Healthcare Reform
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
ObamaCare Tin Plans and Harm to the Sick, Hispanics, and the Middle Class
ObamaCare Tin Plans and Harm to the Sick, Hispanics, and the Middle Class
Healthcare Policy Roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. ObamaCare’s new tin plans (sorry, “copper”): Sick people are pouring into ObamaCare, and the Administration is trying to manage the consequences of the incentives with open enrollment. John Graham thinks patients, not insurers, should get cash. http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2014/08/23/obamacares-metallic-plans-add-cash-as-well-as-copper/ No, you can’t keep your drugs either. Or you’ll pay more, and the cost won’t count toward your deductible. Scott Gottlieb explains how Obamacare cheapens the health coverage in order to pay for all of its expensive mandates. http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottgottlieb/2013/12/09/no-you-cant-keep-your-drugs-either-under-obamacare The 340B drug program was supposed to help the indigent. Instead, hospitals are milking it... read more
Health Coverage Not Clearly Related to Mortality
Health Coverage Not Clearly Related to Mortality
Lack of health coverage is said to kill, but there is surprisingly little evidence to support this claim, writes Linda Gorman in the fall issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. The 2002 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report Care without Coverage: Too Little, Too Late asserted that 18,000 Americans died each year because they lacked health coverage. The report did not discuss whether mortality rate differences were caused by a lack of health insurance or by behaviors known to damage health and more likely to occur in groups of people who are uninsured. An in-depth 2009 study found... read more
Is There A Provider In The House?
Is There A Provider In The House?
By Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D., Physicians have a proud heritage. We can boast Dr. Benjamin Rush, a founding father, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Surgeon General of the Continental Army, and opponent of slavery. And Dr. James Derham, born a slave in 1762, who grew a successful practice that included freeman and slaves. We have modern-day sources of pride in Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, a world expert in the care of viral hemorrhagic fevers, Dr. Abrahim Borbor, and Dr. Sahr Rogers. All three died while fighting to save the lives of patients with Ebola Virus Disease. Groups of... read more
Obamacare, Goebbels and Ginsburg
Keith Smith, MD
Obamacare, Goebbels and Ginsburg
By Keith Smith, MD - http://SurgeryCenterOK.com A friend recently opined to me about his increasing frustration with those who are unable to distinguish between politics and religion, particularly those for whom politics is their religion. This describes statists of all stripes, I think. Folks either want to use the power of the state to abscond with the property of others in order to better complete “the Lord’s work,” or they justify the state’s trampling of individual rights in the name of “the greater good.” The fascist, Joseph Goebbels had the following to say: “My party is my church and I... read more
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