Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’

  • 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.

  • The Rounds: Debt limits, Obamacare crushed our economic recovery, and more on IPAB

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    The debate over raising the debt limit is dominating the news cycle. With a deal near, The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot thinks Obama’s spending cuts aren’t what they appear to be:

    One of President Obama’s advantages in the debt-limit talks has been his ability to sound like a born-again spending cutter in public while the details of what he’s willing to accept remain secret. The reality is that the White House offer on spending reforms was much less than publicly advertised, and by the end it even included $136 billion in new spending proposals over 10 years.

    While spending is the major issue, our continued economic slump isn’t helping our nation’s fiscal matters. Obamacare is now a clear root cause of our economic woes. The Heritage Foundation has released a new study: Economic Recovery Stalled After Obamacare Passed. Just as the economy was on the mend, Obamacare sank it again, the study says, pointing to statistics explaining the unemployment and growth challenges. The Weekly Standard also looks at Obamacare’s effects on the economy and refers to the Heritage study.

    Also in The Weekly Standard, Terry Eastland takes a close look at the legal basis for challenging Obamacare, and the prospects of SCOTUS finding it unconstitutional. There’s hope in the words of Justice Anthony Kennedy:

    Notably, Kennedy’s opinion makes the point that “laws enacted in excess of delegated governmental power” are problematic if they “direct or control” the actions of individuals, for then their “liberty is at stake.” One can expect this and other portions of Bond will be quoted to the Court when it reviews Obamacare.

    [The Bond decision] provides reason to think that Kennedy will see the Obamacare mandate as a law too far—one that exceeds the enumerated powers of Congress, cuts into the authority of the states, and violates individual liberty.

    In Reason, Peter Suderman takes a look at the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) which I’ve discussed. Suderman explores why IPAB is already a mess, unconstitutional, and nearly impossible to repeal. The Goldwater Institute has filed a lawsuit claiming that IPAB is unconstitutional because, according to Diane Cohen of The Goldwater Institute, the organization filing the suit, “Congress cannot delegate away its legislative responsibilities under the Constitution.”

    Congress made repeal of IPAB very difficult as well by setting time limits on introducing repeal legislation and requiring a supermajority to pass it.

    Remember the story that President Obama told repeatedly during the 2008 campaign about how his mother spent her dying months battling with her insurance company because they claimed she suffered from a pre-existing condition? It turns out that the story was fabricated, and Michelle Malkin has the scoop.

    The state-level health insurance exchanges under Obamacare go into effect in 2014, and the Wall Street Journal takes a closer look. Should Republicans refuse to participate in creating exchanges as an act of civil disobedience?

    In an editorial, Investors.com looks at the prototype of Obamacare, former Governor Mitt Romney’s health insurance reform in Massachusetts. In addition to not achieving universal coverage, “…the cumulative cost of RomneyCare is nearly $8.6 billion. The promise of cost-containment has not only been broken, it’s been ripped asunder in spectacular fashion.”

  • Obama is not Sincere in Debt Limit Stand-off

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    There is no question that the bipartisan talks over raising the debt limit are disingenuous. The Democrats and their leaders – Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama – opposed the Republicans when they moved to raise the debt limit under President George W. Bush.

    Debt limit brinksmanship

    Now these same Democrats are indignant over the GOP’s efforts to bring some sanity to our spending addiction before raising the debt limit. And on the GOP side, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposal to cede Congressional authority to President Obama and let him alone raise the debt limit is ridiculous.

    All of these countless hours spent by the “leadership” of both sides sitting at the White House have been a study in double-edge swords. We’re now in a no-win situation. Obama sees a way to trap Republicans and ruin their chances at the ballot box in November 2012.

    With someone like Obama sitting across the table offering disingenuous proposals, it’s understandable why Mitch McConnell wants to allow Obama to raise the debt limit without Congressional approval. He wants Obama to own the mess and the political blame for the continued erosion of our economy. If the GOP joins hands with the Democrats in raising the limit, they’ll share in the blame.

    But handing over more power to the executive branch may be politically advantageous in the short run, but it’s dangerous in the long run. As I mentioned last month, Obamacare is already loaded with unaccountable “Czars” in control of the decision-making process. This trend should not continue.

    I believe that raising the debt limit gives Obama more power to shove Obamacare and other programs like Cap & Trade down our throats. Obama may “own” the results of these moves and face the political fallout in 2012, but it’s a terrible pill for America to swallow.

