Healthcare Uptade 4

October 30, 2009

Thank you for joining 1.34 million of Americans in your support of the Free Our Health Care NOW! petition which is against government run health care.

Arrogance of Congress. Never before have we seen the “arrogance of Congress” as we are seeing it now. The legislators are ignoring the wishes of the American people who, according to an October Rasmussen poll, 49% say, “doing nothing” is better than passing any of the bills. The health care debate is about a battle for one sixth of the economy and Congress is not responding to their constituents concerns.

Current State of Affairs. In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has announced his intention to include a government-run public insurance plan in the health reform bill.

This announcement alienated Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), who as you might remember voted with Democrats to pass the Baucus legislation out of the Finance Committee, but has clearly indicated that she will oppose the bill if it includes a public option. Instead, she says she now plans to support a Republican-led filibuster against the bill. With Sen. Snowe’s defection, and the unlikelihood that any other Senate Republicans can be persuaded to support the public option, Sen. Reid will need every Democratic vote to overcome a filibuster. Literally, there is no margin of error for Sen. Reid. He must get all 60 Democrats to support his effort to include a government-run public option and overcome a Republican filibuster.

Already, several Democratic senators are feeling the pressure. Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), who is an “independent” Democrat, has already expressed doubts about the public option. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and others are also weighing heavily whether to filibuster the public option. If just one of the Senate Democrats decides to support the filibuster, Senator Reid will have no choice but to remove the public option or see the entire health reform bill fail.

Let your voice be heard, it matters more than ever now! The Free Our Health Care NOW! Action Army needs you to let your legislators know how you feel about their arrogance! Action Army Americans have already sent more than 150,000 letters to Congress expressing their concerns. Don’t miss this opportunity to be heard! http://www.capitolconnect.com/freeourhealthcarenow/.

Seniors Beware! The nation’s preeminent seniors group, AARP, has put the weight of its 40 million members behind health care reform, saying many of the proposals will lower costs and increase the quality of care for older Americans. But not advertised in this lobbying campaign have been the group’s substantial earnings from insurance royalties and the potential benefits that could come its way from many of the reform proposals, says the Washington Post. http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=18611

There is also a wealth of other educational and resource material available, including better alternatives to government-run health care:

Health Care Solutions:
http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/Health_Care_Solutions_072909.pdf

Five Steps to a Better Health Care System.
http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/Five_Steps_to_a_Better_Health_Care_System_Web.pdf

Dr. John Goodman’s Blog – Current, up-to date information on the debate:
www.john-goodman-blog.com

Heartland Institute’s Health Care Solutions:
http://www.chcchoices.org

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The Democratic CON-trolled CON-gress (Public Option Opt-out)

October 27, 2009

The Democratic CON-trolled CON-gress (Public Option Opt-out) 

The American people voted in all the government officials with the notion that these officials will be forthright and stand-up individuals. But when the very people we entrusted to look out for our own welfare and the riches of our country are trying to CON us, it is beyond contemp. 

The latest version of the healthcare bill, which passed thru the finance committee without a public option, is now have a public option with an opt-out provision.

What does that mean? 

It means that each state can decide, thru the state legislature, to not partake in the public option federal insurance plan. 

Good or bad? 

Good, if you have no clue of the underlying consequences. BAD, IF YOU ARE because you will realize it is one big CON. 

Why is this new Opt-out public option a CON? 

Reason # 1 

Each state have a choice not to participate. Sounds good. BUT, each state has no option to pay or not to pay. A state that chooses to opt out will be required to pay for the cost of the public option the same as a state that are having the public option. So, the residents of states that opted out will be paying for something but getting nothing. The private insurance premiums will be more expensive because the pool of privately insured will be less. 

SO THOSE AMERICANS IN OPT OUT STATE WILL PAY DOUBLE FOR THEIR HEALTHCARE, thru higher taxes and higher private insurance premiums. 

Reason # 2 

The public option is a fake. It is not a real insurance just like private insurance. How? There will be no risk-pool so cost can be controlled. The federal entity running this public option do not have to balance its books. It will not worry about selling insurance at a loss because AMERICAN TAX MONEY WILL FINANCE THIS MONSTROSITY. And to the Democratic CONtrolled CONgress, the American people are their money cows! 

What will happen then? 

Well, all private health insurers will be undercut and ultimately be driven out of healthcare insurance business. 

And who will be left standing? 

Of course, the public option. When that happens, all Americans will be forced to sign up for the public option. Suddenly, we have a single payer system. And my friend, that is what the ultimate goal of the Democrats and Obama. 

