The only likeable person on Obama’s econ team calls it quits: Miser Bros. Summers & Geithner push out Christy Romer

Gee, now we will be forced to hear the abysmal jobs numbers spun without the cheerful manner that was part of Romer’s disposition.

The 'Smartest Folks in the Country!!' Part Deux~Obama Economic Team Vogues (November 08)

Jesse’sCafeAmericain has the round-up on the departure:

Christina Romer is a fine economist, but she frankly does not have the skillset to deal with an accomplished Tidal Basin pond snakes like Larry Summers and his sidekick Tim Geithner.

She is said to have left at her own request. It is nice to see a principled resignation once in a while. Good for her. I hope that is the case. In addition to pushing for more stimulus, I had also heard that Romer was promoting Elizabeth Warren as the head of the new Financial Consumer Protection Agency, a move that is adamantly opposed by Timmy and Larry, the Rubin twins….


Tell me Geithner and Summers aren’t dopplegangers of Heat and Snow Miser…

The Miser Brothers aka Larry Summers and Tim Geithner

I mean Geithner’s profile is pretty easily identifiable..the BEST sign of the early hagiography attempts on Team O was that idiocy proclaiming GEITHNER one of the most beautiful people…

In unrelated news the Comment of the Day found on HotAir:

Excuse me, but is there any way I can get off of “As$clown Express” Airways created by the Grand As$clown himself, BHO?

-yobobbyb on August 5, 2010 at 3:04 PM

August 5, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Economy, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Labor Department, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

Medical Innovation and the taxes in the Pelosi health care bill

The BEST discussion on medical innovation in America right now and the danger of  killing VC  funding of innovation in  some of the taxation plans in the health care bills as well as the FOLLY of OMB and Peter Orszag’s FIRST COSTS cutting method of curbing rising costs in the system. Please watch.

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The best places to invest in the medical sector, with Harry Rein, Foundation Medical Partners general partner.

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November 13, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Finance, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Science, Taxes, Wall St. Comments off.

Update: Enzi, Grassley say no deal from GOP Cmte members before recess; Progressive Caucus revolts against Dem leadership on deal Waxman cut with Blue Dogs; Reid blames the media for the August deadline, and Nancy ratchets up class warfare again…

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Update 4: the ‘blame the media’ is (un)Official Policy says I. Gibby used it today at the presser and tried to make it a joke. Reid AND Gibby make it clear the media is the fall guy for the latest failure in TOTUS Town…

Update 3: No agreement on health care from GOP Cmte Members per Grassley, Enzi. In other news the Dems are really losin it, Harry Reid is BLAMING THE MEDIA now !! Yes! He says the MEDIA created the August deadline. Guess he missed TOTUS and Gibby laying out August every other hour…

Reid said reporters created a fictitious deadline of a successful vote by the August recess, and downplayed the fact that the chamber won’t meet that mark.

“That is a deadline that you created,” Reid told a group of about 75 reporters. “It’s not like we don’t have a product. Significant progress has been made … The mere fact that this wasn’t done by last Friday or by five o’clock doesn’t mean we’re not going to get a quality product.”

And MiM has speculated here often that the reason TOTUS wanted it done BEFORE August is b/c the WH has been holding back the updated economic projections, (usually released mid July) showing the projected deficit. Obviously he wanted the healthcare deficit adding budget busting plan pushed through BEFORE anyone got a good look at what the deficit will be BEFORE they add on this mondo spending…yep.

Pelosi is raving against the EEEEEvil Insurance Companies now, looking to gin up that good ole’ standby, Class Warfare. It worked so well with Wall St and the EEEEEvil bankers and AIG  (at least until Dodd got hoisted by his own petard having approved those bonuses himself, frakker). AP at HA has the details on Nancy’s ravings….

And in other fun for Nancy and Harry, the Progressive Caucus within the Dem majority is now in open revolt against the leadership for the deal Waxman cut with the Blue Dogs...the CBC has been throwing down the race card left and right, noting that the Energy Cmte Blue Dogs are all white men, and claiming the Blue Dogs are betraying the 20-40% of their constituents who are black. Seriously. Well, Nancy and Harry let the race card fly left and right against Hill in our primaries, so like I say live by the race card, die by the race card..karma baby..

