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Move over NSA, here comes the Obamacare Big Brother database

Posted on July 22, 2013. Filed under: Government, Health | Tags: , |

From Rare.US comes the following story:

Would you trust thousands of low-level Federal bureaucrats and contractors with one-touch access to your private financial and medical information? Under Obamacare you won’t have any choice.

As the Obamacare train-wreck begins to gather steam, there is increasing concern in Congress over something called the Federal Data Services Hub. The Data Hub is a comprehensive database of personal information being established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to implement the federally facilitated health insurance exchanges. The purpose of the Data Hub, according to a June 2013 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, is to provide “electronic, near real-time access to federal data” and “access to state and third party data sources needed to verify consumer-eligibility information.” In these days of secret domestic surveillance by the intelligence community, rogue IRS officials and state tax agencies using private information for political purposes, and police electronically logging every license plate that passes by, the idea of the centralized Data Hub is making lawmakers and citizens nervous.

They certainly should be; the potential for abuse is enormous. The massive, centralized database will include comprehensive personal information such as income and financial data, family size, citizenship and immigration status, incarceration status, social security numbers, and private health information. It will compile dossiers based on information obtained from the IRS, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the Veterans Administration, the Office of Personnel Management, the Social Security Administration, state Medicaid databases, and for some reason the Peace Corps. The Data Hub will provide web-based, one-stop shopping for prying into people’s personal affairs.

Not to fear, HHS says, the Data Hub will be completely secure. Really? Secure like all the information that has been made public in the Wikileaks era? These days no government agency can realistically claim that private information will be kept private, especially when it is being made so accessible. Putting everyone’s personal information in once place only simplifies the challenge for those looking to hack into the system.

However, the hacker threat is the least of the Data Hub worries. The hub will be used on a daily basis by so-called Navigators, which according to the GAO are “community and consumer-focused nonprofit groups, to which exchanges award grants to provide fair and impartial public education” and “refer consumers as appropriate for further assistance.” Thousands of such people will have unfettered access to the Data Hub, but there are only sketchy guidelines on how they will be hired, trained and monitored. Given the slap-dash, incoherent way Obamacare is being implemented the prospect for quality control is low. And the Obama administration’s track record of sweetheart deals, no-bid, sole-source contracting and other means of rewarding people with insider access means the Data Hub will be firmly in the hands of trusted White House loyalists.

So if you think the IRS targeting Tea Party groups was bad, just wait for the Obamacare Navigators to be unleashed. “Trust us,” the administration says, no one will abuse the Data Hub. Sure, because that has worked out so well in the past.

James S. Robbins is Deputy Editor of Rare and author of Native Americans: Patriotism, Exceptionalism, and the New American Identity. Follow him on Twitter @James_Robbins

– See more at: http://rare.us/story/move-over-nsa-here-comes-the-obamacare-big-brother-database/#sthash.1K7bovmP.dpuf

And here is a related story from National Review Online:

July 22, 2013 4:00 AM

Obamacare’s Branch of the NSA 

Community organizers will use a Federal Data Hub to sign up people for subsidies — and even ballots.

By         John Fund

President Obama has had a poor record of job creation, but at least one small economic sector is doing well: community organizing.

The Department of Health and Human Services is about to hire an army of “patient navigators” to inform Americans about the subsidized insurance promised by Obamacare and assist them in enrolling. These organizers will be guided by the new Federal Data Hub, which will give them access to reams of personal information compiled by federal agencies ranging from the IRS to the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration. “The federal government is planning to quietly enact what could be the largest consolidation of personal data in the history of the republic,” Paul Howard of the Manhattan Institute and Stephen T. Parente, a University of Minnesota finance professor, wrote in USA Today. No wonder that there are concerns about everything from identity theft to the ability of navigators to use the system to register Obamacare participants to vote.

HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius wasn’t satisfied with the $54 million in public funds allocated for navigators this year, so she tried to raise money from health-industry executives for Enroll America, the liberal nonprofit group leading the PR push for Obamacare. She had to retreat under withering criticism that she was shaking down companies that were dependent on government, a clear conflict of interest.

Because 34 states have declined to set up their own insurance “exchanges,” the job of guiding exchange enrollees in those states has been left to Washington. The identity of the groups who will get the Sebelius grants isn’t yet known, but Politico reports they are likely to include Planned Parenthood, senior-citizen advocacy organizations, and churches.

