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  • Zero Hour for Obamacare

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    Today marks perhaps one of the most historic and important dates in the history of our government.

    The long-awaited Supreme Court case on the constitutionality of the insurance mandate contained within Obamacare – the one that forces every American citizen to purchase health insurance –has finally arrived.

    A well-known and publicized fact is that Obamacare, with all its whacky and unrealistic provisions, will now cost roughly $17 billion. As this number keeps rising, it may cost many times that number by the time it is fully implemented. From my perspective as a health care professional and small business entrepreneur, I have written extensively about the damage Obamacare is doing.

    Jay Carney doesn't want to talk about Obamacare

    The facts and fears of Obamacare seem to have no end as more and more people – and Members of Congress – become more familiar with “what’s in the bill”. Successful efforts by Republicans in the House of Representatives to repeal Obamacare, spurred on by Rep. Michele Bachmann, were DOA in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

    Since then, Obamacare has continued to attract more commentary and analysis from concerned professionals in the medical community. Medicare-aged citizens, young people tuning into their future and the general public have become concerned that Obamacare was a dreadful mistake. Public opinion polls now show a majority of Americans support the repeal of Obamacare.

    An overriding fear of many is that this monster of a bill represents the single largest power grab in the history of the U.S. It has implications for nearly every area of our lives – taxation, real estate ownership, small business, privacy, and our own health and well-being. As Obamacare continues to reveal its true nature, outrage grows over how this bill was forced upon all of us without Members of Congress even taking the time to read it.

    Politically speaking, even though the Supreme Court is evaluating only one aspect of Obamacare – the individual mandate – it is clear that the implications of this decision will have a greater impact on how our government operates in the future. A 5-4 decision striking down the mandate will give a green light to the GOP to again move to repeal the whole law. A GOP victory in November giving them control of both the House and Senate will pave the way.

    The men and women who will decide our fate

    On the other hand, other SCOTUS scenarios are being tossed around town. One has SCOTUS affirming the constitutionality of Obamacare by a 7-2 margin with conservatives on the bench finding some way to join with the liberals. I don’t believe this will happen, but if it does, it will mark the end of constitutional government. We will no longer enjoy a free society, as the government will have free reign to mandate upon the citizenry anything they felt was best for us. This would be a political, social and economic nightmare.

    What if Obamacare is affirmed by the Supreme Court, but by a narrower 5-4 margin? It would still lead to a dangerous outcome for the future of our country as a free society, but would raise the stakes even further for November’s presidential election.

    As Obama gets his reelection campaign in gear, its clear Obamacare isn’t an issue he’s anxious to run on. White House spokesman Jay Carney has gotten rather adept at dancing around the issue when pressed by reporters. Obama may be unsuccessful in handling Obamacare during this election season no matter how it turns out. If Obamacare is struck down, he loses. If it is affirmed, America loses.

    “This is the most important election of our lifetime” is a cliché we hear ad nauseam every four years. But with Obamacare and the unprecedented powers it confers upon our government at hand, this cliché has unfortunately become a sobering reality.

  • Where Have All of the Doctors Gone?

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    Now well into 2012, we are starting to see the vast changes in Medicare takingshape and it’s not pretty.  Expect the doctor shortage crisis that’s been picking up steam in America to come to a boil in a couple of years.

    Beginning in 2013, doctors and hospitals treating individual patients will be held accountable for “rehospitalizations” within 30 days and face penalties if they have high 30-day readmission rates. The reason behind this move is that readmissions are costly to Medicare and the public. Watch for even more doctors and health care facilities to turn away older patients out of fear their readmission rates will spike.

    Beginning this year, Medicare reimbursement rates will be cut yet again, further slashing into the income MDs make along with the incentive to take on older patients. Couple that with rising liability insurance premiums, office space rental fees and salaries for qualified office personnel. Note too that Medicare does not cover for state of the art medical equipment. Private insurance reimbursements aren’t enough to bridge the gab while more and moreof our population is aging.

    The Great MD Squeeze is fully underway.

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  • American Doctors in Crisis, Many Going Broke

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    I have written often about crisis doctors are facing with the challenges government policies are presenting for them.

    Now CNN Money has a new article out about how doctors across America are going broke, and we need look no further than Obamacare and the related changes in Medicare to know why.

    The article quotes Dr. William Pentz, a cardiologist in Philadelphia:

    …recent steep 35% to 40% cuts in Medicare reimbursements for key cardiovascular services, such as stress tests and echocardiograms, have taken a substantial toll on revenue.

    These cuts have destabilized private cardiology practices,” he said. “A third of our patients are on Medicare. So these Medicare cuts are by far the biggest factor. Private insurers follow Medicare rates. So those reimbursements are going down as well.

    This crisis isn’t limited to cardiologists. We know that many doctors have quit seeing Medicare patients entirely, and more are sure to follow. Many health facilities, including hospitals and hospices will fail. Further Medicare cuts will total $575 billion over the next decade and 7.5 million people will lose their Medicare Advantage plans and be forced into paying higher premiums for fewer benefits.

