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Issa threatens subpeona over obamacare docs

JakeStarkey

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No one cares.
 

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Obama is hidding a lot of things ,after the election though he'll have "more flexability"
 

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After the election, Jroc, President Romney will dismiss the neo-con influence in the GOP for both of his terms. You are going to the curb, my friend.
 

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Will it be as awesome a GOP trainwreck as the Fast and Furious kangaroo court was?
 

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Interestingly enough, the the bonus program appears to be effective:
Medicare Advantage Bonus Payment System Is Effective, Reports Find

The Medicare Advantage bonus payment system created by the Affordable Care Act and updated last year is effective, according to separate analyses released Tuesday by Avalere Health and the Commonwealth Fund, Bloomberg Businessweek reports (Wayne, Bloomberg Businessweek, 10/16).

The Affordable Care Act authorized bonus payments to MA plans that receive a quality score of at least four stars on a five-star scale. In November 2010, CMS expanded the program to provide bonuses to plans that receive at least three stars.

The program encountered criticism from the start. Critics have said the $8 billion bonus program amounts to a "slush fund" that would partially offset $145 billion in cuts to the plans over the next decade. Some Republicans also have argued that the program is a political move to win votes in November's election.

In April, a Government Accountability Office Government Accountability Office report found that the program was unlikely to "produce meaningful results" and advised that it be canceled. The report said that most of the bonuses went to "average-performing plans" and that researchers were unable to determine whether the increased payments led to improved care (California Healthline, 8/10).

Avalere Analysis

However, the Avalere analysis found that the average rating for an MA plan with drug coverage in 2013 increased to 3.66 stars on a five-star scale, up from 3.44 stars in 2012 and 3.18 stars in 2011 (Bloomberg Businessweek, 10/16). The report also found that from 2012 to 2013, 28% of MA plans and 49% of stand-alone Medicare prescription drug plans gained at least a half a star (Viebeck, "Healthwatch," The Hill, 10/16).

The analysis also found that MA plans improved on all measurement categories, including process, patient experience and access, and outcomes (Avalere release, 10/16).

The 99 plans that improved will be rewarded with higher bonus payments applied to their 2014 benchmarks and special markers on the CMS plan-finder website, the Avalere report notes ("Healthwatch," The Hill, 10/16).

Commonwealth Fund Report

Meanwhile, the Commonwealth Fund report found that the bonus payment program improved quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries, while reducing overpayments to Medicare Advantage plans by $12.7 billion annually.
 

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It's a way for obama to keep his hand in the till.

What happens when he loses and investigators have complete access to the Fast and Furious records, the Libya embassy records and the obamacare records? Or will everything just be shredded and computers erased?
 

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Amazing Obamination is hiding all this bullshit until "after" the election.

The Obamacare taxes don't kick in until later, these cuts don't kick in until later, etc.

If Obamination steals the election, he will either ignore the complaints about higher taxes and cuts or just cut the DoD budget even more to offset things.
 

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Romney will win, Obama will leave as will the Tea Party abomination.
 

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