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Obama Loves Mayo, But Mayo Does Not Love Him (Update: Gibbs Responds, Badly)
Weekly Standard ^ | July 20, 2009 | Mary Catherine Ham

Posted on 07/22/2009 6:23:36 AM PDT by upchuck

Obama Loves Mayo, But Mayo Does Not Love Him (Update: Gibbs Responds, Badly)

Throughout his push for health-care reform, President Obama has held up the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota as an example of great medicine at lower prices—something that could and should be emulated all over the country with guidance from his health care overhaul:

Obama, June 11: "And so what you’ve got is a situation where, for example, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is famous for some of the best quality and some of the lowest cost. People are healthier coming out of there, they do great."

Obama, June 24: "Well, I think what's important is to say to the American People that you should get the best possible care to make you well. And that the measure of the quality of care is not quantity, but whether or not it is making you better. Now, what we've seen is that there's some communities and some health systems that do this very well. Mayo Clinic, a classic example. In Rochester, Minnesota. People go there. They-- spend about 20-30 percent less than some other parts of the country, and yet have better outcomes."

Obama, July 1: "There are some places, like the Mayo Clinic -- many of you have heard of -- provides outstanding care, some of the best in the world. People fly in from everywhere to go to Mayo Clinic to get treatment. It turns out Mayo provides care much more cheaply than a lot of other health systems, even though it's better care."

Indeed, the Mayo Clinic is a model for great care at lower costs. If only Obama's health care plan, shaping up in Congress, promised to deliver anything like Mayo Clinic results. The Mayo Clinic does not approve. And, as he's pointed out, they should know.

Although there are some positive provisions in the current House Tri-Committee bill – including insurance for all and payment reform demonstration projects – the proposed legislation misses the opportunity to help create higher-quality, more affordable health care for patients. In fact, it will do the opposite.

In general, the proposals under discussion are not patient focused or results oriented. Lawmakers have failed to use a fundamental lever – a change in Medicare payment policy – to help drive necessary improvements in American health care. Unless legislators create payment systems that pay for good patient results at reasonable costs, the promise of transformation in American health care will wither. The real losers will be the citizens of the United States.

Update: Jake Tapper asked Gibbs about the Mayo Clinic's assessment, and got very little:

TAPPER: The president has had a lot of kind words to say about the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and their ability to provide quality health care and reduce costs. But the clinic issued a statement about the House Democrats' bill, saying, "The proposed legislation misses the opportunity to help create higher quality, more affordable health care for patients, and in fact it will do the opposite. In general, the proposals are not -- under discussion are not patient-focused or results-oriented. Lawmakers have failed to use the fundamental lever of changing Medicare payment policy to help drive necessary improvements in American health care." Does the president have any response to that, given his respect for the way the Mayo Clinic provides health care?

GIBBS: I saw that not long before I came out here. I don't -- I've asked the health policy people to look directly into that. I know that we've worked with -- with, as I said, doctors and nurses and lots of stakeholders on improving legislation, making sure that we're focused on patient quality, making sure that we're focused on cost-effective medicine. And that's what we'll continue to do. I'll work on getting something more specific.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gibbs; mayoclinic; obamacare
Several other articles about the "love affair" between the Mayo Clinic and nobama have been posted. See here.
1 posted on 07/22/2009 6:23:37 AM PDT by upchuck
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To: upchuck
I'll work on getting something more specific.

Does anything scream, "BS" louder than this?

2 posted on 07/22/2009 6:26:33 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: upchuck

Obama speaks in generalities with keywords and the lemmings cheer.

He’s not used to going deeper than that. Especially in Chicago politics.

That’s why he thinks 10,000 people died in a tornado where 12 actually did, can’t remember where he met his wife and thinks there are 57 (well, actually 60 if you read his statement properly) states in the U.S.A.


3 posted on 07/22/2009 6:28:59 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: upchuck
Hmmm, I thought they slipped a couple extra y’s in the title first time I read it.
4 posted on 07/22/2009 6:29:15 AM PDT by dblshot
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To: All

Does anyone doubt Gibbs got his butt kicked on a regular basis as a youngster?


5 posted on 07/22/2009 6:30:26 AM PDT by edpc (01010111 01010100 01000110 00111111)
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To: upchuck

The imbecile just can’t help himself.


6 posted on 07/22/2009 6:31:21 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: edpc

But not nearly enough.


7 posted on 07/22/2009 6:31:39 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: edpc
Does anyone doubt Gibbs got his butt kicked on a regular basis as a youngster?

