less effective, in order to avoid the penalties.
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