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  • Secret Obamacare Negotiations Enter Day 7 – The Fix is in

    As the secret Obamacare negotiations enter Day 7, word has leaked from the meeting that the White House and Senate leaders have ordered Congress to pass a $247 billion dollar payoff to doctors groups for their support of comprehensive health care reform. The Fix is in – Doc Fix that is.

    The Hill Reports:

    The White House and Democratic leaders are offering doctors a deal: They’ll freeze cuts in Medicare payments to doctors in exchange for doctors’ support of health care reform.

    As a result of the order, the Senate is preparing debate on a bill called “Doc Fix,” which would freeze cuts in Medicare payments to doctors for the next 10 years as a means to ease passage of Obamacare later this Fall. The version of “Doc Fix” was originally part of the Obamacare plan and the secret negotiators wanted to take $247 billion off the books of President Obama’s heath care legislation. The left would like to pass this bill, with or without offsets, so they can buy support for a public plan from a group, and a lobbying interest, that has opposed a government takeover of health care and the creation of a public plan.

    The Hill story goes on to describes a meeting between lobbyists for doctors, the Obama Administration and Senate Leaders. They allegedly offered the passage of the “Doc Fix” bill for doctor’s support of an Obamacare bill. The American people should be outraged that they are excluded from secret negotiations on Obamacare, yet the interest group that represents the doctors are being provided a $247 billion pay off to support the Senate version of Obamacare.

    More from the Hill on who was involved in the scheme:

    At a meeting on Capitol Hill last week with nearly a dozen doctors groups, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the Senate would take up separate legislation to halt scheduled Medicare cuts in doctor payments over the next 10 years. In return, Reid made it clear that he expected their support for the broader healthcare bill, according to four sources in the meeting.

    Also in the meeting were: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.); Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.); White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel; Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag; and Nancy-Ann DeParle, director of the White House healthcare office.

    “They said they’re going to need our help in getting healthcare reform over the goal line and they expect our support,” said a participant who represents doctors. “Reid, Baucus and Dodd. All three said the same thing: They want and expect our support.”

    The lobbyists for the doctor’s groups have been asked to support Obamacare for the top item on their Congressional wish list, but there is a high price to pay. Heritage Foundation fellow Bob Moffit says this “it has now become clear that the lobbyists for organized medicine do not do a good job representing the nation’s physicians. The reason is clear. The Congressional leadership wants to create another government run health plan with payment rates tied to Medicare rates, rates well below those of the private sector. Every independent analyst has estimated that a government plan would crowd-out existing private coverage, meaning that millions more Americans would get health care from physicians at Medicare-level rates. So, while ‘helping’ the doctors by ‘fixing’ Medicare payment update formula, thus paving the way for passage their giant health care bills, the Congressional leadership dramatically expands its direct control over physician payment through a new government plan. This is obviously not a good deal for physicians, regardless how they may feel about the shortcomings of existing Medicare payment system. It gives new meaning to the fine old phrase ‘penny wise and pound foolish.’”

    Some on the right have renamed this “Doc Fix” legislation as “Doc Payoff” or “Doc Bailout” because the timing is clearly being dictated from the secret negotiations in the Capitol over Obamacare. These negotiations are not transparent as reported in Human Events, “The president promised in his campaign he’d deliver transparency, saying, “I’m going to have all the negotiations around a big table” with everybody involved. Those that can’t make it would be able to see “the negotiations televised on C-SPAN.” Not only are these secret negotiations not on C-SPAN, nor open to the public, the secret negotiations have born some billion dollar fruit.

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    14 Responses to Secret Obamacare Negotiations Enter Day 7 – The Fix is in

    1. b nuckols Texas says:

      The Hill doesn't say that the docs made any deal, only that it was offered in exchange for taking away the threat that "doctors would see their Medicare payments drop by 21 percent next year and by 40 percent by 2016."

      It's significant that "representatives" of the various doctors' groups were present, but not Rohack or any of the other Presidents are named as present. What a snub!

