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Monday, February 4, 2008

TMA GIVES PRESIDENT AN EARFUL

President Bush’s State of the Union address and draft federal budget were full of platitudes for health care and stout protections for the profits of Medicare Advantage plans. Dr. Hinchey responded both times with an eight-word message: “Read My Lips: Fix America’s Broken Medicare System.” He called on the president and Congress to do away with “double-digit, multimillion-dollar bonuses” to Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare HMOs “for simply brokering existing medical services.” Dr. Hinchey added, “Quit playing shell games with Medicare.”

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