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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