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October 30, 2013


 

White House Forced to Admit

More than 1.5 million people have lost their insurance due to Obamacare. CBS News talked to Dianne Barrette, a 56-year old Florida woman who pays $54 per month today for her insurance, but will pay $591 per month under Obamacare - a 994% increase.

The White House now admits they always knew this would happen.

But first, before we hear the admission, let me remind you that most people who don't want to pay these high prices have options, some more preferable than others. See the three legal alternatives in our press release below.

Some people think they have to enroll in the Obamacare exchanges, but this week we are sharing our "refuse to enroll" message through catchy CCHF radio ads. Send a donation today to help us air similar ads around the country. With your support, CCHF will bring the truth about Obamacare to the uninformed. Your gift of $10, $25, $50, $500 or more will allow CCHF to develop more radio and Internet ads for our "refuse to enroll" campaign.

Now to the admission: Under pressure from a reporter, Jay Carney, White House press secretary, admitted three times on Monday that certain "substandard" insurance is no longer allowed (see my comments in brackets):

 

FOX NEWS REPORTER: "From the podium, will you admit that when president said, if you have a plan, you'll get to keep it, that that was not true?"

 

CARNEY: "Well, let's just be clear. What the president said and everybody said all along is . . .

 

 

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News to Know:





Labor Unions Refuse to Help Obama

While some churches preach Obamacare from the pulpit under direction from Enroll America, the AFL-CIO isn't lifting a finger to help the White House, reports POLITICO. But negotiations continue on Captiol Hill as union leaders hope to convince officials to make  changes to the law to make it less objectionable to union members. Meanwhile, worried about employers reducing their hours, the American Federation is doing little to educate anyone except their own members. The SEIU, the nation's largest health care union, is one of the few pitching in to help Obama enroll the masses.



White House Isn't Google

If government tried to create Google, there would be no Google. On Monday, W.H. press secretary Carney said, " The purpose here is not to build the best possible website." Indeed, The Wall Street Journal says real direction was lacking. Policy experts worked on Exchange specifics while others worked on the hardware and logistics and still others worked to shield the law from attack, even delaying crucial decisions to avoid controversy in the 2012 election. Instead of the standard "months" of testing system integration, the department waited until two weeks before open enrollment began. Who is surprised it didn't work?  (The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 28, 2013, p.A1).



States: "We're Going to Wait"

The federal exchange has been in trouble since it opened October 1. Then on October 27, the Federal Data Services Hub needed for verifying identity and eligibility malfunctioned. The federal trouble has caused states to pause their marketing campaigns for enrollment. HealthCare.gov is back online, sort of, but states like Illinois, Delaware and New Mexico are realizing that using money to point residents toward a website that's consistently faulty may be counterproductive (POLITICO Pro, Oct. 28, 2013).



Bring in The Donald!

The company in charge of building the website has a history of trouble, reports Canadian columnist and radio host Mark Steyn. CGI tried to create a firearms database in Canada that was scrapped after $81 million and years of trying. Then Ontario cancelled another CGI database - for diabetes - after spending $46 million. The Obama administration gave the Exchange contract to CGI in a no-bid deal. Already $600 million has been spent. In corporate America, someone would be fired. Seems like we don't need a "tech surge." We need Donald Trump.



Another Unethical Study Dicovered

Research is not good just because it's called research. The newest unethical study uncovered shows why. In 1951, Dr. Perry Hudson, a young urologist in New York's Bowery, offered alcoholics with cancer a clean bed, three meals a day, and free medical treatment if they agreed to a biopsy. He didn't tell these vulnerable patients that the biopsy would likely cause impotence and serious internal damage. Bottomline? All patients are human beings with the right to be told exactly what they are signing up for...and some research is just wrong even if someone says yes.



Study: Don't Trust the Data

Administrative data has been used to score hospital performance in "value-based purchasing programs" for public reporting and financial penalties under Obamacare. According to a recent study of over 2 million patient records, administrative data may not be adequate to use in comparing the performance of hospitals. The study found surveillance data did not match administrative data. Furthermore, because performance scores vary so much when using administrative data, researcher suggested other forms of data for comparison might be more accurate and efficient.



Promoting Organ Donation with Humor

Deciding on organ donation can be a difficult decision. To encourage discussion - and push for more donors - Leo Burnett Zurich has made an amusing and provocative video ad. It focuses on a frank discussion between two friends in a precarious spot. Watch it here. Don't miss the comments, and while you watch, consider how some states have laws that automatically make everyone an organ donor (no consent)...unless you sign a form opting out and make sure the form can be found timely as you're about to die.



