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Watch your step Mayo, Obama will not stand with you on that ice by the bus.

A crystal ball glimpse into the future of Obamacare:
Mayo Clinic in Arizona to Stop Treating Some Medicare Patients
By David Olmos

Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) — The Mayo Clinic, praised by President Barack Obamaas 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.

via drudgereport.com

 

Obama may have let the truth slip when he in June he praised Mayo saying they are a national model for efficient health care.  Mayo sees what’s on the horizon with Obamacare is going to cash model at their AZ clinic for Medicare patients saying the government pays too little for Medicare patients.   And our elected elite tell us they can cut hundreds of billions from Medicare to pay for Obamacare?

 

 

Medicare Loss

The Mayo organization had 3,700 staff physicians and scientists and treated 526,000 patients in 2008. It lost $840 million last year on Medicare, the government’s health program for the disabled and those 65 and older, Mayo spokeswoman Lynn Closway said.

 

 

A Mayo spokesman says Medicare payments only cover 50% of the true cost of care.  Other organizations report Medicare covers less than cost or barely covers costs.  Doctors report an average of 20% gap between cost coverage of Medicare and private insurance.  To even things up, congress has proposed a cut of 21.5% for private insurers.  LOL.    Gee, you mean all these utopia plans do nothing to reduce costs? Only how to pay for them?   Wow, what a revelation!

You see where this is going?   Obama will cut Medicare payments to private health care, health care will have to ration and reduce costs by less and lower quality care, Obama will accuse private health care of rationing and that only government can do health care fairly.  Obama will say, “We did our job in a much needed health care reform for everyone, now the evil health care providers must be patriots and step up.”

Robert Berenson, a fellow at the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center in Washington, D.C., said physicians’ claims of inadequate reimbursement are overstated. Rather, the program faces a lack of medical providers because not enough new doctors are becoming family doctors, internists and pediatricians who oversee patients’ primary care.

“Some primary care doctors don’t have to see Medicare patients because there is an unlimited demand for their services,” Berenson said. When patients with private insurance can be treated at 50 percent to 100 percent higher fees, “then Medicare does indeed look like a poor payer,” he said.

 

 

Ohhh, watch out you evil private insurers, you are making the government Medicare payments look bad!!!!   Time for Obama’s army of government doctors working for less, you know, their education financed by Obama and their salaries dictated because there will be much less of a free market for health care talent.

Here is your crystal ball view into the future of health care under Obama. 

Obamacare isn’t even law yet, but the rationing has already begun. 

Reid Cherlin, a White House spokesman for health care, declined comment on Mayo’s decision to drop Medicare primary care patients at its Glendale clinic.

No comment? LOL, a “what do I do now boss?” moment.

One question for every member of congress on their Christmas break:  If Obamacare is supposed to be soo good for everyone, cut costs, trim the deficit, increase care, why are the elected elites of congress exempt from the plan?  Don’t they want to cut the deficit?