Archive for August, 2011

  • Obamacare: A Man-Made Disaster

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    In the past week, Washington, DC has experienced two disasters related to nature that were beyond our control. Buildings swayed to a significant 5.8 earthquake and a category one Hurricane.

    Earthquakes, let alone an earthquake combined with a hurricane, are indeed rare events for DC.  While these natural disasters weren’t preventable, knowledge about such threats and proper preparation are key to our safety. Luck was on our side as damage and human injuries were minimal (serious flooding continues in upstate New York and Vermont).

    Before, during and after these disasters our perpetually vacationing President was almost invisible as he continues his “lead from behind” strategy.

    He appeared before a microphone today to remind America that we have just endured something. He also reminded America that, soon, he will get around to unveiling his plan to do something about our jobs crisis.

    Any “grand plan” to increase jobs in America is not something we can look forward to from President Obama. The unemployment rate is more than 9.2%, markets remain in negative territory, our national debt is multiplying out of control by the minute and the world’s economy looks more like another impending disaster. This disaster will be of the man-made variety.

    Obama: Thinking about getting around to jobs

    When Obama finally delivers his speech on how he plans to create jobs, my concern over one of the few healthy sectors of the economy, healthcare, grows by the minute.

    The healthcare sector in America has remained strong and is one of the few that boasts increasing employment opportunities. But, like the Washington Monument, cracks are appearing in healthcare because of Obamacare.

    At this point there is no question that Obamacare is a job killer, even in the healthcare sector. As government-run insurance continues to permeate the system, MD offices are closing and MD’s are retiring early leaving office staff jobless.

    Medicare cuts are a reality because of Obamacare, regardless of efforts by Democrats to blame Rep. Paul Ryan for them. Obamacare itself is causing hospitals, MD offices, home health care operations to shave off substantial Medicare dollars due to lower reimbursement rates and new meddlesome rules.

    Several of my RN friends are being laid off because of cut backs in managed care institutions that are already falling in line for the Independent Payment Advisory Board, the unelected, unaccountable committee making decisions for American’s health care.

    My observations are from my perspective as an RN and health care entrepreneur. The once-safe job-producing health care industry is the last bastion of a positive job market in the U.S., and its days as such are numbered.

    As I watch the healthcare industry and job market crumble, it reminds me of the disasters of the past week. With the earthquake and hurricane, we were lucky. With Obamacare, luck is not on our side – certainly not with Obama preparing his big “jobs” speech in the coming weeks.

  • Obama should be fired

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    The S&P has downgraded America’s debt, the stock market has tanked over the past three weeks, and unemployment numbers are high and show no signs of coming down any time soon.

    The President obviously had one thing in mind when he took the oath of office: He wanted to create the change that is now destroying our country. He had no plan whatsoever as the stalemate over the increasing of the debt limit became a crisis.

    The failures of Obama’s presidency are intensifying as he starts his summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.  To add insult to injury, he embarks on another campaign trip – a “bus tour” – with American citizens footing the bill. Rather than rolling up his sleeves and getting to work to address the challenges plaguing our economy and country, he’s off working on his golf game.

    Obamacare looms over America as the largest act of our President and a then-Democrat-controlled Congress. It is costing us money that we do not have and will continue to cost us trillions over the long run.

    This new spending under Obamacare will not bring us a better health care system but rather destroy what we have. Medicare cuts continue and fewer physicians are opting to treat Medicare patients. At this point, hospitals are buying up physicians’ practices and providing offices and an in-hospital set up to follow the rules of the Hospital. These new hospital-run operations are starting to look like a government-subsidized rationed-care plan totally controlled by the unaccountable Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).

    The growing unrest across America is swelling to a large tidal wave of discontent. Every American is feeling the pain or has family and friends in a state of financial distress. In town hall meetings, Democrats in Congress are facing the pressure from their constituents over the dismal economic conditions, government mismanagement, and the wreckage Obamacare is causing as it’s forced upon us all.

    This unrest will not subside as Americans continue to wake up to the fact that Obama is totally disengaged from the job he’s supposed to be doing. He is simply not putting the effort expected of a president who’s supposed to be working for the American people.

    Is there any CEO in this country who would not be fired for such job performance?

    Image by Pete Souza

  • The Rounds: Debt Ceiling Edition

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    While our nation’s debt crisis and the Standard & Poors downgrade has been dominating the attention of Washington and the nation, one of the greatest threats to America’s solvency, Obamacare, marches forward.

    The link between Obamacare and the debt-ceiling debacle hasn’t gone unnoticed. Dr. Milton R. Wolf writes in The Washington Times:

    The debt-ceiling debate has revealed that there are two types of politicians in America today: those who still claim we can afford Obamacare and those who will tell you the truth.

