TOLD YOU SO!
On June 25, 2014, I spent an hour on the phone with our client and Medicare to get Medicare to correct its erroneous records about our client. The client is from Valparaiso, Indiana. We spoke to three Medicare representatives at three offices.
The client is a victim of the Obamacare law (a.k.a. “Affordable Care Act”). Her employer cancelled the group health insurance plan for all the employees. This forced them to obtain insurance through other Obamacare approved insurance plans. Our client had another option. The client worked past age 65. So, she could go on Medicare and obtain a Medicare supplement insurance policy with a rather low monthly premium.
She (and all her co-workers) lost her employer’s group health plan coverage on February 28, 2014. Her Medicare and Medicare supplement coverage started March 1, 2014.
But, when the client and I phoned Medicare on June 25, it had not yet updated the records. Medicare records still showed that our client was on an employer provided group health insurance plan. Medicare had not changed our client’s records for about four months. During that time, the doctors who gave her service were not being paid anything by Medicare and Medicare was not forwarding claims information to the client’s Medicare supplement insurance company. This tardiness by Medicare was a problem even before Obamacare.
During the Obamacare law debates, I repeatedly warned in my articles that there are problems with both Medicare and the Veterans Administration (VA) health systems. I knew that because for years I had helped senior citizens who had problems with both of those federal health care systems. I warned that if a national health care system was modeled on Medicare or the VA, then ALL AMERICANS WOULD START HAVING THE SAME KINDS OF PROBLEMS THAT SENIOR CITIZENS HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING FOR YEARS UNDER MEDICARE AND THE VA.
Since then, Obamacare became law. Now, we have learned that the VA was letting senior veterans DIE rather than give them medical service, that VA officials were keeping “off-record” books about the veterans who were not getting medical attention in order for some high level VA officials to claim and get bonuses that they did not deserve for good management. Also, Medicare still does not have a system for quick changes to records so that medical claims are processed correctly for senior citizens who just start Medicare.
I told you so! One of the reasons that the Obamacare law is bad is because it just increases and spreads problems that were already in the Medicare and VA health care systems.
If Obamacare remains the law, I expect that in the future the Obamacare law will be amended to allow the federal government to order seniors to die to save the federal government money rather than just recommend that seniors die as is the current law.
EDITORS NOTE: Note: Woodrow Wilcox is the senior medical bill case worker at a major insurance agency in northwest Indiana. Wilcox has helped senior clients of that agency save over one million by correcting medical bill errors that were caused by mistakes in the Medicare system. He wrote the book SOLVING MEDICARE PROBLEM$ (www.solvingmedicareproblems.com) to teach others how to help senior citizens with Medicare related medical bill problems. To educate the public, Wilcox recently launched the website www.ObamacareHurtsSeniors.com.
© 2014 Woodrow Wilcox
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