But policy makers will not fret. These comments will not bother President Obama or the Washington elite. They can always blame those greedy health plans and greedy doctors. Besides, they will never mention or allow any talk about Medicare or Medicaid “cuts” or modifications. For them, it’s profligate government spending – or bust!
Of the doctors, says Doctor Gottlieb,” To try and get a handle on rising costs, the Obama Administration will start to go after the healthcare providers. The President seemed to hint about all this when he referenced the need to 'lower the cost' of healthcare in his inaugural address. Simply cutting payment rates has consequences, or course. It reduces reimbursement without regard to value or need. But indiscriminate cuts to fixed rate schedules for everything from doctor visits to hospital stays are Washington’s standard approach for sanding down Medicare costs. The Affordable Care Act will institutionalize these same political tactics across the rest of the healthcare market. This is the next iteration of healthcare reform. Call it Obamacare 2.0. Doctors will become the next bogyman in Washington. The target is already being fixed to their hide. As for the rest of us, our health insurance will become increasingly illusory."
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