A week ago, my doctor prescribed that I get a medical test to find the cause of one of my many problems. Today, I called the local hospital to schedule the test. A pleasant woman took my information and asked if she could put me on hold for a minute to check the medical necessity of this test. “Sure,” I said. She went away for more than a few minutes. When she did return she apologized and said, “I’m sorry sir, but I am having trouble finding a code for this test. Please hold again while I talk to someone about a code. “Sure,” I said again. Another long silence. Finally she returned and said, “I can not figure out if this test is medically necessary; I will have to fax your doctor for more information. Knowing full well what was going on, I kept my cool and asked “what happens if there is no code for medical necessity?”
“Your insurance will not pay and you will be liable for the cost.”
“Just out of curiosity, what is the cost of this test?”
“It is $1421.40. Do you want me to ask your doctor for the medical necessity?”
“Yes, of course, please do.” I hope my doctor understands his judgement is being over-ruled by a ACA computer. Maybe I should suggest he go back to medical school to learn what new-age medicine is all about.
“Please call us back within a couple of days to learn what the last word is.”
“I will do that.”
All the while the rusty wheels in my head are turning faster, and faster. The Obama Care effect has finally showed up. I suggest to my liberal friends who brag about the free medical care they got by voting for Obama, be aware. When you reach my age or older, they put you on the medical unnecessary list. Just take an aspirin and skip going to the doctor for help. You no longer matter enough for Uncle to spend money on you.
No one heard the facts when the Obama Care fiasco ran through the country like an Ebola virus gone wild. All they heard was “free.” The one fact I heard is that Obama stole 500 billion dollars from the Medicare fund toward the Affordable Care Act. What grinds my ass is all the talk about healthcare being a right. Just today, I heard Joe Biden mouthing about healthcare being a right. What also grinds my ass is all the bull shit about equal rights for everybody; except, that is, for the aged. Free health care for the aged means when you are over 75 you should schedule yourself to die because you will begin to cost Uncle some serious money. If there ever was an argument for age discrimination the ACA is it.
So, my liberal friends, enjoy your free healthcare while you are young and healthy. I hope it is everything you ever dreamed of, and keeps you alive and well until you become 75.