Meanwhile, one fact checker finds fault with both campaigns. The Washington Post: A Bipartisan Foul: ‘Medicare Is Going Broke’ We have bipartisan agreement! Medicare is going broke, busted, bankrupt…or is it? We have touched on this before but decided to take another stab after the new ad featuring Sen. Rubio was released by the Romney campaign. It’s actually a fairly effective ad, with the calm message that the GOP Medicare plan — so often inaccurately attacked by Democrats — is designed to “save” it for current retirees and be different for younger Americans, in what Rubio pitches as a bit of a gift from one generation to another. But his line that Medicare is going “broke” — using simple “math” — repeats a bit of political hokum that both parties persist in repeating (Kessler, 9/21).
Video: Weekly Address: Medicare Officially Safer After Health Reform
“Medicare & You” goes paperless
and access all the same information found in your printed handbook. You can learn what’s new for the year, how Medicare works with your other insurance, get Medicare costs, and find out what Medicare covers. Even better, the handbook information on the web is updated regularly, so you can instantly find the most up-to-date Medicare information.
Medicare's hospital readmission penalties kick in
Some experts believe that the penalty is still low enough that hospitals will opt to pay it rather than change readmission policies. But others believe the initiative holds opportunity for nursing homes because it encourages hospitals to partner with quality post-acute providers as a means of reducing readmissions.
AARP: Presidential Debates Must Address Social Security, Medicare
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Obama, Ryan will address AARP in New Orleans as Medicare debate rages
The Romney campaign disputes that the proposal is a “voucher” plan, and accuses the president of pilfering $716 billion from the Medicare program to pay for the Affordable Healthcare Act, his signature healthcare reform law. The Obama campaign says the Medicare savings will come from holding down payments to hospitals and insurers, not reducing benefits to retirees.
Rep. Schwartz Talks Medicare in DNC Address
Ms. Schwartz is one of the principal social engineers who is driving GP’s and internists to retire and leave early because of the bureaucracy, higher malpractice risk and Hippocratic oath violations she created.She must have known that America will be 120,000 general doctors and nurse practitioners short by 2020, even before Obamacare but she must not have cared that there will be no doctors. She also is guaranteeing that the Catholic Church’s, immense investment in education and caring for the sick and the poor will be abandoned forever after the one year extension expires , due to their sincere religious beliefs not being in accord with what she and other Democrats wrote into the Obamacare law. As a doctor, I can say for whatever good she may have created there will also be many neglected deaths and social wreckage she will have to account for. That is a couple reasons, among others,why she should not be re-elected to Congress from the 13th District. In my opinion, her vision is too limited and she lacks mature balanced long-term judgement.
Video: Allyson Schwartz Talks Medicare in DNC Address
I’m Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania. Moving America forward means never going backward on America’s great promise of health care for our seniors: Medicare. As a daughter who cared for an elderly parent, I know medical care is not optional for seniors. We will not let the Republicans end the guarantee of Medicare, which could cost seniors thousands and endanger the health and retirement security of millions of Americans. Americans have worked for their Medicare. They have paid for their Medicare. Whether you’re 65, 55, 45 or 35, you’ve earned your Medicare. Americans deserve the security Medicare provides. President Obama will strengthen and protect Medicare. Democrats will make the tough choices—the right choices—to reduce the deficit and to preserve Medicare, for this generation and the next. The Democratic women of the House know that a secure retirement moves America forward.
miltonwolf.com: Obama’s new Medicare rules will kill patients but they sure do sound great!
Here’s the government’s latest assault on patients: Medicare fines over hospitals’ readmitted patients. As of Monday, Medicare will start fining hospitals that have too many patients readmitted within 30 days of discharge due to complications. The penalties are part of a broader push under President Barack Obama’s health care law to improve quality while also trying to save taxpayers money. Sounds great. What could possibly go wrong? As one central planner put it: If General Motors and Toyota issue warranties for their vehicles, hospitals should have some similar obligation when a patient gets a new knee or a stent to relieve a blocked artery, Santa contends. “People go to the hospital to get their problem solved, not to have to come back,” he said. Weak analogy. Would you hold GM or Toyota responsible if someone drove their new car off the lot and then crashed it because they were driving recklessly? Oh, but patients always follow their doctors’ advice, you say? Uh huh. But setting aside the obvious structural flaw of this plan that punishes hospitals for outcomes that are beyond their control, consider the incentives it creates. The government is now incentivizing hospitals to deny care. No two patients are the same. Some are just sicker than others. Some will need more hospitalizations no matter how excellent their care is. Under this new plan, hospitals are incentivized to avoid the sickest patients because they’ll have a higher likelihood of bouncing back and triggering the fines. You better hope your mom isn’t one of them. And if your mom does get sick again after a recent hospitalization, the government has just created a powerful incentive for the hospital to deny her readmission. Good luck with that. UPDATE: Paul Hsieh also notes the perverse nature of this law that actually punishes good hospitals that keep their sickest patients alive: Will Obamacare Play Games With Your Actual Life? It’s also been my observation that dead patients are usually not readmitted to the hospital, though some still vote.
President's Weekly Address
Republicans in Congress have put forward a very different plan that turns Medicare into a voucher program—under one plan forcing seniors to pay an extra $6,400 out of their own pocket for care-and effectively ends Medicare as we know it. The President believes that our seniors deserve better and will work with anyone to keep improving the current system to give our seniors the security and peace of mind they have earned.