Tag Archives: Medicare

Next Big Challenge for Health Law: Carrying It Out

From The New York Times, By JOHN HARWOOD, April 29, 2013 –

Medicaid-sfSpanWASHINGTON — This month, a political organization aligned with House Republicans sent an e-mail to reporters attacking President Obama’s health care law.

“Young adults on parents’ plan pay more,” said the organization, the YG Network, citing a new employee benefits study. The e-mail’s subject line read “So Much for Popularity.”

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Wyden draws ire of the White House with Medicare plan

By Associated Press, December 15, 2011 at 11:24 PM PST –

Ron Wyden

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House spokesmen Thursday blasted a new bipartisan plan to overhaul Medicare, saying it would undermine the health care program for seniors and disabled people, leaving it to “wither on the vine.”

That prompted the plan’s Democratic co-author, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, to fire back at the Obama administration and other critics on the left. His office said critics are misrepresenting the proposal without reading it.

Read Wyden’s full statement

Meanwhile, the campaign of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney heaped praises on the new plan. Continue reading →

Texas has universal health care

From The Daily Caller, By October 27, 2011 – Many commentators have portrayed Texas’s uninsured rate as evidence of Texans’ lack of access to health care. However, the reality is that Texas’s problem is not care but cost.

How does an uninsured individual receive care? In Texas and across the country, the answer is all too often through an emergency room. The costs of emergency room visits are ultimately picked up by a combination of county tax dollars, Medicaid and cost-shifting to insured patients.

This system of universal health care is based on market distortions caused by federal price controls and regulations, chiefly the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) and Medicaid. Continue reading →

Rick Perry’s views on the Constitution get closer scrutiny

From the Los Angeles Times -By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau, August 23, 2011

Now that Texas’ governor is a GOP candidate for president, opinions in his book – that Social Security is unconstitutional, for example – move into the spotlight.

Rick Perry

Texas Gov. Rick Perry with supporters in Austin. (Larry W. Smith, European Pressphoto Agency / August 23, 2011) Continue reading →

A simple number poses a big problem in the debt-ceiling debate

from TheHill.com, By Judd Gregg

There is one number that is not talked about but which is the root cause of much of this debt-default angst.

Between now and 2017, the number of Americans who have reached their retirement age will essentially double, from 35 million to approximately 70 million.

It is hard to overstate the fiscally devastating effect that this ongoing explosion of the number of older people will have. Continue reading →

The Death of the Defined Benefit

Michael Barone

The defined benefit is dying. Barack Obama is struggling to keep it alive, but it’s apparent that it’s something that even as bounteously rich a society as ours can’t afford.

Yes, I know that “defined benefit” is not a common household phrase. But most people know what a defined benefit pension is. It’s when your employer promises to pay you a certain amount of money, pegged to your salary or according to some other formula, when you retire.

Some 30 years ago, most big employers had defined benefit pension plans. Some private-sector employees still have them, and many government employees do.

But a little-known provision of the 1978 tax law, section 401(k), authorized companies to offer defined contribution pensions. Instead of promising to pay workers specific amounts years later when they retire, companies would put certain amounts in the employees’ 401(k) accounts. Continue reading →

Reverse the rules for jails and nursing homes

Let’s reverse the rules between jails and nursing homes.

This way the seniors would have access to showers, hobbies, and walks, they’d receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc. and they’d receive money instead of paying it out.

They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly, if they fell, or needed assistance.

Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them.

A guard would check on them every 20 minutes, and bring their meals and snacks to their rooms.

They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.

They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counseling, pool, and education.

Simple clothing, shoes, slippers, P.J.’s and legal aid would be free, on request.

Private, secure rooms for all, with an outdoor exercise yard, with gardens.

Each senior could have a P.C. a T.V. radio, and daily phone calls.

There would be a board of directors, to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct, that would be strictly adhered to.

The “criminals” would get cold food, be left all alone, and unsupervised.

Lights off at 8pm, and showers once a week.

Live in a tiny room, and pay $5000.00 per month and have no hope of ever getting out.

– author unknown

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Nursing Homes have been called “Living Museums”.  Their occupants made our way of life possible.  The abundant life we enjoy was made possible through their generosity and sacrifice.  Chances are, you pass by a Nursing Home on your way to, or from work or from shopping.  If you stop for a visit, I believe you will be shocked and saddened to learn how many residents haven’t had a visitor in weeks or months, if ever. You could learn first hand how “efficiently” government healthcare (Medicare & Medicaid) is administered.

It may be wise to learn all you can about Nursing Homes  – before your kids choose one for you!