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Deal on health care is reached in the senate no government run public option in that original form.
But Medicare will be expanded to cover more Americans.
Not everybody of course is happy about it my next guest says expanding Medicare coverage is like quote putting more people.
In a boat that's already sinking here in a Fox Business exclusive Republican senator John Barrasso of Wyoming.
It was also an orthopedic surgeon.
Call you doctor Mike data that doctor outlook doctor fellow -- thank you for joining us.
We talk about it you live here anytime you talk about Medicare being as a sinking ship I know a lot of folks who love Medicare.
Is it execution.
Because we know it's gonna go bankrupt in the year when -- seventeen.
And the Democrats in the senate have just over the past weekend.
Voted to cut another 464.
Out of Medicare and they didn't do -- lives to save Medicare they did it to start a whole new government program.
So now all of a sudden to say we're gonna handle health care in this country by taking people between 55 and 64 which is what this.
Both meeting behind closed doors.
Came up with and put all those people on Medicare you're talking -- 35 million people in the country in that age group.
That's just gonna contribute to the problem because we know the Democrats part of funding the whole new government program.
Is to cut Medicare so I don't know how you cut all this -- Medicare and then add more people who would and expect our seniors who depend upon Medicare for their health care.
To get the same high quality of care that they have grown to enjoy -- they deserve -- that they paid for.
We'll tell us now from a doctor's perspective how doctors would be affected if indeed this part of the plan goes through.
Well we know the doctors are not paid even their full fees or hospitals or ambulance services are.
Nursing homes are paid the full -- by Medicare they never have so you get the cost shifting where people who have insurance.
End up paying more.
To cover not just themselves but also the people that that aren't being there aren't paying their -- way and it's the government that's the big deadbeat.
But what -- small community -- -- -- -- -- Now -- -- -- for small community hospitals for doctors in practice we're trying to keep their doors open and see patients.
It makes it that much harder when the government doesn't even reimburse Medicare rate.
That that covers the expenses of their liability insurance the electricity that nurses and the other people working in the office.
Senator I I would've thought that one thing that would make the Republicans happy it was that the -- -- the Democrats dropped that central plank of the public option.
From this plan -- because that was something that Republicans were virulently against with the government option.
And frankly some centrist Democrats as well so to bring together some of those Democrats on to the sixty vote.
Platform senator Harry Reid said OK it will drop it will have something just a little bit different it would be as something that that in a way it is not exactly what the public option.
Why doesn't that make Republicans happy.
-- Medicare and Medicaid are still to government run plans.
That are not run very well.
-- waste and fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicare Medicaid is made front page stories.
We know the drug dealers in Florida have going in the Medicare fraud.
Because it's more profitable there's less chance to getting caught and if they do get caught.
That the penalty is less so Medicare and Medicaid are not the perfect.
Ways to deliver health care in this country but for people who depend upon Medicare.
To cut all of this money.
From the Medicare program which we already know is going broke and then to throw more people onto the Medicare rolls which is what this.
Behind closed door agreement -- seems to have come up with -- to me is as I said just throwing more people want to -- onto a ship that is sinking.
Well what would keep it afloat and senator I'm dying to know what is the answer and again you bring us a unique perspective considering you were about the senator and of course the search -- a former surgeon.
If there there are a lot of things -- we can do to help get the costs under control that's how this whole thing started the president said he wanted to get costs under control.
But this increases the cost of health care.
The ways to do -- or allow people to buy insurance across state lines the university of Minnesota says twelve million more Americans could get insurance if that happened.
Let people who buy their own insurance get the same tax breaks -- the big companies give incentives individual incentives for people who stay healthy that's -- way to keep down the cost of care.
Deal with a lawsuit abuse something is -- his loser pays and then -- small businesses the engine that drives our economy.
Group together to buy health care and insurance.
More cheaply and set -- tantalizing small businesses and making -- mandating health insurance for all their employees you're gonna give a big.
A big fine so those are five things we can do without it 2000 page bill the -- when he pounds.
Senator will you come back on the program we we really appreciate your perspective.
Loved to do Liz anytime senator John Barrasso also an orthopedic surgeon for many years in the great state of Wyoming thank you.
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