In the continuing debate over Obamacare, both the law’s champions and its critics are now focused largely on the mechanics of implementation. This is understandable. The insurance exchanges are supposed to launch October 1, most of the law’s other major provisions take effect January 1, and every week seems to bring fresh news of some delay or dysfunction for critics to highlight and defenders to justify or dismiss. The technological architecture of the exchanges appears to be behind schedule and below expectations, and concerns about fraud and identity theft are especially grave. Some provisions of the law (most notably the
Anyone who has had to deal with doctors, health insurance, and or hospitals recently knows the health care system is already a bureaucratic nightmare. Already quality patient care is declining. The process of diagnosis by a primary care physician to a specialist can take weeks if not months. By the time you get an appoitment with the a specialist, have tests, a diagnosis and treatment plan, a month or two has gone by. People will be dropping like flies when Obamacare is fully implemented because after a diagnosis, the bureaucrats will step in to make the medical decision for you and your doctor. This is an evil plan that benefits only the government.
I have a friend who works in a hospital in Missouri. She said that due to budgetary constraints the laboratory department was cutting the phlebotomists´ hours. (Is this owing to Obamacare?) As a result, the nurses now have to do a lot of the blood draws. Nurses already have so many tasks to manage, and now they must do this? Every time some department cuts hours, more and more tasks get shifted to nurses because of their diverse skills. This is a nightmare! Who would want to be a nurse anymore?
Yet, John Boehner had a meeting yesterday and said they will NOT vote to defund Obamacare. Boehner, Cantor, McConnell are going to vote for their OWN jobs, believing that it will win them friends and influence people in power. The common PEOPLE be damned.
Depending on a patient´s diagnosis, quick testing and treatment can be the difference between life or death. Discounting the premium discussion. A diagnosis of cancer via a biopsy can require a CT scan, A PET scan, a colonoscopy, an endoscopy, various blood tests , and so forth. The longer these tests are delayed, or if the tests are denied by 15 Bureaucrats in DC, the person has possibly/likely received a death sentence. These are facts, not estimates or guesswork. Anything that Obamacare does to impede this system will cause death and no idiot of a lawmaker, a statistician, an economist, or any other Government hack can change this outcome if Obamacare is implemented. Of course, the ACA law is designed to do just that, based on whether or not it is preferable to save one life over another. It does not matter to them who lives or dies as long as the rules are followed. It only matters to the patient, the family, the friends, etc. and guess who won´t have to live under this system. You don´t have to guess, you already know. Politcians, wealthy people, "Connected" folks, and so forth.
If only we had an opposition party with enough of a spine to fight this monstrosity.
Of all the damage being done to this once great republic, this obamacare nightmare has me depressed the most for my own selfish reasons. I´m 57, and when I get to the stage in a couple of decades where I might need help with a health problem more serious than the flu I will have to resort to a defacto govt. run health care system with all its inefficiencies and rationing. A most depressing prospect.
Now, if you have a suspected skin cancer, you MUST have a biopsy first, sent to a lab, then wait to get another appt. to have it removed by MOHS or simple excision. If you don´t have a biopsy first, even though the dermatologist is certain of what kind of skin cancer it is, insurance will not pay for the removal. If you have an aggressive skin cancer, the delay could mean life and death.
This is purely another roadblock to timely treatment, just because the government wants to be involved.
People are dying from delays in treatment due specifically to bureaucratic involvement, which are in turn due to Obamacare.
It´s helpful to pay attention to the congressmen and senators who are putting together plans to destroy Obamacare. Ted Cruz´s crusade is not the only option, regardless of his repeating that it´s the "last chance". I thought Yuval Levin´s article was encouraging. The thing is dying while we watch. It´s neat to dream about defunding it in one big motion with the budget, but the Dems and Obama will not allow it. They will shut down the government and then our side will have accomplished nothing at all except a feel-good gesture and a lot of ill will around the country. Trust me, the media will make sure there is ill will and that it´s directed at Republicans. We have to think of the 2014 elections and protect the advantage we now hold.
Complain all you like, but nothing will be done about this disaster until the treacherous malefactors who created it are out of the majority in Congress and out of the house at 1600 Road-to-Serfdom. As for alternatives, see John Goodman´s "Priceless": Medical savings accounts and disaster insurance.
I was against Obamacare from the beginning. How could anything thrown together by committee and running more than 2,000 pages possibly be good? Since no one had time to read it before it was passed no fault could be found with it. There could be no debate and no one knew enough to debate anyway. The Republicans were outnumbered but stood fast and not one Republican voted for it. The Democrats could see only one thing: Obama was going to give them power. This disaster lies squarely at the feet of the Democrats. They behaved despicably. The Supreme Court could have saved us but for reasons of their own, would not.
