Another hard hitting piece by Bill Whittle from Pj Media and Declaration Entertainment…
Read the entire article at American Spectator.
As Benjamin E. Sasse and Charles Hurt report, open enrollment for MA (Medicare Advantage) begins three weeks before voters go to the polls:
“It’s hard to imagine a bigger electoral disaster for a president than seniors in crucial states like Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio discovering that he’s taken away their beloved Medicare Advantage just weeks before an election.”
…Nearly 25 percent of all Medicare enrollees are on MA, and …well over three-fifths of MA beneficiaries have annual incomes of less than $30,000 and that the percentage of minorities enrolled in the program is much higher than is the case for traditional Medicare.
The electoral significance of these facts would hardly have been lost on the President’s political advisors when they learned that Obamacare’s MA cuts would be unveiled to the nation’s most reliable voters just before the November election. The resultant vision of surly seniors lining up in their millions at the polls to pull the lever for Mitt Romney presumably produced urgent emails and frantic phone calls, followed by a terse directive from the White House to Obama’s creatures at CMS to come up with plan to put off the cuts until after the election.
In due course, an $8.3 billion “demonstration project” materialized that would “temporarily restore Medicare Advantage funds so that seniors in key markets don’t lose their trusted insurance program in the middle of Obama’s re-election bid.”
Here is Congressman Poe’s explanation of his courageous vote against repealing the IPAB bill today:
Obamacare is unconstitutional and must be repealed in its entirety. That is why I voted for the full repeal of the President’s nationalized healthcare bill, including the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). I have also introduced legislation to defund the individual mandate provision of Obamacare. Although I fully support the repeal of IPAB and have cosponsored legislation to repeal it (H.R. 452), I cannot support final passage of H.R. 5 because the bill includes provisions that I believe violate states’ rights and the 10th Amendment. As a strict constitutionalist and a fierce defender of states’ rights, I cannot accept replacing one unconstitutional law with another.
Read Rep. Poe’s entire statement here.
He wasn’t against repealing IPAB, of course–he’s already voted to rescind ObamaCare in its entirety. With KWTP’s encouragement (click on “more” below to see our email to him), Rep. Poe voted against the amendment our RINO Republican Leadership added to address Tort Reform. This legislation, though it sounds good is a gross encroachment on the constitutional powers that rightfully belong to the States.
Thank you, Congressman Poe!
This is not just coming–it is here. I already experienced it when my generic blood pressure medicine was suddenly not available anywhere for months. Looked into it and discovered that Americans are in danger of death, if not already dead, as hospitals run out of the needed cancer drugs in the middle of the treatment.
Between the AstroTurf riots and drug shortages occurring now, before ObamaCare is fully implemented, I am very concerned. Will we survive as a free nation until the elections of 2012?
H/T: The Corner
Excerpt: “If you look closely, the reason is easy to see: The health care sector lacks most of the basic building blocks of a functioning market.
For one thing, markets require transparent prices, so that consumers can discover value. But in health care, the “consumer” is usually either a big insurance company, or the government. Health care providers have no incentive to provide transparent prices to their patients, because their patients don’t pay directly – it’s the government bureaucrat or the insurance company bureaucrat who pays the bills.
Second, markets do not function well when consumers are insulated from marginal costs. We’re all paying more for health care, through much higher premiums and taxes. But the share we pay at the doctor’s office has plunged. The system that shields us from the cost of services, has actually left us paying much more.
Rather than tackle these root drivers of the problem, the President’s law goes in the other direction. It expands broken government programs, enhances bureaucratic control, and imposes flawed mandates that will continue to drive up the cost of health care.
Where there were cost-containing tools that help patients reduce their exposure to exploding costs, such as health savings accounts, the President’s health law essentially dismantled them.”
Click “more” to read the entire speech –well worth the time. Read the rest of this entry →
Great info below BUT please note that HEALTHCARE is NOT a constitutional duty or responsibility fo the Federal government. This should be completely repealed and defunded, returning the money taken from Medicare, and the money collected for healthcare by the Federal government should be returned to the states.
Also, requiring doctors, or anyone for that matter, to work at a rate set by the government is slavery. In free countries, free markets are supposed to decide the costs of services and products–not the government, particularly when the government sets a price that does not allow an individual to cover his costs or be reimbursed for the time and money spent on rigorous education.
Video & Replace & Ten Necessary Changes .pdf file from March 18, 2011 by John C. Goodman and Newt Gingrich.
It’s been almost a year since the House of Representatives passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. On Friday, NCPA President John C. Goodman will join former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Ethics and Public Policy Center Fellow James Capretta at a National Press Club event in assessing:
- The worst features of ObamaCare
- Identifying which of its features should be repealed and replaced
- Assessing whether Republicans, or even other Democrats, have viable alternatives
In testimony last week before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, Dr. Goodman has identified 10 changes to the law that are necessary:
- An impossible mandate
- A bizarre system of subsidies
- Perverse incentives for insurers
- Perverse incentives for individuals
- Impossible expectations/a tattered safety net
- Impossible benefit cuts for seniors
- Impossible burden for the states
- Lack of portability
- Over-regulated patients
- Over-regulated doctors
H/T: Rep. Culbertson told me last night they have been bringing up ObamaCare monthly! So I googled and found this from Fox News:
Just because Congress spent the last several months locking horns over the debt ceiling doesn’t mean Republicans have forgotten how much they hate the health care overhaul.
And when lawmakers return from break after Labor Day, conservatives are planning a renewed effort to chip away at the law. Read the entire article here.
Check out this article from the Austin paper: Original Article
The bills might not contain any of the insurance components of the federal plan, but there are some shared ideas dealing with health care delivery. “We can save money and improve medical outcomes by incentivizing doctors and hospitals to use best practices and focus on wellness and prevention, rather than the number of procedures they perform,” Dewhurst said.
Some of his words matched the vocabulary of the officials who administer the U.S. plan.
According to a U.S. Health and Human Services Department website, the Affordable Care Act created the National Prevention Council, which “brings prevention and wellness to the forefront of our national conversation on health.” The “best practices” that Dewhurst talked about also echoed the federal website: “Sharing these best practices will not only improve our health. It will also help to reduce the burden of health care costs on families, businesses, and state and federal budgets.”
Pam Udall, a spokeswoman for the Texas Medical Association, said some of the “themes are similar” to Obama’s plan.
Has anyone read the underlying bills? Why do we need more state bureaucracy in medicine?