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August 27, 2014



 

Obamacare on a Stick?

At the Minnesota State Fair almost everything is served "on a stick." Walking around last week, I found deep fried Snickers on a stick, walleye on a stick, alligator on a stick, meatballs on a stick, hot dish on a stick, frozen chocolate-covered cheesecake on a stick, meatloaf on a stick, spaghetti on a stick, pork chop on a stick, breakfast on a stick, shrimp dogs on a stick, lobster on a stick, and key lime pie on a stick.

 

Hungry yet?

 

Don't tell Michelle Obama. She'd probably try to outlaw everything except salad on a stick, even though I'd expect her to buy a bucket of our "Fresh French Fries."

 

Last year, Obamacare was marketed on a stick. The MNsure state-based Obamacare exchange handed out white circles with full-color MNsure designs stuck to a stick.

 

This year there's no stick.

 

Perhaps that's because MNsure has mostly signed up Medicaid enrollees, who may not be able to afford to go to the fair or buy the pricey on-a-stick food.

 

MNsure, which hasn't released any disenrollment numbers yet, says 300,085 Minnesotans have enrolled through MNsure as of August 21st, but 246,315 are in Medicaid or MinnesotaCare, a Minnesota-only Medicaid expansion program. Only 53,770 enrollees are in the "qualified health plans" of Obamacare, which MNsure calls "private coverage."

 

But Obamacare is government coverage. Every enrollee applies to the federal government using a standard federal form. Then just like people on Medicaid who have Blue Cross Blue Shield on their Medicaid card, Obamacare recipients get a private plan listed on their Obamacare card. But it's all government coverage.

 

In fact, such "private coverage" can be 100% taxpayer-subsidized. Information at MNsure's State Fair booth says: "Tax credits for private coverage for some adults. Monthly premium as low as $0 after tax credits."

 

Obamacare, on or off a stick, is not good for your health.

 

Obamacare is the federal takeover of doctors, hospitals and medical decisions. And States like Minnesota that established a state-based exchange - a base for federal data collection and control -- expose citizens to costly Obamacare expenses, mandates and penalties that do not apply in the 36 states that refuse to establish a state exchange, according to four lawsuits challenging subsidies issued by the federally-established exchange.

 

No one should be fooled into accepting Obamacare on or off a stick, even if it's "free." Those who do should expect no end of federally-imposed indigestion.

 

 

Advancing freedom (on or off a stick) every day,

 

 

Twila Brase, RN, PHN

President and Co-founder

 

 

 

 

CORRECTION: In the August 13 edition of the eNews ("Trapped in Medicare"), I stated that no Medicare recipients could pay cash for care denied unless the physician opted out. However, an astute reader in the medical field reminded me that physicians may choose to offer patients Medicare's Advance Beneficiary Notice of Non-Coverage (ABN) for services they think Medicare may not cover. Patients who sign the form agree to pay cash for those services if Medicare refuses coverage. But because the physician has to tell Medicare that the patient has made such a choice, might it be more likely that Medicare will refuse coverage? I'd be pleased if doctors and patients would email me their personal experiences with using the ABN form.

 

 

Register today...or by Tomorrow...for the best price!

 


 




News to Know:

Took a Tweet and a Threat

After trying for five months to get his newborn son added to his MNsure Obamacare coverage, Jeremy Emmerich sent MNsure a tweet saying, "if someone from your organization doesn't call me and help me to add my son on our existing insurance I am getting a lawyer." News reporters called. KSTP-TV and WCCO-TV ran the story the next day. His son Maxwell is now covered. MNsure said 3,700 cases are waiting with 100 processed daily and apparently children get priority. So why the 5-month wait? Those who tweet can. Those who can't, wait?"



