Hi. I’m Dr. John Barrasso, United States Senator for Wyoming. As a doctor who took care of patients for 25 years, I saw the problems with America’s health care system every day. There’s no question we needed real reform — reform so that people could get the care they needed, at lower cost. Americans now know that’s not what President Obama’s health care law delivered. What we got is higher taxes and bigger government, without the lower costs or quality care. The so-called Affordable Care Act is hurting middle class families — their wages, their jobs and their health care.
My premiums actually went up $4200 a year. We were told it was because of obamacare. I had to drop my health insurance so I am now without coverage. Oh, wow, thanks a lot. The scary part is there are a whole lot of ignorant people out there who actually think obamacare and the services it provides will be FREE. I sure would like to see someone interview justice roberts and ask him why he decided to let obama screw the american public.
My premium went from $398 to over $750 two weeks after the law was signed. Luckily the plan I had did not meet the ACA requirements so I got to choose another plan and raise my deductible to 10K in order to lower my monthly payment. Just received another letter this week that was very interesting. It says the good news is that you can keep your coverage in 2014 and beyond as long as you pay your premiums. Then it continues to say that while premiums are not guaranteed to remain unchanged, they (then in bold type) may be less than the anticipated higher premiums of new plans. But the real kicker was a Rider attached to conform with he new Federal law basically saying your terms can change at any time as required by said law. We are so screwed.
People in the band between those riding the federal gravy wagon and those who need not consider the price of gasoline are being ravaged by these cost increases, for years now.
There´s the Democrats who "care about the average folks" and the feckless Republicans whose "hands are tied" or perhaps who want us to think they´re "poker-playing the Dems into a corner," and then there are families making tough choices between being responsible (and wasting colossal amounts of money on nothing), or going on Medicaid.
All with no end in sight, no alternate proposals (tort reform, banning favored pricing for insurers, any number of remedies would work). Thanks, one-party system.
I analyzed my bill for a recent hospital stay. What I found was too much defensive medicine to insulate the hospital from lawsuits and bureaucratic bloat. Then there is the problem of doctors and nurses who are completely ignorant of what things cost and whether there may be equally effective lower cost alternatives. Indeed they became hostile when I kept asking such questions.
Here´s the kicker. $19,000 later there was NO change in the initial diagnosis. My analsyis is that about half of that was defensive overtesting, too much bureaucratic overhead, and game playing. The hospital administrators jack the bill up 30%, the insurance company whaps 25% off and all the buraucrats get to claim they won. Meanwhile the patients and taxpayers lose.
#7, to add to all that (much of which would be addressed via tort reform), consider: if you had no insurance (in effect, you self-insured, as people did years ago), your bill would be several times that amount.
For the simple fact of being in a health network, you receive "discounts" off the inflated list price, including doctor fees, diagnostic tests, facility fees, prescription drugs... the lot of it. In effect, the insurance companies and medical industry (with government blessing) collude to make a situation that if you have no insurance, you will be destroyed by medical bills.
No different from a protection racket, where the helpful man makes sure your store doesn´t have an "unfortunate fire" or vandalism, all perfectly legal.
I started to watch Hannity last night he had a bunch of college kids both Democrat and Repubs in a debate style setting. Obamacare was one of the subjects. You could instantly tell which ones were taught by ultra progressive Marxist professors spewing out a bunch of nonsense, I had to turn it off it made me so mad. Until we address this cr*p being taught in schools, we are doomed.
I have had and paid for healthcare insurance all of my adult working life. I once took a very high deductible. This meant I paid for the smaller things. It was good and affordable in that I got a discount for paying cash. Most physicians offices do not seem to know how to handle pay as you go method. I can afford to pay for a $20 flu shot or a cold. I need insurance to insure that I have way to pay should I have a serious illness that requires surgery or hospitalization.
Because of the lack of personal integrity that leads to an unreasonable fear of death -- "medical care" will eventually consume the entire GNP.
Specifically, the cost of "medical care" will continue to go up and up -- because (a) innovations are constantly created, and (b) selfish patients (and their lawyers) demand all of these new treatments, devices and medications -- and usually (c) with the further demand that someone else pay for it.
Infancy, it seems, begins again after 60.
Neither Obama, nor his GOP critics will make any headway until they address the real causes of the cost problem.
Never forget -- a lot of the insane costs are legalized [Congressionally mandated] fraudulent charges to insured patients to pay for treating "the uninsured" [aka illegal aliens and domestic deadbeats].
And did they use the same guys who "estimated" this "unusually active hurricane season"?
Over ten years ago, I was paying over $1100 a month for a $2500 deductible. Couldn´t change to anything less expensive because of a pre-ex or as a group of one. Couldn´t qualify for individual coverage. Didn´t have umpteen children to qualify for Medicaid.
Every American citizen should be entitled to critical health care. They are certainly more entitled to medical care than non-citizens who come here.
There is something wrong when you turn on your TV to see the top docs in top hospitals perform miracle surgery for free to someone from another country, but the American taxpayer has to beg, borrow, or hold a fundraiser for live saving surgery.
For the cost of healthcare reform before it even starts in January, the medical bills of uninsured Americans could have been paid.
