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  •  The GOP doesn't recognize what we see... (5+ / 0-) cuts because they are intent on preserving, protecting and defending the income streams of certain providers, without regard to medical efficacy or system effectiveness.

    To even suggest that such factors are valid is teh Socialism.

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 05:06:56 AM PST

    •  seems to me two things (3+ / 0-)
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      what you cited (no surprise if pediatricians are democrats and high end surgical specialties are republicans.)

      but also the push from chamber of commerce and businesses to reduce their costs.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 05:14:13 AM PST

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      •  Cohn wants to ascribe to ignorance... (3+ / 0-)
        The advocates for deep entitlement reductions don’t seem to realize that the people on Medicare and Medicaid need the protection those programs provide—and that, without those programs, they’d suffer. Given the very significant chance we can reduce health care spending without reducing benefits, we have an obligation to try. It’s the compassionate thing to do.
        ...what I believe is willful intent: there are forces who want to "cull the herd" and are shrewd enough to not say it out loud, even in "quiet rooms."

        When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

        by Egalitare on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 05:31:25 AM PST

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    •  I know! (1+ / 0-)
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      I heard a Republican on the radio the other day absolutely horrified by the 3% tax on medical devices imposed by the ACA, calling it a "job killer".
      Of course, they don't talk about all those companies on the TV who advertise the "Hoverounds" for free ("We file all the paperwork for you! You get it for free and we get to charge a exhorbitant amount of money to Medicare!"), or the free diabetic supplies or free catheters (eww), etc.
      And all those poor people who invent and manufacture these devices!

      This innovation tax also targets an American manufacturing sector created by companies choosing to locate in the United States even as markets grow beyond our borders. As a result, America’s medical technology workers delivered $135.9 billion of innovative products to patients worldwide in 2011. The U.S. accounts for 40 percent of the global medical technology market. We have a $5.4 billion trade surplus because American workers create high-tech, top-quality medical devices and diagnostic tests that are in demand around the world.

      And yet, this tax threatens these gains. At least three studies have estimated the tax will cost tens of thousands of jobs — by one estimate as many as 43,000 jobs. Surely now is not the time to put a greater strain on the U.S. economy.

      An industry that contributes $135 billion worth of (mostly overpriced) medical devices each year might lose 43,000 jobs because of a 3% tax?

      About the authors of the above article (this won't surprise you):

      Dan Moore is president and CEO of Cyberonics and chairman of the board of directors for the Medical Device Manufacturers Association. Greg Sorensen is chief executive officer of Siemens Healthcare North America and chairman of the board of directors for the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance. Timothy M. Ring is chairman and chief executive officer of C. R. Bard and serves on the executive committee of the Advanced Medical Technology Association.

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 06:12:14 AM PST

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