Monday, October 1, 2012
Obama's War on Diabetics
Late last month Mr. Jones, whose name we have changed for privacy sake, went for his routine doctors visit. Mr. Jones is a retired, veteran, who suffers from diabetes. For the first time, his doctor handed him a survey.
When Mr. Jones inquired about the reason for the survey, he was informed it was required to help them comply with the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. In the form Mr. Jones was asked if his parents had diabetes or if they were smokers.
Once again, My. Jones' curiosity was peaked. "Why are you asking me this?" he asked. What his doctor then told him shook him to his core.
According to his doctor, if they were smokers or their parents had diabetes then the amount of his Medicare copay would be negatively impacted, meaning they would be forced to pay more out of pocket out of pocket or cut back on services. He was also informed the number of visits to help monitor his diabetes that Medicare would cover was being reduced from once every three months, to once every four months. Thus, if they wanted to maintain their current schedule, they would need to cover the extra visit out of pocket.
As those who suffer from diabetes knows, these visits are crucial for monitoring their condition and reducing the risks associated with the disease. This incident is just one of many medicare patients will discover as more and more portions of Obamacare begin to go into affect. Let's just hope they become aware of them before it's too late.