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November 27, 2013


Obama and Christie – Telling Interviews

Read carefully when politicians speak. I was reading a special section of The Wall Street Journal that included interviews with various speakers at WSJ's annual CEO Council. This week, I'll share a few of my thoughts on remarks made by President Obama and Governor Chris Christie.


First, President Obama discussing the likelihood of another government shutdown in January or February, references the last shutdown:


"The way our system is set up is like a loaded gun, and once people thought, "we can get leverage on policy disputes by threatening default," that was an extrordinarily dangerous precedent. That's a principle I had to adhere to, not just for me but for the next president - that you're not going to be able to threaten the entire U.S. or world economy simply because you disagree with me about a health-care bill."


This is a telling statement - - in many ways.  First, it would appear that President Obama is calling the Affordable Care Act "a health-care bill." In truth, it's a law, written in U.S. Code since 2010. But the fact that people, including the president, are not yet beyond calling it a bill, shows clearly that Obamacare is not yet settled law.


Second, at a time when some polls have 55% of people wanting Obamacare repealed - with 51% saying the law will decrease quality of health care -- the president dares to use the word "simply." This word dismisses the sweeping impacts of the federal takeover including cancelled insurance policies, imposed mandates, skyrocketing premiums, and limited choice of doctors and hospitals.


Third, Mr. Obama seems to be telling the next president that he or she should protect Obama's takeover of health care as a matter of principle. Not so. America's next president must follow constitutional principles and repeal this dangerous law.


Fourth, the government shutdown did not threaten the U.S. or world economy. The U.S. has sufficient dollars coming in through taxes to pay its debts. Furthermore, the U.S. Constitution forbids non-payment of debt.


Finally, Obama says Congress' power to refuse to raise the debt ceiling is a "loaded gun." But the Oct. 16 budget bill ending the shutdown makes it more difficult for Congress to stop the next debt ceiling increase. Rather than Congress being required to approve it, Obama can propose the increase, Congress can vote to reject it, Obama can veto their bill and unless a supermajority overrides the veto, the debt ceiling will be increased by Obama without the consent of Congress. So now who has the loaded gun?

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News to Know:

Obamacare 30 to 40 Percent Incomplete

According to CMS, 30 to 40 percent of Obamacare's systems still need to be built, as of Nov. 19. Not fixed. Built. In a recent hearing, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) questioned Henry Chao, one of Obamacare's top IT managers. Chao admitted that about 30 to 40 percent of Obamacare's infrastructure has yet to be built: "The online application, verification, plan compare [the website]...that's 100 percent there," said Chao. "The back office systems, the accounting systems, the payment systems, they still need to be done."

Woof Woof!  Obamacare Enrolls Dog

Shane Smith of Fort Collins, Colorado, called Connect for Health Colorado (the state's ACA exchange) to inquire about coverage since his existing plan has been cancelled due to Obamacare. A few days later, Smith received a letter informing him that an insurance account had been opened for Smith's dog, Baxter. "I thought, 'Wow, this is so awesome," said Smith with a laugh. "They have gone out of their way to insure my 14-year-old Yorkie... It was pretty funny. Typical Obamacare, that they would insure your dog by mistake."

Government Roadblock Set Up for DNA Study

Kim Cope was driving in Fort Worth, Texas when she was stopped at what appeared to be a police roadblock. "I just wanted to go straight, but [an official] wouldn't let me and forced me into a parking spot," said Cope. Once parked, researchers asked to take DNA samples for cash: $10 for cheek swabs, $50 for blood samples. Though they gave the impression they were police officers, the stop was actually part of a government study on driver impairment. The study is supposedly voluntary, but according to Cope, it felt like anything but. "It just doesn't seem right that you can be forced off the road when you're not doing anything wrong."

Obamacare: Raising the Price of Food

Did you know that there are 34 million ways to make a Domino's pizza? Obamacare does, and they want restaurant owners to post the nutritional information for every possible food combination in-store, even if that information is already available online. The costly and redundant requirement is just another step in the Obama Administration's attempts at regulating the lives of Americans which is not only a power grab, but condescending. Will the government someday try to gain access to credit card purchases to tabulate an individual's calorie intake?