…At one point, Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Mich.), a former Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman, expressed outrage that conservatives would insist on significant cuts and a weakening of the public option, arguing that many of the Blue Dogs were letting down their black constituents, who make up 25 percent to 40 percent of their voters, in some instances….

…The intraparty dispute had racial overtones. One African-American Democrat, Representative Hank Johnson of Georgia, pointed out that the seven Blue Dog Democrats holding up the health care bill in the Energy and Commerce Committee were “a nondiverse group” of white men….

Nancy tried to push back on this conflict today:

…As to claims that Democratic leadership sold out progressive, African-Americans and Hispanic reps by negotiating a side deal, she responded: “Might I remind you that the progressives are represented on committees of jurisdiction in a very strong manner. Might I remind you that the progressives are chairmen of those committees — progressives have been well represented.”…

I hope everyone tries to get out and attend the AUGUST 22ND RECESS RALLY with the Tea Party Patriots!!!

Update 2: MM has linkys for Recess Rally August 22nd...

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2.  Tuesday: Call the House Energy and Commerce Committee members.  Tell them not to pass the government run health care bill out of committee.  Our sources tell us that all the Republicans will be voting against the legislation already so you may choose to focus on the Democrats.  Record your answers and the number of calls you made.

3.  Wednesday: Call the Blue Dog DemocratsRecord your answers and the number of calls you made.

4.  Thursday: Call the Senate Finance Committee tell them our economy cannot afford another massive government spending bill.  (This link may not be active now abut it will be active before Thursday.) Record your answers and the number of calls you made.

5.  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. Record your answers and the number of calls you made.

7.  Friday:  Call the Blue Dog Democrats AGAINRecord your answers and the number of calls you made.

Update 3: El Rushbo on the changing tone of the health care sales pitch…

After the break:

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July 27, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes. Comments off.

Megan McArdle: Health Care Cost Containment is the Laffer Curve of the Left..

Go read the whole thing:

…I’d say we have substantial empirical evidence that we are not going to control the health care cost inflation which is busting Medicare’s budget, much less the new costs the administration is planning to add.  We have been trying to control health care costs since the 1970s made it clear that Medicare was going to get really, really expensive.  And any idea that you care to name, from comparative effectiveness research to healthcare IT to preventive medicine . . . these have all been on the table for more than thirty years, under one name or another.  They haven’t happened.

The answer that those promising magical cost reductions need to ask is “Why haven’t they happened?” and “What has changed to make them feasible now?”  But when I ask this question, I get angry demands that I put forward my plan for cost control, rather than merely critiquing everyone else’s.  This seems rather like demanding that I put forward my design for a perpetual motion machine before I am allowed to point out problems in the US energy market.

They haven’t happened because lobbying groups put the kaibosh on it, and so will patients and physicians and facilities who spend billions covering uninsured at Uncle Sam’s request already, namely Baby Boomers who are about to see their Medicare bennies GUTTED under Team TOTUS’ proposed 600 Billion in cuts..they won’t stand for it and I don’t blame them. They are trying to redistribute health care as they are housing and transfer payments…take bens from the elderly and give them to the uninsured/underinsured. That is not the way to go and it will not succeed…it will be another house of cards to come tumbling down later…

To those who say, pretty reasonably, “Why not demonstrate that you can control these costs in Medicare before asking us to believe you can do it with a broader program?”  the response is something like a snapped, “But I don’t want to just control Medicare costs!  I want universal coverage!”  Ah.  Well, Republicans don’t want to maximize tax revenue; they want to cut taxes.  This does not make their now-deliberate wishful thinking any prettier.  Nor obligate the rest of us to fulfill their desire at the expense of sound budget policy.

Both Medicare cost control and Republican tax cuts are like the Red Queen’s strategy in Alice in Wonderland:  “Jam yesterday, and jam tomorrow, but never jam today”. They promise sweeteners to sell their favored policies, but when the day actually arrives, time and time again we’re left holding an empty jar….

