The Battle Over Medicare Cuts To Doctor Payments

Democrats don’t want to cut doctor fees by 21%, as required by law. Republicans don’t want these cuts either. But political partisanship has held up the necessary vote to prevent the cuts from going into effect. In order to avoid the cuts, which were supposed to take effect on June 1, Medicare has put off paying its bills to doctors. This delay was supposed to last just 10 days. Now they will delay paying bills for another week, so they won’t have to pay docs 21% less for services already provided to Medicare patients.

I’m on vacation, so I’m providing a link to an article from the AARP Bulletin that talks about this stalemate: “Medicare Doctors Face Pay Cut – Again”.

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9 Responses to "The Battle Over Medicare Cuts To Doctor Payments"

  1. az85742 says:

    Let’s hope the Medicare gap can soon be filled with universal health care that covers all cost.
    Even a broken arm/leg could cost you $40,000!

  2. Bill Hilser says:

    Hey az85742: You’re so right! What’s another few $Trillon Dollars added to the FedGovCo deficit anyway?
    Maybe Dear Leader Obama can borrow Zimbabwe’s printing presses and hire a third shift.
    Yer pal, Ferrari Bubba

  3. Bill Hilser says:

    Hey Blogger: Kudos to our hard-working congress for trying to forstall the medicare payment cuts to the doctors. God love them.
    Oh, and by the way, who were the filthy low-life weasels that voted the medicare cuts in the first place?
    That scum ought to be tarred, feathered, and ridden out of Washington on a rail . . . every two-faced, lying one of them.
    Do you agree on this, or is it just old tyme politicts as usual?
    Yer pal, Ferrari Bubba

  4. medicareblogger says:

    Bill:  The cuts to doctor fees are part of the balanced budet act that was passed back in 1998 by a Republican-controlled Congress.  This issue has been kicked down the road for over ten years and the current Congress can put off a real fix or kick it some more.  This issue has nothing to do with the health care reform legislation that was passed this year. 

    Also, cuts to Medicare are not cuts to benefits.  They are cuts to Medicare Advantage and a serious effort to go after Medicare fraud.  I have not seen anything in the legislation that cuts actual Medicare benefits.

  5. ado1 says:

    In the interest of fairness,  it should be pointed out also that even though it was a GOP controlled congress that passed the bill,  it was a Democratic president, Bill Clinton who signed the legislation into law. The GOP did not enjoy a veto proof majority in congress, and the Democratic president refused to use his veto power to kill the bill.  So, that does make the legislation very much bi-partisan in every respect.  The GOP passed it and a DEM president signed it into law.

  6. leftfield says:

    …repub. or demo., they’re all lying weasels. Kick ‘em ALL out and let’s start over.

    Good idea, FB.  Remember to vote Socialist in the next election.  I’m sure AR has a fine slate of Socialist candidates running for office.

  7. medicareblogger says:

    You are correct that the effort to slow the growth of Medicare spending was a bi-partisan effort back in the 90’s.  Unfortunately, now that the problem has been allowed to get worse and worse, our elected officials are unwilling to compromise to get anything done.  The cut to doctor fees, which is required by law because Medicare spending is growing too fast, is not related to the health care reform legislation that was passed this year.  And the legislation that was passed does have lots of things in it that should (hopefully) slow down spending so that Medicare will not go broke. That’s a good thing.

  8. Bill Hilser says:

    God help us, Lefty. The Socialists, and about half of the Republicans are the only ones that can read and write!
    You can forget about the Democrats.  —  Yer pal, Ferrari Bubba

  9. David says:

    I hope that the public will turn against physicians sooner or later.
    These lying weasels haven’t sacrificed a damn thing during the recession and they have been hammering the propaganda that they are underpaid under Medicare.
    What a farce.   Physicians are no better than the greedy a-holes on Wall St and eventually the public is going to turn on them…Their ability to “save lives” will only get them so far.

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