An Ol' Broad's Ramblings

Ending Medicare As We Know It

21 August 2012, 9:01 am. 2 Comments. Filed under Feckless Weasels, Health Care, ObamaCare, Opinion.

And this is a bad thing? No, actually, it’s not! Why? Because the Medicare as we know it today is pretty much bankrupt! In reality, Obama has already pretty much ended it anyway. Ya don’t STEAL $716 BILLION from Medicare to pay for the ill conceived socialized medicine called ObamaCare, and expect there to be anything left for our seniors. Reform is the best idea we have on the table. IMHO, returning all the money have paid into the plan, WITH INTEREST, and letting them put that money is health savings accounts with some adjustments here and there, would be a reasonable plan as well. End the government bureaucracy, and let people be responsible for their own health care decisions. But hey…that’s just me.

Instead of my idea, Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney have a pretty good idea, too. REPEAL that theft from Medicare, for starters! Put it back where it belongs! And let the grown ups decide what’s best for them, not the gubmint! Those who need the extra help, will get it. Those who don’t, shouldn’t be shoved into a program that was never meant to be for the entire population of seniors. And since some folks don’t seem to listen, their program does NOT affect anyone OVER 55!!

Obama is already shoving granny off the cliff, with his ‘death panels’. And yes, that’s exactly what they are! A bunch of appointees who get to decide whether or not YOUR life is worth the expense of gubmint money. But see? The government doesn’t HAVE any money. It’s OUR money!

Oh, and that Social Security “lockbox” is a myth too, FYI. They took that money a long time ago, and put it in the general fund. Congress has spent it, many times over, so we’re pretty much screwed there too.

Bringing Medicaid into the Debate
The Foundry

Medicare is an emotionally charged program because it provides health insurance coverage for the elderly. But Medicaid covers America’s poor and disabled—and no one wants to see them harmed, either.

However, like Medicare, Medicaid is also in desperate need of reform if it is to continue serving the people it was designed to serve. Nearly one-third of America’s doctors are already opting out of treating Medicaid patients—because their costs often outweigh what the program pays for care.

States—which already have budget crises of their own—share the cost of Medicaid with the federal government. They can’t afford to simply add more people to Medicaid, which is one of Obamacare’s main ways to insure more people. (The Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision gave states some breathing room when it ruled that Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion must be optional for states.)

The program already covers 62.5 million people—about 20 percent of America’s population—and federal spending on Medicaid has no limit. That’s right—there are no limits on federal spending for Medicaid. But there are limits on American taxpayers’ wallets.

Simply adding people to Medicaid should not be the goal. Instead, like other welfare reforms, the goal should be helping people while they’re down—and helping them get back up.

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Still Want ObamaCare?

19 October 2010, 7:46 am. 4 Comments. Filed under 2010, Health Care, Massive Stupidity, Socialism.

Ever feel like smacking some sense into someone?  I have a long list of folks I’d like to smack around, starting at the top, and going all the way down the list to the Kool Aid drinkers, who still chant “O-BAM-A”!

Have a HSA (Health Savings Account)?  Yep, you’re getting screwed, royally.  Thought you were making a wise decision in socking away money for your own health care?  Pfft!  Paleeeeeze!  Doing the right thing is getting you shafted.

Obamacare Sticker Shock: Taxing Over 15,000 Medicines

Nancy Pelosi warned us we’d have to pass Obamacare to find out what’s in it. And what we’re finding we don’t like at all.

Higher insurance premiums are hitting families hard. Medicare Advantage has been decimated. Millions will be forced into government-run Medicaid where long lines and rationing await.

If we like our insurance — too bad.

Beginning January 1, 2011, more than 15,000 over-the-counter (OTC) health care items will require a prescription (and that means a doctor’s visit) for tax-free reimbursement.

I guess you won’t be allowed to have that burrito you love so much, even though it gives you heartburn, eh?  Probably won’t be able to have an extra slice of cheese on your burger either cuz it might make ya constipated.  And heaven forbid if your baby gets diaper rash!

Oh yeah….this was a REAL good idea, wasn’t it!

Captain Clueless At The Helm

7 July 2010, 9:11 am. 5 Comments. Filed under Feckless Weasels, Health Care, Opinion, Politics.

The Rationer-in-Chief
The Foundry

When Linda O’Boyle was diagnosed with bowel cancer, her doctors told her she could boost her chances of survival by adding the drug cetuximab to her regimen. But the rationing body for Britain’s National Health Service, the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), had previously ruled that the drug was not cost-effective and therefore would not be paid for by the government. So O’Boyle liquidated her savings and paid for the drug herself. But this is not allowed under NHS rules. When government bureaucrats found out that O’Boyle had purchased the drug with her own money, she was denied NHS treatment and died within months.

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Told Ya So!

Report: Health Overhaul Will Increase Nation’s Tab

President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law will increase the nation’s health care tab instead of bringing costs down, government economic forecasters concluded Thursday in a sobering assessment of the sweeping legislation.

I’m thinking this is one of those “told ya so” moments!

A report by economic experts at the Health and Human Services Department said the health care remake will achieve Obama’s aim of expanding health insurance — adding 34 million Americans to the coverage rolls.

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Will YOUR Doctor Still Be Practicing?

20 April 2010, 8:08 am. 5 Comments. Filed under Opinion.

Doctors in the US Vowing to Quit Or Retire
ObamaCare Driving Doctors out of Business!

by J. D. Longstreet

What if you went to school for 6 to 8 years to earn your medical degree? Suppose you had HUGE student loans to pay off as well as set up a practice and purchase the necessary equipment you need as a doctor to treat your patients properly — and suppose you had to submit to more training practically every year of your career to stay abreast of new treatments, new equipment, and new federal and state laws pertaining to your practice of medicine.

Just suppose you did all of the above and then wake up one morning to find that you were no longer a private physician, no longer a small business owner, no longer your own boss, but a government bureaucrat taking orders on how to practice medicine, how and with which government approved treatment plan you are allowed to treat your trusting patients. What would YOU do? Huh? I THOUGHT SO! You’d quit, right?

Read the entire post here!

I, personally, know of doctors that have already retired, or are planning to retire, once ObamaCare goes into full effect. There are consequences for actions, and evidently, someone up in D.C. didn’t really think this whole thing through. If they all wanted to be doctors, so they could decide how to treat patients, then they all should have gone to medical school instead of law school, where the vast majority of them spent their money. (Hmmm….wonder if they all paid off their student loans?)

When the Obama administration, and those far left lib types in Congress claimed the A.M.A. supports the socializing of the medical world, they failed to mention that that organization has less than 30% of the doctors practicing in the U.S. as members. In 1935, they were completely against Nationalized Health Care.  What changed?

“The cause of national health insurance lay dead, victim of conservative forces led by the American Medical Association (AMA).” (source)

This whole dog and pony show, that will destroy the best medical care in the world, is nothing but a union push for socialism.

J.S. links to this article from sourcing the very left leaning New England Journal of Medicine:

The New England Journal of Medicine reports in its March-April 2010 issue that 46.3% of Primary Care Physicians will likely leave the practice of medicine if ObamaCare passes.

That is nearly half.  HALF!  Will your doctor be one of them?  Yet, D’Bama is still going around the country campaigning for his socialized medicine, even though he signed the bill into law last month.  They keep telling us we just don’t understand.  We’ll like it once we know what is in the bill.

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” – Joseph Goebbels

“The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.” – Joseph Goebbels

So, D’Bama administration, and his drooling minions in Congress are taking their cues from Joseph Goebbels? How very inconvenient for them! Contrary to what the media will spin, WE are not ignorant. WE do not buy into the “oh, everything will be great once our plans are all laid out, and you will be happier for it” propaganda.  Even though they are trying very hard to control what is available through a variety of sources, including the internet, right now, we have a great deal of information at our fingertips, and are far from the intellectually stunted masses, needing a ‘fuhrer’ to tell us what to think.  If the left doesn’t like being compared to the Nazis, perhaps they should stop behaving like them?

Obama’s “health care reform” is just one of many BIG LIES!  Stimulus?  Jobs?  Tax and Cap?  Seriously people!  Snap out of your stupor and smell the cappuccino!

D’Bama Lies and Old People Die

7 April 2010, 9:08 am. Comments Off. Filed under Congress, Crime, Health Care, Opinion, Socialism, Taxes, The ONE, U.S. Constitution.

Fewer doctors, more taxes, gubmint officials making decisions on who gets care, and who doesn’t. Gee, maybe Palin had it right….death panels. :?

How the Left Really Plans to Pay for Obamacare
The Foundry

According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), over half of President Barack Obama’s new $940 billion health care entitlement is paid for by price-fixing Medicare cuts. Never mind that the President’s own Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says that these cuts would cause “roughly 20 percent” of Medicare providers to go bankrupt in Obamacare’s first ten years. The CBO has to believe these cuts will happen because they are required, by law, to believe everything Congress tells them. The American people are not. So the American people ought to know that instead of cutting doctors’ Medicare reimbursement rates by 21% as required by law on April 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services froze payments at current levels until Congress could come back after Easter recess and rescind those cuts. Again. As they have done every year but one since the cuts were first enacted in 1997.

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Repeal It!

Lawmakers Set to Sell Their Version of Health Care Law to Constituents

With the yearlong health care reform fight in Congress ending this week with the passage of the Democrats’ legislation, lawmakers face a new battlefront back home in their districts, where they now must justify their “yea” or “nay” vote to their constituents.

Democrats have argued there was a moral imperative to passing the law, to expand coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans in one of the wealthiest nations in the world.

Really? A moral imperative? Uh…no. Actually, there’s not. The moral imperative is for individuals to give to individuals. NOT the freakin’ government stealing from those who worked hard to give to those who can’t be bothered. Of course, with the current state of affairs, even those who WANT to work hard, earn a living, have been denied this fundamental “right” to earn for their own keep, thanks to the idiocy of our federal government. If you want something screwed up royally, just let the weasels take charge!

But Republicans counter that the new law will kill jobs and lead to a government takeover of the health care system.

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ObamaCare’s Endorsements

25 March 2010, 6:28 pm. 4 Comments. Filed under Feckless Weasels, Senate, Socialism, The ONE.

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BREAKING NEWS: Major Health Care Bill Endorsements

Shot:

Chaser:

Well now, that’s makes it all better, doesn’t it. /massive snark

You WILL Comply!

23 March 2010, 7:26 pm. 4 Comments. Filed under Crime, Economy, Feckless Weasels, Opinion, Politics, Socialism, Taxes, The ONE.

IRS to Enforce Health Reform

The Internal Revenue Service will function as the government’s chief enforcer for health care reform, should President Obama sign the bill into law as expected, monitoring both businesses and individuals to certify whether they have the insurance coverage the government requires.

The tax collection agency will be responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the individual and employer insurance mandates which form the backbone of the Democrats’ hard-won reforms.

On what authority?

Amendment XVI – The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states, and without regard to any census or enumeration.

This thing needs to be repealed….NOW! But, I don’t see anything about the Internal Revenue Service (service?  total misnomer) having the authority to collect DICK for health care. As a matter of fact, I don’t see DICK in the U.S. Constitution that give Congress the authority to FORCE ‘health care’ on anyone.  The IRS is an over bloated federal entity, manned by a bunch of incompetents, and they are going to have the power to force people to pay for something they don’t want?

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But….But….

23 March 2010, 1:52 pm. 2 Comments. Filed under Socialism, Taxes.

I thought the Dems said the majority of Americans WANT their lives to be run by the fed’rul gubmint?? From PMSNBC comes THIS little tidbit:

Wonder how Olberdouche, Tingles, and Madcow will be trying to spin this? Hmmm…

Saturday in DC

21 March 2010, 2:01 am. Comments Off. Filed under Congress, Feckless Weasels, Opinion, Politics.



Well, at least we were able to escape for the ugly reality of the Democrat controlled America!

20 March 2010, 8:47 am. 3 Comments. Filed under video.

This is from HR 3200, but nothing much has changed, so this is still relevant.

More Delving

16 March 2010, 8:08 pm. 2 Comments. Filed under Congress, Crime, Economy, Feckless Weasels, Socialism, Taxes.

Tax and Control

SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION.

Read the whole section. Look up references to ‘clearing houses’. Interesting.  While this definition relates to investments, it pretty much sums up what most of the others say.

Page 1481- lines 19-23: ‘‘(E) An explanation by the practitioner of the continuum of end-of-life services and supports available, including palliative care and hospice, and benefits for such services and supports that are available under this title.
Page 1482 – lines 1-8: ‘‘(F)(i) Subject to clause (ii), an explanation of orders regarding life sustaining treatment or similar orders, which shall include—
‘‘(I) the reasons why the development of such an order is beneficial to the individual and the individual’s family and the reasons why such an order should be updated periodically as the health of the individual changes;

Pardon my supposed ignorance, but what business is it of the “Secretary”, or anyone else, for that matter, what goes on between a doctor, patient, and the family?  Oh, oops.  That’s right.  Silly me.

