Let’s see, Harry Reid and crew hand the Department of Veterans Affairs $300 million in additional funding so it can reduce the backlog of disability claims. Then, Harry praises VA Secretary Eric Shinseki for doing a “wonderful job” when the claims backlog drops more than 2,000 claims per day.
So, how did they manage to become so much more efficient? The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports in the penultimate graph of a story in today’s paper:
“Concerned Veterans for America notes, however, that the VA’s reported progress in reducing the backlog is a mirage because claims processors rushed to deny claims with little review. The result: a backlog in appeals.”
Voila, fewer claims backlogged.
So, how will the bureaucrats respond when too few younger Americans sign up for ObamaCare and the older and sicker people who do begin to drive the costs of the program far beyond what was anticipated?
As Investor’s Business Daily points out in an editorial that Canada’s Supreme Court has ruled a government board, not family or doctors, has the ultimate power to pull the plug:
“Lost in the discussion of defunding ObamaCare and the failed effort in Congress is the fact that failure means the government’s ability to defund your life through the ObamaCare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) remains. IPAB is regarded by many, starting with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, as a death panel whose decisions based on cost effectiveness would result in health care rationing.”
Howard Dean, a physician, former screaming presidential candidate and head of the Democratic National Committee, wrote in The Wall Street Journal this past summer:
“The IPAB is essentially a health-care rationing body. By setting doctor reimbursement rates for Medicare and determining which procedures and drugs will be covered and at what price, the IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them.
“There does have to be control of costs in our health-care system. However, rate setting — the essential mechanism of the IPAB — has a 40-year track record of failure. What ends up happening in these schemes (which many states including my home state of Vermont have implemented with virtually no long-term effect on costs) is that patients and physicians get aggravated because bureaucrats in either the private or public sector are making medical decisions without knowing the patients. Most important, once again, these kinds of schemes do not control costs. The medical system simply becomes more bureaucratic.”
Do you think, when the money runs out, the IPAB will do what the bureaucrats at the VA did — deny, deny, deny?