To keep this brief and to the point, although I highly recommend reading the details — which, by the way, are excellent talking points to use with those too deaf, dumb and blind to get this on their own — Avik Roy counters Obama’s claims lies with facts in today’s Wall Street Journal:
• Obamacare renders illegal the majority of the privately-sponsored health plans in America issued prior to 2014, not merely 5 percent of them.
NOTE: I’ve been saying this for, say, oh, going on four years now: Obamacare wiping out private health insurance, just as planned. Hate being right.
• Individual-market health coverage, under Obamacare, will feature plans that are more expensive, with narrower physician networks, than the ones offered under the old system.
• Although women are usually charged more than men for individual-market policies, though it’s rarely “double” [as Obama claims]. Eliminating that discrepancy, whatever its cause, will make health insurance more expensive for men. And because of other aspects of the law (see above), women will pay more also.
NOTE: Everyone should read Obamacare Excluded MAMMOGRAMS & BANS Breast Cancer Rx, AVASTIN at ConservativeReport.org. The “what’s in it” Nancy Pelosi hid from us all is being exposed one horrible detail at a time.
• Contra the President, Obamacare was explicitly intended to abolish the old market for individually-purchased health coverage, and replace it with a new, more heavily-regulated one that forces healthier and younger individuals to pay more, whether they want to or not.
• The President has a clear option available to him if he sincerely wants to “do everything we can” to honor his pledge: sign the Johnson bill. It’s far from clear that he has committed to that.
NOTE: The “Johnson bill” refers to Sen. Ron Johnson’s two-page bill, the “If You Like your Health Care Plan You Can Keep It Act,” that would solve the problem once and for all.
- Some might say that it’s like putting a bomb on a bus that will go off if it drops below 50 miles an hour and then blaming the resulting deaths on the bus for going too slow… instead of on the guy who planted the bomb.
Obama put the bomb on the bus. But it’s the fault of the bus, gasoline, the combustion engine, gravity and the fragility of human bodies that caused all the deaths.
Don’t get him wrong. He’s sorry that your subpar body was on board a bad apple bus that began going so slowly that the bomb went off. He really, really thought that the bomb wouldn’t go off.
That’s why he put the bomb there. Because he didn’t want to kill people.
And only a crazy right-winger would assume that Obama would put a bomb on a bus because he wants it to go off or that his people write regs that kill a health plan if it raises its co-pay by 5 bucks because they want to wipe out the “wild wild west” marketplace full of sub-par plans that may have lower premiums and deductibles, but don’t cover your sex, sexual preference and species change operation into a gay female lemur.
We live in Obama Crazy World (just in case you didn’t know already).
EXTRA BONUS: Andrew Malcolm at Investors.com is spot on:
- Let’s clear up some foggy prevarications polluting President Obama’s ongoing snow job for ObamaCare:
If you tell a spouse you’re going to Sam’s Club when you really mean Costco, that’s no big deal. Those membership stores are the same, except one peddles better hot dogs. That’s called misspeaking.
However, if you’re president of the United States peddling a legislative tumor like ObamaCare, one that you know will drastically change almost one-fifth of the nation’s economy, one that openly claims to help a few million uninsured Americans while secretly disrupting the lives, families, finances and medical care of more than 100 million Americans [you'd be the Lying King] …
Unfortunately, the title of this post is not hyperbole, it’s reality. Death panels are real.
A December 2013 article in Texas Medicine by Amy Lynn Sorrel, the publication’s associate editor, is yet to be publicly released. (Did I forget to mention I greatly appreciate my email tipsters? I do. And thanks, again.)
- It got off to a really rough start, but the federal government launched the insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Oct. 1. And physicians could encounter their own challenges if they are not vigilant in their business practices with the health plans in the marketplace that take effect Jan. 1, Texas Medical Association officials say.
Topping the list is widespread physician uncertainty about whether having existing contracts with insurers means they’re already included in an exchange network. Right after that is a federal rule that jeopardizes physician payments if patients with subsidized marketplace coverage don’t pay their premiums. Exchange regulations give those patients three months to pay their premiums and allow health plans to deny or later recoup payments from doctors for services provided to patients who end up delinquent.
What’s the issue? you ask. Well, it’s this simple.
My tipster writes:
- It creates nightmare scenarios for doctors and patients. The patients won’t know until they need the services. … It is going to suck worse than anyone thought. All this so teh won can have a legacy.
Why is this an issue for Medicare patients? Well, it creates a Catch 22 situation for doctors. Is the patient covered by an exchange or not? Is the preexisting condition covered or not? Will I (the doctor) get paid or not? How do I (the doctor) know or decide?
What those signing up for Obamacare exchanges may not understand is that if the premium is not paid by someone, there is no coverage. How can the doctor or hospital know this for certain?
