Rationing Medicaid. Freezing engines. Racist cops. Serfing in Socialist waters. Plus more.
THE GREAT RATIONING
Re: Peter Ferrara’s The Great Socialist Takeover:
I look forward to Mr. Ferrara’s full and complete Heartland report with great interest; I intend to Xerox it and place copies in my waiting room for patients to read. I will do the same, in the interim, for The Great Socialist Takeover. As Mr. Ferrara seems to intimate that, eventually, government-run medicine will look something like Medicaid looks today, let me describe how bad that is, in my experience as a community-based physician, with two decades experience in a small town in upstate New York.
Medicaid pays roughly 10 cents on the dollar overall. If one bills $15,000 for X amount of work (performed over some period of time), one will eventually (after submitting, resubmitting, and maybe re-resubmitting a veritable mountain of paperwork) receive a check for about $1,500 or so. And that is doing well. Sometimes I receive as little as $2.00 for a follow-up visit that private parties pay $70 for. I am a neurologist and so, on occasion, perform spinal taps; Medicaid pays me $20; the spinal trays cost me $20. And so on.
Once upon a time I did not limit Medicaid visits, but over the years I was inundated; now I see all my old Medicaid patients, but only one new patient per week. Even so, I was getting referrals from other counties, because few other specialists were seeing any of these patients. I then advised my staff that we would only take patients from our local county; other counties would have to take care of their own.
When I need to refer one of my Medicaid patients to another non-neurological specialist, it often requires a real search on the phone to find someone who will accept one of these patients. This is not to say that other doctors don’t see Medicaid patients, for they do, but only some doctors, and they have their limits, too.
I feel sorry for these folks, and do not intend to stop seeing
them. Many of my Medicaid patients are my favorite patients (and
some of them aren’t). But as Mr. Ferrara states, quite correctly,
I must ration them; to do otherwise is to go out of business. The
politicians claim the glory, and leave us to clean up the
— David Reich, MD
Auburn, New York
A socialist takeover will happen only if those of us who are awake and concerned enough to do something about this, don’t.
If we forget that in the Constitution, it’s still “We the people,” not “We the elected/manipulated to high office and our hangers-on and sycophants” — then America deserves fully the “Great Socialist Takeover.”
By the way: I know I’m not the only one who sees that Obama and
the leadership of the Democrat party seem to loathe the most
vulnerable of humans at the extremes of life: the unborn and
just-born and, now, apparently the elderly and/or infirm.
— C. Kenna Amos Jr.
Princeton , West Virginia
In your analysis would you please point out if federal employees
and members of Congress are going to be put into the “public
— Charles Buth
If Obama succeeds in sneaking socialized medicine into the U.S.
economy past 100 sleeping “guardians of the Republic,” the
eventual undoing would be tantamount to a second American
Revolution. Blood would be shed, figuratively and
— David Govett
Whatever you have to do…get this article and information to the public in every venue possible. You must be heard… for the future of this great nation is absolutely at stake.
Your article is brilliant and truly scary.
FREEDOM FROM SWIMSUITS
Re: R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.’s Vindication!:
Mr. Tyrrell writes that “First in His Class, by David Maraniss, …vindicated my claims of the prior year that Bill Clinton was a rampant philanderer, widely recognized as such throughout Arkansas where he had apparently maintained a harem.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?