We Need "Hillary-Care" Now

Here's reason number 124,897 on the list of reasons to throw the Republican bastards out of the White House.  Anyone who continues to insist that there's "no difference" between certain Democratic candidates and the Republicans ought to have their head examined ... hope the doctor doesn't leave a scalpel in there though.

Medicare won't pay for hospital mistakes

Sat Aug 18, 4:14 PM ET

WASHINGTON - Medicare will stop paying the costs of treating infections, falls, objects left in surgical patients and other things that happen in hospitals that could have been prevented.

"The rule change announced this month is among several initiatives that the administration says are intended to improve the accuracy of Medicare's payment for hospital patients who receive acute care and to encourage hospitals to improve the quality of their services.

The rule identifies eight conditions -- including three serious types of preventable incidents sometimes called "never events" -- that Medicare no longer will pay for.

Those conditions are: objects left in a patient during surgery; blood incompatibility; air embolism; falls; mediastinitis, which is an infection after heart surgery; urinary tract infections from using catheters; pressure ulcers, or bed sores; and vascular infections from using catheters.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it also would work to add three more conditions to the list next year.

"Our efforts in this arena and in other payment rules are to ensure that CMS is an active puchaser, not passive payer, of health care," Jeff Nelligan, a spokesman for the agency, said Saturday..."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070818/ap_o n_go_ca_st_pe/medicare_hospital_errors;_ ylt=AnMgeeCZTz70sivFpl558NkHcggF

How is this supposed to help those on Medicare.  Granted, hospitals should be encouraged to make less mistakes.  But if the hospital doesn't get paid via Medicare, guess who gets the bill.  This is really just more twisted logic from this administration.

We really need to get these people out of the White House quickly before the country goes completely to hell.  The next President must deal with the health care issue.  It is just not acceptable to not have universal care in this country.  Single-payer system would be ideal.  One of the reasons I support Hillary is that she tried to do universal care in the 90's. Yes, it was not successful at the time, but she was the only one who tried, as First Lady nonetheless.  A lot of her "progressive" detractors seem to forget how much efforts she has actually put in (at a political cost to herself) to make the lives of people better in this country.  I really believe that if and when she becomes President, she will not hesitate for a moment to champion progressive causes.

She's politically very savvy and realizes that you have to chart a more moderate course in order to win in November, but I strongly believe that if and when she actually assumes the Presidency we will be looking at a very progressive administration.

Tags: Medicare, universal health care (all tags)



Re: We Need "Hillary-Care" Now

I agree.  Hillary has the most credibility on health care, IMO.  

by bookgrl 2007-08-19 09:56AM | 0 recs
if her plan was so great

then why won't she stand up now and say if I'm elected president, I will try to implement the plan I helped craft in 1993?

by desmoinesdem 2007-08-19 02:11PM | 0 recs
Re: if her plan was so great

I don't think it so great for now.  But, if we had gotten it, we wouldn't be where we are now. She and everyone else has talked about regulating the industry.  She started the ball rolling on theSCHIP expansion.  Her's was far better.  But, it did lead to Bush losing a ideological battle on federally financed health coverage.  It's not worth discussing with you.  You seem to have your mind set on how you view Hillary, so what's the point?  

by bookgrl 2007-08-19 02:28PM | 0 recs
Too bad she doesnt have an

actual plan.

She has the most credibility if we are looking for more more failure.

by okamichan13 2007-08-19 04:42PM | 0 recs
Re: We Need "Hillary-Care" Now

Do you people even know what was in the "Hillary Care" plan? I doubt it, since it was warmed over junk of the sort Mitt Romney was pushing in MA:

What we need is HR 676, Medicare for All.

"...but I strongly believe that if and when she actually assumes the Presidency we will be looking at a very progressive administration."

Good luck with those delusions, and denial. What you'd get (but won't since she can't win the general election) is nothing more than the usual right wing DLC corporate triangulation.

So, good luck with that.

by LoganGawain 2007-08-19 01:12PM | 0 recs
Re: We Need "Hillary-Care" Now

There is so much misinfomation with HillaryCare.  Please.  The MA plan wasn't pushed by Mitt Romney.  It was a Democratic legislature plan for which Mitt simply stayed out of the way on.  Hillary's health plan was a major regulation of th insurance industry, and a complete reworking of how we finance health care.  I would have preferred single payer, but it would have been so much better that the Massachusetts plan.  Further, Edwards plan has many of the same components as Hillary's plan had.  She was the first to suggest mandated coverage.  She was also ahead of her time on comprehensive portable coverage.  She has far more credibility on this issue than her competitors.

by bookgrl 2007-08-19 01:18PM | 0 recs
Re: We Need "Hillary-Care" Now

Where is her plan now for what she will campaign for to get a mandate to implement if she win's the election.

by BDM 2007-08-19 03:40PM | 0 recs
Re: We Need "Hillary-Care" Now

Romney has been talking about his health car plan on the campaign trail. So, when people say that Hillary isn't any different than Republicans, they're wrong. Mitt Romney at least has a health care plan. Hillary doesn't.

We need a real Democrat to win the White House, not one who is to the right of the Republican nominee on health care.

by Pope Jeremy 2007-08-19 05:44PM | 0 recs
Re: We Need "Hillary-Care" Now

That is a very one sided piece on Wikipedia you linked to.

by robliberal 2007-08-19 03:56PM | 0 recs


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