Archive for January, 2011

  • Obamacare Ruled Unconstitutional


    A federal judge in Florida has ruled the Obama Administration’s health reform law unconstitutional. Essentially, the judge ruled that:

    1. The individual mandate is unconstitutional (good)
    2. The law is inseverable, meaning the whole act is unconstitutional and is struck down as opposed to simply the individual mandate clause (good)

    However, the judge did not issue an injunction, meaning it is still the law of the land as it goes through the appeals process (bad).

    More to come.

  • Understanding Advance Directives


    Some of the the uncertainty and fright over the so-called “Death Panels” contained in the Healthcare Legislation appears to have been been smothered, at least for the time being. The so called “Death Panels” as they were termed, were indeed sinister and scary. These “Death Panels” gave one or two people the power to determine what might happen to you as you face a terminal illness. It should not have been this way or even interpreted this way! But then again who knows how to interpret many provisions in Obamacare unless you have read the law at least three times — no small feat at more than 2700 pages!

    Surprisingly, just as the “Death Panels” scare was becoming a Front Page Event, President Obama and his team had second thoughts about this subject, and the “Death Panels” were no longer going to be in the Legislation. All of us have to closely follow this to see that they were permanently removed from the law.
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  • Two to watch for 2012


    2011 is now well underway, and we inch closer to the 2012 presidential election. As the field begins to take shape and heat up, I would like to bring attention to two notable contenders — and my current picks.

    Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey. The latest Fox News poll shows one potential GOP contender that would defeat President Obama if the election were held today. Governor Christie receives 43% to Obama’s 40%. The White House is obviously paying close attention to this rising star, inviting the governor and his wife to “rub elbows” with the President and First Lady at The State Dinner for President Hu of China Tuesday evening. He’s getting as much attention for what he does as a tough governor tackling daunting budget issues as the attention he gets for what he says.

    Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Another authentic “doer” in the GOP field is Rep. Ryan, the no-nonsense Chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee in the House. True, America hasn’t sent a congressman to the White House only once in our history (James Garfield), but Ryan’s star is rising fast and has to be considered one of the front-runners for 2012. He has been chosen by the GOP leadership to give the Republican message following the State of The Union Speech, where he will provide the GOP’s vision for fresh solutions to our fiscal and health care entitlement woes. Reactions to his performance will provide an early barometer of his 2012 prospects.

  • Beware of health discount scams


    In the wake of Obamacare and confusion around the future of individual insurance plans, a relatively new scam has been spreading. Advertised by various companies as “affordable healthcare” or touted as a “healthcare discount card”, these scams will only saddle you with unpaid bills and additional debt.

    Here’s how it works. The unlucky person purchases one of these plans in the hopes of gaining access to affordable doctors visits or prescriptions. Once incurring these charges, they are faced with major healthcare bills since this new “insurance” does not pay the bills. It is also unlikely you will ever receive any kind of “discount” for your medical bills. Once you realize you’ve been taken, it’s too late.

    The bottom line: Always research any company thoroughly before paying an insurance premium. Read your insurance policy. Have a contact person at the company that you can call on for answers. Finally, beware of changes stemming from provisions of new the healthcare law that may even to surprise the insurance company.

    The Federal Trade Commission and individual state insurance commissions will be monitoring these issues, but always do your own research.

  • Post House Vote Rounds (1.21.11)


    With the historic vote in the House of Representatives to repeal Obamacare in the bag, what’s next?

    In the National Review, Charles Krauthammer continues to expose the ridiculous and faulty line that repeal will increase our nation’s debt and suggests the GOP go after President Obama and the Democrats on the costs of the massive new entitlement and their manipulation of the CBO in their bid to defend it.

    Byron York in the Washington Examiner lays out the House GOP’s three-part plan to rid us of Obamacare.

    House Republicans are pursuing a three-part strategy. Part One was repeal; they promised to do it, and they did it. Part Two is replace, which in coming months will involve House votes on a series of GOP health care measures. And Part Three — since full repeal can’t win in the Senate — is another series of votes on measures to repeal individual parts of Obamacare. The net result will be that Republicans gradually push more and more House Democrats — and perhaps some in the Senate — away from an all-or-nothing defense of Obamacare.

    It’s going to be a long fight, and one that will surely run up into the 2012 elections and provide one of the key issues for contests nationwide. Our elected officials need to know they have the support of the people to fully repeal Obamacare before it’s too late.

