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November 6, 2013


 

Not Just a Website

"The Affordable Care Act is not just a website," said President Obama two weeks ago.  This is truth, not spin. But Obama has not stopped spinning. He denies that he really meant, "if you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan":

 

"What we said was you could keep it if it hasn't changed since the law was passed."

 

Note the added "if" clause. That is not what he has told us time after time for four years -- and at least 29 video accounts prove it. But also notice that he says "we," not "I." This is unusual because the president is quite fond of  saying "I" and "me" in his speeches. Apparently he does not wish to take full credit for these false statements.

 

Today, the Obamacare website still says "If You Like the Insurance You Have, Keep it," said Republican Senators in a hearing that grilled HHS Secretary Sebelius. And that is exactly what President Obama promised on March 23, 2010, the day Obamacare was signed into law:

 

"If you like your current insurance, you will keep your current insurance. No government takeover. Nobody's changing what you've got if you're happy with it."

 

Let's go back to Obama's true statement. There is much more to Obamacare than the website and there is more more to the Obamacare website - healthcare.gov -- than a website itself. The website is simply the public portal into the national Obamacare exchange system, which is a much bigger deal. The Exchange system is the federal government's command and control structure to impose national health care.

 

Healthcare.gov is on the fritz at the moment (and filled with security risks), but that will not likely be the case forever. In states that have created their own "state exchange" (state-named website portal) and built the IT infrastructure to connect it to the Federal Data Services Hub -- the central server of the national exchange system -- the enrollment process is much better.

 

In addition, the federal Exchange database to collect data on anyone who has anything to do with an Exchange anywhere in the country, including curious bystanders that enter data into the website just to take a look, is up and running. Secretary Sebelius, at the October 30 hearing on Capitol Hill said they plan to email everyone who tried to enroll and couldn't. This is one more reason to avoid the Exchange:

 

If you enter, the federal government has you on record. If you choose not to enroll, deleting your data may prove impossible.

 

The Democrats newest mantra is, "Fix it, don't nix it." The Obama administration is working feverishly to fix the federal website portal. They cannot nationalize health care without seizing control of the health care systems within the 36 states that refused to build a "state exchange." Their current "fix-it" goal is November 30, but if it's not fixed by then, they know they have time, the law, a boatload of determined bureaucrats, and three more years of President Obama. They do not intend to give up.

 

Nixing Healthcare.gov, the Exchange system, and the Obamacare law may soon seem like a great idea even to mom and pop Democrats. People all over the country, regardless of their political leanings, are learning some painful realities about the law that have nothing to do with the website, per se:

 

  • If you like your health plan you can NOT keep your health plan.
  • If you like your doctor, you can NOT keep your doctor.
  • If your insurance was affordable, it is now NOT affordable.
  • An "affordable" premium, subsidized by taxpayers, does NOT mean affordable coverage when out-of-pocket expenses are added in.

 

Surprisingly, one unhappy Obama supporter may ...

 

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In the Room with Sebelius

Twila Brase, president of CCHF, was in Washington, D.C. by invitation to speak about privacy at a major health data exchange summit - a room filled with data industry executives. As it happened, the contentious Congressional hearing with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was scheduled to take place that morning. Before Ms. Brase spoke in the afternoon, she got in line early to get a seat. Half of the people standing in line never made it in, but she did. While there she live tweeted the hearing...as she did again today watching online as Sebelius testified in the U.S. Senate. CCHF is pleased to provide our supporters and members of the public with information and insights that the media may not report. Follow our two Twitter feeds: @twilabrase AND @cchfreedom



Why They Refuse to Delay the Mandate

It's quite simple. Everyone who is sick, is coming into the Exchange and everyone who isn't could afford to wait. If the healthy refuse to come in, and the premium prices go too high as a result, even the sick will leave. And when that happens, the Exchange will implode. Thus, actuaries wrote in a letter to Congress: "Without the individual mandate or limited open enrollment period, premiums would likely be higher than they would be otherwise...If the individual mandate is delayed or the open enrollment period extended, individuals who purchase coverage likely would be higher-cost individuals." The system depends on redistribution of wealth from the young to the old. Cato Institute says it's best not to delay the mandate, so everyone can feel the real pain of Obamacare now and make it more difficult for Democrats in 2014.



Obamacare Could Increase Food Stamps

The administration has ordered a study to determine if the ACA, by increasing the number of people eligible for Medicaid, will also increase the number of people on food stamps. Urban Institute is conducting the study, said it could increase food stamp recipients by 3 to 5 percent, costing millions to billions of dollars. Today, the federal government (taxpayers) distributes about $70 billion in food stamps. Food stamp enrollment has increased 70% since 2007 to serve more than 44 million Americans.



You Can Keep Your Plan...Until Obamacare Starts

When Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) appeared on CBS' Face the Nation on Nov. 3 she made one of the most baffling attempts at political spin in recent memory (video). Host Bob Schieffer asked Feinstein about millions losing their health plans despite President Obama's "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan" promises. Feinstein's response: "As I understand it, you can keep it...up to the time the bill was enacted, and after that, it's a different story." So all this time, apparently the president meant, 'under this law, you can keep your health plan, until we enact this law?' Who knew?



WH Blames Insurers for Complying With Obamacare

With 90-day notification required, millions of Americans are now being informed that they will be losing their insurance, but White House Press Secretary Jay Carney would like you to believe that's not the fault of Obamacare. "Insurers pulled those plans away from them," said Carney. "[Obamacare] could not order insurers not to cancel that plan." What Mr. Carney is failing to mention is that Obamacare made these plans illegal to offer. So who is the real culprit?



