Thursday, August 08, 2013

ObamaCare is Still an Issue! (Part 3)

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The "Hope and Change" of Obama Care
By Kelleigh Nelson
October 19, 2013
NewsWithViews.com

Prior to passage of Obamacare, Americans spoke out against the individual mandate; they didn't want to change the health care they had; they didn't want a 3,000-page bill that empowered 15 Washington bureaucrats to decide the future of the doctor-patient relationship. — Fred Upton
As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight. And it is in such twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. — Justice William O. Douglas, US Supreme Court (1939-75)
Obama Care is moving quickly to destroy what was once the best healthcare system in the world. I have several friends who have already experienced the change in our healthcare system, and more importantly, the change in their insurance benefits. This especially goes to the denial of medical procedures, and the quality of care. In fact, last December, 2012, a nurse told me the elderly had already been financially affected by Obama Care. Their once small co-pays of five to ten dollars were now skyrocketing to $150.00, and more. With fixed incomes, the co-pays have become a roadblock to proper care for the elderly.

A few months ago, our friend Charlie, had been diagnosed with cancer, and it was in so many parts of his body, we knew it would take him quickly. So, what do the physicians do? They order two CT scans for him. Add a little radiation to the mix to make the cancer grow a little faster...yep! [Link]
Shortly after this, he was supposed to have a biopsy, but it couldn't be performed because the hospital ran out of filters for the procedure. What? They ran out of filters? Yes, that's the excuse. The food in the hospital was so poor in nutrition, that his friends and family were bringing him meals. The care was also so unresponsive that his brother had to complain to the patient advocate. Medicare reductions and Obama Care have prompted Tennessee hospital layoffs, so there are fewer and fewer medical personnel to care for the ill, and this is happening nationwide. [Link]
Of course, there are countless alternative cancer treatments, many of which have cured aggressive cancers, but few will try the treatments, especially when we're old and frail. Most will opt for listening to medical advice and being cut, radiated, and poisoned before they pass into the next world. With Obama Care now making its ugly debut, we will most likely have to find alternative home remedies for all medical problems, that is of course, if the lawmakers don't remove all alternatives as well.
Charlie was a good friend, especially to my husband. He was one of those guys you just love to be around. He had stories that made you laugh until tears rolled down your cheeks. He knew what was going on in our country, and how much we have lost, so we could talk to him about every subject affecting all of us in the new communist America.
He was discharged from the hospital after many radiation treatments, and sent home to die. One oncologist actually said to his family, "If he gains weight, bring him back for chemotherapy." With cancer, the desire to eat is so diminished that weight loss is inevitable.
Charlie suffered at the end of his life. Cancer is a horrible way to die. He was in Catholic Hospice the last week of his life and was never alone, and this was a sanctity-of-life Hospice. His cousin and her husband, his big brother and his wife, and my husband were with him around the clock. They took turns keeping vigil at his side. All of us should be so fortunate to have loved ones surround us during our last days and to hold our hands.
Charlie knew the King of Glory, and was saved. Acts 7 and 8 tells of the stoning of Stephen after he had been preaching and was later judged and stoned. He suffered gravely before he gave up his spirit, just as our friend Charlie did. Christians know the Bible states that Jesus sits at the right hand of God the Father, but in Acts 7:55, "Stephen looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and saw Jesus standing on the right hand of God." The King stood to welcome one of his own home. I know that our friend Charlie saw his Saviour stand to welcome him home as well.
We have to say goodbye to many family members and friends as we age, and it's a sad part of growing older. I remember my grandmother telling me how hard it was to lose those she loved, to where few of her family and friends were left.
The fact remains that our government wants all of us to quickly depart this earth, especially those who remember freedom and liberty, who know the Constitution and our God given rights, who continually speak out about America's decay, who love our Republic, and who want the politicians to obey their oaths. Obama Care will see to our early demise, and see to it quickly. It is already here, and I'm now experiencing it myself.
Healthcare and Insurance

