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Will Republicans Keep the Court from Blowing Obama’s Cover?

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by Jane M. Orient, M.D.

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The Big Lie of ObamaCare is in the title: the Affordable Care Act. Administration officials invoke “affordable” over and over again.

The U.S. Supreme Court could well blow the Democrats’ cover in King v. Burwell if it rules that people in the 37 states that did not establish an Exchange cannot legally get taxpayer subsidies for health insurance.

The subsidies hide the reality. People generally look only at what they themselves have to pay. They do not care what faceless taxpayers are paying to insurance companies for their policies.

Of the 11.7 million Americans who now have private health insurance through federal and state marketplaces, 86 percent of them are receiving financial assistance from federal taxpayers to help pay premiums—or, more accurately, their insurance company is.

“More than seven million people could lose subsidies, making insurance unaffordable,” said White House officials, according to the New York Times.

These subsidies (“tax credits”) averaged $263 a month and reduced the premium by 72 percent, on average. Taxpayers who manage to earn more than a certain threshold thus have to pay 100 percent of their own premiums plus their “fair share” of 72 percent of premiums for those who earn less.

Assuming that they will be blamed for the surge in the number of uninsured, although they did not write the law, congressional Republicans are scurrying for ways to “fix” the problem of a purported “mistake” in drafting the law.

The only problem they apparently see is that people would lose coverage—not that ObamaCare drove premiums to unaffordable levels. And the only remedy they can think of is to force others to pay the unaffordable cost, at least for a time. Not having learned from vast experience, they assume that an extension of subsidies will be temporary.

One would like to see Republicans explain to the people why the whole structure of ObamaCare is a mistake, which worsens and solidifies the problems that make American medical care so costly in the first place. These are the simple, incontrovertible facts:
• Guaranteed issue/community rating always drives up premiums and leads to a “death spiral.” Unless premiums are based on risk, people have no incentive to buy insurance when they are well.
• Mandates to pay for expensive services people do not need or want help purveyors of such services but drive up premiums.
• Third-party payment itself always and everywhere drives costs far higher than people would pay if spending their own money.
• Administrative micromanagement drives up costs and limits access.
• Insurance is not the only way to buy medical care—just the most expensive way.

ObamaCare needs to be repealed. Tweaking one of the interlocking parts just makes the interconnected rest even more unworkable. If the Supreme Court exposes the true cost by removing the veil of subsidies, Republicans should not try to cover it up.

If people lose coverage, another shocking truth might be revealed, to the horror of the insurance cartel: they might be better off. The unsubsidized share of premiums—instead of being sucked into the insurer’s bank account—would be available to buy actual care, which people might now avoid because of high ObamaCare deductibles. A market might develop for true catastrophic-only insurance, with appropriately low premiums. Note that if ObamaCare insurance becomes unaffordable because of lack of subsidies, the individual mandate penalty/tax does not apply.

Of the money paid to insurers, at least 15 percent goes to administration and much more to activities like “quality assurance” that provide nothing recognizable to patients as a medical service or product. And if the insurer does pay for something, it decides exactly what, when, and how much a beneficiary might receive.

There are many alternatives to dependence on the government/insurer monolith, which the cartel would love to crush, such as health sharing ministries, direct-pay practices, and indemnity insurance. More resources are becoming available to patients (for example, medicalselfsufficiency.com and selfpaypatient.com).

Republicans should not help to suppress alternatives by propping up the ObamaCare monster and leaving the façade of subsidies intact.

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ObamaCare Can Cancel Your Insurance, Warns Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)

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Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

1601 N. Tucson Blvd. Suite 9

Tucson, AZ 85716

 

March 10, 2015

Tucson, AZ. One of the biggest selling points for the Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare) was the promise that insurers couldn’t cancel your plan if you get sick. But if the U.S. Supreme Court, in King v. Burwell, holds premium subsidies to be illegal in Exchanges not established by States, the Administration will allow insurers to abrogate their contracts, says the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

“It’s déjà vu all over again,” states AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient, M.D. “When Medicare passed, seniors who had private insurance lost it. The insurers told President Johnson that they couldn’t unilaterally cancel subscribers’ contracts. But LBJ said they could cancel all the contracts, and they did. Private insurance for seniors was ended with a stroke.”

