Monday, October 12, 2009

Senate Committee Defeats Amendment to Stop Financial Incentive for Medicare Rationing

by Steven Ertelt, Editor
October 1, 2009

Washington, DC ( -- Members of the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday not only turned back an amendment to stop abortion funding, but they defeated an amendment to stop rationing as well. They rejected, on a party-line vote, an amendment to eliminate the rationing components of the Baucus health care bill.

Sen. Jon Kyl, an Arizona Republican, brought the amendment out of a concern, shared by pro-life groups, that one provision of the measure penalizes Medicare doctors who provide higher levels of medical treatment to senior citizens.

Kyl and Senator Pat Roberts, a pro-life Kansas Republican, sponsored the change.

The amendment would have removed a provision that establishes that, for at least five years, Medicare physicians who authorize treatments for their patients that wind up in the top 10% of per capita cost for a year will lose 5% of their total Medicare reimbursements for that year.

Pro-life advocates say the provision means that all doctors treating older people will constantly be driven to try to order the least expensive tests and treatments for fear that they will be caught in that top 10%. Read more.

Take action! Let's tell our senators we oppose a bill that devalues life, uses our tax dollars to pay for abortions, and penalizes doctors for giving good care to Medicare patients.

Senator Daniel Akaka
Honolulu office (808) 522-8970 / Hilo office (808) 935-1114
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Senator Daniel Inouye
Honolulu office 808-541-2542 / Hilo office 808-935-0844
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