About seven years ago, I physically shrunk almost two inches. This often has a negative result on the spine and especially on the spine of people who have scoliosis (curvature of the spine) as I have. The result for me has been bulging discs, compressed discs, foraminal stenosis (narrowing), and various other compressed nerve problems resulting in back pain in all three areas of the spine, cervical, thoracic, and lumbar. Physical therapy has kept me going for almost seven years, and for the most part I've been out of pain. Nevertheless, the situation has progressed to where my physical therapist suggested I needed further help. So, after MRIs, I chose the Bonati Spine Institute in Hudson, Florida. My neurosurgeon was Dr. John Grossmith.
The diagnosis included three discs in the cervical area, two or three in the thoracic area, and three in the lumbar area, all with various problems which cause pain. Bonati Spine Institute does minimally invasive spine surgery. Local anesthesia is used as well as IV medications for relaxation. When you wake up, you walk out of the surgery center. One disc in my neck had been repaired, and we were going to move on to the thoracic region when insurance disrupted the next step.
My insurance company, along with many others, now has a third party doing their authorizations for procedures. It takes two to five days to certify a procedure through this third party. Even epidural injections must have prior authorization and can take up to five business days. As well, this third party has the power to say, "No," to procedures the physicians deem necessary.
I needed a diagnostic nerve block injection in the thoracic area to isolate which disc was the cause of pain. Unfortunately, this was denied. If I wanted to pay for it myself, the cost for injections would be $3000, and surgery on one disc would be $20,000.
The anesthesiologist who performs the injections had to request a "peer to peer conference call," to try to get the denial overturned. This takes 24 to 72 hours. Since it was Friday at noon, we decided to go home rather than paying for food and hotel while waiting for the conference call. Three days later, I learned the conference call did nothing to change the outcome. The next step was to call and talk to the insurance company and this third party myself, and file a grievance as well. An appeal has been filed, but can take up to 180 days, and in six months, I may not have the same insurance I have now.
Common sense seems to have no place in this third party group's decisions. If a local neurosurgeon stated I needed open back surgery on all three parts of the spine, it would cost my insurance company hundreds of thousands of dollars, not only for the surgery, but the hospital stay and the following physical therapy. This type of surgery does not guarantee an elimination of pain. The Institute is out-of-network with my insurance , so the insurance company only has to pay 50% of the cost. Most likely the entire cost of all the surgeries I needed at Bonati Institute would not exceed $100,000. Yet, they deny the injections which would cost them a minimal amount. All this is just the tip of the iceberg.
A few weeks later, I went back to Bonati and had surgery on a second cervical disc. Both were quite successful in relieving the left shoulder pain I had experienced for seven years. We next moved on to the three bulging discs in the lumbar area and completed surgery on the left side of one disc. Insurance again would not certify surgery on the right side. The end result is a good amount of pain relief, but not all of the spinal problems fixed. Had I gone to Bonati two years ago with this same insurance, I undoubtedly would have had all the surgeries completed without the difficulty of third party certification. I waited too long.

Before the end of this year, I hopefully will have two other needed surgeries, both minimally invasive. [Link] If you need any surgery and have been putting if off, you have three months left in the year, and I'd suggest you do it now before some unelected communist board decides you are too old to have the needed repair.
 Death Panels are Unelected Boards

