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The AMA's 'reform' sellout
NY Post ^ | November 12, 2009 | MARC K. SIEGEL

Posted on 11/12/2009 2:26:04 AM PST by Scanian

The American Medical Association leadership is spineless when it comes to the health reforms now before Congress. The organization has focused almost entirely on a single issue -- the repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula, which penalizes doctors a percentage every year if the total amount we're reimbursed exceeds government projections. The formula calls for a 21 percent across-the-board cut in our Medicare payments this year.

The formula is absurd -- if it ever went into effect, doctors would flee Medicare, patients would revolt and Congress would have to reverse itself. All it does is force the AMA to spends millions each year lobbying to have the penalty waived.

So permanent repeal of SGR would certainly be good -- but it's far from the only problem with the current system. Worse, it's likely only a taste of what we -- doctors and patients -- would suffer under these "reforms."

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cuts; healthcare; medicare; physicians

1 posted on 11/12/2009 2:26:07 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian
“Follow the money”

The Obama gang has managed to politicize everything, generally through the use of cash. Under Obama, the private sector shrinks, government expands, and only those with political connections prosper.

2 posted on 11/12/2009 3:02:21 AM PST by iowamark (certified by Michael Steele as "ugly and incendiary")
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To: Scanian

so AMA caved for something they were likely to get anyway? and let me guess, 75% of AMA leadership voted foe Zero?


3 posted on 11/12/2009 4:53:19 AM PST by Piers-the-Ploughman (Just say no to circular firing squads.)
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