"...Change:healthcare looked at claims data from May 2010 to May 2011 for 82,000 employees of small businesses to determine price differences for several procedures: MRIs, CT scans, ultrasounds and PET scans.
An Open Letter to the Congress and the President of the United States
An Open Letter to the Congress and the President of the United States | Heritage.org | "In addition to being the single most expensive bill ever proposed, this measure calls for a massive expansion of the federal government's reach into the day-to-day life of virtually every citizen, business and civic organization in the nation...While the stimulative utility of the bill is, at best, questionable, it would unquestionably rewrite the social contract between the American people and their government..." Read it all!
The "Entrepreneurial" Health Care Bill
Yes, you artistic and creative types--Pelosi encourages you to quit your jobs, because working people will pay your health care for you.
See the 2010-2014 implementation timeline at this site.
Click here for a Health Care Reform Bill-Timeline for Small Business.
This argument is phony because longevity depends on health-- and "health care" and "medical care" are not the same, no matter how many times the two are confused in the media or in politics. Health care includes things that doctor cannot do much about....Rates of homicide, obesity and narcotics usage are higher here than in many other countries, reducing our longevity..."
Health Care Articles Worth the Read
"...No third party is involved when we shop at a supermarket. We pay the supermarket clerk directly...[by contrast, most medical payments are made by third parties. Why?]...The answer for the United States begins with the fact that medical care expenditures are exempt from the income tax if, and only if, medical care is provided by the employer. If an employee pays directly for medical care, the expenditure comes out of the employee’s after-tax income...That strong incentive explains why most consumers get their medical care through their employers or their spouses’ or their parents’ employer... Why single out medical care? Food is more essential to life than medical care. Why not exempt the cost of food from taxes if provided by the employer?..."
Club for Growth provides us a chance to hear Reagan warning us against socialized medicine. He also tells us to contact our representatives and that when we get the pat-response saying that they 'too [are] for free enterprise -- that we have these great services and so forth that must be performed by government," immediately write back showing them you are unconvinced. Tell them "you believe in government economy and fiscal responsibility. That you know that governments don't tax to get the money they need; governments will always find a need for the money they get. And that you demand the continuation of our traditional free enterprise system...Even if we believe that he's on our side to begin with, write to strengthen his hand. Give him the ability to stand before his colleagues in Congress and say 'I have heard from my constituents and this is what they want.'"
Hillsdale College publishes a free pamphlet (online and sent) featuring scholarly speeches covering many topics. Goodman's prescription for health care describes the mess we're in, how to clean it up, and how the free market works on this problem when allowed to.
Walter E. Williams | "Liberty versus Socialism"
"The fact that an obese person becomes ill, or a cyclist has an accident, and becomes a burden on taxpayers who must bear the expense of taking care of him, is not a problem of liberty. It's a problem of socialism where one person is forced to take care of another." A clear case for keeping government out of health care. Click here to read this article
GOP Health Care Plans Currently Proposed (but not being considered)
“How To Make Health-Care Reform Bipartisan” (Gov. Bobby Jindal, Op-Ed, The Wall Street Journal, 7/22/09)
“Health Care Shakeup Will Make Things Worse” (Rep. Eric Cantor, Op-Ed, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7/12/09)
“Republican Health Care Reform” (Rep. John Boehner, Press Release, 6/27/09)
“House GOP Solutions Group Outlines Health Care Plan to Increase Affordability, Accessibility, Availability Commonsense Health Care Reform to Lower Costs and Increase Access And Quality At A Price Our Country Can Afford” (Rep. Roy Blunt, Press Release, 6/17/09)
“Republicans Introduce: The Improving Health Care for All Americans Act” (Rep. John Shadegg, Press Release, 6/14/09)
“DeMint Introduces Health Care Freedom Plan” (Sen. Jim DeMint, Press Release, 6/23/09)
“House GOP Health Plan Superior” (Rep. John Boehner, Op-Ed, Pittsburg Tribune-Review, 6/17/09)
“Boehner, House GOP Outline Plan To Make Health Care More Affordable & Accessible For All Americans” (Rep. John Boehner, Press Release, 6/17/09)
“Reforming The Delivery Of Health Care” (Sen. Richard Burr, Press Release, 6/16/09)
“GOP Offers Constructive Options To Improve Access To Health Care” (Reps. Roy Blunt, Sam Graves, and Lynn Jenkins, Kansas City Star, 6/10/09)
“To GOP, Reform Is About Wider Access, Lower Prices, Not Government Control” (Rep. Roy Blunt, Op-Ed, The Hill, 6/10/09)
“Let The Debate Begin” (Reps. Paul Ryan and Devin Nunes, Op-Ed, The Washington Times, 6/8/09)
“How The Republican Plan Will Help You” (Rep. Roy Blunt, Press Release, 6/2/09)
“Rep. Ryan On Alternative Healthcare Plan” (FOX News’ “America’s Newsroom,” 5/20/09)
“An Alternative to Obamacare” (Sens. Tom Coburn and Richard Burr and Reps. Paul Ryan and David Nunes, Op-Ed, Real Clear Politics, 5/20/09)
“Senators Coburn, Burr, And Representatives Ryan, Nunes Offer A Better Path Forward On Health Care Reform” (Rep. Paul Ryan, Press Release, Press Conference, 5/20/09)
Just the Facts about Health Care, Ma'am! (and there are plenty!!)
