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Sequester hits cancer patients doctors, lawmakers seek fix
Yahoo News ^ | June 10, 2013 | Rachel Rose Hartman

Posted on 06/12/2013 7:57:36 AM PDT by Zakeet

You may have heard that White House tours were cut due to across-the-board federal spending cuts known as the sequester. Or that Congress made sure to minimize disruptions to air travel. Or perhaps you know someone being furloughed as a result of the cuts.

But did you know a major fight is being waged over sequester cuts to some cancer drugs?

After Congress failed to pass a budget this spring, a 2 percent cut to Medicare chemotherapy drug reimbursements went into effect April 1 as part of the across-the-board federal spending cuts designed to save $85.4 billion this year.

Many doctors and patients are infuriated, and the issue has made its way into Congress, with a bill introduced in the House to help alleviate the burden being put on those in the cancer community.

Dr. John Cox, a community oncologist at Texas Oncology Methodist Cancer Centers in Dallas and a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), told Yahoo News that the idea of treating Medicare patients differently from other patients goes against everything for which doctors stand.

"It makes all of us uneasy when we realize we are treating different populations in our practice differently," Cox said.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: healthcare; medicare; medicine; sequester

What's the big deal ... we can't print enough to pay for everything ... you stupid taxpayers are tapped out ... the geezers are going to die in the near future anyway ... especially the ones with cancer ... and so the IRS death panels are just doing what needs to be done!

1 posted on 06/12/2013 7:57:36 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Why does the wookie always look like obama just passed gas by her?


2 posted on 06/12/2013 8:01:26 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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In other words...fewer illegal aliens without insurance are getting the most expensive drugs to keep them pooping in the fields. Boo freakin hoo.


3 posted on 06/12/2013 8:04:49 AM PDT by montag813
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So a REDUCTION in the RATE of GROWTH is going to kill everyone?? Why do so-called “news” agencies still LIE?? or are they just plain Stupid??


4 posted on 06/12/2013 8:05:54 AM PDT by eyeamok
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To: Zakeet

sequester “cuts” ... still?

I thought everyone figured out there were no actual “cuts” only a 1.8 percent smaller increase?


5 posted on 06/12/2013 8:08:32 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Zakeet

That’s a man, baby.


6 posted on 06/12/2013 8:13:56 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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It’s not just cancer patients. My durable equipment (oxygen concentrators) which I cannot live without has been affected. When my husband had terminal cancer and we had no supplement insurance, we cut, cut, cut our expense’s so that he could have the expensive drugs. There is so many expendable expenses in the government that could just go away, and give these patients an medical a break.


7 posted on 06/12/2013 8:15:19 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (")
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To: John O
Why does the wookie always look like obama just passed gas by her?

If I had that hideous thing around my neck, I'd have a similar expression. Why the left thinks she's such a fashion icon is beyond me.

8 posted on 06/12/2013 8:16:11 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: Zakeet

There’s a lot of upside to the Death Panels. Especially for the financials of Medicare and SocSec.

When the millenials squawk about grandma croaking, the libs will offer up some student loan forgiveness as compensation.


9 posted on 06/12/2013 8:16:37 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Zakeet

10 posted on 06/12/2013 9:27:07 AM PDT by mirkwood
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Wow

Mochelle looks like she’s read for a starring role in La Cage Aux Folles!!


11 posted on 06/12/2013 10:30:36 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: KosmicKitty

read = ready


12 posted on 06/12/2013 10:32:04 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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