I do. I bet his mommy protected him and fought his battles for him. He's such a momma's boy - except in this case he's an obama's boy.

8 posted on 07/22/2009 6:34:43 AM PDT by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

They’re all blatant liars. That is one who tells lie after lie and doesn’t really care if you catch them lying. After all, what the hell are you going to do about it.


9 posted on 07/22/2009 6:38:28 AM PDT by baiamonte
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To: raybbr

touche


10 posted on 07/22/2009 6:41:17 AM PDT by edpc (01010111 01010100 01000110 00111111)
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To: upchuck
There's only ONE mayo....


11 posted on 07/22/2009 6:45:09 AM PDT by envisio (Sexual Beer & BBQ Ribs)
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To: baiamonte
They’re all blatant liars. That is one who tells lie after lie and doesn’t really care if you catch them lying. After all, what the hell are you going to do about it?

Find the damn Birth Certificate, college records, draft records,SS number(s), passport data...etc....etc...etc.

12 posted on 07/22/2009 6:47:35 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: upchuck

His response, when read, is an obvious vapid pile of nothing. The problem is, it sounds like something in the spoken word. It has the right linguistic structure, but no content. These people are NOT stupid - they have studied the most successful propagandists of (recent especially) history, from Stalin’s minions, to Goebbels, to LBJ, to Hannity (sorry folks, but he plays the same sly word games too), to Obama. Goebbels and LBJ take the cake - I think because, shriveled as they are, Gibbs et al actually have something resembling souls.


13 posted on 07/22/2009 6:51:05 AM PDT by M203M4 (NEW New Deal: A pot through every window! (1/2 credit to Bastiat))
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To: M203M4
to Hannity (sorry folks, but he plays the same sly word games too),

I'd have to differ with you a bit there on 'Vanity.'

He's not bright enough to play word games. He's just a speak and spell.

Honestly, we all laugh at TOTUS because he can't speak extemporaneously, but Hannity also has a written notecard setpiece that he goes from, even in interviews, and regardless where the conversation goes he's reading it verbatim--unable to adapt to the convo.

14 posted on 07/22/2009 7:08:24 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: upchuck

Gibbs’ translation: “The president is a lying pile of elephant dung. And so is his press secretary.”


15 posted on 07/22/2009 7:16:12 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: sam_paine

yes, and Hannity isn’t being touted as the Messiah genius come to save us all from Evil. B. O. is being advertised as “The One”.

So the standard is higher for a Saviour.


16 posted on 07/22/2009 7:17:28 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

I know, I know. I just long for the good old days when there weren’t really any threats to the survival of the republic and the only thing I had to complain about was ShawnVanity! =)


17 posted on 07/22/2009 7:27:25 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: upchuck

Obama reminds me of the Mythical character Icarus who against his fathers wishes flew too close to the sun.
I appears Obama has reached his zenith and has lost his wings. I like this story better than the Waterloo story.
Mainly because Obama is a character out of a Myth, NO SUBSTANCE.

“Icarus soared through the sky curiously, but in the process he came too close to the sun, which melted the wax. Icarus kept flapping his wings but soon realized that he had no feathers left and that he was only flapping his bare arms. And so, Icarus fell into the sea in the area which bears his name, the Icarian Sea near Icaria, an island southwest of Samos.[2]”


18 posted on 07/22/2009 7:30:57 AM PDT by chatham
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To: HIDEK6

Gibbs' office chair.

19 posted on 07/22/2009 7:36:40 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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To: baiamonte

They’re no all always all lies. Bammy told the truth to a nut-root, net-root cheerleader on a conference call, recently.

During the President’s recent whip-up-the-net-roots conference call, a blogger from Maine said he kept running into an Investors Business Daily article that claimed Section 102 of the House health legislation would outlaw private insurance. The worried blogger asked: “Is this true? Will people be able to keep their insurance and will insurers be able to write new policies even though H.R. 3200 is passed?”

President Obama replied: “You know, I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you are talking about.”


20 posted on 07/22/2009 7:38:03 AM PDT by flowerplough (Sotomayor, during her hearings, on the Constitution: "It doesn't live, other than to be timeless.")
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To: upchuck
I've known barack loves Mao for a long time.

FMCDH(BITS)

21 posted on 07/22/2009 7:41:31 AM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: upchuck

22 posted on 07/22/2009 8:53:27 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Impeach the sumbeech)
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To: envisio

Absolutely! Duke’s is the finest mayo in the world. Period.


23 posted on 07/22/2009 3:02:11 PM PDT by upchuck (Psalm 109:8 ~ Let his days be few; and let another take his office.)
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