Medicare Cuts of 21% start March 1st – Physcians threaten stoppage UPDATE

On Tuesday night, the U.S. Senate voted 78 to 19 to pass a bill that extends unemployment benefits and postpones a planned 21% cut in Medicare physician payments until April 1.

The passage of the bill came after Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) agreed to vote on the bill. He previously withheld unanimous consent on the grounds that the bill would increase the federal budget deficit without being paid for under recently-enacted pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) legislation which requires spending increases to be offset by funding.

Congress needs  to act immediately to avoid deep Medicare cuts that are scheduled to take effect Monday, Mar. 1. Physicians are threatening to stop seeing patients. Boondoggle is an understatement. This is what we are in for with Obamacare .

CMS is the US federal agency which administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. It  sets rates. What it will pay for, and how much it will pay and who it will pay.Without legislation for the most part. Like the upcoming Death Panel idea. Who can get what and when. This agency has been cutting benefits to seniors for the past years. Silently, only those in the healthcare field are aware of these cuts which has drastically effected Seniors. Physicians and Hospitals are losing money on these patients. Over 50 percent of all U.S. Hospitals are losing money. CMS via Medicare, denies 30 percent more claims than private Insurance companies. So if you think this is the solution, think again .http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ Now 600 Billion more is proposed to be cut from Medicare. Medicare is being gutted.

The 21% cuts to doctors’ compensation in the federal program would hinder senior citizens access to care and force physicians to consider turning away patients or dropping out of the program altogether.Congress has been postponed for the weekend, so an immediate reprieve is unlikely.

There’s widespread political support for blocking scheduled pay cuts to doctors. But doing so is expensive. So rather than get rid of the formula that keeps calling for the cuts — which would require Congress to acknowledge that the country is going to be on the hook for billions of dollars in additional Medicare costs — Congress keeps passing these short-term patches.

See our earlier post: Cardiologists sue  for  fee cuts of over 40 percent for a description of how the game is played.

http://bunkerville.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/cardiologists-sue-sebelius-over-medicare-fee-cuts/

http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2010/02/10/medicare-pay-cuts-to-doctors-the-latest-patch/tab/article/

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/02/27/obama-to-gop-catch-the-olympic-spirit-and-pass-my-giant-health-care-boondoggle/

Tsunami – Balloon Boy Redux?

Redux– I have been wanting a chance to use this word. It’s an “in” word. My time. Please don’t think this writer, Comrade Lockandload, is heartless. I do care much about the people and the devastation.

But this time, we didn’t even get a chance to see a balloon. More like jaws. Unseen, beneath the service, with a promised arrival time that never happened. Maybe it was the “sport” of curling being taken away for images that were duplicitous and mind numbing. Maybe I am getting sorta battle fatigue. Sort of war-weary from the calamities that seem to be in abundance. Maybe I am tired that we always will be the first to offer and seem to be the first in, and often the only ones to give of our largess and personal time. Maybe I resent that those countries who would have us take up the life of Socialism or worse, never seem to have the same caring that we, as a Judao-Christain nation have.

Up to now, we have had so much and have been so blessed. Truth be told, and what we will not accept, the sun is setting on our great nation. 120 military bases in 80 countries. We can no longer be the peace police. We will be in Haiti for years. and no doubt spend billions. We just can’t do all that we would so much like to do for the world. We just don’t have it.

I don’t know the answer, but what I do know is that we must get our country financially on firm footing first if in the future we are to be around to help others in such a good and just way. Your thoughts?

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/02/27/breaking-massive-chilean-quake-triggers-pacific-tsunami-warnings/

Obama, can you hear us? Happy Tea Party Anniversary!

It’s been a year since Rick Santelli called us to action. Happy Annivesary. The shot heard  ’round the nation. Our first victory, with Scott Brown, We stopped Healthcare in its tracks at least for awhile. Thanks Rick

Gotta Love Joe the “Do Nothing” Vice President

We can always count on Joe to open foot and insert mouth.  Let’s face it he screwed up his own Presidential Campaign in less than three days with the comment about Obama being a clean Black man.  Here he is getting caught on C-Span talking about the ease of being the Vice President.  Isn’t it time the White House sent him on a trip to Siberia or somewhere else remote.

“There have been some tense moments during today’s health care summit at the Blair House, but not for Vice President Joe Biden, it seems. Just moments before the afternoon session got underway, C-SPAN’s cameras picked up audio of Biden chatting casually with participants. “It’s easy being vice president — you don’t have to do anything.”

