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  • Obamacare Will Only Make Health Care Worse: Mayo Drops Medicare

    Bloomberg reports:

    The Mayo Clinic, praised by President Barack Obama as a national model for efficient health care, will stop accepting Medicare patients as of tomorrow at one of its primary-care clinics in Arizona, saying the U.S. government pays too little.

    And Mayo’s decision to cut Medicare patients comes before President Barack Obama’s health reform plan would cut $493 billion from the program. As the President’s own Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services warned:

    It is important to note that the estimated savings shown in this memorandum for one category of Medicare proposals may be unrealistic. … providers for whom Medicare constitutes a substantive portion of their business could find it difficult to remain profitable and might end their participation in the program (possibly jeopardizing access to care for beneficiaries).

    The problem is that Obamacare is not real health care reform. All it does is pretend to control health costs by giving more power to Washington to set and control prices. This is the exact opposite direction of what real health care reform would look like.

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    15 Responses to Obamacare Will Only Make Health Care Worse: Mayo Drops Medicare

    1. Ozzy6900, CT says:

      Smoke & Mirrors is all that ObamaCare is! Hocus Pocus & Alkazam! Look what the Government can do for you! the Leaders keep proving over and over that they do not know what it is to live outside Washington DC!

    2. Susan, Missouri says:

      Someone had to be the first. They're starting the line in the sand. We'll see who follows.

    3. Jim, Wisconsin says:

      ObamaCare will only make health care worse?

      Stop the presses!

    4. Stirling, Huntingdon says:

      Somebody put a "bubble" arround Washington and use the elected officials as our "test dummies" before allowing anything passed to be mandated on the rest of us. This would probably stop all the horse manure from being dumped on our country, and may in fact cause some real change we can believe in.

    5. Jeff, Cape Coral, FL says:

      Like most discussions related to the Obamanation Agenda, the facts do not matter (i.e., Global Warming). I really hope that this all comes unraveled before we're forced to wear this ugly sweater.

    6. Karen in PA says:

      I have never seen an administration so focused on passing something that America does not want. They are willing to commit political suicide for this. But if they hook the American people onto needing the government for their healthcare, etc…..we are weaker because we will never get out

    7. Bobbie Jay says:

      A commendable act of the Mayo Clinic!

      Efficiency is only worked, WITHOUT GOVERNMENT!

    8. Sue Scott, Allegany, says:

      Maybe "Death Panels" SOUNDED a little extreme, but it's coming, no matter what "label" they want to give it; kind of like, "it depends on what your definition of 'is' is."

    9. AntonioSosa says:

      The stench of the lies, manipulation, intimidation, coercion, bribery, corruption, and backroom deals to force us to swallow the Obamacare SCAM — which will destroy our health care, our economy, our freedoms and our country — has forever tainted the Democratic Party.

      Thinking Americans understand there's no longer a Democratic Party. The Democratic Party has been replaced by the Marxist party, controlled by U.S. enemies like George Soros and bent on destroying America.

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    12. Tim, Ohio says:

      I am concerned that our government which we elect, is not listening to what be believe is right for our country.

      Healthcare reform as presented, 1. does not address tort reform, 2. increases taxes, especially on small businesses which are the engine of job growth in our country, 3. creates more government control over our daily lives and 4. assumes that our government can run an operation more efficiently than the free market.

      I agree that there are improvement opportunities. I believe there are improvements which need to be made, such as issues with available coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, yet a complete overhaul of our medical system for a relatively small minority of people is over the top.

      Stop, start over, address the real issues that the private markets can implement, and avoid more government control over our business and personal lives.

    13. Barb, Wisconsin says:

      Kudos to Mayo for this decision! Someone has to be brave and act first. This is still our country and businesses are in business to make money and not lose it.(Unless you are GM.) Obamacare is ALL about control. The more dependent the government can make Americans, the more needy constituents the Democrats will have to drink the koolaid and vote democratic. This is NOT at all about what is good for Americans. I feel so sorry for those in medical school who will have paid 6 digits for their education and will be making peanuts under Obamacare. An outrage that this is happening in our great country. 2010, vote all the bums out!

    14. Frank Provasek, Texa says:

      "Obamacare" has not passed into law, and would not come into effect for several years at the earliest. This Medicare pullout is a sympton of the CURRENT healthcare situation, where hospitals must write off billions of dollars in care for the uninsured that they are never reimbursed for.

    15. Greg, Illinois says:

      Healthcare reform will be the death of the democratic party and soon everyone will see that nothing is "free". Govt involvement will raise costs and ALL will be made to pay much more which will stifle the economy further. Taxing medical devices (?) when will people learn that companies do not pay tax's but simply pass on the costs to the consumers. Nothing is "free". We need to replace ALL the incumbant political garbage that resides in the States and Federal Govt. They are mostly corrupt and on the take to simply get re-elected. If you don't think so, watch how they change their tunes now that the election is coming up in 10 months. Spenders will become conservative. VOTE AN INCUMBANT OUT OFFICE and send them a message they can understand. Take back our country and get some balance.

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