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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

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New Obamacare Endgame: the VA for All

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new-logo25Richard Amerling, M.D.

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Scandal at the Phoenix Veterans Administration lifted the curtain of secrecy on the VA’s secret waiting lists. The VA lies while patients die.

35462_1thmThis is by no means a new phenomenon. The nation’s single-payer system for veterans has long been greatly overloaded. Congress tried to fix it in 1996 by passing a law requiring that any veteran needing care had to be seen within 30 days.

The VA is supposed to have a wonderful electronic medical records system, and the EMR is supposed to be the magic formula for efficiency and quality. The VA gamed the electronic system to hide the waiting lists.

Readers of the British press will be struck by the similarities between fudging waiting lists at VA hospitalsand stacking patients in ambulances outside UK hospitals. Finding it impossible to comply with a National Health Service mandate that all patients admitted to an emergency room be seen within four hours, hospitals kept patients waiting in ambulances outside the ER! More

Obamacare: Repeal (What?) and Replace (with What?)

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new-logo25Contributor & authorJane M. Orient, M.D., Executive Director of Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

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Government can’t fix the “health care system” any more than Obama can take out your tonsils. But it can refrain from tying up or tripping those who are trying to take care of patients.  We should start by repealing the mandates—on individuals, employers, medical facilities and professionals, and insurers. No American should be forced to buy a product he does not want or need or feels he cannot afford. No individual or company should be forced to provide services or products to government specifications. The American way is the voluntary way.

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The High Cost of Free Care

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new-logo25By Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD.,

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When I signed in for my yearly mammogram the receptionist announced with a wry smile, “No co-pay this time, it’s free!” We both knew that it really wasn’t free.

To understand whether free means free, let’s look at Medicare as an example. Medicare has four parts. Part A (“hospital”) covers hospital admissions, post-hospitalization short-term skilled nursing, and hospice. Part B (“medical”) covers outpatient medical services such as physician ObamacareHurtvisits, lab tests, and outpatient surgery. Parts A and B are called traditional Medicare. Part C (“Medicare Advantage”) is private HMOs. Part D is prescription drug coverage. Technically, all parts are optional.

Medicare is costly before and after we enroll. We pay for Part A through a 2.9 percent tax on earnings, half of which is paid by employers. Thus, an average worker earning $43,500 per year generates $105 every month for the promise of hospital insurance benefits beginning up to 45 years in the future.

Importantly, Part A is mandatory for those eligible for Medicare who receive Social Security payments. If beneficiaries want to opt out of Part A, they must forfeit all of their Social Security payments. More

Patients: For Protection and Affordable Care, Opt Out!

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new-logo25Richard Amerling, M.D.

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I remember the days of black-and-white television.  When color television sets became available, they were expensive and few could afford them.  And few networks broadcast in color, since the audience was limited.  At a certain point of supply and demand, sets became less expensive, and networks went all-in for color.  The same phenomena occurred more recently with the move to high ObamacareHurtdefinition TV.  And so it will go with private, high quality medical care.

Years ago I penned the Physicians’ Declaration of Independence, urging physicians laboring under increasingly abusive third party contracts to opt out, to allow them to return to the unfettered practice of medicine.   Increasing numbers of physicians are opting out of Medicare, and few participate in Medicaid (full disclosure: as a nephrologist taking care of dialysis patients, I have not opted out of Medicare).  Declining reimbursements and ever-greater paperwork and reporting requirements are driving this trend.   To a certain extent, this is also happening in the private insurance sphere, and for the same reasons.  But what really limits physician opt out is the relatively small numbers of patients who are “self-pay.”   With the implementation of Obamacare, these numbers are set to explode. More

The Emperor Has No Clue

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new-logo25By Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D.,

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When President Obama hawks the wonders of the misnamed  Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, I’m reminded of those “As Seen on  TV” products.

True believers ridiculed critics of the Independent  Payment Advisory Board and its unchecked power to ration health care. They were  impressed by the $575 billion cut to Medicare, although lower payments lead  physicians to accept fewer Medicare patients. They cheered because 11 million  Americans will be added to the Medicaid rolls over the next ten years. While  Medicaid looks like is a good deal with its low co-pays, provider payments are  so low that only one-third of physicians accept new Medicaid  patients.

True believers scoffed at claims of loss of privacy.  After the NSA snooping revelations, a Pew survey revealed that 70 percent of  Americans believe the government is using data for purposes other than fighting  terrorism. Not only could unethical employees misuse health and financial  information, the health “Data Hub” can be shared among seven federal agencies  for ill-defined “routine uses.” According to a former HHS general counsel, the  federal government’s computer program for insurance exchanges lacks privacy  safeguards and could expose applicants to identity theft.

