Starving the Beast

If you are against Universal Healthcare/Single Payer Healthcare, your biggest enemy is Medicare. Medicare is an excellent single-payer system that covers a huge number of people with lots of serious medical conditions for a reasonable price and with low low overhead (2% versus 30%). So, if you are a Republican in the White House and in the Legislative Branch, what do you do?

You starve the program into submission. You don't come right out and say you are going to kill off Medicare, because no one will support that. But, you start trimming benefits here, making more paperwork there, donut-holes for you, and then you slowly undercut the whole program by making it unattractive to doctors. That is the secret plan if you will of the Republican Congress. Undercut medicare so that less doctors accept it, talk about what a lousy plan it is, and suggest privatization.
crossposted at CountryCrats

Physicians issue warning over Medicare pay cut
By Jeffrey Young

With the number of legislative days dwindling and a stiff Medicare pay cut on the horizon, interest groups representing physicians are again warning that lower rates will cause doctors to treat fewer beneficiaries.

Groups such as the American Medical Association (AMA) sound this alarm every time Medicare’s complex and much maligned payment formula calls for a cut in their fees, as it has for several consecutive years. For 2007, doctors seeing Medicare patients will get paid 5.1 percent less than this year if Congress does not act.

The plan is already in action, your social security benefits have already been cut. How? Because for each 5% cut in payment, doctors must schedule more patients, which means that your time with the provider becomes limited, your care suffers, your health suffers, you suffer. Don't fall for it.

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This is their whole approach to government

They hate government. They suck at governing. They do such a shitty job that people say, "Man, government is totally incompetent."

They want to privatize EVERYTHING. It's the Puppetmaster's dream come true.

and it works...

this is the number one threat to our society, that we have gone from the New Deal where people saw government as a helping hand, to Eisenhower, who showed that government could do mega-programs that no private corporation could do for so little money, to Bush saying that social security is a hoax, Medicare is lousy, and the Dept. of Education should be disbanded because our kids are so dumb.

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Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

beyond that

This goes beyond incompetence. It is a plan dedicated to destroying government. Once you have control you take all the money away. You kick out all of the people who want the program to work and put in people who think the government is evil. Then you watch it implode. Incompetence in government is good when you hate government.

Lyndon Helton for NC Senate

"Keep the Faith"

The Beastards!

But stop for a minute and listen....that's the winds of change blowing....after the dems big win in November, this had better turn around!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

big sticks

after the election we'll see if the Democratic Party carries a big stick, or is just a lot of hot air.

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Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

It's already happening.

While I was working in Oregon, I had patients tell me they had to change doctors because the one they'd been seeing for 10 years stopped taking Medicare because of reimbursement issues. Other doctors refuse to see patients without insurance.

It's sickening, really. (Entendré definitely intended.)

Health care cuts and the Military

Also Tricare The healthcare Ins for retired military and military families is attached to Medicare reimbrsement. For a $64 office visit, the payment is $51.63. As a Physician assistant, that is reduced to $42.10. The patient pays 20$ of the $64($12.80 of the $64) which means Medicare pays$29.30 out of a $64 visit. This will be reduced by 5% on Jan 1. No one will want to take Medicare/Medicaid/Tricare. The Republican Congress is systematically putting the small clinic in rural america out of business.