Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Save to My Library
Look up keyword
Like this
2Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
ObamaBidenMedicare_05 01 31

ObamaBidenMedicare_05 01 31

Ratings: (0)|Views: 2,494|Likes:
Published by Jeffrey Dunetz
senate letter to president bush
senate letter to president bush

More info:

Published by: Jeffrey Dunetz on Nov 01, 2012
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

12/04/2012

pdf

text

original

 
‘united
states
*enate
WASHINGTON.
DC
20510
January
31,2005
TheHonorable
George
W.
BushThePresident
of
the
United
States
The
White
House
Washington,
DC
20500
Dear
Mr.
President:
We
understand
you
are
considering
reductions
in
fhnding
for
Medicare,
Medicaid
and
medical
care
for
veterans
in
yourFY2006
budget.
We
urge
you
topreserve
these
critical
health
care
investments
as
you
lookfor
ways
to
balance
the
federalbudget.
The
ranks
of
theuninsured
have
risen
by
5
million
since
2000,
leaving
45
million
Americans
without
insurancecoveragetoday.
Without
the
safetynet
of
Medicare
and
Medicaid,
the
number
of
uninsured
Americans
would
increase
significantly.
Even
veteransfacebarriersto
finding
health
care.
A
recent
studyconducted
by
researchers
from
HarvardMedical
School
and
Cambridge
Hospitalfound
that
in
2003
therewere
1.7
million
veterans
whodidnot
have
access
tohealth
insurance
or
veterans
medical
care.
AsAmerican
men
and
women
risktheir
lives
in
Iraq
and
Afghanistan,
we
should
not
be
cutting
the
benefitsthey
will
need
whenthey
return
home.
Medicaid
provides
insurance
to
40million
Americans
and
covers
55
percent
of
all
poor
children.
It
pays
for
the
births
of
one-third
of
allAmericanchildren,
and
40percent
of
all
costsassociated
with
caring
for
frail
seniors
and
Americans
with
disabilities.
It
serves
50
percent
of
all
people
with
AIDS
and
as
many
as
90
percent
of
children
withAIDS.
For
all
the
value
Medicaid
providestovulnerableAmericans,
wereimbursedoctors,hospitals
and
nursing
homes
at
rates
below
theactual
cost
of
providing
care.
Further
cuts
will
decrease
access
to
care
for
pregnant
women,children,Americans
with
disabilities
and
frail
senior
citizens.
Like
Medicaid,
Medicareprovides
vital
insuranceto
millions
of
Americans.
The
program
doesface
long-term
cost
pressures
asa
result
of
the
rising
cost
of
health
care,
which
is
affectingall
types
of
health
insurance.
However,
cutting
reimbursement
to
providerswho
serve
our
seniors
could
limit
their
access
to
services.
Overall
Medicare
profit
margins
for
hospitals
are
projected
to
be
minus
1.5
percent
this
year,
meaning
hospitals
are
already
losingmoney
by
treatingMedicare
patients.
We
stand
readyto
work
with
you
to
address
the
underlying
reasons
for
increasinghealth
carecosts,
and
urge
younot
to
simply
cut
funding.
Finally,
according
to
the
Task
Forceyou
commissionedto
improve
health
care
deliveryfor
veterans,
between
1996and
2003,
the
Department
of
Veterans
Affairs’
enrolledpopulation
RECEIVEDBY
I
.9~ftJ
:8
.t
~
2005
1JC~CORR
I
 
January
26,2005
Letter
to
PresidentBush
Page
2
grew
134
percent.
AVA
official
told
Congress
last
year
that
theagency
requires
14
percentannual
fimding
increases
just
to
keep
services
at
the
same
level.
We
should
be
increasing
finding
rather
than
rationing
care
to
veterans
who
have
fought
for
our
freedom.
Webelieve
it
is
important
to
reduce
our
record
budget
deficit.
Achieving
thatgoal
without
sacrificing
the
vulnerable
among
us
will
takeleadership
on
your
part.
Webelievethat
it
is
possible
to
reducethe
deficitwithout
breaking
the
promisesthatAmerica
has
made
tocitizens
who
have
served
theftcountry,fallen
ontoughtimes
or
are
living
in
the
twilight
of
theftlives
on
fixed
incomes.
Ournation
needs
yourcommitment
to
stan4
firm
against
direct
cuts
toMedicare,
Medicaid
and
veterans’
health
care
as
well
as
artificial
budget
caps
that
mask
theft
impact
but
will
forcecutbacks
iii
theseessential
programs.
h~4
&a-%1
Asts
a
Sincerely,
‘I
 
January
2005
Letier
Prejjdcñt
Bush
Pagc
3

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->