Congress continued to take only clumsy temporary steps to relieve another source of anxiety for Medicare and TRICARE users -- a scheduled 21.2 percent reduction in reimbursements to participating doctors. If such a cut were allowed to take effect, it could severely crimp access to care.
*The American Medical Association has called it "temporary patches funded by budget gimmicks."
*The formula, if allowed to take effect this year, would drop Medicare fees for doctors by 21.2 percent.
Asked by Anonymous at 7:14 AM on Apr. 20, 2010 in Politics & Current Events
Answer by Anonymous at 7:16 AM on Apr. 20, 2010
How can anyone say no to military benefits. Are the military being used as a budgetary pawn in the politics of health-care reform?
Answer by Anonymous at 7:18 AM on Apr. 20, 2010
Answer by Sillybillymel at 9:26 AM on Apr. 20, 2010
I just thought it was kinda weird how I keep hearing and seeing things about how the military love Obama. I have never seen this in my experience. I havent met one person who is happy with this President and his admin that are in the military, or military families.
I've met perhaps 5 out of at least 30 mil. families that are pro-Obama. NONE are Pro-democratic Congress..... jmo...
OP, I dunno... I am not a huge fan of Tricare.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:38 AM on Apr. 20, 2010
The President already said he wants all military to pay 10% across the board for all medical costs including combat related injury.
WHAT???????? You surely don't mean that the people that sacrifice on behalf of our country are expected to pay 10% of their medical bills for injuries they sustain while in combat, do you? I will reserve the rest of my comment until I know more about this. Perhaps I have not been paying enough attention.
Answer by QuinnMae at 10:01 AM on Apr. 20, 2010
Answer by eema.gray at 10:20 AM on Apr. 20, 2010
Article:To replace the formula and make a permanent doctor pay fix, Congress would need to find $240 billion in offsets or allow the budget deficit to climb by suspending pay-as-you-go deficit reduction rules. The fee issue is separate from national health care reform. It's a long-ignored problem resulting from a mechanism called Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) adopted in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. SRG sets spending targets for Medicare physician services. If annual targets are hit, doctor rates are to be adjusted by medical inflation alone. If targets are exceeded, doctor reimbursements are to be lowered. Critics say SGR targets were set too low from the start, and haven't taken account of important cost growth factors like the intensity of services provided due to medical advances and technology.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:39 AM on Apr. 20, 2010
Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) adopted in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997
So, they are trying to undo CLINTON's balanced budget requirements which are what lowered pay for Dr's in the first place? Wasn't Clinton made God-like or something by libs for his 'balanced budget'? hrmmmm
Congress would need to find $240 billion in offsets or allow the budget deficit to climb by suspending pay-as-you-go deficit reduction rules.
So, libs can make Republicans look bad for requiring Congress abide by Democrats OWN pay-as-you-go deficit reduction rules. Pathetic and Typical.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:42 AM on Apr. 20, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 11:09 AM on Apr. 20, 2010
Answer by yourspecialkid at 11:39 AM on Apr. 20, 2010