So far everything we’ve learned indicates the navigators will be flying blind, or could well be “unsafe at any speed.” In June, the Government Accountability Office reported that HHS is considering allowing navigators to assist with outreach and enrollment tasks even before completing their formal training. The reason? Like so much of Obamacare, the navigators program is behind schedule and drowning in its own complexity.

This spring, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee lawyers were also told by HHS that, despite the fact that navigators will have access to sensitive data such as Social Security numbers and tax returns, there will be no criminal background checks required for them. Indeed, they won’t even have to have high-school diplomas. Both U.S. Census Bureau and IRS employees must meet those minimum standards, if only because no one wants someone who has been convicted of identity theft getting near Americans’ personal records. But HHS is unconcerned. It points out that navigators will have to take a 20–30 hour online course about how the 1,200-page law works, which, given its demonstrated complexity, is like giving someone a first-aid course and then making him a med-school professor. “I want to assure you and all Americans that, when they fill out their [health-insurance] marketplace applications, they can trust the information they’re providing is protected,” said Marilyn Tavenner, head of HHS’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, at a congressional hearing last week. In the age of Wikileaks and IRS abuses, somehow that isn’t very comforting.“The standards proposed by your department could result in a convicted felon receiving federal dollars and gaining access to confidential taxpayer information,” a group of nine Republican senators led by Utah’s Orrin Hatch wrote to Secretary Sebelius last month. “The same standards allow any individual who has registered with the exchange and completed two days of training to facilitate enrollment, as if the decision to purchase health insurance is similar to the decision of registering to vote.”

Indeed, voter registration is among the goals of the folks hawking Obamacare. The People’s World newspaper reports: “California’s Secretary of State Debra Bowen is designating the state’s new Health Benefit Exchange, Covered California, as a voter registration agency under the National Voter Registration Act. That means Covered California will be incorporating voter registration into every transaction — online, in-person and by phone — it has with consumers.” It seems as if some Obama supporters have found a new way to fill the void left by the bankruptcy of ACORN, the notorious left-wing voter-registration group that saw dozens of its employees in multiple states convicted of fraud.

At least the pay will be better. ACORN was infamous for stiffing its employees and even once sued the state of California to ask for an exemption from its minimum-wage law. But early reports are that the federal government will be offering navigators between $20 and $48 an hour. In many states, that’s far more than many private-sector workers with corresponding responsibilities earn.

If there is a silver lining in all of this, it is that the potential failure of the navigators program could further convince voters that Obamacare is simply unworkable. “The Obama administration wants something the federal government has never done: a computer system that connects HHS, the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration, Homeland Security and perhaps other departments,” John Goodman, a health-care expert with the National Center for Policy Analysis, wrote in the Wall Street Journal in May. “For perspective, consider that the Veterans Administration converted to electronic medical records in 1998 and the VA and the Defense Department tried without success to share records until February [2013] when then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced that the plan would be abandoned.”

But the consensus is that, if Obamacare isn’t repealed, the government can, with enough effort and money, get the Data Hub up and running. That concerns many members of Congress.

“Giving community organizers access to the Federal Data Hub is bad policy and potentially a danger to civil liberties,” House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan told me recently. “But it’s one of the most underreported stories I’ve seen. If people only knew about this Data Hub program, it would touch off a huge public outcry.”

— John Fund is national-affairs columnist for NRO

This article can be found at:  http://www.nationalreview.com/article/354031/obamacares-branch-nsa-john-fund

 

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Freedoms Lost Under ObamaCare

Posted on March 23, 2010. Filed under: Government, Health, Life, Politics | Tags: , , , , , , , |

In a March 21st blog post David  Hogberg wrote an interesting piece, which is reproduced below.  Under ObamaCare the Government knows what is best for you, and you will comply.  Reminds me of one of the Star Trek series where the evil Borg would say “resistance is futile”.  Well, buckle up kiddies, the Democrat run Congress is just getting started.

(Begin Hogberg’s post)

Of course, the overhaul is supposed to provide us with security. But it will result in skyrocketing insurance costs and physicians leaving the field in droves, making it harder to afford and find medical care. We may be about to live Benjamin Franklin’s adage, “People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both.”

The sections described below are taken from HR 3590 as agreed to by the Senate and from the reconciliation bill as displayed by the Rules Committee.

