August 28, 2013
Has Anyone Asked the Patient?
Most Americans are increasingly aware that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, a.k.a. ObamaCare), is actually making patients less protected (losing their coverage), and is rendering health care less affordable (through rising premiums). The stories about UPS (15,000 spouses cut from employee's plans), Forever 21 (all non-managers' hours cut to below 30 per week), the latest Kaiser Family Foundation survey (average premiums up $3000 since 2009) and more, are daily and incessant reminders that something is terribly wrong. But what people may be less aware of is the subtle shift in what the very terms 'health care' and 'coverage' are coming to mean under the new regime. In particular, Scope of Practice Expansion and 'provider non-discrimination' are twin movements to have nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physical therapists, chiropractors, optometrists and other non-physicians legally licensed to do more of the work that has commonly been limited in the past to...(Read Full Article)