Obama Administration Won’t Pay Hospitals

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and four hospital systems have joined together to sue the Obama Administration for denying payments for admitting Medicare patients to hospitals.

This is part of the rationing of health care for seniors that was mandated by Obamacare.  The last issue of this newsletter described how the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) in Obamacare is poised to ration care for Medicare recipients.  

The Obama Administration has now found additional ways to ration care.  The Hill explained:

At issue are government auditors who judge whether hospitals should have admitted Medicare patients or arranged their care on an outpatient basis.
 
If an auditor decides that a hospital did not need to admit a Medicare patient, the hospital must return the money it received for that patient's care.
 
The AHA asked the court to overrule this policy and return money to hospitals.
 
"Doctors and nurses provide the best care possible using their medical judgment and training," Rich Umbdenstock, president of the AHA, said. "Allowing government auditors to second-guess these difficult medical decisions about where to best treat a patient years later based on a cold record and then refuse to pay for that care is indefensible."

The issue of Obamacare appears to have hurt President Obama and Democratic candidates for Congress in Florida and other states with high concentrations of seniors.

Politico reported:

Voters 65 and older have remained basically unchanged: They've leaned heavily toward Romney throughout the campaign. And that's been a constant drag on the president's numbers in senior-heavy states like Florida, Ohio, Iowa, and Pennsylvania…

"Obama has always historically had a problem with senior voters," Democratic pollster Celinda Lake told POLITICO…

And the president's health care reforms have made things even more difficult, pollsters say.

Democratic pollster Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling said Obama isn't the only Democrat who's had difficulty with seniors…"We consistently found that seniors were the most opposed group to Obamacare," Jensen said…

Democrats found themselves on the defensive over the fact that Obama's health care law cut $716 Billion from Medicare…

National polls consistently show Obama trailing Romney among seniors by a significant margin. The latest POLITICO/George Washington University battleground poll shows Republican Romney leading 57 percent to 39 percent among seniors--an 18 point gap…

The polls for Obama are bleak and show an over-65 electorate that's again poised to back Republicans by a significant margin.

Another article in The Hill stated that the Democratic Party's dreams of re-gaining majority control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2012 elections have been derailed because $716 Billion was cut from Medicare to use instead for Obamacare.

Larry SabatoInstead of picking up a net of 25 seats to take over the House, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball (pictured) projects that Democrats will gain only 3 seats.

Obamacare will continue to be a big issue during the upcoming 113th Congress that begins in January.

The previous issue of What's Happening with Seniors Benefits: Medicare Open Enrollment Runs Thru Dec 7

The previous issue What's Happening with Conservatives and the Tea Party: Elections May Produce a Split Decision

Previous issues of both newsletters.

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