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Seniors and near seniors - Medicare threats loom

  1. Pcunix profile image92
    Pcunixposted 7 years ago

    http://www.aarp.org/health/medicare-ins … t_cut.html

    The Sustainable Growth Rate, created in 1997 as part of the Balanced Budget Act, was meant to control federal health care costs by reducing physician fees per patient as the number of Medicare patients grew, said Dr. Fred Hyde of the Columbia University School of Public Health. But each time cuts were supposed to be implemented, Congress either raised physician fees or kept them the same, Hyde said.

    This year, however, Congress abandoned the strategy of passing one-year fixes and passed short-term postponements for a few months at a time. As a result, a Dec. 1 deadline that would impose a 23 percent cut on doctors' reimbursements looms. As of Jan. 1, an additional 1.9 percent cut would go into effect if Congress doesn't take action.

    1. Doug Hughes profile image59
      Doug Hughesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      The whole idea for the GOP is to create a crisis for seniors in Medicare and blame it on Obamacare to energize the senior base. The rate cut will cause a lot of doctors to drop medicare patients. What FOX won't report and seniors won't realize is that the 23% cut in Medicare rates has NOTHING to do with the HCR that was passed. And seniors won't believe - but it's true - the democrats are trying to PREVENT the cuts and the GOP is trying to make cuts happen because the GOP is certain they can control the message.

  2. paradigmsearch profile image91
    paradigmsearchposted 7 years ago


    Besides, the doctors aren’t the ones wrecking Medicare anyway.

    It’s the d@mned thieving hospitals, ambulance companies, etc.

  3. profile image60
    C.J. Wrightposted 7 years ago

    what? huh? haven't ya heard, healtcare is FREEEEE!!!!! WHO HOOOOO!!!!! YIPPEEEEE........ I'ts like mana that falls from heaven.

  4. CYBERSUPE profile image61
    CYBERSUPEposted 7 years ago

    Medicare fraud is running rampant all across the United States. The question is, How to stop it?

  5. lovemychris profile image58
    lovemychrisposted 7 years ago

    Oh, they control it allright. I remember watching an interview with a senior woman...she said she was afraid of Obama's plan because she really thought President Obama  was trying to kill her! (Death Panels)