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HHS pilot program to send 2 million poor seniors from Medicare into voucher programs
hotair.com ^ | 9/8/12 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 09/08/2012 8:27:04 AM PDT by Justaham

I know that every campaign promise Barack Obama makes has an expiration date … but this is ridiculous. The confetti is barely off the floor at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina after Obama’s acceptance speech, and already we find out that he’s flip-flopped. Remember this part of the speech, in which he attacks the Paul Ryan plan to apply free-market reform and cost controls to Medicare?

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: healthcare; hhs; medicare; obama; obamacare; voucherprograms

1 posted on 09/08/2012 8:27:10 AM PDT by Justaham
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To: Justaham
Obama's the focus group-approved sound-bite president.

His idea of leading is spewing snappy slogans, then heading for the links.

2 posted on 09/08/2012 8:38:56 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Justaham

Bump


3 posted on 09/08/2012 8:48:23 AM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: Justaham

Other than the irony of the whole thing, I don’t have a problem with this. Medicaid is eating up state budgets in a massive way. Allowing states to pay an insurance company $14k or $15k per person is going to be a darned sight cheaper than the per senior cost for Medicaid for them. The states do not have any role in Medicare. They do have a role (and a huge, huge unfunded federal mandate) in Medicaid.


4 posted on 09/08/2012 9:03:50 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good-Pope Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley

the feds already pay about $1200 to the medicare advantage for each senior that opts into a medicaqre advantage health plan, and a lot of states including Calif already have managed care heath plan for Medicaid members, the managed care plan here in OC calif handles both medi-cal and medicare. How much the state pays them i don’t know


5 posted on 09/08/2012 9:57:10 AM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: Justaham

Taking low income seniors out of the Federal Medicare and into a State plan likely administered by private companies is a very good idea.
1. The states will be able to control costs because states must balance their budgets and cannot print money.
2. States will use private insurance companies to administer benefits. The private companies are more efficient and less expensive than state administrators and employees.
3. States will respond more rapidly to local needs. For example, disease prevalence varies from region to region.
4. States can also pass laws that give providers (insurance companies and healthcare providers) some protection from needless lawsuits.
5. Insurers and providers can be given the flexibility to create lower cost treatment models with less Federal interference.
These low income seniors are a part of the ‘safety net’ and have contributed relatively little to Medicare through payroll taxes. Rationed care for this sub-group is still a generous proposition from a nation with critical budgetary problems on the verge of financial collapse.


6 posted on 09/08/2012 10:16:21 AM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot)
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To: Justaham
I really think this was the plan for Obamacare all along. Collect 4 yrs. of taxes (which will disappear), then when it comes time to actually supply healthcare, dump it off on the states (Medicaid).

I need me a gig like that - collect all the money and make someone else responsible for servicing the customer.

7 posted on 09/08/2012 10:39:19 AM PDT by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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