Monday, September 14, 2009

McCaskill Says Cut Scooters and CAT Scans!

Senator Claire McCaskill steps in it once again, this time on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. Wallace asked the Senator if it was really possible to take hundreds of billions of dollars out of Medicare without cutting services. The good Senator's response? Cut scooters and CAT scans!

"Well, I don't know how many ads you've seen for scooters on cable TV, but I see a lot of them. Those are scooters paid for by the American people, and a lot of them are going to folks who don't need scooters.

"It's one example of many examples where we are paying for services or things instead of outcomes. And I think it's very important that we start focusing on the patient and what's good for the patient rather than five or 10 or eight CAT scans in one week so docs and hospitals are trying to pay for those machines. "

Well of course doctors are only ordering CAT scans to pay for those darned expensive machines. While it's quite possible that fraud or misuse occurs in the scooter program, I doubt that it's enough to fund ObamaCare. The requirements for obtaining a scooter funded through Medicare are fairly explicit; to support McCaskill's thesis, one would have to assume that most doctors writing orders for scooters are corrupt.

Sounds like McCaskill is watching too much late night cable.

1 comment:

G. R. said...

What do you expect from a woman who stood before a large crowd who was angry at Congress and her stupidity, and she had the nerve to ask, "Don't you trust me?" Then went on to say, "What do you want me to do?"
I'll tell you what we want you to do, that is if you can't figure it out. Step down and let someone who knows what they are doing have your Senate seat.