NO ONE IN AMERICA IS DENIED HEALTHCARE!! Is everyone covered by INSURANCE? THAT, my fellow Americans is the debate . .but not as you hear Mr. Obama or the Democrats talk about it . . .read below . . And yes the Republicans are talking about it, and have a plan, but you're not going to hear about it unless you click here <http://www.cnbc.com/id/32008145> Thanks to Paul Ryan . . .!! The WSJ does a great job of taking a look at how both proposals could work together. .but you will learn as you read this, the party in power really isnt interested in providing you with quality healthcare, but givng the government more power . . ..
I'm so upset to the point I might not even get out to the farmers market this morning!! Those of you who know me well understand that I never miss the farmers market!!! . . .BUT I am going to make sure that EVERYONE I KNOW is aware of just WHO they (the Democrats) really care about with this massive, 1000 page, job killing, SENIOR CITIZEN KILLING, special needs exempting, socialized government take over of YOUR LIFE -- AND I MEAN YOUR LIFE -- and it is not you or me . .
I just heard that the Dems in the House defeated in committee an amendment proposed by the Republicans that would use e-verify type of system to determine if someone was an illegal and if they had insurance or not . . NOT whether or not they would be eligible to receive HEALTHCARE!
POLLS SHOW THAT 80% OF AMERICANS DO NOT WANT ILLEGAL ALIENS TO RECIEVE TAX-PAYER FUNDED HEALTH INSURANCE -- AND SOME OF THOSE AMERICANS POLLED MUST CONSIDER THEMSELVES DEMOCRATS. . . .
SO WHY DO 100% OF THE DEMOCRATS WANT TO PROVIDE IT TO ILLEGALS???!!!!!!! THEY ARENT SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO VOTE -- OR ARE THEY . . .
AND . . .did you know that in this bill is the provision which EXEMPTS your congressmen, and retains the federal healthcare coverage as a seperate entity? Dont know what that is? It the complete health insurance that your elected officials get. So when Mr. Obama, or Mrs. Pelosi says that you're going to get the same type of coverage . . .they are not telling you the truth .
PLEASE READ THESE ARTICLES TO BE INFORMED OF WHAT IS ACTUALLY GOING ON AND NOT WHAT YOU ARE BEING TOLD IN PRESS CONFERENCES !!!
The attached article breaks down just how many people today do not have/can't afford/don't want to pay for health INSURANCE. . . . The next one covers who is paying for it and how/much . . .The one after that provides some info on what is in the plan . .if you click on those links to the bill and read , you will have done more than most of congress has. . .
READ AND LEARN!! FORWARD!! PRINT!! SHARE!!
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Parsing Obamacare scare tactics--46 million Americans uninsured?
July 23, 10:00 PM
First, we’ll explore the assertion that there are 46 million uninsured in America, 46.7 million to be exact, about 15% of our population. President Obama wastes no time throwing the 46 million figure all over the place and uses it as the reason we must act on passing a nationalized health care bill now. The single-payer advocates and talk show pundits flash that same number around because it sounds powerful--it sounds large. They do not use the 15% figure because it is easier to figure out that 15% uninsured also means 85% insured.
Regardless, the 46.7 million figure does not provide a correct picture and should not be used. The amount of Americans who cannot afford health care is approximately 21.5 million or 7% of our population,<http://www.census.gov/prod/2008pubs/p60-235.pdf> a much more accurate number.
