Published On: Tue, May 28th, 2013

Rand Paul jokes about new Obamacare coding which includes 9 injuries from macaws, 2 from turtles VIDEO

In a little-noticed speech to the Iowa Republican Party this month, Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul mocked President Obama’s signature health care overhaul, noting the 122,000 new medical diagnostic codes doctors will have to use in order to inform the government about injuries sustained by Americans.

Those codes, said Sen. Paul, a medical doctor himself, include line-items for ‘injuries sustained from a turtle,’ ‘walking into a lamppost’ and ‘injuries sustained from burning water skis.’

Below is the full of the ICD-10 codes for the macaw injuries


Here’s another transcript:

‘Included among these codes,’ he told the Iowa Republicans during a May 10 dinner event, ‘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?’ Paul asked. ‘I’ve asked physicians all over the country, “Have you ever seen an injury from a macaw?”‘

Laughs came when the Kentucky senator added that he has 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?’ Paul mused.

‘Your doctor has to inform the government whether you’ve been struck by a turtle or bitten by a turtle.’

Paul wasn’t finished. ‘There is a new code for – I see some alcohol out there – walking into a lamppost,’ he chuckled. ‘There’s also a code for “walking into a lamppost, subsequent encounter.”‘ I guess that’s if you don’t learn.’

And ‘there is a code,’ he said, ‘for “injuries sustained from burning water skis.”

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photo caricature donkeyhotey/donkeyhotey.wordpress.com

W61Contact with birds (domestic) (wild)

W61.0Contact with parrot

W61.01Bitten by parrot

W61.01XA…… initial encounter

W61.01XD…… subsequent encounter

W61.01XS…… sequela

W61.02Struck by parrot

W61.02XA…… initial encounter

W61.02XD…… subsequent encounter

W61.02XS…… sequela

W61.09Other contact with parrot

W61.09XA…… initial encounter

W61.09XD…… subsequent encounter

W61.09XS…… sequela

W61.1Contact with macaw

W61.11Bitten by macaw

W61.11XA…… initial encounter

W61.11XD…… subsequent encounter

W61.11XS…… sequela

W61.12Struck by macaw

W61.12XA…… initial encounter

W61.12XD…… subsequent encounter

W61.12XS…… sequela

W61.19Other contact with macaw

W61.19XA…… initial encounter

W61.19XD…… subsequent encounter

W61.19XS…… sequela



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