Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Show Notes - 11/02/2010


Tonight was a special two-hour election night coverage where we kept a constant look at the races as the night went on. It seems that there is some definite movement the other way in both Congress and the Senate which should bring about some interesting political changes in the government. Let's imagine if it does not then there should be some high accountability for what is going on here. The patriot and tea party movements who brought forth these changes must ensure that their rallies and cries continue to be sure that the people erected to office hold true to the promises made to the people.

We kept a check on the races that were reporting and some big ones not yet posted at the end of show time included Alaska and Nevada.

Later, we spoke with author and concerned voter, Dennis Wolfe. Dennis was on the show previously discussing his book, The Sick Solution: A Prescription for National Health. He joined us tonight to help discuss some of the important races, important issues and important points about the health care reform. Dennis shared his concerns about a few different new layers of government that the new bill will create including:

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI): The Institute and its activities would be governed by an independent, 19-member Board of Governors that includes the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the director of the National Institutes of Health, with the remaining members appointed by the U.S. Comptroller General. Among these appointed stakeholders, there are three representing patients and health care consumers; five representing physicians and providers; three representing private payers; three members representing pharmaceutical, device, and diagnostic manufacturers or developers; one representing quality improvement or independent health service researchers; and two representing the federal government or the states.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): See above

Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB): Beginning in 2014, in any year in which the Medicare per capita growth rate exceeded a target growth rate, the IPAB would be required to recommend Medicare spending reductions. The recommendations would become law unless Congress passed an alternative proposal that achieved the same level of budgetary savings.

For more information visit the link below. You can also contact Dennis directly by email, jdwolfe@jdwolfe.com and he will be happy to discuss further and even send you a copy of his book, just for the asking.

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