President Obama says we have 46.7 million uninsured in America. His phrasing of that statement is calculated to hide the truth. If Obama, instead, said that we have 46.7 million Americans who cannot afford health insurance, he’d be lying:
The 9.7 million who are non-citizens (legal workers and non-legal workers) is included in the often cited 46.7 million total. Also, the 9.1 million who earn $75,000.00 or more, who can afford medical insurance, but choose to spend their money on other things, is also included in that 46.7 million total. Should either of those populations be included? This is why Obama is so careful with his phrasing, instead of citing a number of Americans who cannot afford insurance, which would be much smaller, he chooses to get the most bang for his buck with a bigger number that encompasses populations it should not include.
- There are over 9.7 million non-citizens (both illegal and legal workers) living in America who are not insured. Take the non-citizens away and there will be 37 million uninsured, 12 percent of our population.
- Take away the 9.1 million who can afford insurance but don’t get it from the 37 million who are American citizens and we’re left with 27.9 million Americans who can’t afford medical insurance, 9 percent of our population.
- Then, there are the so-called Medicare and Medicaid undercounts. The undercounts were acknowledged in the Current Population Survey (CPS). They said that estimates of Medicaid enrollment are 43 percent lower than raw Medicaid program enrollment counts<http://healthcare-economist.com/2009/06/05/cps-undercounts-medicaid-enrollees/> .
- Some say the government insurance undercount is as high as 6.4 million<http://www.usnews.com/blogs/capital-commerce/2009/04/10/americas-uninsured.html> , which would mean that up to 6.4 million either don’t know they are on Medicare, Medicaid, S-CHIP, or other state insurance or that they don’t know it is considered insurance. If we go with that amount, we can subtract the 6.4 million from the 27.9 million Americans who cannot afford health insurance. Our new total is 21.5 million, 7 percent.
Obviously, we have many problems with the health care system in this country. We need reform. We don't need to throw our freedom to choose away to get reform.
The perils of Obamacare will be a regular feature.
For more info: Read the 2008 Census Report<http://www.census.gov/prod/2008pubs/p60-235.pdf>
MORE INFORMATION ON GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE THAN YOU CARE TO KNOW<http://boortz.com/nealz_nuze/2009/07/more-information-on-government.html>By Neal Boortz@ July 21, 2009 8:06 AM
Here's a little cheat sheet for you .. a Boortz cheat sheet on the latest facts about this government healthcare scheme that you need to know! Don't think for a second that these Democrats actually care about your health or your access to clinics or your freedom to choose doctors. They don't. They care about one thing, and that is power. I know, we've covered that before. There is, though, only one real way these people stay in power: you vote for them and keep them there. So the only way these people are going to vote against this healthcare boondoggle is if you tell them that you don't support it. So here are just a few reasons to ponder ...
- Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf said "The health care overhauls released to date would increase, not reduce, the burgeoning long-term health costs facing the government,"
Don't believe me? Here's the link<http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31949211/ns/politics-cq_politics/> .
-"According to that assessment [from the CBO], enacting the proposal would result in a net increase in federal budget deficits of about $1.0 trillion over the 2010-2019 period."
Don't believe me? Here's the link<http://sweetness-light.com/archive/cbo-obama-healthcare-to-cost-1-trillion> .
-"A new report by the Lewin Group (commissioned by the Heritage Foundation) finds that the House Democrats' health care bill would shift more than 83.4 million Americans from private health care coverage to the government plan. To put that in perspective, that would mean that nearly half (48.4 percent) would lose their private health coverage."
Don't believe me? Here's the link<http://spectator.org/blog/2009/07/20/study-83-mln-would-lose-privat> .
-"Currently, the top rate is 35 percent. But in his budget President Obama proposed raising the top two income tax rates from 33 and 35 percent to 36 and 39.6 percent. Families in the top 20 percent of income earners already pay 94% percent more income taxes than middle-income families. The new surtaxes would extend progressivity at the top of the income spectrum and raise the disparity in taxes paid between middle- and low-income families and high-earning families."
Don't believe me? Here's the link<http://www.heritage.org/Research/Taxes/wm2544.cfm> .
-"In the six highest-taxed states, Oregon (11 percent top income tax rate), Hawaii (11 percent), New Jersey (10.75 percent), New York (8.97 percent), California (10.55 percent), and Rhode Island (9.9 percent), the top rates would be higher than all but Denmark among OECD countries if the Obama plan and surtax become law."
Don't believe me? Here's the link<http://www.heritage.org/Research/Taxes/wm2544.cfm> .
