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Why the Bill is 2000+ Pages – Read This

Editor’s note: So even if the new legislation doesn’t work, even if it needs to be modified to adjust to future conditions. Well read on…

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Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) pointed out some rather astounding language in the Senate health care bill during floor remarks tonight. First, he noted that there are a number of changes to Senate rules in the bill–and it’s supposed to take a 2/3 vote to change the rules. He pointed out that the Reid bill declares on page 1020 that the Independent Medicare Advisory Board cannot be repealed by future Congresses:

There’s one provision that is particularly troubling and it’s under Section C, titled “Limitations on Changes to this Subsection.”

And I quote — “it shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.”

This is not legislation. It’s not law. This is a rule change. It’s a pretty big deal. We will be passing a new law and at the same time creating a Senate rule that makes it out of order to amend or even repeal the law.

I’m not even sure that it’s constitutional, but if it is, it most certainly is a senate rule. I don’t see why the majority party wouldn’t put this in every bill. If you like your law, you most certainly would want it to have force for future Senates.

http://meganmcardle.theatlantic.com/archives/2009/12/the_process_of_passing_health.php

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December 24, 2009 Posted by | Federal Government, healthcare | , | 1 Comment

Every Industry Goes Through Periods of Consolidation

Consolidation of doctors’ practices might help patients
Patients might benefit from consolidation of physicians’ practices that creates larger medical groups. Large medical groups tend to have more money than smaller or solo practices, allowing improvement to infrastructure and an upgrade to electronic medical records. They might also offer increased access to care. Chicago Tribune/Tribune Newspapers (12/24)

December 24, 2009 Posted by | healthcare, physicians | , , , , | Leave a comment

Are the People Exactly Right?

Editor’s note: Look at the results of the latest Rasmussen report. How close are the percentages of those who believe they will be worse off and those who be better off to reality? If worse or the same care, and more taxes represent those opposed, and those with better access and government financial aid represent those that believe they will be better off…

Earlier this morning, the United States Senate passed its version of health care reform on a party-line vote. The Senate Democrats must now reconcile the bill with the version passed by the House of Representatives and then hope to sell voters on the idea. Most voters (55%)oppose the health care legislation working its way through Congress. Those who feel strongly about the legislation are overwhelmingly opposed to it.

Most voters (54%) also believe they personally will be worse off if the health care plan passes. Just 25% think they will be better off. Some Democratic leaders and strategists have suggested the plan will become more popular once it has been passed and people see how it works.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

December 24, 2009 Posted by | Cost, Federal Government, healthcare | , , , | Leave a comment

Is There A Transformational Provider Supply Plan

Addressing the Primary Care Workforce Crisis for the Underserved

Universal coverage and multiple initiatives to improve health care delivery are crucial components of health care reform. However, the missing link has been a plan to rapidly address the primary care workforce crisis for the underserved. The authors propose a link between primary care graduate medical education and care for the underserved in community health centers, where expansion will be necessary for the anticipated increase in Medicaid and insured patients. — December 14 (Annals of Internal Medicine)

December 24, 2009 Posted by | Federal Government, healthcare, physicians | , , , | Leave a comment