Published Jul 21, 2009
Mayo Clinic calls House plan bad medicine
Christina Bellantoni (Contact) and Jennifer Haberkorn (Contact)
A world-renowned clinic that President Obama held up as an example of good medicine said Monday that the American people would be "losers" under the House's health care proposal, joining the growing chorus of critics the Obama administration is trying to fend off as the debate intensifies from Capitol Hill to Main Street.
Minnesota's not-for-profit Mayo Clinic, which Mr. Obama has repeatedly hailed as offering top quality care at affordable costs, blasted the House Democrats' version of the health care plan as lawmakers continue to grapple with several bills from each chamber and multiple committees.
The Mayo Clinic said there are some positive elements of the bill, but overall "the proposed legislation misses the opportunity to help create higher quality, more affordable health care for patients."
"In fact, it will do the opposite," clinic officials said, because the proposals aren't [R]patient-focused or results-oriented. "The real losers will be the citizens of the United States."
The exhibition by "The One" parading a couple of citizens in a press conference, (who were not "petitioned" on our behalf), as "representatives" or "our voice" from the AMA or ANA, is not indicative nor do they speak for millions of medical / health professionals.
It's "their" opinions as "citizens", not inclusive of the majority, in fact, possibly and most likely, the minority of health care providers who are bedazzled with, O.
It was misleading, misconstrued and deceitful!
I am quite sure, hundreds of thousands of medical professionals, take great offense to those few, who have authoritative roles, in an organization, to "assume" they are our voice!
The only "Losers" are the "profiteers" in this equasion... Yeah, yet another so called "not for profit" organization against the idea of saving americans from the spiralling out of control costs of healthcare... um.. sure.
Stop with all the speculative and unsubstantiated scare mongering already...
For example the article stated:
"the proposed legislation misses the opportunity to help create higher quality, more affordable health care for patients."
Here's some REAL facts how change will affect the American Public in terms of actual "dollars" spent :
can't edit so i will repost.
the only "losers" are the "profiteers" in this equasion... yeah, yet another so called "not for profit" organization against the idea of saving americans from the spiraling out of control costs of healthcare... um.. yeah sure.
stop with all the speculative and unsubstantiated scare mongering already...
for example the article stated:
so, this statement suggests that our current system which 46 million uninsured americans cannot receive health care services; a system which private insurance companies deny paying subscribers health care services because of pre existing conditions, a system in which the costs are spiraling completely out of control to the level of a national crisis, is far better than any alternative public health plan which would provide every american with access and health care coverage, lower costs in the process and one which would serve to eliminate 22,000 americans who die each year because they cannot afford or are outright denied health coverage by private insurance companies?
sure... sign me up right away on the national crisis heath care plan they are proposing we keep in place!
here's some real facts how "change" will affect the american public in terms of just how "affordable" health care dollars will be under a proposed public health care system :
the point here is that "costs" of heath care will actually decrease not increase as they are incorrectly suggesting.
in fact, it will do the opposite," clinic officials said, because the proposals aren't [r]patient-focused or results-oriented. "the real losers will be the citizens of the united states."
yet another misleading statement. a taxpayer funded healthcare system will always have public accountability attached to it. tax dollars will be placed under the public microscope and therefore they are indeed results oriented. dollars spent will be disclosed to the public and performance is based on how public tax dollars are spent just like any other tax funded entity. this is not the situation at the moment because in a private system you have zero public accountability to explain why an aspirin costs $10 each on a hospital bill.
Um, Pt Care Asst, Even the White House Budget office says this plan will not be cost effective. The current plan in the House will only cover about 17 million additional people leaving an additional 17 to 30 million (depending on who's numbers you beleive, I believe the US census over Obama at about 31-35 million total without). Taxing businesses that offer health benifits and fining those who don't to pay for this will drive many businesses to just pay the fine leaving many of us to sign up for the government plan.
A plan based on Medicare and the VA system, both of which are constantly way over budget. The plan of less reimbursemnet and slower payments to healthcare facilities will result in less facilities to offer care once they start to go broke, then sure everyone will have health care insurance but there will be fewer places to get care.
Currently there are programs out there like Medicaid and some State programs that people could be on but many just don't apply or figure someone will take care of them anyway, a government health plan will not stop this sense of entitlement, it will only make it worse.
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