If Obama’s feeling a little sick to his stomach this morning, blame the Mayo Clinic

by editor on July 21, 2009

The president is discovering that socialism is hard to swallow

The president is discovering that socialism is hard to swallow

Mayo Clinic! Mayo Clinic! Mayo Clinic!

Over and over again, President Obama holds up the Mayo Clinic medical center up as his role model for American healthcare.

“The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota is famous for some of the best quality and some of the lowest cost,” Obama said on June 11. “People are healthier coming out of there, they do great.”

“Now what we’ve seen is that there’s some communities and some health systems that do this very well,” he said on June 24. “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.”

“People fly in from everywhere to go to Mayo Clinic to get treatment,” he said on July 1. “It turns out Mayo provides care much more cheaply than a lot of other health systems, even though it’s better care.”

So the President has been showing the love for the Mayo Clinic. Unfortunately, it’s unrequited love.

Here’s what the Mayo had to say about 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.

That hurts. But don’t worry – the Mayo Clinic probably has an outstanding pain management program.

Source: WeeklyStandard.com

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ocmadam July 21, 2009 at 12:05 pm

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The Mayo clinic also has a huge endowment, thousands of donors and is a major research institute and medical school. they partner with private business for revenue which subsidizes the healthcare — something every community hospital can’t do.

Obama lied, people died.

kaj July 21, 2009 at 12:58 pm

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Mayo clinic refuses state Medicaid from all but 9 states, LOL. They also do not accept Medicare part B, except for a few mandatory cases when the government insists.

Basically, it sounds to me like Mayo might just make most of their money off *private* insurance. Don’t take my word for it, read it at their site:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/billing-rst/#assistance

Reaganite Republican July 21, 2009 at 2:57 pm

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Barack Obama will never say to your face what he actually plans to do -or achieve- with these huge new government programs.

Rather, you get some specious auditory performance with styrofoam props to wow the plebes, like the tacky greek columns in Denver. To him, the revolutionary ends justify the Alinskyite means- so the Dear Leader just tells you whatever he needs to.

And the truth is that Obama is out to nationalize health care.. they’ll be no private insurance industry left after five years of Obamacare… but of course he’s lying about it.

As for the American public, the reality that Obama is not up to the job seems to finally be setting-in; the poll numbers are now headed steadily south- is he already facing his Waterloo on this legislation?

steve July 21, 2009 at 10:54 pm

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I was a patient at the mayo hospital emergency room in phoenix. The
nurses are terrible,very slow to get pain meds and have zero respect
for your privacy.

Deborah July 23, 2009 at 5:58 pm

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Wherever the Mayo Clinic gets their money to provide reasonably priced health care is of no consequence.
I do not want a national health plan that will decide whether I live or die as an elderly person.
Read Daschle’s ideas, Obama’s czar, about what health care would look like for the elderly.
I guess I should take comfort that they will provide “pain killers”.
How close to Fascism do we need to get before the American people stand up and see what is really in Obamacare.
I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK
GOD BLESS AMERICA