Another Obamacare Tax Now in Effect

Only in the sick and twisted mind of the liberal would Obamacare be seen as compassionate for seniors. Liberals can rant all day about how conservatives want people to die in the streets because they don’t want them to have affordable healthcare. They can rave all day about how Obama just wants to provide affordable, even free, healthcare for everybody, including the elderly. Obamacare is turning out to be a giant, festering sore that has been covered up for the past two years by politicians and media, but its pestilential odor has permeated the political air the more the bandages have fallen off.

Yet another Obamacare tax has taken effect on October 1st. Now there is a penalty for readmitting a patient within 30 days of the patient’s discharge. Who do you think this affects the most? Yep, the elderly and the disabled. Obamacare is really taking care of those seniors, right?

The Associated Press reports:

About two-thirds of the hospitals serving Medicare patients, or some 2,200 facilities, will be hit with penalties averaging around $125,000 per facility this coming year, according to government estimates… For the first year, the penalty is capped at 1 percent of a hospital's Medicare payments. The overwhelming majority of penalized facilities will pay less. Also, for now, hospitals are only being measured on three medical conditions: heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia. . . . Under the health care law, the penalties gradually will rise until 3 percent of Medicare payments to hospitals are at risk.

Hospitals and doctors are already seeing decreasing reimbursements from Medicare, even less than what they were prior to Obamacare. This means that hospitals have had to cut hospital stays short in order to remain in the black, and patients are being discharged before they’re ready. And now, if they come back within 30 days of being discharged, the hospital is subject to a new fine. It’s all part of cutting costs and making healthcare more affordable.

For those who are “healthy, wealthy and wise,” this measure changes nothing. But for those who are poor, sick, disabled or old, it means that their healthcare may become so expensive, it might cost them their life. This is the liberals’ version of compassion. Depriving the most vulnerable of people from healthcare is simply “for their own good.” These individuals are too expensive to care for and therefore not worth saving. Who needs the infamous “death panel” when this new tax takes care of eliminating the weaklings?