Whomever Biden was chatting with said, “It’s like being the grandpa and not the parent.”  “Yeah, that’s it!” replied Biden.” Go to the link below to see the video!http://www.politico.com/click/stories/1002/biden_its_easy_being_vp.html

SEIU Boss Open to Serving on Obama Deficit Reduction Commission, Supports More Deficit Spending

There is no shame. In one of the most bizarre considerations, Andy Stern for this position? Payback big time for the Unions. Stern said Tuesday he expected he would be able to remain in charge of the SEIU while serving on the commission. “Yeah,” he said, “I think it’s—the members of Congress are serving. I assume they’re not giving up their positions. I have no intentions of giving up mine.”  Bet some of that 30 billion in slush funds Obama wants off the books finds its way to SEIU, See our earlier post: Obama and the Slush Fund.

 http://bunkerville.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/obama-the-chicago-boys-and-their-30-billion-dollar-slush-fund/

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Andy Stern said he was open to serving on President Barack Obama’s proposed deficit reduction commission, after it was reported that the White House was considering him for the post. He was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday advocating for additional deficit spending to stimulate job creation.

When the White House released its visitor logs last October, Stern was found to be the most frequent guest, stopping by 22 times—more than advisor John Podesta or former Majority Leader Tom Daschle—to visit Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, budget chief Pete Orszag, and seven times, President Obama

“I am absolutely concerned about the long-term economic stability of this country, including the deficit,” said Stern. “I don’t, however, think there’s any way out of this situation without job growth and wage growth. I don’t think we can cut, borrow, or spend our way out until we have Americans back at work and gaining raises.”

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/61888

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/02/26/obama-appoints-seiu-boss-to-deficit-commission/

Showtime: Sanford divorce to be televised Friday

Decompressing from all of the excitement of yesterday’s riveting non debate, what to do next for excitement. Alas, the Daily Caller came through big time.

The divorce proceedings of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and Jenny Sanford are set to be televised on Friday, 11:00am, according to The Post and Courier. And while Jenny Sanford will testify, her husband is not required to be present.

South Carolina’s courts are open to the public, and media outlets can make requests at any time to bring video and still cameras into the courtrooms, according to Jay Bender, an attorney for the South Carolina Press Association and the South Carolina Broadcasters Association.

http://dailycaller.com/2010/02/26/show-time-sanford-divorce-to-be-televised-friday/

Obama, the Chicago Boys, and their 30 Billion Dollar Slush Fund

So this Hopey Changey thingy is not so swell. One year out and now the Chicago Thugs are starting to bear down. Soon enough it will be a bridge too far. No doubt much of it will find its way to Acorn, You Betcha! Yesterday, Obama’s final shot at the meeting was, “Thats why we have elections”. November cannot come fast enough. H/T: American Thinker 

The Obama administration is seeking to exclude from federal oversight its new $30 billion dollar small-business lending program. Obama’s rhetoric about transparency during the campaign was as phony as his vow to end the era of lobbying (last year was that industry’s best year ever in Washington).  

 

Only the presence on the media landscape of new media outlets serves to deter — to the extent they can — the Obama agenda. They serve as channels to inform the American people about the corruption crew in charge, and they are thriving, while the old media outlets are shriveling on the vine. Hence the need to shroud the 30 billion dollar program in a cloak of secrecy.

David Cho writes in the Washington Post

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Senior Treasury officials have told the financial bailout program’s inspector general that they are considering excluding a new $30 billion small-business lending initiative from the watchdog office’s oversight. The message, delivered at a meeting last week, sparked outrage from Republicans, who accused the Treasury of taking revenge on the watchdog for writing a series of scathing reports.  

 

Neil M. Barofsky, the special inspector general for the bailout, urged the Treasury to reconsider, arguing in a letter that the department was acting “contrary to the best interests of the taxpayer.”
  
 
From the Americam Thinker:
In 2009, the Obama team fired and then insulted Inspector General Gerald Walpin, who had the temerity to point out irregularities in the spending of federal funds by the Sacramento Mayor and Obama political ally Kevin Johnson. Federal money that was supposed to go to help students and fund theatre and art programs instead had been diverted to” pad salaries, meddle politically in a school-board election, and have recipients perform personal services for Mr. Johnson, including washing his car”. Walpin dutifully performed his job and reported this fraud on the federal taxpayer. Then all hell broke loose and the Obama team dumped tons of bricks and ran Walpin through the mud. Recall, Barack Obama’s statement, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” That is the modus operandi of a criminal. Evidently that is also the governing philosophy of our President.
 

 

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