Opponents of Medicare and the Affordable Healthcare Act received threatening news in USA Today. The headline story today announced a drastic drop in Medicare deaths and costs.
- Mortality rates among Medicare patients fell 16 percent from 1999 to 2013.
- Among fee-for-service patients, hospitalization rates fell 24 percent with more than 3 million fewer hospitalizations in 2013 than 1999.
- When admitted, patients were 45 percent less likely to die during their stay.
- Costs almong fee-for-service patients fell 15 percent.
Meanwhile the horde of GOP presidential candidates and many sitting congress people vow to end Obamacare, announce its time to end Medicare, and keep voting to repeal Obamacare.
While significant strides are being made in improving healthcare in the U.S., the GOP expresses its intention to destroy the vehicles of that improvement. The question they never answer is, why? They bring up big government, but they never address the hard facts about healthcare in the nation or acknowledge the improvements being made And they never suggest a plan to imake healthcare accessible to more people. A question raised before the Affordable Healthcare Act was passed at a forum in the Johnson Fine Arts Center at NSU was "Why do you want fellow citizens to be deprived of healthcare?" No one that I know of has ever bothered to answer.
Or will the GOP have the integrity to acknowledge the progress being made? Or even care?