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Cancer clinics are turning away thousands of Medicare patients. Blame the sequester.
The Washington Post ^ | April 3, 2013 | Sarah Kliff

Posted on 04/03/2013 4:02:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Cancer clinics across the country have begun turning away thousands of Medicare patients, blaming the sequester budget cuts.

Oncologists say the reduced funding, which took effect for Medicare on April 1, makes it impossible to administer expensive chemotherapy drugs while staying afloat financially.

Patients at these clinics would need to seek treatment elsewhere, such as at hospitals that might not have the capacity to accommodate them.

“If we treated the patients receiving the most expensive drugs, we’d be out of business in six months to a year,” said Jeff Vacirca, chief executive of North Shore Hematology Oncology Associates in New York. “The drugs we’re going to lose money on we’re not going to administer right now.”

After an emergency meeting Tuesday, Vacirca’s clinics decided that they would no longer see one-third of their 16,000 Medicare patients....

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: 0care; 0carenightmare; abortion; cancer; cancerclinics; deathpanels; medicare; medicarecuts; medicarefunding; obama; obamacare; obamalies; patiensrefused; patientsrefused; patientsturnedaway; sequester; sequesterpunishes; zerocare
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1 posted on 04/03/2013 4:02:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Social Security has had $13.4T pilfered form it which puts seniors at risk. The demoRATS are a total failure.
2 posted on 04/03/2013 4:04:47 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Life is a terminal disease. Throwing good money at attempting to disprove that theory seems ludicrous.


3 posted on 04/03/2013 4:05:33 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I see.... I guess Obama’s plan is kicking in earlier than I expected.

I watched my own son die of Acute Lymphoma several years ago. And to deny cancer treatments *JUST* because of money makes my blood boil.


4 posted on 04/03/2013 4:06:34 PM PDT by The Working Man
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

AF 1 needs to be grounded. And no vacations for the obamas or bidens until this is figured out.

I can’t imagine a Republican President spending tax money on partying while cancer patients are dying from being denied life saving drugs. He would be drawn and quartered by the press- and rightfully so.

This administration is a complete failure and disgrace.


5 posted on 04/03/2013 4:07:09 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The medical racket has already been quite interlinked with government for a long time.


6 posted on 04/03/2013 4:07:52 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: gorush
I think we should keep that in mind when you're diagnosed with cancer or any other treatable disease.
7 posted on 04/03/2013 4:09:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
BS.

Obamacare stole $750 BILLION from Medicare and the Washington Post blames the Sequester?

The Washington Post is a criminal organization.

8 posted on 04/03/2013 4:09:53 PM PDT by eCSMaster (Palin was correct!)
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To: The Working Man

My sincerest condolences to you.


9 posted on 04/03/2013 4:12:04 PM PDT by laplata (The Answer To 1984 Is 1776)
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To: The Working Man

OBAMA DOESN’T CARE ABOUT PEOPLE LIKE YOUR SON, OR ANYONE ELSE WHO DOESN’T VOTE DEMOCRAT, GIVE HIM CAMPAIGN FUNDS, OR WHO IS AN INDEPENDENT THINKER.

Sorry for your loss. I lost both of my parents to Liver Cancer and Leukemia.

Now you know that the Democrats had other plans to kill off people even before they got to the Death Panels.

OBAMA AND DEMOCRATS ARE EVIL, AND WE ARE THEIR TARGETS. It’s as simple as that, yet half the voters last November reelected this marxist traitor and his Senators/Representatives.

As the cartoon character Pogo once said, “We have met the enemy and he is us”.


10 posted on 04/03/2013 4:12:49 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Death Panels are really the (unspoken) key to fixing SocSec and Medicare financials.

Even one year sliced off the avg life expectancy makes a huge improvement.


11 posted on 04/03/2013 4:13:41 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: The Working Man

Are you kidding?

Ya want good health care in the U.S.?

Ya better have lots and lots of money, or damn good medical insurance.


12 posted on 04/03/2013 4:14:46 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: gorush

Gorush,
I watched my FIL die over the course of two years. He was was in his mid 80’s and very ill. The carte blanche medical proceedures that were permitted in his case resulted in a cost that exceeded the ammount of money he made in his entire lifetime.

On top of that, the whole process seemed very un-natural to me. I do not want that. My time is my time. I just want to finish well. Because of medical intervention, he did not finish well.

I am sad.


13 posted on 04/03/2013 4:17:05 PM PDT by super7man
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gee, I am reminded of my tagline everyday.


14 posted on 04/03/2013 4:19:06 PM PDT by Slyfox (The Key to Marxism is Medicine ~ Vladimir Lenin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So it boils down to...who is to blame for the sequester? I think a lot more people than we’d like are blaming us. It is we who are sending people headlong to their deaths.


15 posted on 04/03/2013 4:19:13 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Cyber Liberty

How are cancer clinics being affected by the sequester? They might be affected by Obamacare, but not the sequester.


16 posted on 04/03/2013 4:21:06 PM PDT by Eva
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To: laplata

Thank you, He had good Doctors and a great facility.

