Bitten by a Turtle? There’s an Injury Code for that in Obamacare

Leah Barkoukis
Posted: May 28, 2013 3:49 PM
Bitten by a Turtle? There’s an Injury Code for that in Obamacare

Speaking at the Iowa Republican Party’s Lincoln Dinner earlier this month, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul criticized the approximately 122,000 new medical diagnostic codes in Obamacare that physicians will have to use to inform insurers of their patients’ injuries. “Your government just wants to take care of you,” Paul said sarcastically, as some of the codes are downright ridiculous.

“Included among these codes,” the senator continued, “will be 312 new codes for injuries from animals; 72 new codes for injuries just from birds; 9 new codes for ‘injuries from the macaw.”‘

“The macaw?” he asked. “I’ve asked physicians all over the country, ‘Have you ever seen an injury from a macaw?”‘

He continued, adding that he had found “two new injury codes under Obamacare for ‘injuries sustained from a turtle.”‘

“Now, you might say, ‘Well, turtles are dangerous’ — but why do you have to have two codes?” he asked.  “Your doctor has to inform the government whether you’ve been struck by a turtle or bitten by a turtle.”

He added:  “There is a new code for … walking into a lamppost. There’s also a code for ‘walking into a lamppost, subsequent encounter.’”

“I guess that’s if you don’t learn,” he added. “[T]here is [also] a code … for ‘injuries sustained from burning water skis.”‘