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Obamacare to Require 122,000 New Codes

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 16, 2013

macawComplaints concerning Obamacare have grown broader and louder throughout the year.  Initially the battle was fought by Republicans and less radical Democrats who understood that government intervention cannot make services cheaper or better.  More recently the fight against Obamacare has ironically been joined by labor unions, an important Democratic Party constituent.  After learning the details of the act, they too want no part of it.

Irrespective of facts and potential problems, Obamacare is perhaps the largest government intervention of all times, affecting approximately one sixth of the US economy.  Pres. Obama has even had to slow down the laws implementation due to unresolved problems more than three years after the law was passed.

Earlier this summer Sen. Rand Paul, Republican from Kentucky, exposed facts concerning one aspect of Obamacare’s complexity, diagnostic codes.  According to Paul, Obamacare:

  • Includes 9,000-plus pages of new regulations.
  • Includes approximately 122,000 new medical diagnostic codes required to inform the government how injuries were sustained.  This is an increase from the current 18,000 codes (ICD-9).
  • 312 new codes just for injuries sustained from animals with 72 for those caused by birds and nine for a very special bird, the macaw.  And not to leave out our cold-blooded friends, there are two new codes for injuries sustained from turtles.
  • There is a new code created for injuries while walking into a lamppost and yet another from burning water skis.

You can’t make this stuff up!  A law so complex and ridiculous in just this one aspect is guaranteed to fail.  As one Democratic senator so clearly stated, Obamacare is a train wreck.


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