    America’s once superb healthcare system is crumbling before our eyes. Reversing this trend must begin with a change in leadership at the top in 2012 and the repeal of Obamacare. President Obama and his allies in socializing our healthcare system cannot be allowed to continue pushing forward. We’re seeing the results of their handiwork already.

  • Why hire a Geriatric care manager?

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    The medical/healthcare system has been getting more complex for everyone. Adding to this complexity are all of the new mandates included in Obamacare, which serve to only make our healthcare system more confusing, convoluted, and legally questionable.

    One thing’s for certain: Obamacare does not benefit any one over the age of sixty.

    Every day more MD’s are refusing to accept Medicare, thus nearly eliminating access to MDs, let alone the regular visits needed by many.

    Long term insurance policies, Medicare supplemental insurance options and Medicare Part D are all getting more confusing for those trying to ascertain which benefits they really have.

    Finally, critical medication shortages are plaguing community pharmacies and hospitals, leading to unacceptable delays for many who need them.

    What does this mean for someone who is elderly, disabled or suffers from dementia? How do they begin to make sense of this mess and get the care and treatments they need?

    c/o Rep. Brady (R-TX) and Sen. Brownback (R-KS)

    Enter the Geriatric Care Manager (GCM). Typically an experienced Registered Nurse with home health experience, the GCM is the person to hire to alleviate the stress of navigating the healthcare system.

    A GCM is not an entirely new concept, but rather one that has developed over the past 12 years. As the healthcare system becomes more complex, the demand for GCM’s has increased accordingly.

    Imagine an 80+ year old client that faces the prospect of having no regular MD and cannot get themselves to the pharmacy or complete errands. Now imagine that this individual has hearing, vision, mobility and memory issues. These are the people our increasingly complex healthcare system is leaving behind.

    A GCM offers quality, individualized assessments, customized care plans, and care coordination to ensure appropriate care is administered that is unique to each individual.

    A GCM can offer the following services:

    • Assistance in getting to medical appointments
    • Support for shopping and socialization
    • Healthcare advocacy to ensure the right care and benefits are received
    • Relocation and alternate living assistance
    • Home modification and medical equipment assistance to ensure a safer living environment.

    When family members live a long distance from their loved one, the services of a GCM can bridge this gap by managing and observing the care received on a regular basis. The GCM can also review their benefits and conduct an Insurance Policy Review.

    The transient nature of our society means the days when family members are directly responsible for the care of their extended families are in the past. The Geriatric Care Manager’s role has expanded and covers more services, and serves individuals and families for acute and chronic conditions, produces referrals for elder law attorneys, physicians, Adult Protection Services Guardians, powers of attorney, discharge planners at hospitals, rehabilitation centers, assisted living communities and hospice care.

    One thing’s for certain, our healthcare system is not getting any simpler to navigate. The Geriatric Care Manager is stepping in to serve as a healthcare advocate when people need it the most.

  • Steve Jobs and the Occupiers: Two very different visions for America

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    I am reading Walter Isaacson’s new book on the life of Steve Jobs. Like many adoring Americans, I will always be influenced by Jobs. I have enjoyed the experience of his many brilliant innovations.

    Steve Jobs: An optimistic vision for America's opportunity and growth

    A passage in the book continues to resonate with me. He told President Obama last year that he will be a one-term president if he continues his anti-business policies, stating that regulations and costs of operation are stifling economic activity. Jobs added that America’s education system needs a transformation if our country is going to be competitive.

    What a critical yet positive statement about what America needs to thrive. Contrast this with the “Occupy Wall Street” invasions of our public spaces across the country. The unruly, unsanitary and illegal behaviors of OWS protesters are not going unnoticed, yet they don’t appear to be coalescing into a cohesive movement.

    I have followed the OWS protests and have read differing points of view on their meaning. Many in the media are ignoring the real reasons behind these “never-ending” occupations of urban public parks.

    One theory is that the Obama campaign machine is recruiting and compensating these lost youth in an effort to promote Obama’s agenda of change. Couple this with the threats and actions of the unions that are advocating city riots and upheaval during the next year. Their intentions to orchestrate or co-opt OWS are obviously designed in an attempt to derail the GOP efforts for 2012.

    How will this play out? The agitating and increasingly violent behavior of OWS protesters may backfire on Obama and the unions who are openly supporting them as they begin to make their case for another four years.

    Given the choice between a positive, pro-growth vision provided by Steve Jobs or the anti-business class warfare vision provided by OWS, Obama and his left-wing allies have chosen the latter as the foundation for their 2012 campaign.

    OWS: A pessimistic vision of class warfare and revolution

    Conventional wisdom has said that, if next year’s election is a referendum on Obama, he’ll lose, but if it’s a choice, he’s got a chance. By closely aligning with OWS, Obama has just made a “choice” election much clearer for Americans and considerably weakened his prospects for a second term.

    The embrace of OWS by Obama and the unions may be more effective at solidifying opposition to a second Obama term while failing to energize his base. Consider Obamacare. The unions practically wrote the law, yet they secured waivers for themselves so they don’t have to comply with its damaging provisions. Is this the kind of change OWS protesters can believe in?

