Posts Tagged ‘doctor’
The actual legislation was not the complete law, but an outline …
Those who have not read the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act do not realize that it is not a complete law. It is a list of objectives with some method of accomplishing them, but cedes tremendous power to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Administrative bureaucracy and to various, as yet unformed and unimplemented panels, commissions, boards, and appointed individuals. One might ask, what have the progressive socialist democrats brought to pass in America?
Bait and Switch?
There is some speculation that the original Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was crafted by the progressive socialist democrats to be incomprehensible, chaotic, confusing, and above all, unworkable; a law to inflict as much pain and suffering on the American people as to cause them to demand a “single payer” healthcare system that has been the dream of socialists for decades. Even if this were not true, the law – which no voting legislator read in its entirety, much less understood before they voted – was so poorly crafted and hyper-technical, that its implementation has led to massive chaos, confusion, – and yes, FEAR – among Americans.
Lying to the American public once again …
President Obama and his cadre of progressive socialist democrats knew that a substantial portion of Americans who purchase “individual” healthcare policies, would lose their existing healthcare coverage while President Obama was repeatedly telling Americans, without qualification, that they would be able to keep their healthcare and their doctor.
PROOF THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA IS A LIAR
The promise …
|July 15, 2009 as the democrats unilaterally wrote the legislation with no GOP input or proposed amendments …
“So let me begin by saying this to you and to the American people: I know that there are millions of Americans who are content with their health care coverage — they like their plan and, most importantly, they value their relationship with their doctor. They trust you. And that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. (Applause.) If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. (Applause.) No one will take it away, no matter what. My view is that health care reform should be guided by a simple principle: Fix what’s broken and build on what works. And that’s what we intend to do.”
After it was signed into law …
|April 1, 2010 after the legislation was signed into law …
“They’ll have to finally acknowledge that this isn’t a government takeover of our health care system. They’ll see that if Americans like their doctor, they will keep their doctor. And if you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you. It hasn’t happened yet. It won’t happen in the future.”
Meanwhile the bureaucrats were working in the background and produced this Internal Revenue Service Report that contained the Administration’s estimates of how many Americans might lose their healthcare insurance plans and be forced to switch doctors …
Don’t forget Obamacare’s electronic medical records wreck
by Michelle Malkin
Dr. Nicholas DiNubile, a Philadelphia orthopedic surgeon, has a timely reminder for everyone encountering the federal health care exchange meltdown: “If you think signing up for Obamacare is a nightmare, ask your doctor how the EMR mandate is going.”
The White House finally acknowledged the spectacular public disaster of Obamacare’s Internet exchange infrastructure during Monday’s Rose Garden infomercial. But President Shamwow and his sales team are AWOL on the bureaucratic ravages of the federal electronic medical records mandate. Modernized data collection is a worthy goal, of course. But distracted doctors are seeing “more pixels than patients,” Dr. DiNubile observes, and the EMR edict is foisting “dangerous user-unfriendly technology” on physicians and patients.
Instead of concentrating on care, doctors face exhausting regulatory battles over the definition of “meaningful use” of technology, skyrocketing costs and unwarranted Big Brother intrusions on the practice of medicine.
As I reported last year, Obamacare’s top-down, tax-subsidized, job-killing, privacy-undermining electronic record-sharing scheme has been a big fat bust. More than $4 billion in “incentives” has been doled out to force doctors and hospitals to convert and upgrade by 2015. But favored EMR vendors, including Obama bundler Judy Faulkner’s Epic Systems, have undermined rather than enhanced interoperability. Oversight remains lax. And after hyping the alleged benefits for nearly a decade, the RAND Corporation finally ‘fessed up that its cost-savings predictions of $81 billion a year — used repeatedly to support the Obama EMR mandate — were (like every other Obamacare promise) vastly overstated.
In June, the Annals of Emergency Medicine published a study warning that the “rush to capitalize on the huge federal investment of $30 billion for the adoption of electronic medical records led to some unfortunate and unintended consequences” tied to “communication failure, poor data display, wrong order/wrong patient errors and alert fatigue.” Also this summer, Massachusetts reported that 60 percent of doctors could not meet the EMR mandate and face potential loss of their licenses in 2015. And a few weeks ago, the American College of Physicians pleaded with the feds to delay the mandate’s data collection, certification and reporting requirements.
Dr. Hayward K. Zwerling, an internal medicine physician in Massachusetts who is also president of ComChart Medical Software, blasted the Obamacare EMR mandate in a recent open letter: “As the developer of an EMR, I sincerely believe that a well-designed EMR is a useful tool for many practices. However, the federal and state government’s misguided obsession to stipulate which features must be in the EMRs, and how the physician should use the EMRs in the exam room places the politicians in the middle of the exam room between the patient and the physician, and seriously disrupts the physician-patient relationship.” Zwerling’s call to arms appealed to fellow doctors to pressure the feds to repeal the mandate. “It is past time that physicians reclaim control of their offices, if not the practice of medicine.”
