Posts Tagged ‘Avastin’

  • 15 Reasons to Repeal Obamacare


    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.

  • Obamacare Creating Shortages of MDs, Medications


    The latest news still shows no signs that things are getting better. Unemployment sits at 9.2%, this month’s jobs report is absolutely dismal, gasoline prices remain high, and our national debt sits at $14.3 trillion and climbing. President Obama shows no interest in tackling these issues, but he is engaged in a steamy mid-July budget fight with Congressional Republicans over raising the debt limit. The deadline of August 2 is frighteningly close. If we fail to address deficit spending now, we risk seeing our wonderful country go the way of Greece, with rioting in the streets over austerity measures that make the current GOP proposals for spending cuts look tame by comparison.

    The one big Obama “accomplishment”, the systematic gutting of the world’s greatest healthcare system called Obamacare, continues to wreak havoc on doctors and patients alike.

    Avastin: No longer an option for breast cancer patients

    The latest evidence of where we’re heading is the issue over Avastin. The FDA has rejected Avastin, the newest and most effective anti-cancer treatment for advanced breast cancer cases. The FDA is following the lead of the United Kingdom, where Avastin was rejected for cost reasons. Patients who are relying on Avastin are up in arms. Where does this leave them?

    We have to look again at the provision of the Obamacare law that specifically addresses end of life care and how it is determined who receives cancer therapy. There are designated MDs now in hospitals that are writing end-of-life diagnoses and cancer treatments now are being determined for the younger more curable cancers. As a practicing RN I never thought that I would see the day when MDs made the determination as to whom is treated or not treated for their ailments. Thus goes the Avastin probability that it just might work or extend a person’s life!

    While Avastin may be disappearing as an option, medications in general are becoming increasingly scarce. We’re not just talking about specialized or boutique medications, but ordinary painkillers for post surgical pain, common diuretics, heart tonics, blood pressure treatments and anti-coagulants.

    Source: Associated Press

    Not too long ago, a patient could take their prescriptions to their neighborhood chain run pharmacy and leave the same day with their prescription filled. This is becoming a thing of the past as many patients face waiting periods of several days to have their prescriptions fully filled. Hospitals, rehabilitation and long-term care facilities are facing the same shortages for more than 200 types of medications. Family members are telling me that long-term care facilities are asking families to bring in their medications to the facility. The practice of taking your medications from your home into such a facility was once illegal (and most likely still is!).

    Emergency rooms are starting to feel the strain as well. The growing physician shortage is worsened by more MDs leaving their chosen field. As more people become eligible for Obamacare or the government-payer system Medicaid, this crisis will reach a boiling point. The citizens of this country who once had access to the most coveted and best healthcare in the world are being tested and they surely are not ready to accept the demise of our healthcare system in favor of Obamacare.

  • 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.