It just hurts because he was in his early twenties and his wife and him had just had a baby, his whole adult life was ahead of him and ‘poof’, it was over.


17 posted on 04/03/2013 4:21:44 PM PDT by The Working Man
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

I think a commercial should be made showing Obama livin it up and. The slow death of the cancer patients. There needs to be pushback.


18 posted on 04/03/2013 4:25:33 PM PDT by lucky american (The Democrats will follow the big "D"even if it means going over a cliff.)
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To: Eva

It’s about cash flow. Gotta keep the cash coming in and out or the clinic’s in trouble (nothing wrong with that). Never mind ObastardCare, our long-standing Medicare is what he’s cutting...to make sure it hurts the right people. The providers we have in the here and now are being threatened to punish them and keep them in line.

It’s rather unsavory, really. Ghoulish, if you will.


19 posted on 04/03/2013 4:29:03 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: The Working Man

I’m so sorry.

My son is a leukemia survivor. He was 3 months old when we caught it.


20 posted on 04/03/2013 4:29:55 PM PDT by laplata (The Answer To 1984 Is 1776)
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To: nascarnation
Death Panels are really the (unspoken) key to fixing SocSec and Medicare financials. Even one year sliced off the avg life expectancy makes a huge improvement.

Then let me make that decision that is enough is enough, along with a privatized SSI system and allow me to buy a policy post 65 and tell the legacy of Pres Johnson to fry ice.

To think one of these Obamaton Apparatchiks who probably have all the data on us to say ya or nay is everything against me being a man or women of liberty and understanding what our founders gave us.

The boys of Point Du Hoc must be rolling over in their graves for what this usurper has done to our country in the last 5 years..

21 posted on 04/03/2013 4:36:02 PM PDT by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: gorush

Hope you never get sick.


22 posted on 04/03/2013 4:47:56 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: The Working Man

It is not just because of “money” but because of OBAMA and how he has rejected all offers to change the formula by which the sequester funds are cut.

OBAMA is doing this for political theater, using eldelry cancer patients as props. A 2% cut in increased spending and this is how he acts?

If this happened to me I know where I would go to die. The steps of the US Capitol or chained to the WH fence while the obamas par-tay with Hollywooders.


23 posted on 04/03/2013 4:51:10 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

0bama’s Death panels are here. By his own hand.


24 posted on 04/03/2013 4:54:17 PM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: mountainlion

But they are gullible enough to think Republicans want to throw them off a cliff.

At some point you have to stop feeling sorry...


25 posted on 04/03/2013 5:08:43 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: The Working Man

God bless


26 posted on 04/03/2013 5:09:47 PM PDT by billphx
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

See, don’t need any death panels .... just make the sequester cuts hurt as much as possible ....


27 posted on 04/03/2013 5:18:20 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Leveling the playing field for a Progressive is dragging everyone down to their level.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“The care will likely be more expensive: One study from actuarial firm Milliman found that chemotherapy delivered in a hospital setting costs the federal government an average of $6,500 more annually than care delivered in a community clinic.”

It’s not about the money, it’s about the control. The commies want to shut down the small clinics in favor of the hospital. Hospital administrators can be readily controlled through state and federall bureaucrats and the administrators will have no trouble controlling the providers. Greater numbers of medicare patients will funneled into fewer facilities, and bureaucrats and administrators will be rewarded for keeping costs down.

0-care is so bad that it might collapse before it implodes the US economy; that’s why we are seeing Dim senators trying to repeal and delay some of the most onerous provisions such as the device tax.


28 posted on 04/03/2013 5:19:14 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est.)
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To: lucky american
I think a commercial should be made showing Obama livin it up and. The slow death of the cancer patients. There needs to be pushback.

Good point, if situations were reversed, the Rats wouldn't hesitate one second about doing it.

Pass time to get serious and start fighting like them.

29 posted on 04/03/2013 5:27:22 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Reduced funding for Medicare has nothing to do with sequester. Obamacare did cut Medcare funding. Democrats did not pass a doctor payment formula.
The GOP is awol. Rarely hear from Boehner and Senate Republicans Minority leaders.
30 posted on 04/03/2013 6:14:05 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: eCSMaster

Exactly. The scurrilous propagandist worked in the BS real well.


31 posted on 04/03/2013 6:40:44 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: gorush

Life is a terminal disease. Throwing good money at attempting to disprove that theory seems ludicrous.


You’re sick.


32 posted on 04/03/2013 7:19:33 PM PDT by laplata (The Answer To 1984 Is 1776)
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To: super7man

I am sorry...I’ve got some deaths looming myself. All you can do is smile at the memories.


33 posted on 04/03/2013 7:36:12 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: eCSMaster
there are Californians still blaming the passage of property tax relief from a zillion years ago for the huge deficit.....

here in Washington state, we passed a $30 car tab initiative many yrs ago and STILL it gets blamed for every deficit in every dept...

this is the standard operating procedure....the citizens make a tiny little in road in taxes and it'll ripple like it was a tsunami...

