Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mayo Clinic Gives Obama Health Bill an Ailing Diagnosis

Obama looks up to and respects The Mayo Clinic's high quality of medical care as per his comments shown here:
Obama, June 11: "And so what you’ve got is a situation where, for example, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is famous for some of the best quality and some of the lowest cost. People are healthier coming out of there, they do great."

Obama, June 24: "Well, I think what's important is to say to the American People that you should get the best possible care to make you well. And that the measure of the quality of care is not quantity, but whether or not it is making you better. Now, what we've seen is that there's some communities and some health systems that do this very well. Mayo Clinic, a classic example. In Rochester, Minnesota. People go there. They-- spend about 20-30 percent less than some other parts of the country, and yet have better outcomes."

Obama, July 1: "There are some places, like the Mayo Clinic -- many of you have heard of -- provides outstanding care, some of the best in the world. People fly in from everywhere to go to Mayo Clinic to get treatment. It turns out Mayo provides care much more cheaply than a lot of other health systems, even though it's better care."

But, How much does The Mayo Clinic love Obama's Health Care Bill?

The Mayo Clinic stated:
Although there are some positive provisions in the current House Tri-Committee bill – including insurance for all and payment reform demonstration projects – the proposed legislation misses the opportunity to help create higher-quality, more affordable health care for patients. In fact, it will do the opposite.

In general, the proposals under discussion are not patient focused or results oriented. Lawmakers have failed to use a fundamental lever – a change in Medicare payment policy – to help drive necessary improvements in American health care. Unless legislators create payment systems that pay for good patient results at reasonable costs, the promise of transformation in American health care will wither. The real losers will be the citizens of the United States.

Obama needs to listen to The Mayo Clinic, whom he respects for their excellence in heath care, and STOP. . . DROP. . . LISTEN. . . REDO

Obama needs to KILL HIS BILL and START OVER

I believe that the Mayo Clinic has put a huge dent in President Obama's argument that his Health Care Bill will improve everyone's quality and access to medical care in the United States. I think Obama needs to take one giant step back for mankind.

Thank You to Mary Katherine Ham at http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/07/obama_loves_mayo_but_mayo_does.asp for the quotes.

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