As of today, Oct. 1, 2012, hospitals face fines that could impact the level and quality of care under the provisions of the ObamaCare law. One of the key provisions of the ObamaCare law that could result in drastic cuts to hospitals for treating the elderly and the poor will kick in today. In an attempt to rein in the costs of medical care.
That patients who need to return to the hospital for follow-up admissions within 30 days of discharge may not get the level of care they have come to expect. The new provision will place fines on hospitals for treating returning patients who are readmitted within 30 days after discharge.
That citizens would be introduced to its provisions incrementally over a period of several years. This gradual implementation has had the effect of lessening the impact of the new law and gradually acclimating citizens to a new way of delivering healthcare in America, particularly with regard to strikingly large tax hikes, rationing of care, and reductions in care to seniors. The chronically severely ill who often need readmission to the hospital after initial treatment, and the nation’s growing senior adult population.
Patients cannot be certain that their treatment will be up to par in the event of the need for readmission to the hospital after discharge. And hospitals that are already feeling the squeeze financially due to cutbacks in reimbursements from the government may be forced to limit the level of care given during readmission, resulting in patients being discharged long before they are ready.
The Republican plan includes provisions such as tort reform that limits the amount juries can award litigants in healthcare lawsuits, allowing health insurance companies to market and sell their coverage across state lines, which will increase healthy competition and reduce the cost of premiums, allowing small business owners and individuals to purchase low-cost group insurance coverage, and implementing tax credits to low income persons who buy health insurance plans. That many citizens will choose to pay the IRS fine for not having insurance rather than pay costly premiums that are far more expensive than the fines.