Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Full House Vote On Health Reform Possible Next Week

One of Obama's front organizations is sending out this email:

Friend --

The House's first full vote on health reform legislation may come as early as this week. It'll be the first time in more than 60 years that the full body votes on comprehensive reform, and we expect it to be very close.

But with just a few days before the vote, the insurance industry and their allies are putting extraordinary pressure on every representative to defeat it. We know that their expensive lobbyists will be dashing to each congressional office, attempting to twist arms. The only question is whether the phones will be ringing off the hook with constituents supporting reform while that happens.

Can you call your representative right now and tell them to vote in favor of real health insurance reform? ...The House bill incorporates the best ideas from Democrats and Republicans to guarantee security and stability for those with insurance, provide affordable options for those without -- including the choice of a public insurance option -- and reduce costs for families and small businesses, all while decreasing the deficit.

Many representatives are standing with the President and fighting hard for reform. They need to know that they have our thanks and our support.

And we need to remind the rest of Congress that Americans need them to rise above partisan divides and stand up to the special interests. Please call:

It's down to the wire. Your hard work helped bring us to this historic moment. Now let's bring it home.



Mitch Stewart
Organizing for America
This entire letter is a joke, but the words in bold are over the top. Many of the uninsured are young, who will be paying MUCH HIGHER rates than is justified for their age bracket. They will be paying for medical treatment of those that are older. It is another social security type scheme that will screw the young. That's in addition to cutting services for everyone and killing incentive for others to be creative in the health field.

And the CBO thinks the projections that the healthcare bill, even with a built in 21% pay cut for doctors, won't stop out of control medicare costs (ViaGM):
The bill would put into effect (or leave in effect) a number of procedures that might be difficult to maintain over a long period of time. It would leave in place the 21 percent reduction in the payment rates for physicians currently scheduled for 2010. At the same time, the bill includes a number of provisions that would constrain payment rates for other providers of Medicare services. In particular, increases in payment rates for many providers would be held below the rate of inflation (in expectation of ongoing productivity improvements in the delivery of health care). Based on the extrapolation described above, CBO expects that Medicare spending under the bill would increase at an average annual rate of roughly 6 percent during the next two decades—well below the roughly 8 percent annual growth rate of the past two decades, despite a growing number of Medicare beneficiaries as the baby-boom generation retires.
And do you think, with a 21% pay cut, a few doctors might retire early? Who is going to treat their patients under Obamacare? This isn't Alice in Wonderland anymore, it's Alice in Cuba.

1 comment:

  1. "We know that their expensive lobbyists will be dashing to each congressional office, attempting to twist arms. "

    Yea, because the writers of this draft certainly will not do such a thing!

    I love how they set up the evil villain insurance companies to shoulder the blame. Its such a good front to disguise the real problems behind this whole mess.