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Obama Wants To Set Medicare Rates

From a strangely upset Washington Post:

Obama Eyes The Purse Strings for Medicare

Lawmakers Now Win Friends at Home by Setting Payout Rates

By Shailagh Murray
Thursday, July 16, 2009

At the same time President Obama is asking members of Congress to take one of the most politically difficult votes of their careers, he is also pressing lawmakers to give up one of their most valued perks of office: boosting Medicare payments to benefit hometown providers.

Setting reimbursement rates for local hospitals, doctors, home health-care centers and other providers is a legislative ritual that amounts to one of the most effective and lucrative forms of constituent service. Delivering federal money through Medicare, the country’s largest insurance program, can be a powerful tool on the campaign trail, allowing lawmakers to argue that they are creating jobs and improving the quality of health care for voters.

Longtime members of Congress have become masters at dominating the tug of war between keeping providers flush and trying to rein in the entitlement program’s dramatic growth. House Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) champions New York City’s teaching hospitals. Charles E. Grassley (Iowa), the Senate Finance Committee’s ranking Republican, makes sure rural health-care services are amply funded. Months before Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) left office, he secured a permanent 35 percent increase in Medicare payments for Alaska physicians.

Obama administration officials say they are determined to stem soaring Medicare spending, arguing that it is a root cause of the broader health-care crisis that they are trying to address with Congress. Behind the scenes, Obama is pushing for a mechanism that would take Medicare payment authority out of the hands of politicians and invest it in a separate entity, possibly under the executive branch.

"Structures that fundamentally alter the long-term costs are a must for real health-care reform," said White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. He called the Medicare payment debate "the least talked-about, most important issue on the table."

Is there nothing that Mr. Obama does not want to control?

And this is the same Messiah man who said he doesn’t want any more power, he already has too much on his plate.

And isn’t it funny that Mr. Emanuel says the “Medicare payment debate” is the most important thing in the proposed health care reforms and this is the first we are hearing of it?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 16th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Obama Wants To Set Medicare Rates”

  1. Steve says:

    Mr. Limbaugh is discussing this thread as we type.

  2. Colonel1961 says:

    Is it me, or weren’t we so worried about the expansion of Executive Branch powers several months ago?

  3. proreason says:

    For anybody who still believes Obamy’s house-of-mirrors claim that he isn’t a socialist, what could be more clear than setting prices for medical care.

    That means he is setting compensation for everybody working in the medical field….doctors, nurses, pt’s, admins personnel, janitors…..everybody.

    Does anybody in your family work in health care?

    If he succeeds in this it’s hard to see how civil conflict can be avoided.

  4. tranquil.night says:

    The Medicare debate is only the most important elephant in the room because without it this is just another gimp Liberal 4-year administration that is going to have most of its policies reversed in the future instead of the African/South American banana republic socialistic tyranny that is the end-goal of all Liberal administrations.

  5. proreason says:

    Another thought on this.

    Remember when Bush proposed an alternative to Social Security, there was a lot of pushback, and he didn’t have the votes, so he dropped it. But suppose he had the votes, despite the opposition. Do you think he would have CRAMMED his vision down the throats of the country.

    But the Moron, on every matter, despite a precipitous drop in approval ratings for him and his cabal, not only does he persist with has plans without the slightest adjustments, he rushes to get them implemented before the approval ratings go to zero.

    Are those the actions of a leader who wants the best for his country?

    Or are those the actions of a zealot dictator rushing to grab the reins of total power before his opponents can stop him by peaceful means?

    • TwilightZoned says:

      “Or are those the actions of a zealot dictator rushing to grab the reins of total power before his opponents can stop him by peaceful means?”

      Rhetorical question, I know Pro. I’m on the same page.

  6. Melly says:

    “Behind the scenes, Obama is pushing for a mechanism that would take Medicare payment authority out of the hands of politicians and invest it in a separate entity, possibly under the executive branch.”

    Another freaking Czar?

    :-O


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