Senior Democrat Durbin urges talks on Medicare

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lateralgs wrote:

What is needed is more leaders on both sides speaking publicly about ways to meet more nearly in the middle of the arguments, such as Durbin and Boehner (to an extent) have done. More courage should = more results for the American people. Keep on keepin’ on, Senator Durbin.

Nov 27, 2012 10:41am EST  --  Report as abuse
actnow wrote:

Senator Durbin has a long history of talking a good game and delivering nothing. Support for massive earmarks, loopholes in immigration reform designed to allow mass amnesty and fraud, or refusal to control any form of entitlements just to name a few. This guy is slick and ruthless…watch out!

Nov 27, 2012 11:16am EST  --  Report as abuse
texoman wrote:

We need to stop arguing about this subject and just design and implement a system similar to Canada’s. The Key to affordable healthcare is to take the profit motive out! Let’s go back to a system where the hospitals are owned and operated by the tax-payers at a break-even proposition instead of hospital corporations paying millions to it’s CEOs!

Nov 27, 2012 11:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
lateralgs wrote:

By all means, question and hold accountable. The point is, public comments are telling at a time when most of the players are holding close to the vest. There’s nothing to fear here, except inaction. Talk is good. It’s a start. No reason to fear open discussion.

Nov 27, 2012 12:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Jaay wrote:

American physicians are paid three times more than their counterparts in Europe. Hospitals CEOs have never understood cost control. Americans don’t believe that they should die. Medicare Part D has been a windfall for pharmaceutical companies and physicians. Address these issues, and it would be a start to better healthcare.

Nov 27, 2012 5:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
fromthecenter wrote:

Seems like not much as been done to curtail the COSTS of healthcare, we keep figuring out ways to get more people insurance but not much else on the real problem. Single payer with cost controls seems to be the only best real option.

Nov 27, 2012 5:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
lateralgs wrote:

Keep in mind that what’s being discussed here is the role of Medicare reform in finding terms of agreement among the lawmakers as to how to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” (man, I am growing weary of that stinkin’ term…curses on it’s first pronouncer). It’s unlikely any long-term comprehensive reform will be agreed to before December 31st. Nonetheless, it is important that it is being openly discussed by progressives as something that requires attention. As for the comments regarding cost containment for health care in the U.S., all I can say is “amen.” And change the way too many Americans spend the last few days or weeks of their lives…hopelessly and exceedingly expensively attached to all manner of life-maintaining machinery and druggery, and you’ll decrease overall “health care” costs dramatically. Including health insurance costs.

Nov 27, 2012 5:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
cautious123 wrote:

Let’s start with “reforming” the benefits that the parasites in Congress get. Then move on to allowing Medicare to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies–that will solve any shortfalls with Medicare. Social security isn’t evn part of the deficit and shouldn’t be part of these talks. For Democrats to start talking about putting Medicare, Medicaid and SS on the table is treason.

Nov 27, 2012 7:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
cautious123 wrote:

You can’t contain health care costs in a market system. The profit margins are too large. Furthermore, Medicare is not currently able to negotiate with the drug companies–big gift to them. Medicare’s overhead is about 3 percent, compared to 24 percent for insurance companies. So, if cost containment, and not just profits, is the goal–single payer is the only way to go.

Nov 27, 2012 7:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
gordo53 wrote:

Actnow has it right. This is more empty political rhetoric. Sometime shortly after the first of the year, some sort of legislation will be agreed to on taxation such that both sides can claim a partial victory. That will mark the end of serious discussions on deficit reduction. It is the unwritten policy of our government to debase the dollar via massive currency expansion. Fiscal prudence is not on the table.

Nov 28, 2012 2:29am EST  --  Report as abuse
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