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  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    Paul Ryan is pushing a bill that asks for cuts in Medicare to those who are older than 55 today. This thieving liar said during his campaign with Romney, that Medicare cuts would affect only those younger than 55 today. I say impeach this bum.
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    Central, FL
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    I agree, kick the bum out !!! Anyway, I'm under 55 but I don't like the comments today or the one's from election time. Medicare should be secure for all citizens. I think what needs done first and foremost is to negotiate prescription med costs like the huge customer that the govt. is..... to hell with the pharma lobby. Secondly, there should be an accounting of the billings to medicare...... My mother was in a nursing home for 6 weeks to rehab after foot surgery. She said she saw the doctor on staff once or maybe twice in 6 weeks. The Insurance statement showed where he billed for 8 or 9 visits. I bet there are gross over billings that are absorbed by the govt. on a regular basis.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    TJ Wrote: I agree, kick the bum out !!! Anyway, I'm under 55 but I don't like the comments today or the one's from election time. Medicare should be secure for all citizens. I think what needs done first and foremost is to negotiate prescription med costs like the huge customer that the govt. is..... to hell with the pharma lobby. Secondly, there should be an accounting of the billings to medicare...... My mother was in a nursing home for 6 weeks to rehab after foot surgery. She said she saw the doctor on staff once or maybe twice in 6 weeks. The Insurance statement showed where he billed for 8 or 9 visits. I bet there are gross over billings that are absorbed by the govt. on a regular basis.
    Yes I mentioned that several times in an other topic. I've run into overcharging all the time; the efficiency is horrible; can't even get computerised data from doctors; hospital bills are way overcharged; as a patient you do not have any control over anything what they want to charge. I wanted to start a law suit against one of these rip off artists, but since the gun "issue' I'm affraid I get shot or poisened before anything gets to court.
    Obama has got a huge job on his hands if he wants to cleanup this mess. The fraud is in the details and difficult to fight or detect!!
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    The only way for Obama to clean up this mess is to somehow get a super majority of like-minded Democrats in both Houses, and there will only be one more chance for that to happen during his Presidency. As I see it, we have to suffer through 2 more years of this current situation before the voters can possibly make a change. We HAVE to put all of our eggs in that one basket (so to speak), and make the 2016 election become the holy grail of politics.
  • Independent
    New Hampshire
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    My doctors are all working for/with the hospital I use. I am on the hospital computer with all records, I believe. I wait until I have about 4 requests for lab work and go in with all requests and have them done with one visit. What I don't know is what gets charged. I am starting to look at the orders and if I see they are the same I throw one away and request the results be sent to that doctor also. As all doctors etc. are in the same system it would be a simple task to have one order for all lab work and chech it at the session when registering in the lab. I'm sure my bill could be reduced on all testing from lab work to cat scans if things were done at the same time.

    I have one doctor that likes to go over computer records while the visit is taking place so I know everything from all doctors is there as he knows what doctor changed perscriptions and when.

    I sure a lot of the expence could be eliminated if duplication was eliminated and tests of the same type were done with one visit.
    This should be done hand-in-hand with reducing the number agencies and departments in the government in general.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    jperry Wrote: My doctors are all working for/with the hospital I use. I am on the hospital computer with all records, I believe. I wait until I have about 4 requests for lab work and go in with all requests and have them done with one visit. What I don't know is what gets charged. I am starting to look at the orders and if I see they are the same I throw one away and request the results be sent to that doctor also. As all doctors etc. are in the same system it would be a simple task to have one order for all lab work and chech it at the session when registering in the lab. I'm sure my bill could be reduced on all testing from lab work to cat scans if things were done at the same time.

    I have one doctor that likes to go over computer records while the visit is taking place so I know everything from all doctors is there as he knows what doctor changed perscriptions and when.

