President Obama has learned something during his presidency: You can’t change Washington from the inside.
“The most important lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t change Washington from the inside,” he told a Univision forum Thursday. “You can only change it from the outside.” (free beacon)
So the president’s revelation that “you” can’t change Washington from the inside wasn’t directed at you. It was an admission that voters should consider this November. Obama has quit trying to be the agent of change, and he publicly acknowledged that Obama II would just be more of the same. (WP)
More “flexible”. 🙂
The exact opposite of what he said when running the first time. Gee, I guess he really is a great leader…. 🙂
When the federal government began providing billions of dollars in incentives to push hospitals and physicians to use electronic medical and billing records, the goal was not only to improve efficiency and patient safety, but also to reduce health care costs.
But, in reality, the move to electronic health records may be contributing to billions of dollars in higher costs for Medicare, private insurers and patients by making it easier for hospitals and physicians to bill more for their services, whether or not they provide additional care.
Hospitals received $1 billion more in Medicare reimbursements in 2010 than they did five years earlier, at least in part by changing the billing codes they assign to patients in emergency rooms, according to a New York Times analysis of Medicare data from the American Hospital Directory. Regulators say physicians have changed the way they bill for office visits similarly, increasing their payments by billions of dollars as well.
Over all, hospitals that received government incentives to adopt electronic records showed a 47 percent rise in Medicare payments at higher levels from 2006 to 2010, the latest year for which data are available, compared with a 32 percent rise in hospitals that have not received any government incentives, according to the analysis by The Times. (NYT)
ObamaCare Strikes Again! 🙂
And another liberal “promise” goes ass backwards. Gee, that never happens. Must be someone elses fault!
Many doctors and hospitals were actually underbilling before they began keeping electronic records, said Dr. David J. Brailer, an early federal proponent of digitizing records and an official in the George W. Bush administration. But Dr. Brailer, who invests in health care companies, acknowledged that the use of electronic records “makes it faster and easier to be fraudulent.”
So it must be George Bush’s Fault!!! I Knew it! 🙂
Everything in life is, you know…:)
But you know there’s a problem when the liberals in charge are lying about it.
But some critics say an unintended consequence is the ease with which doctors and hospitals can upcode — industry parlance for seeking a higher rate of reimbursement than is justified. They say there is too little federal oversight of electronic records.
A spokesman for the Health and Human Services Department, however, said electronic health records “can improve the quality of care, save lives and save money.” Medicare, he added in an e-mailed statement, “has strong protections in place to prevent fraud and abuse of this technology that we’re improving all the time.”
He also said Medicare had reduced improper payments in the last two years.
Isn’t that EXACT opposite of what the Doctors and Hospitals are doing. Must be a Talking Point.
George Will: An attractive aspect of Romney as a candidate is how endearingly unsuited he is to politics in an era when “friend” has become a verb.
Would that he could just say this:
“I am not running to be your friend, because I hope you pick your friends from among people you actually know and for reasons unrelated to politics.
“And I will not insult your intelligence by claiming to feel your pain, which really is yours. Neither will I tell you that as president I would pacify distant mobs.
” I am running just to make government somewhat less destructive, to partially ameliorate the country’s largest afflictions, and to make the world a bit less dangerous.
“My candidacy comes down to an eight-word question, and it is not ‘Will you call me about your tummy ache?’ Rather, it is: ‘Is this really the best we can do?’ It is difficult to prevent Americans from briskly creating wealth, but bad choices by both parties have done so.
“My opponent is making many promises, although a simple apology would suffice. My promise is that although I will not really create millions of jobs, I will, if Congress cooperates, remove some of the obstacles to your doing so.
“If you want a president who is the center of a government-centered society, pick the other fellow. If you endorse a dependency agenda — more and more people dependent in more and more ways on a government fewer and fewer are paying for — vote for the other party.
“If you do not share my opponent’s horror about being mostly on your own in the pursuit of happiness that you define on your own, give me a try. If it doesn’t work out, you can fire me in four years.”
Someday, someone is going to seek the presidency by demystifying it. Many voters will be astonished by, and even be grateful for, the novelty of being addressed as adults.
Unlikely. Because they’d have to react as adults and I just don’t see that happening .
—Congress early Saturday completed its major task for the week with Senate passage of a six-month stopgap spending bill to keep federal agencies running past the end of the budget year and the elections. The House approved the legislation last week. Action was needed before the budget year ends on Sept. 30 to avoid a partial government shutdown.
So no Federal Budget passed yet again.
Major legislation left for the lame-duck session in November:
—Congress has yet to deal with the tax cuts that will expire at the end of the year, including the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts, tax cuts for middle-class households, tax credits for businesses and the payroll tax cut.
—Congress must still decide what to do about spending cuts of $109 billion to defense and non-defense programs that will take place automatically at the start of the new year if alternatives are not found.
—Congress faces a Jan. 1 deadline to avert an almost 30 percent cut in Medicare reimbursements to doctors. (so they charge more now?) 🙂
—The current five-year farm and nutrition bill, which sets policy for farm safety net programs and funds the food stamp program, expires Sept. 30. The Senate passed a new five-year bill in June and the House Agriculture Committee approved its version in July, but the full House has yet to act. The two chambers also have not been able to agree on disaster relief for farmers hit by the drought.
—The Senate has passed legislation to overhaul the Postal Service, which is losing $25 million a day, but the House has yet to act.
—Russia joined the World Trade Organization in August, but Congress has yet to vote on legislation to remove Cold War trading restrictions so U.S. businesses can enjoy the lower tariffs and greater protections that come with WTO membership.
—The House in May passed a $635 billion defense policy bill, but the full Senate has yet to act.
—The Senate last summer was unable to advance legislation to protect U.S. industries from cyber-attacks.
—The Senate and House have passed legislation to extend and expand the Violence Against Women Act, but no agreement has been reached. (Townhall)
No Adults responsible. It Must be Bush’s Fault!!