Page 1546/1547 – lines 7-27, 1-6Marriage and Family Therapist Services

‘‘(jjj)(1) The term ‘marriage and family therapist services’ means services performed by a marriage and family therapist (as defined in paragraph (2)) for the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses, which the marriage and family therapist is legally authorized to perform under State law (or the State regulatory mechanism provided by State law) of the State in which such services are performed, as would otherwise be covered if furnished by a physician or as incident to a physician’s professional service, but only if no facility or other provider charges or is paid any amounts with respect to the furnishing of such services.
‘‘(2) The term ‘marriage and family therapist’ mean an individual who—
‘‘(A) possesses a master’s or doctoral degree which qualifies for licensure or certification as a marriage and family therapist pursuant to State law;
‘‘(B) after obtaining such degree has performed at least 2 years of clinical supervised experience in marriage and family therapy; and ‘‘(C) is licensed or certified as a marriage and family therapist in the State in which marriage and family therapist services are performed.’’.

Defining a marriage councilor? All well and good. I go to my pastor, personally, if I have issues that need addressing, as do a great number of folks I know. I’m wondering if my pastor, and many others, will be prohibited from acting as councilors to their congregations under these new ‘rules’?  When they say ‘legally authorized’, I’ve no doubt there will be consequences for any pastor, priest, etc., acting as a councilor.

Page 2147:  SEC. 208. LOAN REPAYMENT FOR CIVIL LEGAL ASSISTANCE ATTORNEYS.

This section doesn’t say a whole lot, except changing dates, adding semicolons, etc. But I really have to ask….what do loan payment to lawyers have to do with so called ‘health care’?

LOANS ELIGIBLE FOR LIBOR-BASED CALCULATION? (page 2161) Isn’t that related to home loans? The name Fannie Mae popped up. :?

I notice this bill also address ‘education’.  Education.  EARLY childhood education.

Page 2271 – lines 16-24: Evaluating barriers to improving the quality of early learning programs serving low-income children, including evaluating barriers to successful interagency collaboration and coordination, by conducting a review of the statewide strategic reports developed by the State Advisory Councils on Early Care and Education and other relevant reports, reporting the findings of such review to Congress, and disseminating relevant research findings and best practices.

Small 2 legged guinea pigs to find out which methods of indoctrination works best? Just asking.

To quote a memo released yesterday by Ninny’s office (Office of the Assistant to the Speaker): Many of the conservative activists are not opposing the actual provisions in the bill, but are instead reacting to a caricature of the reform bill presented by right-wing media outlets. Uh. Wrong. On both counts!  Folks out here are actually READING the bills you assjacks are shoving down our throats, while y’all are not!  And we STILL oppose it!

We Said NO!

House may try to pass Senate health-care bill without voting on it

After laying the groundwork for a decisive vote this week on the Senate’s health-care bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Monday that she might attempt to pass the measure without having members vote on it.

Instead, Pelosi (D-Calif.) would rely on a procedural sleight of hand: The House would vote on a more popular package of fixes to the Senate bill; under the House rule for that vote, passage would signify that lawmakers “deem” the health-care bill to be passed.

The tactic — known as a “self-executing rule” or a “deem and pass” — has been commonly used, although never to pass legislation as momentous as the $875 billion health-care bill. It is one of three options that Pelosi said she is considering for a late-week House vote, but she added that she prefers it because it would politically protect lawmakers who are reluctant to publicly support the measure.

“It’s more insider and process-oriented than most people want to know,” the speaker said in a roundtable discussion with bloggers Monday. “But I like it,” she said, “because people don’t have to vote on the Senate bill.”

I wonder which bloggers she was bumping her gums to/with?  I can pretty much bet it wasn’t Michelle Malkin, Gateway Pundit, anyone from Pajamas Media.  I can pretty much guarantee they didn’t invite Texas Fred.   (Why does the mental image of Fred and the Ninny, together in the same room, make me laugh so hard?  Hmm…  Heh!)

First thing, go read that “self executing rule“.  Seriously.  GO READ IT!  I’ll wait.