June 17, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes. Comments off.

Health Care: Video Update: Flashback – Dems on Medicare Cuts: TOTUS prepares to throw trial lawyers unda da bus…

Most important update – contact your Congress Critters!

Update: And I have another common sense question here, when parents divorce often a QMCSO Qualified Medical Child Support Order is issued by the court ordering parents to cover the children to age 18, you know like normal people do in America, the age of attainment being 18. Well if TOTUS MANDATES covering these ‘children’ to age 26, I for one would expect that the court would have to come back for that and readdress the issue.

Who is paying for this ‘child’s” coverage after age 18 when the parents are divorced?

So now we have to deal with our EXes for another 8 years after the kids are legally emancipated? Good luck getting deadbeat parents who dont pay child support to age 18 now to insure their children for 8 years BEYOND the attainment of adulthood….

more work for those backed up child support courts in the making…so cheeto eating Obots can coast til they are 26?! ugh

Frakkin ridiculous is what it is, no doubt TOTUS was in law school until age 26 and that is how he came up with this number, TOTALLY UNFEASIBLE IN PRACTICE..much like socialism..hmmmm….

Video from VerumSerum by way of Ed at HA:

Follow us at: twitter.com/verumserum. While President Bush was in office, the Democrats spoke out vehemently against any proposed cuts in Medicare & Medicaid. Now that President Obama has proposed $622B in Medicare/Medicaid cuts to help pay for his healthcare plan, where are the Democrats now?

This is a rant zone….

BWAAAAAAHAAAAAA!!!!

OMG!! Hillyarious!!!!!

To sell Obamacare, TOTUS is going to tell the AMA that he will pass or enact some sort of ‘best practices’ protections for them…not a cap on medical malpractice verdicts which would be the only real way to reduce those unneccessary expenses they are so concerned about….

…There have been indications Obama has been quietly making a case for reducing malpractice lawsuits to help control costs, long a goal of the AMA and Republicans.Obama has not endorsed capping jury awards Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., said Monday that controlling the cost of malpractice insurance would have to be a part of the Obama administration’s overhaul of the health care system.

Daschle… said much of the unnecessary annual health care cost can be attributed to doctors ordering extra tests and taking extra precautions to make sure “they aren’t sued.”…

Politico covers what TOTUS is expected to say to the AMA here

…AMA President Nancy Nielsen said Sunday that the group is looking for a fix to the Medicare payment system that has cut doctor fees, and medical liability reform that puts caps on noneconomic damages.

The Obama administration outlined an additional $313 billion in new proposed savings Friday to pay for the president’s health care plan

. The savings would come from cutting or reducing the growth of payments to hospitals, medical equipment manufacturers and laboratories – though the major cuts don’t target doctors, White House budget director Peter Orszag said Friday….

Whenever Peter Orzsag is going on and on and on about how some states like Wisconsin use less medical care and how they plan to get the rest of the states to act like WI, I laugh and wonder how many doctors are in WI, how many specialists, what is their civil litigation system like there, how strong are their personal injury med mal attorneys lobbying groups there, what is the demographic of those living there….THOSE are the differences no doubt..

AZ and FL likely have many more hospital admissions cuz AZ and FL have many retirees who …you know…. get ill… b/c they are …you know…. older….Orzsag wants to stop what he calls ‘unnecessary readmissions to hospitals in the last 6 months of life’ which he claims do not show a better result than states like WI where apparently people arent so pesky about calling 911 when the elderly stop breathing or something…

Uhmm no thanks I will pass on having a pencil necked geek decide if I need to be readmitted. Hospitals are already wigging out over Team TOTUS proposed cuts…

..For instance, Obama wants to cut federal payments to hospitals by about $200 billion and cut $313 billion from Medicare and Medicaid over 10 years. He also is proposing a $635 billion “down payment” in tax increases and spending cuts in the health care system…

How will TOTUS stop lawsuits against hospitals and physicians who refuse to readmit a patient who THEN DIES? they cannot, they cannot legislate away the right to sue apparently and they are unwilling to cap verdicts cuz lawyers lobby too hard and donate too much…

thus the tests will continue, and I for one am perfectly fine with that..

