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Archive for March, 2010

Obamacare Will Enhance The Physician Shortage

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Obamacare, when implemented, will mandate that thirty-two or thirty-three million more Americans get insurance and presumably visit physicians who might not have the time or financial incentive to see them. In other words, these patients will now have coverage but uncertain access. While coverage and access to medical care are laudable goals, the delivery and payment systems to achieve these are totally inadequate and should have been the focus rather than this incomprehensible mish-mash called Obamacare. What also hasn’t been understood by the people who drafted this bill and who, of course, knew nothing about medicine, is that we are faced with an aging population needing more care and a burgeoning technology that has generated new demand for specialists. The result will be more patients and less money for physicians already shortchanged by Medicaid and Medicare. We will see medical chaos that, of course, will be blamed on the physicians and not where it belongs –––the political class.

Obamacare Threatens Retirees and Their Former Employers

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Millions of retirees with prescription drug coverage from a former employer will likely see their coverage dropped or changed as companies prepare to offset the new taxes that are part of the new Obamacare law. This new bill rescinds a profitable tax break first proposed in 2003 to entice companies to continue offering drug benefits for their employees. Companies were permitted to write-off a tax-free government subsidy of twenty-eight cents for every dollar spent on these employee programs. Thus, hundreds of companies have taken a tax deduction for the cost of the prescription drug benefits for their retirees. These benefits kept many retirees off the Medicare Part D rolls. With the passage of Obamacare, two million or more retirees are likely to lose their prescription drug coverage. So, if companies offset the tax by cutting the drug benefits of their employes, the Medicare rolls will swell, placing more financial stress on a program from which $550 billions have been cut by Obamacare and which faces certain insolvency.
Welcome to the age of Obama.

What Have We Learned?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

What Have We Learned In 2,064 Years?

“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled,
Public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be
Tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should
Be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to
Work instead of living on public assistance.”

—Cicero, 55 BC

Evidently nothing.

Words of Wisdom

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Ronald Reagan warned that socialists often use health care as a wedge to extract money and freedom, including freedom of choice, from the people. He said, with great prescience, “One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. Most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it. ”That’s what we’ve seen in the past few days. Can we recover? We’ve got to try. REPEAL AND REPLACE!!

A Day That Will Live In Infamy

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

March 21, 2010, was a dark, dark day for the United States. The arrogant Democrat leadership led by Obama, in a late night ugly extravaganza, passed the unconstitutional so-called “Healthcare Bill.” We are well on our way to the destruction of the finest medical system in the world, and to a nanny state, a socialized hell, pushed deeper and deeper into debt, no longer able to play a significant role in the world.

Now, every citizen’s life is open to regulation by bureaucrats in Washington, and soon these regulations will be enforced by a cadre of 16,000 or more IRS agents that are about to be recruited.

One can only hope that this abomination can be repealed and replaced, and the totalitarian Democrats that  perpetuated this crime will be thrown unceremoniously out of office in 2010 and 2012.

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