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Memo To The States' Governors and Attorney Generals: Go Churchill Or Go Home, TownHall.org

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The left scored a knock-down with the president's re-election, but the fight isn't over if the conservatives opposed to the law get up off the canvas and fight on. Oklahoma has, and some states have joined them, though not yet in the courts. They should, and soon. Obamacare was nightmare before the election, and it is a nightmare still. The president's re-election was manifestly not about Obamacare, and the decision is not final and won't be until every good argument is made and every opportunity given the Supreme Court to review the law in full. 

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VIDEO: Why States Should Resist Obamacare And Refuse To Set Up Exchanges, Medibid.com

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
 

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Beware: Obamacare's Now Reality, New York Post

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
President Obama’s re-election and Democratic gains in the US Senate end any possibility of repealing the Obama health law. It will roll out as written, imposing major changes soon on you and your family. If you are uninsured because you can’t afford it, help may be on the way. But if you are one of the 250 million Americans with coverage, there are big problems ahead. 

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In The Aftermath of Obama's Re-Election, What's Next For Healthcare? Forbes.com

Monday, November 12, 2012
 

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Did The Election Save Obamacare? NCPA.org

Monday, November 12, 2012
The morning after Tuesday’s vote, there is one thing every commentator agreed on. The election of Barack Obama guaranteed that his signature piece of legislation — health reform — can now go forward. Republicans are powerless to stop it.

Yet there is something all these commentators are overlooking. There are six major flaws in ObamaCare. They are so serious that the Democrats are going to have to perform major surgery on the legislation in the next few years, even if all the Republicans do is stand by and twiddle their thumbs.

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CCHF Discusses Impact Of Election On Implementation of the ACA, CCHF.org

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

 

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Obamacare Cover-Up: Did HHS Encourage Violation of SEC Law? The Weekly Standard

Sunday, November 04, 2012
Early this morning, the Hill reported that the Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is relying on a private company — a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group — to play a central role in establishing and running Obamacare’s insurance “exchanges.” As the Hill writes, the report raises serious questions about competitive fairness, as “the quiet nature of the transaction, which was not disclosed to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has fueled suspicion among industry insiders that UnitedHealth Group may be gaining an advantage for its subsidiary, UnitedHealthcare.”

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The Avalanche Of New Obamacare Rules Will Come In January, 2013. Forbes.com

Saturday, November 03, 2012
When Congress wrote 2,700 pages of legislation to create ObamaCare, that was only the starting point in the government’s re-engineering of our health sector. Tens of thousands of pages of regulation – or more – are needed to provide detailed guidance dictating exactly how its maze of new programs must operate.

But deadlines are looming for ObamaCare for programs that are required to begin in 2014. And the administration is significantly behind schedule, with insiders speculating the White House is waiting until after the election to issue an avalanche of rules, many of which are sure to be controversial. 

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Ten Things About Obamacare That Just Don't Make Sense, The Foundry

Friday, November 02, 2012
Obamacare includes many disastrous consequences for America’s health care system. Contributing to the impending mess are these 10 provisions that clearly elude common sense. 

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CCHF To States: Just Say No To State Health Insurance Exchanges, Citizens Council For Health Freedom

Thursday, November 01, 2012

 

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Could Enforcing Obamacare Result In A Negative Medicaid "Ripple Effect"? CBS Charlotte

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
“A lot of middle class individuals are going to apply for a state exchange… thinking they’re going to get a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan, or a United Plan, like they had before,” Clark said. “[But t]hey will find out they’re not on private health insurance, but rather, a state Medicaid program.”

He specifically referenced Section 1311(d)(4)(F) of the PPACA, which states that “if through screening of the application by the Exchange, the Exchange determines that such individuals are eligible for [Medicaid, State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or] any such program, [the Exchange shall] enroll such individuals in such program.  

