Friday, January 01, 2010

Medicare Refusals Start Ramping Up

Although Obamacare hasn't started yet, some of the Medicare cuts championed by the Democrats already have been put in place. This is only the start of what is going to happen to the healthcare of seniors once the big cuts being passed by Congress kick in. Keep fighting to stop the destruction of the greatest healthcare system ever known, and keep fighting to prevent further cuts in Medicare.

Mayo Clinic in Arizona to Stop Treating Some Medicare Patients

By David Olmos Bloomberg (Excerpt)

Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- "The Mayo Clinic, praised by President Barack Obama as a national model for efficient health care, will stop accepting Medicare patients as of tomorrow at one of its primary-care clinics in Arizona, saying the U.S. government pays too little.

More than 3,000 patients eligible for Medicare, the government’s largest health-insurance program, will be forced to pay cash if they want to continue seeing their doctors at a Mayo family clinic in Glendale, northwest of Phoenix, said Michael Yardley, a Mayo spokesman. The decision, which Yardley called a two-year pilot project, won’t affect other Mayo facilities in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.

Obama in June cited the nonprofit Rochester, Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio for offering “the highest quality care at costs well below the national norm.” Mayo’s move to drop Medicare patients may be copied by family doctors, some of whom have stopped accepting new patients from the program, said Lori Heim, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, in a telephone interview yesterday.

“Many physicians have said, ‘I simply cannot afford to keep taking care of Medicare patients,’” said Heim, a family doctor who practices in Laurinburg, North Carolina. “If you truly know your business costs and you are losing money, it doesn’t make sense to do more of it.”"


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At 11:20 AM, Anonymous Joe said...

This is just a small taste of what Obama and the Democrats have done already to screw the American People. If Obamacare is so great, why is it that Congress won't switch from their present health care plans over to Obamacare? I think that we all know the answer to that question.
On Tuesday, the Senate health committee voted 12-11 in favor of a two-page amendment that would require all Members and their staffs to enroll in any new government-run health plan..

It took me less than a minute to sign up to require our congressmen and
Senators to drink at the same trough!
Three cheers for Congressman John Fleming of Louisiana !
Congressman John Fleming ( Louisiana physician) has proposed an amendment that would require congressmen and senators to take the same health care plan they force on us (under proposed legislation they are curiously exempt). Congressman Fleming is encouraging people to go on his Website and sign his petition (very simple . I have just done just that at:


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