Since I complained earlier this week about the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press not covering the Mayo Clinic’s heath care reform lobbying efforts, I must note the Strib’s Kevin Diaz did that today. Front page, top of the fold.
Good nuts-and-bolts stuff, with contribution levels ($500,000-plus) and a figure on how much Mayo lost treating Medicare patients last year ($785 million). I might’ve put a finer point on the healers’ opposition to a government-run public option, since that is a major decision facing governing Democrats, and found it odd that no one was quoted blantantly criticizing the palm-greasing or Mayo’s positions.
The story also covered bigger players, such as United Health. It would’ve been nice, at least on the web side, to list who Mayo and UHC gave to, and also our congresspeople’s hauls from the industry. The latter should almost be a recurring element alongside these stories.
That said, Diaz includes an extremely telling quote from ex-insurance company executive Robert Laszewski, who notes that insurers will get up to $800 billion in federal subsidies but “there is nothing in any of the bills that would change the way any of the health plans manage health care.”
Providers are often at odds with insurers; I wonder how Mayo feels about that.