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The "Real War" On Women Is Being Waged By Obamacare, Forbes.com

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
 

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US Set To Sponsor Health Insurance (Single Payer Through The Back Door), The New York Times

Monday, October 29, 2012
 

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The Emerging Obamacare Truth Is Disarray, Scott Gottlieb, MD in Real Clear Markets

Sunday, October 28, 2012
Americans didn't hear very much during the presidential campaign and debates concerning the Affordable Care Act, which was supposed to be the president's largest legislative accomplishment. Reading this article will give you an idea why the President and every Democrat running for re-election is avoiding this sensitive issue as though it was toxic. Obamacare isn't even in full swing, and at every turn, the program is crumbling. The President's team is banking on a second term to try and right all of its fiascos but there's an emerging truth that the scheme is simply unworkable. 

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Your Health At Stake: Obama, Romney and Reform, New York Post

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Few election issues will have as much impact on our lives as what will happen to America’s health-care system. After all, health care represents a sixth of the US economy and employs more than 11.5 million workers. And to patients, it represents matters of life and death, involving some of the most important and personal decisions a person can make.

Yet it has often seemed like an afterthought in the campaign. Health-care reform is the signature accomplishment of President Obama’s first term, but barely rates a mention in most of his speeches. Mitt Romney generally includes a ritual promise to repeal ObamaCare, but almost never discusses what he’d replace it with.

Still, you can see some clear differences in how the two would approach the issue.

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Obamacare May Be Around, But Will Your Doctor? Hal Scherz, MD in TownHall.com

Monday, October 22, 2012

Physician “burn-out” is a phenomenon that results from long hours, tremendous stress, and a demanding profession. Job satisfaction has eroded as a result of a myriad of tasks unrelated to patient care. Doctors are distracted by insurance company gamesmanship, government over-regulation, medical liability concerns, forced adoption of cumbersome electronic record systems, and hundreds of other issues which steal valuable time from patients. These aggravations have been accepted by doctors, as a trade-off for the ability to earn a decent living commensurate with the effort expended. Obamacare eliminates the few remaining incentives left for physicians. Patients will not be happy, wondering whether they will find a doctor to get the care that they need. What is bad for doctors will be infinitely worse for patients. 

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The Risks and Perils Of Obamacare, The Tribune Chronicle

Monday, October 22, 2012
 

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How Wal Mart May Have Just Changed The Game On Healthcare, California Healthline

Friday, October 19, 2012

The company announced last Thursday that it will become the first retailer to offer a national program that covers certain heart, spine and transplant procedures for its employees. Essentially, when the 1.1 million employees and dependents enrolled in the company's health plan need those procedures, Wal-Mart will steer them to six "centers of excellence" around the nation, including Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic, at no additional cost to them.

It could be a major step toward other firms directly contracting with hospitals of their choice, potentially reshaping referral patterns.

 

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Fixing Georgia's Medical Tort System, Jeff English, MD in SavannahNow.com

Thursday, October 18, 2012

On any given day, thousands of patients seek medical help from doctors who then order more tests and procedures than are medically necessary.

It’s not that the tests help with the diagnosis or assist with treatment. The doctor orders these MRIs, X-rays, CT scans and blood work, for example, solely to keep from being sued.

Gallup says one in four health care dollars spent in American can be attributed to these unnecessary procedures. In Georgia, the cost of defensive medicine is estimated to be about $13.25 billion annually.

 

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The Better Solution For "Pre-Existing" Conditions, Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

 

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Replacing Obamacare With Real Health Care Reform, Gov. Mitt Romney in The New England Journal Of Medicine

Monday, October 15, 2012

The editors asked the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, to describe their health care platforms and their visions for the future of American health care. Their statements follow. 

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Fact Checking Last Night's Vice-Presidential Debate

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Obama healthcare law and Medicare received considerable mention in last night's debate. The Affordable Care Act remains unpopular amongst a majority of American voters, therefore, the president's single legislative achievement has been rarely discussed on the campaign trail and at the Democrat National Convention. Unfortunately for Vice-President Biden, the debate required he go on record defending the law to the American public. At the same time, Vice-Presidential candidate Congressmen Ryan, a critic of the healthcare law had to defend his party's opposition to the new law. Betsy McCaughey, RN, is a health policy expert, defender of patient freedom and is perhaps the one persn who has the most experience reading the nearly 3000 page law. In this video, she explains who won the debate on this emotionally charged issue.  