Of COURSE Ninny likes it!

Contemporary Use. Self-executing rules are still employed on matters involving House-Senate relations. They have also been used in recent years to enact significant substantive and sometimes controversial propositions.

Now I know just how so many of our freedoms have been eroded. Yes, perhaps I have been oblivious, not noticing the use of such an under handed tactic. Hey! I’m human. The examples provided in this .pdf, are rather small, compared to how they want to use it this time around. Banning smoking on domestic flights less than 2 hours long, while prohibiting personal choice, is NOT the same thing as taking over 1/6 of the American economy!

“When we have a bill, then we will let you know about the votes. But when we bring the bill to the floor, we will have the votes,” she told reporters.

Pelosi said Monday that House Democrats have yet to decide how to approach the vote. But she added that any strategy involving a separate vote on the Senate bill “isn’t too popular,” and aides said the leadership is likely to bow to the wishes of its rank and file.

Here’s a novel concept, you old windbag! Scrap that piece of crap at least 53% of the American people opposeThose findings include 23% who Strongly Favor the plan and 46% who Strongly Oppose it.

And……Obama flaps his gums:

“I don’t know about the politics, but I know what’s the right thing to do,” he said, nearly shouting as the crowd cheered. “And so I’m calling on Congress to pass these reforms — and I’m going to sign them into law. I want some courage. I want us to do the right thing.”

Bud the ONLY thing you know about is campaigning! You don’t know JACK about true leadership! While you may have won the election, you have lost the nation, as a whole. Oh sure, there are still some who buy into all that phony Hope-n-Change, but a vast majority have woken up from our stupor, and are now fighting for our very survival, as FREE Americans!

Asked whether he was reconsidering his position, Kucinich demurred. But Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said Kucinich is coming under intense pressure from Ohioans who want Congress to act, and from his colleagues in Washington.

“All of us — the governor, the congressional delegation, the president — are making clear to Dennis that we won’t have another chance for a decade if this doesn’t happen,” Brown said.

Do you get the impression that the Dems know they are going to lose the majority this year?  If this happen, and I truly pray it does, it will take YEARS to attempt to undo the damage they have wrought on this country.  Now is as good time as any to restore the U.S. Constitution to it’s rightful place….the LAW of the Land!

Just A Few Items

15 March 2010, 9:01 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Congress, Feckless Weasels, Health Care, Opinion, Socialism, Taxes.

Tax and Control Bill

Page 87 – TREATMENT OF STATE BENEFIT MANDATES

Insofar as a State requires a health insurance issuer offering health insurance coverage to include benefits beyond the essential benefits package, such requirement shall continue to apply to an Exchange-participating health benefits plan, if the State has entered into an arrangement satisfactory to the Commissioner to reimburse the Commissioner for the amount of any net increase in affordability premium credits under subtitle C as a result of an increase in premium in basic plans as a result of application of such requirement.

Just my opinion, but don’t the words “benefit” and “mandate” kind of cancel each other out?

Page 167-168 – TAX ON INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT ACCEPTABLE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE.

‘‘(a) TAX IMPOSED.—In the case of any individual who does not meet the requirements of subsection (d) at
any time during the taxable year, there is hereby imposed a tax equal to 2.5 percent of the excess of—
‘‘(1) the taxpayer’s modified adjusted gross income for the taxable year, over
‘‘(2) the amount of gross income specified in section 6012(a)(1) with respect to the taxpayer.

If you can’t afford their version of “acceptable health care”, they will make you pay an increase in taxes you can’t afford to pay?  2.5% of the excess income?  Do you have excess income?  Well, those who live on our dime up there in D.C. might have some extra, but I don’t know anyone out here in the real world doesn’t it.

Page 1180  – SEC. 227. SENSE OF THE HOUSE REGARDING ENROLLMENT OF MEMBERS IN THE PUBLIC OPTION.

It is the sense of the House of Representatives that Members who vote in favor of the establishment of a public, Federal Government run health insurance option, and senior members of the President’s administration, are urged to forgo their right to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and agree to enroll under that public option.

In other words, it would be nice if those who impose this crap on the American people would make use of it, but it’s not really necessary.

Is this thing giving anyone else a headache?  I think that’s the whole idea.  We’ll be going through this thing with a fine toothed comb, while those who wish to impose this crap on us, are chuckling at the idea that we care enough to read it, when they won’t.