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It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Obamacare, The Wall Street Journal

Monday, December 31, 2012
For sheer political farce, not much can compete with ObamaCare's passage, which included slipping the bill through the Senate before dawn three Christmas eves ago. But the madcap dash to get ready for the entitlement's October 2013 start-up date is a pretty close second.

The size and complexity of the Affordable Care Act meant that its implementation was never going to easy. But behind the scenes, even states that support or might support the Affordable Care Act are frustrated about the Health and Human Services Department's special combination of rigidity and ineptitude. 

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HHS Leans on Small Insurer for Rate Increases

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, is leaning on a small insurer to rescind it recent rate hike.  Sebelius had said during a teleconference: 

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House HHS Funding Bill Limits Funds for ObamaCare

Friday, September 30, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives draft legislation to fund HHS for the coming year contains numerous provisions to deny funding for the implementation of ObamaCare. Included in the bill is the proposed elimination of $8.6 billion of funding contained in ObamaCare and a provision that would block funding the bill for the implementation of ObamaCare for as long as the law is being challenged in the courts. 

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Morning Rounds for June 22, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Welcome to D4PC "Morning Rounds", your daily review of healthcare news and information from Washington, DC and around the nation. These briefings will keep you up to date on recent developments and our effort to replace the PPACA with patient-centered reforms that protect the doctor-patient relationship and preserve individual freedom of choice.

"A Report Card for Doctors", Pauline Chen, MD in the NYT

D4PC Opinion:

Good article which starts to get at the importance of the unintended consequences of "pay-for-performance". The distinction the article fails to make is that while financial reward for quality is a good idea---it needs to come via the recipient of the service, not from a centrally controlled 'big-brother" who determines what quality is. We contend that until the recipient of the service is also the one financially responsible, "value and quality" calculations are going to continued to be distorted.

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"A Doctor Exposes Obama's Healthcare Fallacy", Paul Hsieh, MD in Townhall.com

"At root, ACO supporters presume that government bureaucrats are better at determining best medical and business practices than the physicians and hospitals whose own reputations and profitability are at stake...Premier medical centers such as the Mayo Clinic excel because their doctors and administrators are constantly striving to innovate. To succeed, they require the freedom to adopt successful new methods (and reject unsuccessful ones) based on their particular requirements and goals. They—not the government—must decide whether and when to offer new medical procedures such as PET-CT scans for detecting early cancers or to invest in new electronic medical records systems. Smaller medical practices require the same freedom to prosper and thrive."

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"Death by Regulation", NCPA.org

"As early as 2005, hospitals and clinics complained to Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt that drug manufacturers and distributors were often out of certain drugs. The problem has been getting progressively worse ever since. Industry insiders point to numerous causes of the problem, including the fact that the generic drug market may be inherently more volatile than the market for brand-name drugs. Imperfect competition may also be a factor. Others point to supply chain problems. Then there is government regulatory policy".

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"Why Can't We Fix Medicare Once and For All?, Geoff Colvin in money.cnn.com

"We can try to fix Medicare in two ways. One is a proven winner, the other a proven loser. The stakes could scarcely be higher -- and right now we're betting on the loser". 

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Morning Rounds for May 6, 2011

Friday, May 06, 2011

Kathleen Spitzer:  Wall Street Journal

Another case of abuse of power by HHS Secretary Sebelius:

“This is a threat to every health CEO in America. If Forest wants to continue to sell its drugs to Medicare, Medicaid and the Veterans Administration -- the biggest buyers of pharmaceuticals -- it will have to change management. Losing the federal government as a customer is potentially crippling to a drug company.

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But how many Barnes & Nobles would it fill?

Friday, April 08, 2011

U.S. News & World Report has some good news for those of you looking to read something for, say, the next 20-30 years...

"Giving proof to Main Street's worries that President Obama's healthcare reform will lead to thousands of new and costly regulations, the Department of Health and Human Services has taken one small section of the law and written enough new rules to every page of Obama's campaign book, The Audacity of Hope—plus another 45 pages.

"Section 3022 of the law, which is about the Medicare shared savings program, take up just six pages in the 907-page Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But HHS has turned that into 429 pages of new regulations and that's too much, says Republican Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, a practicing doctor."

Read the rest (of the article -- not the regs) here

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White House Seeks to Boost Public Support for Health Bill, Wall Street Journal

Saturday, March 19, 2011

On the PPACA's one year anniversary, the Obama administration propaganda "machine" is ready to roll out another nationwide public relations show in order to continue peddling their unpopular and financially "disastrous" health care takeover.  Gas prices are at record highs, the Middle East is in chaos under civil war, the economic superpower of Japan is in a crisis that threatens the economic stability of the entire world and our nation is crumbling under a fourteen trillion dollar national debt, yet the White House feels compelled to squander additional taxpayer money to continuously try to brainwash the American public into "liking" their idea of healthcare reform.  Here is a News Flash to Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama and the rest of the Washington elite:  Americans have had time to learn what is in the law and they reject it by even greater margins than one year ago and they are growing tired of the endless selling of Obamacare and want the president and elected officials to focus on the major issues of the day. 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704360404576206902721858680.html?mod=WSJ_hp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsThird 

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HCR's Central Flaw: Too Much Power in One Office, Washington Post, February 18, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

 

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Sebelius' Price Controls, The Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
And seasons greetings from the folks at Health and Human Services too. Yesterday the department dropped one of ObamaCare's more destructive regulations, which will further increase political control of health care and impose price controls on private insurance premiums. 

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