Saturday, May 21, 2022
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Curing Medicare in the new Congress
By NCPA @ 11:48 PM :: 3092 Views :: Health Care

Curing Medicare in Congress

NCPA November 6, 2014

Fifty-two million Americans, both seniors and the disabled, are currently enrolled in Medicare, an entitlement that is in need of reform. Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow Robert Moffit outlines what the new Congress can do to reform the Medicare program and make it more financially sustainable:

  • Repeal the SGR formula. Congress created the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula in 1997, which automatically cuts Medicare's payments to doctors each year. However, Congress has also overridden the cuts every year since 2003. The formula is flawed, and continuous cuts to doctors will only reduce access to care for those in the government health care program. Moffit says a new Congress must replace the SGR without forcing taxpayers to pick up the tab.
  • Tackling Medicare cuts. Obamacare cuts Medicare payments in order to create $716 billion in alleged savings; however, those cuts only make it more difficult to meet health care providers' costs. The CMS Actuary has shown that, due to the cuts, half of all hospitals and two-thirds of skilled nursing facilities will have negative total facility margins by 2040, and providers will have to cut back services, withdraw from Medicare entirely or shift costs to private payers.
  • One-third of seniors are enrolled in Medicare Advantage, a system of competing health care plans. Seniors are highly satisfied with these plans, yet the administration targeted the program for cuts. Moffit says the program should be protected, and the new Congress should put more free-market reforms into the program.

Moffit says Americans should expect to see a great deal of debate over the Medicare program come January.

Source: Robert E. Moffit, "Can Congress Find a Cure for Medicare's Growing Troubles?" Heritage Foundation, November 3, 2014.

Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

808 Silent Majority

ACA Signups Hawaii

Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Astronomy Hawaii

Back da Blue Hawaii

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

ChinaTownWatch.com

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Life Alliance

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

HIEC.Coop

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

July 4 in Hawaii

Kakaako Cares

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

OurFutureHawaii.com

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

ReRoute the Rail

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Save Dillingham Airfield

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT