News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush -- Part II
Competition With HMOs May Not Happen
PT. II - HOME PAGE
PT. II - CONTENTS
BUSH and the MEDIA
CIVIL RIGHTS
-- Gay Rights
THE ECONOMY
-- The Real Deficit
---- Deficit Lies
-- International Debt
---- Children Will Pay
-- Tax Cut Con Game
---- Tax-Cut Lies
------ to Small Business
---- Phony Benefits
---- Hurting States
---- Why Accepted?
---- Cuts Will Backfire
-- Low-Tax Mania
-- Move toward Flat Tax
-- Corp. Tax Dodgers
-- Corporate Welfare
---- Halliburton
-- The SUV Boondoggle
-- Unemploym't Worse
------ Comp. Denied
---- Jobs Not Created
-- Widespread Poverty
-- False Recovery
-- Stock Market
EDUCATION
-- Texas Sch. Scandals
-- Broken Promises
-- Abandoned Youth
-- College Aid Cut
-- Aid to Rich Colleges
-- Textbooks Censored
-- Acad. Freedom Denied
ELECTRONIC VOTING -- --- A Crucial Issue
ENERGY
-- Monstrous Bill
---- Allows Blackouts
---- Bi-Part. Oppos'n
-- New Energy Bill
ENVIRONMENT
-- Bush's "Eco-Speak"
---- How to Tell Lies
-- Crimes v. Nature
---- Air Pollution
---- Global Warming
---- Ozone Depletion
---- Chemical Hazards
---- Loss of Wildlife
-- States Combat Bush
---- Power Plant Suits
-- Pension Funds, Too
LABOR ISSUES
-- Worker Safety
-- Real Jobless Stats
-- Overtime in Danger
--"Productivity"
PUBLIC HEALTH
-- Poor Ranking
-- Privatized Socialism
-- Health Insurance
---- The Uninsured
------ Middle Class
-- Cost of Drugs
-- Medicare
---- A Cynical Bill
---- Favoring HMOs
---- $$ to Drug Co.s
---- Bait and Switch
---- AARP Sells Out
---- Bullying to Win
---- Australian Critique
---- Some Good News
-- Chill on Research
TRANSPORTATION
-- Amtrak
-- Mars vs. Amtrak
WAR OF IDEAS
-- Use of Language
WAR on TERROR
--'Enemy Combatants'
-- Ultra-Secret Trials
-- Homeland Insecurity
---- Funds Miss Needs
WAR on CIVIL RIGHTS
-- FBI Prying Grows
---- Targeting Protests
------ & Anti-Bush Talk
-- Computer Privacy
-- Patriot Act
---- Excesses
------ Cure - SAFE Act
---- Dangers
---- Author's Fear
---- Librarians' Warning
--"Patriot Act II"
---- Death for Protest?
---- Sneak Enactments
-- CAPPS II
---- GAO Criticisms
---- EFF Concerns
-- Guantanamo
---- Conditions
---- Legal Status
---- UK Judge's Blast
-- Torture Condoned
---- Canadian's Ordeal
-- Yousef Yee
WAR on SCIENCE
-- Scientists Accuse
---- Admin. Can't Deny
WAR on WOMEN
-- Abortion Truths
-- Notorious Photo
WAR on WORKING FAMILIES

' The most politically charged feature of the Medicare legislation passed by Congress — its attempt to make the federal Medicare program compete with private managed-care plans — is also the least likely to come to fruition on the seven-year schedule set in the bill, according to health policy experts. ...  Even some Republican senators who voted for the recent bill have adopted a "not-in-my-backyard" stance toward the pilot programs called for. ' 

New York Times  November 28, 2003

Medicare Plan for Competition Faces Hurdles

By MILT FREUDENHEIM
 
The complete article is currently (4/2/04) available on this New York Times website--  http://college3.nytimes.com/guests/articles/2003/11/28/1127188.xml [found through a Google search by article title on the same date]
 
It may also be purchased from the New York Times archives at-- http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F50612FC3E5E0C7B8EDDA80994DB404482
 
Excerpt--

The most politically charged feature of the Medicare legislation passed by Congress — its attempt to make the federal Medicare program compete with private managed-care plans — is also the least likely to come to fruition on the seven-year schedule set in the bill, according to health policy experts. ...

Many people enrolled in Medicare fear that they will end up with less generous benefits in a privately run program, said Len Nichols, a vice president of the Center for Studying Health System Change, a nonprofit research group in Washington. Nor do hospitals and doctors like the idea of health insurers pushing down fees to make a profit for themselves, and health plans have balked at previous projects that threatened to squeeze their profit margins.

In addition, many privately run Medicare plans, known as Medicare H.M.O.'s, withdrew from many areas of the country when government payments lagged, forcing millions of patients to scramble to obtain new coverage. ...

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