1. You are young and don’t want health insurance? You are starting up a small business and need to minimize expenses, and one way to do that is to forego health insurance? Tough. You have to pay $750 annually for the “privilege.” (Section 1501)

2. You are young and healthy and want to pay for insurance that reflects that status? Tough. You’ll have to pay for premiums that cover not only you, but also the guy who smokes three packs a day, drink a gallon of whiskey and eats chicken fat off the floor. That’s because insurance companies will no longer be able to underwrite on the basis of a person’s health status. (Section 2701).

3. You would like to pay less in premiums by buying insurance with lifetime or annual limits on coverage? Tough. Health insurers will no longer be able to offer such policies, even if that is what customers prefer. (Section 2711).

4. Think you’d like a policy that is cheaper because it doesn’t cover preventive care or requires cost-sharing for such care? Tough. Health insurers will no longer be able to offer policies that do not cover preventive services or offer them with cost-sharing, even if that’s what the customer wants. (Section 2712).

5. You are an employer and you would like to offer coverage that doesn’t allow your employees’ slacker children to stay on the policy until age 26? Tough. (Section 2714).

6. You must buy a policy that covers ambulatory patient services, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services; chronic disease management; and pediatric services, including oral and vision care.

You’re a single guy without children? Tough, your policy must cover pediatric services. You’re a woman who can’t have children? Tough, your policy must cover maternity services. You’re a teetotaler? Tough, your policy must cover substance abuse treatment. (Add your own violation of personal freedom here.) (Section 1302).

7. Do you want a plan with lots of cost-sharing and low premiums? Well, the best you can do is a “Bronze plan,” which has benefits that provide benefits that are actuarially equivalent to 60% of the full actuarial value of the benefits provided under the plan. Anything lower than that, tough. (Section 1302 (d) (1) (A))

8. You are an employer in the small-group insurance market and you’d like to offer policies with deductibles higher than $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for families? Tough. (Section 1302 (c) (2) (A).

9. If you are a large employer (defined as at least 50 employees) and you do not want to provide health insurance to your employee, then you will pay a $750 fine per employee (It could be $2,000 to $3,000 under the reconciliation changes). Think you know how to better spend that money? Tough. (Section 1513).

10. You are an employer who offers health flexible spending arrangements and your employees want to deduct more than $2,500 from their salaries for it? Sorry, can’t do that. (Section 9005 (i)).

11. If you are a physician and you don’t want the government looking over your shoulder? Tough. The Secretary of Health and Human Services is authorized to use your claims data to issue you reports that measure the resources you use, provide information on the quality of care you provide, and compare the resources you use to those used by other physicians. Of course, this will all be just for informational purposes. It’s not like the government will ever use it to intervene in your practice and patients’ care. Of course not. (Section 3003 (i))

12. If you are a physician and you want to own your own hospital, you must be an owner and have a “Medicare provider agreement” by Feb. 1, 2010. (Dec. 31, 2010 in the reconciliation changes.) If you didn’t have those by then, you are out of luck. (Section 6001 (i) (1) (A))

13. If you are a physician owner and you want to expand your hospital? Well, you can’t (Section 6001 (i) (1) (B). Unless, it is located in a country where, over the last five years, population growth has been 150% of what it has been in the state (Section 6601 (i) (3) ( E)). And then you cannot increase your capacity by more than 200% (Section 6001 (i) (3) (C)).

14. You are a health insurer and you want to raise premiums to meet costs? Well, if that increase is deemed “unreasonable” by the Secretary of Health and Human Services it will be subject to review and can be denied. (Section 1003)

15. The government will extract a fee of $2.3 billion annually from the pharmaceutical industry. If you are a pharmaceutical company what you will pay depends on the ratio of the number of brand-name drugs you sell to the total number of brand-name drugs sold in the U.S. So, if you sell 10% of the brand-name drugs in the U.S., what you pay will be 10% multiplied by $2.3 billion, or $230,000,000. (Under reconciliation, it starts at $2.55 billion, jumps to $3 billion in 2012, then to $3.5 billion in 2017 and $4.2 billion in 2018, before settling at $2.8 billion in 2019 (Section 1404)). Think you, as a pharmaceutical executive, know how to better use that money, say for research and development? Tough. (Section 9008 (b)).

