Something happened today that perfectly illustrates why Obamacare is disastrous for the quality of our health care.
A little background first. Both my wife and I are health care workers. I am a dentist, and my wife is an occupational therapist. We both work in clinical settings, treating patients every day. I deal with many insurance companies. My wife works in a senior assisted living facility and works heavily with Medicare.
After graduating from OT school, my wife worked in several positions until she found her current job. She loves her current place of employment. Her coworkers are kind and caring, the patients are motivated and positive and she is fairly compensated for her work. At least she was till today. Today, at a company wide teleconference meeting, all of the employees were told that they would now have to work several holidays and many weekends without any additional compensation.
Why is this? Well, due to the decrease in medicare reimbursements legislated by Obamacare, the company stands to lose millions of dollars if they do not make their employees work more hours.
"So what, I don't have medicare. Why should I care" you ask? Well, you should care, and I'll tell you why. With reductions in Medicare reimbursements companies, like my wife's, will force employees to work harder, under less ideal conditions, with reduced pay and benefits. Many of the more skilled employees will quit, to work at other places that are fee-for-service, and do not have the same limitation on what they can charge patients. The quality of care will plummet as these skilled employees are replaced with unskilled, more inexpensive employees. Think this is only going to happen to seniors with medicare? Think again.
The Obamacare bill is so massive and convoluted that, over the next few years, literally every aspect of health care will be affected in a negative manner. This is a time when our economy is in worse shape than at any other point in our lives. This is a time when our population is aging, and baby boomers want to retire. This is a time when our deficit is so massive that every US citizen is responsible for $44,000 in debt. This is not a time to enact a jobs killing, health destroying, government takeover of our health care. And that is exactly what it is. Tell me one example of anything the government has taken over and done a better job of than the private sector. The only one I can think of is when we built the Panama Canal, 100 years ago.
Do I know and understand everything that is in the health care bill? Absolutely not. Did Senators Mikulski, Senator Cardin, Congressman Cummings or Congressman Sarbanes know and understand everything that was in the health care bill when they all voted in favor of it's passage? Absolutely not!. Do I, and thousands of other health care workers understand what the bill will do to ruin health care better than our Senators and Representatives? Absolutely. Did those Senators and Representatives pass this bill, ignoring the advice, wants, and needs of literally millions of Americans? Absolutely.
Do yourself, your wallet, and your health a favor on November 2nd, and vote against Senator Mikulski, Congressman Cummings and Congressman Sarbanes.