Another scenario is that a liberal in an opt out state will sue because he is paying for nothing and not getting equal treatments as the residents of public option state. A liberal judge will decide that it is unfair and will decree that the opt out state must opt in. 

CONgress! CONgress! CONgress! CONgress! CONgress!

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The $60 billion dollar fraud

October 26, 2009

We are getting rob to the tune of $60 billion a year courtesy of fraud in government-run Medicare. Currently, there are only 46 million Americans in the Medicare program. Obama and the Democrats are hell bent in having the government run the healthcare system of all Americans. In short, Obama and the Democrats want all Americans under the Medicare-like program. Keep in mind that Medicare is $36 trillion in the red. If government-run Medicare cannot control the fraud nor fiscally manage it with only 46 million American in the program, do you expect it to be better with additional 180 million Americans in it?

The questions that is begging to be asked are:

  • What is Obama doing to stop the fraud, waste, and abuse in the government-run medicare?
  • Why is Obama waiting for a separate legislation to stop the fraud, waste, and abuse?
  • Isn’t he responsible, as President, to execute the current laws? (I am sure there are laws established against fraud, waste, and abuse in government.)

Is it smart to upgrade a house, put new and expensive furnitures and fixtures before fixing the leaking roof?

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Tragic Stories from Countries with Government Run Healthcare… a repost with new stories and video!

October 21, 2009

UPDATE:

New Video:

New stories:

Socialised healthcare means losing your teeth
 
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/alexsingleton/100007010/socialised-healthcare-means-losing-your-teeth/#

Sentenced to death on the NHS

Patients with terminal illnesses are being made to die prematurely under an NHS scheme to help end their lives, leading doctors have warned.

 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/6127514/Sentenced-to-death-on-the-NHS.html#

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I am at a total loss how can someone support a government run single payer healthcare system. These tragic stories are proof that single payer system is an abomination and a failure in providing healthcare let alone a quality healthcare.

 YOU SINGLE PAYER SUPPORTERS ARE FRAUDS!!!

 Here are news concerning healthcare tragedies from countries with single payer healthcare system.

 In Britain…

A young mother gave birth on a pavement outside a hospital after she was told to make her own way there.

Mother-of-three Carmen Blake called her midwife to ask for an ambulance when she went into labour unexpectedly with her fourth child.

But the 27-year-old claims she was refused an ambulance and told to walk the 100m from her house in Leicester to the city’s nearby Royal Infirmary.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1207151/Woman-gives-birth-pavement-refused-ambulance.html#ixzz0OZJoqFRP

In Vancouver, Canada

 Vancouver patients needing neurosurgery, treatment for vascular diseases and other medically necessary procedures can expect to wait longer for care, NDP health critic Adrian Dix said Monday.

Dix said a Vancouver Coastal Health Authority document shows it is considering chopping more than 6,000 surgeries in an effort to make up for a dramatic budgetary shortfall that could reach $200 million.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/story_print.html?id=1878506&sponsor

 

In The Netherlands

The Netherlands – Minister Klink recently announced his intention to lower tariffs for mental health treatment by 3.5 percent next year, because GGZ members overspent by EUR 185 million in 2008.

Lower tariffs would mean less income for the GGZ member institutions.
 
GGZ says the cuts are unjustified. The association is concerned that a number of health care institutions will not be able to cope financially, and that waiting lists for treatment will get longer.

 Read more: http://www.expatica.com/fr/news/local_news/Mental-health-care-sector-fights-financial-cuts_53770.html

 

Finally in France (the model of all healthcare systems)

 France heat wave death toll set at 14,802….

 The bulk of the victims — many of them elderly — died during the height of the heat wave, which brought suffocating temperatures of up to 104 degrees in a country where air conditioning is rare. Others apparently were greatly weakened during the peak temperatures but did not die until days later.

 The new estimate comes a day after the French Parliament released a harshly worded report blaming the deaths on a complex health system, widespread failure among agencies and health services to coordinate efforts, and chronically insufficient care for the elderly.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/weather/news/2003-09-25-france-heat_x.htm 

I thought France has the best healthcare yet they were unable to save those people from heat related deaths?

GO FIGURE!

We get three digit temperatures here in Texas all summer long yet I have never in my entire time living here heard of that many people dying because the heat.

 WOW!

 14, 802 deaths in one summer of heat because the MODEL HEALTCARE SYSTEM IS CAPUT!!!!

