I see Betsy McCaughey crawled out from her little rock to dish with Neil Cavuto over the Obama administration's latest attempt to create jobs, this time in the health care sector. I wonder whose payroll she's on these days. Her argument, however, is a little bizarre. Republicans have argued for a long time that the Affordable Care Act will mean people won't have access to care because there will be so many of us that health professionals will be overwhelmed. A rational person might think the answer to that is to assist in the training and education of more health professionals in order to meet the rising demand, right? And so it goes, that McCaughey proves once again that there are no rational Republicans.
MCCAUGHEY: Well, this agenda is spending money to spread the wealth and buy votes. If you look at the economy, the health care sector has been producing jobs, even while the rest of the economy is staggering.
So the White House doesn't have to spend money to produce health care jobs. The purpose of these jobs, and it was very clear as the law was written, was quite different. It's to spread the money around. They're cutting what doctors are paid under Medicare, cutting the care available to seniors under Medicare and at the same time they're handing out grants to “community organizations.” They are creating jobs called promotories to people who are well known in the community to sign people up for health plans...
Huh? That last little gem was classic McCaughey, right down to the gobbledegookish last word. Here's what the White House announcement today was about, right out of the horse's mouth:
Up to $1 billion dollars will be awarded to innovative projects across the country that test creative ways to deliver high quality medical care and save money. Launched today by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Health Care Innovation Challenge will also give preference to projects that rapidly hire, train and deploy health care workers.
“We’ve taken incredible steps to reduce health care costs and improve care, but we can’t wait to do more,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “Both public and private community organizations around the country are finding innovative solutions to improve our health care system and the Health Care Innovation Challenge will help jump start these efforts.”
Funded by the Affordable Care Act, the Health Care Innovation Challenge will award grants in March to applicants who will implement the most compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, particularly those with the highest health care needs. The Challenge will support projects that can begin within six months. Additionally, projects that focus on rapid workforce development will be given priority when grants are awarded.
Awards will be expected to range from approximately $1 million to $30 million over three years. Applications are open to providers, payers, local government, community-based organizations and particularly to public-private partnerships and multi-payer approaches. Each grantee project will be evaluated and monitored for measurable improvements in quality of care and savings generated.
Please, can someone tell me where in that announcement it says anything about "promotories...to sign people up for health care plans"? I'm having some difficulty finding it, but then, this is Betsy, and like her pals Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, she says whatever comes out of her stupid little mouth and says it with such authority that she actually sounds like she knows what's she's talking about. And when it comes to health care reform, she's done it for so long she's actually created her own special language, it seems.
But wait, there's more.