The controversy as to how much Medicare should pay doctors is continuing to brew (see N.Y. Times article). Congress passed a law overriding a pay cut to Medicare doctors. Although the president vetoed the bill, Congress garnered enough support to override the veto.
Dr. Rich of The Covert Rationing Blog claims that the Medicare reimbursement mechanism “is so fundamentally ridiculous that it can only be understood by recognizing that it is a fairly typical bureaucratic attempt to covertly ration healthcare.”
How would you enjoy having legislators determine your salary?