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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-13-11 12:46 PM
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52. Yes, and the effect of this is going to be that More Doctors
are refusing to accept Medicare patients. They simply refuse to accept the low rates that Medicare is being forced to pay.

That means that people who have Medicare as their only insurance can have a hard time finding places to use it.

If you have Medicaid, it is even worse.
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  -Something must be done about Medicare? Don't we mean health care costs? jpgray  Sep-11-11 11:58 AM   #0 
  - You understand what about this administration's interest in reforming Medicare?  elleng   Sep-11-11 12:03 PM   #1 
  - If you do, could you spell out what changes would be acceptable and which won't?  jpgray   Sep-11-11 12:11 PM   #3 
     - Exactly, specifics are hard to find,  elleng   Sep-11-11 12:43 PM   #5 
     - The insurance industry needs the change.  ThomCat   Sep-12-11 10:24 AM   #29 
        - 'Its obvious that Medicare is on Obama's chopping block'  elleng   Sep-12-11 11:53 AM   #35 
           - No. Obama himself has stated that Medicare and Social Security  ThomCat   Sep-12-11 12:33 PM   #36 
              - Conspiracy theory accounting doesn't mean reality.  uponit7771   Sep-13-11 03:37 PM   #58 
     - The specifics aren't that hard to find. They've been posted all over DU. One of the  Exilednight   Sep-11-11 02:16 PM   #13 
  - Something must be done about Medicare because it is a threat to total control of our  RC   Sep-11-11 12:09 PM   #2 
  - Current CMS administrator Don Berwick is already instituting many good programs that will  cbayer   Sep-11-11 12:21 PM   #4 
  - "saving" medicare is all about protecting corporate profits and politicians those profits buy nt  msongs   Sep-11-11 01:13 PM   #6 
  - You are absolutely right.  ThomCat   Sep-13-11 12:42 PM   #50 
  - Yes, but the two aren't mutually exclusive  frazzled   Sep-11-11 01:24 PM   #7 
  - Excellent response  cbayer   Sep-11-11 01:28 PM   #8 
  - Obama put a raise in the eligibility age for Medicare on the table  woo me with science   Sep-11-11 01:36 PM   #9 
  - Everything is on the table  frazzled   Sep-11-11 01:52 PM   #11 
     - I was responding to your first sentence, which implies inaccurately that Obama opposes benefit cuts.  woo me with science   Sep-11-11 02:34 PM   #14 
  - But how does reforming Medicare change the cost of care?  jpgray   Sep-11-11 02:11 PM   #12 
  - Coordinating care and changing ways doctors and hospitals are paid  frazzled   Sep-11-11 02:37 PM   #15 
  - How much money is there to be saved this way? Who decides what is repetitive or unnecessary?  jpgray   Sep-11-11 02:57 PM   #16 
  - Medicare already regulates prices or procedures. Drugs are an exception that needs correction.  Hoyt   Sep-11-11 04:12 PM   #18 
     - It depends on the procedure, I believe--chemotherapy is tied to average sales price, no?  jpgray   Sep-11-11 04:50 PM   #20 
        - Drugs are an area needing more controls, including chemo drugs.  Hoyt   Sep-11-11 06:24 PM   #23 
  - Cuts are already happening  zalinda   Sep-11-11 03:38 PM   #17 
  - Yes, and the effect of this is going to be that More Doctors  ThomCat   Sep-13-11 12:46 PM   #52 
     - You have to wonder if any one looks beyond the  zalinda   Sep-13-11 02:12 PM   #54 
        - I have already had one neurologist turn me away because  ThomCat   Sep-13-11 02:23 PM   #55 
  - "the way medicines are priced." That'll be the day they "reform" that!  CTyankee   Sep-11-11 04:54 PM   #21 
  - Exactly!  Mimosa   Sep-12-11 09:39 PM   #45 
  - Delaying when people can get access to a program  ThomCat   Sep-13-11 12:44 PM   #51 
  - K&R It's ironic, isn't it,  woo me with science   Sep-11-11 01:40 PM   #10 
  - It isn't ironic at all when you look at who stands next to him  ThomCat   Sep-13-11 12:49 PM   #53 
  - We've got to deal with the malpractice issue in this country  customerserviceguy   Sep-11-11 04:19 PM   #19 
  - Malpractive payments account for a very, very, very small sliver of overall health care costs. n/t  Exilednight   Sep-11-11 05:11 PM   #22 
  - I doubt that  customerserviceguy   Sep-11-11 10:53 PM   #24 
     - Malpractice suits are not the big contributor to health care costs the Republicans like to make it.  sad sally   Sep-12-11 11:06 PM   #47 
  - The fix for the high cost of malpractice insurance is universal health care for ALL  eridani   Sep-12-11 03:10 AM   #25 
  - Agreed  customerserviceguy   Sep-12-11 08:40 PM   #42 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Sep-12-11 08:50 PM   #43 
  - The flaw in the premise is as follows:  boppers   Sep-12-11 04:44 AM   #26 
  - If "death panels" taught us nothing else  jpgray   Sep-12-11 05:01 AM   #27 
  - That's a very good point...  ljm2002   Sep-12-11 09:34 AM   #28 
  - I don't recall Obama ever saying he wanted to limit Medicare benefits.  Avalux   Sep-12-11 11:13 AM   #30 
  - Obama put a raise in the eligibility age for Medicare on the table  woo me with science   Sep-12-11 11:40 AM   #32 
     - Obama made that comment during a standoff with Pukes.  Avalux   Sep-12-11 11:47 AM   #33 
        - You are entitled to your own opinions. You are not entitled to your own facts.  woo me with science   Sep-12-11 01:11 PM   #37 
           - I would like to read, from a legitimate source, about the "severe cuts and  Avalux   Sep-12-11 02:10 PM   #38 
              - It was already posted here multiple times and documented in multiple articles.  woo me with science   Sep-12-11 02:21 PM   #39 
              - You provided what I thought you would.....  Avalux   Sep-12-11 02:38 PM   #40 
                 - Well, I think that's quite a reach you just made.  woo me with science   Sep-12-11 05:23 PM   #41 
                    - That's not a stretch, you can't inject policies onto Obama that he doesn't stand for  uponit7771   Sep-13-11 03:36 PM   #57 
                       - We know what he stands for.  woo me with science   Sep-13-11 10:43 PM   #59 
              - Here.  chill_wind   Sep-13-11 11:52 AM   #48 
              - Didn't you listen to his speech?  ThomCat   Sep-13-11 03:12 PM   #56 
  - Everyone is supposed to take a cut in benefits and pay--EXCEPT doctors & pharmaceutical companies  Supersedeas   Sep-12-11 11:23 AM   #31 
  - Who said that? Obama didn't. n/t  Avalux   Sep-12-11 11:47 AM   #34 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Sep-12-11 08:57 PM   #44 
  - Single payer could help EVERYBODY. n/t  Mimosa   Sep-12-11 09:40 PM   #46 
  - Too late to rec, but KICK. n/t  chill_wind   Sep-13-11 11:54 AM   #49 

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