  • The Rounds (1.19.11)


    The House of Representatives will vote today on repealing Obamacare today. It’s expected to pass, but faces a tougher fight in the Senate and a certain veto if it goes to President Obama.

    President Obama warned against repealing Obamacare, stating that we shouldn’t “go backwards”. He interestingly invokes “freedom” as one of the reasons to keep the law in place. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs doesn’t think the repeal effort is serious.

    The Democrats have their new message in defense of Obamacare: They’ve manipulated the Congressional Budget Office to provide an analysis that claims repeal will result in a $230 billion hole in the budget. The Oklahoman exposes the illogic of this claim, and Diana Furchtgott-Roth of Real Clear Markets goes deeper to explain why this is just plain crazy.

    With such logic, we could cut the deficit by passing a new entitlement program. Indeed, we could solve the whole budget problem by passing new entitlement programs every day of the year.

    On the other major front (other than de-funding Obamacare), The Associated Press reports today that six new states have joined the lawsuit against Obamacare, bringing the total states involved to 26.

    Finally, The Detroit News explores how some of the well-connected can obtain Obamacare waivers if they already offer what’s called “Mini-Med” plans to employees.

    Some of the administration’s closest allies — including 43 unions — were quickly told that they didn’t have to comply with the law. The latest count is that 222 unions and corporations have been granted waivers to portions of the health care law by President Obama’s health secretary. The list includes names like the Service Employees International Union and McDonald’s.

    If Obamacare is the best way forward for everyone, why does President Obama let his allies off the hook while the rest of us struggle to figure out how to comply?

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  • The House set to Vote on Obamacare Repeal Today


    Republicans in the House of Representatives are set to bring a vote to the floor to repeal Obamacare. It’s expected to pass today, but repeal faces a tough road in the Senate. And if it gets past the Senate and lands on President Obama’s desk, where a veto is certain.

    It is important to get our representatives in Congress on the record now regarding where they stand on Obamacare. This is just a first step, not a “check box” — as Rep. Michele Bachmann puts it — that relieves them from further efforts to undo and de-fund Obamacare.

    Now would be a good time to call your representative and urge them to vote to repeal Obamacare (or thank them for doing the right thing. Find their numbers here.

  • Obamacare To Hit Home Health Care Next


    The Associated Press reported today that Medicare recipients are facing at sizable new out-of-pocket expense for home health care services. This is just the latest aspect of health care to take a hit under Obamacare.

    The suggestion among staffers of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is that the out-of-pocket fee for recipients is $150 per visit. As a home health care practitioner, I can tell you that this will have a major impact on many recipients who will be forced to forgo such care. It is unrealistic for many to travel to receive this care, and they will therefore have to go without any.

    The Obamacare nightmare rolls on.

  • Another Treatment Denied Under Medicare


    I have previously eluded to the research and development dollars being decreased under Obamacare that would normally pay for the newer and more effective treatments. As reported by the Washington Examiner in late December, the Federal Drug Administration issued a decision revoking reimbursements for Avastin, a key medication for late-stage breast cancer that cuts off the blood supply to tumors. While Avastin has been shown to work, cost appears to be the reason for the decision.

    Patients now have the sole option of paying out-of-pocket. There is no question that I have witnessed many oncology patients be given this same option, particularly for expensive therapies such as chemotherapy and anti neoplastic drugs. It occurs primarily because Medicare will not reimburse for these therapies.

    Another example of cutting corners to spread the wealth under Obamacare.

  • New Republican Majority, Looking Ahead to 2012


    I was at the historic swearing in of the 112th Congress today and was very relieved when Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi passed the Gavel to the new Speaker of the House John Boehner. Speaker Boehner summed it up by saying that the Republicans have a chance to get it together in the next two years, and if they don’t they should be thrown out of office. We need the Republicans to be the leaders that they promised us that they would be. I also had a brief but good encounter with Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the newly appointed Budget and Finance Chair.

    With the new Republican leadership in the House and gains in the Senate, we need to start focusing sharply on the Presidential campaign for 2012. The potential field looks strong and includes Governors Pawlenty, Barbour, Romney and Palin as well as legislators like Rep Mike Pence, to name a few. The real question is; “Who can win in 2012? Who can beat Obama and deliver the leadership we need? That’s the bottom line.

    After chatting with several people today , my convictions remain the same as I felt before the sweep of Republican Victories in November. Here are my picks: » Read the rest of the entry..

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