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April 3, 2013



Battle Against Obamacare Just Got Easier

I have just discovered new information. This is a long post, but it should make the battle against Obamacare easier. What I've found reveals just how Federal and intrusive the Exchanges really are.

First, as a reminder, small businesses (1-49 employees) will be able to shift their workers to Obama's Exchanges this coming January. Second, in case you've missed it, newspapers are claiming that enrolling Medicaid recipients into health plans listed on Obama's Exchanges gives these individuals "private insurance." For example, The Wall Street Journal reports:

 

 

"Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, wants U.S. health regulators to let the state use federal dollars intended to expand eligibility for the Medicaid program to instead buy private insurance policies for low-income people [on the government's exchange]."

 

Not true. The Exchanges offer sliding-fee-scale government health care. The health plans will be third party administrators of Obamacare under government contract -- just like they are today for most state Medicaid programs. In Arkansas, for example, 74% of Medicaid enrollees are enrolled in health plans. As described by Medicaid.gov:

 

"States have traditionally provided people Medicaid benefits using a fee-for-service system. However, in the past 15 years, states have more frequently implemented a managed care delivery system for Medicaid benefits. In a managed care delivery system, people get most or all of their Medicaid services from an organization under contract with the state. Almost 50 million people receive benefits through some form of managed care, either on a voluntary or mandatory basis. States can allow people to voluntarily enroll in a managed care program, but more frequently, states require people to enroll in a managed care program." [Emphasis added]

 

A government contract does not make Medicaid any less a government program. Likewise, Exchange health plans will be under government contract. Only "federally-qualified" plans get contracts. Benefits offered are federally-approved. And health plans must share their data - and yours -- with the federal government. These health plans also receive payments directly from the federal government. And unless the federal government says yes to your application for Exchange coverage, you cannot receive Obamacare.

 

Here's more proof that Exchanges don't offer "private insurance." First, all Exchanges must use the same 21-page federal application form. Second -- here is what I just discovered -- all application and related data will go into a newly created federal "system of records," which was just finalized on March 6.

Continue reading . . .
 




News to Know:

Contraceptive Mandate Deadline is Monday - Comment Today!

Monday, April 8, is the last day for the public to give input to the federal government on the mandate requiring companies to pay for birth control and abortion-causing drugs. The time to comment is now. The proposal would only exempt only "group health plans established of maintained by certain religious employers" from the requirement to cover contraceptive services.

HHS proposes to only exempt "houses of worship," not religious universities, hospitals, charities or businesses owned by a person of faith. The proposed rule is called "Coverage of Certain Preventive Services under Affordable Care Act." Its document ID is CMS-2012-0031-63161. Take action to protect freedom of conscience rights and the lives of our littlest citizens. Comment Today: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=CMS-2012-0031-63161

 

Obamacare: The Deception

An article written by a knowledgeable author who wishes to remain anonymous "explains how Obamacare works for the insurance companies but not for you," writes Paul Craig Roberts. He calls the article, "one of the most important articles that will be posted on my website this year." Readers will be alarmed by to learn that "Many Americans will find themselves not only with a policy they can't afford but also with one they cannot afford to use." Take a look at the article called, "OBAMACARE: The Devil is in the Details."

Cancer Group Launches "Big Data" Database
 

The American Society of Clinical Oncology is building a national database of cancer patients. The project, called "CancerLinQ," would make every cancer patient a research subject. Some 1.6 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer every year. To comply with national disclosure laws (HIPAA) and state privacy law, "patient information was sent to a third party that stripped medical records of individual identifiers before it was entered into the database." But that doesn't prevent individuals from their data being used for research against their wishes. NOTE: Lee Newcomer, Senior VP at UnitedHealth Group, no stranger to gigantic data systems, says databases can yield misleading information.


More Warnings on Premium Price Hikes

Health plans are privately warning brokers that premiums for individuals and small businesses could increase significantly next year because of the Unaffordable Care Act. Rates could more than double for individuals who buy their own insurance. Yet the Obama administration says insurance will be more affordable, particularly in Exchanges. Regarding this duplicitous assertion:

 

  1. Exchange coverage is not insurance - it's Medicaid for the middle class;
  2. Federal premium subsidies are available only on Exchanges set up by states, but at least 25 states have refused set up the federal ACA Exchanges and
  3. The federal government cannot pay premium subsidies without first taxing American workers, who will then have less money to pay higher premiums.