From Obamacare Exchange to Single-Payer ( video clips)

Argus Times Reporter (left): "How does the health exchange dovetail with the - are there parts of the Exchange that will be able to be re-purposed for single payer? Vermont Governor Shumlin (right): "Absolutely. Two things. First, the payment information allows us to integrate each individual's plan with income. So it's a huge help the platform of carrying out the payment. But really the truth is the technology's expensive, and the feds just keep giving us money that we didn't expect we were going to get. Really, let's be honest about this. People complain about or have concerns about how much money we're spending setting up this exchange and every state's doing it. Vermont's going to use that money to deliver a smarter more affordable health care system. It's going to be a real jobs creator for us."



Big Obamacare Winners? PR Companies

From technical glitches to insurers dropping coverage, the Obamacare rollout has not been successful. In fact, the people benefitting the most from Obamacare seem to be the people hired to promote it. The public relations push to promote Obamacare began years ago, with the White House spending tens of millions on contracts and sub-contracts. That was before it was a total disaster. Now, with the Obama administration desperate to spin the rollout debacle, PR firms are looking to be in a good position.



Loophole Lets Congressional Staffers Avoid Exchanges

Under the rules of Obamacare's implementation, House and Senate office staffers, known as "official office" are supposed to drop their current health insurance plans and enroll in the government exchange.  However, a loophole may allow aides to keep their current health plans. If a member of the House or Senate privately designates their office aides as not "official," the staff would not be required to enroll in Obama's exchange.



"Amateur Hour" for the ACA

Data security experts are not impressed with healthcare.gov. They say "password glitches, incomplete testing and fractured development underscore considerable safety risk and hit at deeper vulnerabilities." As Joseph Lorenzo Hall, the chief technologist at the Center for Democracy & Technology says, "Some of these things are real amateur hour...This might just be an error, but you could not pass an undergraduate [computer science] class by making these mistakes." Ben Simo at Association of Software Testing says healthcare.gov's security "should concern all of us." (Politico Pro, 11/5/13)



How Many Will Lose Coverage?

Many Americans can expect cancellation letters from their health insurance providers thanks to Obamacare, but just how many people will be losing coverage? According to NBC News, up to 80% of the 14 million Americans who purchase insurance individually can expect their plans to be dropped, while The Washington Post estimates the number to be between 7 and 12 million people.



Small-Business Premiums Increasing

Despite frequent reassurances to the contrary, new research from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) reveals that the majority of small-business owners will continue facing increases in health insurance premiums. In a survey of 921 small-business owners, 64 percent reported that they pay more for insurance premiums per employee in 2013 than in 2012. The healthcare study is the first part of a three-year investigation into how the ACA will impact small-businesses.



Why Did QSSI Get the Contract?

The contractor responsible building the Federal Data Services Hub used by state exchanges and the federal HealthCare.gov website endangered the private information of 6 million Medicare beneficiaries in a separate contract. On a contract testing systems for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Quality Software Services, Inc. (QSSI) did not properly secure data and did not prevent the connection of prohibited USB devices to secure computers. Though the slip-up was no secret, QSSI was still chosen as a key contractor in constructing the faulty healthcare.gov Obamacare website.



Shhh....Millions Eligible for Free Policies

Even though the Affordable Care Act is turning out to be anything but affordable, some people could actually have their health costs covered entirely by taxpayers through the ACA---but almost no one is publicizing that fact. According to Wall Street analysts, up to 7 million people could qualify for subsidies that would cover their entire premium every month. Insurers are hesitant to advertise these opportunities, however, because people may find the "bronze" plans less than comprehensive, and health plans do not want to anger other consumers who will not qualify for these taxpayer-funded subsidies. 



Obama Owes Ted Cruz an Apology

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has been one of the most prominent critics of Obamacare, but all of his concerns and criticisms were shrugged off and ignored. Now, just over a month into Obamacare enrollment, and it looks like Cruz was right about the law being a disaster. The exchanges are a mess, the ACA premiums are far less than "affordable," millions of people are losing coverage, and up to 20 million more can expect to lose coverage through their employers. Senator Cruz wasn't being critical without reason. He had very real concerns about Obamacare, and from what we've seen so far, he was right.



National Patient ID Push Re-Emerges

In September, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT launched a Patient Matching Initiative "with the goals of identifying the data points that lead to the most acurate record-matching across health systems..." At a forum for information officers, Stacie Durkin, R.N, a member of the American Health Information Management Association workgroup said: "Give us a national patient ID and we'll knock it out in 12 months."  But as Bill Spooner, CIO of Sharp Healthcare, said, "The real opponents are the privacy advocates." But he claims nobody under age 30 cares about privacy anymore so the concerns may disappear in a generation.




Quote of the Week:





"I don't think there's ever been any website started to do what this website does in the size of this one."
- U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein discussing healthcare.gov, the Obamacare Exchange website portal, Face the Nation, CBS, November 3, 2013.




Stats of the Week:

112 - the number of different computer systems across the country that healthcare.gov must communicate with in real time. The system was built by 55 contractors.

$400 million - federal premium subsidies to Vermont to "subsidize middle and low income Vermonters" per Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin.




News Release of the Week:

Three Legal Alternatives to Enrolling in Obamacare

ST. PAUL, Minn. - For years, Obamacare has been riddled with problems. The government-run health care system funnels patients' private data into a huge federal information hub while the law's health plans limit care, tie the hands of doctors on treatment options, and take more money out of the pockets of hard-working Americans. Continue reading




Featured Health Freedom Minute:

CCHF Speaks in DC on Privacy

I recently spoke at a major data conference in D.C. I said patients need consent requirements to restore data ownership rights. I said your data is you. Itʼs your weaknesses, your thoughts, your troubles, and maybe soon your genetic code. 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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