Who decides whether or not a procedure will be paid for? Apparently, it is only paid for through the exchanges if the insured has paid his or her premium. How is the doctor to sort that out? If the slow trainwreck rollout is any example … well, write your own conclusion.
- That risk is a big factor in Texas Oncology’s decision to hold off on participating in any exchange plans, at least for now. But it’s not the only factor.
“If we assume care for a patient and start rendering services, and if in another month or two that patient isn’t able to make a premium payment and loses coverage, Texas Oncology has already committed to a course of costly treatment,” only to see payments recouped, said Chris Henderson, executive director of payer and public health relations for the statewide cancer group, the largest in Texas.
For cancer patients, treatment tends to be a long-term commitment that also requires an adequate referral network of hospitals and other specialists — something Texas Oncology says it doesn’t see among the health plans participating in the marketplace. That puts doctors in a tricky situation if they don’t have privileges at the participating hospitals, for example. Nor is it clear how cancer care is covered, and the Medicaid-based payment rates most exchange plans offered to Texas Oncology wouldn’t cover the group’s business costs.
“At this time, there are too many unknowns,” Mr. Henderson said. “We want to be able to treat all patients who need us. But we at least want to make an informed decision about whether the risks [of joining exchange plans] are tolerable. We have to make sure we are here to take care of the next generation of patients.”
This is only one example from Sorrel’s report.
As was explained to me, a daily notice (and daily notices flow into doctors’ offices at a steady pace) just altered the pre-authorization and notification updates for chemotherapy, echocardiograms, and outpatient coronary angioplasty stent procedures. When patients — mainly those on Medicare — need this to happen, the doctor cannot wait for an authorization — should one be anticipated.
In fact, I learned, these authorizations specifically target the Medicare population. My source writes:
- The Medicare population uses the cardio stuff, chemo stuff regularly. Now, the physician offices are being forced into getting pre auths before any of those necessary things can happen. Really, a stent is not going to be placed for fun in anyone. It’s basically the death panels at work. Wait (or die waiting) till we get that approval.
Stay tuned. More to come.
Full disclosure. The hospital named in this news item is located in my home town.
The Union Leader (Manchester, NH) reports that Frisbie Memorial Hospital is taking legal action to gain access to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) network developed by Anthem Insurance.
- “The door to Obamacare was slammed shut and we are blocked from participating,” explained Al Felgar, CEO of Frisbie Memorial Hospital. “This not only drives a wedge between our physicians and the thousands of patients we serve, this decision jeopardizes our future operations as a hospital serving greater Rochester.”
The hospital is appealing the decision blocking the hospital from the ACA network established by Anthem, the only insurance company to establish one in New Hampshire. Nine New Hampshire hospitals, including Frisbee, were excluded from the network.
Did you get that? The only ACA network in the whole state is Anthem — and it’s picking winners and losers. Hopefully, other hospitals will join Frisbie’s not-so-radical action:
- Frisbie’s attorneys filed a request for a special hearing with the state Department of Insurance to review and reconsider Anthem’s decision to block it from the network of providers.
The hospital also is seeking any and all information regarding the process Anthem used to decide which hospitals would be allowed into the network and which ones would be excluded.
Frisbie said it asked Anthem for the same deal it gave the other hospitals and to open up a dialogue so it could gain access to the state’s ACA system to no avail.
If a hearing is granted, Frisbie intends to request a state policy that allows any willing provider to be allowed good-faith negotiation with any insurance provider which sells medical insurance through the ACA.
Anthem could either not find the time or chose to ignore the Union Leader‘s request for a response.
- Seattle Children’s [Hospital] filed suit Friday over the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner’s “failure to ensure adequate network coverage” in several health plans being sold through the state’s new online insurance marketplace, called Washington Healthplanfinder.
Most plans available through Healthplanfinder for coverage in 2014 do not include Children’s among their in-network providers, which hospital officials say could significantly disrupt and delay care for children in need of the hospital’s services.
However, no one can honestly say the criminal flash mobs now ravaging the nation are because the perpetrators are poor and disadvantaged. Since LBJ’s so-called War on Poverty, America’s poor and disadvantaged have consistently been afforded taxpayer-subsidized housing, fuel assistance, daycare and other child care, utilities, food, internet cable, healthcare (to include birth control and abortion), and even free Obama phones. EBT cards are allowed to pay for just about anything and are freely traded and sold on Craig’s List and under countless retail store counters.
- Unbelievable surveillance video captured flash mobs dashing into store after store and running out with armloads and sometimes entire racks of sporting goods.
It has happened at three different Sports Authority stores in the Chicago area.
This past Monday in Burbank at just before 1 p.m., five individuals entered a Sports Authority and soon after they were off. Video shows them running out the door with rack after rack of apparel and an employee giving chase.