The Daily World of November 8, 1975 carried a very interesting article entitled, "Planning is Socialism's Trademark," by Morris Zeitlin. The Daily World (newspaper of the Communist Party USA) was formerly known as The Daily Worker, and was founded in 1924. The importance of this article lies in its blatant admission that regionalism (Communism), which is gradually becoming the accepted method of unelected governance in the United States (unelected councils and task forces, participatory democracy, public-private partnerships, etc.) is the form of government used in democratic socialist and communist countries. Link, page 134
In older dictionaries, you will find Soviet defined as "unelected councils."
During the October, 2012 presidential debates, Romney said the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), also known as a “death panel,” was one of the reasons he would repeal Obama Care. And President Barack Obama continued to defend his controversial death panels.
"It puts in place an unelected board that's going to tell people, ultimately, what kind of treatments they can have,” Romney said.
Obama said, "This unelected board that we've created — what this is, is a group of health care experts, doctors, et cetera, to figure out how can we reduce the cost of care in the system overall." Obama continued to say death panels would make "the cost of care more effective."
Do you understand this? An "unelected board" is a bunch of bureaucrats who are appointed, not elected by the people. They cannot be fired by the people! Unelected boards are a Soviet form of government. Of course, Obama is right to say death panels would make "the cost of care more effective." The elderly will not get end of life care, or surgeries which could give them another five or ten years, or even a pace maker which could extend life for a dozen or more years. Yes, this will save heaps of money because grandma and grandpa will be denied health care and told to "take a pill," and thus die early. More on death panels. Now even some of the Dems are jumping ship on the death panel portion of Obama Care. [Link] Too bad they didn't realize this sooner and vote against this draconian legislation which no one read!
If you have money, you can buy the care and/or surgery, but without the funds, you will be at a loss to get care. The fact that this third party in my insurance would prefer approving open back surgery in hospital that costs thousands upon thousands, and which could lead to even more costs, shows the failure of common sense. And it's only going to get worse. The cost is increasing, (Link) the availability of care decreasing, and your medical privacy will be non-existent. [Link] Check out HR 3590 for yourself.
There are countless exposes' on the web regarding the rationing of care, especially for the elderly, with Obama Care. [Link], [Link] Take a gander at Jon Rappoport's The Devastating Truth Behind Obama Care. My friend, Ruth made a few important comments about Jon's article. Here is what she said

"IMO, the medical system (iatrogenic, pharma and hospital) is the leading cause of death in America, because heart disease and cancer result from our medical system's approval of and plying us with cancer-causing agents, e.g., chemotherapy and radiation, killer drugs, toxic fluoride in the water, chemtrails (aluminum oxide, barium, strontium, etc.) sprayed daily in our air; aspartame (such as NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc. added to so-called "diet" foods and drinks) which causes heart problems and various cancers and health problems; aspartame, after ingestion, breaks down into formaldehyde; mandated killer vaccines forced on our babies and children; and the addition of deadly GMO grains in all processed foods sold in grocery stores. The numbers of deaths listed herein are very conservative."The article also stated, "To give perspective, globally, 250 thousand to 500 thousand people die of ordinary flu-like illness every year." Ruth commented,
"People do NOT die from the flu; they die from a compromised immune system and ill health caused by the items listed above.
 
Just remember, if you're lucky enough to grow old, you'll be unfortunate enough to be denied care, which will increase your likelihood of an early demise. This is the goal of UN Agenda 21's population reduction, which our federal and state governments have all bought into.
When the baby boomers die off, as well as those who know the history of the founding of this amazing experiment called a Republic, the Communists in charge will have full reign over the deliberately dumbed down masses. Those who are left know nothing of freedom, liberty, justice, and the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. At that point, the elitist's goals of total control and slavery of the masses will be complete. Is that what you want for your descendants?
© 2013 Kelleigh Nelson - All Rights Reserved
Kelleigh Nelson has been researching the Christian right and their connections to the left, the new age, and cults since 1975. Formerly an executive producer for three different national radio talk show hosts, she was adept at finding and scheduling a variety of wonderful guests for her radio hosts. She and her husband live in Knoxville, TN, and she has owned her own wholesale commercial bakery since 1990. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Kelleigh was marketing communications and advertising manager for a fortune 100 company in Ohio. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she was a Goldwater girl with high school classmate, Hillary Rodham, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Kelleigh is well acquainted with Chicago politics and was working in downtown Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention riots. Kelleigh is presently the secretary for Rocky Top Freedom Campaign, a strong freedom advocate group.
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ObamaCare fiasco: Government-run health insurance working about as well as expected

Don't worry! They're working round the clock to fix it!
By Herman Cain
What exactly did you think government-run health insurance was going to be like?

The Obama Administration finds itself scrambling this week as its much-anticipated health care exchanges are stumbling out of the blocks with consumer confusion, system shutdowns and sticker shock over the actual cost of “free” health care.


