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Kerry stacks Obamacare for his benefit

#1TaiIs82Posted 6/21/2013 9:53:49 AM
At the expense of everyone else:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323393804578557802237872788.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

Everyone remember the origins of the so-called Affordable Care Act? The Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase, Gator-Aid, and other buyoffs for the votes of key Senate Democrats?

Three years on, yet another sweetheart deal has declared itself, this one inserted by the then-senator for Massachusetts. In Congress, it's becoming known as the Bay State Boondoggle.

At issue are the dollars that Medicare pays to hospitals for the wages of doctors and staff. Before the new health law, states were each allocated a pot of money to divvy among their hospitals. The states are required to follow rules in handing out the funds, in particular a requirement that state urban hospitals must be reimbursed for wages at least at the levels of state rural hospitals.

Enter Mr. Kerry, who slipped an opaque provision into the Obama health law to require that Medicare wage reimbursements now come from a national pool of money, rather than state allocations. The Kerry kickback didn't get much notice, since it was cloaked in technicality and never specifically mentioned Massachusetts. But the senator knew exactly what he was doing.

You see, "rural" hospitals in Massachusetts are a class all their own. The Bay State has only one, a tiny facility on the tony playground of the superrich—Nantucket. Nantucket College Hospital's relatively high wages set the floor for what all 81 of the state's urban hospitals must also be paid. And since these dramatically inflated Massachusetts wages are now getting sucked out of a national pool, there's little left for the rest of America. Clever Mr. Kerry.

The change has allowed Massachusetts to raise its Medicare payout by $257 million, forcing cuts to hospitals in 40 other states. The National Rural Health Association and 20 state hospital associations in January sent a panicked letter to President Obama, noting that the Massachusetts manipulation of the program would hand that state $3.5 billion over the next 10 years at the expense of Medicare beneficiaries everywhere. They quoted Mr. Obama's former head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Donald Berwick, admitting that "What Massachusetts gets comes from everybody else."

House Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam, a Republican co-sponsor, notes that his (and President Obama's) home state of Illinois has already lost $60 million. "It's a zero sum game that reinforces all of our worst fears about how the health-care law was drafted. Backroom negotiations, secret deals, and now this long con on Medicare reimbursement rates that is already doing real damage to Illinois hospitals."


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#2Magus1947Posted 6/21/2013 11:02:21 AM
The WSJ opinion page claimed that a SciAm article stated that the majority of scientists deny climate change. SciAm responded that that was bollocks. The WSJ opinion page doesn't understand marginal tax rates. The WSJ opinion page stated that Nazis installed public bicycles and that's why there were evil. The WSJ opinion page stated that Mussolini was not a fascist and that liberal historians are responsible for that reputation.
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#3jejasinPosted 6/21/2013 11:08:00 AM
I work in Medicare reimbursement consulting, and yeah, rural floors are a huge deal. Areas of hospitals can get drastically different reimbursement based on where they are.
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#4xXfireglzXxPosted 6/21/2013 11:11:00 AM
Magus1947 posted...
The WSJ opinion page claimed that a SciAm article stated that the majority of scientists deny climate change. SciAm responded that that was bollocks. The WSJ opinion page doesn't understand marginal tax rates. The WSJ opinion page stated that Nazis installed public bicycles and that's why there were evil. The WSJ opinion page stated that Mussolini was not a fascist and that liberal historians are responsible for that reputation.


You're not addressing anything that's been posted. It's an opinion page. Some opinions are more absurd than others. This one seems to be grounded in fact.
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#5DJStrongPosted 6/21/2013 11:29:22 AM
That's a rather brilliant move by Kerry I hope he brings this adroit level of underhandedness to the State Department.

Seems like lots of senators are scrambling to undo it.

xXfireglzXx posted...
Magus1947 posted...
The WSJ opinion page claimed that a SciAm article stated that the majority of scientists deny climate change. SciAm responded that that was bollocks. The WSJ opinion page doesn't understand marginal tax rates. The WSJ opinion page stated that Nazis installed public bicycles and that's why there were evil. The WSJ opinion page stated that Mussolini was not a fascist and that liberal historians are responsible for that reputation.


You're not addressing anything that's been posted. It's an opinion page. Some opinions are more absurd than others. This one seems to be grounded in fact.


He knows that (I assume), I would further assume he just does not want to acknowledge it given who the TC is.
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#6mystic belmontPosted 6/21/2013 12:17:25 PM
Yet another reason to go with Universal Health care.
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#7peach freakPosted 6/21/2013 2:07:29 PM(edited)
1) Wasn't the "Cornhusker Kickback" removed from the reconciliation bill?
2) Wasn't the "Louisiana Purchase" used to get Landrieu's support for a public option, which obviously never became law?

lol conservative media. This is why I tend to ignore conservative media because you can generally snipe out a lie or two in the first paragraph without needing to run to a fact-checker to make sure that they're lying.

You can start reclaiming any credibility you had by quitting lying and making up facts to make yourselves feel good.
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#8SaikyoStylePosted 6/21/2013 2:32:28 PM
peach freak posted...
1) Wasn't the "Cornhusker Kickback" removed from the reconciliation bill?
2) Wasn't the "Louisiana Purchase" used to get Landrieu's support for a public option, which obviously never became law?

lol conservative media. This is why I tend to ignore conservative media because you can generally snipe out a lie or two in the first paragraph without needing to run to a fact-checker to make sure that they're lying.

You can start reclaiming any credibility you had by quitting lying and making up facts to make yourselves feel good.


What credibility?
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#9RandomActofFailPosted 6/22/2013 4:04:48 AM
Bump. Even given who TC is...I would hope that most democrats and democratically sympathetic individuals would see that the success of Obamacare depends on it...ya know...functioning and gaining public support. Friendly-fire events like this don't help.
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#10RandomActofFailPosted 6/22/2013 4:08:14 AM
mystic belmont posted...
Yet another reason to go with Universal Health care.


Obamacare is universal healthcare utilizing the existing healthcare insurance delivery services organized in a slightly different fashion.
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