“While the Administration assures HealthCare.gov policyholders that ‘nothing has changed,’ it has been conveying a contradictory message to health insurance companies,” writes Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) in a letter to former CMS head Marilyn Tavenner. “Late last year, CMS altered the agreements to participate in the federal exchange, guaranteeing insurance companies the right to pull out of their contracts should federal subsidies such as the APTC come to an end—in other words, if the Administration loses before the Supreme Court.”

The Administration apparently has a contingency plan to protect insurers, Orient notes, but what about patients? “Millions lost their existing plans, which they liked, when ACA forced them to be pulled from the market. People had to buy an ACA-compliant replacement plan, usually much more expensive, and they could now lose that too.”

“What will be left?” AAPS asks. “Will Congress repeal ObamaCare and all its impossible mandates on insurers and the medical system? Or will Americans be forced into Obama’s preferred system of total dependence on government—and its completely untrustworthy promises?”

Sen. Hatch has demanded documents from CMS so that the Senate Finance Committee can conduct oversight.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and other Republicans are proposing transition plans such as the Winding Down Obamacare Act, which are intended to protect patients from loss of insurance, and to prevent the Administration from exerting coercive pressure on States to establish Exchanges that would further cement ObamaCare in place.

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a national organization representing physicians in all specialties, founded in 1943 to preserve private medicine and the patient-physician relationship. More

Congress Doesn’t Create Free Markets—It Only Destroys Them

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new-logo25 Jane M. Orient, M.D.,

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If some people like their government healthcare, let them keep it. But let the people go if they prefer freedom.”

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When people clamor for Congress to pass a “free-market health plan,” they1619098_10202643451221752_1414455253_n are forgetting two things: Congress only does laws, which restrict freedom. We need fewer laws, not more. And the free market is by nature not a plan.

Big laws like ObamaCare are designed by special-interest groups, such as the “insurance” (managed care) cartel, Big Hospitals, Big Pharma, and influential groups that want their benefits (abortion, contraception, drug and alcohol rehab, AIDS therapy, etc.) paid for by people who would never use them. More

Survival Prospects for ObamaCare in 2015

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new-logo25By Jane M. Orient, M.D.,

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“It may be years before a new beneficiary develops a serious illness and finds out that his policy is worthless.
• Come April, Americans will be having to tell the IRS about their insurance status, and pay an additional “tax” if it doesn’t meet requirements. Employers face onerous new reporting requirements come New Year’s Day, and the delayed employer mandate kicks in.”

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Now that Republicans have control of Congress, they could possibly keepObamacareHurt their promise to repeal ObamaCare—except for two immediate obstacles. One of course is the threat of the Presidential veto. Another is the already apparent willingness of craven politicians to surrender pre-emptively.

Once a government benefit is given, it becomes politically suicidal to take it back—at least in a way that people can see. There are likely a million or more Americans who are reveling in “having healthcare for the first time in their lives.” Or so the Administration’s messaging would have us believe. People are not yet onto the difference between having an insurance card and getting prompt medical attention. More

CRomnibus: Why Politicians Cannot Be Trusted with Our Money

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strip bannernew-logo25By Alieta Eck, M.D.

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The cost of a doctor visit—when paid directly—has not outpaced inflation. The cost of health insurance, however, has increased to something in the range of a mortgage payment. Americans need relief.”

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censored doctCongress just passed—without even reading it—a trillion dollar spending bill. The Continuing Resolution (CR) allows the government to keep spending in the absence of a budget. The “omnibus” package—“omni” means everything in the kitchen sink—adds in 1,600 pages of pork all mixed together. No amendments, no extractions: Take it all at once or shut down the government.

Obviously, congressmen who voted for it don’t live in the real world of mortgages, food budgets, and car payments, where real Americans actually have to pay their bills. More

The IRS and Your Health

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new-logo25Contributor &  author:  Jane M. Orient, M.D., Executive Director of  Association of American Physicians and Surgeons,    (see Dr. Orient’s bio at the bottom of this release)

Interview – Contact Dr. Orient directly  at (520) 323-3110 or janeorientmd@gmail.com  (reporters and  journalists welcome!)

