One report by a nonpartisan governmental agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid.
Two stories that concur with the findings that current health care reform bills would decrease Medicare coverage and providers, and not have a significant effect on health care cost growth rates.
A separate story on the massive increased amount of improper Medicare payments.
And the government thinks it can run health care? Taxpayers should be very leery.
- Estimated Financial Effects of the :America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009″ (H.R. 3962) as Passed by the House on November 7, 2009. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
…we estimate that most of the provisions of H.R. 3962 that were designed, in part, to reduce the rate of growth in health care costs would have a relatively small savings impact.
Total national health expenditures in the U.S. during 2010-2019 would increase by about 0.8 percent. The additional demand for health services could be difficult to meet initially with existing health provider resources and could lead to price increases, cost-shifting, and/or changes in providers’ willingness to treat patients with low-reimbursement health coverage.
With the exception of the proposed reductions in Medicare payment updates for institutional providers, the provisions of H.R. 3962 would not have a significant impact on future health care cost growth rates. In addition, the longer-term viability of the Medicare update reductions is doubtful.
- Report: Bill would reduce senior care – Medicare cuts approved by House may affect access to providers. WP.
A plan to slash more than $500 billion from future Medicare spending — one of the biggest sources of funding for President Obama’s proposed overhaul of the nation’s health-care system — would sharply reduce benefits for some senior citizens and could jeopardize access to care for millions of others, according to a government evaluation released Saturday.
The report offers the clearest and most authoritative assessment to date of the effect that Democratic health reform proposals would have on Medicare and Medicaid, the nation’s largest public health programs.
- CMS: House bill increases health care costs . Politico. Problems are listed with the bill per page.
In other words, outside of Medicare payment cuts to hospitals, the bill doesn’t curb increasing health care costs. And even the Medicare payment cuts will be difficult to sustain.
Excerpts of a new federal report, obtained by The Associated Press, show a dramatic increase in improper payments in the $440 billion Medicare program that has been cited by government auditors as a high risk for fraud and waste for 20 years.