Medicare May Not Care

Antoine

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And So It Begins...

Good Morning Breakfastpoppers. Today is Monday, February 10, 2014. Our friend Antoine is in town. He has asked us to join him for a cafe au lait and a croissant. Antoine has learned about a new proposal for a regulation that will most certainly hurt seniors if adopted. Let'a hear what he has to say.

Bonjour mes amis. Il est moi, Antoine. I am here today to tell you about a proposed regulation set forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The new regulation would severely limit the drugs covered by Medicare's Part D prescription drug program. This new regulation would no longer require drugs from the antidepressant and immunosuppressant drug classes to be covered. Needless to say the results of this proposal will be catastrophic.

Please Don't Take Our Pills

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A Costly Mistake

If seniors lose access to theses classes of drugs, the consequences will, no doubt, be deadly. As people age, depression becomes quite prevalent. If patients are denied access to these drugs you can expect to see the suicide rate increase. Perhaps this is what was meant by the term "Death Panels." Seniors who cannot gain access to immunosuppressant drugs will be placed in grave danger should they require a transplant. The end result, and I do mean "the end", would be death. Perhaps your government sees this proposal as a means to an swift end to the high cost of caring for your elderly population.

Obamacare cuts $716 billion from Medicare over the next 10 years. In other words, Medicare cuts will be used to fund other Obamacare entitlements. The money will probably be used to subsidize all those lucky people who are anxious to quit their jobs and stay home and watch their kids watch television. Keeping the Medicare program in the black is not on this administration's "to-do" list. Obamacare imposes a new payroll tax, the revenue from which will not going to fund Medicare. Instead, it will fund other parts of Obamacare. It is easy to conclude that "costly" seniors are a very low priority for the Obamanites. What's next, placing seniors on icebergs and letting them float away into the sunset?


Headaches For Doctors and Patients

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You Can Keep Your Heacache

The only thing you can take to the bank is that Obamacare will take just about everything away from you except your headache. You were told that you could keep your plans, your doctors, your medicines and your hospitals. You were lied to and the lies just keep on coming. The truth is that Obamacare is enrolling loads of people in the Medicaid program, rather than private insurance. If this trend continues, everyone will suffer. It may be that Obamacare is really just a massive expansion of Medicaid. The people receiving the benefit of free medical care will be doing so at the expense of those who are paying into the system. The irony of it all is the fact that the care they receive will be sub-standard at best. Medicaid providers are paid very little for their services. There is going to be a tremendous shortage of doctors willing to see such patients, because to do so would put them in jeopardy financially. The end result will be millions of people expecting free health care that never comes.

Obamcare is a disaster. The elderly will suffer because the government will be robbing the program blind. Eventually, the money, your money, will dry up. In the end, you will have the single payer health care system that President Obama wanted in the first place. He is just taking an end- run around it for now.

It's All About Power

Obamacare isn't about health care. Obamcare is about power, the abuse of power. In the end the government will have total control of the insurance companies, a desire expressed by Vice President Biden. The one thing you can bet on is that Obamcare will control you. Seniors will have to dig into their own pockets to receive necessary medication on top of the money they already pay. Everyone will have to dig into their own pockets to fund care for those who have empty pockets. People will pay high premiums to receive care that is mediocre, at best. The quality of care will go down and the doctor shortage will go up. It's a lose-lose for everyone except for President Obama who is extremely anxious to fulfill the dreams of his father.

Have You Heard?

Were you aware of the proposal to limit certain classes of drugs for seniors?

  • Yes, and I think it is a good proposal.
  • No, and I am outraged and worried about what else I am not being told.
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Please get busy and write your "representatives", urging them to defeat this propsal. Better yet, implore them to defeat Obamacare!

Let's go children of the homeland

The day of reckoning has arrived

Against you, tyranny's ugly flag is raised!


Au revoir,

Antoine

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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

Antoine, as you illustrate in this hub there is just no end to the ugly surprises hidden in this monster bill called Obamacare.

I sometimes wonder if there was anything at all actually written on the pages of the bill that was voted on without reading. It seems many of the rules are being written or changed on the fly.

I personally believe Obamacare was designed to fail and was nothing but a springboard to the single payer system most dems love.

We do appreciate you keeping an eye on the latest developments with this monster bill, but check to see if the ink is really dry when your find something new.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Mike,

You can get away with almost anything when you pass a bill that no one cared to read. The dumbing down of America is now complete. Everywhere I look I see people in positions of power and authority who make incredibly poor decisions. People of the Obama ilk must feel that we are ripe for the pickings. See you at the Inn. We need to catch up.


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Tom Whitworth 2 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pop and Antoine,

To quote Sonny and Cher, "And the beat goes on."


Pino Krisio 2 years ago

POP: At least the CMS is letting anticonvulsant drugs remain on the protected list through 2015! After that, who knows. (We'll all need those drugs to get through all these changes!) I don't understand these changes, except for the money factor. How about having the drug companies get paid a little less, and leave the patients alone! Now there's a novel idea! I am so disgusted, I'm off to the bar early. Save me a seat....