16. The government will extract a fee of $2 billion annually from medical device makers. If you are a medical device maker what you will pay depends on your share of medical device sales in the U.S. So, if you sell 10% of the medical devices in the U.S., what you pay will be 10% multiplied by $2 billion, or $200,000,000. Think you, as a medical device maker, know how to better use that money, say for R&D? Tough. (Section 9009 (b)).

The reconciliation package turns that into a 2.9% excise tax for medical device makers. Think you, as a medical device maker, know how to better use that money, say for research and development? Tough. (Section 1405).

17. The government will extract a fee of $6.7 billion annually from insurance companies. If you are an insurer, what you will pay depends on your share of net premiums plus 200% of your administrative costs. So, if your net premiums and administrative costs are equal to 10% of the total, you will pay 10% of $6.7 billion, or $670,000,000. In the reconciliation bill, the fee will start at $8 billion in 2014, $11.3 billion in 2015, $1.9 billion in 2017, and $14.3 billion in 2018 (Section 1406).Think you, as an insurance executive, know how to better spend that money? Tough.(Section 9010 (b) (1) (A and B).)

18. If an insurance company board or its stockholders think the CEO is worth more than $500,000 in deferred compensation? Tough.(Section 9014).

19. You will have to pay an additional 0.5% payroll tax on any dollar you make over $250,000 if you file a joint return and $200,000 if you file an individual return. What? You think you know how to spend the money you earned better than the government? Tough. (Section 9015).

That amount will rise to a 3.8% tax if reconciliation passes. It will also apply to investment income, estates, and trusts. You think you know how to spend the money you earned better than the government? Like you need to ask. (Section 1402).

20. If you go for cosmetic surgery, you will pay an additional 5% tax on the cost of the procedure. Think you know how to spend that money you earned better than the government? Tough. (Section 9017).

(End Hogberg’s post)

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Impeach the President?

Posted on March 19, 2010. Filed under: Economy, Government, Health, Legislation, Life, Politics | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

In a Washing Times article, author Jeffery Kuhner raises the question:  Should we impeach the President as well as Speaker Pelosi and other Democrat leaders?

The heart of his argument is that the proposed “Slaughter Solution” is unconstitutional and anyone voting for a bill under this tactic has violated the Constitution. 

The article is presented in its entirety, or you can read it at:  http://washingtontimes.com/news/2010/mar/19/impeach-the-president/

(Begin article)

The Democrats are assaulting the very pillars of our democracy. As the debate on Obamacare reaches the long, painful end, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is confronting a political nightmare. She may not have the 216 votes necessary to pass the Senate’s health care bill in the House.

Hence, Mrs. Pelosi and her congressional Democratic allies are seriously considering using a procedural ruse to circumvent the traditional constitutional process. Led by Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, New York Democrat and chairman of the House Rules Committee, the new plan – called the “Slaughter Solution” – is not to pass the Senate version on an up-or-down vote. Rather, it is to have the House “deem” that the legislation was passed and then have members vote directly on a series of “sidecar” amendments to fix the things it does not like.

This would enable House Democrats to avoid going on the record voting for provisions in the Senate bill – the “Cornhusker Kickback,” the “Louisiana Purchase,” the tax on high-cost so-called “Cadillac” insurance plans – that are reviled by the public or labor-union bosses. If the reconciliation fixes pass, the House can send the Senate bill to President Obama for his signature without ever having had a formal up-or-down vote on the underlying legislation.

Many Democrats could claim they opposed the Senate bill while allowing it to pass. This would be an unprecedented violation of our democratic norms and procedures, established since the inception of the republic. Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution stipulates that for any bill to become a law, it must pass both the House of Representatives and the Senate. That is, not be “deemed” to have passed, but actually be voted on with the support of the required majority. The bill must contain the exact same language in both chambers – and in the version signed by the president – to be a legitimate law. This is why the House and Senate have a conference committee to iron out differences of competing versions. This is Civics 101.

The Slaughter Solution is a dagger aimed at the heart of our system of checks and balances. It would enable the Democrats to establish an ominous precedent: The lawmaking process can be rigged to ensure the passage of any legislation without democratic accountability or even a congressional majority. It is the road to a soft tyranny. James Madison must be turning in his grave.

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Mr. Obama is imposing a leftist revolution. Since coming to office, he has behaved without any constitutional restraints. The power of the federal government has exploded. He has de facto nationalized key sectors of American life – the big banks, financial institutions, the automakers, large tracts of energy-rich land from Montana to New Mexico. His cap-and-trade proposal, along with a newly empowered Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to impose massive new taxes and regulations upon industry. It is a form of green socialism: Much of the economy would fall under a command-and-control bureaucratic corporatist state. Mr. Obama even wants the government to take over student loans.

