We Keep Finding Out What’s In Obamacare, And It Never Gets Better – Updated

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Nancy Pelosi was right, they had to pass the wretched Obamacare before we’d know what was in it. Unfortunately, the news doesn’t get any better.

Did you know that thanks to Obamacare the newest edition of the International Classification of Diseases, which is the system providers use to code their bills, has gone from 18,000 codes to a whopping 140,000 codes? It’s insane, how are they going to keep up with this?

New codes describe precisely what bone was broken, or which eye was blackened, and tell insurers whether your injury occurred in, for example, an opera house, an art gallery, on a squash court, or in one of nine locations in and around a mobile home.
Some of them push the limits of propriety. Code R46.1 is for “bizarre personal appearance,” while code R46.0 is for “very low level of personal hygiene.” Others tell insurers whether an injury caused by walking into a lamppost was the “initial encounter,” or a “subsequent encounter.”
There is a group of codes that clarify whether you were injured while sewing, ironing, crocheting, doing handcrafts, knitting, or my personal favorite, playing a brass instrument. (Brass players are now churning out imaginative scenarios for how these injuries might have occurred.) There is also a code indicating that a patient’s injury occurred in a chicken coup.
Speaking of birds, there are 72 codes for patients who have run afoul of these creatures, and being bitten by a parrot has a different code than if said parrot flies into you, or if you are bitten or flown into by a macaw or a goose. There are nine different codes for each of the six different species of bird. (Read More)
On the bright side a good number of Americans don’t even know Obamacare is a law. I suppose ignorance is bliss, at least until the tax hikes start taking effect.

Starting in tax year 2013:

Obamacare Surtax on Investment Income  …

Obamacare Medicare Payroll Tax Increase …

Obamacare Medical Device Tax …

Obamacare High Medical Bills Tax …

Obamacare Flexible Spending Account Tax …

Starting in tax year 2014:

Obamacare Individual Mandate Non-Compliance Tax …

Obamacare Employer Mandate Tax …

Obamacare Tax on Health Insurers …

Starting in tax year 2018:

Obamacare Tax on Union Member and Early Retiree Health Insurance Plans …

Read the whole thing to find out what these taxes are going to cost. What a disaster!

Update: I almost forgot, business owners are going to have to pay for Obamacare’s comparative effectiveness research.

 Business owners voiced a number of complaints about Obamacare Tuesday at a congressional field hearing in Concord, N.C.

Costs are one issue, the critics said, and uncertainty is another: “One of the issues is also that we keep learning things,” said Chuck Horne, the president of a family-owned textile business that employs 350 people and got its start in 1946.

“Just yesterday, I learned we will pay two dollars per covered individual to pay for the Patient-Centered Outcome(s) Research Institute, whatever that is. And we just keep learning these things as time goes by.”

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute — PCORI for short — is one of the many controversial aspects of Obamacare. Its focus is “comparative effectiveness research” — a best-practices database, which compares different treatments for a variety of ailments to decide which one works best for the most people.