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Date:2/17/2010

e New Yorkers' premiums to go up.  In fact, people with private insurance already pay, on average, about $1,780 a year more for health insurance premiums than they would if Medicare and Medicaid didn't shortchange hospitals.  A public option would push even more costs on people with private insurance.    

Reid and Pelosi Bills Slam New York Hospitals

"Even without adding a public option, the 'health reform' being pushed by President Obama and Senator Gillibrand treats New York unfairly, and will cost many New York healthcare workers their jobs," states McCaughey.

The legislation cuts hundreds of billions of dollars from payments to hospitals.  McCaughey explains "New York is the hospital capital of the nation. More New Yorkers have jobs in health care than any other industry.  The workforce at New York Presbyterian Medical Center is bigger than Macy's or Time Warner.  For a New York Senator to support these cuts would be like Michigan Senator supporting cutbacks in payments for automobiles."

The Reid and Pelosi bills shift resources from training and reimbursing specialists to training and reimbursing primary care physicians. But New York is the academic medical center of the nation, known for educating and employing specialists.  The reallocation in these bills will starve the specialty departments at New York's academic hospitals.  McCaughey asks "Why aren't Gillibrand and Schumer opposing this reallocation?"

The Obama administration and the Reid and Pelosi bills also aim to reduce Medicare reimbursement rates in high cost areas of the country such as New York
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SOURCE Betsy McCaughey
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