What are the consequences, no comment

Problem solved. Read the following and see if you can find the unintended consequences of the Senate’s version of the “doc fix.”

“Senate Majority Leader [Harry] Reid and Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus expressed relief that part of the legislative package moved forward before the weekend,” CongressDaily reports. Baucus said, “Now doctors will be paid, and more importantly, seniors will get the benefits they deserve.” Also, “[t]he $6.5 billion ‘doc fix’ price tag is fully offset with two revenue-raising provisions. One would ban hospitals from charging Medicare for outpatient and inpatient services rendered within 72 hours of a hospital admission, estimated to save $4.2 billion. The other would raise $2.8 billion by allowing companies to spread out their pension fund obligations over a longer period” (McCarthy, 6/18).

As a “senior” I am amazed I deserve so much. When I was raising four children, going to school at night for nine years and then paying for 18 years of college I apparently didn’t deserve much. How about you?


  1. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it sounds like they expect hospitals to pick up the tab for the first 72 hours of in or out-patient care(not bloody likely!?

    Just off the top of my head, isn’t that when the majority of expenses end up being incurred? All those emergency room visits are primarily out-patient, aren’t they?


    1. That’s what it sounds like. The government version of controlling health care costs is simply not paying them.

      That leads to one of two things, rationing or having the costs shifted to other payers.


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