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2018-08-07 07:20 by Karl Denninger
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Right, because CMS couldn't require that hospitals charge everyone the same price to get either Medicare and Medicaid....

Hospitals will be required to post online a list of their standard charges under a rule finalized Thursday by the Trump administration.

While hospitals are already required to make this information public on request, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said the new rule would require the info be posted online to "encourage price transparency" and improve "public accessibility."

Which of course tells you exactly zero about what you will pay.

Now if CMS actually required non-discrimination and public prices, easily accessible then we'd be somewhere useful.

But instead they do something that sounds good but in fact does nothing, because your heart attack, while allegedly the same "standard price" as the next guy's, is in fact billed at $500,000 while his is billed at $50,000.

Try running a gas station where you post a $3.00/gal price but one person pays $3 and the next pays $1.40 based on who you bought your car insurance from and see how long you remain in business before you're tossed in prison, especially when you and all the other gas stations in town collude in both limiting the number of gas stations and fixing prices.

It's still full of fraud and not one damn thing has changed in that regard with this alleged "rule."

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The (another) problem that I haven't seen mentioned in your well reasoned collusion articles about the Health Care System is, guaranteed rates of return. With the government paying nobody cares what it costs and since the hospital/doctors/etc get paid no matter what there is no market pressure on prices. I think that this is the root cause of the cost problem, that has turned the health care providers toward rigging the system together. And why not, the money is free. Easy cash brings out the criminals. Why not charge the moon for a band-aid?
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Smoke and mirrors. I got into it with a doc about this exact thing a few months ago....she couldn't or more like wouldn't "explain" it.

What a racket.

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Yeah, he knows what is going on.

What we see here, folks, is placating at it's finest!

We voted him in on price transparency. He took it down off of his website immediately after election. Now that he is receiving heat he has gone back to revisit this issue and give it "lip service" so he can put another notch in his belt as to the "promises" he has fulfilled.

I guarantee he will be blowing about this "accomplishment" before long in one of his speeches.
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They will cost average prices with those charged illegals (which is free) to make it look like they are reasonable.....
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TG wrote..
It's still full of fraud
Yep.

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Plus, they don't tell you that you are billed based on CPT codes included in the bill.

Example. Daughter was operated on for torn ACL. When they opened up her knee, they found she had also torn her meniscus (a separate CPT code).

They charged her for a surgical bed twice ... one for each CPT code, even though she occupied one bed, one set of sheets, and had one packet of Goldfish and one can of 7-Up.

When I questioned it, they said it was allowed by Medicare.

I can see a little additional surgeon and anesthesiologist time (kind of), but twice for the surgical bed?

Sigh.

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Still not a peep about 15 USC enforcement.

Still no discussions of the Clayton, Sherman, or Robinson-Patman Acts

Still no ruinous fines levied against all the violators.

Still no prison sentences for collusion,coercion and extortion.

There is not a single political commentator/reporter/politician etc. outside of Karl that has the stones to stand up and expose the rot in the system and offer concrete plans on how to implement change and to spell out how we lose this nation if this is not addressed right now.

There is no 4D Chess being played by Trump

Sessions is a corrupt deep state plant only interested in protection of the status quo and likely compromised by a "control file."

New boss is same as the old boss and there has been no paradigm shift or change.

The entire MAGA meme is yet another fraud perpetrated on the citizens of this nation who are being extracted and hollowed out by corruption and rampant violations of the law and unchecked profligate spending.

The bread and circuses continue and the blind sheep keep on grazing towards the edge of the abyss.
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Damned near everyone involved in the "health care" scam are crooks or pawns.

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