-"Under these higher taxes, families and small businesses making over $350,000 in every state would face higher top rates than 21 OECD countries--including France, Italy, and Spain. Even the nine states with no state income tax at all would have higher rates than these social democracies that are typically regarded as countries with punitively high taxes. Taxpayers in all 41 states that do levy an income tax would pay a top rate that is higher than all but seven of the 30 OECD countries."
Don't believe me? Here's the link<http://www.heritage.org/Research/Taxes/wm2544.cfm> .
-"The Senate version of President Obama's government health care overhaul contains a mandate that all businesses provide their employees with health insurance or pay a fine, unless the business employs fewer than 25 people. Critics say the 25-employee benchmark could stifle small business growth by prompting companies to limit themselves to 24 employees."
Don't believe me? Here's the link<http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=51236> .
-"The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee's health care legislation will give the Health and Human Services secretary the authority to develop "standards of measuring gender" -- as opposed tousing the traditional "male" and "female" categories -- ina database of allwho apply or participate in government-run or government-supported health care plans."
Don't believe me? Here's the link<http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=51241> .
-"More than a million small business owners and about two-thirds of the profits earned byU.S. small businesses would behitbythe income taxincrease onthe "rich"that House Democratic leaders want to enact to pay for the health-care reform plan President Obama wants passed this summer, a taxpayer watchdog says."
Don't believe me? Here's the link<http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=50966> .
-"A survey by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) found that 20 percent of its respondents would simply shut down if they were faced with this choice of being forced to offer health insurance. They couldn't afford it. One out of four said they would replace full-time workers with part-time workers in order to avoid having to pay anything."
Don't believe me? Here's the link<http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/story/1147098.html> .
-"According to the National Tax Foundation, the top total tax rate on Americans -- that is, state, local and federal taxes -- will top 50% in 39 states" if the Democrats pass their healthcare legislation.
Don't believe me? Here's the link<http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article.aspx?id=482438> .
-"So we can all keep our coverage, just as promised -- with, of course, exceptions: Those who currently have private individual coverage won't be able to change it. Nor will those who leave a company to work for themselves be free to buy individual plans from private carriers."
Don't believe me? Here's the link<http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=332548165656854> .
-"A quick review of the legislation shows that it calls for two new government agencies, three trust funds, three advisory panels, two task forces, a research center, a medical device registry, an ombudsman and many pilot and demonstration programs."
Don't believe me? Here's the link<http://briefingroom.thehill.com/2009/07/15/house-healthcare-bill-would-create-agencies-trust-funds-advisory-committees/> .
All this sounds so wonderful, doesn't it? The same political party that brought us Social Security and Medicare is on the march again. Watch the carnage.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Shock: Inside the Healthcare Bill
Following the mad recommendations of Peter Singer<http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2009/07/obama-healthcare-step-one-killing-off.html> made in NYT's Sunday magazine, it pays to take a look at what is actually in the healthcare bill.
It's worse than you can possibly imagine. Somehow, it manages to be Singer on steroids. Who wrote this bill. It has Singer's footprints all over it.
Peter Fleckstein (aka Fleckman) is reading it and has been posting on Twitter his findings<http://twitter.com/fleckman>. This is from his postings (Note: All comments are Fleckman's)
Pg 22 of the HC Bill MANDATES the Govt will audit books of ALL EMPLOYERS that self insure!!
Pg 30 Sec 123 of HC bill - THERE WILL BE A GOVT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benes you get
Pg 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill - YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED!!!
Pg 42 of HC Bill - The Health Choices Commissioner will choose UR HC Benefits 4 you. U have no choice!
PG 50 Section 152 in HC bill - HC will be provided 2 ALL non US citizens, illegal or otherwise
Pg 58HC Bill - Govt will have real-time access 2 individs finances & a National ID Healthcard will b issued!
Pg 59 HC Bill lines 21-24 Govt will have direct access 2 your banks accounts 4 electronic. funds transfer
PG 65 Sec 164 is a payoff subsidized plan 4 retirees and their families in Unions & community orgs (ACORN).
Pg 72 Lines 8-14 Govt is creating an HC Exchange 2 bring priv HC plans under Govt control.
PG 84 Sec 203 HC bill - Govt mandates ALL benefit pkgs 4 priv. HC plans in the Exchange
PG 85 Line 7 HC Bill - Specs for of Benefit Levels for Plans = The Govt will ration ur Healthcare!