Yet his primary goal has always been to gobble up the health care system. The most troubling aspect of the Obamacare debate, however, is not the measure’s sweeping and radical aims – the transformation of one-sixth of the U.S. economy, crippling tax increases, higher premiums, state-sanctioned rationing, longer waiting lines, the erosion of the quality of medical care and the creation of a huge, permanent administrative bureaucracy. Rather, the most alarming aspect is the lengths to which the Democrats are willing to go to achieve their progressive, anti-capitalist agenda.

Obamacare is opposed by nearly two-thirds of the public, more than 60 percent of independents and almost all Republicans and conservatives. It has badly fractured the country, dangerously polarizing it along ideological and racial lines. Even a majority of Democrats in the House are deeply reluctant to support it.

Numerous states – from Idaho to Virginia to Texas – have said they will sue the federal government should Obamacare become law. They will declare themselves exempt from its provisions, tying up the legislation in the courts for years to come.

Mr. Obama is willing to devour his presidency, his party’s congressional majority and – most disturbing – our democratic institutional safeguards to enact it. He is a reckless ideologue who is willing to sacrifice the country’s stability in pursuit of a socialist utopia.

The Slaughter Solution is a poisoned chalice. By drinking from it, the Democrats would not only commit political suicide. They would guarantee that any bill signed by Mr. Obama is illegitimate, illegal and blatantly unconstitutional. It would be worse than a strategic blunder; it would be a crime – a moral crime against the American people and a direct abrogation of the Constitution and our very democracy.

It would open Mr. Obama, as well as key congressional leaders such as Mrs. Pelosi, to impeachment. The Slaughter Solution would replace the rule of law with arbitrary one-party rule. It violates the entire basis of our constitutional government – meeting the threshold of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” If it’s enacted, Republicans should campaign for the November elections not only on repealing Obamacare, but on removing Mr. Obama and his gang of leftist thugs from office.

It is time Americans drew a line in the sand. Mr. Obama crosses it at his peril.

(End article)

My thoughts, I doubt if Congress would impeach President Obama; the House would have to bring the charges, and to say that the President violated the Constitution would incriminate the members of the House, so that wouldn’t happen.  Even if it did, there are enough Democrats in the Senate to prevent a conviction.  So really, right now at least the idea of impeachment is a moot point.

That’s my 2 cents.

Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist at The Washington Times and president of the Edmund Burke Institute, a Washington think tank. He is the daily host of “The Kuhner Show” on WTNT 570-AM (www.talk570.com) from noon until 3 p.m.

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Health Care Reform?

Posted on July 29, 2009. Filed under: Government, Health, Legislation, Life, Political Science, Politics | Tags: , , , , , |

Note:  I could not find anything on Snopes.com that said the information was either false or true.  I do know that some of the items mentioned are very true, (such as a government review panel to appove every test and perscription your Doctor perscribes, and the financial penalties if you don’t participate or self-insure).

  

http://www.economic policyjournal. com/2009/ 07/whats- in-healthacre- bill.htmlFollowing the mad recommendations of Peter Singer made in NYT’s Sunday magazine, it pays to take a look at what is actually in the healthcare bill.
It’s worse than you can possibly imagine. Somehow, it manages to be Singer on steroids. Who wrote this bill.
 

It has Singer’s footprints all over it.
Peter Fleckstein (aka Fleckman) is reading it and has been posting on Twitter his findings.

This is from his postings (Note: All comments are Fleckman’s

)
Pg 22 of the HC Bill MANDATES the Govt will audit books of ALL EMPLOYERS that self insure!!

Pg 30 Section 123 of HC Bill – THERE WILL BE A GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benefits you get

Pg 29 Lines 4-16 of the HC Bill – YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED!!!

Pg 42 of the HC Bill – The Health Choices Commissioner will choose YOUR HEALTHCARE Benefits for you. You have no choice!

Pg 50 Section 152 of the HC Bill – HEALTHCARE will be provided to ALL non US citizens, illegal or otherwise

Pg 58 of the HC Bill – Government will have real-time access to individuals finances & a National ID Healthcard will be issued!

Pg 59 Lines 21-24 of the HC Bill – Government will have direct access to your bank accounts for electronic fund transfers

Pg 65 Section 164 of the HC Bill – Payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in Unions & Community Organizations (ACORN)

Pg 72 Lines 8-14 of the HC Bill – Government is creating an HC Exchange to bring private HC plans under Government control

Pg 84 Section 203 of the HC Bill – Government mandates ALL benefit packages for private HC plans in the Exchange

 

Pg 85 Line 7 of the HC Bill – Specs of Benefit Levels for Plans = The Government will ration your HC!

Pg 91 Lines 4-7 of the HC Bill – Government  mandates linguistic appropriate services – Example: Translation for illegal aliens

Pg 95 Lines 8-18 of the HC Bill – The Government will use groups i.e., ACORN & Americorps to sign up individuals for Government HC plan

Pg 102 Lines 12-18 of the HC Bill – Medicaid Eligible Individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. No Choice

Pg 124 Lines 24-25 of the HC Bill – No company can sue the Government on price fixing. No “judicial review” against Government Monopoly

Pg 127 Lines 1-16 of the HC Bill – Doctors/AMA – The Government will tell YOU what you can make

Pg 145 Lines 15-17 of the HC Bill – An Employer MUST auto enroll employees into public option plan. NO CHOICE

Pg 126 Lines 22-25 of the HC Bill – Employers MUST pay for HC for part time employees AND their families

Pg 149 Lines 16-24 of the HC Bill – ANY Employer with a payroll of $400k and above who does not provide the Public Option must pay 8% tax on all payroll

PG 150 Lines 9-13 of the HC Bill – Businesses with payrolls between $251k and $ 400k that don’t provide the Public Option must pay 2-6% tax on all payroll

Pg 167 Lines 18-23 of the HC Bill – ANY individual who doesnt have acceptable HC according to Government will be taxed 2.5% of income

Pg 170 Lines 1-3 of the HC Bill – Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from individual taxes (Americans will pay)

Pg 195 of the HC Bill – Officers and Employees of HC Administration (GOVT) will have access to ALL Americans financial/personal records

Pg 203 Lines 14-15 of the HC Bill – “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax”.  Yes, it says that

Pg 239 Lines 14-24 of the HC Bill – Government will reduce physician services for Medicaid.  Seniors, low income, poor affected

Pg 241 Lines 6-8 of the HC Bill – Doctors, doesnt matter what specialty you have, will all be paid the same

Pg 253 Lines 10-18 of the HC Bill – Government sets the value of Doctor’s time, professional judgement, etc.  Literally value of humans

Pg 265 Section 1131 of the HC Bill – Government mandates and controls productivity for private HC industries

Pg 268 Section 1141 of the HC Bill – Federal Government regulates rental & purchase of power driven wheelchairs

Pg 272 Section 1145 of the HC Bill – TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS – Cancer patients, welcome to rationing!

Pg 280 Section 1151 of the HC Bill – The Government will penalize hospitals for what the Government deems preventable readmissions

Pg 298 Lines 9-11 of the HC Bill – Doctors that treat a patient during initial admission that results in a readmission – The Government will penalize you

Pg 317 Lines 13-20 of the HC Bill – OH MY GOD!!!!! – PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. The Government tells Doctors what/how much they can own

Pgs 317-318 Lines 1-3 and 21-25 of the HC Bill – PROHIBITION on expansion – Government is mandating that hospitals cannot expand

Pg 321 Lines 2-13 of the HC Bill – Hospitals have opportunigy to apply for exception BUT community input required.  Can you say ACORN?!!

Pg 335 Lines 16-25 and Pgs 336-339 of the HC Bill – Governmtent mandates establishment of outcome based measures.  HC the way they want. Rationing

Pg 341 Lines 3-9 of the HC Bill – Government has authority to disqualify Medicare Advanced Plans, HMOs, etc. Forcing people into the Government Plan

Pg 354 Section 1177 of the HC Bill – Government will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs people!

Pg 379 Section 1191 of the HC Bill – Government creates more bureaucracy – Telehealth Advisory Committee.  Can you say HC by phone?

Pg 425 Lines 4-12 of the HC Bill – Government mandates Advance Care Planning Consultant.  Think Senior Citizens and the end of their life!
Pg 425 Lines 17-19 of the HC Bill – Government will instruct and consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney, etc. Mandatory!

Pg 425 Lines 22-25 and Pg 426 Lines 1-3 of the HC Bill –  Government provides approved list of end of life resources, guiding you into death

Pg 427 Lines 15-24 of the HC Bill – Government mandates program for orders for end of life. The Government has a say in how your life ends

Pg 429 Lines 1-9 of the HC Bill – An “advanced care planning consultant” will be used frequently as patients health deteriorates

Pg 429 Lines 10-12 of the HC Bill – “advanced care consultation” may include an ORDER for end of life plans.  AN ORDER from GOVERNMENT!

Pg 429 Lines 13-25 of the HC Bill – The Government will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order

Pg 430 Lines 11-15 of the HC Bill – The Government will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life

Pg 469 of the HC Bill – Community Based Home Medical Services = Non profit Organizations.  Hello, ACORN Medical Services has arrived!!!
Pg 472 Lines 14-17 of the HC Bill – PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS. 1 monthly payment to a community based organizations.  ACORN?

Pg 489 Section 1308 of the HC Bill – The Government will cover Marriage and Family therapy. Which means they will insert Government into your marriage

Pgs 494-498 of the HC Bill – Government will cover Mental Health Services including defining, creating, rationing those services

Here’s the full Health Care bill that sits in the House.

We all need to read this piece of “legislation” because our congressmen won’t.

You should also take a look at this posting of mine on the Health Care Reform.

And that’s my 2 cents.

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Balance

Posted on June 3, 2009. Filed under: Brock Henderson, Business, Good Business, Health, Life, Marketing, Sales, self-help, Selling | Tags: , , , , |

Ancient Greeks believed in balance in their daily lives.  That is not to say that they went around balancing objects all day, but how they lived their lives.  There were three areas they would work on each day, and I recommend it to you.  By doing this you will become a better individual, and a more successful one as well.

Those three areas are:

 Spirit   *   Body   *   Mind

Spirit  Meditate, or pray, or read inspirational books; in some way give your soul some nourishment and stimulation.  This is to help you raise your spiritual side and become a better person.  (Going to church once a week is not enough.)

Body  Exercise on a daily basis.  I don’t mean you have to go to the gym and work out, but take a walk, do some isometrics, but in some fashion give your physical self some stimulation.  This will increase your physical fitness and possibly help you shed any extra pounds you might have accumulated over the years.  (Carrying out the garbage won’t cut it.)

Mind  Read a book; something that will help you in your personal or professional life; a book on selling for example would be appropriate.  (The newspaper doesn’t count, that’s too depressing.)

Dedicate at least 30 minutes to each activity on a  DAILY  basis.  I don’t care when during the day you do this, just that you actually do it.  Consistently.  Every day. 

I repeat:  30 minutes on each activity, each and every day.

Yes, there will be days you don’t feel like doing it, you’re too tired, or too busy, or sick, or too something.  But force yourself.  By keeping at it you will make it just as natural a set of activities as getting up and taking a shower.  You will discover that the overall impact of this ritual will make you happier, more energetic, and thus more successful.

Now, go put some Balance into your life.

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A Doctor’s Thoughts

Posted on March 26, 2009. Filed under: Economy, Government, Health, Legislation, Political Science, Politics | Tags: , , , , , , |

Had the opportunity recently of talking with a medical Doctor concerning the current state of affairs in the health care industry.

He was deeply concerned about legislation in Congress that would require Doctors to perform abortions on demand.

He felt that this legislation goes too far by requiring Doctors to perform a procedure that some would consider morally and ethically wrong.  It is one thing to say “you can” perform abortions and quite another to say “you must” perform abortions.

Some Catholic Bishops in the United States are actually considering closing all Catholic hospitals if this legislation becomes law.  Other Bishops are suggesting that Doctors and hospitals ignore the law if it does get passed.

This, coupled with a provision in the first Stimulus Bill that requires a Federal panel to review  all procedures and prescriptions performed by all Doctors was just too much interference by the Government.

The Doctor said that he is already so stressed and pressed by recent economic and legislative action that  he, and lots of his fellow practitioners would be leaving medicine if this bill becomes law.

He said “It won’t be long before you’ll have to go to Canada or Cuba to get medical attention.”

It is a shame that good Doctors feel that they are being forced out of medicine.  And a bigger shame that Government is starting to tell Doctors what to do.

 That’s my 2 cents.

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