Category Archives: CMS BS

DRUG RATIONING FOR SENIORS BEGINS

In today’s American Spectator, I discuss an under-reported and ominous proposal by the Beltway bureaucrats who run Medicare: Since passage of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, seniors enrolled in the Medicare prescription drug program have been guaranteed access to “all or substantially all” of the drugs in several classes of pharmaceuticals. President Obama’s health [...]

OBAMA SHAFTS POOR AND MINORITY SENIORS AGAIN

In today’s American Spectator, I discuss the new cuts to Medicare Advantage proposed by the Obama administration. No, I’m not talking about the $200 billion Obamacare cuts that have been so controversial. These are brand new cuts that CMS unveiled a couple of weeks ago: If President Obama’s rhetoric on domestic policy can be said [...]

HERE’S YOUR 21-PAGE OBAMACARE APP

Before the era of Obamacare, it was well-known among the informed that a significant percentage of the fabled uninsured were eligible for Medicaid and other types of assistance, but were just too lazy to apply. What do you think these people are going to do when confronted with this bureaucrat-spawned morass?

OBAMA’S LATEST PLAN TO SNOOKER SENIORS

In today’s American Spectator I discuss the latest scam the Obama administration has cooked up to hide the massive cuts ObamaCare makes in the Medicare Advantage program: For years, the President and his congressional accomplices have been telling us that the Medicare Advantage (MA) program is too costly … This canard was the pretext for [...]

STOP IT, YOU’RE KILLING ME

Those knuckleheads over at Think Progress actually believe the latest BS from CMS about how ObamaCare will save the taxpayers $200 billion: Medicare’s largest savings come from “cuts to doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers, as well as private insurance companies,” which amounts to more than $150 billion. The ACA will also save seniors roughly $59.4 [...]

DONALD BERWICK’S REPLACEMENT, MARILYN TAVENNER, IS A WOMAN WITH A PAST

In today’s American Spectator, I discuss the interesting past of the woman Obama has nominated to replace Donald Berwick at CMS. During the President’s first address before a joint session of Congress he made the following pledge: We will root out the waste, fraud, and abuse in our Medicare program that doesn’t make our seniors [...]

AN HCA EXEC TO RUN CMS?

Now that Donald Berwick has resigned, President Obama has nominated Marilyn Tavenner to replace him as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). One wonders if she’ll get the Rick Scott treatment. What, you ask, is Catron raving about now? Well, Rick Scott once ran a company called Hospital Corporation of America [...]

BERWICK BITES THE DUST

Well, I guess we can all give thanks tomorrow that Dr. Donald Berwick, President Obama’s recess-appointed Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, has resigned: The embattled acting director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Donald Berwick, will step down from his post on Dec. 2 after Republicans succeeded in blocking [...]

ALL YOUR HEALTH INFO ARE BELONG TO U.S.

Remember HIPAA? That’s the federal law that says, among other things, that no one has a right to see your confidential health information without your permission. Well, it would appear that there is at least one entity to which HIPAA apparently doesn’t apply—the federal government itself: In a proposed rule from Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and [...]

GOVT SAYS OBAMACARE WILL MAKE HEALTH CARE MORE RATHER THAN LESS COSTLY

No one but the most brain-dead Obamazombie will be surprised by this, and it isn’t good news, but to see such estimates coming from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services nonetheless provides a certain amount of schadenfreude for those of us who have been predicting it all along: Total spending is projected to grow [...]