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And where did flecksoflife get their info? Did you go to the congressional web site to actually check out what is on the proposed legislation.?
As for outcome based measures, do you have any understanding of what that means? There IS tremendous waste in Medicare spending particularly the Med so-called Advantage plans. Outcome based care means there is some demonstable, testable benefit from the tests/procedures being done for which there should be a universal scale of payment.Just because you read about some test that you think would be of benefit does not mean it is. This is something that should apply to all healthcare whether it is Medicare or the crummy insurance I have right now through my husband's former employer.The healthcare industry is always trying to sell what you don't need. I work in this INDUSTRY and I do know what far too many of them are up to from MDs to hospitals to pharmacies to durable medical equipment to MRI manufacturers to CT scanners to Ultrasound tests ad nauseum.
My premiums have DOUBLED in just the last two years, my co-pays and deductibles also Doubled and were I to develop cancer or require organ transplant I would now have to travel to a site over 100miles away to get treatment at a center they approve of. And this means our/my healthcare is the best in the world, better than Canada or for that matter Mexico? Not bloody hardly! Our so-called system is beyond broken but certainly not for the greedy swine in the insurance, pharmaceutical, medical industries. And do they have the money to buy all the media to work their magic and "scare" so-called red-blooded Americans that, oo-oo-oo, we're going to be socialists or worse yet communists, you bet they do.
What scares the bejeezus out of them is the possibility(remote thanks to the level of ignorance) of government setting up laws that will mandate everybody in, nobody out with a basic government plan that requires coverage with no ability to exclude previous conditions. Until more people find themselves bankrupt or dying because of the exorbitant cost of our woefully inadequate and all too often inept despite tons of expensive tests healthcare, I sadly do not see real Americans mustering up enough ire to storm their legilators offices with demand for real change.
You're complaining about having to travel 100 miles for cancer treatment? If you lived in some of the remote parts of Saskatchewan, it could take you 2 years or longer to have a Cat scan or MRI. If I was diagnosed with cancer, I would prefer going to MD Anderson in Houston, TX. That's a 5 hour drive from where I live.