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“A six-vol­ume re­port re­leased this week by Min­nesota At­tor­ney Gen­eral Lori Swan­son sug­gests that pa­tients at a large non-profit Min­nesota hospi­tal sys­tem have been bad­gered, harassed, de­ceived and in­tim­i­dated about pay­ing med­i­cal bills both be­fore and af­ter re­ceiv­ing needed care, some­times even at bed­side. ... Thus, de­ci­sions that could have med­i­cal con­se­quences are trans­ferred from a med­i­cal care fa­cil­ity to a com­pany whose main in­cen­tive is fi­nan­cial. Pa­tients and their fam­i­lies are un­aware that they are not deal­ing with the hospi­tal in which they have placed their trust.” — St. Louis Post-dis­patch

“Here we go again. The ex­perts who over­see So­cial Se­cu­rity and Medi­care rang the alarm bells once more last week. … (Medi­care’s) hospi­tal trust fund won’t be de­pleted un­til 2024. That’s the same date as pro­jected last year, but 1.2 mil­lion Amer­i­cans also have joined Medi­care since then. The fund is al­ready spend­ing more on health­care than it takes in from pay­roll taxes. One temp­ta­tion is to wail and head to the near­est tor­nado closet. But the bet­ter re­sponse for mem­bers of Congress and pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls is to start tak­ing ac­tion.” — Dal­las Morn­ing News

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