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As Americans watch  congressional hearings on the Internal Revenue Service, they should ask  themselves what this enormously powerful, corrupt, politically motivated agency  might do with its new job of administering ObamaCare….

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The IRS and Your Health

By Author-Contributor Jane M.  Orient, M.D., http://www.drjaneorient.com/credentials.php

jpeg bryantAs Americans watch congressional  hearings on the Internal Revenue Service, they should ask themselves what this  enormously powerful, corrupt, politically motivated agency might do with its new  job of administering ObamaCare.

We have heard testimony from  those whose tax exemption was delayed or denied, or who underwent abusive  audits, or faced seizure of their accumulated earnings, apparently because  someone viewed them as opponents to the Powers.

The people who are testifying  are obviously still alive.

What if this agency had the  power to control access to medical care?

Of course, it will not have this  power under ObamaCare. Not exactly. These are the powers that it will  have:

The IRS will decide whether you  get a subsidy to buy the increasingly expensive health coverage mandated under  the law. Since that coverage could cost a third of your income, its  “affordability” obviously depends on whether other taxpayers have to help pay  for it. And by the way, the subsidy doesn’t go to you—it goes to the Plan. To  qualify, the Plan has to please the Administration. It has to allocate enough  for politically correct “prevention” (such as abortions) and not too much to  services that lead to “disparity” (such as hip fractures in the  elderly).

The IRS will determine which  insurers will survive. A Plan that is not eligible for subsidies is likely to  die for want of enough customers. The Administration has a record of picking  winners (its cronies) and losers (its opponents).

The IRS will influence the  chances that your job will survive. Your employer may be hit with ruinous fines  for not having benefits that qualify or for having workers who apply for  subsidies on the Exchange. As the rules are impossibly complex, government  agencies have a lot of discretion, which can be used to reward and to  punish. More

The insanity of Obamacare in one sentence

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Dr. Barbara Bellar Candidate for Illinois State Senate, District 18 sums up Obamacare in one sentence.
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“Let me get this straight. This is a long sentence.

We’re going to be gifted with a healthcare plan we are forced to purchase,
and fined if we don’t,
which puportedly covers at least 10 million more people,
without adding a single new doctor,
but provides for 16000 new IRS agents,
written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it,
passed by a congress that didn’t read it but exempted themselves from it,
and signed by a president who smokes,
with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes,
for which we will be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect,
by a government which has already bankrupted social security and medicare,
all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese,
and financed by a country that’s broke.

What the [Blank] could possibly go wrong!”

Truth Squad Radio: Whistleblower Sharon Noonan Kramer Exposes Government Corruption, Collusion and Fraud

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Join us for a special broadcast Monday, April 18, 2011!

Whistleblower Sharon Noonan Kramer exposes government collusion, corruption, and fraud in the workman’s compensation industry.

Sharon Kramer is a researcher and whistleblower. She exposes how the scientific fraud that “moldy buildings do no harm” marketed its way into US public  health policy, thereby allowing the dismissal of injured parties’ insurance claims.

She has been published in medical journals, such as the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, and has given numerous interviews exposing this deceit. She was also involved in causing a federal audit of the issue, that is helping to reshape policy on a federal level.

Sharon is a Whistleblower who has been faced with corruption in the California judicial system at the highest levels that works to keep the fraud going in the private sector health policy on behalf of the affiliates of the US Chamber of Commerce.

Tonight, Sharon will discuss the fraud, how it came to be policy, as well as who was involved and what it has cost her and her family.

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Healthcare scoring for the “dead pool”: hedge funds betting on how long you will live

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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“The solution? A bond made up of life settlements would ideally have policies from people with a range of diseases — leukemia, lung cancer, heart disease, breast cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s. That is because if too many people with leukemia are in the securitization portfolio, and a cure is developed, the value of the bond would plummet.” 

