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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.
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.
One of the key provisions of the ObamaCarelaw that could result in drastic cuts to hospitals for treating the elderly and the poor will kick in today. In an attempt to rein in the costs of medical care which many critics say will hurt the elderly and the poor the most, the ObamaCare law will now mandate as of Oct. 1, 2012 that patients who need to return to the hospital for follow-up admissions within 30 days of discharge may not get the level of care they have come to expect.
The new provision will place fines on hospitals for treating returning patients who are readmitted within 30 days after discharge. Critics say that this will lead to serious declines in both the level and quality of care rendered to patients.
Many of “the 47%” Mitt Romney says “believe the government has a responsibility to care for” will find that ObamaCare’s first and deepest impact will be on those who need health security the most – those who are poorer, sicker, and older.
This may come as a surprise since Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius claimed at the Democratic convention that “no matter who you are, what stage of life you're in, this law is a good thing.”
The evidence shows that the most vulnerable citizens will be harmed first in this massive expansion and restructuring of our health sector. Many of the 47% will find they will be worse off after ObamaCare offers its helping hand.
There are 600,000 physicians in America who care for the 48 million seniors on Medicare. Of the $716 billion that the Affordable Care Act cuts from the program over the next ten years, the largest chunk—$415 billion—comes from slashing Medicare’s reimbursement rates to doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes. This significant reduction in fees is driving many doctors to stop accepting new Medicare patients, making it harder for seniors to gain access to needed care. Here are a few of their stories.
Are you having trouble finding a doctor who will see you? If not, give it another year and a half. A doctor shortage is on its way.
"In truth, prospects are bleak that you will be able to keep your doctor and even bleaker that there will be enough doctors to meet demand under Obamacare. Physicians say they simply won’t practice under Obamacare rules that strip away much of their autonomy, drown them in bureaucracy, and leave them even more exposed to lawsuits".
Now that President Obama has officially launched his re-election campaign, it is "game on" to secure the support of a crucial voting block, American senior citizens. What better way to gain their trust than to implement his game-winning strategy of fear-mongering and politicizing the beloved Medicare program? The president is hoping that seniors will be influenced by the mainstream media and taxpayer funded infomercials extolling the benefits bestowed upon them as a result of the Affordable Care Act, however, the Medicare program is skirting on the edge of bankruptcy and will take America down with it. The good news is D4PC is on top of this contentious issue and in this article, Drs. Hal Scherz and Richard Armstrong clearly explain what is at stake for seniors and what they can do to preserve the program that so many seniors rely on.
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.
Two weeks ago, in anticipation of the upcoming Supreme Court hearings regarding their healthcare law, Team Obama's public relations gurus and certain elements of the mainstream media initiated another tax-payer funded desperate attempt to convince the American public on the alleged merits of Obamacare. D4PC has provided ample evidence to prove how this healthcare takeover has failed on every objective measure of quality and affordability. Here are additional examples of how the PPACA will negatively effect three large demographics in America: Seniors, young adults and children.
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.
During his 2012 State of the Union address, President Obama barely discussed his health care law. But that doesn’t mean Americans must remain in the dark about how the unpopular health law will impact each and every one of them. Heritage has compiled a series of videos that highlight how individuals and families will be affected by the new law.
Docs4PatientCare is proud to announce that two of its physician members are featured in this video series, whereby they explain how the new healthcare law will effect them and their patients.
Last week, The Wall Street Journal, outlined several of the fiscal challenges facing Medicare and how past efforts at curbing costs (i.e., price controls and arbitrary cuts to physician reimbursements) have failed to restrain the growth of the program, failed to restrain budget deficits, distorted the health care marketplace and led to negative consequences for patients.
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 new report from the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University reaches several conclusions about the 2006 Massachusetts health care law (commonly referred to as "RomneyCare" after former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney). President Obama has stated on several occasions that RomneyCare served as the model for his own health care initiative, PPACA (or "ObamaCare"). In this regard, the costs and consequences of RomneyCare serve as an earlier warning signal of what doctors, patients, employers and taxpayers can expect nationwide as a result of ObamaCare.