Skip to comments.SOCIALIZED MEDICINE DAILY DIGEST FOR 2/21/10
Posted on 02/21/2010 8:35:46 PM PST by socialismisinsidious
A cautionary tale in healthcare reform [Mandates = Higher Premiums!!]
LA Times ^ | 02/21/10 | Noam N. Levey
Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 12:22:31 PM by freespirited
Spurred by heart-wrenching stories of sick people denied health coverage, the state of New York did what many of President Obama's critics say he should do now -- it passed a relatively simple law requiring insurers to accept all applicants.
Other states have taken similar steps, making narrowly targeted changes instead of trying to overhaul their whole healthcare systems.
Lautenberg Hypocrisy: Ambulance taking Him to NY After Fall Not Allowed to by Obamacare He Voted For
Associated Content (AC) ^ | February 21, 2010 | Marc Schenker
Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 4:59:17 AM by Suvroc10
Democrat Senator Frank Lautenberg is in the middle of huge hypocrisy when it comes to health care. The ambulance that he told to take him to NY after his fall this past Mondaywhich turned out to be related to stomach cancerwould not be allowed to take him there under the Obamacare bill he voted for on December 24!
Detroit home health agency owner (Muhammad Shahab) pleads guilty over Medicare fraud
News-Medical.net ^ | 2/18/10
Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 10:35:46 AM by Libloather
Detroit-area resident Muhammad Shahab pleaded guilty today for his role in organizing a Detroit-area home health care fraud scheme...
Shahab, 50, pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud before U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan. At sentencing, scheduled for June 17, 2010, Shahab faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Docs 4 Patient Care -- Time for a New Look for Doctors
Human Events ^ | 02/19/2010 | Hal Scherz
Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 10:35:49 AM by ChessExpert
When healthcare became the centerpiece of the Obama legislative agenda in early 2009, it appeared that the government takeover of 1/6 of our economy was imminent. A big part of the reason for optimism on the part of the Democrat leadership was the absence of any meaningful resistance. A frequent question posed by the opponents of this policy was where are the doctors in this debate?
Republicans 'ready to participate' in Obama's health care summit
Washington Post ^ | Feb 21, 2010 | Shailagh Murray and Michael D. Shear
Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 1:15:08 PM by SmartInsight
The Senate's top Republican promised Sunday morning that he and his members will attend President Obama's health care summit on Thursday "ready to participate" but said the Democrats are being "arrogant" by refusing to scrap their legislation and start over.
Mitch McConnell: Yes, Republicans will attend the ObamaCare summit
Hot Air ^ | Feb. 21, 2010 | Allahpundit
Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 8:52:48 PM by Free ThinkerNY
So much for Friday nights boycott theory. The Gingrich plan is, it seems, in effect:
Republicans have accused the president of using Thursdays summit as political theater, and had raised the prospect of not attending. McConnell dismissed the idea of a GOP boycott, saying that were discussing the sort of the makeup of the room and that sort of thing, but yeah, I intend to be there and my members will be there and ready to participate.
GOP Headed to White House Hopeful But Hesitant
FoxNews ^ | February 21, 2010
Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 1:17:51 PM by Steelfish
February 21, 2010 GOP Headed to White House Hopeful But Hesitant FOXNews.com Republicans are going to show up Thursday for a meeting on health care reform with President Obama and congressional Democrats, but they aren't going to accept whole cloth a bill outlining Democratic plans that is being posted on the White House Web site Monday.
Barack Obama seeks to salvage health care reforms
The Telegraph ^ | 2/21/2010 | Alex Spillius
Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 9:13:48 PM by bruinbirdman
President Barack Obama this week embarks on a mission to salvage his health care reforms, the centerpiece of his domestic agenda, and his credibility as a leader who can bend Washington to his will.
Seeking to avoid the humiliation of failing to deliver universal health insurance coverage that befell Bill Clinton and other Democrats before him, the president has pledged to publish a revised plan on the White House website by today [mon].
On Thursday he will break new ground by holding a live televised "summit" with Democrats and Republicans on legislation that has been disputed for a year and dragged Mr Obama's reputation down several notches.
Reid to use Reconciliation to Pass ObamaCare, The People be Damned
Conservative Hideout 2.0 ^ | 2-21-10 | Matt
Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 1:28:40 PM by ConservativeHideout
The Hill today is reporting that Harry Reid will be using the Reconciliation process to pass ObamaCare. The Democrats, who have been offering bipartisanship, apparently see the meeting on the 25th as a formality. They actually intend on having a bill done within the next 60 days.
Democrats will finish their health reform efforts within the next two months by using a majority-vote maneuver in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said.
Enough is Enough:Start over on Health Care (Obama sidesteps legislative process. Unconstitutional?)
aclj.org ^ | February 2010 | Staff
Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 2:58:33 PM by Sun
Congress has intensified its efforts to force flawed, pro-abortion Health Care reform through the system - and now, President Obama, sidestepping the legislative process, says he has his own Health Care bill - a move that raises serious constitutional concerns. The Constitution requires that the legislative branch write our laws, not the President.
At one year, Mass. healthcare plan falls short (can we even call it romneycare anymore?)
Boston Globe ^ | May 15, 2007 | Sally Pipes
Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 3:27:14 PM by Halfmanhalfamazing
MASSACHUSETTS'S UNIVERSAL healthcare law turned one in April. To survive, its guardians have had to make many changes, each of which has increased current and future government spending, increased the government's role in regulating the healthcare market, decreased individual responsibility to purchase insurance, and made certain that the plan will fall far short of achieving universal coverage.
Obama version of health reform expected Monday
Associated Press ^ | Feb. 21, 2010
Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 3:59:18 PM by Free ThinkerNY
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House readied its last-ditch effort to salvage health care legislation while the Senate's Republican leader warned Democrats against the go-it-alone approach.
The White House was expected to post a version of President Barack Obama's plan for overhauling health care on its Web site on Monday, ahead of his critical and daring summit at Blair House on Thursday.
Governors want "into the game" on healthcare (Too Late! Should have spoken up sooner)
Reuters ^ | 2/21/2010 | reuters
Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 6:15:25 PM by tobyhill
The governors, who have been meeting in the U.S. capital this weekend, will make their case to Obama on Monday that some reform proposals could deepen the budget woes that many states face.
On the other hand, they also fear that doing nothing will also worsen their financial situations.
No Means No, Mr. President
BenjaminShapiro.com ^ | 02-21-10 | Ben Shapiro
Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 2:27:03 PM by UltraConservative
It's a phrase we haven't heard since the halcyon days of President Clinton -- and we heard it then in a slightly different context.
Nonetheless, the American public has told Obama no, and he seems think no means yes:
Patients receive lethal injections without giving their consent (involuntary euthanasia)
New Scientist ^ | 20 June 1992 | Rachel Nowak
Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 2:04:43 PM by JimWayne
The details are alarming. At least a third of the 5000 or so Dutch patients who each year receive lethal doses of drugs from their doctors do not give their unequivocal consent. About 400 of these patients never even raise the issue of euthanasia with their doctors...But the most flagrant abuse of euthanasia was the killing of a two-day-old child with Down's syndrome - a child who would probably have lived for 40 to 50 years.
Is Byrd The Last Word On Reconciliation?
TalkingSource.com ^ | 02/21/10 | CaroleL
Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 11:07:35 AM by CaroleL
As the Democrats attempt to ram their hugely unpopular idea of health care reform through the legislative process, there is increased interest in how that process works. There's been plenty of talk lately about reconciliation and how the Obama machine will most likely attempt to mis-use this part of the budget process and that brings us to another little known moment in US Senate history known as the Byrd Rule.
Thanks for posting. Very important considering the bi-statist event coming up.
Drudge Report Headline Only: OBAMA IN NEW HEALTHCARE BLOWOUT
Teaming up with the Democrats?(The GOP throws an interception when it's 1st and goal on the Dem's 1)
Robert Reich Sounds Sci-Fi on Health Care
Teaming up with the Democrats on Healthcare Reform?
Obama Wants Insurance Rate Hike Regulation (Federal Government takeover through the backdoor)
Obamacare: Socialism By Any Other Name
Survey finds states cutting back on mammograms http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2456960/posts
But Enough About Jobs, Have You Heard About My Health Plan?
New ObamaCare Plan in Bullets
Obama helped bring on the healthcare backlash
Obama Unveils Revised $1 Trillion Health Plan [Tea-Party March on DC?]
Health Care Theater
SET THEIR LOCAL AND DC LINES ON FIRE!
Sen. Scot Brown's number is 202-224-5443
Capitol Hill switchboard is 202-224-3121
Lots of local demwit phone numbers on this thread.
5 freedoms you'd lose in health care reform - from CNN!
Obama Plan Ups Abortion Funding Via Community Health Centers
Old Wine in New Bottles Still Tastes Like Vinegar: Obama Unveils Health Plan!