Obamacare Closes a Charity Clinic

A Minneapolis clinic for the uninsured told patients it is closing due to "an extraordinary financial situation due to the Affordable Care Act," including the electronic medical records requirement, something the clinic had never done in order to keep costs down. Keeping in mind that 30 million people are expected to still be uninsured after Obamacare is fully in place, why would the law put 240 volunteers and 11 paid staff out of business? KSTP-TV story



Radiology Training Terminated

When Congress capped Medicare-supported physician residencies in 1997, smaller hospitals started contracting with "nighthawk" radiology services which pooled the hospitals' diagnostic imaging and sent them to American radiologists overseas. Now with $6 billion in Medicare cuts since 2006, some hospitals are cutting out their radiology residencies and contracting with groups that will read X-rays remotely, leaving radiology trainees stranded with no hospital to learn the trade.



IRS: Too Busy Hiding Emails to Protect Our Data??

The IRS requires background checks for anyone with access to sensitive data. But a new report finds the IRS using contractors with serious criminal history who'd never had a background check. The reason? The IRS didn't understand the word "access" includes "possession/custody of envelopes and packages" with sensitive data. The Inspector General flagged this problem a year ago, but the IRS hasn't done anything. Are they too busy destroying hard drives and hiding emails??



Six Years of Unfixed "Bugs"

 

The Community Health System, whose 4.5 million patient records were hacked, had not fixed longstanding security holes. A security expert said there were known bots and blacklists, some six years old. He said, "These infections are a strong indicator that systems have gone unpatched for years - a common theme in the health care industry. If an advanced nation-state penetrated this network, they probably didn't have to work very hard to gain a foothold." (Politico Pro, Aug 21, 2014)



Has Empathy Disappeared?

Eric Hall, the President and CEO of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network wrote in a blog that there was a "constant flow of hospital staff" coming into his friend's room after heart surgery, but all his friend heard was a "cursory good morning or afternoon." Even his doctor didn't ask him how he was feeling: "he was not feeling cared for." Mr. Hall calls for caregivers that have both brains and heart...and perhaps a new position -- Chief Empathy Officer (CEO).



Is Your Medical Data Public Property?

U.S. Senators Wyden and Grassley asked for input on interoperability and data sharing. The Premier Healthcare alliance responded saying they want access to claims data from all government programs; clinical data from patient electronic medical records; quality measurement data, and medical, pharmacy and behavioral health information for research. Writing in doublespeak: "Ultimately, technology architecture, and information policy must work together to ensure patient privacy and to realize the full societal benefits of healthcare data." Translated, this means NO privacy.



Don't Hear the Case!

The winning Halbig attorneys have asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals not to re-hear the Halbig vs. Burwell case regarding Obamacare subsidies wrongly issued by the federal exchange. Trying to undo the 2-1 ruling, Obama wants an en banc review by all 11 judges. Halbig says this delays getting to a final answer. The attorneys suggest waiting until the Supreme Court makes a decision on accepting the similar King vs. Burwell case.




Quote of the Week:

 

"Cybersecurity is like a war. Every day you're figuring out what the threat is and what weapons to use. It is not trivial or easy, and it never goes away." - Lisa Gallagher, vice president for technology at HIMSS, Politico Pro, August 19, 2014.




Stat of the Week:

8% - rise in use of Emergency Rooms eight months after Obamacare open enrollment (June 2014 vs. November 2013).




News Release of the Week:

Data Dangers: Americans' Electronic Medical Records at Risk for Hacking

 

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Last week, Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals in 28 states, announced hackers had broken into its computer system and stolen data on 4.5 million patients. That data included names, Social Security numbers, physical addresses, birthdays and telephone numbers, paving the way for criminals to open bank accounts and credit cards in the patients' names.

Meanwhile, the Obama Administration has announced it will not release records related to security features built into the federal health care exchange, claiming that doing so could "potentially" allow hackers to break in.


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Featured Health Freedom Minute:

Medicare Advantage Closes 700 Physician's Doors

 

Obamacare cuts Medicare payments by more than half a trillion dollars.
In response, United Health, the nationʼs largest Medicare Advantage
HMO provider, is reducing access to physicians. For example, in
Massachusetts 700 physicians will be cut from the network. Closing 700
doors to health care is one way to ration care.

 

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