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First President Obama claimed that Caterpillar’s CEO told him that Porkulus would help Caterpillar rehire laid off workers. Then in the blink of an eye, Caterpillar’s CEO went on camera and told us that in fact, Caterpillar will be laying off more workers. Now we have President Obama singing the praises of the Mayo Clinic and their approach to health care.
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.”
However, the Mayo Clinic is quick to point out the many shortcomings of Obamacare.
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.
Read and heed America.