    Earlier this week, my concern was not that we would default if no deal emerged by August 2. However, as this week has progressed and the mainstream media narrative has taken shape – with all of the threats of default and credit downgrades – we should be wary that a default is possible or made to occur, with blame doled out accordingly.

    All of the layers of networks, bureaucracies, and structures of Obamacare are like relentless vine choking American commerce and the economy. I don’t think Obama understands the true costs his own health overhaul is having on this country.

    It is imperative that a Republican wins the White House in 2012 so the malignancy of Obamacare can be fully repealed and excised. Until then, the Republicans must do everything they cannot to take the fall for well-maneuvered political strategies like Obama’s debt limit charade.

  • How Obamacare Threatens Medicaid

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    The so-called “Misery Index” is back and is rivaling that of Carter Administration. Gearing up for his reelection effort, President Obama’s approval ratings are hovering near their lowest points during is presidency. Add to this the fallout from Obamacare, and things aren’t looking good for him or the country.

    As Obamacare implementation marches forward, the focus has been on Medicare. But we should not forget about Medicaid, which is another threat from Obama’s signature law.

    Let’s take a look at two scenarios for Medicaid as Obamacare rolls over the country.

    Medicaid Scenario I

    One very dismal forecast shows that by 2014 most employees will lose their private Employee Sponsored Insurance. Faced with rising costs, many of employers will have no choice but to abandon employer-based health insurance, opting instead to pay the $2,000 penalty as mandated under Obamacare.

    By choosing to pay penalties over providing benefits, employers will save thousands of dollars while unfortunately driving their employees into the welcoming arms of the government. Unable to pay the skyrocketing health insurance premiums, the only option available is the government-run health insurance, or Medicaid. Individuals will have to endure “least common denominator” health care quality while both federal and state governments will struggle to manage the growing financial strain.

    Medicaid Scenario 2

    The Democrats attacked Paul Ryan’s plan to save Medicare by privatizing it with select options. However these same Democrats are creating a scenario that threatens both Medicare and Medicaid. Key to this is the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) as mandated in Obamacare. This controversial provision, effective in 2015, creates a 15-member panel to be appointed by the President and accountable to the Department of Health and Human Services. Note that Congress abdicated their oversight role, essentially creating 15 health care Czars!

    The structure of our new health care system: Obamacare

    IPAB will be responsible for decreasing Medicare spending by slashing reimbursements to health care providers. The result will be Medicare reimbursement rates that are lower than Medicaid rates. If doctors today are turning away Medicare patients because of lower reimbursement rates, I predict that soon with the fallout from the IPAB, doctors will not take any Medicare patients.

    It is predicted that by 2015 there will be a mandatory requirement for all Nurse Practitioners to have a Doctorate/Nurse Practitioner Degree. The DNP will most likely be the sole prescriber and the one treating patients. A perfect storm is brewing to create a crisis-level health provider shortage as we shove more and more people into Medicaid while health providers run away.

    And what about “RyanCare”, Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to save Medicare? RyanCare proposes to empower seniors to make decisions to control their Medicare dollars and save the Medicare system by controlling costs and avoiding a mass exodus to Medicaid. Democrats don’t want you to have such a say and would rather empower an unaccountable committee of 15 to apply rationing measures and drive seniors to Medicaid with almost no access to doctors.

    If this were a multiple-choice test, I would choose RyanCare over Obamacare and the Democrat’s unaccountable decision-making panels any day.

  • The Rounds: Obamacare sinks; Medicaid battles, and proud new owners of the economy

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    Real Clear Politics’ David Paul Kuhn looks at the prospects for Obamacare in the coming few years and why Obama’s definitive “achievement” is in jeopardy (court battles, legislative prospects), along with his legacy. We can only hope.

    In the New York Post, Betsy McCaughey explains how Obamacare is destroying our privacy with a new national health database:

    Section 1311 of the Obama health law says that private health plans can pay only doctors who implement whatever the federal government dictates to improve “quality.” This is the first time the federal government has asserted a broad power to control how doctors treat privately insured patients.

    In The Washington Post, George Will calls Obamacare a “travesty of constitutional lawmaking”.

    The point of [Obamacare] is cost containment. This supposedly depends on the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The IPAB, which is a perfect expression of the progressive mind, is to be composed of 15 presidential appointees empowered to reduce Medicare spending — which is 13 percent of federal spending — to certain stipulated targets. IPAB is to do this by making “proposals” or “recommendations” to limit costs by limiting reimbursements to doctors. This, inevitably, will limit available treatments — and access to care when physicians leave the Medicare system.

