The department of Health and Human Services released 1296 pages of confusing regulations for Obamacare at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, July 3rd, the day before the holiday. It’s HHS’ way of saying Happy Independence Day!
The regulations cover fees and payment schedules for doctors and hospitals. They have use of equipment payment schedules by the minute.
They reward doctors for “improving quality” of services to seniors. Reducing is equivalent to improving quality. I hope they’ve found a cure for old age.
The word “quality” is used more than 1247 times. People should be afraid of the word “quality” when used by the government that judges quality in terms of reduced payments.
In the 1296 pages, the word “Procedure” was used 1,000 times, “Payments” was used 487 times, “Exception” used 221 times, “Adjustment” was used 918 times, “Revised” was used 182 times, and “Reduction” was used 145 times.
Doctors and hospitals will be looking at a haircut and lots more paperwork.
There is nothing the government doesn’t control. Doctors are now employees of the federal government and they have been charged with reducing costs.
Doctors have no means by which to question the schedules they must follow. There are no real appeal processes though HHS promises there will be one.
Doctors will be required to hire someone who only handles these regulations because of the complexity.
This is only the beginning.
They need a lot more of this to cover the 13,000 pages of rules for the 2700 page law that continually changes thanks to Obama’s mindset that he can rewrite laws written by Congress.
Meanwhile Bohener has a plan to defund Obamacare which funds it at the same time. The House will pass a continuing resolution that funds Obamacare, as well as a separate measure that would amend the CR to defund Obamacare. The Democrat-led Senate, however, would never pass the second resolution. Even though the House Republicans know the Senate will never pass the separate measure, they will claim they did pass a measure to defund Obamacare. Boehner doesn’t want to shut down the government. This is apparently a lame effort to shift the blame for Obamacare onto the Senate.
Read the bill here and be here if you have nothing to do this holiday. Read more at The Washington Examiner.