Healthcare Amendments that DIDN’T Make It

October 26, 2009

What are Congress’ real healthcare reform goals?    A quick read of the ideas that were rejected – tell the whole story.  Nearly seventy (70) amendments proposed by Republican members in the three House Committees considering HR 3200, were rejected. Here are just a few of them – all rejected on party line votes.  Topping the list is:

Preserving Private-Sector Health Care – rejected 25/15- Con. Ryan (R-WI) [Read more]

What do you DO when you’re not in Session?

October 26, 2009

It’s a question I imagine many people wonder of their elected representatives.  Below is an update on a few of the issues/activities keeping me hopping – between Special Sessions, of course. 

 –     A fourth Special Session, addressing this year’s budget, is expected to be called in early November.   Now that the latest revenue numbers are in, revealing a $2 billion deficit in the current budget year many of us are pushing to begin tackling this deficit  before we have to deal with next year’s budget cuts.  But the agencies’ 15% budget cutting exercise will result in nowhere near the real budget cuts we will see next year, ie. prisoners will not be released to the streets!

–     Arizona Healthcare Freedom Act.   People are incensed at Congress’ imminent  move to nationalize health care and are anxious to learn how they can  preserve their fundamental health care freedoms.  Requests for interviews, articles and to speak to groups about the AHCFA continue unabated.  It’s a movement catching fire across the country.  So far 20 other states, Kansas being the latest, plan to follow Arizona’s lead and introduce the legislation next year, if they haven’t already.  [Read more]

Party of “know” to Healthcare Reform

October 26, 2009

It’s gone largely unreported, but states, including Arizona, have been taking the lead on reforming healthcare for years – many in ways that keep patients in control of their healthcare decisions, their dollars and their health. 

States have passed tort reforms, expanded Health Savings and other tax-deferred Medical Accounts that increase use of preventive care and encourage better lifestyle management and enabled risk pools to meet the needs of the uninsurables.  [Read more]

Who will pay the price?

October 26, 2009

Baucus bill supporters claim cost estimates will be under $1 trillion ($829 billion) and over 10 years it will reduce the Federal deficit by $81 billion.  These numbers may be difficult for Americans to swallow, however, considering this…

Here is our Federal Government’s record on cost overruns for healthcare entitlement programs……Medicare’s predicted first year cost in 1965:  $12 billion; Actual first year cost:  $110 billion  –   Medicaid’s predicted first year costs:  $218 million; Actual first year cost:  $1 billion  –  Medicare hospitalization predicted costs in 1965: $9 billion; Actual: $67 billion  –  Medicaid hospitalization predicted costs in 1987: $1 billion; Actual: $17 billion.   

The bottom line?  Medicaid  costs 37 times more today than it did when launched – after adjusting for inflation. 

Who will pay? [Read more]