The Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics at the National Right to Life released a report on Thursday that warns that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will not allow consumers to spend what they choose on their own health care, including access to life-saving treatments.
As the March 31, 2014 deadline approaches for open enrollment in the insurance exchanges established by Obamacare, the report, “The Affordable Care Act and Health Care Access in the United States” analyzed four key policy areas of Obamacare and concluded that Obamacare would drastically limit access to life-saving medical treatment under the law.
The four areas the center examined includes the “excess benefit” tax coming into effect in 2018, the current exclusion of adequate health Insurance plans from the exchanges, present limits on senior citizens’ ability to use their own money for health insurance, and federal limits on the care doctors give their patients to be implemented as soon as 2016.
Those four policy areas that were examined are:
“Obamacare imposes a 40% excise tax on employer-paid health insurance premiums above a governmental imposed limit that does not keep up with medical inflation. Consequently, insurance companies will be forced to impose increasingly severe restraints on policy-holders’ access to medical diagnosis and treatment—limits that will make it harder to get often-expensive treatments essential to combating life-threatening illnesses.”
“Under Obamacare, consumers using the exchanges may only choose plans offered by insurers who do not allow their customers to spend what government bureaucrats deem an “excessive or unjustified” amount for their health insurance – regardless of whether the insurers offer such plans inside or outside of the exchanges established by the law.”
“Most senior citizens know that the law will significantly cut government funding for Medicare. However, they may not be aware of the law’s provision allowing Washington bureaucrats to prevent them from making up the Medicare shortfall with their own funds by limiting their right to spend their own money to obtain insurance less likely to limit treatments that could save their lives.”
“The “Independent Payment Advisory Board” is directed to recommend measures to limit spending on health care to a growth rate below medical inflation – not just for Medicare, but also for all private, nongovernmental health care spending. The federal Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is then authorized to implement these measures by placing limits on the treatments providers may give their patients by requiring them to abide by so-called “quality and efficiency standards” imposed by HHS.”
Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life said, “For pro-life Americans concerned about the impact on innocent human life… both born and unborn; the policies of Obamacare couldn’t be worse.”
“Americans are just as concerned with the law’s impact on our ability to access life-saving medical treatment for ourselves, our family members, and our loved ones as with Obamacare’s funding of abortions. Obamacare is bad medicine for America.”
In the report, it part it said, “Essentially, doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers can be told by Washington just what diagnostic tests and medical care are considered to meet “quality and efficiency” standards. These standards will be enforced not just for health care paid for by federally funded programs like Medicare, but also for health care paid for by private citizens and by the health insurance they or their employers purchase.”
In 2009, former Governor of Alaska and former 2008 Republican candidate for Vice-President, Sarah Palin spoke about the death panels in her notes on her Facebook.
In her post, Palin said, “The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.”
“Health care by definition involves life and death decisions. Human rights and human dignity must be at the center of any health care discussion.”
In addition, in July 2013, the Paulding County Republican Examiner reported that former Democratic presidential candidate and Democratic Party National Chairman, Howard Dean essentially admitted that Republicans and Sarah Palin were right concerning Obamacare death panels.
The concern by the Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics points to those that are sick or have pre-existing conditions may end up dying due to Obamcare.
“Obamacare authorizes Washington bureaucrats to create one uniform, national standard of care that is designed to limit what private citizens are allowed to spend to save their own lives,” Burke Balch, J.D., director of the Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics said. “We are convinced most Americans do not believe that the government should limit the right of Americans to use their own money for health care necessary to save their lives.”
“Yet, that is exactly what Obamacare does.”
The full report can be read here.