Original opponents of Obamacare, physicians and medical industry experts, who cautioned America about the dangers of the Affordable Health Care Act are realizing their fore-warnings and fears are now reality. A new study by the University of Utah’s Drug Information Service reveals one of those most treacherous warnings deal with emergency rooms across the country. As of Jan. 26, 2015, over one-third of all drug shortages are those used in emergency rooms.
Drug shortages in U.S. emergency rooms (ER) have increased by over 400 percent between 2001 and 2004, as reported in the Academic Emergency Medical journal. But the problem goes far beyond emergency rooms. Out of almost 1,800 shortages reported by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, two-thirds of the drugs were not from ERs. However 34 percent were in ERs.
To make matters worse, 52.6 percent of these shortages were for lifesaving drugs and 10 percent dealt with drugs for which there are no substitute. Those drug shortages increased by 435 percent between 2008 and 2014.
Dr. Kristin Story Held, ophthalmologist and ophthalmic surgeon from San Antonio, Texas stated four years ago that the government takeover of medicine and healthcare under Obamacare would be a significant detriment to patient’s connections with their physicians and the movement toward a harmful single-payer system in the United States. She announced that beginning on Oct. 1, 2015 she would “no longer be able to submit bills for my services to my patients to private insurance companies or Medicare.”
“Because I refuse to implement and comply with their insane, nonsensical, requirements,” states the Dr. Held and insists the compulsory requirements of Obamacare “do not serve the patient first and are not the best utilization of resources.”
Dr. Held points the finger of the corrupt system straight at the White House, indicating that when the backdoor political deals were made to implement and pass Obamacare, “physicians were excluded, demonized, denigrated, and lied about-especially by President Obama who famously said doctors are immediately paid “30, 40, or $50,000 to cut off a foot,” when in reality a below knee amputation fee to physician is around $700 including three months post op care.”
Since Obamacare was enacted physician fees have dropped while payments to hospitals and pharmaceutical companies have climbed sharply.
This is not a surprise to Dr. John Tedeschi, a practicing physician in New Jersey and one of the first doctors to call out Obamacare. He could tell from the start that it was all about saving money and “where the money IS ultimately spent, is directed to special interest, profit-making organizations,” continued to underscore the harm of the health plan.
Dr. Ryan A. Stanton, a physician working the Georgetown Community Hospital ER near Lexington, Kentucky likened Obamacare “as giving everyone an ATM card in town where there are no ATM machines.” He is projection was spot on when, we he anticipated that “the coming storm of patients means when they can’t get in to see a primary care physician, even more people will end up with me in the emergency room.”
So much for President Obama’s famous repeated promise, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
One of the consequences of Obamacare is the bureaucratic and built in pressures to reduce the costs of health care. Drug manufacturers are simply not going produce medicine and be forced to charge an amount lower than it cost to manufacture it.
“There is a convoluted billing game that goes on between government, hospitals (represented by the-American Hospital Association lobbyists), big insurance, and big pharma,” Dr. Held reveals.
Mr. Obama also “accused surgeons of taking out tonsils for cash instead of prescribing antibiotics, which is not only a lie, but in reality the surgeon’s fee is around $200 while the cost of antibiotics may exceed that,” she pointed out. “The final blow was when Obama declared ‘we will let doctors know, and your mom know, that you know what, maybe it’s better to take the painkiller instead of having the surgery.’ Government is now arrogantly practicing medicine without a license, and sadly this government puts the collective good ahead of the individual patient and family.”
“Thanks to politics, insurance companies, special interest groups and other organizations, medicine is changing: the way it’s provided; who it’s provided to; exactly who the providers are; their qualifications; how much it costs and, literally, ‘who lives and who dies,’” Dr. Tedeschi is adamant. “The old saying ‘follow the money’” has never been truer than it is today.