Obama hilariously tried to claim in an interview with the AP yesterday that public interest far exceeded the government’s expectations. But is that really the problem? In Kansas, there are more than 360,000 people without health insurance, and one of that state’s congressmen, Republican Tim Huelskamp, reports that not a single Kansan has yet signed up.
Some of that is because the system is such a mess. Huelskamp says he actually tried to sign up but couldn’t navigate his way through it. Surely others tried too, but ultimately decided it wasn’t worth the hassle.
“Folks are working round the clock and have been systematically reducing the wait times,” Obama assures us.
Tell me another one. If you think the wait time to sign up is bad, imagine what the wait times will be like for cancer treatments, or for emergency surgery, or for a physical.
This is what happens when you take a service and use politics to a) explode demand for it; while b) forcing providers to take all comers. You will get shortages. You will get doctors leaving the system. You will get premiums going through the roof. You will destroy quality.
You will do all this because markets work in certain ways, but politicians don’t like the way markets work, so they try to manipulate markets. They try to make things free that can’t be free, because it costs money to provide them. They try to make things irrelevant – like pre-existing conditions – that can’t be irrelevant. They try to tell you they can do all this without it costing you a lot of money, without quality suffering, without service suffering . . . and then when none of that works out, they say, oh, don’t worry, we’re working round the clock, this is not a problem.
But even Obama’s excuse gives away an ugly truth. He says the government had no idea what to expect in terms of demand. Exactly! They created a monster by trying to throw everyone – the young, the old, the healthy, the sick – into the same insurance pool and force insurers to take everyone, and to treat everyone the same.
Then they made the problem worse by forcing people who don’t even want insurance to buy it anyway, and by using taxpayer money to subsidize it.
Here’s what happens when you do that: Suddenly the market is flooded with people making demands on the system who were not previously making any demands whatsoever. That overtaxes the system and causes costs to skyrocket. Who will pay for that? The party that has committed to pay the subsidies, which is the federal government, which is to say – the taxpayers. You.
Free health care! Ha! Joke’s on you!
At the same time, providers will be forced out of the system because they can’t make a reasonable return on the services they provide, especially those who take Medicaid patients.
So your insurance will cost more, the quality of your care will be worse and you will have to wait longer to get it because there aren’t as many providers available. Oh, and that’s if you can navigate your way through the “exchanges” and sign up in the first place.
Welcome to ObamaCare. It’s the latest attempt by politicians to banish market realities by legislative fiat. We can already see it is working about as well as every other such attempt by politicians to do this – which is to say, not at all. Because it is impossible. The only thing harder, I reckon, is getting them to stop trying.
Herman Cain’s column is distributed by CainTV, which can be found at caintv.com
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What Everybody Ought to Know About Obamacare
Congress should refuse to spend a single dime implementing this massive train wreck
By Heritage Foundation
Kelsey Harris
and/or
Obamacare: It’s unfair, unaffordable, and unworkable.
So it’s no surprise that Organizing for Action, President Obama’s campaign group, is aggressively posting on all of its media outlets to try to hide the truth about Obamacare.
Just last week, the group blasted out emails and tweets to activists encouraging them to “see how Obamacare is already working.”
But Organizing for Action is wrong. Obamacare isn’t working, and it won’t ever work. That’s why we’re challenging every claim Obamacare supporters make—and you should, too. Congress should refuse to spend a single dime implementing this massive train wreck.

Check out the infographic below and learn how Obamacare is not working.

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White House: Oh no, small businesses, you’re not getting out of ObamaCare
Part-time workers, full-time equivalents, Exempting Congress and its staff
By Dan Calabrese
This is how ridiculous the rollout of ObamaCare has become. In what amounts to a high-stakes chess game between small businesses and the government, the Obama Administration is now informing business owners that it won’t let them get away with hiring part-time workers as a method of avoiding the employer mandate. In order to ensure that as many companies as possible fall under the mandate, the government plans to add up the hours of part-time workers and count them as “full-time equivalents.”

