Stop the Repub plan to send Medicare

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    Medicare is going broke. Obamacare will kill it not republicans.
     
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    ObamaCare extends Medicare solvency by like 5 years. Also republicans have all voted twice now to completely eliminate Medicare
     
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    Where are they planning to send it?
     
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    Privatizing Medicare will cause it to be more expensive. When you run out of your vouchers, you're shit out of luck.
     
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    Good and good ridance.
     
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    That is garbage and you know it.

    But, just in case you had not heard about it....the future was presented in late 2009 when the Mayo in West Phoenix quit taking medicare payments......

    Read up on it.....

    Mayo facility in W. Valley to stop taking Medicare payments

    Low reimbursements have led one West Valley medical facility to stop taking certain Medicare patients, a pilot program that an Arizona health-care expert says may become a long-term trend in the industry.

    For now, most Valley hospitals are still taking Medicare reimbursements.

    The Mayo Clinic announced in October that its Arrowhead Family Medicine practice will stop taking Medicare payments for primary-care services. The policy goes into effect Jan. 1, affecting about 3,000 seniors. Five doctors have practices at the clinic.
    "We tend to see more Medicare patients in that area," said Lyn Closway, Mayo spokeswoman. "This is a (two-year) pilot, and we will re-evaluate or reassess this after an appropriate period of time."

    For Mayo Clinic, the cost of providing services to Medicare patients exceeded the total amount paid on behalf of Medicare patients by $840 million in 2008, according to the hospital.

    "Government payers, without question, are the worst payers in health care," said John Rivers, president of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. "Medicare shortfalls in hospital payments represent nearly $1 billion in Arizona alone. And those costs ultimately get shifted onto the backs of privately insured individuals in the form of a hidden health-care tax."

    Rivers said Medicare payments can't be kept below cost forever without extensively damaging hospitals' ability to serve their communities. Opting out of Medicare may be the only choice for many to balance their books.

    "Mayo Clinic was the first health-care system to go in this direction, and I don't think they will be the last," Rivers said. "Everyone else is facing the same pressures as Mayo Clinic, and I won't be surprised to see more of this in the future."
     
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    freedombecki Let's go swimmin'! Supporting Member

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    I thought it already had.
     
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    You prefer the Democratic plan to end it by ignoring the problem?
     
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    Wow, 5 years. Even if we assume that is true, which assumes we are incredibly stupid, extending solvency from 2018 to 2023 is not going to help.
     

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