 SINGLE PAYER SYSTEM KILLS!

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Healthcare Update 3

October 21, 2009

If you have not signed the petition, sign it now!  www.freeourhealthcarenow.com.

Join the Light of Day Campaign! Go to the Free Our Health Care NOW! Action Army http://www.capitolconnect.com/freeourhealthcarenow/ and tell your Senators and House Member that you want the bill posted for 3 days before they vote – not after the vote!

One week after voting to pass complicated health care legislation, the Senate Finance Committee finally posted the legislative language for us to review. Americans deserve better than this! It is not acceptable for us to see the legislation AFTER it has been approved. The bill is over 1,500 pages, so check your toner cartridge before you print. Of course, Sen. Reid is writing a whole new bill at this point to combine the two Senate bills….

http://finance.senate.gov/press/Bpress/2009press/prb101909.pdf

From the Front Lines: Congressional Leaders Craft Final Version of ObamaCare

Throughout last week, the principle architects of government-run health care-Senators Baucus, Reid, Dodd and key Administration officials including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel-met behind closed doors to discuss the contours of the Senate bill which Mr. Reid will present to the full Senate in the coming days. They’re hard at work designing a bill which will appeal to their current constituents: the 60 Senators needed for passage. But will the bill appeal to you? Here are a few things to consider:

One Plan, Two Plan, Red Plan, Blue Plan?

After further review, the Baucus plan (and its residual amendments) seems to create two “reform” plans, one for red states and the other for blue states. In classic have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too form, Senate proponents of government-run health care have passed mandates, but not fully funding the legislation. As a result, many states that are already facing significant budgetary shortfalls will soon be forced to contribute $37 billion to finance ObamaCare. Unfunded mandates are onerous enough, but it’s particularly upsetting to learn that some (red) states are expected to contribute more than other (blue) states. Consider this:

  • Nevada. Home to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada won’t pay increased Medicaid expenses for the first five years under ObamaCare. Thanks to a deal structured by Mr. Reid, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island and Michigan each qualify for a provision requiring the federal government-and by implication, other states-to pick up the tab. As Mr. Reid explained, these states are “suffering more than the most.”
  • New York. New Yorkers must be suffering, too, because Senator Charles Schumer, member of the Senate Finance Committee, has managed to ensure that his constituents-and those of 17 other mostly blue states-don’t pay the 40% tax on their health benefit plans at $21,000, like most Americans, but instead at $25,000.
  • New Jersey. Home to Senate Finance Committee member, Senator Bob Menendez, as well as the facilities of 15 of the world’s largest 20 pharmaceutical companies, Mr. Menendez made sure to include in the Baucus Bill a $1 billion tax credit for companies investing in drug research and development.
  • Michigan & Massachusetts. Working in tandem, Senators Stabenow and Kerry protected unions, too. They included in the Baucus bill a provision which set aside $5 billion for a reinsurance program designed to defray the medical costs of union members.

Join the Light of Day Campaign! The blue-state-subsidies embedded in the Baucus Bill aren’t about health care, they’re about subsidizing political allies and punishing political enemies. Imposing harsher taxes on political opponents and their constituents – Americans who don’t want government-run health care in the first place – simply doesn’t pass the ‘what’s right’ test.

Fortunately, you have a way to fight back: join the Light of Day Campaign. Encourage your Congressional representatives to support a three-day waiting period before any vote on the health care legislation, instead of producing a bill one week after the vote. Exposing middle-of-the-night, you-scratch-my-back amendments such as those discussed above will place legislation before the light of day and let Congress and the American people understand what American taxpayers are buying and who will be paying the price.

Hey, Mr. Reid, Do Americans Qualify as ‘Suffering More than Most’, Too?

A number of Congressional leaders have secured favorable treatment under ObamaCare for their constituents. Most Americans, of course, won’t and the Baucus Bill intends to raise revenue by assessing a ‘Devise Tax’ which targets the consumption of the following health products:

  • Wheelchairs
  • Syringes
  • Bandages
  • Sutures and stitches
  • Birth control devices
  • Feeding tubes
  • X-ray film
  • Mammography supplies
  • Blood glucose monitors for diabetics
  • Peak airflow meters for asthmatics
  • Pacemakers
  • Defibrillators
  • Artificial knees, hips, shoulders and other joints
  • Exam tables
  • False teeth

And almost 3,000 other items! Know anyone who might need one of those? You can find out more about the Baucus Bill’s ‘health tax’ by reading John Goodman’s Health Blog here.