      I hope that the leaders of the AMA and the AAFP, at least, have gotten the message that we docs will not accept any bill that cuts our pay for work we do and that does not include tort reform.

      I also hope that Reid, Raham, and Rangel realize that doctors are ready to quit or slow 'waaaay down. We persevered through last year's 2 weeks with a 10% cut, but won't be able to — even if inclined to do so — suffer a 21% cut on January 1, 2010.

      (Family Doctor)

    2. Evan, Washington says:

      We have already observed what open discussion around a big table breeds – mostly accusations of totalitarianism and childish fits. Nobody is trying to censor the right, they have simply stopped listening to the right.

    3. Bobbie Jay says:

      I am outraged! Sickened that the majority in government are looking away! They continue their corruption of manipulation, coercion, bribery as they've been doing to the private industries, misleading them into government forced collapse.

      Hypocrites hide their hate behind flattering words. This nation will be strong and endure when it has intelligent sensible leadership.

      Poor men and oppressors have this in common- The Lord gave eyes to both of them.

    4. Freedom of Speech, T says:

      I am bewildered but not surprised.

      From the beginning of this move to "reinvent" American medical care, has ANYONE noticed that everything is predicated on "…over the next 10 years"?

      What happens after that?

      1) Most of the people who put this into action

      will be long gone.

      2) Even given "generous" economic growth, it cannot be SUSTAINED. So, why are we doing it this way?

      3) The borrowong, printing, and spending continues, further diminishing ANY chance of sustaining this reform.

      4) THEY say we will have annual $1,000,000,000,000 deficits over many years. Does ANYONE really think it will ONLY be $1,000,000,000,000 per year. Government is ALWAYS low on estimates.

      5) The next congress can CHANGE any agreement made with ANY group. Doctors beware.

      6) THEY are already trying to put the government option or a "Trigger" into the final bill – the public's opinion be damned.

      It's the same old song. Medical Reform is such a huge part of the economy THEY will say anything to control it. Coupled with cap n' trade and the continued borrowing, spending, and printing WITH decreased consumer spending and decreased revenues (as people have less and less disposable income) – we will implode.

      I'm tired of the "well-meaning" arguments.

      What in ___ is going on?

      I rational, logical person could only come to one conclusion.

    5. Richard Cancemi, Arl says:

      How can we reclaim the Country from the gradual infestation of rats that has been occurring over the decades and are now are running rampant?

      They are in every aspect of society and are polluting the American way of life.

      Traitors, hypocrites, thugs, liars, cheats, opportunists, and every other form of low-life sit in power.

      We need to rally the true conservatives and pro-Americans to confront and defeat these no-good sons-of-the-devil!

      Perhaps it will take another Revolution! We cannot sit passively and watch these America- haters do their dirty deeds!

      Generals, unite for America!

    6. Walter Selover says:

      The activities of Obama and his cohorts are illegal, unlawful

      and outright punishable by long term prison sentences. The fact that he is the currently elected president is in significant. Obama is violating our Constitution in carrying out his personal drive to end constitutional government in the United States. He has already broken more of our laws (that he pledged to uphold) than any elected

      to public office in our history.

      When are any of our constitutionally elected members of Congress, and members our of Supreme Court going to start legal actions to remove him from control of our government? He and his cabal are not superior to Congress and our courts. Somebody in the Senate and in the House must initiate action immediately. The voting public is entitled to see severe legal against these violations of our

      sacred laws of our United States government.

    7. Walter Selover says:

      The activities of Obama and his cohorts are illegal, unlawful

      and outright punishable by long term prison sentences. The fact that he is the currently elected president is insignificant. Obama is violating our Constitution in carrying out his personal drive to end constitutional government in the United States. He has already broken more of our laws (that he pledged to uphold) than any elected to public office in our history.

      When are any of our constitutionally elected members of Congress, and members our of Supreme Court going to start legal actions to remove him from control of our government? He and his cabal are not superior to Congress and our courts. Somebody in the Senate and in the House must initiate action immediately. The voting public is entitled to see severe legal against these violations of the

      sacred laws of our United States government.

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