U.S. Senate candidateMilton Wolf
received $101,001 in Medicare reimbursements in 2012, a searchabledatabase shows
Wolf, a Republican, is challenging incumbent Sen.Pat Roberts
in Kansas.The Obama administration has released the payment records
for individual physicians, and several news organizations have compiled them into a database. Patient information was not revealed.
Personal financial disclosure statements show Wolf, a radiologist, earned roughly $1.1 million over a two-year period. If accurate, that suggests about 25 percent of Wolf’s income is generated by Medicare, the federal insurance program for the elderly.
(Note: Of that $1.1 million, roughly $900,000 is in salary. The rest comes from income Wolf earns as a partner in his radiology firm, and was not included in the calculation.
Over two years, Wolf averages $450,000 in salary. The $101,000 in Medicare payments is about 1/4 of that.)
Wolf, a tea party favorite, has sharply criticized the Affordable Care Act, and Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance programs for the poor.
He’s also worried about reduced payments to doctors under Medicare. From his
:Medicare is insolvent and cannot keep its promises. Its own trustees estimate that the program’s unfunded obligations have ballooned to nearly $43 trillion dollars which threatens the existence of the program itself. To paraphrase economist Herbert Stein: Spending that cannot go on forever, won’t. The government’s response to this self-inflicted crisis has been to ration care and to reduce reimbursement to healthcare providers. The obvious result has been less care and fewer doctors to provide it.