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April 23, 2014



 

Obama’s Tall Tales on Obamacare

President Obama wants the conversation about Obamacare to be over. O-V-E-R. He wants to "move on."

 

There will be no moving on. Please consider a generous donation today of $25 or more to help us keep this conversation going at the fevered pitch such an attack on our health freedom deserves. With your help we will continue to engage the public to press for full repeal.

 

On April 17, the President held a press conference to gloat, and chide. Here are a few of Obama's comments that illuminate his frame of mind -- and his penchant for tall tales:

 

 

We now know that the number of Americans who've signed up for private insurance in the marketplaces has grown to 8 million people - 8 million people.

 

I know every American isn't going to agree with this law. But I think we can agree that it's well past time to move on as a country...The point is the repeal debate is and should be over. The Affordable Care Act is working.

 

I recognize that their party is going through the stages of grief - anger and denial and all that stuff - and we're not at acceptance yet.

 

My point is that we've been having a political fight about this for five years. We need to move on to something else. That's what the American people are interested in.

 

I don't think we should apologize for [the ACA], and I don't think we should be defensive about it. I think there is a strong, good, right story to tell.

 

This shouldn't be a political football. This should be something that we take for granted, that in this country you should be able to get affordable healthcare regardless of how wealthy you are.

 

[T]his does frustrate me: States that have chosen not to expand Medicaid for no other reason than political spite. You've got 5 million people who could be having health insurance right now at no cost to these states - zero cost to these states.

 

We've been through this cycle before [with Medicare]...."There's a lot of fear-mongering and a lot of political argument and debate, and a lot of accusations are flung back and forth about socialized medicine and the end of freedom. And then it turns out that, you know what, it's working for a lot of folks, and we still live in a free-market society and the Constitution is intact. And then we move on.

 

It would be fun to take issue with each assertion, especially his idea of an "intact Constitution," but I'll limit myself to the four items that deserve the most correction.

 

First, the Affordable Care Act is not working. It's not even operating as written. Thus far, he's made 22 unilateral changes. When the law is actually fully in operation, he expects to be out of office and off the hot seat. In addition, the federal Healthcare.gov exchange is not ...

 

 

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News to Know:

Not a "Medical Error"

Minneapolis-based Luminat is working with UMass Memorial Health Care to "create a platform that will integrate patients' end-of-life directives into their electronic health records." Tom Valdivia, MD and CEO of Luminat says "It's estimated that $40 to $70 billion in unwanted healthcare services will be delivered at patients' end of life in the next decade. ... Not having an advance care plan should be considered a medical error." Medical error? Will doctors get bad "quality" scores if patients refuse to provide a directive? Might directives be entered without patient consent?



Euthanasia Conference

Speaking of end-of-life directives, a conference, which bills itself as "The First National Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide," is taking place on May 2 - 3 in Minneapolis. Contact Human Life Alliance for information on attending and receiving continuing education credits for registered nurses. Sessions cover such topics as the Bioethics movement, state-sponsored suicide, and prenatal and infant euthanasia.



Much Too Convenient

The Census Bureau is changing its annual survey "so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama's health care law..." reports The New York Times. But the old and the new survey could be done in parallel for a few years. The White House claim there's no conspiracy. But The Wall Street Journal says the Bureau did exactly that - a "split-design structure" - when it changed data collection on income and poverty last year. Why not now?



The Most Miserable Profession: M.D.

Nine out of 10 doctors discourage others from becoming doctors, and 300 physicians commit suicide every year. Many medical students choose specialties so they can retire earlier. Just processing one insurance form costs $58 so doctors increase the number of patients seen per hour and use one-size-fits-all treatment "guidelines" to rush people through. Encourage your doctor to drop insurance and go cash. Then get out your wallet and start paying for care...unless you don't want a doctor in your future.



Forget HIPAA: Medical Data Shared Broadly

A tour of the DataMap, an online portal for documenting the flow of personal information regarding health data in the United States, provides the tip of the iceberg of public health reporting. Functioning like a map's legend, this article outlines various health data uses including the so-called HIPAA "notice of privacy practices" (which is actually a notice of disclosures) and shares a 2013 survey by Prof. Latanya Sweeney demonstrating how inconsistently states apply the HIPAA safe harbor checklist for " de-identified information."



Libertarian Manifesto

The book by Matt Kibbe, President and CEO of Freedom Works, lays out a twelve-step program for freedom. Mr. Kibbe says policymakers should comply with the laws they pass, stop spending money we don't have, put patients in charge, let parents decide on education, respect privacy, and defend our right to know. Kibbe says, "We can do all these things if and when America beats Washington".