    The $14.5 trillion debt monster [Obamacare] has now grown larger the U.S. economy itself…

    I urge you to read the full version of his insightful evisceration of Obamacare and how it threatens to destroy America here.

    The Boston Herald also notes the connection between Obamacare and our debt crisis and draws a contrast between President Obama and leading fiscal sanity hawk Rep. Paul Ryan:

    Even earlier this week when President Obama was taking his victory lap for the debt-ceiling compromise, Ryan was disclosing the cold, hard truths of the economic troubles that lie ahead — truths that a jittery Wall Street has been more than aware of.

    Across the pond in the United Kingdom, they know full well the perils of big government and the bottomless entitlement society that Obama champions. Those perils now involve riots of young people destined to a life “on benefit”. In The Telegraph, Nile Gardiner states:

    Since President Obama took office in January 2009, the United States has embarked on the most ambitious failed experiment in Washington meddling in US history. Huge increases in government spending, massive federal bailouts, growing regulations on businesses, thinly veiled protectionism, and the launch of a vastly expensive and deeply unpopular health care reform plan, have all combined to instill fear and uncertainty in the markets. Free enterprise has taken a backseat to continental European-style interventionism, as an intensely ideological left wing administration has sought to dramatically increase the role of the state in shaping the US economy. The end result has been a dramatic fall in economic freedom, sluggish growth, poor consumer confidence, high unemployment, a collapsing housing market, and an overall decline in US prosperity, with more than 45 million Americans now reliant on food stamps – that’s over one seventh of the entire country.

    And while this debate continues to rage on and dominate our attention, Obamacare continues its methodical march across this country and economy.

    The New Hampshire Union Leader looks at the ruling this month by the Department of Health & Human Services that requires health insurers to cover family planning services at no cost to the insured. Labeled “The next step toward government-run health care”, the Union Leader states that:

    This is a freebie for the middle class. Many more will follow, until insurers start going under, then Washington will step in to fill the void — unless we repeal this abomination before that happens.

    Amen.

    [Breaking: The Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit (Atlanta) has ruled that individual mandate, a major tenet of Obamacare, is unconstitutional.]

  • Appeals Court Strikes Down Individual Mandate

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    Some good news on the Obamacare front: The Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit (Atlanta) has ruled that individual mandate, a major tenet of Obamacare, is unconstitutional.

    In the ruling, the majority wrote that:

    This economic mandate represents a wholly novel and potentially unbounded assertion of congressional authority: the ability to compel Americans to purchase an expensive health insurance product they have elected not to buy, and to make them re-purchase that insurance product every month for their entire lives.

    The court ruling did not touch on other aspects of Obamacare, effectively enabling implementation of its many insidious components to march ahead.

    While this is a great step toward victory in killing Obamacare, we must continue to put pressure on Congress to repeal and defund it. Click here to sign our petition and make sure your Members of Congress know how you feel.

  • Act Now! Tell Congress to Repeal Obamacare!

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    From my perspective as a Registered Nurse and healthcare entrepreneur, I have been documenting at length the damage that Obamacare is doing to our healthcare system and our country. Shortages in doctors and medicines, loss of privacy, unaccountable medical decision-making committees, and drags on our economy are all hallmarks of Obamacare. We all know that Obamacare is unconstitutional, but we cannot wait and rely upon the courts to declare it so. Congress must act now before the damage is irreversible.

    And you must act now before its too late! Tell your Representatives in Congress to repeal Obamacare.

    I’ve created a campaign on Grasshop to make it easy for you to communicate with your Representatives and for us to demonstrate that Americans are opposed to this attack on our healthcare system and our country.

    Click here to take action.

    Taking a few minutes can make a difference! The privacy of your information is secure.

  • 15 Reasons to Repeal Obamacare

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    Our nation faces a critical debt crisis, and once Obamacare takes its toll, things are only going to go from worse to catastrophic.  Repealing Obamacare will save our nation trillions in the long run, not to mention preserving the world’s greatest health care system.

    In February I posted Ten Reasons to Repeal Obamacare. As implementation of Obamacare marches forward, more reasons to repeal have become evident.

    We need bold leaders to take on Obamacare and end it before it’s too late. One thing such leaders can count on in this fight: The American people. Latest polls show a majority of Americans are now in favor of repeal. The longer we wait, the more damage to America is done.

    Five Additional Reasons to Repeal Obamacare:

    1.   Obamacare is leading to a shortage of medicines across America. Shortages of common drugs like pain-killers, common diuretics, heart tonics, blood pressure treatments and anti-coagulants are skyrocketing.

