Health care scam
March 22. 2010
U.S. Rep Kathy Castor is disingenuous or worse in her assertion that Medicare coverage will improve if Obamacare becomes law ("Strengthening Medicare," Other Views, March 19).
Up to 53 percent of doctors, according to one survey, will quit their practice. The new law would cut Medicare by $500 billion over 10 years. If doctors will be providing more annual checkups and screenings for less money, they will see more patients and spend less time per patient.
The extra money paid to insurance companies through Medicare Advantage is a federal bribe to induce companies to participate in the program. Insurance companies have to provide the benefits each state requires and are paid only the amounts approved by the state for their services.
Every government official for the past 50 years has promised to weed out "fraud, waste and abuse." If it still exists, it is because it is not easy to stop. Nothing in the new program will improve our chances to stop determined criminals.
The whole scheme is a scam. It is a Ponzi scheme. It's a bad joke we're playing on our children and grandchildren. Medicare, along with Social Security and Medicaid, will eventually come crashing down around our unfortunate offspring. This scheme only ensures that it will happen sooner.
Land O' Lakes
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