Skip to comments.Top US senator, hospitals near health care deal
Posted on 07/06/2009 7:41:20 PM PDT by sf4dubya
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With health care legislation at a crossroads, the nation's hospitals are near agreement with a key lawmaker and the White House to pick up part of the cost of President Barack Obama's plan for expanded coverage, officials said Monday.
The precise size of any deal was not available, although several days ago, talks were focused in the area $155 billion over a decade. These officials said under the emerging agreement, hospitals would accept lower-than-anticipated payments under Medicare and Medicaid, the federal health care programs for seniors and the poor.
Any agreement involving Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and the White House would give fresh momentum to efforts to write bipartisan legislation on an issue that Obama has placed atop his list of domestic priorities.
Obama has said he wants to sign a bill in October that would reduce medical costs and provide coverage to nearly 50 million uninsured Americans.
Baucus and the White House reached agreement with the drug companies two weeks ago for pharmaceutical firms to spend $80 billion over a decade, divided between closing a coverage gap under Medicare and defraying part of the cost of providing health care to millions who lack it.
(Excerpt) Read more at finance.yahoo.com ...
Let’s just see how many Senators up for re-election in 11/10 have the chutzpah to vote in favor of this monstrosity! Probably almost none since they know that will seal their doom!
And with another "stimulus plan" to save the present plan at the tune of a trillion dollars not out of the question to spend more money we don't have.
Insanity is being redefined on a major scale politically.
Obama’s so smart...he’s giving a commencement address to some new “economics” college in Russia tomorrow....BAAAWWAAAAAHHHHHHH
Under this plan, one or two things are likely to happen: one, because the hospitals will be eating costs, the quality of hospital care will decline; and, two, costs for privately insured patients will increase to take up the slack.
2010 LIST UP FOR RE-ELECTION
Ted Kaufman (D) of Delaware
Kit Bond (R) of Missouri
Sam Brownback (R) of Kansas
Mel Martinez (R) of Florida
George Voinovich (R) of Ohio
Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas
Barbara Boxer of California
Michael Bennet of Colorado
Christopher Dodd of Connecticut
Daniel Inouye of Hawaii
Roland Burris of Illinois
Evan Bayh of Indiana
Barbara Mikulski of Maryland
Harry Reid of Nevada
Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
Chuck Schumer of New York
Byron Dorgan of North Dakota
Ron Wyden of Oregon
Patrick Leahy of Vermont
Patty Murray of Washington
Russ Feingold of Wisconsin
Richard Shelby of Alabama
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
John McCain of Arizona
Johnny Isakson of Georgia
Mike Crapo of Idaho
Chuck Grassley of Iowa
Jim Bunning of Kentucky
David Vitter of Louisiana
Judd Gregg of New Hampshire
Richard Burr of North Carolina
Tom Coburn of Oklahoma
Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania
Jim DeMint of South Carolina
John Thune of South Dakota
Bob Bennett of Utah
Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania is Dem (officially) now ;)
Judd Gregg (NH) is retiring. Specter should be under Democrats now.
There are two major issues: price controls and rationing. Price controls will constrict supply. Rationing is the logical result of artificially restricted supply.
These two issues define single payer health care in every country in which it exists. This country's experience with single payer health care will be much worse. The rats have convinced the lower 50% of the population that the top 50% (primarily the top 10% to 15%) will pay for their benefits. Single payer health care will be accompanied with a huge expansion of the entitlement mentality. The coming amnesty and open borders will magnify this entitlement mentality. Health care providers will be overwhelmed with increased demand and beleaguered with price controls. The trial lawyers and ridiculous medical malpractice will deliver a death blow to health care quality and availability.
These forces will not crush the system overnight. I predict about a 10 year progression in health care hell just in time for the onslaught of baby boom retirement.
I hope every single one of these people who push this and vote for it roast in hell.
And I mean it. They are going to shove this down our throats and destroy our health care system.
I think the other way around. Almost all will vote for it and run on saying how wonderful they are for having voted yes to fix healthcare. Boobus America, sad to say, really hasn’t shown any dislike lately for big government schemes.
AHA's fear is that Medicare/Medicaid payment cuts will occur, AND that private insurance plans - which currently make up for government payment shortfalls - will go away with a "Public Option" plan. Healthcare reform as conceived by the Democrats will quickly bankrupt America's hospitals, setting them up for a Federal bailout, setting up Federal control. Very predictable.
Further screwing hospitals (about half of which are losing $$ on operations today) is the fact that the Feds do not plan to insure illegal immigrants, but will continue to require hospitals to treat illegal emergency and obstetrical patients... The issue for hospitals isn't providing that care; the issue is not being paid, and having no one left to shift the costs to once private plans are dramatically shrunk due to the Public Option plan.