Friday, November 30, 2012

Health Reform -Thank God It’s Friday
We call this Friday good.
T.S. Elliot (1888-1965), Four Quartets

November 30, 2012

For physicians this particular Friday is a good day.

Thank God, another sad week has passed  away.

Why do doctors about this week feel sad?

After all, what about this week was so bad?

Well, Congress on the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) again stalled.

They can’t decide whether a doctor Medicare pay cut  should be installed.

If Congress does nothing a 27 percent doctor pay cut  on 1/1/13 will  ensue.

This dreary prospect definitely  tends to make physicians feel blue.

If that unlikely reimbursement reduction should occur,

Many doctors would stop seeing Medicare patients all concur.

Failure to avoid that montrous thing called sequestration,

Would cause  another 2 percent drop in  doctor pay cessation.

Another thing, for you not in the know,  Obamacare is still very much on hold.

Thirty states don’t want  to run exchanges so more Medicaid patients can enroll.

Then too , of course, there’s the Obama gigantic tax proposal.

If you make $250 K, it’s more money down the federal disposal.

Don’t forget the incessant chatter this week  about going off the financial cliff.

If we go down that abyss, a recession will follow which is nothing at which to sniff,

Obamacare is still unpopular, unsustainable, and uncertain ,

It is no done deal,  it is still too early to lower the federal curtain.

And so for this week: it's TGIF - Thank God it's Friday,

Maybe the Almighty wiill make next week more alrighty.

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