Friday, January 4, 2013

On Doctor Fixes and System Cuts
But profound as psychology is, it’s a knife that cuts both ways.
Dostoeveski (1821-1881), The Brothers Karamazov
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seee to blame for the past. Let us accept  our responsibility for the future. 
John F. Kennedy (1916-1963)
January 4, 2013

The fiscal cliff “fix” does not  please me at all.
Its ratio was a deceptive fiscal forty one to one call,

Forty one was for raising taxes,

One was for spending cuts facts.
It does nothing for the national debt,

It  strikes me as a very, very bad bet.

It does not fix anything for our future.
It is as useless as a broken suture.
It “blames” hospitals and doctors for “over-coding,”
as the main  source of the budget deficit exploding,
It lowers Medicare payments to hospitals ($4.6 billion),
It lowers payments for end-stage kidney disease ($4.9 billion),
It lowers payments for multiple procedures done the same day ($1.8 billion),
It raises Obamacare-related taxes by $500 billion,
It doubles decade  health system costs by $2.7 trillion.
It is not a fiscal cliff fix atall.
It's a recipe for a fiscal fall,

That's all.

Tweet:  The fiscal fix is no fix at all; it doesn’t fix the budget: it doesn’t lower taxes for the middle class at all.

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