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Those medical records that are now available to anyone and everyone who might have a financial interest in your “health” (the same records about you that you yourself can no longer gain access to in most cases),  are for sale to stakeholders, investors and interested party’s.  Insurance companies are particularly interested.

As we stated in an earlier article, when Obamacare is implemented it will establish a health score to be applied to your records and updated with each doctor visit. This score will be available to insurance companies with the accompanying medical data that will allow them to determine how much of a risk you pose to the profits they anticipate by insuring you under a hedge fund.

You will be rated as to how much of a risk you represent to the system.  This score is being used to determine what and how much healthcare you are eligible to receive.  As the bill clearly states, panels will determine what risk you pose to the system and weigh that against the odds you can recover, and if you do, what would be the value of your future contributions to society?  Odds not good?  Off to the dead pool you go!

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GM Crop Contamination Insurance?

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By Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

The issue of crops that have been genetically modified (GM) contaminating surrounding crops is one that is growing in severity, and triggering lawsuits by farmers whose crops have been contaminated.

Farmers who grow GM crops might find themselves as defendants in a lawsuit filed by neighbors who complain about crop contamination. For instance, plaintiffs might allege that pollen from the defendant’s GM crops drifted over a property line (via wind, insects, etc.) and contaminated their non-GM crops….  More

House Ways & Means….all the ways and means we are going to get nailed under Obamacare

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Date: Monday, May 31, 2010, 1:22 PMI missed this one earlier.  Looks like Obama, Pelosi and Co., have their road map already.

Martin: Found this on the Ways and Means website. This is only SOME of what’s coming. Take note of the very last two listed.

2010
•Medicare cuts to inpatient psych hospitals (7/1/10)

2011
•Medicare Advantage cuts begin
•Medicare cuts to home health begin
•Medicare reimbursement cuts when seniors use diagnostic imaging like
MRIs, CT scans, etc.
•Medicare cuts begin to ambulance services, ASCs, diagnostic labs, and durable
medical equipment

•Impose new annual tax on brand name pharmaceutical companies
•Americans begin paying premiums for federal long term care insurance
(CLASS Act) (see FOX news story on this in todays headlines)
•Prohibition on Medicare payments to new physician owned hospitals

•Seniors prohibited from purchasing power wheelchairs unless they
first rent for 13 months
•Employers required to report value of health benefits on W2
•New Medicare cuts to long term care hospitals begin (7/1/11)
•Additional Medicare cuts to hospitals and cuts to nursing homes and inpatient
rehab facilities begin (FY12)

•New tax on all private health insurance policies to pay for comp.
eff. research (plan years beginning FY12)

2012
•Medicare cuts to dialysis treatment begins
•Require information reporting on payments to corporations
•New Medicare cuts to inpatient psych hospitals (7/1/12)
•Hospital pay for quality program begins (FY13)
•Medicare cuts to hospitals with high readmission rates begin (FY13)
•Medicare cuts to hospice begin (FY13)

2013
•Impose 2.3% excise tax on medical devices
•Medicare cuts to hospitals who treat low income seniors begin More

The McCarran-Ferguson Act: Repealing this act will put insurance into Admiralty law

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General information:
Repealing this act will put insurance into Admiralty law.

“Why We Americans Do Not Want This Healthcare Bill”

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By: Donna Garner (c)copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED by author.

 

Summary of Obama/Reid healthcare bill by Michael Connelly:

It places control of our personal health care decisions in the hands of unnamed Federal Bureaucrats who care nothing about us or our individual needs. It provides instant access for these same bureaucrats to see our medical and financial information, it massively increases our taxes and ultimately our insurance premiums, and it reduces our access to the health care that we need. It takes away our choices and our personal freedoms and it increases the Federal deficit that will eventually land on the backs of our children and grandchildren. (Michael Connelly is a U.S. Army veteran, a retired attorney, a published author, freelance writer, and teaches law courses online worldwide — (http://michaelconnelly.viviti.com .) 

