One way the Democrats “paid” for ObamaCare was syphoning $500 billion out of the Medicare program. The government will pay doctors and hospitals less for the medical treatment of seniors.
What does that have to do with rationing? Well, the inevitable effect of these lower payments is a decrease in the number of health care providers willing to accept Medicare patients:
Top-ranked primary care doctor Linda Yau is one of three physicians with the [Washington, DC] District’s Foxhall Internists group who recently announced they will no longer be accepting Medicare patients.
And those still willing to accept Medicare patients are being forced to cut back on the care they provide to them. Geriatric specialist Michael Trahos is a typical example:
The Alexandria-based doctor has been limiting most of his Medicare patients to twice yearly rather than the quarterly checkups he considers ideal for the elderly.
This is how government-run health care programs “control” costs. They impose price controls that make it impossible for doctors and other providers to treat all those “covered” patients. As Dr. Yau put it:
It’s not easy. But you realize you either do this or you don’t stay in business.
This is de facto rationing. The reduction in payments automatically reduces the supply of care. And if you think this is an UNINTENDED consequence, you should refrain from reproducing.