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Mayo Clinic in AZ no longer accepting Medicare patients

Huh.  Who’d have thunk it?  Excerpt:

The Mayo Clinic, praised by President Barack Obama as a national model for efficient health care (how’s that for irony, huh? – Ed.), 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.

More than 3,000 patients eligible for Medicare, the government’s largest health-insurance program, will be forced to pay cash if they want to continue seeing their doctors at a Mayo family clinic in Glendale, northwest of Phoenix, said Michael Yardley, a Mayo spokesman. The decision, which Yardley called a two-year pilot project, won’t affect other Mayo facilities in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.

Obama in June cited the nonprofit Rochester, Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio for offering “the highest quality care at costs well below the national norm.” Mayo’s move to drop Medicare patients may be copied by family doctors, some of whom have stopped accepting new patients from the program, said Lori Heim, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, in a telephone interview yesterday.

“Many physicians have said, ‘I simply cannot afford to keep taking care of Medicare patients,’” said Heim, a family doctor who practices in Laurinburg, North Carolina. “If you truly know your business costs and you are losing money, it doesn’t make sense to do more of it.”

It only makes more sense if you’re a Democrat.

Hey, I’ve got a super awesome idea: How’s about we expand Medicare and let more people sign up for it?  I mean, in addition to speeding up Medicare’s insolvency, we can also speed up the rate at which doctors don’t accept new patients!

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January 4, 2010 Posted by | big government, economic ignorance, health care | 5 Comments

Democrats: Rasmussen’s poll, and not our socialist agenda, is why we’re losing right now

Way to shoot the messenger, guys.  But hey, if that’s what makes you feel better about the impending whitewash you’re gonna get at the polls this year, then so be it.  Excerpt:

Democrats are turning their fire on Scott Rasmussen, the prolific independent pollster whose surveys on elections, President Obama’s popularity and a host of other issues are surfacing in the media with increasing frequency.

The pointed attacks reflect a hardening conventional wisdom among prominent liberal bloggers and many Democrats that Rasmussen Reports polls are, at best, the result of a flawed polling model and, at worst, designed to undermine Democratic politicians and the party’s national agenda. …

While Scott Rasmussen, the firm’s president, contends that he has no ax to grind — his bio notes that he has been “an independent pollster for more than a decade” and “has never been a campaign pollster or consultant for candidates seeking office” — his opponents on the left insist he is the hand that feeds conservative talkers a daily trove of negative numbers that provides grist for attacks on Obama and the Democratic Party.

Don Quixote just called to say what a stupid idea this is.

Considering how accurate Rasmussen’s polls turn out to be when election time rolls around, and considering that the MSM’s polls oversample Democrats by double-digits and even those polls show the Dems’ support plunging, I can certainly understand why the left is worried.  However, their ire is a tad bit “misdirected”, to say the very least.

Exit question: Considering how well the White House’s war on Fox News went (and by “well”, I mean “horribly badly”), why does the Democrat Party really want to go down this road?

January 4, 2010 Posted by | polls, socialism | 2 Comments