Index of topics by section:

1.  OBAMA’S PROPOSAL RELEASED ON 2.22.10
2.  SENATOR REID’S HEALTHCARE BILL
3.  NEW TAXES TO BE PAID BY EVERYONE
4.  CONFIRMATION OF HIGHER PREMIUM COSTS
5.  ABORTION
6.  MEDICARE — COSTS COUNTED TWICE
7.  MEDICARE — HOME HEALTH CARE AGENCIES TARGETED
8.  OTHER PROBLEMS WITH MEDICARE PROVISIONS
9.. MEDICARE — DR. SCOTT GOTTLIEB SPEAKS OUT
10. MEDICARE VS. SPECIALISTS
11. CLASS ACT
12. HOW THE UNSCRUPULOUS SEN. REID INSERTED HIS “FIX”
13. MEDICAID INCREASES
14. MEDICARE ADVANTAGE
15. “SWEET DEALS” 
16. CONSTITUTIONALITY

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“Why We Americans Do Not Want This Healthcare Bill” More

Don’t take our medical records or send them to Maine

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MEDIA RELEASE
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
For Immediate Release


Minnesotans Tell State Health Officials:Don’t take our medical records or send them to Maine!

Saint Paul/Feb. 25, 2009 – In less than 48 hours, more than 500 people sent letters to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) asking for a public hearing on a plan to seize patient data without consent and transfer it to a data warehouse in the State of Maine where it will be accessible to MDH officials for tracking and analysis, according to Citizens’ Council on Health Care (CCHC).

A state health official contacted CCHC on Monday, confirming that 562 letters were received by the department during the last two days of the public comment period (Feb 9 – 10), each one of them asking for a public hearing.

“We call on the Minnesota Department of Health to hold a public hearing on this intrusive data collection rule. The Minnesota public is completely unaware that their medical records will soon be sent out of state and into the online hands of state government officials. The public has no idea that their data will be used to track them and to interfere in treatment decisions. They have no idea that they are about to lose all consent rights over their most private information,” charges Twila Brase, president of CCHC.

Detailed Patient Data
The “encounter data” initiative become law in the last days of the 2008 legislative session after it appeared in the negotiated health care reform bill that emerged from the Governor’s office. Patient data to be collected, tracked and analyzed include, but are not limited to:

  • demographics
  • diagnoses
  • treatments
  • doctor’s name and national provider identification numbers
  • insurance status
  • insurer
  • financial information
  • service, admission and discharge dates
  • injury codes
  • relationship codes
  • medications, including whether a refill and what date filled

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– CCHC –

Citizens’ Council on Health Care supports freedom for patients and doctors, medical
innovation, and the right to a confidential patient-doctor relationship.

 

Hold a public hearing!

Regulation in FantasyLand

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The general co-chairman of John McCain’s presidential campaign, former Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas), led the charge in 1999 to repeal a Depression-era banking regulation law that Democrat Barack Obama claimed on Thursday contributed significantly to today’s economic turmoil.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0308/9246.html

 

Let me see if I have this right.  On December 15, 2000, as part of a decades-long anti-regulatory crusade, Former Senator Phil Gramm, representing the “foxes,” slipped a 262-page measure called the Commodity Futures Modernization Act into the omnibus spending bill.

 

Years of unceasing effort to beat down Depression-era firewalls between commercial banks, investment banks, insurance companies, and securities firms had come to a successful conclusion, and set off a wave of merger mania with a return to the halcyon pre-Depression days of unregulated and unfettered manipulation of banking and the stock market.

 

The foxes had succeeded in defeating most of the protections the “farmer” (responsible government) had erected around the “henhouse” (our much-vaunted capitalism) in an effort to prevent the abuses that resulted in the Great Depression.

 

Not to push the allegory too hard, now all of those chickens have come home to roost.

 

And, the Administration wants to put the foxes in charge of 700 billion dollars ($7,390 per U.S. family) to save the henhouse from total collapse.

 

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!

They Know What’s in Your Medicine Cabinet…. by Chad Terhune

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Special Report July 23, 2008, by Chad Terhune

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/08_31/b4094000643943.htm

Excerpted from the full article:

“Most consumers and even many insurance agents are unaware that Humana, UnitedHealth Group , Aetna (AET), Blue Cross plans, and other insurance giants have ready access to applicants’ prescription histories. These online reports, available in seconds from a pair of little-known intermediary companies at a cost of only about $15 per search, typically include voluminous information going back five years on dosage, refills, and possible medical conditions. The reports also provide a numerical score predicting what a person may cost an insurer in the future.

