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AP: ‘Medicare Disruptions’ If O-Care Struck

From a shamelessly fearmongering Associated Press:

Medicare disruptions seen if health law is struck

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
May 3, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tossing out President Barack Obama’s health care law would have major unintended consequences for Medicare’s payment systems, unseen but vital plumbing that handles 100 million monthly claims from hospitals and other service providers, the administration has quietly informed the courts.

Oh, so it is the Obama administration that is claiming there will be "disruptions" if Medicare is struck down. The AP’s headline makes it sound like they are reporting this as a fact. And, of course, they count on most people just reading the headline and moving on.

The AP is is trying to fearmonger the seniors.

Although the law made significant cuts to providers and improved prescription and preventive benefits for seniors, Medicare has been overlooked in a Supreme Court debate focused on the law’s controversial requirement that individuals carry health insurance. Yet havoc in Medicare could have repercussions in an election year when both parties are avidly courting seniors.

In papers filed with the Supreme Court, administration lawyers have warned of "extraordinary disruption" if Medicare is forced to unwind countless transactions that are based on payment changes required by more than 20 separate sections of the Affordable Care Act.

And never mind that we know for a fact that Obama-Care is going to take at least $500 billion dollars from Medicare’s budget. And that it is going to gut Medicare Advantage.

Which is so popular Obama is going to spend $8 billion dollars from a slush fund just to keep it going until after the elections via a sham ‘experiment.’

Opponents argue that the whole law should go. The administration counters that even if it strikes down the insurance mandate, the court should preserve most of the rest of the legislation. That would leave in place its changes to Medicare, as well as a major expansion of Medicaid coverage.

In other words, even the AP has given up any hope that the Supreme Court is going to permit the individual mandate to stand. So now they are pushing the line that the Court has to allow the rest of the law to stand anyway.

Because otherwise, there would be "major unintended consequences" and "extraordinary disruption" for Medicare.

Last year, in a lower court filing on the case, Justice Department lawyers said reversing the Medicare payment changes "would impose staggering administrative burdens" on the government and "could cause major delays and errors" in claims payment

More shameless fear mongering. After all, there are no delays or errors in Medicare claims now.

[R]eversing the new law’s payment changes from one day to the next would be a huge legal and logistical challenge, raising many questions. How would the government treat payments made over the last two years, when the overhaul has been the law of the land? Would providers have a right to refunds of cuts that had been made under the legislation?

We are constantly told by the AP and the rest of our news media and the Democrat Party that government can do anything. Even lower the sea levels? So why shouldn’t they be able to go back to the way things used to be just two years ago?

"Medicare cannot turn on a dime," said former administrator Don Berwick, whose confirmation was blocked by Senate Republicans opposed to Obama’s law. "I would not be surprised if there are delays and problems with payment flow. Medicare has dealt with sudden changes in payment before, but it is not easy."

This is just laughable. How come we never heard these fears when Obama-Care changed the way these payments were made? And how come there was no disruption when Obama-Care changed the way payments were made two years ago?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “AP: ‘Medicare Disruptions’ If O-Care Struck”

  1. bobdog says:

    …and keeping President Barack Obama’s health care law would have major intended consequences for Medicare’s payment systems.


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