The administration has popped the bubble of hope some small business had that switching to part-time staff would let them escape the high costs of Obamacare.

The Small Business Administration on Thursday created a website to explain to businesses that the government will simply tally up the number of part-time employees firms have to determine if enough hours have been worked to essentially create a “full-time equivalent.”

Some smaller businesses had thought that if they could get under the 50 full-time employee cap that activates Obamacare by cutting full-time workers and hiring more part-time workers they would escape having to provide costly health care insurance — or pay a federal fine.

Several business organizations have been warning smaller firms of the provision in Obamacare, but many were confused and waiting for the administration to finally explain the so-called employer mandate calculation.

This may not be a case of Obama unilaterally changing the law as he did by delaying the employer mandate a year, and by exempting Congress and its staff from subsidy limits. But what it is, without a doubt, is the latest clear evidence that no one can figure out how this damn thing works. The 2,000-page law that Democrats rammed through using procedural tricks, without bothering to read it, is confusing the business community, infuriating members of Congress and causing all kinds of unintended consequences from soaring premiums to doctors leaving the profession rather than deal with the new economic realities that ObamaCare presents.

The administration is struggling to find the money for implementation. They’re struggling to convince people to sign up. And now they’re in a tussle with small employers who are trying to do what the law seems to allow, only to find out the administration is going to interpret the law in a different way than they thought because it needs businesses on board.

What a fiasco. You don’t suppose Democrats will learn from this that when you foist a legislative monstrosity on the nation in order to satisfy your ideological dreams, it just might have consequences that are not so good for the country - do you?

Dan Calabrese’s column is distributed by CainTV, which can be found at caintv.com
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Obama reinterprets Obamacare so Congress doesn’t have to pay for its health insurance, A list of companies and unions with Obamacare exemptions

By Nick Sorrentino on August 2, 2013


Nothing wrong here. Slap one of those “I love Obamacare” stickers on your car and pretend like this isn’t the biggest legislative disaster of perhaps multiple generations. Everything will be just fine. There is no way this program is going to cost trazzillions more than the trillions it’s projected to. No worries. We’ve got plenty of money, no deficit or debt at all.

The main issue which must be dealt with in this country is access to care in catastrophic circumstances and insuring those with a prior condition. This is a huge, monumental task, but much more narrow than the sweeping tsunami of red tape which is Obamacare. However, there are those who just want nationalized healthcare at nearly any cost and simply making sure that those who have cancer don’t fall into bankruptcy, and those who have epilepsy can get their medication easily isn’t enough. There must be “comprehensive” care for everyone, damn the cost to the taxpayer, or the employers (which are also taxpayers).

The connected know (especially those with lawyers who have read the law) that they want no part of Obamacare and that is why the administration has issued HUNDREDS of EXEMPTIONS for connected companies and unions over the past 3 years. Now Congress and probably the IRS get exemptions too.
If Obamacare is so good why are even the members of Congress which wrote the legislation and the unions which lobbied for it desperately trying to get out of it?
Why? Because they can, and you cannot.
Suckers!
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Also See:
ObamaCare - Health, Euthanasia, Life in Jeopardy!

(Part 1)
20 July 2009
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2009/07/health-care-obama-style.html
and
(Part 2)
10 August 2009
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2009/08/obamacare-health-euthanasia-life-in.html
and
(Part 3)
27 August 2009
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2009/08/obamacare-health-euthnasia-life-in.html
and
The Last Word on ObamaCare - Maybe!
20 March 2010
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2010/03/last-word-on-obamacare-maybe.html
and
Coming Soon - Death Panels!
23 August 2010
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2010/08/coming-soon-death-panels.html
and
How is Obama's Healthcare Working Out?
14 October 2010
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2010/10/how-is-obamas-healthcare-working-out.html
and
More about ObamaCare!
24 January 2011
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2011/01/more-about-obamacare.html
and
ObamaCare is Still an Issue!
(Part 1)
03 April 2012
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2012/04/obamacare-is-still-issue.html
and
(Part 2)
28 June 2012
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