The March 14th issue of The American Medical News reported that a higher percentage of physicians in 2010 used money from their personal savings or obtained bank loans to keep their practices afloat according to preliminary results of a survey published on Feb. 28th by the Texas Medical Assn. The data from a survey of 3,580 member and nonmember physicians in Texas also showed that 61% said their income decreased in 2009 and 2010; and 69% had cash flow problems because government and private insurer payments arrived late, below what was billed, or never arrived.
Archive for March, 2011
Representative John C. Fleming, M.D., 4th Congressional District of Louisiana, is part of a group of Republican Representatives working for repeal of ObamaCare. This is his report on the one year anniversary of the Act’s passage:
THE FLEMING HEALTH CARE REPEAL UPDATE
The New Health Care Reform Law One Year Later and Getting Worse by the Day
Today, on the one year anniversary since government-approved health care was signed into law, a look at the implementation of the new health care reform reveals how the legislation has failed to deliver on costs, premiums, spending, and preserving Americans’ existing coverage:
19 — States where parents can no longer buy child-only insurance policies as a result of the law
30 — States suing to block the law from taking effect, or requesting waivers from its requirements
51 — Percentage of American workers who will lose their current health coverage by 2013, according to the Administration’s own estimates
1,270 — New bureaucrats requested by the Internal Revenue Service to implement the law this year
$2,100 — Increase in individual insurance premiums due to Obamacare, according to the Congressional Budget Office
$2,500 — Premium reduction promised by candidate Obama “by the end of my first term as President”
6,578 — Pages of new regulations issued implementing Obamacare through March 14, 2011
800,000 — Reduction in the American labor force due to Obamacare provisions that “will effectively increase marginal tax rates, which will also discourage work,” according to the CBO
2,624,720 — Total individuals in 1,040 plans granted waivers thus far exempting them from the law’s insurance mandates; nearly half of whom participate in union plans
7,400,000 — Reduction in Medicare Advantage enrollment as a result of Obamacare, resulting in a loss of choice for seniors and millions of beneficiaries losing their current health plan
40,000,000 — Firms subject to the health law’s new 1099 reporting requirements, which the National Federation of Independent Business called a “tremendous new paperwork compliance burden”
$118,000,000,000 — New costs imposed on states to implement Obamacare—budgetary costs that will lead to reduced services for other state programs like education or to higher state taxes
$310,800,000,000 — Projected increase in health costs due to Obamacare, according to the independent Medicare actuary, who called its promise of lower costs “false, more so than true”
$552,200,000,000 — Amount of higher taxes Americans will pay if Obamacare remains in place
$1,390,000,000,000 — Federal spending on new entitlements during fiscal years 2012-2021 according to the CBO, a 48 percent increase from an earlier estimate
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU: Even though we have seen only a few of the law’s initial provisions take effect, American families and businesses are already facing higher costs, economic uncertainty, and loss of their current coverage.
THE DOCTOR’S DIAGNOSIS: The new health care reform law is the prime example of how the Democrats’ tax hikes, spending spree, and heavy-handed government policies are hurting our economy and making it harder for small businesses to create jobs. Removing these barriers will provide the businesses that create new jobs with the certainty they need to hire new employees and get our economy back on track.
I remain committed to reducing healthcare costs by providing access and choices for every American, protecting the patient-doctor relationship, and keeping the government out of the exam room. I will work aggressively in Congress to repeal what I firmly believe to be an onerous and unconstitutional health care reform law and support market-based solutions to our health care needs.
JOHN FLEMING, M.D.
Member of Congress
P.S. If you’d like more information, please take a minute to visit Dr. Fleming’s website at www.fleming.house.gov or follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/repjohnfleming or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/repfleming
A shocking undercover video was released yesterday. James O’Keefe (who exposed ACORN) and his team of investigative journalists at The Project Veritas secretly filmed the meeting of a senior executive, Ron Schiller, at National Public Radio (NPR), with “Muslim Brotherhood” agents. Posing as a Muslim Brotherhood affiliate, they offered NPR $5 million “out of concern” for the GOP’s defunding efforts, and to lessen the “Jew influence” and “Jew money” going to NPR. The bigoted reaction from Ron Schiller, the NPR executive was truly alarming. He characterized the Tea Party as “seriously racist, racist people,” and he agreed that Jews control the media. This footage came one day after NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller challenged critics of NPR’s government funded news to uncover any evidence of liberal bias in NPR’s coverage of the news!
Ron Schiller’s bigoted, anti-Semitic rants, and anti-conservative comments by other senior NPR executives, indicate they have no credibility to work for any organization that claims to be a news agency. NPR made similar pejorative remarks about Juan Williams when he was fired for his comments on Fox News.
NPR has a long history of using billions in taxpayer dollars to promote a left-wing political agenda. Their government newscasts have openly mocked Christians and Jews. And NPR’s “coverage” has falsely accused conservative author and radio host Mark Levin of advocating violence. In the past, one NPR reporter said, on air, that she hoped Senator Jesse Helms and members of his family contracted AIDS. Needless to say, she was never admonished about this.
Thanks to the widespread dissemination of Ron Schiller’s diatribe, he has already left NPR, and due to an outcry by conservatives, National Public Radio CEO Vivian Schiller( no relation to Ron ) has been “forced out” today, according to NPR’s own statements.
Although NPR provides some excellent arts, film, theater, and music programs, the organization needs to “clean up its act” and allow diversity of opinion in their news reporting and in their analyses. That is extremely unlikely. Thus, under no circumstance should NPR receive public monies either now or in the future.
I’ve just finished reading Margaret Atwood’s latest novel:
The Year Of The Flood
434 pages. Nan A. Talese/Doubleday
New York /Toronto/ London /Sydney /Auckland
Copyright@2009 by O.W.Toad, ltd.
This book is not an easy read. To those of us who are science fiction aficionados, this is a work of science fiction. However, Atwood denies she writes sci-fi, but rather “speculative fiction.” Whatever we call it, the novel paints a picture of the future that is terribly bleak. The major characters are: Toby, Ren, and Amanda; Adam One and the Gardeners; and the CorpSeCorps, a brutal police-style organization, which controls society for the Corporations. There are male characters, but they are not developed well ––– they are brutal or ineffectual or evilly manipulative, and all unable to love. They play their roles, but nothing else.The three female characters ––– Toby, Ren, and Amanda ––– are fully portrayed. Their friendship and loyalties are what drive the story.
Genetic engineering has run amok in this time that Atwood creates. We are exposed to green rabbits, pigs with human brain tissue, sheep bred with human hair in many different colors to be used as whole-head transplants, rakunks, and liobams ––– a cross between a lion and a lamb who will willingly rip out anyone’s throat.
We don’t know where the story takes place, what the time is and what era, and other aspects of life such as whether there is any collective order other than the CorpSeCorps. A flood is to descend on humanity. We don’t know what it is, how it affects humans, and why it occurs in year 25 (whenever that is). But we know the flood is some kind of epidemic, that it is a “dry flood” and has been predicted for many years by Adam One and the Gardeners.
The novel is not a sequel to Atwood’s previous novel, Oryx and Crake. Rather, it is a prequel ––– what has gone before to produce the equally unappetizing dystopia of the earlier novel, which is later in time.
As usual, Atwood’s command of a flowing literary style helps overcome some of the stark images she invokes. The dystopia she paints for us is cold and brutal ––– but the friendships and loyalties of the three women, her main characters, allows us to hope that the future will not be so terribly bleak.
I highly recommend this provocative, highly imaginative book. It will challenge the reader. And that’s what a great novel will do.
In response to a March 1st New York Times front page article : “Majority in Poll Back Employees in Public Unions,” my good friend, Dr. Sol Shalit, former University of Wisconsin economics professor wrote:
“There is misconception in the debate on collective bargaining for public employees. The problem is not fiscal, financial or budgetary, but economic. There is a fundamental difference between private sector and public sector collective bargaining. Industry collective bargaining is symmetric and has an economic equilibrium attained by market forces; both labor and business can move out of state, or out of the country. This explains union’s steep decline in industry. In contrast, there is no such symmetry in public collective bargaining: labor can move out of state, but government services are local by their very nature and cannot relocate. Consequently, there is no economic equilibrium; the political process alone determines pay and benefits, independent of market forces. Since the number of alternatives available to each side ultimately determines salary and benefit levels, public sector collective bargaining gives unions an unparalleled advantage and explains their tremendous growth. Wisconsin public employees are now willing to make fiscal, budgetary and financial concessions, but governor Walker wants to go to the root cause, the economics, so that our children won’t have to face what we now confront.”
To me, this short paragraph explains the present standoff in Madison, and the whole battle coming forward across the States, much more clearly and succinctly than any of the “talking heads,” politicians, and so-called “experts” blathering on TV, talk radio, and in the print media. Too bad Dr. Shalit isn’t in a position to educate the dunderheads fouling up our economy.