Impact of Obama's Health Insurance Reform On Seniors

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Health care reform

The 313 billion dollars in Medicare cuts as part of the new government healthcare “reform” to expand affordable health insurance coverage to the 46 million uninsured may end up causing a horrible and frightening death for our sickest senior citizens. This is how it may happen. One stated method of saving money is to deny hospital readmission within 30 days to someone who is suffering from Congestive Heart Failure or CHF. If not treated rapidly, CHF causes a person to die by drowning in his or her own body fluids. Is this OK for our own citizens?

This is Washington’s idea of health care reform to expand health insurance coverage. Is it cutting costs by choking and drowning our sickest seniors? Or is it making them wait in pain, unable to walk, until their turn in line comes up for a hip replacement? Americans don’t understand that a Canadian-style government run health insurance system will drastically reduce services, delay getting treatment, and eliminate the private pay options and choices that most citizens in the US expect.

Think about this when considering the health insurance reform proposals.

The $313 Billion cuts in Medicare will RATION back surgeries, antibiotics, MRI’s and CAT Scans. Like the Post Office or DMV you would “Take a Number” and wait and wait and wait.

America will become like Canada where Colonoscopies, Mammograms and new cancer drugs are so rationed or delayed that patients die because they cannot get treatment.


It is very hard to live in pain and fear for a year or more waiting to get a CAT scan or MRI to find out what’s wrong. It is very hard to feel your body failing and not know what is wrong. Yet, you can't see a doctor or get the tests you need.

A nationalized system will eliminate private pay options and private health insurance.

Does a public option cut costs? No. Medicare has a 40-Yr track record (since 1970) of costs rising 34% more per patient, than the combined costs of all private health care. That is before the baby boomers flock into it.

We have lost so much in this country. Do we also have to lose this fight for our literal lives?

Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D. is a women’s health specialist and patient advocate in private practice, in Dallas TX and Tucson AZ, and author of six consumer books on women’s health, and also host of The Savvy Woman's Health Guide on BlogTalkRadio. She has given hundreds of talks for women and health professionals across the country, and overseas. As a woman, and a patient herself, Dr. Vliet understands at a personal and professional level the importance of having freedom to choose WHEN, WHERE, and WITH WHOM we seek medical care. She is a seasoned expert commentator and a passionate fighter against President Obama’s Health Care Reform Plan. Web site:

DISCLAIMER: Dr. Vliet has no financial ties to any health care system, pharmaceutical company, or health insurance plan. Her allegiance and advocacy is to and for patients.

Written by Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.
PO. Box 64507 Tucson Az 85728