Friday, March 9, 2012

The Future of Medicare: Lawmaker uses the “K” Word

A recent use of the word “kaput” by a Congressman caught our attention. In a Congressional Quarterly* article, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said, "Without a bipartisan effort to protect Medicare, what the years ahead ensure is that senior citizens and health care providers will be getting a steady diet of cost shifting and arbitrary cuts until the Medicare guarantee is kaput.” (That is “kaput” as in “to cease functioning; break down.”) Wyden and Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) noted that Medicare will be back at the top of the Congressional agenda after the fall elections.

AHCA President and CEO Governor Mark Parkinson regularly emphasizes the need for cooperation and collaboration at all levels of government and between the government and the health care sector. We have to work together and find innovative solutions to help reduce our country’s health care costs. AHCA recently offered a proposal with one such solution: it aims to reduce hospital readmissions, thereby improving the quality of care in long term and post-acute care facilities and cutting health care costs.

Even though Medicare may be in the backseat on Capitol Hill until post-election season, AHCA will continue its efforts to reach out to policymakers with meaningful conversations in 2012. It’s critical to make sure our lawmakers know how important it is for the country to fulfill its commitment to seniors.

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