The President Makes the Case for Medicare

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    Not the current one (though he's doing an all right job), the one who first fought for his Medical Care for the Aged bill.

    He's always a fun one to watch.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HI2iV6kbWBs]JOHN F. KENNEDY at MADISON SQUARE GARDEN - YouTube[/ame]

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c8l6sfTnlo]JOHN F.KENNEDY AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN PART 2 - YouTube[/ame]

     
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    Here he is pushing it on the stump in 1960:

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gu1HyCeEus]JFK - Medicare Campaign Speech (1960) - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Why are you spamming this thread? You squeal when it's done to yours.
     
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    It's not 1960 anymore. Try to keep up.

    And John Kennedy cut taxes for the rich.
     
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    buckeye45_73 Lakhota's my *****

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    Grrenbeard, so the question is, what REFORMS does Obama plan to do. Hes taking out716billion with no change in the plan........uh oh. I love how liberals want change, but never to their programs, status quo baby status quo.
     
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    Why would you show such ignorance by asking such a stupid question? Are you just flaming or are you really that uninformed?
     
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    His reforms aren't a secret, as they're in the implementation stage now: (1) shift the way Medicare pays for services away from encouraging high-volume, low (or mediocre) value service provision, and (2) promote and assist health care providers in delivering better care more efficiently and less expensively, while holding them accountable for quality outcomes.

    You can see some of what's coming down the pike in results (i.e. slower cost growth, higher quality scores) from this private sector pilot in Massachusetts that incorporates some of these principles: http://www.usmessageboard.com/healt...-reform-model-lowers-costs-improves-care.html. More importantly, there are some early indicators that providers have already begun to reorganize care delivery in response to the ongoing and coming reforms, accounting for some of Medicare's current record-low cost growth--and offering some promise that we might be entering a new era of cost containment.

    Obama's plan is to tackle the biggest cost drivers, not just in Medicare but in the entire health system: the inflationary payment mechanisms and flawed delivery systems that have plagued the health system for decades. If you don't address those, you're not going to get anywhere.

    Not so, the savings in the ACA come with the tools needed for long-term structural reforms for getting costs under control. The ACA's slowed Medicare reimbursement growth rates are a down payment on broad-based health system reform. The law offers the tools and payment incentives to improve the way care is delivered. The long-term slowing of the payment increases is the stick that goes with those carrots to get providers moving. But the carrots and reform aids are numerous. Some examples:

     

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