    Shikha Dalmia looks at the numbers to compare Obamacare with Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposal and comes to the following conclusion:

    ObamaCare is the worst thing that could happen to seniors in their old age; inaction is the next and RyanCare is the least bad. As a senior in the making, if those were my only options, I would ignore Democratic demagoguery and take RyanCare in a heartbeat. ObamaCare, however, I’d avoid like the plague.

    Obamacare continues to sink in the court of public opinion. Keith Koffler points to a new Rasmussen poll:

    The survey of likely voters finds that 54 percent at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law while 35 percent are at least somewhat opposed. And the passion is with the opponents. Some 41 percent strongly favor appeal compared to 28 percent strongly oppose it…. Obamacare remains a political weakness for Obama, and not one he is likely to solve before Election Day.

    This week, 29 GOP governors joined together to call for relaxation of federal rules on Medicaid spending.

    Across the country, governors are concerned about the burgeoning cost of Medicaid, which in fiscal 2010 consumed nearly 22 percent of state budgets, according the National Association of State Budget Officers. That’s larger than what states spent on K-12 public schools.

    More on Medicare: Politico reports that Senate Democrats are having a tough time resisting GOP efforts to reform and save the program.

    Economist Lawrence B. Lindsey does a great job in the Weekly Standard explaining the financial straightjacket America finds itself in.

    Right now, thanks in large part to Federal Reserve policy, Uncle Sam can borrow at an average cost of just 2.5 percent. The average borrowing cost over the last three decades was 5.7 percent. Our debt is now $14 trillion and scheduled to grow to $25 trillion by the end of the decade. If interest rates normalize over that period, the added interest costs in 2021 alone will be $800 billion—more than 20 times the mere $37 billion in budget cuts that tore up Congress in March… we are stuck in a world in which the Fed must keep rates artificially low in order to prevent a budget disaster.

    Read Lindsey’s full article, where he deftly dissects the structural issues with Medicare and Medicaid.

    Patrick Buchanan likens the Obama Administration’s position to that of France early in World War II when the Germans smashed their initial defenses and had no reserves to call upon:

    The Obama administration… has drawn and played all its cards: the $800 billion stimulus bill, three straight deficits averaging $1.4 trillion, the Federal Reserve’s mass purchases of bad paper from the world’s banks, and QE2, the monthly purchase of $100 billion in Treasury bills that ends June 30. Yet, from the numbers that came in from May, Obama looks to be holding a losing hand. The anemic growth of the first quarter of 2011 seems to have stalled, and the prospect of a double-dip recession looms.

    About one of those cards played, President Obama chuckled that “Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected” when asked about the anemic results of all his economic stimulus initiatives.

    And when DNC chief and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz stated that the Democrats now “own the economy”, Investors Business Daily agrees, and it doesn’t look good for the President or his party.

    Let’s face it. Obama and the Democrats own this economy and the destruction of our great health care system. They own the blame. The misinformed that voted for him are “on to him”. Even his once solid base is turning on him. Is there any question why our economy isn’t improving?

  • What a week in Washington

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    It has been a challenge this week sorting through all the news about the disgraceful behavior of another politician gone morally amok. This behavior is happening too often, creating unacceptable distractions from real issues. You know their names.

    Looking towards 2012, the GOP is getting down to business. Their leading man thus far, Mitt Romney, is holding his frontrunner position with 23% in the polls. He continues to stay on message, has the campaign organization, plenty of cash and a solid understanding of the current woes and dangers posed by our teetering economy.

    Leading, but with one big problem.

    The biggest thorn in Romney’s side is also the most difficult for him to extract: “Romneycare”, the prototype for President Obama’s national healthcare overhaul disaster. Romney simply can’t get around this since stating firmly that he has no regrets and he’d do it all over again, even with Massachusetts now grappling with its destructive consequences. Romneycare, and to a much larger extent Obamacare, are creating intractable problems for business and the health care industry while accelerating the downward spiral of this country.

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  • The GOP Field’s Techtonic Shifts

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    I was somewhat discouraged after last weeks realignment of the GOP presidential race as Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump announced they wouldn’t run while Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich continue to hang on in the face of issues that are plaguing them in the polls. A favorite of the inside-the-beltway crowd, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, also bowed out of contention.

    This weeks winner: T-Paw

    The latest group to offer themselves to the GOP this week includes pizza empire mogul Herman Cain, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, and former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China John Huntsman. Cain is an impressive wealthy, self-made figure touting conservative, common-sense values and a solid grasp of free market capitalism. But with Daniels out, the big winner of the week is Pawlenty.