This is a travesty. It is sad that no one We elected has the power or willpower to put a stop to it. Especially, since they were up in arms when it affected their own care or staffers.
Most days here we´re talking about relatively serious stuff -- politics, political maneuvering, political tactics, political speeches, political gaffes, political scandals. Oh, and politicians. Like the Chicagoan currently inhabiting the White House with his mother-in-law while teaching America about his adopted hometown´s chronic style of political ops. We´re all sorry about that. Anyway, today we´re doing something completely different. It's Sunday, which means the National Football League. And it's December, which means the playoffs are shaping up. We're not writing about the games though. We're writing about the show biz side
Merry Christmas, everyone, and hello, my name is Renee Ellmers, and I represent North Carolina’s Second Congressional District. Like many of you, I’m frustrated with the president’s health care law, especially where jobs and working families are concerned. I say this not only as a congresswoman and chair of the Republican Women’s Policy Committee; I say it as a nurse and the mother of a son in college. After all, it’s often women who make the health care decisions for our families. We put a lot of time and thought into these choices and how they’ll affect our budgets. So by canceling your insurance — despite a promise
The holiday season is a time for remembering the bonds we share, and our obligations to one another as human beings. But right now, more than one million of our fellow Americans are poised to lose a vital economic lifeline just a few days after Christmas if Congress doesn’t do something about it. Our top priority as a country should be restoring opportunity and broad-based economic growth for all Americans. And yesterday, we learned that our businesses created about 200,000 jobs in the month of November. That’s more than 8 million new jobs in the last 45 months. And the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in five
Last summer on his $100 million family tour of Africa, Barack Obama hoped for a priceless photo op with Nelson Mandela, the ailing freedom pioneer who went from prison cell to the presidency of South Africa. Mandela´s family suggested that wouldn’t happen. So, the Obamas did a photo op in Mandela´s former prison cell. Which Obama’s White House quickly tweeted upon word of the icon´s passing at 95. [Skip] But Obama was also caught staring at television coverage of Mandela’s passing, which became Obama’s Photo of the Day.
You may have noticed over these past 2,501 days that Barack Obama likes to give speeches, sometimes two or more a day. It´s better than Oval Office work. And yesterday the poor guy gave a particularly revealing one. He´s so desperate now that he modestly likened ObamaCare to the suffrage struggle and civil rights. [Snip] But here´s the largest challenge for Obama´s ObamaCare: He must ensure 40% of all enrollees are under 35 and willing to pay huge premiums for coverage they really don´t need. In the scaled eyes of our nation´s community organizer, that´s a kind of civic patriotism.
As everyone knows, California is the la-de-dah, laid-back land of liberalism that´s been Barack Obama´s political ATM for six years. Hollywood stars have loved him, fronted multi-multi-million-dollar fundraisers for him. The most populous state (home to 12 of every 100 Americans) has a Democrat governor again, two female Democrat senators and a Democrat super-majority in the state legislature that has yet to find a problem it didn´t want government making worse at great cost. In presidential politics California has been trending Democratic since 1992. [Snip] Now comes a stunning new poll revealing Obama’s California base has fallen out of love.
Never let a crisis -- or tragedy -- go to waste. So, here we are now with a weakened ObamaNation building an organizing event around the awfulness in Newtown, where a 22-year-old nut-job killed 20 innocent youngsters and six adult caretakers. No horrified parent or adult watching Connecticut a year ago needs reminding of what a national gut-kick that was. President Obama, of course, went to Newtown to utter another empty vow.
So, Barack Hussein Obama can tell where Americans are from just by looking at their faces. Imagine if he also knew their funny foreign names or detected defective English. How would Obama react if someone determined his birthplace by looking at that face of his? And what evil or good dreams lurk within that obviously wily Chicagoan´s mind. You didn´t see much about this Obama statement in the mainstream media last week. With the ObamaCare disaster all cleaned up, its website humming perfectly and the U.S. economy now roaring strongly, Obama lit out for West Coast fundraising.
According to the Obama White House, the first family consumed a Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, honey-baked ham, cornbread stuffing, oyster stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, greens, green bean casserole, dinner rolls and macaroni and cheese. Then, the family washed all that down with nine kinds of pies: huckleberry, pecan, sweet potato, peach, apple, pumpkin, banana cream, coconut cream and chocolate cream. For years now First Lady Michelle Obama has been pushing her program called "Let´s Move!" for more exercise and better foods. But Gallup reports Americans prefer “Let’s Eat!”
Hello, I’m Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. As we celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday, it’s important for us all to reflect on our many blessings. Family and friends immediately come to mind. But there are many Americans who will not be able to celebrate this holiday season at their home. Some are serving our nation overseas, thousands of miles away. And in their world, the creature comforts you and I take for granted -- things like running water and electricity -- are considered luxuries.
President Obama's weekly remarks: Hi, everybody. On behalf of all the Obamas — Michelle, Malia, Sasha, Bo, and the newest member of our family, Sunny — I want to wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. We’ll be spending today just like many of you — sitting down with family and friends to eat some good food, tell stories, watch a little football and. most importantly, count our blessings. And as Americans, we have so much to be thankful for.
The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.
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