Rounds Issues Statement from Hearing on Native American Health Care in the Great Plains

Rounds Issues Statement from Hearing on Native American Health Care in the Great Plains


WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued a statement in today’s Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing, entitled “Reexamining the Substandard Quality of Indian Health Care in the Great Plains.” Rounds asked to participate in today’s hearing after leading a number of his colleagues in a letter requesting the hearing in light of recent issues at Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals in the Great Plains Region, including Rosebud and Pine Ridge.

 

Video of Rounds’ statement at Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing:

 

25 thoughts on “Rounds Issues Statement from Hearing on Native American Health Care in the Great Plains

  1. Anne Beal

    Amazing, isn’t it: the IHS stinks. The VA stinks. Government health care stinks. Who could have seen that coming?

      1. Anne Beal

        Can’t drop it . Didn’t want it. I am required to buy it. That was a surprise. I didn’t know Medicare was mandatory.
        Gathered up last year’s EOBs:
        Submitted charges: $1046.00
        What Medicare paid: $250.42
        That’s after the family deductible was met.

        Still have to buy insurance to cover the difference. Between the two I end up paying nothing out of pocket except for drugs. But what’s the point of having Medicare if I still need Blue Cross Blue Shield?

        1. PorterLansing

          Buy a better policy or move where the state doesn’t obstruct your access to affordable health insurance.

          1. Anne Beal

            The Blue Cross Blue Shield is fine. It’s the Medicare policy which is averaging only 25% reimbursement.

            1. PorterLansing

              What costs did you submit that weren’t covered? No wait. I don’t want to know your medical history. Suffice it to say you’re being deceptive to bolster an assertion that 95% of us don’t like Medicare, as all polls say. You are “continually and congenitally contrary”, ma’am. I’m done with you for today

  2. O

    Oh, no, Anne. One payer, government controlled health care is the answer to all that is wrong with the American health care system; I know that is true, the libs and Obama have told me so!

    And people wonder just why in the world citizens are angry about Obamacare and all that it represents.

    1. PorterLansing

      Obamacare is working very well where obstructionist Obama envyists haven’t stood in it’s way. Millions now have insurance who were denied because being a woman was a “pre-existing condition”. Medical bankruptcy has been virtually eliminated. Tell me, when are all the Doctors going to quit? Where’s that death panel? Your validity in criticizing something your state obstructs is as weak as your chance to repeal this fine government aid to citizens.

      1. Anne Beal

        Physicians are bright people perfectly capable of doing something else for a living. What you will see is men will abandon the profession, which will be taken over by women, and then we will hear the usual complaints about pay inequity.

        1. PorterLansing

          When? You’ve made so many foolishly wrong predictions about Obamacare over the past 7 years I don’t believe this one, either. You’ve no credibility in predicting. Sorry.

      2. Anne Beal

        Porter, I have been a woman a lot longer than you have, and this story about being a female a pre-existing condition is a myth

  3. PorterLansing

    The overhead costs for Medicare are only about 3 percent of revenue; 97 percent of the revenue goes into paying claims. For private health insurers, the overhead costs are 25 percent for individual plans and 20 percent for group plans, and those numbers are mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Before that, the overhead costs could have been, and often were, larger.
    It is an inescapable fact that any insurance plan which has a 3 percent overhead will cost less for the same coverage than a plan that has 20 percent overhead, regardless of how much health care workers are paid.

    1. Cliff Hadley

      Mr. Porter…

      The “3 percent overhead” canard never goes away.

      Private health insurers must provide products and services that people want, then control costs to turn a profit. In contrast, Medicare is an enforced program that gets guaranteed cash flow, and the public has to buy it whether we want it or not. It does not make a profit, and in fact will sink permanently into the red within a few years.

      Also, the private economy pays for all the collection and reporting infrastructure that Medicare depends on. Bottom line: It’s a massively wasteful and silly way to cover seniors’ health care.

  4. Charlie B. Hoffman

    Porter are you purposefully leaving out all the other Federal employees paid from “Other Sources” to mislead us?

  5. Anne Beal

    Porter, you do not understand where physicians come from. The change will require a generation:
    Parents will encourage their little girls to grow up to be doctors. But, because of the reduced income potential, they will not encourage their sons. Little boys will be allowed to become firemen, heavy equipment operators, airline pilots, and professional athletes, which is what all little boys want to do anyway. So it’s okay.

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  7. PorterLansing

    Facts is Facts, Folks and my 3% is solidly researchable and 100% verifiable over decades.
    -Lady Beal … You speculation holds no credibility. Your predictions about Obamacare have been a leaky canoe for years and no thinking person would believe you anymore.

  8. PorterLansing

    Facts is Facts, Folks and my 3% is solidly researchable and 100% verifiable over decades.
    -Lady Beal … Your speculation holds no credibility. Your predictions about Obamacare have been a leaky canoe for years and no thinking person would believe you anymore.

  9. Cliff Hadley

    Mr. Lansing…

    If you can’t see the difference in costs between market-oriented, for-profit health insurance corporations and heavy-handed, one-size-fits-all government health plans, then reality will make everything plain soon enough.

    And Obamacare? A law so wonderful it’s been changed unilaterally dozens of times to delay its worst features? Oooo, sign me up!

  10. PorterLansing

    Mr. Hadley,
    You are supporting CEO’s of insurance conglomerates making hundreds of millions in pay for overseeing denial of healthcare for profit. That’s what happened before ACA. Sir, I’ve been involved in healthcare procurement for thousands of Teamsters and helped write Obamacare. It’s quite plain to me why it’s a proper step to single payer (which is already on the ballot where I reside.) You’ve already signed up Cliff. Why don’t ‘cha “drop over”.

    1. Cliff Hadley

      Mr. Lansing…

      Those awful CEOs! Providing a product that had among the highest approval rates of any industry at 80 percent.

      You’re such a card.

  11. Cliff Hadley

    Mr. Porter, almost forgot something…

    Aren’t those Teamsters you represented steamed their Cadillac health plans are scheduled to get taxed 40 percent?

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