    Tim Pawlenty ‘s speech after his announcement on Monday has taken many by surprise. He came out swinging against the destruction Obama has caused the country and has staked out at least one bold position that holds both risk and reward: Opposition to ethanol subsidies which will win him favor among the base seeking fiscal discipline while posing risks in all-important Iowa.

    Pawlenty was effective in his speech in which he laid out a vision to return our country to the greatness that we all know and love and restore a future for generations to come with a strong economy, healthcare system and exploitation of our domestic energy resources. I give a huge plus to Tim Pawlenty for his powerful and articulate message that effectively included real policy details. We all are ready to see a strong candidate for the GOP, and Pawlenty is making a good case.

    Donald Trump, either serious about wanting to run or not wanting to lose the attention he’s been getting, indicated he may want to re-enter the race. As long as he does not set himself up as a spoiler or simply suck the air out of the room, I say let him campaign on his message of his love for his country and his grasp of our capitalist system.

    Bachmann: Laying the groundwork for a Senate run?

    Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann, who is a wonderful person and the creator of the Tea Party Caucus in the Congress, is giving it her “all” as she plans an announcement to join the ranks of the Republican Party presidential hopefuls this week. Bachmann will be a great addition on the campaign trail and she’s a leading force to repeal Obamacare. She’s also a possible contender for the US Senate seat held by Amy Klobacher, and a presidential campaign will be a good training ground for a Senate run.

    On the Chris Christie front — Do Not Count Him Out! It is early and as you have witnessed, players are entering and departing the field at a fast rate. Obama’s detectives are out in Christie territory in New Jersey as we speak seeking to uncover any skeletons in his closet. I predict that he and Paul Ryan (and Pawlenty if he stays on course) can defeat Obama in 2012.

    Victory in 2012 is critical for the survival of our country, our free market system, our liberty and our freedoms. We need strong candidates, and they may be emerging.

  • Obamacare’s Chilling Provisions Begin Taking Effect

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    Starting last month, some patients I have treated have arrived with the diagnosis of “End of Life” on their hospital discharge forms. Knowing what I know about the provisions contained within Obamacare, seeing this diagnosis begin to appear on discharge forms sent me a chill.

    The fact is, we are now starting to see some of the more insidious components of Obamacare take effect. I have listed some of these below, courtesy of Judge David Kithil of Texas.

    Under Obamacare, doctors and surgeons with years of advanced training will be reimbursed at the same rates as all MDs. We all know where policies like this will lead. Medical School Enrollment is down — so much so in fact that soon we will face a physician shortage in excess of 100,000. In Massachusetts, where we can see the effects of Romneycare, the prototype for Obamacare, people now face wait times of seven to 48 months for MD visits.

    Doctors, specialized surgeons and medical specialists should be compensated according to their experience and advanced knowledge, education and training. Patients treated by these very specialized MD’s are certain to have more accurate diagnoses and better outcomes.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, this is no joke. Obamacare was shoved down the throats of the American people who were vehemently opposed to it by a left-wing triumvirate composed of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama. We must repeal this law in its tracks or we risk our lives and freedoms and must defeat these out-of-control left-wing socialists in 2012 by defeating Obama and taking back the Senate. The House Republicans are doing a great job advancing important legislation, but these achievements will continue to stall without victory in 2012 and control of the Senate and the White House.

    And now, some of the more insidious components of Obamacare. Thanks to Judge David Kithil of Texas for compiling it. These Obamacare provisions affect us all (unless you’re a friend of Obama and you’ll get a waiver).

    • Page 50/section 152: The bill will provide insurance to all non-U.S. residents, even if they are here illegally.
    • Page 58 and 59: The government will have real-time access to an individual’s bank account and will have the authority to make electronic fund transfers from those accounts.
    • Page 65/section 164:  The plan will be subsidized (by the government) for all union members, union retirees and for community organizations (such as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now – ACORN).
    • Page 203/line 14-15:  The tax imposed under this section will not be treated as a tax.
    • Page 241 and 253:  Doctors will all be paid the same regardless of specialty, and the government will set all doctors’ fees.
    • Page 272. section 1145: Cancer hospitals will ration care according to the patient’s age.
    • Page 317 and 321: The government will impose a prohibition on hospital expansion; however, communities may petition for an exception.
    • Page 425, line 4-12: The government mandates advance-care planning consultations.  Those on Social Security will be required to attend an “end-of-life planning” seminar every five years. (Death counseling…)
    • Page 429, line 13-25: The government will specify which doctors can write an end-of-life order.

    Cartoon Credit: Eric Allie