As I’ve mentioned previously, my own primary care physician in Colorado Springs quit her regular practice and converted to “concierge care” because of the EMR imposition. Dr. Henry Smith, a Pennsylvania pulmonary doctor, also walked away.
A man with a pre-existing illness is losing his current coverage and the doctor that he has been working with because of Obamacare. So much for Obama’s promise that people can keep their insurance and doctors under Obamacare. From ABC News 15 in Phoenix:
“I’ve worked hard because I’ve had to, and I’ve had to, because cancer runs in my family,” says Cerpok, who picked his current health insurance based on that family history. His monthly premium is just about half of his monthly take-home pay.
Back in 2006, he found out he had an incurable form of leukemia that requires ongoing treatment until he dies.
In 2012, his treatment bill was more than $350,000. But because of his insurance, his out-of-pocket was only $4,500.
That’s about to change because Michael just got a letter from his insurance carrier saying as of January 1, he would be dropped from coverage because of new regulations under Obamacare. His doctor at the Mayo Clinic may be gone as well. . . . .
Thanks to Robert for the link.
This is extra funny because it’s MSNBC — you know they wanted it to proceed flawlessly so badly.
Metaphor of the year:
All that aside, have you noticed how the administration is pumping their health insurance law and how little they’re talking about health care? The two are not synonymous, as many are about to find out. Because somebody might have a policy that covers preexisting conditions doesn’t mean shit if that person can’t see a doctor for six months or a year, and/or that doctor was rushed through med school to cover the inevitable physician shortage.
Obama lied, my health plan died
by Michelle Malkin
Like an estimated 22 million other Americans, I am a self-employed small-business owner who buys health insurance for my family directly on the individual market. We have a high-deductible PPO plan that allows us to choose from a wide range of doctors.
Or rather, we had such a plan.
Last week, our family received notice from Anthem BlueCross BlueShield of Colorado that we can no longer keep the plan we like because of “changes from health care reform (also called the Affordable Care Act or ACA).” The letter informed us that “(t)o meet the requirements of the new laws, your current plan can no longer be continued beyond your 2014 renewal date.”
In short: Obama lied. My health plan died.
Remember? Our president looked America straight in the eye and promised: “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., also lied when she pledged: “Keep your doctor, and your current plan, if you like them.”
This isn’t just partisan business. It’s personal. Our cancellation letter states that Anthem is “not going to be selling new individual PPO plans.”
When we asked whether we could keep our children’s doctors, an agent for Anthem told my husband and me she didn’t know. The insurer has no details available yet on what exactly they’ll be offering. We either will be herded into the Obamacare federal health insurance exchange regime (launching October 1), a severely limited HMO plan, or presented with costlier alternatives from another insurer. If they even exist.
My family is not alone. Across the country, insurers are sending out Obamacare-induced health plan death notices to untold tens of thousands of other customers in the individual market. Twitter users are posting their Obamacare cancellation notices and accompanying rate increases:
Linda Deright posted her letter from Regency of Washington state: “63 percent jump, old policy of 15 yrs. cancelled.” Karen J. Dugan wrote: “Received same notice from Blue Shield CA for our small business. Driving into exchange and no info since online site is down.” Chris Birk wrote: “Got notice from BCBS that my current health plan is not ACA compliant. New plan 2x as costly for worse coverage.” Small-business owner Villi Wilson posted his letter from HMSA Blue Cross Blue Shield canceling his individual plan and added: “I thought Obama said if I like my health care plan I can keep my health care plan.”
Few among Washington’s protected political class are paying attention, because they enjoy their lucrative government benefits and are exempted from Obamacare’s destructive consequences. But one of my state’s congressional representatives, GOP Rep. Cory Gardner, also lost his individual market plan. Unlike most politicians on Capitol Hill, Gardner chose not to enroll in the federal health insurance program. He told me that he opted to participate in the private market “because I wanted to be in the same boat as my constituents. And now that boat is sinking!”
Gardner points to recent analysis showing individual market rate increases of 23 percent to 25 percent in Colorado.
Last Friday, Republicans in the House of Representatives felt those words, believed in those words and acted on those words. They defunded Obamacare.
By a vote of 230-189, the House passed a budget measure that will cease all funding for Obamacare. The Republican majority had the courage to say that Obamacare — that socialized-bastard brand of medicine — must cease. It simply must, because it is killing the economy and soon it could be killing you.
The sad news is that the Democratic-led Senate will save President Barack Obama’s Frankenstein regardless of the evil it will create. It is the centerpiece of Obama’s legacy, and many Democrats in Congress hitched their wagon to him and to Obamacare four years ago.