On Saturday at a Sports Authority on Clark Street, a half dozen entered and stole several racks with lighting fast speed.
The store chain sounded the siren, saying, “At Sports Authority, the comfort and safety of our employees and customers always remain our top priority.”
It’s like a next generation flash mob. …
No one was hurt in the three incidents, though it’s clear the mob stops for no one. A close look at the robbery on Clark Street shows an employee who tries to intercede gets trampled.
The third incident occurred at the Frankfort location.
There have been no arrests so far and Sports Authority is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
This follows a report from a few days ago when hundreds of teenagers ravaged Chicago’s premiere shopping center:
Do you find this coincidence to be not a coincidence at all but just folks trying to explain away President Pants-On-Fire’s incomprehensible habit of lying — about everything. You see, we are now to conclude that the Liar-in-Chief — the alleged smartest man in any room — is NOT a liar but a simple everyday garden variety moron.
We start with Steven Hayward, who explains “Uhlmann’s Razor” at Powerline:
- It is a popular theory that failure is the deliberate design of Obamacare, the better to force us into a single-payer system. True enough that Obama voiced this sympathy some years ago. But I tend in these matters to go with Uhlmann’s Razor, the bureaucratic-age variant of Occam’s famous blade, provided to us by professor Michael Uhlmann of Claremont Graduate University: “When stupidity is a sufficient explanation, there’s no need to have recourse to any other.” Remember that it was Congress—Nancy Pelosi’s Congress—that wrote most of the (Un)Affordable Care Act. …
Reader, I don’t like President Obama any more than you do, and I agree he’s a left-wing-radical-socialist-neo-Marxist who despises much of what made America great and who’s far too fond of the Muslim Brotherhood. But he’s not a genius. What we’ve seen in the Obamacare rollout, in Fast-and-Furious, in Benghazi and in so many other White House screw-ups isn’t willful duplicity, but incompetence.
Right. Well, it gets even worse.
- There have been bad presidents — see Jimmy Carter. Yet has there ever been a president as staggeringly incompetent as Barack Obama? Really, can there be any other explanation for his performance as president than the man is, well…a moron?
Let’s face it, we all know them. They are the people who either started out with money, or have spent a lifetime failing up. Despite a distinct lack of accomplishment, personal or professionally, they believe they are the smartest person in every room. They cannot utter a sentence that does not include “I,” “me,” and “my,” and they never stop speaking. To quote Alice Roosevelt, they are “the corpse at every funeral, the bride at every wedding and the baby at every christening.”
They seem to Forrest Gump their way through life, with one undeserved success after another.
Does this remind you of anyone?
Have you ever noticed how many of these “really smart” people there are in government? It’s a magnet for morons, and it seems every damn one of them is portrayed by the media as a genius in his own right. Yet, they never seem to be able to do anything but make things worse, and usually much worse.
These are America’s morons and Barry is their leader. …
Narcissus was convinced no one was prettier than Narcissus. And Barry is convinced no one smarter than Barry. …
Dirty Harry Callahan said: “A man’s got to know his limitations.” And Clint Eastwood talked to an empty chair. Well…Barack Obama is the iconic “empty suit,” which, by definition is the most dangerous of morons. …
Has there ever been a president more willing to display his arrogance. Arrogance is symptomatic of the dangerous moron. Having failed up, way beyond his wildest expectations, he truly believes he is what people have always told he him was.
The dangerous moron, having succeeded instead of failing starts to believe that, not only is he not a moron, he is a genius. I don’t know why. Only a moron could think that.
On the slow-motion trainwreck that is Obamacare, Gensert writes of the Healthcare.gov website’s fits-and-starts rollout:
- Jon Stewart, who, believe it or not, can be on the money sometimes, said that Obama was “out of the loop,” and then added, “There appear to be very few loops he’s in.” Isn’t that the perfect description of the nation’s first moron president?
Barry’s response: “No one is madder than me.”
If I hear “No one is madder than me,” one more time I think I am going to throw up all over my copy of the Audacity of Hope. I wouldn’t of course, because that might affect my ObamaCare eligibility, or the NSA might tell the IRS and I’d be audited.
Morons are a naturally angry lot. Wouldn’t you be if you didn’t know what the hell was going on? And who knows less of what is going on than Barack Obama? …
Remember those commercials where and actor would say, “I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV?” Well…that’s what we have here — a moron who is not a president, but he plays one on TV.
With Nixon, they asked what did he know and when did he know it.
To ask the same question of Barry would be ridiculous. He didn’t know anything ever — and he’s the first to admit it.
In fact, he brags about it.
…and no one is madder than he is.
Read the rest of the article here.
See the trend? POTUS is not the evil genius you thought he was (like his hero George Soros). He’s just another D.C. moron, another useful idiot, if you please.