Update: CBOs estimate is not cost indexed for inflation and is based on staff updates not voted on by Cmte; Health Care Action Alert: It’s the final countdown! Please call today!

Update 4: 12:32 pm PANEL VOTING (CNBC chyron) 1:53pm still no final vote but lots of yap yap we r the glorious leaders yap yap my YES is a maybe says Snowe and Lincoln yap yap yap process yap yap then a break…

U.S. Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl quizzes Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf during the Senate Finance Committee’s markup of the Baucus conceptual health-care reform bill. Kyl’s questioning revealed that the CBOs estimated cost of the bill was incorrect, because it was not indexed for inflation due to the fact that aspects of the bill were changed by the Democratic staff that the committee had not voted on.

Update 3 at end of post

Update 2: Is Baucus just so excited about today’s vote that he opened the panel by calling it to order to vote, even though they will have testimony from CBO and JCT first? Apparently. Newsbites this morning Lieberman (I-CT) on Imus said he is a no vote, Snowe sounds like the yes OF COURSE, but sounds coy. She was pooh poohing the AHIP PWC audit, let’s hope CBO explains to her that employers and insurers WILL alter their plans thereby raising premiums over and above the hike with no plan…

Update: CBO and Joint Committee on Taxation to testify to Baucus’  Senate Finance Panel today BEFORE the vote this afternoon!!!! BAUCUS just called the panel to order to vote now!? 10:15 am EST, GIRD YOURSELVES

CSPAN should cover it. Both CBO and JCT show that employers and insurers will act to restructure plans to try and avoid Baucus ‘excise taxes and fees’ thus the 150m happily insured Americans WILL NOT be able to keep what they have.



(..)As The Examiner‘s Susan Ferrechio reported last week, there are a variety of provisions in the bill designed to generate revenue, including $426 billion in Medicare and Medicare Advantage benefit cuts, $4 billion in new fines imposed on those who do not purchase insurance, $201 billion in new levies on health insurance companies with high-end health insurance plans, $180 billion in new taxes on medical devices and drugs, $83 billion in new income taxes on individuals, and $25 billion in new taxes on employers. There will also be significant reductions in Medicare reimbursements to hospitals, which will in turn generate more cost shifting from such facilities to the patients using them…

2.  Tuesday: Call the Senate Finance Committee AGAIN tell them our economy cannot afford another massive government spending bill

2.  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: Call your Senators and your Representative; tell them as a constituent you are asking them to vote NO on government take over of Health Care.

London is calling and saying DONT F*CKIN DO IT AMERICA!! DONT NATIONALIZE YOUR HEALTH SERVICES!! Or they would if they knew how their lives were being weighted, stories are just coming to a head now with seniors living past the dates NHS proclaimed they would as they eased them onto the Soylent Greenesque Liverpool Pathway….these fees and taxes will further shut down hiring and recovery of growth…we cannot maintain our current level of Entitlement Spending with less than 3% GDP growth and this additional burden will break us IMO

Update 3: Rather than the standard mortality rates bandied about, I think the SURVIVAL RATES among illnesses is the go to indicator for the superiority of the American Medical System. How about we all agree now, that if the survival rates among women for breast cancer go DOWN in America, we all agree the plan has failed the people. That is what I am afraid of, loss of our superior survival rates for illnesses that kill far more people in countries with the system the Dems want to implement, UK, Canada, look at breast cancer, colon cancer, heart disease survival rates. Especially since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

(…)Today, there are over 2.5 million survivors in the U.S., and if advances in research continue, survival rates are sure to rise higher in the future.

Finding a cure for breast cancer is a cause close to my organization, the Independent Women’s Forum. We lost our founder and a colleague to the disease.

That’s one of the many reasons that we are concerned about current proposals to radically alter the U.S. health care system: These proposals could jeopardize important advances in treatment, to the detriment not only of American women but of women around the world.

Currently, America leads the world in much of the medical research arena in part because our country is one of the few places that reward those who invest in developing new treatments and technologies. While some may try to demonize the profit motive, the desire for a big payoff fuels investment and enables scientists to focus on bringing the next groundbreaking treatment to market.

As the government seeks to squeeze money from the system, investors will have less of an incentive to pour their resources into this kind of research.

The Obama administration’s plans call for the establishment of a Health Benefits Advisory Committee to determine the coverage that Americans must have, creating a one-size-fits-all health insurance marketplace. The government’s “Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research” would be charged with analyzing available treatments to determine which are “efficient” and which are not…( go read the whole thing)

The UK claims their cancer survival lag is the patients fault. Nice.

Cancer patients are dying because they are too polite, a survey has revealed.

Almost 40 per cent of people say they would put off going to their GP with symptoms because they did not want to bother the doctor. Embarrassment, anxiety and being too busy were other reasons given for delaying a visit.

The findings support what experts have long suspected – that British reticence is a factor behind the NHS’s poor record in the European cancer survival league.

In cancer, reticence can be a death sentence and good manners can delay recovery. Comparisons with other countries show that up to 11,000 cancer deaths could be prevented every year if Britain improved its survival rates to match the best-performing nations in Europe.

Patients who seek early diagnosis of their symptoms, press for the best treatments and don’t take “no” for an answer have the best chance of survival. Ignoring symptoms such as a lump in the breast, blood in the faeces or a persistent cough means the chances of recovery are reduced.

Basically they want their patients to act like..AMERICAN PATIENTS in the AMERICAN HEALTH SYSTEM.

And when women in the UK DO get diagnosed and survive they are denied reconstructive surgery:

(…)A report from the NHS Information Centre and Royal College of Surgeons says that just 48 per cent of women with breast cancer were offered the option of reconstruction in 2007-08. The findings, part of an ongoing National Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction Audit, also showed up wide variations in those undergoing surgery in different parts of England and Wales.Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK – about 45,000 women a year are diagnosed with it, of which almost 12,000 die.

Chances of survival have improved due to an increasingly effective screening programme and a new generation of drugs. The number of women having a breast cancer operation, either a lumpectomy, in which the tumour is removed, along with up to 25 per cent of the breast tissue, or a mastectomy, in which the whole breast is removed has also increased, by 37 per cent, from 24,684 in 1997 to 33,814 in 2008.

But only 21 per cent of breast cancer patients had an immediate reconstruction in 2008-09 and, although this is up from 11 per cent in 2005-06, it still falls far short of the 100 per cent of eligible women that Nice (the National Instutute of Clinical Excellence, which decide which drugs and procedures the NHS can spend its budget on) in 2002 recommended should receive reconstruction….

In the US breast cancer rates are dropping:

Deaths from breast cancer have dropped more than 2 percent each year since 1990….

The breast cancer death rate continues to decrease since the 1990s in U.S. women because of improved treatments and increased mammography screening rates,” said Dr. Ahmedin Jemal, strategic director for cancer surveillance at the American Cancer Society.

The death rate from breast cancer peaked in 1989, Jemal said. “The most recent data from 2006 shows the breast cancer death rates have dropped nearly 30 percent,” he said. “That’s very good news.”

When this data is translated into the number of women with breast cancer who did not die, some 130,000 lives were saved, he noted.

Jemal said the decline in breast cancer deaths could be accelerated with more targeted treatment, more access to mammography, and more treatment for the poor and the uninsured…

Let’s keep an eye on these stats going forward.

October 12, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Unemployment Statistics.

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