GOP Governors Cave on Medicaid Expansion


Nine GOP governors have agreed to expand Medicaid and grab the "free money" his administration is dangling before their noses. Governors like the fed's promise to pick up 100% of the cost through 2016, and 90% thereafter. And hospitals support the expansion because the ACA reduces federal Disproportionate Share (DSH) payments for charity care. That which the government gives, like DSH, it can take away. Medicaid expansion funds will be paid by taxpayers, looted from Medicare, borrowed from the Chinese, or printed by the Administration.

 




Quotes of the Week:



"The federal hub is only 40 percent complete." - Dan Schuyler, director for Leavitt Partners, on the federal data system Exchanges will use to transfer data and dollars, Health Policy Solutions, March 27, 2013.











"I remember one employer telling us he wasn't interested unless we would give it away for free." - Rhonda Poirier, former JaxCare chief executive, The Washington Post, March 30, 2013.











"The 'if you build it, they will come' philosophy doesn't work in health care." - Linda Quick, president of the South Florida Hospital and Health Care Association, related Obama's Exchanges to the Florida subsidy program that only got 500 takers, less than one-third of the number expected, The Washington Post, March 30, 2013.






"I do not think most people will be able to [complete the 21-page application for individuals seeking health coverage through an insurance exchange] on their own due to the complexity. And if they can't do it, they might throw their hands up in the air and decide to pay the individual mandate penalty tax, unless an exemption applies. We have seen this before. Complexity results in less take-up." - Christopher Condeluci, attorney at Venable LLP, who served as tax counsel for the Senate Finance Committee during the drafting of the ACA, AIS's Health Business Daily, April 1, 2013.




Stats of the Week:

7 - States creating "shadow partnership" with HHS to assume some responsibilities in Federal Exchange (ME, SD, VA, KS, MT, NE, OH) -- Politico Pro, 4/2/13.

20,000 - number of business associates some large health care entities have (BAs have access to medical records without patient consent)

127 million - hours needed for compliance with Obamacare rules so far - enough time to construct 1,040 projects as big as Mount Rushmore, which took 14 years to build.

20 - states that prohibit insurers on the Exchange from offering abortion coverage.

44% - hospitals that have at least a basic electronic health record (EHR).

1 - health plans available for small businesses on Obama's Exchange, until 2015.




News Release of the Week:

CCHF Maintains That All State Obamacare Insurance Applications Are Federal

ST. PAUL, M.N. - The Citizens' Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.com) has determined that the new, lengthy applications for health insurance that are to be completed under the PPACA law on the state health insurance exchanges are federally mandated and linked to the federal form, a draft of which has been posted on the HHS website. It includes 21 pages of questions applicants must answer, accompanied by 61 pages of explanation; hardly the simplified "marketplace" for each state that was promised. In addition, it asks applicants about voter registration status before the application is considered complete. Continue reading

 




Featured Health Freedom Minute:

The Easy Way to Repeal Obamacare

Senator Mitch McConnell has a plan to repeal Obamacare. When the Supreme Court ruled the mandate a tax, he knew a tax is subject to the budget reconciliation process, exempt from filibuster and only needs a simple majority vote for repeal. He also needs a Republican Senate and a Republican president. Continue reading

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Reading Now...

Tech Troubles Could Hobble Health Exchange - Health Policy Solutions, March 27.

Obamavote: Health care application registers voters too - The Examiner, April 1.

Applying for Obamacare May Be As Difficult As Doing Taxes and 'Enormously Time Consuming' - Huffington Post (AP), March 13  - has 3,177 comments so far.

Little Hope Seen for Millions Priced out of Health Overhaul - Reuters, March 26.

Glitches in politicized health law hard to address - Politico Pro, March 29 - on the real life ramifications of the Democrat's rush to passage - and passage without a single Republican vote. (subscription only)

Raisins in the Sun, The Wall Street Journal, March 25 - although this editorial has nothing to do with health care, it shows how unconstitutional laws we know nothing about regularly threaten American livelihoods and American access to goods and services.

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