President Obama has repeatedly promised that “if you  like your health care plan, you can keep it.” Even his Praetorian Guard has now  defected. The National Treasury Employees Union—which represents the IRS folks  who are ultimately in charge of ObamaCare—does not want its members to be  “pushed out” of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and into the  insurance exchanges. More

What Will the [Un]Affordable Care Act Look Like in a Year?

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new-logo25Author/Contributor: G. Keith Smith, M.D.

 

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Many are speculating about  the outcome of what I call UCA for the [Un]Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. I think there are two basic scenarios.

 

 

First is that UCA will do  precisely what it was intended to do: inject economic chaos into the medical  marketplace, driving prices for insurance and healthcare through the roof, so  that people will beg for the sequel—single payer. That means everybody is forced  into one big government plan. There is no doubt in my mind that this was the  intention of the authors of this bill, several of whom were the corporate  players who would benefit from this. While it is worthwhile to understand  various provisions of UCA, detailing its shortcomings without assigning  malevolent intent to its authors is naive, I think. This legislation was meant  to “crash” the system. That is its purpose. Unaffordable care and insurance are  its goals. This is a medical economic false flag from which only Uncle Sam can  rescue us. More

Gloria Bathgate: Stolen by North Carolina Department of Social Services

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Linda Kincaid & Susan Williams

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Eighty-year-old Gloria Bathgate found herself prisoner of a Johnston County, North Carolina guardianship just days after she arrived in the state.  Gloria was falsely imprisoned and unlawfully isolated at Oakview Commons Assisted Living Center in Raleigh.  Care in the facility was dismal.  She had several falls in the first few days and many unexplained bruises. Denied any contact with her daughter, Gloria’s physical and mental condition declined rapidly.

2007 – October 2010

Gloria enjoyed an active and sometimes flamboyant social life before moving to Raleigh.  A feisty and opinionated woman, Gloria was quick to express herself in colorful language peppered with expletives.  Her daughter, Susan Williams, still chuckles about Gloria wearing miniskirts and high heels at 77.

Living with her family since 2007, Gloria attended church three times a week and routinely played bingo at the firehouse with her firefighter grandson.  Her younger Eagle Scout grandson included her in his troop’s activities.   Gloria participated in elder activity programs most days of the week.  In the evenings, she cooked meals and helped her grandchildren with homework.

When the family planned their move from Pennsylvania to Raleigh, Gloria’s daughter Susan called ahead to North Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS).  North Carolina DSS told Susan that Gloria would have to establish residency in Raleigh before DSS would process any requests for services.

October 24, 2010

Gloria moved to Raleigh with her daughter and family.  Susan immediately called Johnston County DSS to request Medicaid, a hospital bed, elder day programs, and transportation assistance for Gloria.  DSS told Susan there could be a two-year wait before services were available.  DSS added, “If you wanted all those services, you should have stayed in Pennsylvania.”

Shannon West from Johnston County DSS visited the home and told Gloria she could receive services more quickly if she moved into Oakview Commons, an assisted living facility.  Gloria objected to leaving her family, but West assured Gloria that she could sign out of Oakview any time she wished.  Susan convinced Gloria to move into Oakview temporarily to obtain services.  Shortly before Halloween, Gloria signed herself into Oakveiw Commons on the advice of her daughter and Shannon West.  More

TS Radio with guest Marty Pren….Guardianship abuse

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Psssst. Social Security. Can You Spare The Gov Another Trillion?

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 W.R. McAfee, Sr.

Copyright © 2011 by W.R. McAfee, Sr.  All rights reserved.

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“Somewhere in a closed room—Washington, New York, hard to say— there is, in my opinion,  talk of  phasing out the most successful government program ever initiated for the common folk because the banksters, who’ve  openly  taken over the government’s finances are either unwilling  to bail it out or, since there’s not enough left in it to steal, are thinking about just shutting it down.   

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Today’s elected thieves, Wall Street crooks, and international banking cabal are trying to sell Social Security’s demise to the country in the midst of the financial shutdown they’ve engineered with its accompanying 15 million unemployed and a 22% unemployment rate  (Click here to view link) .

Without Social Security, millions more would become as desperate as the unemployed.

Desperate people are malleable people if you’re trying to sidestep a Constitution and force an elite-appointed global government on them. More

Probate Courts: Criminal racketeering sanctioned by government

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved 

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“This system of theft will continue until the entire estate has been stolen leaving the victim penniless. At this point, Medicare and Medicaid are used as the cash cow to cover medical expenses and the inflated charges of nursing, the doctors’ visits and vast amounts of medications are charged off to these services costing these services millions each year in padded billing. “

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One of the worst pseudo courts in the US is the system of probate courts.  Across the board, in absolutely every state is a so-called court system that operates for profit at the expense of any individual or family unfortunate enough to have any assets.  By law, upon death of the estate holder, all assets are seized by the court for distribution.  Supposedly these courts are charged with making sure all assets are distributed in the manner the decedent supposedly wanted yet it is estimated that 80% of heirs never receive their inheritance or receive only small portions of what was originally left to them as a result of the criminal racketeering that occurs in these courts.

