We all know what a disaster Obamacare has been for Americans.
Not only has it made it harder for people to get the care they need, it is causing costs to skyrocket and doctors to abandon medicine.
But Obamacare is responsible for something even darker. Something that is crippling and destroying millions of American lives.
Obamacare is helping millions become hooked on highly-addictive pain medication.
More via Time:
As part of an Obamacare initiative meant to reward quality care, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is allocating some $1.5 billion in Medicare payments to hospitals based on criteria that include patient-satisfaction surveys. Among the questions: “During this hospital stay, how often did the hospital staff do everything they could to help you with your pain?” And: “How often was your pain well controlled?”
To many physicians and lawmakers struggling to contain the nation’s opioid crisis, tying a patient’s feelings about pain management to a hospital’s bottom line is deeply misguided––if not downright dangerous. “The government is telling us we need to make sure a patient’s pain is under control,” says Dr. Nick Sawyer, a health-policy fellow at the UC Davis department of emergency medicine. “It’s hard to make them happy without a narcotic. This policy is leading to ongoing opioid abuse.”
Obamacare is encouraging doctors to get more patients hooked on pain pills? I thought the government was supposed to fight against drug addiction?
Honestly, this might be worse than most of the other Obamacare problems.
Addiction to pain pills doesn’t just happen to junkies looking for a quick fix.It can happen to anyone who simply needs to recover from an injury.
But instead of encouraging real care, Obamacare encourages medical professionals to keep their patients pilled up and happy.
More on America’s drug crisis here:
What can we do to solve the drug crisis in America? Share your thoughts in the comments!