It Begins: States Start Rationing Treatment, Including Prescriptions



Sixteen states have, according to Kaiser Health News, set a limit on the number of prescription drugs that will be covered for Medicaid patients.  And, due to the Medicaid expansion along with the federal subsidy for health-care premiums that will be available to people earning up to 400 percent of the poverty level, many more will be somewhat or completely dependent on Obamacare for their health care.

Phil Galewitz, reporting for Kaiser Health News, said that,“some people say it’s a matter of you know states are throwing things up against the wall to see what might work, so states have tried, they’ve also tried formularies where they’ll pick certain brand name drugs over other drugs. So states try a whole lot of different things. They’re trying different ways of paying providers to try to maybe slow the costs down.”

Galewitz added: “So it seems like Medicaid’s sort of been one big experiment over the last number of years for states to try to control costs, and it’s an ongoing battle, and I think drugs is just now one of the … latest issues. And it’s a relatively recent thing, only in the last 10 years have we really seen states put these limits on monthly drugs.”

As the Affordable Care Act was being pushed through Congress, several warned about the rationing that would occur.  What was originally scoffed at by some liberal groups is now becoming a reality.

National Right To Life has confirmed that Obamacare contains “multiple provisions that will, if fully implemented, result in government-imposed rationing of lifesaving medical care.”

What that means, at length, is that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will have the power to impose “quality and efficiency” measures on health care providers, based on recommendations by the Independent Payment Advisory Board. This board has the purpose of forcing private health care spending below the rate of medical inflation.

So, if a discrepancy exists between a doctor advised treatment plan and the imposed standards, guess who will win.  The desired treatment will be denied, even if the patient wants to pay for it.

LifeNews reports:

The law instructs and authorizes state bureaucrats to limit the value of the insurance policies that Americans may purchase. Not only will the exchanges exclude policies from competing in an exchange when government authorities do not agree with their premiums, but the exchanges will even exclude insurers whose plans outside the exchange offer consumers the ability to reduce the danger of treatment denial by spending what those government authorities claim to be an ‘excessive or unjustified’ amount.

This will create a ‘chilling effect,’ deterring insurers who hope to compete within the exchanges from offering adequately funded plans even outside of them, so that consumers will find it increasingly difficult to obtain health insurance that offers adequate and unrationed health care.”

And, that’s not all.  It has been reported that the current shortage of physicians is expected to worsen with the advent of Obamacare.  Additionally, so far one in 10 employers plan to drop health care benefits and more may join that exodus.  Finally, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), though Obamacare is slated to cost $1.93 Trillion, an estimated 30 million people will still be left uninsured.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1092547229 Carol Swiencicki Beidleman

    Medicare next ???????????

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1092547229 Carol Swiencicki Beidleman

    Medicare next ???????????

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8115436 Bryan Sloat

    Under the new Obamacare this is part of his healthcare plan, oh great, equal healthcare coverage. Less is the new more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000591513412 Marion S Frank

    Not just rationing prescriptions for Medicaid patients, but also limiting visits to your doctor to 2 times per month, max.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=727251297 Cheryl Jefferies

    Like my simple blood pressure med which is NOT covered. So…I’m dead, essentially. If the company keeps making it, I’ll try to pay for it. But, anyone who thinks a company is going to continue to make something which this travesty doesn’t cover…well, you’re a fool. And, I’m a dead woman. Thanks a bunch, Obama!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=727251297 Cheryl Jefferies

    Like my simple blood pressure med which is NOT covered. So…I’m dead, essentially. If the company keeps making it, I’ll try to pay for it. But, anyone who thinks a company is going to continue to make something which this travesty doesn’t cover…well, you’re a fool. And, I’m a dead woman. Thanks a bunch, Obama!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002972040646 Alla Lone

    Obama’s going after food stamps. Lord knows his voters in Mexico need them more than seniors.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1611788970 Gary Ippolito

    this is the health care uuuuuuuuu want

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046235671 Tom Poole

    REPEAL IT !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1244242586 Carl Pintar

    Went to Walmart yesterday to buy some nasal congestion. They can’t get it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000099353532 Tim Martin

