Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Another Jeb Bush privatization failure: Florida has no data 3 years into Medicaid trial

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU
 
seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-01-09 11:20 AM
Original message
Another Jeb Bush privatization failure: Florida has no data 3 years into Medicaid trial
More fallout from the *popular* former governor. Yeah, we sorely miss this backbiting right winger.



Florida has no data 3 years into Medicaid trial

By KELLI KENNEDY
Associated Press Writer

June 1, 2009


MIAMI -- Nearly three years into a Medicaid privatization program former Gov. Jeb Bush said could be a national model, state officials say they do not have crucial data to measure the program's effectiveness, including how many patients' treatments and prescriptions have been approved or denied.

Patients and health care advocates have complained they can't get doctors appointments and medications under the program, which began in October 2006. An Associated Press study found nearly 25 percent of doctors in Broward and Duval counties, the two biggest counties in the pilot program, have dropped out because of red tape and an inability to treat patients as they see fit.
The complaints have led to an outcry for accountability from the state's health care agency, especially after WellCare, the program's largest private health care provider, has admitted to stealing more than $35 million from the state under another program.

There's also been little evidence to show that the pilot, operating in five counties, has improved health care or saved the state money.
"How could you even think you could get away with not measuring?" said state Rep. Elaine Schwartz, D-Hollywood, who hears horror stories from sick residents complaining they aren't getter proper care under the program. "The people who put this (program) in didn't really want to know whether our vulnerable population was really being served because they were in bed with the HMOs that were looking at the bottom line and the dollars."

.....

"There's definitely a question of accountability," said Joan Alker, research associate professor at Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, who has studied the pilot program. She said Florida's Medicaid reform is unique because it gives HMOs "unprecedented power to define the benefits package."
"HMOs have a bottom line and that bottom line is to their shareholders and not necessarily to the health of the people they're serving," she said.

.....

Under the pilot, the government pays private companies a set amount for handling a specific number of residents in the counties - similar to an HMO in the private sector. The companies, in turn, decide how to care for people, including which doctors they can see and what medicines and treatments can be prescribed.
Proponents say the plans offer patients more customized benefits. However, patients complain they often have to pick between plans that cover either their doctors or medicines - not both. Studies echo those complaints putting the program even more under fire.

.....





WellCare charged with fraud (Florida's largest Medicaid HMO contractor), May 6, 2009


Just making out like bandits under the pudgy-handed rule of micromanager Jeb Bush.



But, some people say Jeb Bush was so popular. Maybe he'll run again. Florida hasn't been dirtied enough.




(bold type added)







Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-01-09 11:23 AM
Response to Original message
1. jeb seem to have done to florida what george did to the country.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
sutz12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-01-09 11:31 AM
Response to Reply #1
2. Seems to be a family trait...nt
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
louis-t Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-01-09 11:31 AM
Response to Original message
3. Under Jeb, private companies get honorary doctorates.
They decide what treatment a patient should have? Why waste time in med school?
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-01-09 11:47 AM
Response to Original message
4. If they have to be accountable then they wouldn't make much of a profit.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Overseas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-01-09 11:50 AM
Response to Original message
5. K&R to highlight another failure of privatization. //nt
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
jtrockville Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-01-09 04:01 PM
Response to Reply #5
9. Privatization has ONE purpose only:
I know of ZERO EXAMPLES where privatization of anything was beneficial to anyone other than those who stand to profit. It never results in better services, reduced costs, or any other improvements.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-01-09 12:26 PM
Response to Original message
6. Well, Jeb, Jr. and George P. Bush are supporting Rubio for governor
and opposing Charlie Crist.

We are in such a big mess here.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-01-09 03:27 PM
Response to Reply #6
7. You can bet Emperor Jeb is fighting Crist behind the scenes by using little Jebbie and P as proxies
Crist vs. Rubio for US Senate is really Crist vs. Jeb Bush for president.


There is no love lost between Jeb and anyone standing in his way, especially Charlie Crist.


Crist-Rubio primary battle marks the GOP's ideological divide, May 28, 2009

It's the dwindling hardline extremist conservatives vs. everyone else.



Here are Marco Rubio's newest supporters:



John Ellis Bush, Jr.

Bush nephew arrested and charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest, September 18, 2005

Link





Gorge P. Bush

George P. Bush might be a hunkalicious young Republican, but he still seems a bit creepy. So TSG wasn't too surprised to learn that "P" was involved in a troubling 1994 incident described in this Metro-Dade Police Department report. On December 31, 1994, Bush showed up at 4 AM at the Miami home of a former girlfriend. He proceeded to break into the house via the woman's bedroom window, and then began arguing with his ex's father. Bush, then a Rice University student, soon fled the scene. But he returned 20 minutes later to drive his Ford Explorer across the home's front lawn, leaving wide swaths of burned grass in his wake. Young Bush avoided arrest when the victims declined to press charges.

Link





You can't beat something with nothing, and the other side has something, Bush said. I don't like it, but they have it, and we have to be respectful and mindful of that. ---Jeb Bush in a pizza parlor, May, 2009




A reminder.










Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-01-09 07:59 PM
Response to Reply #7
10. Excellent summation on Jeb's evildoing. But I need a better link to Huff Post
In your first link, it seem to get stuck on some ad and won't got through to the article.

And Little Jeb and Peter Bush scare the bejesus out of me.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-01-09 08:21 PM
Response to Reply #10
11. Try this direct link:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Wednesdays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-01-09 03:56 PM
Response to Original message
8. K&R
:kick:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 10:50 AM
Response to Original message
12. Wherever BushCo* treads, investigations should follow. n/t
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Sat Apr 19th 2014, 08:07 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC