“Whereas Mr. Clinton has accurately diagnosed Obamacare’s fundamental problem, Mrs. Clinton has spent the past year either defending it or calling for even greater intervention in health care. Now momentum is building among her supporters and allies for a full-blown, single-payer system in which the government, using tax dollars, pays for all medical care of its choosing. Medicaid, Medicare and the Veterans Affairs hospital system operate on this model, and each provides sub-par care to their intended beneficiaries in many key ways…I have patients who show the dangers of going in this direction.
One patient comes from the VA. He requires very high doses of concentrated insulin to control his blood sugars. At my practice, we provided him with treatment quite effectively until he retired. Now the VA has been giving him the runaround for over six months. It has yet to even accept his application for the concentrated insulin he needs, which has driven his blood sugar to dangerous levels. It’s unclear when, or even if, the agency will get him the treatment he needs. His health is failing fast under the single-payer system.
The second patient is on Medicare. He has had type-1 diabetes for over 40 years, but thanks to advances in medicine he has been able to continue working on a consistent basis. When he turned 65 and went under Medicare, however, he lost his coverage for the specific treatment he needs. He has appealed this all the way up to a federal administrative law judge, but six months after the hearing he still hasn’t heard of a decision. His health, too, is failing fast.
Wouldn’t it have been better for these two men to keep their private insurance plans, which fit their needs and improved their health…My patients experience shows the danger of heading toward even greater government intervention in our health care system. If we empower bureaucrats to wield ever more power over patients’ health and well-being, the end result will be higher costs, fewer choices, worse care and even lost lives….For the sake of my patients, to say nothing of millions of other Americans, it’s critical that we get this one right.”
“We’re on military insurance. When the first round of ACA went into effect, our premium jumped about $20. Which wasn’t horrible. Then we realized our coverage dropped. We used to pay $10-15 for the office visit co-pay. Now we’re paying $50-80 depending on the Doctor we visit. And getting approval for procedures (i.e. Gallbladder surgery) was horrible.”
“Bill Clinton has a point. Specifically, he was right when he said the Affordable Care Act is “a crazy system where you’re paying double and getting half the care.”
I realized this when I welcomed back a patient into my office after a gap of 18 months. This gentleman had stopped coming to my office when he purchased a health insurance plan on Pennsylvania’s Affordable Care Act exchange. His plan didn’t include me in its network. Nor did it include much of anything for that matter.
After struggling to find care for his condition for a year and a half, he and his wife decided to come to my office and just pay cash. When I asked why they had chosen their plan — it had a $10,000 deductible — I was told it was all they could afford and, if they didn’t buy it, they’d have to pay a fine.
Bill Clinton calls this crazy, which it is. My patient was essentially forced to purchase government-mandated insurance that covers little, disconnects him from his doctor and costs him an arm and a leg. “Obamacare” has undeniably made his life worse — and it was supposed to help him.”
The Hill reports:
“ObamaCare’s regulations would cause premiums to rise an additional 20-25 percent next year and to double over the next decade. … Those costs would be due to ObamaCare itself, not a partial-repeal bill. ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber explains ObamaCare’s mandates and subsidies exist to hide the costs of the law’s health-insurance regulations. Repealing them merely makes those staggering costs transparent. Nevertheless, the public would blame Republicans for failing to repeal those regulations when they had the chance.
The reason Republicans are entertaining a partial-repeal is because they mistakenly believe Senate rules don’t allow them to repeal the regulations with a simple majority.
With a 52-seat majority, Republicans don’t have the 60 votes necessary to overcome a Democratic filibuster of a repeal bill. But Senate rules do, in fact, allow repeal of ObamaCare’s insurance regulationsthrough the special “budget reconciliation” process that requires only 51 votes to approve legislation. Even if the Senate parliamentarian misinterprets those rules — and this would be an egregious misinterpretation — a majority of the Senate can overrule that misinterpretation.
In short, the question is not whether Republicans can repeal the regulations. It is whether they have the will.”
IP4PI supporter Gina Reghetti, D.O. shares correspondence regarding continued attacks on the osteopathic profession.
Just a note to let you know that I received a letter today from the AOA, dated 1-9-2017 and signed by Jeffrey L. Weaver, O.D., yes, OD, not DO, an Optometrist who is the Vice President, Certifying Board Services, and from Eunice Lee, Associate Vice President, Client and Member Services, informing me that I have until February 1, 2017 to renew membership to keep my AOA board certification active. My board certification is wrongfully time-dated to expire in December 31st, 2022.
My scanner isn’t connecting to my PC wifi so I am unable to email the letter to you currently.
I called Jeffrey L. Weaver, O.D., this morning to confirm that he is not a DO, and I had a conversation with him for more than an hour regarding my views and concerns of the wrong agendas that the AOA has enforced on their doctors, such as re-certifications, and OCCs and membership dues connected to certifications. Continue reading
Friend of IP4PI and medical freedom warrior Jane L Hughes, MD writes in:
We need something that does not increase the cost to everyone! Approximately 50% of Americans don’t spend more than $1,000/yr on actual healthcare, and 89% don’t spend more than $5,000/year. Also, in my opinion, “Make America Healthy Again” is more a slogan for the public health department, not physicians per se. 100% of Americans who make it past 8th grade have had health class. They know obesity, smoking, drugs, sex, teen pregnancy all lead to problems. They persist in bad habits/lifestyles anyway. That is a societal problem that we all care about, and each of us in our own way influences as a physician. However, our primary job is screening, treating when necessary, managing chronic illnesses with our patients, and stressing behavioral changes that can impact future health issues with our patients. OK, on to what I think we need.
1. Repeal 100% of ObamaCare and start over with transparency regarding cost and sources of revenue for safety net on federal level. Continue reading