Many Gen Yers who like the proposal may not remember the absolute nightmare that was HMOs before states started passing coverage mandates..

Anyone else here have to pay for their pesky anesthesia during labor? I did in 89. Yep, 42 HOURS OF LABOR and the HMO said the anesthesia was not medically necessary, thus I paid for it. I was also almost kicked out of the hospital in 24 hours after having my  baby because the HMOs used to do that to CONTAIN COSTS..sound familiar? yeah it is the Orszag Plan.

States and even the feds then MANDATED a length of hospital stay for women after giving birth to put an end to that. That is where we are headed. Every time the Medical Panel of SOOPERGENIUSES decides to limit something, some lobbyists will find the patient group or vice versa and Congress Critters will act..

This will ADD to administrative expenses as all states become as overly regulated as California and more manual claims processing becomes necessary to keep up with all the rule changes….

I worked for a PI Med Mal Wrongful Death firm in NYC for a time. One patient who was in her 20s was obese. She had a persistent cough. Her PCP, mindful of his HMO handlers, did NOT send her to an outpatient facility for a portable chest xray and she did not fit in the xray machine in the HMO radiologists office. So he said she had bronchitis and gave her an RX. Long story short. She had cancer, it went undiagnosed for too long and she was terminal.  God Bless her.They should have referred her for the damned xray.

I do not believe this is the way to go with our health care system. Letting the elderly go untreated to save money is the plan. Sheboresus slid around it like an eel this weekend, it is rationing and Americans won’t stand for it. If they get it through, we will simply see massive scandal later when people die after being denied testing and treatment..

…Kathleen Sebelius ducked on Sunday when John King ask her about the prospect of comparative effectiveness research as a slippery slope toward medical rationing.

“There is fabulous health care being delivered at lower costs all across America,” she replied in an appearance on “State of the Union.” “Comparative effectiveness research says, ‘does paying twice as much in McAllen,Texas, as in some other part of the country deliver better care?’ And the answer is ‘no.'”

She added, “If three tests don’t produce a better result than one test produces, I’d rather have the one test, thank you very much.”

TOTUS CANNOT promise best practices protection! He cannot get it through Congress which is HEAVILY lobbied by the Bar association and the entity previously known as the Trial Lawyers Association. Just go ask Johnny Edwards about a doctor NOT DOING a test..he will dance all the way to his 140,000 sf house…

This TOTUS plan would have the additional liability of limiting economies of scale in many diagnostic tests. If the test isnt done more and more the price wont drop and the technology wont get better..this will kill promising new gene therapy also, if Team TOTUS wont pay for granny to get a new hip they certainly will not pay for all the experimentation and promising gene therapy coming from the very SCIENCE he claims to cherish….what was the point of the stem cell testing if the pesky elderly cannot have the gene therapy for Alzheimers?

What government panel will find it cost effective to cure someone who has Alzheimers? How much work or tax dollars can they get from that elderly person?

Scary.

June 15, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Finance, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes. 1 comment.

Update: Scroll Down for update: Megyn Kelly Shouts Down Bernie Sanders On Dem-Only Nationalized Healthcare Plan…0 GOP invited to summit

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Clip courtesy of mghoft:

“Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer reported on the Democrat-only meeting with President Obama on the nationalized healthcare plan they are planning on ramming through Congress.”

Bernie is VERY CONCERNED that he be ABSOLUTELY CLEAR that there is NO PLAN.

this is part of Daschles book on how to ram through health care with no debate or dissent, dont reveal the plan until the vote, HA! frakkers..

I want my pap smear, NEVER thought I would have to demand a pap smear,  sheesh am I right ladies, least favorite thing about being a woman? pap smears and mammograms

but ya know UK wont pay for them  the way we do as part of routine care, cost control….

Hey nitwits on the Hill! You cant work we GEN Xers until we are 85 unless you give us our damned hip replacements- Bernie I am talking to you!

