“The Mayo Clinic, which has been praised by President Obama as an exemplar for the healthcare industry, will no longer accept new Medicare patients at a primary-care clinic in Glendale, AZ, a Phoenix suburb. While this office serves only a small portion of Mayo’s 526,000 patients in Minnesota, Arizona, and Florida, the organization says that the Glendale clinic is part of a 2-year pilot that will determine whether Mayo continues taking care of Medicare patients at other facilities. Meanwhile, the 3,000 Medicare patients who see family doctors at the Glendale office will have to pay nearly $2,000 a year out of pocket if they want to stay with their physicians.
Mayo is going in this direction because it lost $840 million last year on Medicare. Its Arizona hospital and four primary-care clinics lost $120 million. Nationwide, physicians earn about 20 percent less from Medicare than they do from private payers, but there’s no evidence that most are losing money on Medicare. In a Bloomberg article, Dr. Robert Berenson of the Urban Institute is quoted as saying that some primary-care physicians can afford to do without Medicare “because there is an unlimited demand for their services.” In areas where private health plans pay much more, Medicare looks like a poor payer, he adds.
Nevertheless, the Mayo experiment highlights the grim realities facing Medicare. Even at the current payment rates, the payroll-tax-funded Medicare Trust Fund, which covers inpatient care, is expected to go bankrupt in 2017. General tax revenues and beneficiary premiums guarantee the solvency of Medicare Part B, the outpatient program, but neither higher taxes nor the current rise in premiums is popular. Cutting doctors’ fees is not politically acceptable, either. To keep those fees stable for the next decade, the House recently passed a supplemental spending bill of nearly $200 billion, and the Senate is expected to follow suit, in return for the AMA’s support of its reform bill.”
“When: October 19th, 2009 at 7:00 PM
Where: Temple Ner Tamid, 55 North Valle Verde Drive, Henderson, Nevada 98074
Congresswoman Dina Titus is hosting a health care forum Monday October 19th to hear your concerns about government run health care. It is critical that we show up in force to take a stand against a government take over of our health care. Please bring your friends, family, and neighbors to this important event. Make sure your voice is heard but remember to be respectful and polite.”
From the website of Congresswoman Dina Titus:
Congresswoman Titus understands that Americans across the country are struggling to afford the high price of health care or lack access to the care they need. In Nevada nearly a quarter of 18- to 64-year-olds go without health care coverage. Nevada’s small businesses are also feeling the strain, as the high cost of health care is making them less competitive and dragging them down at a time when they are struggling to stay afloat. The average American family pays an extra $1,100 a year in premiums to support the uninsured. And with premiums having doubled in nine years and growing three times as fast as wages, now is the time to act.
Reforming our health care system must not unfairly burden small businesses. Small businesses are the engines of growth in our economy, and their recovery will be critical to our efforts to pull Nevada out of this recession and create jobs that put people back to work.
Congresswoman Titus believes that to make health insurance reform a success, we must do it right and ensure that people who like their doctor or current plan can keep both. She supports ending the practice of denial based on preexisting conditions, preventing insurance companies from placing a cap or limit on the benefits they will cover, and eliminating co-pays for preventive care. She supports cutting back on waste, fraud and abuse in the system and investing in health information technology, which will make health care more efficient and affordable by reducing administrative costs and duplicative tests. Congresswoman Titus also believes in the need to control skyrocketing drug prices and keep seniors out of the donut hole.”
September 24, 2009
“The Medicare Premium Fairness Act before you today will eliminate this inequity and protect all Medicare enrollees so that no senior will see his or her premium increase or experience a Social Security check decrease. Because this bill is fully paid for by using existing funds including the Medicare Improvement Fund and it meets the PAYGO requirements, it is a responsible way to stand up and provide for our seniors during these tough economic times.”
October 8, 2009
“Today is a sad day for Nevada’s seniors as Senate Republicans stood against them in order to block legislation that would prevent an increase in Medicare premiums. With nearly 134,000 Social Security beneficiaries in my district, it is critical that Congress act to protect seniors from higher Medicare premiums at a time when every dollar counts and family budgets are stretched thin.”
Larry Sinclair confuses Obama supporters with facts in this Youtube video:
“Organizing For America members say “you don’t need to read 1000 pages of a bill…””
“University of Central Florida Students transported by Organizing for America to the Alan Grayson/Joe Biden events in Orlando do not even know what they are supporting. These students (all but 1 of which are members of SDS) were transported to the Biden school speech and then to the Marriott Hotel for the $1000, $5000, & $10,000 per donor Biden/Grayson/Kosmas fund raiser in a Black SUV. The SDS president was seen coming and going from the Hotel on his cell phone calling other members.”