    I sure a lot of the expence could be eliminated if duplication was eliminated and tests of the same type were done with one visit.
    This should be done hand-in-hand with reducing the number agencies and departments in the government in general.
    I do not know what State you are in; in Fl it is a total mess; I used to live in both VA and SC they had a much better administration; may be you read that Miami is the worst place related to Medicare fraud. I mentioned in several topics about this subject; certainly the adminstration nor cost is the same in every State. Most doctors offices here have piles of binders . The only time that a visit was actually recorded was in SC, so I got good records to transfer. But not in FL; I transferred from a doctor here because he committed malpractise; United wanted to start a lawsuit, but I stopped it because the guy does not live far from here; you never know what he will do. Records were transferred but had barely anything in it.
    I guess the problem with this country is, it is not the UNITED states, acually 53 individual countries.
  • Independent
    New Hampshire
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    http://www.snhhs.org/ if you want to see what a hospital should be like I guess they have more than 6 Family Practice offices scattered around the area of 120,000 people, 3 Urgent Care and PT locations. Add to that St. Joseph's Hospital and a new Dartmouth Hitchcock Center All Hospitals have combine heart and cancer centers and work together well. 15 miles up the road is Manchester, NH with the Catholic Medical Center, Elliot and a couple of others. The vascular surgical unit at SNHMC was booked when I needed to be worked on and I ended up at St. Joseph's as they had an opening and the surgeon was my surgeon from SNHWC who had worked with the St. Joseph's team in the past. I guess the only difference was the appearance of the building. South Nashua Family Practice has one doctor at the hospital to coordinate care and stays on top of everything.
    I do think that things can be done to improve costs. It has been almost 10 years since I semi-retired and between Medicare and AARP Supplemental I haven't seen a bill.
    I never cared for Florida, when my mother died I had to travel back and forth 5 or 6 times to settle the estate and I always came back feeling I had been ripped off over one thing or another. I'll take New England. New Hampshire has no state income or sales tax and real estate tax with restaurants and hotels taxes take care of everything. The family gathering in June will be on a cruise boat on Lake Sunapee, renting a boat that holds 45+ and will be served a buffet lunch. The mountains come right up to the shore line. The great grand kids are excited about it; but no more than my kids and the grand kids.
    I guess I’m lucky to live in NH. Looking forward to the next snow storm, it sure looks nice.
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    michaels39301 Wrote: The only way for Obama to clean up this mess is to somehow get a super majority of like-minded Democrats in both Houses, and there will only be one more chance for that to happen during his Presidency. As I see it, we have to suffer through 2 more years of this current situation before the voters can possibly make a change. We HAVE to put all of eggs in that one basket (so to speak), and make the 2016 election become the holy grail of politics.
    That "somehow" is being handled by the Republicans. Have a little faith.
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    I sure believe you are right woven, and I do have maybe even more than a "little" faith, but it cannot happen soon enough for me. However, if it DOES happen, I will be more than happy.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    jperry Wrote: http://www.snhhs.org/ if you want to see what a hospital should be like I guess they have more than 6 Family Practice offices scattered around the area of 120,000 people, 3 Urgent Care and PT locations. Add to that St. Joseph's Hospital and a new Dartmouth Hitchcock Center All Hospitals have combine heart and cancer centers and work together well. 15 miles up the road is Manchester, NH with the Catholic Medical Center, Elliot and a couple of others. The vascular surgical unit at SNHMC was booked when I needed to be worked on and I ended up at St. Joseph's as they had an opening and the surgeon was my surgeon from SNHWC who had worked with the St. Joseph's team in the past. I guess the only difference was the appearance of the building. South Nashua Family Practice has one doctor at the hospital to coordinate care and stays on top of everything.
    I do think that things can be done to improve costs. It has been almost 10 years since I semi-retired and between Medicare and AARP Supplemental I haven't seen a bill.
    I never cared for Florida, when my mother died I had to travel back and forth 5 or 6 times to settle the estate and I always came back feeling I had been ripped off over one thing or another. I'll take New England. New Hampshire has no state income or sales tax and real estate tax with restaurants and hotels taxes take care of everything. The family gathering in June will be on a cruise boat on Lake Sunapee, renting a boat that holds 45+ and will be served a buffet lunch. The mountains come right up to the shore line. The great grand kids are excited about it; but no more than my kids and the grand kids.
    I guess I’m lucky to live in NH. Looking forward to the next snow storm, it sure looks nice.
    So I should move up to your place? If you can get rid of the cold and snow, than I'll consider that!!!
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    No thanks for me guys, I lived in and shoveled snow in Iowa, Illinois, and Ohio for 40+ years, and that was a significant reason in my moving to Ms. for my final career move. While I believe that, as a youngster and growing up, the shoveling and cold built up strength and resistance in my body, now that I'm older I have no desire to punish myself just because I can withstand it. One never knows when a heart attack is waiting for the right level of physical stress to occur.
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    Central, FL
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    michaels39301 Wrote: No thanks for me guys, I lived in and shoveled snow in Iowa, Illinois, and Ohio for 40+ years, and that was a significant reason in my moving to Ms. for my final career move. While I believe that, as a youngster and growing up, the shoveling and cold built up strength and resistance in my body, now that I'm older I have no desire to punish myself just because I can withstand it. One never knows when a heart attack is waiting for the right level of physical stress to occur.
    That's why I bought a snow blower this year. Very good purchase for my back, shoulders, and heart.
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    Hey McClellan, good move. I lived in both Mentor and then Painesville, the latter, I could see Lake Erie from my back yard. Snowfall was extreme at times--Lake Effect--but I always shoveled. Guess I was too cheap to buy a snowblower back in the 1980s.
  • Independent
    New Hampshire
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    Come on Dutch. The last two storms gave us a total of about 30 inches of snow. We had about a foot of snow Friday and it's almost completely gone. I was going arouns in shirt sleeves today. I'll bet it was in the 60's. A son-in-law thinks this is swimming weather. Of course he jumps into the Atlantic in January and again the beginning of March. I really love it here. Waking up in the a.m. to a fresh covering of snow is wonderful.
    Climate Change is killing the ski areas. More Blizzards and less total snow. Rather than staying around for the winter, like it did up until about 5 years ago we have a blizzards followed by warm periods so the snow is useless for skiing after a day or two.
    The way I look at it is: If i get cold I can put on a sweater or jacket to stay warm. When its too warm there is only so much I can take off before people start laughing and pointing. I don't have to run from an ac house to an ac car and then into an ac store. Your sink holes are bigger than our pot holes.
  • Democrat
    Lawrence, MA
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    I've lived at both extremes. I loved the weather in Folrida- but the place is an intellectual desert. Up north we have a harsher weather to deal with , but at least I don't feel like I'm half asleep all the time.