Update: In the clip, Bernie makes a lot out of the high administrative cost of benefits in CA, staying it is a rip off. Maybe he should consult with an insurer before he makes these invalid assumptions. no doubt they were briefed by the SEIU at the ‘summit’ lol.

As someone who spent 20 years in various aspects of medical insurance, the bulk of it in claims processing, let me attest to the fact that the reason it is much more expensive to adjudicate medical claims for CA insureds is the incredible number of state mandates on benefits in CA.

For example, I have worked in situations where we had to set the software up to kick out virtually every CA claim for manual adjudication, because the software cannot handle the multiple state mandates, eligibility and timely processing edits on auto adjudication.

It is a well known pearl of wisdom among health insurance workers who are in the know, to live in CA if you plan to have a baby since their maternity leave is the best, the same thing is true of their state mandates for health care and benefits. A person has to manually look at most of their claims, well woman exams are different there, pregnancy is different there, pre existing is different there, anything they could think of to legislate they did and continue to do

No doubt that is one reason why CA is broke…do they not realize the same economic motivations that would impel a business or a person to move in to or out of a state, ie tax rates, regulation, ALSO impel people to move to a state for better Nanny benefits? again no doubt why CA has such a large drain on its social services..it is basic economic theory and human behavior…

To quote Field of Dreams, If you cover them, they will come…

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June 3, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes, Uncategorized. Comments off.

They Want it All, and They Want it Now:Team TOTUS Tactics:It’s a Crisis! Orszag at OMB Declares Social Security/Medicare Shortage Imminent..(thus necessitating immediate health care reform ya dig?)

Same Technique, Different Target and the journOlists are happily repeating the hype and preparing to scare Americans into immediate URGENT reform..I am willing to lay my money down now that we will see a sudden plethora of reporting on the crisis in Medicare….so it MUST simply MUST be done NOW NOW NOW

It is like 5 y/o kids hepped up on candy are running the country, they want it all and they want it now..speaking of which, how bout some Queen?

Hope the rest of y’all in GEN X are ready to work into your 80s sans hip replacements, how the hell we are supposed to work longer with less medical intervention escapes them…

Bloomberg:

..Preliminary skirmishes over clamping down on offshore corporate tax havens, taxing employee benefits and winning discounts on drug prices may dictate the fate of the president’s plan to broaden U.S. health-insurance coverage and cut costs.

Obama wants to enact the plan, with a 10-year price tag he estimates at $634 billion, without boosting a budget deficit projected to reach $1.8 trillion this year. So, while trying to agree on the biggest health-care revamp since Medicare started in 1965, lawmakers also must pick winners and losers among spending cuts and tax increases they need to fund it.

“It’s the most difficult political decision we have to make,” said Senator Charles Grassley, the Finance Committee’s top Republican. “You’re talking about saving money on Medicare; that’s always controversial. You’re talking about maybe tax increases; that’s very controversial. There’s hardly anything with financing that is not going to be controversial.”

Insuring more Americans by cutting coverage for those already insured and limiting treatment options, uh-huh:

.Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus says the government can save billions by basing Medicare payments on the quality and not just the quantity of care….

That’s code for limiting hospital stays for those who have not spent 20 years in the industry…

…Obama’s 2010 budget proposes to pay for his health plan in part by raising $267 billion from limiting deductions by upper- income taxpayers for items such as charitable donations and home-mortgage interest. The Senate unanimously rejected that idea last month, citing potential harm to charities.

Obama proposes another $309 billion in cuts to health-care programs, including $177 billion in savings from payments to private insurance companies participating in the Medicare program, such as UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Humana Inc. The administration also wants pharmaceutical companies such as Eli Lilly & Co. and AstraZeneca Plc to offer bigger drug discounts to Medicaid and would reduce federal payments to hospitals with high patient-readmission rates.

There it is in black and white, cutting payments to hospitals who keep readmitting those pesky elderly patents!!

One way to do it is of course the way MAC proposed and Obama blasted, LOL:

..Wyden has proposed taxing employer-paid health insurance premiums, which could bring in $700 billion over five years, or more than the proposal’s current estimated cost.

Baucus said at today’s roundtable that lawmakers are considering reducing the tax break on benefits, although he said they won’t repeal it altogether.

