Don't End Medicare
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Medicare launches experiment to improve care
all the libs read is the hupp post if u think they go read that aricle u belive in santa lol
WORTH YOUR TIME TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE.
The report concluded that "the cost of medical care is high for the aged, principally for those requiring hospital care. Many aged persons never recover from the economic effects of a single hospital episode. Unfortunately, the heaviest burden is likely to fall on those with the least resources. Those with insurance are better able to absorb the blow than those without such protection, but even for the insured, there is no present guarantee against dependency in old age caused by catastrophic medical expenses."
None of this data demonstrates that there was "nobody out in the street suffering with no medical care" in the early 1960s. Thatís why weíre unable to rate the accuracy of Paulís statement on the Truth-O-Meter. As Paul has often noted, charitable care was an accepted part of the health care system during that period. "There were physicians who simply would not refuse care anyone who appeared in their offices and did Godís work," said Henry Aaron a health care specialist at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.
Medicare Program Wastes $8 Billion In Payouts To Private Insurers: GAO Reports
Very interesting article.
What this actually proves is "if you turn Medicare over to FOR PROFIT 100%, the taxpayers will be SCREWED.
According to this report, even with bonuses the FOR PROFIT cannot turn out a good, fair to the taxpayer, plan; rather cheats the system.
Again, expand MEDICARE from birth to death. Give the American taxpayer the option to belong to a plan that has a zero profit margin and can get volume discounts. Let the taxpayer take a page from Corporate America "Big is better". Obamacares can only do so much, we need to step in and vote to expand Medicare. Why do we need to pay "for profit management" millions in compensation each year to NOT pay claims and increase premiums? Isn't it time to pay the medical field the money? Imagine how much more would go to research and treatment. Would definately reduce premiums.
How much more proof do you need?
Heard on the news last night:
Surgery costs to remove appendix in California is between $1600 and $183,000 (without complications). A doctor did the research. She said she trained and was a doctor and had trouble understanding the bills. The news reporter called several hospitals to find out the cost of some surgeries only to be placed on hold. No menu/schedule with costs = no shopping around for the best deal. If you go through the ER, you are at their mervy.
Do you think we have a problem?
Any more questions about how the 1% got to be the 1%? Do you think there should be Gov't (taxpayer) regs in place?
Regarding the earlier posts, people who had what they thought was "good" insurance coverage ending up owing too!
Read entire article
Guess Who Would Benefit From Privatizing Medicare?
"The retirement age of Social Security is 66 now [67 for those born after 1959]. Nobody noticed because it happened one [month] at a time for 12 years," Scully said in the interview with Kaiser Health News. "You need to do the same thing for Medicare. You need to gradually move it to a premium support model so it looks more like the Federal Employee Retirement Program. You're not limiting spending. You're putting it under some kind of a rational, non-open ended fee-for-service entitlement. That's going to have to happen."
It was during the Bush administration that insurers persuaded lawmakers to allow them to administer the new Medicare Part D prescription drug program, which Scully noted is a kind of premium-support arrangement, with taxpayer dollars going straight to private insurers. Scully was a leading advocate of that approach, which has turned out to be, as I knew it would, a major source of new income for the companies I used to work for (Humana and Cigna) and the other insurers that participate in the Part D program.
"Premium support is Part D," Scully said. "When we designed Medicare Advantage,[the private health plan program in Medicare] it was premium support... That is a reasonable way to fix the Medicare program, phased in over the long term..."
Yes, Scully also played a key role in designing the Medicare Advantage program, with a lot of input from the insurance industry. Like Part D, it has turned out to be a revenue bonanza for insurers and has contributed in no small way to the record profits many of them have posted in recent years.
One of the reasons for that is because the Bush administration and the industry's Congressional pals rigged the program to all but guarantee impressive profits for private insurers.
WHEN WILL THIS BE STOPPED? When we do House (Senate) cleaning!!! This is another example of turning taxpayer social programs over to For Profit and getting SCREWED! Do you think this will work? How about good paying jobs and reworking Medicare guidelines for coverage to ensure it will be there for ALL?
Business CEOs call for raising retirement age
Are you ready for this?
It is hard enough for those below 65 to get/keep good job; now move retirement age t0 70 and give chunk of Medicare to FOR PROFIT.
How greedy are these people?
When will enough be enough?
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