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    Health Bill Could Assist Four Cancer Centers

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    September 22, 2009
    By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

    WASHINGTON — The Nevada Cancer Institute, in Las Vegas, may not have a national reputation as a clinic or a research facility. But it does have the ear of its state’s senior senator, Harry Reid, the Democratic leader. And that is why the four-year-old institute could reap a big gain in federal reimbursements as part of the health care overhaul.
    After months of noisy public debates over big policy ideas like universal coverage and a public insurance option, the health care legislation is getting down to the fine print. This is the time when powerful members of Congress customarily tuck in their pet projects, either to please their constituencies or as sweeteners to win the votes of lawmakers who may be sitting on the fence.
    Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, a wavering Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, has proposed expanding Medicare coverage of home infusion therapy, a form of treatment for a variety of purposes that is championed by a medical entrepreneur in her state. Senator Orrin G. Hatch, a Utah Republican on the panel, is seeking a health care tax break for any state that “begins with the letter U.”
    But few proposed amendments to the health care bill now before the Finance Committee better exemplify the process than one that would help out the Nevada Cancer Institute. Known in Congressional parlance as a “rifle shot” — the narrowly focused tax or policy equivalent of a spending earmark — the proposal would provide more favorable Medicare payment rates to just a handful of specific medical facilities.
    Doesn't Reid have a bit of shame or self-respect? How can he allow something as obvious as this? I thought we were trying to save money.
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    Silence from the left is telling.
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    Re: Health Bill Could Assist Four Cancer Centers

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Silence from the left is telling.
    That was very generous of you to wait an hour for a liberal response.
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    We have tons of liberals on and healthcare is the topic of the day, how long should I wait?
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    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    We have tons of liberals on and healthcare is the topic of the day, how long should I wait?
    Never mind that his response was an example of that silence.

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    Yes, this, unfortunately, is how our system "works". It doesn't matter who is in charge.
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    Re: Health Bill Could Assist Four Cancer Centers

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
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    Doesn't Reid have a bit of shame or self-respect? How can he allow something as obvious as this? I thought we were trying to save money.

    Seriously? Orrin Hatch introduces an amendment that would benefit states that begin with the letter U, but you only wonder if Reid has shame or self-respect?






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    Senator Orrin G. Hatch, a Utah Republican on the panel,
    is seeking a health care tax break for
    any state that “begins with the letter U.

    Last edited by jackalope; 09-23-09 at 01:33 PM.

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    Re: Health Bill Could Assist Four Cancer Centers

    This is happening from both sides American, or were you just willing to gloss over the article's mention of Hatch? This is why a single payer system is the only answer to all this nonsense. Why people keep defending the Health Care Industry, I can only imagine. I know why our representatives do: The HCI is paying them off. Why citizens do given the evidence from other countries around the world that have obviously understood the value and cost of UHC is beyond me. But, the current system is basically a system run by corporations who take advantage of those who don't know better and get them all riled up. While that is the case, the public option is a compromise and as such should be the only one we make. Make it available for all citizens and allow nothing like this into the bill. This would be an amendment to the bill and it most certainly can be shot down unless what is happening here is a move to advance cancer research and not pad profits. As per usual though, the writer of the article in the OP is probably simplifying what is going on and it is far more complex than stated.
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    Re: Health Bill Could Assist Four Cancer Centers

    Quote Originally Posted by formerroadie View Post
    This is happening from both sides American, or were you just willing to gloss over the article's mention of Hatch? This is why a single payer system is the only answer to all this nonsense.
    How does having the right to health care equate to having the right to have others provide you with the means to exercise your right to health care?

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