The benefits tax idea is politically dicey for Obama, who last year lambasted Republican presidential nominee John McCain for a similar proposal. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told the Ways and Means Committee last week that the administration is willing to consider the proposal.

What does MAC say about that?

Asked about Sebelius’s comments, McCain, a Republican senator from Arizona, laughed and said, “it’s a logical step; that’s why I proposed it during the campaign.”

May 12, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Entertainment, Healthcare, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Taxes, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Obama Healthcare Plan: Pushback on the Hill…Orszag’attacks’capitalism..Grassley fires back over proposed Medicare Advantage elimination…

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Airtime: Tues. Mar. 10 2009 | 4:18 AM ET

A preview of the Senate’s scrutiny of the President’s plan for healthcare reform…and discussing the administrations involvement in business, with Sen. Charles Grassley, Senate Finance Committe ranking member (R-IA).

What you mean it isn’t all, ‘the days of wine and roses’? You mean once the Kumbayah Summit is over some Critters begin to balk at Health Care restructuring aka Medicare Cuts??No!

What happened to the magical rainbow ponies that mean old Hillary just didn’t understand how to work with? What, you mean some Critters don’t want to cut Medicare when most of their voters are Seniors? Really? Gee whoudda thunk it??

You mean you can start out trying to do something good for America, and get twisted inside out upside down and then lambasted for it? No!

You don’t suppose someone will later use this against Team Obama and the Dems as an ‘overreach’ in an election do you?! Nahhhh, Hey at least fellow DEM candidates won’t use it against Team Obama, cause that would be wrong! What’s that you say? Obama used Harry and Louise ads against Hillary in the primaries, modeled after GOP arguments against UHC? GASP!

BWAAAAHAAAAAAHAAAAAA!!!!!

AND THEY ARE GAMBLING IN RICK’S PLACE! SHOCKAH!!

The Note:

…But, health care reform will happen in the halls of Congress, not at White House summits. And things were a bit more heated on Capitol Hill today when Obama’s Budget Director Peter Orzsag discussed health care reform with the Senate Finance Committee.

The budget proposed by the President, Grassley pointed out, would cut funding for Medicare Advantage programs by more than $170 billion. Seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage programs account for nearly a quarter of all Medicare enrollees, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

“Question, if we take $176 billion out of this Medicare Advantage program through plan bidding, how many of the ten million beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage do you estimate would lose their current coverage?” asked Grassley.

The budget director took the opportunity to “take a step back” and consider the entire logic behind the Medicare Advantage programs, which are subsidized by the government.

VIDEO AT ABC HERE

Audio here

“First, I know many people believe that capitalism is founded on private markets, and it is.  But I very firmly believe that capitalism is not founded on excessively high subsidies to private firms.  That is what this system delivers right now,” said Orzsag. “For every Medicare beneficiary in Medicare Advantage, the federal government pay $1,000 more than covering the same beneficiary under traditional fee-for-service.  In addition, it is true that Medicare Advantage plans then take part of that extra payment and deliver it in the form of either additional benefits or lower premiums to beneficiaries.  But the data also suggests that every dollar of additional benefits costs the federal government $1.30 in cost.  So what we’re doing is we’re all paying $1.30 in order to deliver a dollar to a subset, 20 percent, of Medicare beneficiaries.  I don’t think that is competition.  I think that is an unwarranted subsidy.”

The attack on the programs, which Grassley has championed, drew a heated response from Grassley.

“Well, you’re going to take half of my time lecturing me on capitalism,” said an agitated Grassley, “Can you answer — can you answer my question about how many of the ten million beneficiaries enrolled would you estimate would lose?  And if you can’t give me a figure on the savings, how much comes from less enrollment versus less expenditures?  At least tell me how many of the ten million you think will go because, in 2007, your agency that you headed at that time said that it would cause plans to leave the program and it would effect my area of the country, rural America, more than urban America. So I want to make sure that we — if we have a national system of health care, it’s going to deliver the same thing in Iowa as it does in California.  Because, for 40 years, it didn’t.”

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