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June 5, 2013


Deadly Weaknesses of Obamacare

Imagine the end of Obamacare. It is more than possible. The law has an Achilles' heel of mammoth proportions. I looked up the meaning of the term "Achilles' heel": "An Achilles' heel is a deadly weakness in spite of overall strength, that can actually or potentially lead to downfall." Let those words, "deadly weakness" and "lead to downfall" settle with hope over your mental synapses.

Obamacare has a deadly weakness and the opportunity for downfall is real. Do you remember the "Achilles' heel" story from Greek mythology? For those of you who need the reminder that I did, here goes:

"When Achilles was a baby, it was foretold that he would die young. To prevent his death, his mother Thetis took Achilles to the River Styx, which was supposed to offer powers of invulnerability, and dipped his body into the water. But as Thetis held Achilles by the heel, his heel was not washed over by the water of the magical river. Achilles grew up to be a man of war who survived many great battles. But one day, a poisonous arrow shot at him was lodged in his heel, killing him shortly after." (Wikipedia)

Likewise, our arrows must be perfected aimed. Our target is the Achilles heel of Obamacare: its national system of health insurance exchanges - the implementation centers for a federal takeover of health care. This system is vulnerable and in big trouble:  

  • Little Cash: The national Exchange system is under-funded (HHS Sec. Sebelius is in hot water for trying to raise funds for outreach outside of Congress).
  • Little Cooperation: States are refusing to help fund it (36 states, most recently NM and ID, have said no to setting up state exchanges - the arms of the national exchange).
  • Untested: No one knows if the national IT superstructure with a centralized data hub for transmitting data and dollars will work (it's never been tried before).
  • IRS Access: The huge centralized federal database that will collect extensive information on individuals will be available to the IRS and its liberal thugs.

But the administration does not intend to roll over and quit. They are raising millions of dollars and marching forward undeterred as though the mere strength of their will is sufficient. But they are very worried. The Exchange is not the only the Achilles' heel of Obamacare.

Continue Reading. . .


News to Know:

Obama's Appointees Use Secret Emails: Scandal #5?

Obama's political appointees are using secret government email accounts to conduct official business. The Associated Press, made the discovery. The practice, as the Huffington Post reports, "complicates agencies' legal responsibilities to find and turn over emails under public records request and congressional inquiries." The White House claims no data is being withheld, but the AP couldn't find one instance where material from the secret accounts was turned over to the public under open records laws. Obamacare appointees with secret accounts include HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Gary Cohen, head of the Obamacare Exchange division, and former Medicare administrator Don Berwick. Ten federal agencies are refusing to hand over email addresses to the AP. One agency initially asked for $1.03 million to provide the emails.

Rubio Calls for "Right to Refuse" Obamacare Amendment

Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R), on Tuesday calls for a constitutional amendment that would give citizens the right to refuse to participate in Obamacare. The text of the proposed amendment opposes the individual and employer mandate: "Congress shall make no law that imposes a tax on a failure to purchase good and services." It also states, "Obamacare is a disastrous policy that is not only destructive to job creation, it will also unleash the corrupt and scandal-ridden IRS on taxpayers simply for not buying health insurance." For ratification, Congress must pass joint resolutions and three-quarters of the states must approve. It might be easier to just repeal the law.

Au Contraire! Obamacare is Raising Premiums

Obamacare supporters hailed the news that Covered California's Exchange premiums are lower than expected. However, Daniel Kessler, business and law professor at Stanford, refutes the assertions: "Although the premiums are lower than some anticipated, this has been achieved by designing the plans around much more limited provider networks and including greater cost-sharing than the typical commercial health-insurance plan. The premiums for the policies that will be offered on the states' exchanges are much higher than analogous plans being sold today." This underscores why California law should not continue to let its government Exchange shield its contracts from public scrutiny.

Sec. Sebelius Admits Fundraising for Obamacare

In testimony before Congress on Tuesday, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of HHS, said she made five calls on behalf of Enroll America, an organization led by former Obama staffers focused on increasing participation in Obamacare. She said, "Three were to discuss the organization and suggest the entities look at the organization." The two calls made to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and H&R Block were direct solicitations for funding. One can assume the other three discussions were indirect fundraising. Sebelius' requests to Congress for more funding have been denied. Republicans now charge that she is trying to circumvent limits set by Congress.

Health Plans Deputized?

