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  1. #1 DUmmies hate doctors so much they'll outsource them. 
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    RB TexLa (1000+ posts) Sun Feb-28-10 02:05 PM
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    The 21% cut in payments to doctors and providers come to a $245B savings
    One way the administration could move people from the side of the doctors who feel they deserve to have this tax money to us would be to propose a $245B tax cut for those making under $100K.
    Quickly, someone see's the problem.

    OHdem10 (1000+ posts) Sun Feb-28-10 02:12 PM
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    2. The problem here is they underpay the Doctors and therefore,
    you have Doctors refusing to take Medicare Patients.

    If Doctors refuse to see you, the Insurance is not worth
    the paper it is written on. Cutting them more just means
    more Doctors will not accept patients.
    But never fear. DUmmies have solutions! THREATS! If the doctors don't want to see you, just threaten them with debt collectors and loss of jobs.

    RB TexLa (1000+ posts) Sun Feb-28-10 02:22 PM
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    3. Accelerate collection on their federally backed student loans, open visas for doctors
    to compete with them. Do those two things and instead of refusing to take medicare patients they will be on television advertising for medicare patients.
    I think some people are starting to become closet capitalists over there.

    stray cat (1000+ posts) Sun Feb-28-10 02:38 PM
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    6. Maybe cutting your pay would be more similar to the savings proposed?
    Edited on Sun Feb-28-10 02:41 PM by stray cat
    Its so easy to call on everyone else to make sacrifices as long as you don't have to make any.
    camio (35 posts) Sun Feb-28-10 02:51 PM
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    9. What an astonishingly stupid idea. NT.
    nightrain (1000+ posts) Sun Feb-28-10 03:06 PM
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    12. RB, sadly it appears that you have little understanding of the
    greater impact that a decrease in payments will have.

    Are you aware that many other non-Medicare payments to many other kinds of practitioners are based on the 20% lower Medicare reimbursement rates?

    I don't suppose that makes a difference to you.

    Some of us practitioners are NOT 6 figure income earners, but squeak by like most people these days.

    In most sports, cold-cocking an opposing player repeatedly in the face with a series of gigantic Slovakian uppercuts would get you a multi-game suspension without pay.

    In hockey, it means you have to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.
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    The thing a lot of people don't understand is that, while doctors might have high salaries, they also have high expenses. Student loan payments, rising malpractice insurance payments (Notice how none of the lefties proposing changes to our healthcare system suggest any kind of tort reform), etc., all that adds up.
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