    2.   With the existence of an Obamacare slush fund and wildly varying cost estimates across the board, no one really knows how much money Obamacare will cost America in the long run.

    3.   Obamacare destroys our privacy by allowing private health plans to pay only those doctors who implement whatever the federal government dictates to improve “quality.”

    4.   Unaccountable “committees” such as the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) will make decisions about what care is appropriate and are beyond the oversight of Congress. The recent ruling removing Avastin as an available treatment for advanced-stage breast cancer is only the beginning.

    5.   Much of Obamacare is unconstitutional, but we cannot simply rely on the courts to declare it so.

    My original Ten Reasons to Repeal Obamacare from February:

    1.   The 1099 Rule Targets Small Businesses. Like hundreds of thousands of other Americans, I am a successful small business owner. Obamacare requires us to file a 1099 tax form for any business purchase over $600. This significant paperwork burden falls on small businesses just as many are struggling to survive the Great Recession. All so we can help “fund Obamacare.”

    2.   Skyrocketing Premiums. The insurance premiums I pay to cover my employees are increasing at well over 80%. Like the 1099 Rule, this is another way Obamacare targets small businesses. These exploding premiums are a not-so-veiled effort to get employers to drop employee health benefits and force them into the government-run insurance. I’m proud to provide my employees with these benefits and I’m appalled that the federal government is squeezing me and other small business owners this way in order to fill the ranks of public-run insurance.

    3.   Seniors Get Squeezed. Many of my clients are seniors who rely on Medicare, which was already facing cuts prior to the adoption of Obamacare. They will be hit again under Obamacare. Now Medicare faces even more cuts under the new law while the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) is proposing a new entitlement insurance program for the “uninsured”. Some that may qualify for a “free ride”.

    4.   Legal Abuse Left Untouched. Why have health care costs been shooting through the roof over the past 20 years? A key driver is abuse of the legal system through malpractice lawsuits. Frivolous claims and outrageous awards have sent malpractice insurance premiums every doctor must pay into the stratosphere. Democrats in Congress and President Obama failed to address this obvious cost driver in Obamacare because trial lawyers are among their biggest contributors.

    5.   Doctors are Being Squeezed. Medicare keeps slashing the rate that medical doctors are reimbursed for the care they provide —  currently about 25% less than market rates. Doctors had already begun declining to take on new Medicare patients because they can’t continue to absorb the costs. Obamacare will continue to slash these reimbursement rates, further limiting the ability for seniors to find a doctor to treat them. Access will certainly be limited.

    6.   Hidden Taxes will Kill Small Businesses. Obamacare is extremely complex, and we’re just beginning to fully understand the details of its implementation. Over the next two years hidden taxes contained within Obamacare will hit many small businesses hard and drive many others under! Where will these tax revenues go? To pay for Obamacare, of course! Whether you deserve it or not! Spread the wealth.

    7.   Research and Development Takes a Hit. Medical device and pharmaceutical companies take huge risks every year to develop the innovative products and medicines that improve and extend the lives of millions of Americans. Obamacare allows politicians to dictate what medical products and treatments should cost, setting up a situation where companies cannot recoup their development costs and will not have the resources to continue taking such risks.

    8.   Cancer Treatments Rationed. Under Obamacare, many cancer-treating medications will be rationed and may not be available at all. It’s already begun. Let’s hope you can continue to afford private insurance or maintain your treatments under Medicare.

    9.   Obamacare is a Job-Killer. How are entrepreneurs and small business owners going to swing all of the new taxes and regulatory burdens imposed on them and pay the high costs of health insurance? It will be more difficult to bring on the types of skilled employees that I need for my business. It will place a strain on my ability to continue providing the premier private and skilled services that I am now able to provide. Just when we need more jobs, Obamacare goes for the kill.

    10.   Obamacare is a Business-Killer. Obamacare will cut me off at my knees. In 2013 I will likely need to sell real estate to generate capital to reinvest in my business. I need to hire more employees and treat more patients at home that need personal care, skilled nursing and physical therapy. But wait a minute! Under Obamacare I now face an additional tax on the capital gains from real estate sales. Now after all of the hard work to save, buy, maintain and hope to gain some equity in real estate, I must to fork over another 3.8% to fund Obamacare and not my business! Obamacare will kill businesses.

    Obamacare’s 2,700 pages is set to transform many aspects of American life, business and society. It is a law far too sprawling in scope to warrant specific fixes. It must be fully repealed and defunded soon, before permanent damage to our nation occurs.