November 25, 1988 |
President-elect George Bush may seek to reduce the federal budget deficit by trimming Medicare costs, the Washington Post reported today. It quoted some unidentified Bush advisers and budget experts as saying the new administration would support substantial cuts of between $3.5 billion and $5 billion for fiscal 1990. The Post quoted the experts as saying any suggested cuts, at least initially, were not likely to involve drastic changes in the $80 billion program. Initial cuts would, more likely, be based on the Reagan administration's budget proposal for fiscal 1990 being prepared for submission to Congress, the newspaper reported.
December 13, 1991 |
Saying the government cannot sustain another decade of runaway health-care costs, the Democratic chairman of the House Budget Committee called yesterday for deep cuts in the Medicare program. The proposal, a sharp break from standard Democratic approaches, was part of a long-range plan by Rep. Leon E. Panetta (D., Calif.) to reduce the deficit by cutting $1 trillion in spending by the turn of the century. In an unusual twist for a Democrat, Panetta stressed spending cuts instead of tax increases as the primary way to reduce the deficit.
March 26, 1989 |
Hospital administrators have no problem identifying the problem, its cause and the source. They are: losses; Medicare and Medicaid, and Washington and Harrisburg. After Frankford Hospital recorded a million-dollar net loss last year, John Neff, Frankford's president, decided he had to do what he could to change things. So last week he went to Washington. Armed with petitions signed by a long list of hospital users, Neff made the office of Rep. Robert A. Borski Jr. his first stop.
October 10, 1990 |
Angry and worried about proposed congressional cuts in the Medicare health program for senior citizens, about 200 older Philadelphians gathered in Center City yesterday to protest and warn local senators and representatives of dire consequences if they voted against senior interests. "We want our people to bombard their representatives like they have never done before - to call them and call again to let them know we are opposed to any cuts in Medicare," said Sarah Philyaw, president of the Action Alliance of Senior Citizens of Greater Philadelphia, the group that organized the meeting.
August 27, 2002
The article "Temple Health System to close nursing home" (Inquirer, Aug. 14) is illustrative of the rapidly growing pressures placed upon long-term care facilities. Joseph W. Marshall 3d, chairman and CEO of the Temple University Health System, pointed out that "tremendous financial and staffing challenges" are primarily responsible for the closure. He's right: The financial squeeze placed upon nursing homes by the combination of Medicaid underfunding and threatened federal cuts to Medicare is wreaking havoc on facilities already coping with a national nurse staffing crisis and the growing demand for skilled nursing care.
November 15, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Trying to prevent a raid on health-care programs in coming budget talks, a think tank close to the White House released a plan Wednesday for significant savings, mostly from Medicare. Medicaid and the new health-care law are largely spared from cuts in the blueprint from the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress. Instead, it targets Medicare service providers, from the pharmaceutical industry to hospitals and nursing homes. Higher-income Medicare recipients also would face increased monthly premiums for outpatient and prescription coverage.
June 30, 1999 |
On a sunny August day nearly two years ago, President Clinton signed into law the first balanced budget in a generation. Even as politicians in Washington celebrated an end to 28 years of deficits, few looked beyond the bottom line. More than half of the spending cuts in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 - $112 billion over five years - were to come from the Medicare program. Reduced payments for hospital and nursing-home stays and for physical rehabilitation, among other changes, had such immediate impact that in March the Congressional Budget Office increased its five-year estimate of Medicare savings to $197 billion.
October 3, 1990 |
Under the proposed Medicare cuts, a millionaire retiree and an elderly widow with an annual income of $8,000 would have to pay the same amount - more than $300 a year - in additional health-care expenses by 1995. "It's clearly inequitable to charge all Medicare beneficiaries the same increase. It puts the burden on those least able to bear it," said Fernando Torres-Gil, a gerontology professor at the University of Southern California. "God forbid if the near-poor elderly have to go into the hospital," said Thomas Burke, former chief of staff of the Department of Health and Human Services.
February 28, 1993
In laying out its deficit-reduction plan, the Clinton administration rattled older Americans with talk of cutting Medicare spending. It promised no benefits would be cut. But old folks aren't dumb: They know that if reimbursements to doctors and hospitals are reduced, cuts in care - no matter what the law mandates - are likely to follow. Last week, the President's health reformers were busy making up. While they might curtail some Medicare money in the short-haul, they said, they're actively considering ways to finance two of the top concerns of the elderly - long-term care and prescription drugs.
October 31, 1995 |
No more than 10 days ago, New Jersey Democrats were stuck in neutral, seemingly resigned to a lackluster showing in next Tuesday's state Assembly elections. Then Newt Gingrich began making headlines again. Only this time, the Republican House speaker's talk of a federal budget revolution was no longer abstract. The GOP-controlled Congress was actually voting to slash billions of dollars from the Medicare and Medicaid programs, spreading alarm among the poor, the elderly and others who could take their anger to the ballot box. For Democrats everywhere, that is good news.