Government cannot fix things

We sat and watched for over a week as partisan bickering in the Senate on what to do for the poor doctors and Medicare. They finally gave out enough deals and passed the legislation to spare doctors a 21 percent cut in Medicare payments which we have been hearing about for months. Government is broken because no sooner was the bill passed Medicare announced it would begin processing claims it has already received for June at the lower rate. This means doctors that bill under Medicare’s physician fee schedule will now have to resubmit their claims if they want to be paid, let us just double the effort for both for the providers and for the taxpayers to pay. Medicare is a giant health care program for 46 million elderly and disabled people. The bill to hold of the Medicare billings of a 21 percent cut in payments expired May 31. Medicare had been holding off on processing claims in the hopes lawmakers would act. The bill passed by the Senate only delays the cuts until the end of November, you know after congressional elections. The AMA says continuing financial uncertainty may lead some doctors to stop taking new Medicare patients, and others may drop out of the program altogether. So the question for these last couple days of summer after the winter of Healthcare Reform, how can any sane person think this government can run any program efficiently and better then the private for profit business? Medicare is a government program and congress is part of the government and if this is a demonstration of how our new Healthcare will be working together, we are screwed.

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