An investigation last year by the Federal Trade Commission found that the two companies supplying these pharmacy profiles—MedPoint and IntelliScript—violated federal law for years by keeping the system hidden from consumers. But the FTC has merely required disclosure if prescription information causes denial of coverage or some other adverse action; the agency imposed no penalties. MedPoint and IntelliScript say they are now fully complying with the FTC’s order. ”

Read the full article here:

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/08_31/b4094000643943.htm

The “Super Broker” Bargaining Chip??..CCHC Insurance Exchange Update

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PART 1   CCHC Minnesota  mailto:twila@cchconline.org

Bargaining for Power in Health Care “Reform” Bill

While it is of little use to spend all one’s time at the long
 and long-winded conference committee meetings, it is
good to gather intel every once and awhile as we move to
what will hopefully be a veto of SF 3099 by the Governor.
 

 

Health Plan and other lobbyists today told CCHC that the Super Broker is still in the bill, along with myriad other bad stuff, like the bureaucratic, all-controlling Health Care Transformation Commission and payment reform, which is essentially the imposition of price controls. We understand that Sen. Berglin wants the Super Broker for the purpose of transferring subsidy program funds from the State to the health plans.

However, it’s clear that nobody else wants the Super Broker. One lobbyist told me, in so many words (paraphrased): “Nobody wants it. The Chamber of Commerce doesn’t want it, the Governor’s office says they no longer need it, the insurance agents don’t want it. Why is it in the bill still?”

At which point, CCHC suggested that it’s being used merely as a bargaining chip by the Senate author, Sen. Linda Berglin, with the Governor. The lobbyist concurred…perhaps the Senator is using it to get the financial/budget issues to slide in her direction. That’s one good reason the Governor shouldn’t put anything in the bill he might not want to become law.

On the other hand, one seasoned lobbyist said that a policy bill (SF 3099) is unlikely to be signed into law. That would be good news, but there’s no guarantee, so remind your legislators and the Governor what you think of the “Super Broker” proposal. The cast and crew of two off-season committees (the Governor’s Health Care Transformation Task Force and the Legislative Health Care Access Committee) meant it when they proposed these ideas. They want them to become law. Governor Pawlenty is all that stands in the way of the Super Broker and socialized medicine.

 

Will Your Private Medical Records be “Dumped” into the Hands of Government?

In 2002, the public became outraged when CCHC exposed the Minnesota Department of Health proposed rules to require every health plan and every hospital to ship all the private details of your private medical records to the government. It made front page news, and the rule was dropped several months later after well-publicized legislative hearings. That said, the 1995 LAW allowing Health Department access to all your medical records still exists, a point we’re never going to let be forgotten.

Now, the health care reform bill, SF 3099, proposes to require all health plans to ship your private medical records (right down to all the details of each encounter between patient and doctor) to the Health Care Transformation Commission, a $12 million “super agency”of political appointees, for data mining, analysis, and anything else they choose to use it for…now and in the future.

Proponents of rationing and price controls could use your data to propose certain types of people not receive care, or to propose legislative and other policies that target individuals for intervention strategies, including in the future, genetic manipulation. Don’t forget to sign our petition against Minnesota’s DNA warehouse, genetic registries and unconsented genetic research. (Please do not sign it twice. Thank you.)

Let legislators and the Governor know what you think about SF 3099’s “Data Dump” (the sharing of your private medical”encounter data” with a group of political appointees).

 

Who to Call – Bill Busters!
1) Contact the Senators and Representatives that represent you.

2) Contact Governor Tim Pawlenty: 651-296-3391; 1-800-657-3717; tim.pawlenty@state.mn.us

Why We Never, Ever Fix What’s Really Broken

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Many of us sit in stunned silence as our congress makes one unconstitutional decision after another.  Some of us are so incensed at what is happening in our government that we can barely contain ourselves.  What we all appear to have in common is the constant wondering of why nothing ever gets fixed?  Why is the answer to everything always wrapped up in the flag but ends up being an assault not only on our senses, but more importantly on our rights and freedoms and our quality of life?