YOU CAN FIGHT BACK!

The Free Our Health Care NOW! Action Army needs you! Thousands of Americans have already sent more than 120,000 letters to Congress. With your help, we can make it 250,000. It’s a quick and easy way to let your voice be heard!

Already sent a letter? No problem – a new letter is on the website, ready for your signature! Communicating with your representatives could not be easier at http://www.capitolconnect.com/freeourhealthcarenow/.

There is also a wealth of other educational and resource material available, including better alternatives to government-run health care:


Obamacare’s tax on work! (CBO/Wall Street Journal)

October 19, 2009

OBAMACARE’S TAX ON WORK

None of the new distortions that the Senate health care bill will layer onto the already-distorted tax code have received the attention they deserve, but in particular its effects on marginal tax rates could use scrutiny.  Incredibly, for those with lower incomes, ObamaCare will impose a penalty as high as 34 percent on . . . work, says the Wall Street Journal.

Central to Max Baucus’s plan — assuming the public option stays dead — is an insurance “exchange,” through which individuals and families could choose from a menu of standardized policies offered at heavily subsidized rates, provided that their employers do not offer coverage.  The subsidies are distributed on a sliding scale based on income, and according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) 23 million people will participate a decade from now, at a cost to taxpayers of some $461 billion.

Think about a family of four earning $42,000 in 2016, which is between 150 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty level:

  • CBO says a mid-level “silver” plan will cost about $14,700 in premiums, of which the family will pay $2,600 — since the government would pay the other $12,100. If the family breadwinner (or breadwinners, because the subsidies are based on combined gross income) then gets a raise or works overtime and wages rise to $54,000, the subsidy drops to $9,900.
  • That amounts to an implicit 34 percent tax on each additional dollar of income.

Or consider a single worker earning $20,600 and buying an individual “silver” policy with a premium at $5,000:

  • Again according to CBO, if his income rises to $26,500, his subsidy plummets to $2,700 from $4,400 (including a cost-sharing subsidy that goes away).
  • This is a 29 percent marginal tax; moving to other income levels yields increases in the neighborhood of 20 percent to 23 percent for both individuals and families.
  • Jim Capretta, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, calculates that when combined with other policies like the Earned Income Tax Credit that also phase out, the effective marginal rate would rise to nearly 70 percent at twice the poverty level.

Source: Editorial, “ObamaCare’s Tax on Work,” Wall Street Journal, October 19, 2009.

For text:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704322004574477401457898882.html

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The new healthcare bill is a TAX INCREASE BILL!

October 17, 2009

THE BAUCUS BILL IS A TAX BILL

As it now stands, the health care reform plan proposed by Democrats and the Obama administration (the Baucus Bill) would not only fail to reduce the cost burden on middle-class families, it would make that burden significantly worse, says Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

For example:

  • The bill would impose nearly $400 billion in new taxes and fees.
  • Nearly 90 percent of that burden will be shouldered by those making $200,000 or less.
  • It might not appear that way at first, because the dollars are collected via a 40 percent tax on sales by insurers of “Cadillac” policies, fees on health insurers, drug companies and device manufacturers, and an assortment of odds and ends.

The economics are clear:

  • These costs will be passed on to consumers by either directly raising insurance premiums, or by fueling higher health care costs that inevitably lead to higher premiums.
  • Consumers will pay the excise tax on high-cost plans; the Joint Committee on Taxation indicates that 87 percent of the burden would fall on Americans making less than $200,000, and more than half on those earning under $100,000.

Industry fees are even worse because Democrats chose to make these fees nondeductible, explains Holtz-Eakin:

  • This means that insurance companies will have to raise premiums significantly just to break even. American families will bear a burden even greater than the $130 billion in fees that the bill intends to collect.
  • Premiums will rise by as much as $200 billion over the next 10 years — and 90 percent will again fall on the middle class.

Senate Democrats are also erecting new barriers to middle-class ascent:

  • A family of four making $54,000 would pay $4,800 for health insurance, with the remainder coming from subsidies.
  • If they work harder and raise their income to $66,000, their cost of insurance rises by $2,800.
  • In other words, earning another $12,000 raises their bill by $2,800 — a marginal tax rate of 23 percent.
  • Double-digit increases in effective tax rates will have detrimental effects on the incentives of millions of Americans.

Source: Douglas Holtz-Eakin, “The Baucus Bill is a Tax Bill,” The Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2009

For text:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704107204574471292249934348.html 

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=18560&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DPD