Tom Martin, Libertarian Party candidate for US Senate from Pennsylvania in 2006
A just government respects the rights of all people equally and grants special favor to none

2006-09-05

Santorum the Socialist

Bob Casey, you and your socialist friends are redundant - get off the ballot and stop confusing the little people!

Below is a wonderful story about redistribution of wealth and big brother nannyism by the arch conservative (gag - cough -wheeze) Santorum.

NO WHERE is a breath of cutting cost by cutting regulation - or increasing competition or letting people shop in Candida or any where else or freeing up the market to solve things, It is just a micromanagers dream story - Little Ricky is watching over us all, He knows when we are sleeping, He knows when we are awake...
Sleep tight and don't let big brothers bugs byte..Santorum sent many this reassuring (?) e-mail
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August 28, 2006
Dear Mr. Martin:
Knowing of and sharing your interest in safeguarding and supporting health care and local communities in Pennsylvania, I am writing to let you know of my recent work to protect access to health care for central Pennsylvanians.

Williamsport Hospital's Medicare payment (wage index) disparity threatens Pennsylvanians' access to high-quality, compassionate, and cost-effective care in not only Williamsport, but the counties of Lycoming, Clinton, Sullivan, Union, Northumberland, Bradford, Tioga, Columbia, Montour, and Centre, and their surrounding rural areas. Williamsport Hospital has struggled financially due to an unfair Medicare payment policy that compensates competing hospitals nearly 10 percent more for employee wage costs. This disparity has cost Williamsport Hospital approximately $3.5 million per year, threatening both patient access to critical care and the community's economy.

Since being made aware of Williamsport Hospital's Medicare payment disparity, I have fought for a fair and equitable Medicare reimbursement for Williamsport Hospital. In July 2005, I wrote to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency responsible for Medicare reimbursement, in strong support of Williamsport Hospital's proposed solution to this issue. In March 2006, I facilitated a meeting in which high-level CMS officials and representatives from Williamsport Hospital were able to come together in a productive session. I also made numerous personal calls to CMS, the Office of Management and Budget and the White House on behalf of my constituents-the employees and patients who rely on the high-quality care delivered by Williamsport Hospital.

I am thrilled that my on-going efforts on behalf of Williamsport Hospital culminated in an early August announcement that CMS would address the payment disparity, resulting in at least $2.5 million in fairer reimbursement for the hospital over a six-month period beginning in October 2006. I am hopeful that this payment policy will result in a total increase of $5 million per year for the hospital. While this payment policy is a temporary fix, I remain committed to continuing to work with Williamsport Hospital to secure a permanent solution.

As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Medicare program, I will continue to advocate for equitable reimbursement for Pennsylvania's healthcare providers. Moreover, as a member of the Senate Rural Health Care Caucus, I understand the unique challenges that face Pennsylvania's rural healthcare providers, and the importance of ensuring that providers such as Williamsport Hospital remain in a position to provide critical care to Pennsylvanians.

Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts on this important issue with you. If I can be of further assistance with this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to call on me.

Sincerely,

Rick Santorum
United States Senate

The rest of the text was some drivel with the intent of violating the first amendment in case some one used this in any way to make fun of Saint Rick.