For months, the Community Organizer in Chief has been selling us on how good his disasterous plan for a government takeover of healthcare is. He’s given speeches, press conferences, even had his friends in the media do primetime infomercials for him. And throughout all of these snakeoil peddling sessions, he keep referring to one particular healthcare institution as a beacon of hope and an example of high quality healthcare at lower prices… the Mayo Clinic.
On June 11, in a townhall meeting at Southwest High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin, he said:
“And so what you’ve got is a situation where, for example, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is famous for some of the best quality and some of the lowest cost. People are healthier coming out of there, they do great. And then you’ve got places — there’s a town in McAllen, Texas, where costs are actually a third higher than they are at Mayo, but the outcomes are worse.
So the key for us is to figure out, how do we take all the good ideas in the Mayo Clinic and spread them all across the country so that that becomes the dominant culture for providing health care?”
On June 24, in an interview on infomercial-partner ABC’s Good Morning America, he said:
“Well, I think what’s important is to say to the American People that you should get the best possible care to make you well. And that the measure of the quality of care is not quantity, but whether or not it is making you better. Now, what we’ve seen is that there’s some communities and some health systems that do this very well. Mayo Clinic, a classic example. In Rochester, Minnesota. People go there. They– spend about 20-30 percent less than some other parts of the country, and yet have better outcomes.”
And again on July 1, in a virtual townhall from Annadale, Virginia, he said:
“There are some places, like the Mayo Clinic — many of you have heard of — provides outstanding care, some of the best in the world. People fly in from everywhere to go to Mayo Clinic to get treatment. It turns out Mayo provides care much more cheaply than a lot of other health systems, even though it’s better care.”
So with all this praise being heaped upon them, I wonder what the Mayo Clinic thinks of the proposed Obamacare plan. Luckily, they’ve issued a statement to let us know.
Minnesota’s not-for-profit Mayo Clinic, which Mr. Obama has repeatedly hailed as offering top quality care at affordable costs, blasted the House Democrats’ version of the health care plan as lawmakers continue to grapple with several bills from each chamber and multiple committees.
More specifically, the official Mayo statement said:
“The proposed legislation misses the opportunity to help create higher quality, more affordable health care for patients… In fact, it will do the opposite… The real losers will be the citizens of the United States.”
Ouch. That’s gonna leave a mark.
It will be interesting to see how the teleprompter speeches are modified to remove any mention of the Mayo Clinic as the shining example of healthcare in the future.