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Paul: Obama-Care Covers Injuries From Turtles

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Rand Paul claims Obamacare will include diagnostic codes for injuries sustained from a turtle, walking into a lamppost and burning water skis

By David Martosko | 27 May 2013

In a little-noticed speech to the Iowa Republican Party this month, Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul mocked President Obama’s signature health care overhaul, noting the 122,000 new medical diagnostic codes doctors will have to use in order to inform the government about injuries sustained by Americans.

Those codes, said Sen. Paul, a medical doctor himself, include line-items for ‘injuries sustained from a turtle,’ ‘walking into a lamppost’ and  ‘injuries sustained from burning water skis.’ …

Rand Paul [jabbed] the Obama administration and its health bureaucrats who have written a reported 10,000 pages of new regulations to go along with the health care law.

Actually, as of last March, the new Obama-Care regulations printed out to nearly 20,000 pages. And new regulations are still being added each day.

‘Your government just wants to take care of you,’ he snarked. ‘They don’t think you’re smart enough to make these decisions.’

How is telling the truth ever snarky?

Paul said physicians typically have to choose from about 18,000 medical diagnostic codes, so that health insurers know why a patient was treated. But Obamacare, he told his audience, will include a mandate for 140,000 of those codes, some of which he said were ridiculous.

‘Included among these codes,’ he told the Iowa Republicans during a May 10 dinner event, ‘will be 312 new codes for injuries from animals; 72 new codes for injuries just from birds; 9 new codes for "injuries from the macaw."’

‘The macaw?’ Paul asked. ‘I’ve asked physicians all over the country, "Have you ever seen an injury from a macaw?"’

Maybe they meant injuries from being called a ‘Macaca’?

Laughs came when the Kentucky senator added that he has found ‘two new injury codes under Obamacare for "injuries sustained from a turtle."’

‘Now, you might say, "Well, turtles are dangerous" – but why do you have to have two codes?’ Paul mused. ‘Your doctor has to inform the government whether you’ve been struck by a turtle or bitten by a turtle.’

Paul wasn’t finished. ‘There is a new code for – I see some alcohol out there – walking into a lamppost,’ he chuckled. ‘There’s also a code for "walking into a lamppost, subsequent encounter."’ I guess that’s if you don’t learn.’

And ‘there is a code,’ he said, ‘for "injuries sustained from burning water skis."’ …

We laugh, but this just proves how the whole concept of insurance has been turned upside down by Obama-Care. Insurance is only supposed to cover big problems, like cancer treatment, that few can afford to fact on their own. Not walking into lampposts.

But this also proves that Obama-Care was never about controlling the cost of health insurance. It is about controlling every aspect of our lives.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Paul: Obama-Care Covers Injuries From Turtles”

  1. preparing4theworst says:

    head for the hills, ma them dam’ turtles are gettin’ ready to charge the house…..

  2. preparing4theworst says:

    …yeah, after lunch will be fine…

  3. Mithrandir says:

    Nancy Pelosi: “They will be CRYING OUT for the public option.”

    Which is why all the upcoming madness is designed to do, make it so miserable, people will demand the public option.

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