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Healthcare Rationing U.S. Style

April 7, 2011

I have written a couple pieces on healthcare rationing in Europe and England. Looks like I am not the only one thinking, it could happen here. All I can say to my readers is, get involved, make your voice heard.

Apr 07, 2011

The GOP budget proposal’s Medicare provisions continue to draw scrutiny and debate about what the program’s future should look like, how the plan would change senior citizens’ health care costs and what its political implications might be.

The Associated Press: Parties Split As House Panel OKs 2012 GOP Budget
The party-line 22-16 vote underscored the sharp partisan divide over the blueprint, crafted by the committee’s chairman, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., at a time of record federal red ink. The measure lays the groundwork for a decade of cuts in spending, taxes and deficits, tempered by a shift in medical costs from the government to future retirees and a reshaping of the two chief federal health programs for the elderly and poor, Medicare and Medicaid (Alonso-Zaldivar and Fram, 4/6).

NPR: Budget Office: GOP Medicare Plan Could Lead To Rationing
Remember all those allegations from Republicans that the Affordable Care Act would inevitably lead to health care rationing? It turns out the same might be true of the House GOP budget plan for Medicare. At least that’s the conclusion of the Congressional Budget Office (Rovner, 4/6).

CQ HealthBeat: Private Plans Under Ryan Budget Plan Would Cost More Than Current Medicare
When House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan unveiled his budget proposal, he said it fulfills a “moral imperative” to lower Medicare-related costs. But it would actually drive up overall health expenses by requiring people to get care through private plans, which cost more than the current system, said the Congressional Budget Office. Seniors would essentially pick up the extra costs. The House Budget Committee was expected to approve late Wednesday evening the fiscal 2012 budget resolution that Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, introduced the day before. As the committee debated the plan, policy experts and Democratic critics took a closer look at its impact on seniors and people with disabilities (Adams, 4/6).

See this last news release? Now read the post I just wrote on the REAL reason Republicans are wanting to reduce Medicare funding….. they are pimping for the mega-health insurers and corporations.

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