Posts Tagged ‘Repeal’

  • Obamacare: One Year In

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    Today marks the first anniversary of the passage of Obamacare. Each day since its passage, more is learned about the contents of this monstrosity. Remember when Nancy Pelosi boasted that once you read it you will like what’s in it? Well, more have read it and most do not like what is in it!

    The list of those who don’t like it continues to grow. Just look at the list of companies and organizations that have secured waivers exempting them from compliance. Waivers are coming out of the woodwork because citizens are now aware that it isn’t what it was cracked up to be. Budget conscious people now believe that Obamacare is so unreasonable that this is going to cost us all a lot more to insure everyone.

    Court challenges to Obamacare cannot get to the Supreme Court fast enough. If the Supreme Court does not overturn Obamacare, Democrats are going to do everything in their power to put this on the back burner as candidate Obama ratchets up his 2012 Campaign.

    I just wrote about Newt Gingrich’s prediction that Obamacare will be repealed in 2013. It will, but only if Republicans win the Senate, keep the House Leadership, and take the oval office in 2012. The only potential candidate I see right now that has the leadership and courage to beat Obama in 2012 and tackle this issue head on is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

    One year in, and Obamacare continues to reveal its insidiousness. We must keep up the pressure to repeal it and defund it or we face a reality where Obamacare becomes increasingly entrenched as it’s implementation phases take root.

  • Gingrich Predicts Obamacare Repeal

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    Former Speaker of the House and possible GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich predicted Obamacare’s repeal at a panel discussion sponsored by his group Center for Health Transformation.

    “I don’t see how they force the House to pass appropriations this year to implement the bill,” Gingrich said, calling any public defense of the bill by the administration “a pretty losing political proposition for the president.” “He can block them from repeal, but I don’t think he can coerce them into funding.”

    “The administration is running around trying to defend the indefensible, and I just think at some point that psychologically starts to break down,” he said. “The best you’re going to get is a real mess from the standpoint of the left, and the worst you’re going to get is total repeal.”

    Let’s hope he’s right.
    Read the full article at Fox News Politics Blog.
  • Medicine does not have the label of Democrat or Republican

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    Obamacare is slowly but surely infiltrating our healthcare system. While Obamacare strictly looks at what is wrong with our healthcare system — there is much about our current system that is very good.

    Looking at President Obama’s record the past two months, Obamacare is not our only woe. We have a president that is not engaged. We have a federal financial mess, soaring gasoline prices and mounting problems overseas, including the unchecked carnage in Libya and a weak response to the nuclear crisis in Japan that may be leading to global financial panics. President Obama does not take any of this seriously since it doesn’t appear to have the recreation of golf or basketball attached to it.

    So the time has come for a new chapter of healthcare reform with new Legislation. Lets totally de-fund and repeal Obamacare and start over. A better version would be operated entirely under a free enterprise framework. No downgraded care-only improved systems. The Commonwealth of Virginia has just laid out a plan for Registered Nurses to be more empowered to achieve positive health outcomes in thy Community. Everyone should have some access to healthcare, and we have that right now as no one is turned down. Every one is treated without giving up Medicare to a large third entitlement.

    Healthcare coverage should be portable and pre-existing conditions shouldn’t prevent persons from acquiring coverage.  As a Registered Nurse and successful entrepreneur, my recommendation to the many lawmakers that I will personally see during the next two weeks is to dump Obamacare and go back to the drawing board as the Commonwealth of Virginia is doing and design a framework with policies that will benefit “good medicine”.

  • Rep. Bachmann’s Petition to Defund

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    Rep. Michele Bachmann points out that billions have already been appropriated to fund Obamacare, sidestepping the traditional appropriations process. Unless Congress acts to undo this, Obamacare will automatically get the initial funding it needs. She has launched a petition calling on Congress to act to undo this funding end-around.

    You can Sign the Petition Here.

  • The New Entitlement and the Future of Medicare

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    I am a practicing Home Health Nurse. Nearly every day patients ask me what I think is going to happen to Medicare. Many of my patients are over 65. I also have a cadre of doctors and nurses I communicate with on a regular basis, and they too ask my opinion on the future of Medicare. Many of my MD friends have already made their decisions about Medicare and have begun to scale back on treating Medicare patients because they cannot financially sustain their practices in the face of current reimbursement levels. And they know that further cuts in reimbursement rates are around the corner.

    Medicare is in trouble. Most of us are aware of that. How can an already struggling entitlement withstand pending flood of baby boomers that threatens to swamp the Medicare system over the next 10-15 years. It has been calculated that Medicare Parts A & B will run out of money.

    Now lets look at Obamacare — or The Patient Protection and Affordable Act (PPACA) as it’s officially (and ironically) called. I have read this bill three times, and I draw attention to two areas: Fund transfers and minimum standards for coverage. Passed last March, Obamacare sets a minimum standard for health care coverage and creates a mandate for most US residents to obtain health insurance. This provision is currently being challenged by many states and cannot get to the Supreme Court quickly enough to have it overturned and deemed unconstitutional.

    The provision is based on the assumption that everyone needs to be insured. This is where the fund transfers will kick in. By 2014 the PPACA and its amendments provides for the establishment of “Insurance Exchanges” through which individuals and families that otherwise can not afford insurance premiunms will be able to receive Federal subsidies to reduce the cost of purchasing the insurance coverage. Thus, a new entitlement has been created. Or you can think of it as simply a massive expansion of Medicaid.

    Where will the major transfer of funds come from to pay for what I call “The Third Entilement”?  The new entitlement expands the eligibility of Medicaid by amending Medicare ‘s Part A and Part  B to reduce the growth of spending. In a nutshell, transfers of funds from Medicare Part A & B will be used to fund new and existing grant programs. This will wipe out Medicare.

    If you need more reasons to support the repeal of Obamacare, check out “Ten Reasons to Repeal Obamacare“.

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  • Medical Innovation Discouraged Under Obamacare

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    I practice home health nursing where I see up to seven patients during an average per day. Recent interactions with patients have alerted me to an alarming trend. Pharmacies — commercial and hospital pharmacies — are in short supply of prescribed medications. Yes, they are running out of important drugs. One patient that I recently admitted after undergoing orthopedic surgery went to a couple of local pharmacies and was told the blood thinner and pain-relieving medications would be ready in two days! This patient runs the risk of a blood clot while having to bear terrible pain.

    I did a little research on line and found this is not a localized problem but appears to be happening across the country. I have found many articles devoted to the lack of funding for bringing new medications and medical devices to market. According to Pfizer, the average cost of bringing a new drug to the market is $2.4 billion. Typically, venture capital is needed to fund the development of new pharmaceuticals and medical devices and get them to the market. And venture capitalists are choosing to place their bets elsewhere and move them away from the health care industry. » Read the rest of the entry..

  • Grassley to Investigate Obamacare Waivers

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    On January 28th, Senator Charles Grassley, who has a record of leading Senate investigations into government waste and fraud, said Republicans will take up an investigation of special waivers that relieve some from complying with Obamacare. These waivers appear to have been disproportionately provided to unions. Of the 220 privileged entities that have received waivers, one third have gone to unions.

    If Obamacare is the right solution, why does the Obama Administration feel the need to exempt certain special interests from compliance? This is one more example of why we must seek a total repeal. Leaving Obamacare in place will contribute to our already out of control debt. Add in these special waivers for well-connected unions will only make our debt soar higher.

  • Post House Vote Rounds (1.21.11)

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    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)

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    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

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    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.