State Labs Delay Newborn Diagnoses

According to an investigative report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, results of newborn "heel-prick" screenings are delayed across the country, potentially endangering thousands of infants. The purpose of newborn genetic screening is to detect treatable newborn disorders early enough that the infant can receive treatment and prevent a lifetime of complications. However, nearly 160,000 screening tests arrived late to the non-hospital, often State-established, labs. Furthermore, unlike hospital labs, many of the State labs are closed on weekends and holidays, causing delays in diagnosis. This is just one more reason to move newborn screening out of state government labs and into hospital labs that run 24/7.

Security Experts:  "Shut down" is so riddled with security errors that experts are recommending it be shut down. In a hearing with the House of Representatives Science, Space and Technology Committee in mid-November, Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) asked four technology experts if they thought was secure. The answer was a unanimous "no," with three of the four recommending that the site be completely shut down until it is overhauled, citing concerns with the security of users' private information.

"We All Knew" Plans Would be Cancelled

President Obama can no longer play ignorant when it comes to his broken "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan" promises. In a segment on ABC News' "This Week," U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said that she did not feel misled by President Obama, because "we all knew" that people were going to lose their health plans. Gillibrand attempted to defend President Obama, saying, "he should have just been more specific." She then classified the cancelled plans as inadequate, saying they should never have been sold to people.

Feds 'Seeing Dead People'

Federal officials are paying benefits to dead people -- more than $700 million worth since 2008. In addition, according to The Washington Post, at least 750 living Americans per month are being declared dead by the government, creating a bureaucratic nightmare for those assumed deceased. Once declared dead by the system, it's hard to get your life back.  "The problem is once wrong information gets into the electronic database, it's very difficult to get it corrected or get it out there," says Dr. Lawrence Huntoon, a New York based neurologist.

No One Told Obama??

Obama's ignorance defense is suspect. The administration commissioned a review of the Obamacare Exchange to assess potential problems. The risk assessment by McKinsey & Co was delivered to officials in briefings in March and April 2013. According to The Washington Post, the consulting firm suggested that lack of an overarching project leader, the presence of "absolutely conflicting direction between the various entities within CMS" and the fact that there was "no single empowered decision-making authority" to make changes or define success were problems. No one told Obama??

"Feelings, Nothing More than Feelings..."

The organizers of Obamacare marketing say facts and reason aren't that important when selling health-care reform. Herndon Alliance (HA), "the most influential group in the health arena that the public has never heard of" determined that "values and perceptions are more important than facts and reason." For example, when talking about Obama's exchange, HA writes, "Hearing about the functions of an exchange engages the public but doesn't inoculate against attacks that raise fears of a new bureaucracy 'coming between me and my doctor'; values based messaging keep the attacks from gaining momentum."

Price Shock for Obamacare Cheerleaders

Veteran House Democratic aides are experiencing quite the sticker shock as they discover how much they will pay for health insurance under Obamacare. In an email to other Democratic chiefs of staff, Minh Ta, chief of staff to Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) wrote, "In a shock to the system, the older staff in my office (folks over 59) have now found out their personal health insurance costs (even with the government contribution) have gone up 3-4 times what they were paying before. Simply unacceptable."

Critics Were Right: Fewer Choices

From the beginning, Obamacare critics have said that Americans would have limited options under the new health law, and that's exactly what's happened. One of the alleged priorities of the Affordable Care Act was to keep the cost of health insurance low, but insurers can't make those prices work with the expansive options most Americans have had or were expecting. As a result, insurers are creating small coverage networks of limited options, surprising people who expected rich policies and expansive benefits.

Quote of the Week:

"I am not against seniors. What I am against is current seniors stealing from future seniors." - Stan Druckenmiller, founder of Duquesne Capital Management and one of the best-performing hedge fund managers of the past three decades, warning the youth of America not to let their grandparents steal their money, Bloomberg, March 1, 2013.

Stats of the Week:

$83,290 to more than $2.7 million - the estimated cost of implementing the government's mandatory new ICD-10 diagnosis coding system, which increases diagnostic codes from 13,000 general codes today to 68,000 detailed more descriptive codes [useful for intrusive health surveillance through government access to private medical records], per a June 14, 2013 letter to HHS from the American Medical Association.


Featured Health Freedom Minute:

Is Exchange Coverage Government Health Care?

Is the coverage offered by the Obamacare exchange government health care or private insurance? I have long called it Medicaid for the middle class - on a sliding fee scale. People apply to the federal government using a federal application form. Others say, no itʼs private coverage. 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.

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