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How Kerry Used ObamaCare to Rip Off Hospitals in 49 States

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On January 24, 2013 @ 7:09 pm In The Point | 2 Comments

Someone should promote this man from Senator to a truly responsible position where he will be able to implement global policies. I think it’s clear by now that, just like the Viet Cong, this is a man we can fully trust… to steal everything that isn’t nailed down.

A coalition of 21 hospital associations is asking the White House to help fight a provision of President Obama’s healthcare law that they say will cost them billions of dollars.

At issue is a provision that allows hospitals in Massachusetts to dramatically boost their Medicare payments at the expense of other states.  Obama’s former Medicare director has criticized the formula, and the hospital associations say it’s time to change the new policy — which was added to the healthcare law by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.).

But Senator Kerry is an honorable man. He defeated Pol Pot in an arm-wrestling match over Christmas. He wouldn’t do something slimy and underhanded like…

Here’s how Massachusetts gets extra money: Hospitals in urban areas have to be paid at least the same amount as rural hospitals.

Massachusetts only has one rural hospital — a 19-bed facility on Nantucket island. So, the Nantucket Cottage Hospital sets the floor for every hospital in the state.

But because Nantucket is so wealthy, its cost of living is high — and thus, so are its Medicare payments. That drives up the payments for every other hospital in the state. And under Kerry’s provision in the Affordable Care Act, hospital payments come from a nationwide pool.

“It’s a zero sum game. What Massachusetts gets comes from everybody else,” Don Berwick, Obama’s former Medicare chief, told the Boston Globe.

And there’s only so much money to go around. Everyone has to grab what they can. This is liberalism before the bubble bursts. Nothing is really free. Free just means that scarce money is fought over harder and in dirtier ways. Oh and next time a major national program is enacted, maybe the rest of Congress should read the damn bill first, instead of waiting to find out what’s in it.


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