I think it is absolutely absurd to allow the vote on the sustainable growth-rate, or SGR, formula to come three days before a potential 21% cut in Medicare allowables. I am appalled that a panel can spend six to seven hours talking about healthcare reform yesterday, and leave thousands of healthcare workers wondering if there will be layoffs due to this cut looming. It is extremely arrogant on the part of the president and his colleagues—both Democrat and Republican alike—to waste one day of Senate legislative work to discuss healthcare reform with SGR not even being discussed on the Senate floor.
I find it insulting that after two weeks off—one due to poor weather— the Senate feels they can treat people this way. These politicians better start to realize that the people are fed up with their arrogance. What do they care when they have all the healthcare perks that no one else has. They had better get out of their ivory towers and enter the state of reality the rest of us are living in. What's so different about an insurance company denying coverage for a surgery when the patient is on his/her way to the operating room? We only have three days remaining to know whether we will have to extend our wage freeze or possibly start layoffs. The clock is ticking, but I do not really believe that we all use the same clock as those who are in the utopia of Washington D.C.
Tom DahlChief administratorOrthopedic Center of FloridaFort Myers