Immigration is such a great example.  We have law after law, after law concerning immigration, how it is to be handled and what is or is not to be tolerated.  For some reason our government not only seems unable and unwilling to enforce our laws, but also acts against the majority of the American public by endlessly trying to pass amnesty legislation, or to curtail the lawful ability of local law enforcement to curtail illegal immigration in lieu of a Federal response.  The U.S. Code which dictates who is to enforce these laws (the Attorney General) and also what that person is obligated to do to protect us from exactly this type of invasion is a perfect example of a political appointee, charged with a specific duty…..who isn’t doing his job and has no intentions of doing his job.  But he still has the job. Go figure!

Instead, Homeland Security, this monstrous collection of unregulated, uncontrollable bureaucracies appears to be usurping the AG.  Not that it matters, the AG isn’t doing his job anyway.  What congress should do is to impeach the AG for dereliction of duties, smack down Chertof and his band merry of thugs, and direct their attention to enforcement of the laws rather than trying to change them to suit their own personal interests.  The immigration system is not broken as we are told.  It is simply not enforced.  Lack of enforcement is not the same as “broken”. 

Why are so many people unable to afford healthcare?  If you think the answer is in universal healthcare, you’re only partly right.  What congress should be doing here is regulating the pharmaceuticals and penalizing them for throwing lethal medications onto the market at grossly inflated prices while they have them manufactured in China.  China!! For god’s sake!  But instead of going after these companies and making them bring their prices down to a fair market value, congress passed a no-negotiation medicare bill that allows these same companies to charge exhorbitantly high prices. We also give them dollar for dollar tax credits for research and developement, allow them to infiltrate the FDA and finance their own product approval and congress even set up a taxpayer funded “Vaccine Liability Fund” so that big pharma can escape any liability for the deaths or diseases caused by their toxic concotions.

Congress should also be reigning in the insurance industry and mandating that they make good on the policies that they sell.  As it is, Insurance companies sell policies they have no intentions of honoring unless forced to.  Risk assessments, exclusions, black lists, are all used to sell policies that are worth virtually nothing.  Once the national DNA database is up and rolling, insurance will be able to access the PROMIS software used to merge data bases through paid for “backdoors” to illegally and secretly gain information about your DNA to determine if they will insure you or not. 

(As it is, the military is now using this same back door to deny benefits to personnel who suffer injuries such as blood clots in the legs that results from the job they were doing,  claiming that they had the genetic tendency for the clots anyway…so they aren’t responsible.)

So what is congress doing about this?  Well, they didn’t even mention the parasitic nature of insurance companies, the breach of contract that results when they spend three times the amount of the claims in trying to deny them.  They didn’t discuss the exclusions, riders, risk assessments, or the surreptitious gathering of personal information about prospective clients.  Nope.  Instead they talk about “Universal Healthcare”.  What this means is that insurance, big pharma, and many in the medical industry will continue to rape the public while delivering fewer and fewer products and services while at the same time raising their prices.  It has become glaringly apparent that profits at the expense of human beings is to be guarded at all costs.  

Here’s the point:  We can’t fix anything if we continue to allow everything to spiral out of control intentionally.  Instead of waiting until things are out of control and then coming up with some intended solution that only benefits those responsible, while simultaneoulsy penalizing those victimized by these economic parasites, nothing will ever improve.  You can’t fix anything by attacking the symptoms that result from an institutional problem.   That’s why nothing ever gets fixed regardless of what it is.  We never try to fix the CAUSE of the problem….we just wait until the problem is allowed to reach catastrophic proportions and then do the exact opposite of what needs to be done or what should have been done to avoid the problem altogether.

In the end, what we will get in each and every situation addressed by congress is not the logical and beneficial things that should happen, but rather, what those behind the scenes decided would benefit them.  And congress, like the sniveling, spineless cowards they have morphed into will go along with program.

Marti Oakley (c) 2008

 

 

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