PG 91 Lines 4-7 HC Bill - Govt mandates linguistic approp svcs. Example - Translation 4 illegal aliens
Pg 95 HC Bill Lines 8-18 The Govt will use groups i.e., ACORN & Americorps 2 sign up indiv. for Govt HC plan
PG 85 Line 7 HC Bill - Specs of Ben Levels 4 Plans. #AARP members - U Health care WILL b rationed
-PG 102 Lines 12-18 HC Bill - Medicaid Eligible Indiv. will b automat.enrolled in Medicaid. No choice
pg 124 lines 24-25 HC No company can sue GOVT on price fixing. No "judicial review" against Govt Monop
pg 127 Lines 1-16 HC Bill - Doctors/ #AMA - The Govt will tell YOU what u can make.
Pg 145 Line 15-17 An Employer MUST auto enroll employees into pub opt plan. NO CHOICE
Pg 126 Lines 22-25 Employers MUST pay 4 HC 4 part time employees AND their families.
Pg 149 Lines 16-24 ANY Emplyr w payroll 400k & above who does not prov. pub opt. pays 8% tax on all payroll
pg 150 Lines 9-13 Biz w payroll btw 251k & 400k who doesnt prov. pub. opt pays 2-6% tax on all payroll
Pg 167 Lines 18-23 ANY individual who doesnt have acceptable HC accrdng 2 Govt will be taxed 2.5% of inc
Pg 170 Lines 1-3 HC Bill Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from indiv. taxes. (Americans will pay)
Pg 195 HC Bill -officers & employees of HC Admin (GOVT) will have access 2 ALL Americans financial/personal records
PG 203 Line 14-15 HC - "The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax" Yes, it says that
Pg 239 Line 14-24 HC Bill Govt will reduce physician services 4 Medicaid. Seniors, low income, poor affected
Pg 241 Line 6-8 HC Bill - Doctors, doesnt matter what specialty you have, you'll all be paid the same
PG 253 Line 10-18 Govt sets value of Dr's time, prof judg, etc. Literally value of humans.
PG 265 Sec 1131Govt mandates & controls productivity for private HC industries
PG 268 Sec 1141 Fed Govt regulates rental & purchase of power driven wheelchairs
PG 272 SEC. 1145. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS - Cancer patients - welcome to rationing!
Page 280 Sec 1151 The Govt will penalize hospitals 4 what Govt deems preventable readmissions.
Pg 298 Lines 9-11 Drs, treat a patient during initial admiss that results in a readmiss-Govt will penalize u.
Pg 317 L 13-20 OMG!! PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. Govt tells Drs. what/how much they can own.
Pg 317-318 lines 21-25,1-3 PROHIBITION on expansion- Govt is mandating hospitals cannot expand
pg 321 2-13 Hospitals have oppt to apply for exception BUT community input required. Can u say ACORN?!!
Pg335 L 16-25 Pg 336-339 - Govt mandates estab. of outcome based measures. HC the way they want. Rationing
Pg 341 Lines 3-9 Govt has authority 2 disqual Medicare Adv Plans, HMOs, etc. Forcing peeps in2 Govt plan
Pg 354 Sec 1177 - Govt will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs people! WTF. My sis has down syndrome!!
Pg 379 Sec 1191 Govt creates more bureaucracy - Telehealth Advisory Cmtte. Can u say HC by phone?
PG 425 Lines 4-12 Govt mandates Advance Care Planning Consult. Think Senior Citizens end of life
Pg 425 Lines 17-19 Govt will instruct & consult regarding living wills, durable powers of atty. Mandatory!
PG 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3 Govt provides apprvd list of end of life resources, guiding u in death
PG 427 Lines 15-24 Govt mandates program 4 orders 4 end of life. The Govt has a say in how your life ends
Pg 429 Lines 1-9 An "adv. care planning consult" will b used frequently as patients health deteriorates
PG 429 Lines 10-12 "adv. care consultation" may incl an ORDER 4 end of life plans. AN ORDER from GOV
Pg 429 Lines 13-25 - The govt will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order.
PG 430 Lines 11-15 The Govt will decide what level of treatment u will have at end of life
Pg 469 - Community Based Home Medical Services=Non profit orgs. Hello, ACORN Medical Svcs here!!?
Page 472 Lines 14-17 PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORG. 1 monthly payment 2 a community-based org. Like ACORN?
PG 489 Sec 1308 The Govt will cover Marriage & Family therapy. Which means they will insert Govt in2 ur marriage
Pg 494-498 Govt will cover Mental Health Svcs including defining, creating, rationing those svcs
Here's the full Health Care bill that sits in the House.<http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h3200ih.pdf>