Healthcare Reform
Truth and (Unintended?) Consequences
Truth and (Unintended?) Consequences
ObamaCare Roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. The Associated Press has compiled a list of 8 ways in which the Obama Administration is blocking access to information. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests are being forwarded to political appointees. Just last month, AP reported on the flimsy rationale offered by HHS for denying a FOIA request for records on the “kinds of security software and computer systems behind the federally funded Healthcare.gov.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2014/09/22/has-the-department-of-health-and-human-services-politicized-foia-requests/ Worried about the burden of “healthcare costs”? The burden of federal regulation, affecting medicine and everything else, was more than $2 trillion in 2012, according a... read more
AAPS News October 2014 - ObamaCare Kudzu
Volume 70, no. 10 October 2014 With its complicated structure and phased implementation—and strategic modifications and delays that blunted opposition, ObamaCare is becoming deeply entrenched. Former congressman Ernest Istook writes: “Obamacare was designed to be the governmental equivalent of kudzu—growing everywhere, propagating by multiple means, and sinking in its roots and becoming impossible to control.” Kudzu (Pueraria lobata), native to Southeast Asia, is an invasive plant in the U.S., outpacing herbicide spraying and mowing. It can smother trees and envelop entire structures. At first used to shade porches, it has become “the vine that ate the south.” Kudzu chokes off... read more
ObamaCare Roundup: Terminations
ObamaCare Roundup: Terminations
Curated by AAPS Executive Director Jane M. Orient, M.D. ObamaCare Terminations: Some 115,000 people will lose their ObamaCare coverage as of Sept. 30, according to Andrew M. Slavitt, the No. 2 official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs the federal insurance marketplace, because they had failed to prove that they were United States citizens or legal immigrants eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. CMS also told 363,000 people that they could lose financial aid because their incomes could not be verified. Many claimed they had tried to submit documents repeatedly through HealthCare.gov, or had... read more
S. 2842: Caregiver Corps Act of 2014
Introduced in Senate September 17, 2014: This bill recognizes that there are a lot of older and disabled that need continuing care and is looking for a way to finance non-profits to see to this need. Good in sense that (1) it is not a euthanasia corps, (2) no focus on trying to unionize caregivers (big issue in California) thus making it more expensive to have a home health aide. Selected Bill Text: "It is the purpose of this Act to establish a Caregiver Corps program to foster the creation of community-based Corps programs that provide for volunteer community service... read more
ObamaCare Equals Fraud and Incompetence, Doctor Writes
ObamaCare Equals Fraud and Incompetence, Doctor Writes
According to an investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the enrollment system for the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “ObamaCare”), gets a score of 92 percent for incompetence, writes New York neurologist Lawrence R. Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D., in the fall issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. The GAO found that 92 percent (11/12) of fictitious enrollees were approved and given subsidized coverage. “If one wanted to design a system that would be vulnerable to fraud, waste and abuse, this is it,” Huntoon writes. The GAO investigation was requested by Rep. Charles Boustany, Jr., M.D., (R-La.), Chairman... read more
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