Between the probate judge who has a financial interest against the estate collecting on average 6-7% of the estate nationally,(this is aside from his annual salary paid by the state and is assessed against each and every probate case in their courts) and attorneys who will land on the estates like a swarm of vultures and who misuse the courts to access the assets of the decedent while filing vexatious motions, charges and suits then charging hyper-inflated fees for these actions against the estate, there is little chance heirs will receive anything at all.

Probate begins when a person dies. The decedent’s last will and testament and death certificate are filed through probate court which sets this system of organized crime into motion. The will outlines the decedents’ final wishes including funeral arrangements and distribution of assets.

So how do living persons end up having their estates stolen by predatory guardians, crooked attorneys, and corrupted judges?  After all, probate is premised upon the individual having died.

You are dead in the law! More

The Village Composed of Missing Idiots Comes To Power

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What the Idiots are up to this week.

One knows they reside in a country where apparently the saying years ago by the current Secretary Of State “It takes a village to raise a child” crashes into another of my favorite sayings “Somewhere a village is missing its idiot” to create: The Village Composed of Missing Idiots

I present to the reader my proof:

No helmet? That’s a $275 ticket

— even if you’re not on wheels

Malfatto noticed Officer Truscott writing a group of teenagers citations for not wearing helmets and thought it would be a good chance to use the flat part of the park to continue teaching his son to skate without any other people around. His son was equipped with a helmet, elbow pads, kneepads and wrist guards. More

HR 1586:One Subject At A Time Act (OSTA) would put an end to this nonsense

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NOTE:  Compose your own letter!  Remember that identical letters are discarded or treated as only (1) no matter how many come in. Also: multiple letters coming from the same fax or email addy, are also discarded or treated as (1):  just one of several ways congress uses to disregard voters.  …Marti_____________________________

“To make matters worse, the original, House-passed bill, which the Senate amended under the direction of the Senate Majority Leader, was originally the “FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act.” You know spending bills are constitutionally required to originate in the House of Representatives, yet this cheating is rewarded by the Speaker of the House. “

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Obama Appoints Rationing Advocate to Medicare Post

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UPDATE to today’s “CCHC Health Care News”:

President Obama has just announced his recess appointment of the controversial Dr. Donald Berwick, MD as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Members of Congress, concerned about Berwick’s support of socialized medicine and health care rationing, had delayed his confirmation since April.

Dr. Berwick, CEO and President of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, has waxed “romantic” about England’s socialized medicine system, supported rationing, and expressed support for England’s rationing-focused, euphemistically-named National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) which issues government treatment protocols for British citizens. Dr. Berwick will hold significant influence over Medicare treatment options and funding during his tenure as administrator. Some call him “Dr. Death,” but the AARP supports him. More

Minnesota CCHC fighting back against Obamacare

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CCHC ALERT!
 
 
Citizens’ Council on Health Care
http://www.healthcarefreedom.us

PLEASE ASK PAWLENTY FOR VETO!

We’d like to again ask you to contact Governor Tim Pawlenty very quickly and ask for a veto.

Unfortunately, the Governor and the legislature agreed to implement portions of ObamaCare through HF 1, the 11th-hour bill officially called the Supplemental Budget Bill. They were just passed by the legislature a little more than an hour ago.

Please call 651-296-3391 AND send email to:  tim.pawlenty@state.mn.us

First, HF1, the 247-page Supplemental Budget bill makes the ObamaCare-funded Medicaid expansion State law (although it’s up to the next Governor to decide if he or she wants to implement it). If implemented the State must pay $1 for every $7 sent from the feds until the federal money goes away. Then the State is responsible hook, line and sinker.  Second,

there are several other parts of ObamaCare that become state law as well if the bill is signed into law.

ObamaCare Provisions Included in HF 1, the Supplemental Budget Bill:

  • placement of ObamaCare-enabled early expansion of Medicaid into Minnesota law
  • Government becomes primary seller of health insurance through establishment of a federally-approved State health insurance exchange (which we defeated with your help in 2007 and 2008)
  • Implementation of a federal high-risk insurance pool in Minnesota
  • Establishment of a State health care reform task force to implement ObamaCare in Minnesota
  • Authority to secure federal dollars to implement ObamaCare controls over medical decisions.

In addition, the bill also establishes a State government database of every person with a traumatic injury, and authorizes the Minnesota Department of Health to conduct surveillance and build databases on mothers and babies in birth centers without the knowledge or consent of parents. More

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