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This ´Doc Fix´ Would
Be Bad for Your Health

Wall Street Journal, by Scott Gottlieb

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 12/11/2013 8:11:53 PM

Imagine if a provision in ObamaCare allowed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to dictate directly to doctors which services they could and could not provide their patients—what individual tests they could conduct, which treatments they could offer, and medicines they could prescribe. Americans would be outraged. Yet some Republicans on Capitol Hill are about to help Democrats pass such a provision for Medicare patients. The Senate Finance Committee is set to vote on permanent "doc-fix" legislation Thursday that grants the federal government broad new authority to determine "applicable appropriate use criteria" for the full range of outpatient medical

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: thewarden, 12/11/2013 8:15:48 PM     (No. 9650239)

Well, isn´t this special?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: plex, 12/11/2013 8:43:18 PM     (No. 9650264)

There is some "good" news inside this. If Medicare doesn´t cover something, you are free to pay for it in cash. You may not pay for something that is covered (say a stainless steel implant if a plastic one is covered), but it is still legal to get the care you need if it isn´t covered by Medicare.
The trick will be to find out what it is that you need that isn´t covered because doctors will probably be instructed to hide that from you. Online resources (Mayo Clinic, I used to say WebMD but they seem to be in the tank) can provide you with the proper treatment. Then you can offer to pay for it.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: dman, 12/11/2013 8:44:06 PM     (No. 9650266)

"There are other provisions in this "doc fix" that involve more flexibility and less micromanagement in how doctors practice, and don´t rely on "appropriate use criteria." But critics of ObamaCare, some of whom support the bill, should know better than to trust the government"

Exactly. "Appropriate use" to a bureaucrat is nothing more than a "death panel" decision for the rest of us. Just follow the writings and urgings of Ezekiel Emanuel.

Sarah Palin had it right.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: stablemoney, 12/11/2013 9:21:56 PM     (No. 9650289)

Medicaid patients are already sent home to die. Medicare patients only have a higher threshold. What is the give amnesty and open the borders WSJ now voicing any concern?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 12/11/2013 10:05:58 PM     (No. 9650328)

Ezekiel Emanuel touts his "Complete Lives" criteria.

Basically, the bureaucrats will decide when your life is complete.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 12/11/2013 11:32:42 PM     (No. 9650388)

Amazing how many people will take this lying down. Worse yet, no one is protecting US from this atrocity.



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Reply 7 - Posted by: lana720, 12/12/2013 4:27:49 AM     (No. 9650482)

Call it what it is: Federal Euthanasia Policy.
Come on Republicans, Libertarians and people of conscience - speak up!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Trigger2, 12/12/2013 4:33:02 AM     (No. 9650486)

Sebelious is Barry´s Death Panel. Sarah Palin was 100% right. No wonder the Republicans are known as the stupid party, but what do they care? Congress gets to keep their gold plated health benefits (fully paid for by us taxpayers) once they leave office, so the Death Panel doesn´t apply to them.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: toodles3956, 12/12/2013 6:02:45 AM     (No. 9650523)

And us Seniors will remember the names of those who vote to kill us off and we´ll vote accordingly.

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