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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.
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.
Democrats came on strong in celebrating what they also now call “ObamaCare” during speeches at the beginning of their national convention in Charlotte, but enthusiasm waned as the week went on, with President Obama not even mentioning his signature legislative achievement during his acceptance speech on the final day.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Obama is “the president who delivered the security of affordable health care to every single American after 90 years of trying.” Not true – either on universality or affordability – but he tried.
But the law remains unpopular, and party leaders were urging the president to go all in during his convention address. They wanted the president to lend his political capital to defending, repackaging, and selling the law in Charlotte to make it easier for down-ballot Democrats to face continuing hostility toward the law back home.
D4PC "Morning Rounds" Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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.
Call it President Obama’s Committee for the Re-Election of the President — a political slush fund at the Health and Human Services Department. Only this isn’t some little fund from shadowy private sources; this is taxpayer money, redirected to help Obama win another term. A massive amount of it, too — $8.3 billion.
It’s hard to imagine a bigger electoral disaster for a president than seniors in crucial states like Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio discovering that he’s taken away their beloved Medicare Advantage just weeks before an election.
But the administration’s devised a way to postpone the pain one more year, getting Obama past his last election; it plans to spend $8 billion to temporarily restore Medicare Advantage funds so that seniors in key markets don’t lose their trusted insurance program in the middle of Obama’s re-election bid.
Almost everyone involved in health care will tell you that the greatest problem in our system is that we pay on a "fee-for-service" basis. Almost everyone is wrong. Fee for service is not the problem, but FFS in a third party payor system. Only in health care is there someone else picking up the tab for our spending.
If we applied the same third-party payment technique to any other segment of the economy we would get the exact same inflationary spiral we see in health care.
While the contentious and unpopular law's fate sits in the hands of the Supreme Court, Obama administration officials quietly allocate nearly two billion dollars towards the implementation of the massive new healthcare law, including the hiring of 800 new IRS agents. Despite objections of taxpayers, the president's team has found a way to bypass the Republican-controlled Appropriations Committee and is moving full speed ahead to disperse the funds before the SCOTUS rules in June.
Docs 4 Patient Care Texas Chapter leaders, Jane Hughes, MD, and Kris Held, MD, independently produced this short video which refutes the claims made by Democrats that US Representative Paul Ryan's plan to save Medicare will hurt America's senior citizens. As we've demonstrated throughout this website and our social media pages, the only legislation that will weaken and destroy Medicare "as we know it" is the president's PPACA (Obamacare). As the doctors explain in this video, Obamacare calls for the cutting of $575 Billion out of the Medicare program and places unaccountable healthcare decision-making in the hands of the new Independent Payment Advisory Board.
D4PC finds this video provocative and informative and we are proud to promote projects that re-introduce the healthcare reform discussion and which provide the public with the viewpoint and perspective of the nation's "practicing" physicians.
Obama administration top healthcare official admits the much maligned health insurance industry is on the path to extinction as result of the president's healthcare law. Yes, America is well on its way to "single-payer" Europeanized healthcare.Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says that private health insurance providers are in a "death spiral." Of course they are. Isn't that the way the authors of ObamaCare planned it?
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.
Democratic leaders in the U.S. House, still trying to pick up enough votes to pass a sweeping health care reform bill Sunday, have inserted a provision into the legislation that would bring millions of dollars to Tennessee hospitals that treat large numbers of poor people.
The language, part of a package of revisions released Thursday, would provide $100 million over the next two years to hospitals in states that do not receive federal funds for providing a disproportionate share of uncompensated care.
Members of Tennessee's congressional delegation have been working for years to pass similar legislation, and its inclusion in the health care bill is seen by many as a last-ditch effort by Democrats to influence lawmakers who may be on the fence about health care reform or persuade others to switch their "no" votes to "yes."
ABC News' Zachary B. Wolf reports: It is clear that priority number one for the White House health reform summit is to cleanse the health reform legislation process in the eyes of Americans who soured on the process and became convinced that the House and Senate bills were behind closed doors with special treatment for certain lawmakers.
Every expert I have talked to says that the public has it right. These bills, as they stand, are budget-busters.
Here, for example, is what Robert Bixby, the executive director of the Concord Coalition, a bipartisan group of budget watchdogs, told me: "The Senate bill is better than the House version, but there's not much reform in this bill. As of now, it's basically a big entitlement expansion, plus tax increases."
The challenge to Congress -- and to Obama -- remains the same: Make the promised savings real, and don't pass along unfunded programs to our children and grandchildren.
Three months before he was elected president, Barack Obama vowed not only to reform health care but also to pass the legislation in an unprecedented way.
"I'm going to have all the negotiations around a big table," he said at an appearance in Chester, Va., repeating an assertion he made many times. He said the discussions would be "televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies."
But now, as a Senate vote on health-care legislation nears, those negotiations are occurring in a setting that is anything but revolutionary in Washington: Three senators are working on the bill behind closed doors.
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