I was having lunch today with another insurance broker, and she showed me an email she had received that had some frightening information about the future of Medicare….and it had to do with “Obamacare”. Here is part of the email:
I had one of the most troubling, most disturbing conversations ever with Julie’s sister-in-law, Dr. Suzanne Allen, head of emergency services at the Johnson City Medical Center in Tennessee.
We were discussing the “future” and I asked her had she seen any affects of Obama Care in her work?
“Oh, yes. We are seeing cutbacks throughout the services we provide. For example, we are now having to deal with patients who would normally receive dialysis can no longer be accepted. In the past, there was always automatic approval under Medicare for anyone who needed dialysis — not anymore.” So, what will be their outcome? “They will die soon without dialysis,” she stated.
I assumed this was a bogus story because it sounded a lot like the “death panel” emails that went around in 2010. So I pulled out my i-pad and googled the subject line of the email. I found plenty of links to stories about this email that is being passed on from uninformed and gullible people to their likewise gullible friends and family.
Factcheck.org had this to say about the story.
The frightening claims in this email about losing control of one’s health care decisions have caused consternation among some of our readership — particularly the fear of losing all health care after age 75. But fear not, this email is bunkum.
The email presents a veneer of authenticity. There is, in fact, a Johnson City Medical Center. It is a not-for-profit center located in Johnson City, Tenn., that serves as “a safety net hospital caring for the uninsured.” And there is a Dr. Suzanne Allen who works in emergency medicine at that center. But that is where any truth to this email ends.
We contacted Ed Herbert, a representative for the Johnson City Medical Center. He confirmed to us that the conversation quoted in the email is fraudulent. According to Herbert, a guest of Dr. Allen’s home created the untrue email to further a political point.
It is sad and pathetic that there are people out there spreading these lies – and frightening seniors. Given that this is the second go-round for these lies, and they have been debunked, it is especially sad that people are still falling for them. It reminds me of the saying, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me”. Come on, people! Wake up and realize these people are playing you for fools!