Op-eds
Change Is Not Always For The Better
Change Is Not Always For The Better
by Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D. Recently, I took a respite from my concerns about the Affordable Care Act, which I left simmering in the crockpot while I was re-visiting the Kingdom of Cambodia. Most people visit Cambodia for a brief trip to Siem Reap to experience the magnificent ancient temples at Angkor Wat, the symbol adorning its flag. Some visit the capital city, Phnom Penh, to experience mass graves and a torture camp, prison, and execution center. Cambodia has a haunting physical and emotional landscape and an intangible something about these inspirational people that lures many visitors back. The... read more
Top 9 Ways Government Attacks American Seniors
Elizabeth Lee Vliet, MD
Top 9 Ways Government Attacks American Seniors
By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D. - http://HerPlace.com Chaos, cost increases, and turmoil reign since Obamacare took effect. Hidden changes drastically transform Medicare, affecting your ability to get needed medical care—even if you pay out of pocket. Here is my list of the Top 9 government attacks on American seniors: 1. CMS proposed a 678-page rule (1-6-2014) requiring enrollment in Medicare for all prescribers of drugs covered under Part D Medicare. Currently, medication prescribers only need to have an active state license permitting prescribing. CMS is restricting Medicare beneficiaries’ ability to use their benefits if they see an independent physician outside... read more
If You Like Your Scam, You Can Keep It: the Attack on Out-of-Network Doctors
If You Like Your Scam, You Can Keep It: the Attack on Out-of-Network Doctors
By: G. Keith Smith, M.D. http://SurgeryCenterOK.com A patient who wanted to have a procedure at our facility asked us to file insurance. We discovered that if she had her surgery at our facility rather than at an “in network” hospital, her deductible would have been $3,000 instead of $1,500, her copay would have been 50% of the charge rather than 20%, and she had to agree to a 25% penalty for coming to the Surgery Center of Oklahoma rather than one of the hospitals in the network. Never mind that the hospital would receive multiples of our fee from the... 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
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