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  •  There's no plan. (12+ / 0-)

    I'm sure the hospital associations here are furious. Just as one example: The Detroit Medical Center, which is an enormous complex in the middle of the city, does provide excellent care, generally, and the Medicaid expansion would have meant a great deal to them directly as well as to the patients getting care more readily. Instead, they'll have to struggle as you say to continue to stay afloat.

    Of course, then there's the multiplier effect to the local economy of having the additional influx of money available to the employees as well. All, all of this is lost.

    There's no plan other than "I've got mine, screw you."

    I have no plan either for engaging with these people, other than trying to organize and kick their asses out of office. I got so angry in that particular confrontation I wound up screaming myself hoarse. Pretty out of character, really, but the stupidity and the selfishness were more than I could tolerate.

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    by peregrine kate on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 08:44:33 PM PDT

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    •  They are furious. (12+ / 0-)

      The conversation I had with a resident at UMMC yesterday was telling.  She thought that this whole setup was utter bullshit, and that single-payer was the only way to go in the end.  She asked that I not talk about that in front of the doctors, though, many of which were hard core Republicans and would punish her for that view.

      Even the docs are in on the "I've got mine, fuck you" mindset.  Sad, isn't it?

    •  "I'm sure the hospital associations here are " (3+ / 0-)

      " furious"

      Our Iowa GOP governor has also refused to expand Medicare , every hospital CEO in Iowa has taken him to task saying it would help them balance the books , drive down costs , and make it easier for people to get preventive care

      The GOP do not use common sense tho , any other time they are falling all over themselves trying to appease CEO'S , helping sick people is where they draw the line

      ArchTeryx

      Sorry to say it , but my limited experience with doctors is that a majority of them are ass holes , and if they all got behind this issue 20 or 30 years ago , we would not be in the mess we are in , the only thing most of them care about is their bottom line , which is actually a big part of the over all problem imo  

      And dem party leaders need to drill this in their heads , the GOP only gives these issues lip service , aka HC reform or any reform, when it comes time to do these things , they torch the place every time , so stop trying to include them!!!!!

      Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers

      by Patango on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 10:55:10 PM PDT

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      •  You're correct... (3+ / 0-)
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        wilderness voice, FloridaSNMOM, Pluto

        This is exactly what is happening in SC.  Hospital CEOs, regardless of political affiliation, are begging the state of South Carolina to accept the expansion.  Not going to happen with Nikki Haley and Company running the show.

        I manage 5 large physician practices, 3 of which are family providers, and all of which are owned by a small hospital.  There is a very good chance that Hospital will suffer the point of closure, and those practices will be lucky to survive.

        All in the name of spite.

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