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Response to Tarheel_Dem (Reply #24)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 01:59 PM

38. Fail? Is that English or an abbreviation I'm unfamiliar with



First off, I support the Medicare program. I believe the fact that the US does not have universal health care for every citizen is sad and inexcusable. In my OP, my main gripe was with the fact that while the "Doc Fix" may have been mentioned during the last several days of the payroll tax carnival, I didn't hear or see it, and I am plugged in to both the progressive media and the lamestreet media on a continuous basis. I have noticed a few mentions since the "fix" is in now, like one in the WP. Like I said, it didn't get a mention in the President's speech, and if he thought it was a great accomplishment, he wouldn't have passed up the chance to mention it.

Since the cost of Medicare and defense spending are crippling this nation, I believe the removal of a previous decision to cut payments to doctors 27% is worthy of a mention. I am not against the Medicare program. Again, I support universal health care and a single-payer system such as Medicare would be fine with me. If you are an RN, PT, OT, ST, or DR, including family doctors, who work in the trenches of the clinics in our country or serving rural or predominantly older communities, I applaud you and appreciate what you do. You probably deserve more than what you are currently making.

That said, the soaring costs of medical procedures covered by Medicare and the medical products paid for by Medicare is totally out of hand, not to mention that Medicare and Medicaid fraud are alive and well and coming to a neighborhood near you.

http://www.baycitizen.org/blogs/quality-of-life/hospitals-pay-23-million-settlement/

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/nj-man-gets-15-4-million-for-uncovering-largest-medicaid-fraud-in-history/

Nevermind, nothing to see here folks, move along!

In response to such erudite comments as "you don't understand", "you're 100% wrong" and "you don't have a clue", I will take them under consideration and look forward to your next well-researched and enlightening post.

In regard to my comment on the inheritance tax. Here's what the President said during the campaign just after.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123172020818472279.html

And here's what really happened:

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Steinbrenner-Family-Exempt-From-Estate-Tax-98418909.html

For you readers out there, in the second paragraph the 'expiration" of the estate tax was credited with keeping the Yankees in the Steinbrenner family and saving them $500 Million.

As far as posters seeming to know what I do or don't know, is puzzling. Psychic? I am intimately knowledgeable about the medical field and know several family practioners and female doctors. I have been employed at a community hospital, been a medical provider, chaired a 7-county medical advisory committee which I was appointed to by our county commision and served on for several years and chaired a statewide medical advisory board. I believe GP's are the best part of our system and we need more of them, and less people hawking "free" cataract surgery. I also believe nurse practioners should be allowed to expand their scope of practice and be paid better.

Lastly, to discuss Medicare costs, without including a discussion of the amount of the charges and fraud, is like teaching a sex education class with androgynous dolls.


Now, I will step off my soapbox, bid you all adieu for awhile, so I can get in the Christmas spirit. I wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanza, Festivus, or whatever you may celebrate this weekend and good health and happiness in the New Year.

I'm gonna ask Santa for world peace again this year and an Obama victory in November!

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