Obesity in the News...in a Big Way

From around the world come three interesting pieces of news relating to obesity in America and elsewhere:

 

 

  • In 2010 surgeons performed bariatric surgery on an obese two-year old from Saudi Arabia. The size of the 80 pound child's stomach was reduced and the child now weighs a more normalized 50 pounds, but will never have a normal stomach.
  • A three-year research study of medical students says that future doctors have a bias against obese people. The study found that nearly 40% of med students held a moderate to strong anti-fat bias.
  • Aspire Bariatrics announced a trial for their new AspireAssist stomach vacuum that removes food from the stomach before it's digested. Critics worry the device will allow people to binge eat without consequence.


 

Truth about "Use By" Dates on Food

Worried about eating something past its "use by" date? You may just be getting rid of perfectly good food. According to the USDA, Americans discard nearly 20 percent of their food (160 billion pounds per year) due to the food dating system. The "use by" date has nothing to do with safety. It's really about freshness. The dates are not 100% accurate, but rather rough estimates, so before you throw out the food, consider that it may be perfectly fine for a bit longer (StarTribune, Oct. 27, 2013, p. B12).



Craziness: Baby Heart Beat Monitors

The Owlet Baby Monitor that measures a baby's heart rate and blood oxygen level while he or she sleeps and then sends all information to the parents' smart phone. Doctor Kenneth Bromberg sees these devices as an invitation to craziness - simply a product of a worry-prone generation. Is it good to be concerned about our children's health? Yes, but over thinking and worrying can sometimes result in nothing but anxiety for the parents -- and long-term acceptance of surveillance for the child. (The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 21, 2013, p. A17).



People Petition for "Orwellian Police State"

Who would sign a petition to support a "Nazi-style Orwellian police state?" wondered author and activist Mark Dice. He asked passersby to sign a petition to support an Orwellian police state. Many people were happy to sign. Though he did receive some objections, people signed the petition even though he said "Nazi" and "police state" and "Orwellian."  Were they unaware, uninformed or simply willing to sign anything in front of a camera?



ACA Regs 30x Bigger than Law

The Obamacare regulations have approximately 11,588,500 words. The law has only 381,517. At least 109 ACA regulations have been published, totaling 10,535 double-sided pages in the Federal Register. For every word in the law, 30 words have been written in regulations -- which have the full force and effect of law. This means unelected bureaucrats have written 30 times more law than was enacted by Congress. They never read it, and most of it was never enacted.

 




Quote of the Week:




"The problem with Obamacare isn't the website design, it's the nature of government procurement in an unaccountable bureaucracy serving 300 million people. ... Perhaps things will get so bad the coolest president ever will no longer seem quite so hip. But, alas, you'll have to wait three years for a hip replacement. That's government health care for you." - Mark Steyn, National Review, October 25, 2013.

 




Stat of the Week:

7.4 percent - forecasted annual increase from $21.9 billion in 2012 to $31.3 billion in 2017 in the health information technology market in North America. "However, major constraints to the growth of the healthcare IT system are high cost of healthcare IT solutions, high maintenance and service costs, interoperability issues, shortage of healthcare IT professionals, poor standard healthcare protocols...and unprecedented growing incidences of data breaches of patient information."

 

 




News Release of the Week:

Choose to Refuse

ST. PAUL, Minn. - For years, Obamacare has been riddled with problems. First, the government-run health care system funnels patients' private data through a huge federal information hub and into a new federal database. The doomed health care plan also compromises care, ties the hands of doctors on treatment options, and takes more money out of the pockets of hard-working Americans.

As if that weren't enough, the new online method to sign up for state health care insurance exchanges have been faulty and unsecured at best, leaving citizens frustrated as they research their health care options. In fact, the White House reported last week that few have signed up for health care - a far cry from the goal of 7 million enrollees in the first six months. Continue reading




Featured Health Freedom Minute:

Who Will Blink?

What if the Obamacare Exchange problem remains on January 1? The administration talks glitches. The tech people talk disasters, bad code, out-of-date equipment. The law requires people to be insured on January 1 or pay a tax. That means they must be enrolled by December 15. Obama plans to drive the uninsured and the insured public into the exchanges using the Exchangeʼs taxpayer-funded premium subsidies to soothe the sticker shock of Obamacare. Continue reading

Twila Brase broadcasts a daily, 60-second radio feature, Health Freedom Minute, which brings health care issues to light for the American public. Health Freedom Minute airs on the entire American Family Radio Network, with more than 150 stations nationwide in addition to Bott Radio Network with over 80 stations nationwide.

Click here to listen to this week's features.

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