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Tom,

Yes, the beat goes on but it is out of tune! See you at the Inn mon ami...


taxlarry 2 years ago

Antoine, I wonder just how long the socialists and c ommunists in the white house and in congress are going to move to the beat of their own drum and never listen to the people that put them in office. I guess they don't have to because there are many of these morons out there than not. That is how they got elected. We are a pathetic country with the likes of Obumma, Pouty Pelosi, schmuck Shumer, schmuck Reid and all their cronies. WE better start putting up some viable candidates so that we can stamp out the vermin. Take no offense, Antoine.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Kris,

The changes have to do with money and power. The interests of the patients are not in the equation. When you rob Medicare of money and don't do anything to bolster the program, you want it to die! See you at the Inn. I'll bring croissants.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Bonjour taxlarry,

Rest assured I am not vermin. I am a busy and most industrious little ant with a strong work ethic. As for Obama and the Dems, they don't believe in a strong work ethic. They believe that taking advantage of free stuff and working less is a great way to live. Oh, and smoke pot while hanging out with the kids. It's all good. See you at the Inn.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I've only got one thing to say....thank God I'm healthy!


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

One of the best ways to control costs is to control the costly. As Obama told one woman about her elderly mother, "I would have given her a pill", instead of the pacemaker she got.

The elderly are the major expense, so why not cut their expensive drugs and offer them assisted suicide instead? That has been the Democrat plan all along:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yabmmzH6ZS4


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning billybuc,

Stay that way forever! To the Inn for rest and relaxation. The Obama Administration thinks that it's a good idea. Better yet, quit your job and become a couch potato!


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Will,

I am reading a book now by Robin Cook which concerns a new app called IDoc. The app becomes your personal internist and I am guessing that when the patient becomes too expensive IDoc says bye-bye. The truth is just as strange or stranger than fiction. See you at the Inn.


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savvydating 2 years ago

This is beyond tragic. Seniors especially, need anti depressants. Otherwise, it is too easy for them to "give up." I wrote an article on how seniors who are depressed are more likely to ask for assisted suicide than those who remain hopeful or in good spirits. I imagine the proposal will go through, but it is wrong, as you so wisely pointed out, Antoine. Sigh. I don't even want to think about it. It's too awful.

I was up at the crack of dawn. I could use some cafe au lait and croissants. Thanks for offering, my French friend.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Afternoon savvydating,

There is a possibility that this may not go through. We really do need to write to the fools in Washington and make sure they know we are aware of what is going on. We are, sadly, a nation that doesn't really care about seniors Seniors must fight tooth and nail for themselves . I'll see you at the Inn.


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Gawth 2 years ago from Millboro, Virginia

Some say it's robbing Peter to preserve PRICs (People Residing In Congress).


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Gawth,

I would say that this is an accurate portrayal of what's going on. We don't enter into the equation at all. See you at the Inn !


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

My husband and I have already encountered medicatons that are no longer covered, and they are not antidepressants. I think their goal is to cut out medical care for seniors to save money. The whole situation is despicable and unfortunately too many people don't pay attention, don't care, or they just don't mind being pushed around like a herd of sheep. Great hub!


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Pamela,

I am so sorry to hear that you and your husband have already been affected. Honestly, I believe that this is the government's way of cutting costs. If they rid the nation of those who need the most care , health care works in their twisted minds. There are still many more ugly surprises coming our way. That is the only thing I am sure of. See you at the Inn.


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

This may be a good spot to mention a new book from former New York State lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey, Beating Obamacare: 2014.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning RTalloni,

Anything that addresses the necessity of defeating Obamacare is welcome morning, noon and night. Come to the virtual Inn. It may only be in our mind but it is a great place to be!


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teaches12345 2 years ago

My vote is "yes, I know of the plan, and I think it stinks!" It is a good thing that I am healthy and do not need the meds.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear teaches,

I also just learned that meds for which there is no generic will not be covered! What other surprises are we in store for?


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

Breakfastpop, I know first hand that the drug program has affected not only seniors but sick seniors - seniors who have an illness that has to be maintained on certain drugs, or seniors who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

As soon as a patient arrives in the donut hole, they are on their own as self pay for a couple thousand dollars, until the next level. Even at that level, then the drugs are supposed to cost a certain price, but what they don't tell you is ONLY IF those drugs are still covered on the plan, if they are available (supply& demand), andas long as you aren't on another gov't subsidized plan. We make choices on Supplemental Medicare plans in November for the following year with a certain set of rules and regs that are in place. When those rules and regs change, for example, around July or August (which is usually when someone who is on a maintenance drug for an illness is coming out of the donut hole), the drug cost has either gone through the roof OR the drug is no longer covered on the plan. My husband had a stroke in 1999 and new drugs come and go with the change of doctors (bec not all are on the Medicare plan you choose so you have to change to a doctor on the plan or become a self pay). For him, each new drug has consistently gone off the approved med list for the last 3 years. No one can tell me Obamacare cares. No one can tell me that this whole affordable care act isn't a farce. Because it is. It forces people to get health care, and then either, it short-changes them in the benefits or they have to pay thru the nose for less than stellar coverage.

Your poll choices didn't have one I could be comfortable choosing, so my choice is YES, I'm aware and it is deplorable the way this country changes horses in the middle of the trail.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Rachel,

I am so sorry to hear of your situation, but I have to say you are not alone. Obama took millions upon millions away from Medicare. To imagine that seniors weren't going to feel the pain of those cuts is insane. Needless to say, things are only going to get worse. The true effects of Obamacare are coming to light now. Insurance is now unaffordable. Obamacare should properly be called the Unaffordable Care Act. By the way, those Death Panels we heard about are coming true. Seniors with serious illness who are past 70 years of age are being maintained rather than treated! Thank you for coming to the breakfast table.

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