Let us kill the Medicare ‘doc fix.’
Background: the ‘doc fix’ is one of those things that happens in Dizzy City with alarming regularity. Basically, it was set up in order to control Medicare costs by linking Medicare subsidies to doctors to annual growth; if costs rose too high, Medicare payments to doctors would shrink. Nice feedback loop – only thing is, the first year it was supposed to come into effect | Read More »
Today in Washington – June 24, 2010
The DISCLOSE Act is on House floor today. This bill chills the rights of Americans to band together in an organization and participate in the political process. Sean Parnell of the Center for Competitive Politics said of this legislation, ”as the Rules Committee prepares to advance this speech-chilling bill to the House floor, its supporters are cynically misrepresenting the bill as simply providing transparency and avoiding all mentions of | Read More »
President begging GOP for doc fix favor.
The background: Obamacare assumed in its ‘official’ numbers cuts in Medicare payments to doctors; this has been scheduled for some time, but every year there was a ‘doc fix‘ to keep the cuts from being enacted. The merits of the doc fix can be argued later: what is important here is that the Democrats used these supposedly planned cuts to make Obamacare look fiscally responsible, | Read More »