34 posted on 04/03/2013 7:48:15 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Cyber Liberty

I thin eventually more of the public will be placing the blame on everyone, Republican and Democrat, who is not addressing Medicare responsibly. Medicare could singlehandedly bankrupt the nation; we could be at the point where the gov’t feels pressured to neglect everything else in favor of spending money on Medicare and Social Security. Look at the tens of trillions of dollars that had at one point been promised for it. Eventually, we are gonna have to figure out where it is all going and what can be done to stop it from bankrupting our nation. Perhaps for starters asking those who can afford their own medical care to go ahead and do so. And maybe at some point more people might start wondering if frantically trying to keep everyone alive for 95 or 100 years or more is absolutely necessary. It would understandably be considered callous, but what happens when everyone from the richest down to the working class feels themselves buried by out of control tax burdens and finds out the education, national defense and the military, science, universities and everything else could get neglected because of Social Security and Medicare?


35 posted on 04/03/2013 8:19:44 PM PDT by scriptuser
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To: gorush

Let’s all hope that none of your loved ones (if you have any) look to you for emotional support when facing a health crisis.


36 posted on 04/03/2013 8:47:57 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As I understand it, those affected are on traditional, government-paid Medicare, not the privately-administered Medicare Advantage programs.

Not that they aren’t coming for the private Advantage plans eventually. If it works, these people want to destroy it.


37 posted on 04/03/2013 8:51:52 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Too bad the gutless Republicans can’t get out there with the megaphones that ObamaCare STOLE over 700 billion from Medicare and there is MORE to come from this disaster.


38 posted on 04/03/2013 9:11:26 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: super7man
"who" permitted these procedures?.....drs know when some things are useless and a waste of time, but its up to the spouse or POA to determine care options....

so who permitted all these procedures on your FIL?...

you can't force care on someone if they are of sound mind or their poa refuses it....

it is sad...

I'm sad my mother had to die a slow death....I wish we had pushed her to get chemo and all that ...but it was her choice...

even though I am totally against prolonging life just because you can, there is also something called giving "hope" to the very ill....

39 posted on 04/03/2013 10:06:34 PM PDT by cherry
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To: lucky american

one would think the pubs could pull off a tv offense once in a while seeing how the rats and bamey boy give them so much ammuntion, but that would be SMART so there you go....


40 posted on 04/03/2013 10:08:00 PM PDT by cherry
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To: The Working Man

“to deny cancer treatments *JUST* because of money makes my blood boil.”

do you advocate increasing taxes to pay for cancer treatments or borrowing from the future or cutting spending

please don’t say cut waste and abuse.


41 posted on 04/03/2013 10:46:17 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: gorush
Throwing good money at attempting to disprove that theory seems ludicrous.

Sure, In the words of that famous Surgeon General. They would jus probably die of something or the other anyway.

You really want to align yourself with this moron?

42 posted on 04/03/2013 11:39:22 PM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: super7man
I just want to finish well.

Get a head start, exit now. Take some of your humanist/libertarian friends with you, heck throw an exit party.

43 posted on 04/03/2013 11:42:42 PM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: scriptuser
if frantically trying to keep everyone alive for 95 or 100 years or more is absolutely necessary.

If that doesn’t work then try 80 to 95, then shucks 60 to 70, and when the kids get in charge 30 might seem reasonable.

44 posted on 04/04/2013 1:08:07 AM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: staytrue
please don’t say cut waste and abuse.

That would be a good start. If we are willing to deny care why not just start up the Soylent green rooms.

45 posted on 04/04/2013 1:11:20 AM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: grumpygresh

I had my Chemo Treatment at my Oncologist’s Office.

My 90 Year Old Father has the same Oncologist (for Lymphoma)and he just sent him in for a CAT Scan.

I have read that Medicare will start to cut back on funding Radiology Testing for Patients over 75. Could just be hearsay, but I am starting to wonder why the Dr. sent my Dad in for testing. His Blood work was a little low, but no Lymph Node swelling or complaints.


46 posted on 04/04/2013 1:23:59 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Compliance with Tyranny is Treason...)
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To: mountainlion

Yet, seniors keep electing them. I suspect that as they turn on the pretty music, dim the lights and show you the flower movie that right then seniors will begin to suspect something’s up.

“Soylent Green is progress”


47 posted on 04/04/2013 2:56:40 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD
City people have a built in bias for socialism. Socialism provides them with water, sewer, trash, roads...
I have to take care of my own road. I haul my own water. I get none of the social privileges that city people get. I pay for city peoples mail to be delivered and have to drive 5 miles for my own mail. I pay for roads for others and seldom use them myself. I paid into social security also. Democrats and rePUBlican took $13.4T form the funds that should be used for medicare and social security. I did not vote for Obama, I do not vote for gun grabbers. I am a victim of the government and a senior citizen.
48 posted on 04/04/2013 5:46:29 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: cherry

Actually, he was not ready to go and wanted every procedure possible.

It was his call but he suffered a great deal as a result.

I have no idea what I will want if I end up where he was but right now for me, it does not seem right.


49 posted on 04/04/2013 6:03:51 AM PDT by super7man
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To: eCSMaster

Yep. My thoughts too. It is Obamacare.


50 posted on 04/04/2013 8:00:07 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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