The Democrats or at least their Congressional leadership pretend their "health care" bill won't damage Medicare, even though it takes half a trillion dollars from the program. But let's take a short look at some reality.
The Medicare "savings" are to be accomplished by cutting Medicare's payments for medical services rendered by more than 20%. The Congressional Democrats claim there is this level of fraud in the Medicare program. But they make no attempt to fix that problem, to attack the fraud they claim is there, instead taking out their legislative anger on all Medicare doctors and patients.
But, as everyone already knows, Medicare is in trouble even without these new cuts. Two ways.
- It's about to go bankrupt. It soon won't have enough money to pay its commitments.
- It only pays doctors about half what it should half what patient treatment costs. That's why so many doctors won't take new Medicare patients.
And what brings this into focus now? The Mayo Clinic cited by Barack Obama as a model of healthcare efficiency has made a decision. Not only will its Arizona clinic not accept new Medicare patients, its existing Medicare patients will have to pay cash to stay with their Mayo doctors. That's because the Arizona clinics lost $120 million last year treating Medicare patients. Overall, the Mayo clinics lost $840 million on Medicare patients last year, which had to be made up from their non-Medicare patients.
Can you imagine how much worse it will be for Medicare doctors and Medicare patients if the Democrats' "health care" bill becomes law? And how many doctors will have to choose between bankruptcy and turning away Medicare patients needing medical care?