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Originally posted by Granite
Doesn't Obama have a Harvard Degree in Law, contitutional law? Yes!
Does the Contitution say Congress has power over the purse-strings? Yes!
Did Obama surrender his license to practive law in October 2008 one month before the election? Yes
You mean he was Dis-barred from the legal profession forever? Yes and wifey too!!
Thank God for someone finding this in time and will the resolution to shut it off.
Obama can temporarily prop up Medicare Advantage long enough to get re-elected by exploiting an obscure bit of federal law. Under a 1967 statute, the HHS secretary can spend money without specific approval by Congress on “experiments” directly aimed at “increasing the efficiency and economy of health services.”
A Government Accounting Office report released this morning shows, quite starkly, that there simply is no experiment being conducted, just money being spent. Understandably, the GAO recommends that HHS cancel the project.
Read more: www.nypost.com...
Enter the Medicare Advantage Quality Bonus Payment Demonstration program, an $8.3 billion slush fund created by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Ostensibly, this fund was designed to test how best to structure bonus incentives for insurers who provided better care. Instead, it is patching up politically damaging Medicare cuts. It will alleviate 71 percent of the Medicare Advantage cuts in 2012, and then the percentage plummets in the two years after the election to 32 percent and then 16 percent.
In its report yesterday, GAO concluded that "[t]he design of the demonstration precludes a credible evaluation of its effectiveness in achieving CMS's stated research goal." According to the GAO, the $8 billion bonus program "dwarfs all other Medicare demonstrations -- both mandatory and discretionary -- conducted since 1995." Asked by the GAO to identify exactly where they got this $8 billion from, the Obama administration failed to name any specific offsets and said the spending should be considered "in the context of other administrative actions in the Medicare program."
If he’s not stopped, Obama will spend $8 billion in taxpayer funds for a scheme to mask the debilitating effects on seniors of his signature piece of legislation just long enough to get himself re-elected.
Postponing the pain: The administration is temporarily restoring funds to Medicare Advantage so seniors don’t lose coverage before the election.
(1) PLANNING AND ESTABLISHMENT GRANTS.—There shall be appropriated to the Secretary, out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, an amount necessary to enable the Secretary to make awards, not later than 1 year after enactment of this Act, to States in amounts specified in paragraph (2) for the uses described in paragraph (3).