I did everything right when this nightmare began. I emailed and called my representative and senators. They knew how I felt and felt the same way, too. They voted against the Lies buried in 2,500 pages that were coated in tiny bits of truth, and lots of “what a disadvantaged person wants to hear.” But, the thing passed anyway. It is just plain DUMB. Anyone who would vote for something without knowing and understanding not only what is written in it, but all the ramifications of it is just plain DUMB.
Obama promised in a speech to the AMA back on June 15, 2009 http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2009/06/15/obama-if-you-like-your-doctor-you-can-keep-your-doctor/ that everyone would be able to keep their own physician. But if your doctor steps away from the Medicare program and you are on Medicare, then you can’t keep your doctor. Before 2007, doctors who left the Medicare system were very few. The Texas Medical Assoc. says that their survey in 2008 revealed the 300 doctors that have left the system in the past two years far exceeded their assumptions. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7009807.html It is because of the alarming decreases in reimbursements (21% in 2010 alone).
“You do Medicare for God and country because you lose money on it,” said Dr. Guy Culpepper, a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and a family practitioner. “The only way to provide cost-effective care is outside the Medicare system, a system without constant paperwork and headaches and inadequate reimbursement.”
In Obama’s speech on September 9, 2009 to the joint session of Congress, he promised again that there would be zero federal dollars spent on abortions. That is simply not true. States like Pennsylvania http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/233141/democrats-life-call-your-office-kathryn-jean-lopez and New Mexico will be using federal funds to abort babies…
“The section on abortion (see page 14) asserts that “elective abortions are not covered.” However, that statement proves to be a red herring, because the operative language does not define “elective.” Rather, the proposal specifies that the coverage “includes only abortions and contraceptives that satisfy the requirements of” several specific statutes, the most pertinent of which is 18 Pa. C.S. § 3204, which says that an abortion is legal in Pennsylvania (consistent with Roe v. Wade) if a single physician believes that it is “necessary” based on “all factors (physical, emotional, psychological, familial and the woman’s age) relevant to the well-being of the woman.”
In one word: appalling.
The most frightening of all is that this Obamacare package requires all businesses to maintain some medical healthcare security for their employees. The burden is so great that some businesses will find it cheaper to just pay the $2,000 fine per employee. In fact, premiums are so high now that $2,000 per employee sounds good to employers. For example…
AT&T, for example, paid $2.4 billion last year to cover medical costs for its 283,000 active employees. If the company dropped its health plan and paid an annual penalty for each uninsured worker, the fines would total almost $600 million. But that would leave AT&T with a tidy profit of $1.8 billion. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703880304575236602943319816.html
Even the fact that a company like AT&T even did the internal computations to find out the cost effect of the fines is scary enough to make me tremble.
Any person who can balance their own check book knows without having to do any kind of heavy calculations that when you try to insert 30 million people into a medical care system that is overburdened as it is because of fewer and fewer physicians that the system will collapse under this “last straw”. Malpractice insurance costs depleted our physician pool, and the low reimbursements of Medicare and Medicaid have reduced the pool even further. Now, the burden of even lower reimbursements along with the HMO-type of government decisions on what kind of care will be paid for (Sarah Palin called them the “death panel”) http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=116471698434 takes the medical decisions out of the hands of the physicians and puts them into the hands of bureaucrats. That is just plain DUMB. Oh, there is a lot more of the lies, but right now, I’m sick of DUMB.