Primum Non Nocere, ‘First, Do No Harm’
Yes, my friends, it is politics as usual for the Democrats who always feel for the poor but never feel poor. These Democrats visit exclusive health clinics, have the home cellphone numbers of their personal physicians and visit plastic surgeons as often as they see their dry cleaners.
Since I am on the subject of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, I must mention she was rampaging against House Republicans last week.
Striking a tone of disgust, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi ridicules the GOP as obsessed with its loathing of President Obama and hell-bent on hurting him politically, regardless the cost. She assigns little to no blame to the president (even though Democrats privately say that’s laughable) and instead portrays him as saintly, above reproach and the victim of jealousy or something worse.
After 26 years in the House, she says, “I haven’t seen anything like it. I haven’t seen anything like it.”
“You know why it is,” she said. “You know why it is. He’s brilliant, … he thinks in a strategic way in how to get something done … and he’s completely eloquent. That’s a package that they don’t like.”
Don’t Be Messing With Obama
Not true, Ms. Pelosi. (Also, you might see your doctor soon, because you repeat yourself.) What the majority of Americans don’t like is the dreadful leadership displayed by your President. And they especially don’t like Obamacare, a program that is already doing great harm to an ill economy.
The President also offered his own eloquent comments after Friday’s defeat. They were hardly the prose of Winston Churchill or Abraham Lincoln. To a crowd at a Ford plant in Kansas City, the President said this about the House of Representatives: “They’re focused on politics; they’re focused on trying to mess with me.”
Could it instead be, Mr. President, that the opposition wants to “mess” with your program and not with you? Why must it always be about you, sir, your ego and your place in history? Can you not consider what is happening to America because of your horrific leadership? Or do you believe that anyone who asks that is just wants to mess with you, the way fans mess with NBA superstar LeBron James?
Medicine: The Secret of The Secret — Do they think I am stupid and willing to risk my life on a “miracle cure?”
I will spare you the suspense: there are no secret or suppressed cures in mainstream medicine.
And while there might be proprietary treatment protocols, most medical research is fairly open and accessible to anyone who is willing to read and understand the medical literature.
Therefore, I am annoyed when people (mostly publishers) pretend that there is some secret remedy or cure for a devastating disease — only to find out that the “secret” is linked to some experiment that appears to produce a beneficial effect, yet cannot be successfully applied to humans with any degree of repeatable success. Sort of like knowing that a naturally-occurring compound appears to produce a result, but the therapeutic dose would mean ingesting a ridiculous amount of compound over a long period of time; a period of time long past your natural lifetime.
And, if there is anything that annoys me more than a washed-up celebrity endorser flogging a product that will leave you broke and more miserable than before, it is publications that allow advertising that might convince senior citizens and others to avoid seeking competent medical attention in favor of a secret homeopathic potion, miracle diet or some such “breakthrough” …
Caveat: I am writing this blog entry for instructional purposes and to illustrate some of the pitfalls of blindly following medical advice appearing in e-mail presentation.
Here is the e-mail I received …
LA Times: People who sign up for Obamacare to get health care might have a hard time getting health care
A brief flashback just to set the mood: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”:
The latest on that “you can keep your doctor” promise via the L.A. Times:
The doctor can’t see you now.
Consumers may hear that a lot more often after getting health insurance under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
To hold down premiums, major insurers in California have sharply limited the number of doctors and hospitals available to patients in the state’s new health insurance market opening Oct. 1.
New data reveal the extent of those cuts in California, a crucial test bed for the federal healthcare law.
These diminished medical networks are fueling growing concerns that many patients will still struggle to get care despite the nation’s biggest healthcare expansion in half a century.
Consumers could see long wait times, a scarcity of specialists and loss of a longtime doctor.
So basically the Obamacare law could be little more than a multitrillion dollar waiting room? To your health!
Howard Dean admits that Sarah Palin kinda-sorta might have been right about the Obamacare ‘death panel’ thing
Dean even said at the time that Palin’s allegation could be an “incitement to violence.”
Fast forward to today. Dean, writing in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, draws closer to Palin’s warning:
That said, the law still has its flaws, and American lawmakers and citizens have both an opportunity and responsibility to fix them.
One major problem is the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board. The IPAB is essentially a health-care rationing body. By setting doctor reimbursement rates for Medicare and determining which procedures and drugs will be covered and at what price, the IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them.
There does have to be control of costs in our health-care system. However, rate setting—the essential mechanism of the IPAB—has a 40-year track record of failure. What ends up happening in these schemes (which many states including my home state of Vermont have implemented with virtually no long-term effect on costs) is that patients and physicians get aggravated because bureaucrats in either the private or public sector are making medical decisions without knowing the patients. Most important, once again, these kinds of schemes do not control costs. The medical system simply becomes more bureaucratic.
In 2009, Palin wrote that Obamacare rationing will lead to a panel deciding which people “are worthy of healthcare.” That’s not much different from what Dean wrote, though Howard will go to great lengths to never admit Palin had a point.