    To all you fools who voted for Obama and Pelosi, than you very freakin’ much!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=662523474 Tammy McAbee Jay

    Ask and ye shall receive….but only a little and not enough.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000276233449 Stuart Heinrichs

    In Oregon we have what is called “The Oregon Health Plan”. It is a state operated health care system for people who are struggling financially. If you want care good luck. I have not had an income for over a year now, and still can not get help. Socialized health care is like CALLING THE SUICIDE HOTLINE AND BEING TOLD ALL LINES ARE BUSY, CALL BACK LATER AND WE WILL MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR YOU SOMETIME THIS YEAR. The people supporting ObamaTax health care don’t have a clue what is in store for them. Pie in the sky doesn’t do you a damn bit of good if you are hungry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002168096025 Doyle R. St John

    Repeal Obama, Pelosi, Kerry, Harkin, Ried and all the other progressive commie retards.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1504893471 Tim Hyland

    Simply foolish to have thought it wouldn’t happen. It’s only logical that it would happen this way. It happens this way in Canada and Europe every damned day.

    Welcome to Utopia.

    And freaking Romney touting “Repeal and Replace” is such BS. Repeal. Just freaking repeal. What an asshat….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1504893471 Tim Hyland

    Simply foolish to have thought it wouldn’t happen. It’s only logical that it would happen this way. It happens this way in Canada and Europe every damned day.

    Welcome to Utopia.

    And freaking Romney touting “Repeal and Replace” is such BS. Repeal. Just freaking repeal. What an asshat….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1150561604 Ruthie Doyle Nennig

    Medicare changed soon and ‘death panels’ by 2014, I believe I read. Now you will see what we’ve been trying to tell you. Hope you all are so proud of your choice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000842098814 James Haberny

    My spiriva is now at 300.00 a month, Omeprazole, 70.00, Inhalers 50.00. I`m on disability, Have medicare, for some reason, can`t get medicaid. Until this wonderful bill, I was able to work with the hospital to get these meds. Now I just don`t take them. Glad there are no death panels in this fine legislation. And I don`t blame the hospitals or doctors. I blame the friggin` socialist in the White house. Good luck, stay well, or get sick and die

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=752442506 Sonya Schutt

    Surprised?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=752442506 Sonya Schutt

    Surprised?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=753039212 Ken Peters

    It figures.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=783714345 Carrie Klett

    Had anyone read the bill…in the first 25 pages it states how they will “ration care or create wait lists for procedures and medications” BUt when you pass something you dont read you get what you sign…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1389157025 Vernie E. Hole

    They don’t get what they sign. They have a differant Healthcare policy then WE do!!! We pay for theirs and ours IF you get any care at all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002424952553 Lorene Goodwin

    Something is sadly wrong with American people if this man is voted in office again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1397660406 Judy Lemmen

    Every country in the world that has “socialized medicine” has rationing! The liberal advocates of Obamacare knew this and chose to lie to Americans! This, unfortunately, is only the beginning, especially for seniors, who will be denied needed medicine and surgeries because of the QALY clause.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1204700593 Donna Adams

    Which states are among the 16 so far?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1504893471 Tim Hyland

    We, as a nation, have totally screwed up. We have 330 million people in this nation, and these 2 jokes are the best we can do for President?? Un freaking believable…One guy passes it at a state level, the other guy passes it at a national level, and we’re to believe they’re different somehow??

    SMH…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=691561595 Roni Pritchett Sisk

    here we go…….it can only get worse after Nov. if people don’t wake up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502777476 Kris Hawkins

    It’s already affecting the military. They are refusing ultrasounds during pregnancy, drug copays have risen sharply, and more drs. Won’t accept tricare because of horrid reimbursement

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1705806731 Lisa DeHaas

    Yes, it has begun…my husband is in need of an MRI and after a year and 3 denials, it has finally been approved. This is ridiculous, we pay our premiums every month and have a contractual agreement with the insurance provider. No where else can services be denied when an contractual agreement is in place except with the insurance companies! Wake up America…..vote him out!