Remember all that unrealistic fear-mongering from Republicans claiming that the president's health reform act would lead to rationing in the health care industry? Policy set to take effect this week involving Medicare is making these concerns that Democrats attacked appear more and more accurate.
The Associated Press reports that as of Monday, Medicare will start fining hospitals that have too many patients readmitted within 30 days of discharge due to complications. The Obama Administration says that these penalties that come with the health care law will improve quality while also trying to save taxpayers money. According to AP, the penalties for two-thirds of hospitals serving Medicare patients will average around $125,000 per facility this coming year.
Republican Rep. Andrew Harris of Maryland is an anesthesiologist and a vocal opponent to the federal government broadening its role in the health care industry. Watch a clip of Rep. Harris discussing these issues with Andrew Wilkow during an appearance on TheBlaze TV Monday: