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Archive for the ‘Health Care’ Category

Breaking News – Obamacare unconstitutional

The federal judge hearing the case brought by 26 states rules mandated purchase of health insurance by federal government unconstitutional.

Okay one last time to make sure the links are correct: Fox News and CNN.

Any law which requires the government to grant 700+ waivers can only be classified as ONE BIG MISTAKE!

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House repeals health care

By 245-189 the U.S. House passed its repeal of Obama’s signature “crisis” issue. Three Democrats crossed the aisle to vote for repeal.

The vote to roll back the president’s signature domestic achievement of the 111th Congress just 10 months after its passage underscores the deep divisions that still surround the new law. But whether House action will signal the beginning of a rapid dismantling of the healthcare overhaul or serve merely as a historical footnote remains to be seen.

As much as the Democrats claim the message was not proper, it is more likely the bad aspects of Obamacare will be evident long before any significant benefits are available. That happens when you tax 10 years for 6 years of expenses. One thing is certain, it does nothing to reduce the cost of health care.

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Health Care reform – U.K.

Reforming the British National Health Service.

It was both a stunning admission and a damning indictment of socialized medicine when British Prime Minister David Cameron in effect admitted that the holy grail of nationalized health care, the British National Health Service (NHS), was broken and in need of fixing.

In a speech outlining public-sector reforms to be introduced in a bill Wednesday, Cameron promised to get rid of “top-down, command-and-control bureaucracy and targets” and that the NHS would not be exempt from those reforms.

Meanwhile, our government seems to be moving in the opposite direction.

ObamaCare promises exactly the opposite, increasing demand and coverage to the point of collapsing the system, taking decisions out of the hands of physicians who promise to quit in droves and putting it in the hands of a regulatory behemoth that decides who gets what care and when.

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26 States now challenge ObamaCare

Kansas, the home state of Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, has joined the states challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare. That makes 26 states.

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Death Panels die again

The Death Panels, so named by Sarah Palin, came back into the health care reform via a stealth move in Medicare legislation. On Dec 26th, 2010, the NYT, of all places, reported on an email from Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s office (D-OR).

“While we are very happy with the result, we won’t be shouting it from the rooftops because we aren’t out of the woods yet,” reads a November e-mail from the office of Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., obtained by The New York Times.

“This regulation could be modified or reversed, especially if Republican leaders try to use this small provision to perpetuate the ‘death panel’ myth,” the e-mail reportedly reads.

How can it be a myth if it keeps getting pulled?

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Deja vu all over again

Last year Congress worked right up to Christmas eve to pass Obamacare. Now they introduce an Omnibus Spending Bill for fiscal year 2011 of 1,924 pages loaded with pork. Keep in mind the 2011 fiscal year started October 1, 2009. That alone should cause us to fire them all. The Senate bill FY 2011 Omnibus Appropriations Act totals $1.1 trillion. The government will run out of money December 18th. What a bunch of jerks.

Start sending emails, phone calls, or both. Especially any Senators, specifically Democrats, who will face election in 2012. These people haven’t learned anything in this last year. And we can start here.

Keep your correspondence as civil as possible but you could quote Howard Beale of Network, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”.

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Virginia District Court Judge Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional

Well at least the mandate. That is round one. Many more to follow.

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Outsourcing

Remember these words by Speaker Pelosi?

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Do you know why this is true?

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Lessons never learned – or why we want REAL change (1099)

Remember that 2000 plus page Health Care Reform Bill? Remember Speaker Pelosi saying it was necessary to pass the bill to find out what is in it? Hope you took your blood pressure medicine.

From the WSJ about the 1099 catch buried in the Health Care Reform Bill. The 1099 Insurrection (Sep 15, 2010).

Democrats tucked the 1099 reporting footnote into the bill to raise an estimated $17.1 billion, part of the effort to claim that ObamaCare reduces the deficit by $100 billion or so.

But this “tax gap” of unreported business income is largely a Beltway myth, and no less than the Treasury Department’s National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson says the costs will be “disproportionate as compared with any resulting improvements in tax compliance.”

The largest under reported income is most likely cash paid under the table, at near slave wage rates, for illegals. Well and maybe drug dealers.

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Why are health insurance premiums going up?

As of today:

  1. Ends lifetime caps on coverage
  2. Ends cancellations of insurance for those who get sick
  3. Ends denial of coverage to children with pre-existing conditions
  4. Young adults of parents insured until age 26

All of these items require additional health care. By definition then, everyone in the pool will pay higher premiums. Something about no free lunch. Which pretty much defines the entire Obama health care plan. Its going to cost a lot more just in the number of bureaucrats if nothing else.

What we really need is more competition and a LOT more general and family practice doctors. There was a projected shortage even before adding millions more to the health care pool.

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