Buried beneath the avalanche of recent news reports about the latest Obamacare-mandated funding cuts to the Medicare Advantage (MA) program is a related but far more disturbing story — the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken a major step toward rationing medications to the elderly. Since passage of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, seniors enrolled in the Medicare prescription drug program have been guaranteed access to “all or substantially all” of the drugs in several classes of pharmaceuticals. President Obama’s health care bureaucrats, however, have proposed removing three of these classes from the “protected” list.
The New York Times reports, “The administration’s proposal would remove the protected status from… immunosuppressant drugs used in transplant patients, antidepressants and antipsychotic medicines.” Yes, you read that correctly. These are drugs used to facilitate organ transplants and treat patients suffering with mental illness. The Times names a few of the medicines in question: “They include many well-known drugs, such as Wellbutrin, Paxil and Prozac to treat depression, and Abilify and Seroquel to treat schizophrenia.” There can be little doubt that the next step CMS plans to take will involve a decision not to cover the most expensive of these medications at all.
This is why CMS represents this as a cost-saving measure. But the amount of money these changes will save is virtually nothing by Medicare standards. Moreover, as Yevgeny Feymanwrites in Forbes, “The likely reduction in therapeutic choices could result in higher health care costs in other parts of the program, like Part A (for hospital care) or Part B (for physician services).” Further undermining the CMS cost-saving claim is that, due to the very market features that make it unpopular with Beltway bureaucrats, the Medicare prescription drug program may be the only federal entitlement in history whose costs have come in below its initial CBO projections.
Nonetheless, the Obama administration didn’t lose its affinity for health care rationing when Donald Berwick was forced out of CMS. Rationing is as much about control as it is about money. And this is where the nexus between the CMS drug proposal and Obamacare’s MA cuts can be found. Medicare’s prescription drug benefits are administered only through Medicare Advantage, and the President as well as his bureaucratic accomplices have been gunning for MA since Obama’s brief pit stop in the Senate. MA introduced private competition and patient choice into Medicare. That cannot be tolerated. Medicare must be wholly returned to their fiscally inept control.
Are Obama's "death panels" are next? Long term care for patients suffering from various illnesses described need these prescription to function in society. Government solution has to be to put these patients into government care facilities such as nursing homes or mental hospitals that are even more costly. Control is correct but it is end of life control.
I am afraid they are weeding out the healthy from the unhealthy.... those that can work and those that cant..... if you have read agenda 21 or have researched agenda 21 you know what I am talking about..... if you haven't you need to.... its an eye opener....
Oh yeah they can't afford these meds anymore because we are taking care of every person in the world..... our money is going to all of the world.... we are taking care of everyone.... whoever voted for this person I pray they get hit the hardest..... and their children get hit the hardest....(sorry pretty passionate about all of this).
I hope the same. May it bite them the hardest no matter what.
does that mean anyone on government assistance. are in the same boat, as the elderly.
WHOEVER HAS THE INFORMATION ABOUT WHO THESE "HOLIER THAN THOUGH", SO CALLED DECISION MAKERS, ARE NEEDS TO PUBLISH THEIR NAMES, ADDRESSES, AND PHONE NUMBERS. THEY ARE DEEPLY ENGAGED IN INTIMIDATING US. WE NEED TO BE WILLING TO RETURN THE "FAVOR".
You can find their names, phone numbers and addresses on the net.
Where on the net?
DIE AND DIE QUICKLY!
I propose that we remove him from office instead of him removing the medicine that we old folks need.
me also,next comes the concentration camps and gas chambers