Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Obama Will Cut Medicare and Medicaid
Nice way for Obama to treat Seniors, huh?
From The AJC:
Cuts in federal funding to hospitals proposed by President Barack Obama would endanger the already struggling industry, the head of the American Hospital Association said Monday.
Rich Umbdenstock, president and chief executive of the trade group, said it is “deeply disappointed and concerned” that the administration is proposing cuts to hospitals at a time when more patients are relying on their local hospital for care.
Obama has suggested trimming federal payments to hospitals by about $200 billion over the next 10 years, saying greater efficiencies and broader insurance coverage will justify the change
The health program for senior citizens covers a large proportion of patients at many hospitals. Umbdenstock said that Medicare and other federal health programs already pay hospitals, on average, more than $32 billion a year below the cost of the care they provide.
He said that cutting programs that reimburse hospitals that treat many poor and uninsured patients — the Medicare and Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital programs — “could severely jeopardize hospitals’ ability to care for their patients and communities.”
“These programs also help to mitigate the financial shortfalls hospitals experience from government program underpayments and treating undocumented immigrants,” Umbdenstock said.
Those programs support both services for uninsured children and adults, and “essential community services” including trauma and burn units, disaster readiness, neonatal care and emergency psychiatric treatment, he said.
Umbdenstock urged Congress not to reduce the disproportionate share hospital payments “before coverage expansions are universal and fully implemented as part of reform, and Medicare and Medicaid shortfalls are addressed.”
From The WaPoo:
In his weekly radio address, Obama proposed limiting the growth of Medicare fee-for-service payments, taking hospitals and other health-care providers at their word that they will reduce costs. He also proposed cutting subsidies to hospitals that treat uninsured patients on the theory that such payments will decline as more people are covered through his plan.
But many lawmakers are not enthusiastic about slashing payments to hospitals and other providers without clear evidence that the cuts will not hurt patients back home. Even small cuts on the Senate Finance Committee list have provoked widespread grumbling.
Why on earth would anyone believe that his unproven and untested theory of cutting programs that reimburse hospitals that treat many poor and uninsured patients would ultimately reduce costs because those who previously lacked coverage would, under his unproven program, be covered under the scheme of Rationed Socialized Healthcare? What those costs will be is unknown. And if you're going to trust "government projections" on cost projections, do what I usually do. When a politician says something will cost "X" dollars, I double it...sometimes I triple it. Because when all is said and done, government (under both Democrats and Republicans) doesn't have to stick to a budget.
If we pretend Obama is right (he's not), and we will "save" money...I have to ask, where and who will receive and benefit from the savings? Will the taxpayers be refunded the largess? Heh...yeah...good one.
Anyone out there on Medicare and Medicaid who voted for Obama? How are you feeling now? You must be so happy with The Kenyan.
I hope all the Seniors who "bought into" Barry's Bullshit are happy with how they voted.
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