Seven Taxes Add Billions to Premiums

Those braving Obamacare exchanges will pay an extra $354 on average in 2014 due to seven new taxes in the law. In comparison, the American Action Forum reports that those covered by employer-sponsored health insurance will pay a tax of $196 and those with self-funded employer-sponsored insurance will pay $94. In state-run exchanges, the tax varies and California, Hawaii and Minnesota, are already worried about how they'll raise enough funding from existing rates.



Obamacare Nearly Impossible to Cancel

In its early days, AOL inflated its revenue and enrollment data by making it impossible to cancel its service. Reports are coming in that Obamacare is doing the same with HealthCare.gov, not letting purchasers sign back in to cancel policies. Navigators refuse to help saying, "All I can do is help you sign up." AOL consumers won a class-action cash settlement. Unlike AOL, ObamaCare can take people's money with no recourse..



SEQUENCING: Danger of Losing Public Trust

While 94 per cent of Canadians surveyed online would participate in newborn screening for specific genetic conditions, only 80 per cent are willing to have their newborn's DNA sequenced. Dr. Yvonne Bombard, a genomics and health services researcher, say issues include freedom of choice and the danger of over diagnosis. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Senate is voting today on a bill that would allow sequencing of newborns without parent consent. Tell Senators to vote NO on SF2047 (Supporters call it "newborn screening modifications" bill. We call it the Baby DNA Genetic Privacy Repeal bill): sen.firstname.lastname@senate.mn  Later this week or next week the MN House will vote on the same bill. Contact them at rep.firstname.lastname@house.mn House Speaker: rep.paul.thissen@house.mn



Tracking Obamacare Vital Signs

Obamacare remains unpopular because it's raising taxes, killing jobs, and cutting Americans' health care choices. In 15 charts, the Heritage Foundation shows the vital signs that contribute to Obamacare's falling popularity. At age 27, young adults are facing much higher premiums than those of previous generations; for seniors, Medicare payments are being redirected to pay for new priorities created by Obamacare; and middle-aged citizens are facing cancellation notices.



Federal Bill to Protect Your Biometric Information

No law prevents companies from disclosing an individual's biometric information (e.g. fingerprint, DNA, iris scan) to third parties. So Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX) introduced H.R. 4381, the Biometric Information Privacy Act. "Consumers should not have to worry about third parties obtaining their personal biometric information," said Congressman Stockman who said businesses that disclose it without consent should be penalized.



The Myth of 8 Million

Although President Obama insists that his new law "is working", Americans do not appear to agree as a growing number believe that he is a habitual liar to the point that it is becoming a news story. Despite his "the ACA is working" claim, a recent RAND study reveals that only 1.4 million of the 8 million Obamacare enrollees are newly insured which is insignificant considering the 30 million uninsured that were supposed to be rescued by Obamacare.



Keeping Parents in the Dark  

Planned Parenthood of Maryland got a law (SB 790) passed to let people who receive services from Planned Parenthood hide the use of those services from the person who pays for the insurance policy (parents/spouse). This "emergency legislation" requires providers to offer patients a form they can use to redirect the Explanation of Benefits and other insurance documentation to an alternate, private address. The 52,000 young adults that may now be insured under their parent's policy can now keep their parents in the dark.




Quote of the Week:


"The granularity and detail in ICD-10 will show the payer a patient's complete level of health. ICD-10 will show the payer what the physician deals with in terms of chronic medical management and patient noncompliance. Such information will be key to physician compensation as the industry shifts from volume-based compensation to value-based compensation." - Julie Chicoine, legal counsel, Wexner Medical Center, Ohio. Her statement displays the intrusive nature of the new federal ICD-10 diagnosis and treatment coding system Congress recently postponed for a year. Most doctors and state governments weren't ready and severe disruptions in payment were expected, AIS Health Business Daily, April 17, 2014. [Emphasis added.]

 

 




Stat of the Week:

$10 billion - in annual taxpayer-funded federal premium subsidies will go to the Obamacare exchange enrollees, an average of about $2,890 per person, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

 

 




News Release of the Week:

Claiming 8 Million Enrollees, Obamacare Is Little More than Medicaid for the Middle Class

Now that the Obamacare enrollment deadline has come and gone, cheerleaders for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are calling the initiative a success, boasting 8 million signups since enrollment began in October. But one patient advocacy group says Obamacare has succeeded only in creating a new Medicaid for the middle class. Continue reading




Featured Health Freedom Minute:

Obamacare Brings Civil Rights Threat to Exam Room

Obamacare requires data be collected on patients such as race, ethnicity and language. One left-leaning organization issued a report on "health equity" saying collection and reporting of data by race and ethnicity are "necessary to ensure nondiscrimination in the provision of health care and in provider adherence to civil rights laws." 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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