(Michael Steele) ObamaCare Returns: Time to Send a Clear Message to Washington
Obama Health Plan Costs $950 Billion Over 10 Years
Why The President's "Take it or Leave it" Health Care Plan is Worse Than Congress'
Boehner: President's Health Proposal Jeopardizes Summit, Doubles Down on Failed Approach
Pelosi, Hoyer cool on Obama's health plan
House Republican rejects Obama health plan
White House: If GOP Filibusters, Well Pass Health Reform Via Reconciliation
Obama puts forward last-ditch health care plan
HEALTHCARE SHOWDOWN--Obama Threatens GOP
Obama embraces Senate approach in new health-care plan
Summit of Spin (Obama's defines bipartisanship as Republican surrender)
Health care RATIONING FOR SENIORS
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The new health care plan President Barack Obama released today contains massive abortion funding, but a top pro-life attorney who monitors bioethics issues says it presents other concerns. The changes Obama proposes to the Senate health care bill also promote rationing.
Burke Balch, an attorney who is the director of the Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics at the National Right to Life Committee, explained the problems to LifeNews.com.
"The Obama health care proposal issued this morning would take away from Americas senior citizens their current right to add their own money on top of the government Medicare contribution to get health insurance less likely to deny treatment through tightly controlled managed care," Balch said.
"It would do so even as it cuts the government contribution to Medicare by hundreds of billions of dollars," he adds.
Under Title III . . . Guaranteeing Benefits for Seniors by Ending Overpayments to Insurance Companies, Balch notes that the Obama proposal talks about Medicare Advantage plans -- the alternative that now allows older Americans, if they wish, to pay more to get insurance less likely to ration treatment.
The Obama plan says Medicare Advantage plans will be prohibited from charging seniors more than they would pay for services delivered under the traditional Medicare program.
Balch responds: "Thus, older Americans would be prohibited by law from making up the Medicare shortfall by using their own money to save their own lives."
"This means that, even as more and more doctors and other health care providers are leaving the Medicare program because of low government reimbursement rates rates that under the Obama bill will decline still more in comparison to medical inflation senior citizens will have nowhere to turn," the pro-life attorney explains. "Their only option will be tightly managed plans that provide less and less treatment."
The Obama proposal then goes on to claim that all ideas that ration care...will be banned."
Balch calls that "genuine chutzpah" because the Obama plan makes that claim "even as it imposes what will be ever-increasing rationing on senior citizens."
The Senate health care bill already contains provisions that threaten to ration lifesaving medical treatment for seniors.
NRLC says state commissioners of the new health insurance exchanges created by the bill would be given significant power. They could deny people who are trying to obtain policies in the exchange the option of choosing health plans less likely to deny treatment, by limiting what they would be allowed to pay for such policies.
Related web sites:
National Right to Life Committee - http://www.nrlc.org
Obama's New Health Care Plan Would Use Tax Dollars to Pay for Abortions
ObamaCare at Ramming Speed
Obama Doesn't Even Fake Bipartisanship Well
Patient Is Showing No Improvement
RUSH IN A HURRY -- Obamacare Tells the Nation: Screw You!
Thanks for the pings.
Harry Reid Says GOP Should "Stop Crying" About Reconciliation
Like Gillibrand and Schumer, Heather Graham Supports Public Option Reconciliation Vote
Vulnerable Democratic Congressmen Who Voted FOR Obamacare The First Time Around
The Big Bluff? (Health care bill)
Pelosis Last Charge (What makes her think itll be easier to sell Obamacare after it passes?)
Physician: Two-Thirds of ObamaCare Passed in Stimulus Package
Cook: Democrats Likely To Cut Cord On Many Incumbents
Hoyer: Public option on healthcare likely dead
Stupak Not On Board With ObamaCare 2.0
Boehner: The American People Have Spoken: They Want Us to Scrap the Democrats Health Care Bill...
Obama relies heavily on Finance jobs bill to pay for health reform.
Boehner: GOP will 'crash' WH 'infomercial' on healthcare reform
Obama health care plan: He needs to cut medical costs first
When You Botch the Stimulus, No One Believes Your Health-Care Promises
Do some reading these are all articles from the beginning of the year. Older articles will tell you of the fraud, waste and earlier cuts.
TennCare cuts threaten Nashville General hospital | tennessean.com ...
TennCare Cuts Under Way Now
Call it coincidence or bad timing, but many physicians in Tennessee began taking a 14 percent cut for seeing TennCare patients on the same day Gov. Phil Bredesen announced deep cuts in health care spending.
TennCare Cuts May Close Some Hospitals
TennCare Cuts May Close Some Hospitals
Proposed TennCare funding cuts would close The Med, hospital officials say By Toby Sells
Published Friday, January 29, 2010