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15 Reasons To Oppose Obama's Insurance Exchanges, Twila Brase, RN in CCHFreedom.org

Thursday, October 11, 2012

 

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Obama's Health Rationer In Chief, Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

An "oldie, but goody". This 2009 WSJ article was published as the healthcare reform efforts were being forced through Congress. Betsy McCaughey, RN, highlights the thoughts and recommendations of one of the president's leading advisors, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, and provides a glimpse into the direction the president and his party want to take American healthcare.

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, health adviser to President Barack Obama, is under scrutiny. As a bioethicist, he has written extensively about who should get medical care, who should decide, and whose life is worth saving. Dr. Emanuel is part of a school of thought that redefines a physician’s duty, insisting that it includes working for the greater good of society instead of focusing only on a patient’s needs. True reform, he argues, must include redefining doctors' ethical obligations.

 

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Higgins and Heath: Informed Independents Cool To Obamacare, Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Independent Women's Voice, an educational advocacy organization that runs the Repeal Pledge calling for the elimination of ObamaCare, believes that opinions about health care can be changed. When people's views are based on faulty or incomplete information, IWV has had great success in changing those views by offering solid information.

Over one week in mid-September, IWV conducted a message test among independent voters in 24,000 households spread over four states. The goal was to see if simply providing the facts about the true costs of the health law would affect popular support. Would independents, once they were educated about little-known but very real aspects of ObamaCare's popular elements, change their minds about those elements? Would their support overall for repeal increase?

After just one week of intensive, multipart, multimedia education message delivery to households in the test group, the results were dramatic.


 

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Get Ready For Obamacare's Medical Rationing, Forbes.com

Tuesday, October 09, 2012
 

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Two Liberal Whoppers On Medicare, The Heritage Foundation

Monday, October 08, 2012

No single issue will be more politicized this election than Medicare and efforts to reform this primary driver of our nation's long-term debt. Please read the following article exposing two major deceptions being propagated by the media and liberals intent on scaring the nation's seniors. Don't forget to read the links at the bottom of the article. They are enormously helpful to understanding this contentious issue.


 

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The Commonwealth Fund Makes It Up, Again. National Review

Friday, October 05, 2012

Amongst the many deceptions the president and previous congressional leaders used to pass the ACA, none stands out more than the liberal Commonwealth Fund. Information generated from this notorious proponent of "single payer" healthcare has largely been discredited and ignored by respectable health care policy experts, but their biased information worked effectively in 2009-10 on misinformed members of congress. It seems the Commonwealth Fund is again attempting to deceive the American people when it comes to examining Governor Mitt Romney's vision for healthcare if he is in a position to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  

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AEI Scholar Pilloried By Conservative Policy Experts Over NYT Op-Ed, Forbes.com

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Conservatives have been burning up the Internet making it very clear that the AEI scholar who sees ObamaCare as a conservative dream speaks only for himself and definitely NOT for genuine health policy conservatives.

J.D. Kleinke, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a bastion of free-market thinking, wrote a controversial opinion piece for The New York Times Sunday claiming to make “The Conservative Case for Obamacare.”

That Kleinke sees ObamaCare as even remotely conservative reveals his poor analysis based on a misreading of the plain facts of the law. His piece fails to meet even a reasonable standard of scholarship. Here’s a quick overview of responses from our colleagues in the health policy community in published articles this week:

 

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Six In 10 Physicians Would Quit Today, HealthLeadersMedia.com

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Doctors are working less, seeing fewer patients, and many would quit if they could, a sweeping survey of 13,575 physicians from across the nation shows.

The survey, A Survey of America's Physicians: Practice Patterns and Perspectives, was commissioned by The Physicians Foundation. It is the latest, and perhaps the largest and most comprehensive of a number of surveys that have identified wide, deep and increasing discontent among the nation's physicians regardless of their age, gender, specialty, location, or employment status.

"It is downbeat and it is a concern. What we are documenting here is a trend and the trend is pretty solid," Walker Ray, MD, vice president of the nonprofit foundation, told HealthLeaders Media.


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