Healthcare Reform
Repeal (What?) and Replace (with What?)
Repeal (What?) and Replace (with What?)
By Jane M. Orient, M.D. The Republican “repeal and replace” slogan sounds simple and appealing, but gets very complicated when you get to the next step. “Repeal” generally means “repeal ObamaCare,” which is often immediately qualified: “except for the parts we like.” The problem is that the parts you like depend on the parts you, or your fellow Americans, don’t like. For example, you may like not being denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. But you may not like having to pay more to cover other people’s pre-existings. You might like the “free” contraceptives, but not like the mandates that... read more
Obamacare: To Enroll Or Not To Enroll? That Is The Question
Obamacare: To Enroll Or Not To Enroll? That Is The Question
Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D. - http://HerPlace.com The March 31 deadline for enrolling in Obamacare looms over the undecided. Millions of Americans have lost their private health insurance policies because they do not comply with the costly, expanded requirements of the new healthcare law. Congressman Mike Rogers asked a poignant question: “Why punish the 85% who have earned healthcare coverage under their employer to cover the 15% who do not?” But punishment is exactly what Democrats who voted for Obamacare have done. So now you as a consumer and patient face a difficult choice. Enroll or not? The new policies now... read more
The Road to Serfdom is Paved with Good Intentions
The Road to Serfdom is Paved with Good Intentions
by Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D. What do TSA groping, NSA data-mining, and mercury-laced fluorescent light bulbs have to do with keeping your doctor? They are the products of seductively entitled but flawed laws. As Daniel Webster said, “good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority.” The Transportation Security Administration and the National Security Agency restrain our liberty under the auspices of the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (PATRIOT Act). The Energy Independence and Security Act is phasing out incandescent bulbs. The Patient Protection and... read more
AAPS News March 2014 - Crown Jewels
AAPS News March 2014 - Crown Jewels
Volume 70, no. 3. Medicare and Medicaid have been called “America’s Crown Jewels.” The very phrase suggests the question of what kind of country has crown jewels: a republic, or a monarchy? And what is ObamaCare? Michele Bachmann (R-MN) calls it the “crown jewel of socialism.” Those who understand the principles see that an attack on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could also apply to Medicare and Medicaid. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) accuses Republicans of having fought Medicare since its inception. But one who successfully blocked it for years was Democrat Wilbur Mills, chairman of the House Ways and Means... read more
AAPS Sues to Stop the Unlawful Revisions to ObamaCare
Update: AAPS filed the folllowing brief in opposition to government's motion to dismiss on January 24, 2014: http://AAPSonline.org/aaps-v-irs-01-25-2014.pdf ------------ The Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (AAPS) has filed a lawsuit today in federal court to halt the unlawful revisions to ObamaCare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). The separation of powers required by the Constitution prohibits the executive branch—the Obama Administration—from rewriting laws passed by Congress. Yet that is what Obama has done by changing key parts of ObamaCare in order to implement it. The AAPS lawsuit, which was filed today in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, asks... read more
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