Harry Reid: Health Reform Won’t Hurt a Bit

Except in Nevada, that is. In a July 21 letter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Service Kathleen Sebelius, the Senate Majority Leader complains that ObamaCare’s cuts to Medicare will “result in a net reduction in payment to Nevada’s hospitals when they are unable to absorb such a cut.” Furthermore, he questions the method used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to calculate the payments to hospitals, and is “very concerned about potential effects on beneficiary access if this regulation is finalized without adjustment.”

Did Senator Reid finally read the bill, almost four months after passing it and a year after masses of Americans began to demand that Congress do so?

A week after Senator Reid wrote his letter, the Government Accountability Office confirmed that 70 percent of Federally Qualified Health Centers already had costs that were higher than their reimbursements in 2004, a share that had been climbing since 1997.

ObamaCare will wreak further havoc on these reimbursements, and this should be no surprise for anyone in Congress. On March 20, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the government would capture about half the cost of ObamaCare through 2019 ($455 billion) by cutting back payments to hospitals and other Medicare providers.

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  1. Bruce says:

    Hypocrisy, thy name is Reid.

  2. Vicki says:

    I suppose we are to forget about all the hospitals in all the other states.

  3. Ken says:

    Here’s betting that Harry Reid never read the entire bill in any of its various iterations. Not that I blame him. But isn’t it a bit late to whine?

  4. Larry C. says:

    Here’s hoping that the voters of Nevada retire Harry Reid.

  5. [...] the health care bill, and after discovering it hurts Nevada hospitals more than it helps them, is complaining to the administration. You can read the full Reid letter [...]

  6. [...] …a letter from Majority Leader Harry Reid to HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius sent on July 21st…seems to indicate that Reid has finally read the health care bill, and after discovering it hurts Nevada hospitals more than it helps them, is complaining to the administration. [...]

  7. jr says:

    No, Harry hasn’t read anything. He’s getting trying to make himself look good to Nevadans and trying to get some votes by complaining and passing the buck to Kathleen.

  8. Roger Wolfe says:

    Two bits says the twit had the bill read to him! Slowly-so he could get at least half (or 1/4) digested.

  9. [...] So, now Harry is complaining to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that ObamaCare will hurt Nevada hospitals. From Ben Domenech: John Graham of the Pacific Research Institute details a few fun facts in this video about HealthCare.gov, but the one that sticks out is this, a letter from Majority Leader Harry Reid to HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius sent on July 21st. The letter seems to indicate that Reid has finally read the health care bill, and after discovering it hurts Nevada hospitals more than it helps them, is complaining to the administration. [...]

  10. Gary L says:

    You have all heard the words, “Send in The Clowns” Our politicians are a sad pack of clowns, with some exceptions.