Friday, July 24, 2009

The Most Fraud, Waste, And Abuse

The doctor in the video is talking about Medicare when he says it has the most fraud, waste, and abuse. So the question is: how is the current plan for National Health Care going to fix that? As far as I can tell it isn't even addressed.

The other question is under-reimbursement of doctors? The Congress seems to have paid off doctors to get their support.
..."House Democrats want to give doctors a $245 billion sweetener that helps ensure their critical support for a health care overhaul bill," The Associated Press reports in a separate story. "Next up: Trying to explain how they could do it without breaking President Barack Obama's promise that health legislation won't increase the federal deficit. ... Democrats and the Obama administration argue that the $245 billion included for doctors — the approximate 10-year cost of adjusting Medicare reimbursement rates so physicians don't face big annual pay cuts — does not have to be counted in the overall cost of the health care bill. Their only-in-Washington reasoning is that they already decided to exempt it from congressional 'pay-as-you-go' rules that require new programs to be paid for. In other words, it doesn't have to be paid for because they decided it doesn't have to be paid for."

"Old policy or new, no one disputes that the 'doc fix' does in fact add to the deficit. And the administration's position carried no weight with the CBO when it released its analysis of the House Democrats' bill.
Smoke, mirrors, and lies. From our President and Congress? I'm shocked.

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