In a notice filed May 28, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said, "CMS is adding a new routine use to twenty-three CMS systems of records to assist in preventing and detecting fraud, waste and abuse." Problem is, there's no real definition of the words, and fraud is mostly perpetrators by outsiders. And who decides what "waste" is? CMS plans to disclose "provider and beneficiary-identifiable records to representatives of health plans..." Is the federal government deputizing health plans to go hunting through our private records? The 23 data systems listed in the notice include the Medicare Retiree Drug Subsidy Program, National Plan and Provider Enumeration System, National Claims History System, Integrated Data Repository, and Chronic Condition Data Repository.

Exchanges Spurned by Big Insurers 

UnitedHealth Group plans to offer Exchange coverage in only a dozen exchanges, down from the 25 exchanges they once announced. UHG worries that initial exchange enrollees will be the sickest, and the most expensive. UHG, along with insurance giants Cigna and Aetna didn't even bid for the California exchange. Speaking of bids, only one insurer has applied to offer Exchange coverage in New Hampshire. An analyst told Bloomberg "The industry is backing off...They'd much rather wait and observe the environment for the first year or two." By that time let's hope the exchanges will have imploded from too little funding and public participation.


Two State Exchanges Request Federal Help

With only four months to the start of open enrollment, Idaho and New Mexico have asked the federal government to run their exchanges for the first year. These GOP-led states had agreed to implement and fund Obama's state-based exchange but now find themselves unable to meet the October 1 deadline. (WSJ, May 22). That leaves the federal government running the federal exchange in 36 states...and funding the operations. Because every state exchange is just a state arm of the national exchange and under federal control, the only real difference between state exchanges and a federal exchange is who funds it: state taxpayers or federal taxpayers.

Two-Thirds of the Uninsured May Skip Insurance

A survey by Princeton Survey Research on behalf of finds 64% of the uninsured don't know if they will buy health insurance when Obamacare takes effect on January 1, 2014. The law requires them to be insured each and every month, and will penalize them for any month missed. Only 19% say they'll get coverage and 10% say they'll go uninsured and pay the penalty...if it's enforced. Many are skeptical that it will be. Read more...

Sebelius May Seize Control of IPAB "Death Panel"

The GOP has refused to submit potential candidates to the Independent Payment Advisory Board, the 15 member cost control committee that will make "fast-track" cuts to Medicare essentially without the approval of Congress. Only by a two-thirds super majority vote can Congress stop IPAB's cost-cutting recommendations from taking place. Sen. Tom Coburn wants to know what will happen if the IPAB positions are never filled. Congressional Research Services (CRS) sent him a letter saying the law gives HHS secretary Sebelius fiat authority to limit access to care through spending cuts in any year when Medicare's projected spending outpaces growth targets. Cato Institute has called the IPAB law "anti-constitutional."

IRS Hearing:  I Got A Letter from Lois Lerner

Becky Gerritson testified that she submitted an application to the IRS in October 2010 to establish the Wetumpka Tea Party in Alabama: "Our $850 application fee was cashed seven days later. We received a letter from Robert Choi dated November 2, 2010 stating that our application and our user fee had been received. It also stated that we should be expecting to hear from someone within ninety days. However the IRS did not initiate any contact with us for another 459 days. That was when I received a letter from the Cincinnati office dated February 3, 2012. That letter stated that they could not process our application until we completed the enclosed questionnaire, which requested approximately 90 additional pieces of information about our organization. The questionnaire stated that if the additional information was not returned by February 24th, our case would be closed. The demands for information in the questionnaire shocked me." Watch the video...

Quote of the Week:

"This was not an accident. This is a willful act of intimidation to discourage a point of view. What the government did to our little group in Wetumpka, Alabama is un-American. ...Many of the agents and agencies in federal government do not understand that they are servants of the people. They think they are our masters and they are mistaken." - Becky Gerritson, Wetumpka Tea Party, Congressional hearing on IRS abuses ( video), June 4, 2013.


Stat of the Week:

$40 million - contract New Mexico signed with to build government health insurance exchange technical (IT) infrastructure.

News Release of the Week:

Affordable Care Act Allows Americans' Private Info to Be Stored and Accessed In Massive Federal Database

St. Paul, Minn. - One patient advocate has many concerns about Obamacare and the new state exchanges being created to implement the Affordable Care Act.

But perhaps the most pressing concern for Twila Brase, co-founder of Citizens' Council for Health Freedom, is the federal "System of Records (SRO)," an expansive, government-run database that will store Americans' private information through the state exchanges. Continue reading



Featured Health Freedom Minute:

Vermont Mandates "Mussolini Medicine"

Vermont passed single-payer health care in 2011. It created a five member Green Mountain Care Board to implement the law and impose price controls. The law allows the board to set fees for all doctors and all hospitals in the state - even those who refuse to join the system. Thus the law eliminates the independent practice of medicine, and prohibits private contracts between a patient and a doctor. 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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