    Considering what’s at stake, including the repeal of Obamacare and reversing Obama’s socialist agenda, his open courting of OWS should be welcomed as a blessing.

  • Obama kills “financially unsustainable” Obamacare program

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    We’ve known since the beginning of Obamacare that it would do the opposite of the stated promise of reigning in skyrocketing health care costs.

    The Obama Administration has pulled the plug on the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports, known as Class, was intended for people with chronic illnesses or severe disabilities.

    Why? The Administration determined that Class was financially unsustainable. Premiums were expected to cover the costs of the program for 75 years. That was about 74 years too much for Obama’s number crunchers.

    Does Obama expect us to believe that this is an outlier and that there are no other components of Obamacare that are financially unsustainable? As Obamacare continues to push costs even higher, we know better.

    The US Supreme Court has yet to determine the constitutionality of Obamacare, but as I’ve said before, we cannot rely on SCOTUS to undo this monstrosity. It must be repealed, and it should be noted that every GOP candidate for 2012 has pledged to do just that.

    Read about the Obama Administration’s decision to end Class here.

  • Christie’s Out. It’s Time for the GOP to Rally

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    It’s official: Governor Chris Christie has finally made his decision and will not run for the Presidency, choosing to continue as Governor of New Jersey. While we may have been strung along a bit longer than we’d like, at least we can get on with the important job of choosing a GOP candidate for 2012.

    The GOP needs to move towards deciding on a viable candidate that we can get behind and defeat Obama in 2012. We must totally envision defeating the failed policies and lack of leadership of BHO. His failed policies have catapulted America towards a double-dip recession, a tanking stock market, and a pervasive socialist agenda that’s permeating every segment of our economy and psyche.

    Beyond working toward victory in 2012, I call on the leaders of the Republican party to do something to reverse the course Obama has set for our nation. First, we must repeal Obamacare. I have written extensively about how Obamacare is destroying the world’s greatest healthcare system. One of my early posts on the subject, Obamacare: Swindle of a Lifetime still holds true.

    Obamacare was shoved town the throats of the American people by a Congress that didn’t bother to read the bill before passing it. The new law started to reveal itself over the months following its enactment and the American people began to realize how devastating its costs and impact will be. Yet it is just one example of the nanny state that’s growing like a malignant cancer on our liberties and freedoms.

    The GOP now has four serious contenders for the presidential nomination – Romney, Perry, Cain and Gingrich – and it must work to stop the infighting. Any one of the aforementioned candidates would, in my opinion, go a long way towards victory. The GOP cannot simply sit on the sidelines and criticize. It must go on offense in Congress to undo the damage Obama has done while grooming its candidates to take on Obama in 2012.

  • Obamacare Contributing to Skyrocketing Healthcare Costs

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    Health care premiums are rising faster than they have since 2005, and Obamacare is a major driver. Touted as a way to get control over the rising costs of healthcare, Obamacare is having the opposite affect.

    Newsmax points to an employer survey conducted by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation that showed that the cost of an average family health policy rose 9% in 2011 to more than $15,000, and a single policy rose 8%.

    Even more striking, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the average American accounts for $7,538 in health care costs, compared to an average of $2,995 for industrial countries.

    Obamacare continues to squeeze what little economic energy America still has. It must be repealed before permanent damage is done.

  • SCOTUS Set to Review Obamacare

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    Obamcare, which has faced legal challenges and setbacks since it’s enactment, is now headed to the Supreme Court.

    The Obama administration declined to request that the full U.S. Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit review an August ruling that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. This puts Obamacare on the fast track to the US Supreme Court and sets up an important ruling in the middle of the Presidential campaign season next year.

    While I remain optimistic that the US Supreme Court will strike down Obamacare, we cannot rely solely on them to undo this terrible law. We must continue the effort to repeal and defund it. Until it’s gone, it will continue to create employer uncertainty, damage the economy, and hit Americans with higher costs.

  • Obama targets big donors, weakens healthcare non-profits

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    President Obama is determined to establish the federal government as the sole provider for Americans in need.

    A central component of Obama’s recent spate of deficit reduction proposals is a new tax levy on charitable gifts from higher income donors. The rationale is to keep some taxpayers from enjoying more benefits from tax-deducted gifts than other taxpayers. The reality is this is a tax increase that will directly and adversely impact America’s non-profit community.

    Among the organizations directly threatened by this new tax on giving are the thousands of healthcare and hospital foundations that rely on generous donations from those with higher-incomes. These organizations are already struggling in the face of Obamacare’s onerous new regulations.

    What we know now about this new tax on giving:

    • It targets those with higher incomes who make significant donations
    • It doesn’t affect those with higher incomes who don’t give to charity
    • It increases the amount required by higher income individuals to achieve the same impact with charitable gifts.

    Combined with Obamacare, this new tax on giving will only serve to drive more people into the arms of government-run healthcare, which I’m sure suits our President just fine.

    The Daily Caller has this article on the backlash that’s brewing over this new tax on giving.

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