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David Fisher, MD, MPH: Nonpartisan Agency says House Bill will reduce Senior Care

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Nonpartisan Agency says House Bill will reduce Senior Care

In June, I wrote about why the proposed health care reforms will end up reducing benefits for seniors.  This week, a major nonpartisan agency agreed.  Today's Washington Post has a story about the report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  It reads:

"The report... found that Medicare cuts contained in the health package approved by the House on Nov. 7 are likely to prove so costly to hospitals and nursing homes that they could stop taking Medicare altogether."

Read the full article here.

Good intentions do not always equal good results.  Congress needs to consider the unintended consequences of asking our health care system to do more with less.  As the Post article explains, the weakest and most infirm could still end up out in the cold.  We need different solutions to the problems with our health care system than the ones currently being proposed in Congress.  The bill offered by the Republicans, while not perfect, offers more common sense solutions, like giving incentives to individual States for reducing their numbers of uninsured, increasing tax benefits related to Health Savings Accounts, and at least addressing problems with medical liability.  Before the Senate votes on health care reform, let your Senators know that the current proposals are a bad prescription for America.

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