Our President is intent on destroying our Republic. He has committed many impeachable offenses. Unless and until Republicans can win an election there is no one who can stop him. A delegation of Democrat Senators should long ago have approached him and gotten a resignation in lieu of impeachment but there are no such principled Democrats.
Complex, but, interesting article which makes good points along the lines of yesterday´s Politico column . Especially about the burden on younger Americans. # 3 is incorrect about Bohener´s conference call. Boehner outlined as he has before, various options the Republicans have taken and will continue to take to challenge the implementation of Obamacare and Obama´s illegal granting of delays and waivers. Boehner recognizes the reality that Cruz and Hannity and Limbaugh and the Tea Party refuse to. Until Republicans can get a majority in the Senate ( presently it´s 45 R-55 D ) defunding Obamacare is a fairy tale. In fact, you would need a veto proof majority in the Senate as long as a Democrat is president. If Limbaugh and Hannity and Cruz and Levin believe DeMint when he says it´s entirely possible Obama would agree with Republicans and sign a bill defunding Obamacare , then none of them know Obama and how he operates. They must have slept through the past 5 years. And they obviously don´t know Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer and Barbara Boxer and Dick Durbin et al. and the rest of the Senate Democrats.
Obamacare is doomed and will die under its own weight but there will be a whole lot of suffering in the meantime. The clown troupe running Washington refuses to admit a mistake and will hang on to their "signature legislation" until the bitter end.
We know it and they know it. Why would Obama find it necessary to hire thousands of armed agents to force compliance if this mess is truly legal and constitutional? I hope he has a lot of ambulances ready to accompany his agents out into the field. This red line is real.
The author obviously did a lot of research and put a lot of thought into this article but there a couple of issues with the premise of this. First, Obamacare isn´t really about health care at all. It is about re-distribution of income and government control of a large share of the economy. It paves the way for single payer which is still the liberal objective.
Second, ´pre-existing conditions´. There is no societal ´moral obligation´ regarding this. It opens the door to an individual who has no insurance to acquire some after they are diagnosed with something serious (and expensive) and then use those benefits without having paid anything into the system previously. This is a recipe for disaster for the insurance companies and will cost the rest of us astronomically for premiums. Everything comes at a price to someone.
Today Rush speaks of personal income loss began about the time Deathcare came upon us. The likes of Stupidpak and Nelson should be given the harshest treatment we could devise, not just run out of a pizza place. Most especially ´ justice ´ Roberts who failed so miserably at his job, he should be disbared and run out of town on a rail. I don´t care if he was blackmailed, he personally could be responsible for the demise of our country. Hope he´s having fun having to spend time with Scalia and Thomas.
1. Call your state elected officials and demand they support a Constitution Conference, it takes 2/3 of the states to agree.
If the states meet at this conference, the states can review Government powers and its laws against the constitution. If the powers are not enumerated specifically in the constitution, the states have the power to resend the law, the elected official and other fearsome outcomes for the 547 elected idiots in Washington at present. Eagles up, call your state elected folks.
Obamacide: Illness and Death by Bureaucratic armed IRS force. The Communists are winning. The American Communist Party is excluded from this entire, certain, death sentence. Pharmaceuticals, worthless organizer insiders, win. Doctors, nurses, technicians and inventions, healthy young people all lose. Studying in med school for years is now a nightmare. The medical profession scene is rapidly distorting out of control. The few perverted, Marxist communist demented minds (the puglosi reid feinstein barry soetero jared Alinsky Diane Sawyer sickos) now want to infect the entire nation.
Yuval´s well meaning article is appropriately complicated, too long to read easily, one more indicator of the confusion masterminded by the enemy, our electeds, and their dark back room Jaret Soros commie comrades, with their rampant disease of totalitarianism that is their obsession to the death. Except for chopping women´s heads off, not much different than Islamic supremacists violently crazed to the death.
This obscene ACA is far more than a means of wealth re-distribution, it is the means by which the ruling elite gains and maintains total control of a subservient populace.
Should the legislation utterly fail and implode or collapse of its own weight, we will have to live through another phase of major dislocation as the insurance industry is now making changes in order to try to stay in operation. Think of all the businesses which have changed their employment arrangements already.
What we want and need is a contingent of courageous people (legislators, et al) who will fight. No more futsing around.
Call your Congressmen, all of them. Never give up.
#19 there are ugly possibilities that can take over a Constitutional conference including moves to repeal the Bill of Rights. in the past there were attempts to call one to convert to the British system or a straight democracy.neither is acceptable for any nation larger or more populated than one of our larger states. The progressives would just love a chance to take out about half of the Bill of Rights. Be careful what you wish for you may regret the results.
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