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ObamaCare: it's here
NY Post ^ | August 26, 2010 | SCOTT GOTTLIEB

Posted on 08/26/2010 3:42:42 AM PDT by Scanian

While many of Obama Care's major pieces won't kick in until 2014, a few big changes are already under way -- and offering an early taste of what's in store for American health care. It ain't pretty.

Think: greater government control, less competition and fewer options for consumers.

As early as next month, for example, the administration is expected to unveil its definition of "unreasonable rate increases." This is its way of dictating premiums.

It's also drafting a slew of new regulations -- mandating everything from the kinds of benefits health insurers must offer to how they spend their revenues. Some of the new rules will force millions of seniors out of their current Medicare Part D drug plans, even though the program has been highly successful.

Start with the new regs and the government's attempts to set insurance rates. The result is entirely predictable: Some health plans will inevitably quit the market.

State "exchanges" -- through which consumers will be able to buy federally subsidized, privately run health insurance -- are scheduled to be up and running in 2014. But the Health and Human Services Department regulations will make it hard for insurers to do business in these new programs -- so many simply won't.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: biggovernment; exchanges; healthcare; obamacare; partddrugplan; pricecontrols; romney; romneycare

1 posted on 08/26/2010 3:42:44 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian
It will be so overwhelming that the “Public Option” will be the only alternative..That is what it was designed to do..It will place the entire well-being of our people in the hands of brutish and corrupt governmental bureaucrats.
I weep for my countrymen/women..The day has come and I pray that God will act to turn this around..
2 posted on 08/26/2010 3:54:42 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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To: Scanian
Yes it is here!

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3 posted on 08/26/2010 4:00:22 AM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: jazzlite

They will NEVER get away with this, believe me.

Every single day, another negative consequence rolls out of this miserable bill, whether it’s the attempts to ration medicine, or the latest, screwing up the college student’s insurance system.

They are trying to pull this over on a population that gets pissed off waiting in line for a postage stamp.

Like an onion, this will be peeled apart layer by layer, if need be or in one big chunk in 2013. But gone it will be.

Someone asked me yesterday why this won’t survive but SS and Medicare did. The answer is simple:

Social Security and Medicare were set up (cynically, I might add) based on a future promise: Give up a little bit now, that you won’t notice missing, in exchange for something good later on. And it was set to benefit the MAJORITY of the American public.

This bill is the exact opposite of that.

Obamacare takes a LOT from people now, and they are already noticing it, btw, and they are mad. What they get in return later on is something worse than what they currently have, and the privilege of paying more for it. Moreover, this plan benefits a tiny slice of the electorate, at the expense of the majority. The poor will fare worst of all, btw. They are counting on a “promise” of better health care, when, in fact, they are going to be dumped into the broke, ineffective Medicaid system. Which doctors are fleeing. They are going to learn that it does no good to be in a system of insurance in which there are no providers.

Finally, don’t forget this:

With all the monkey business used the pass this bill, they made a critical drafting mistake. I posted about this a few weeks ago. There is NO severability clause in the final version. That clause is standard in all contract/legislative work that keeps the rest of the thing in place if a part of it is found to be invalid or unconstitutional.

If any court makes a final finding that any part of it isn’t kosher, the ENTIRE BILL IS DEAD. No further action is required.


4 posted on 08/26/2010 4:10:22 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: Daisyjane69

The feds are looking for doctors like nobody’s business. Have been, off & on, all year.


5 posted on 08/26/2010 4:29:59 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: Scanian

bump


6 posted on 08/26/2010 4:31:41 AM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: Scanian

Why should we pay for something we aren’t going to get?

I see money being paid to slush funds. This is definitely how they plan to transfer money to themselves and how they will become rich and you poor.

Keep a watch on Soros and co. They seem about ready to split.


7 posted on 08/26/2010 4:55:18 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: combat_boots

My ER Nurse/Wife says that Doctors are looking at retirement big time. She says the cuts in medicare will be the last straw for many of them.


8 posted on 08/26/2010 4:55:40 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: Scanian

Just say NO to Obamacare.


9 posted on 08/26/2010 4:56:06 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Scanian
the administration is expected to unveil its definition of "unreasonable rate increases"

This sounds like they are introducing law concepts into their bureaucratic takeover of private industry. Nothing will ever get done by Democrats without bringing along plenty of new business opportunities for trial lawyers.

10 posted on 08/26/2010 4:57:03 AM PDT by alrea
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To: Scanian
Get ready for the Lawsuits! Medical insurers will have to fight this one or die. Saying that insurers can't raise premiums after being forced on no preexisting conditions and a slew of new "features" will be a solid argument in the courts.

Look for the courts to start throwing parts of Obamacare (like this out) and for the liberal courts (read 9th circuit) to stand out like sore thumbs.

11 posted on 08/26/2010 4:59:39 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: Scanian

I was already informed that part of my Company’s coverage will be changing next year. Coincidence? I think not. Now, we don’t have the details just yet. We were only told coverage and premiums were changing. Now, should I believe the liar-in-chief that more people will be covered, there will be no rationing, costs will go down, and I’ll get to keep my same provider? {snort} I’m thinking that not a single one of those claims will prove true.


12 posted on 08/26/2010 5:11:04 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (obama out now! I'll keep my money, my guns, and my freedom - you can keep the change.)
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To: Scanian

We will need Mitt Romney with his OUTSTANDING business skills, good hair and GOP/RNC connections to ‘fix’ Obamacare.

Yup.

(/sarc)


13 posted on 08/26/2010 5:15:20 AM PDT by Leisler ("Over time they create a legal system that plunders and a moral code that glorifies it." F. Bastiat)
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To: freekitty
"Keep a watch on Soros and co. They seem about ready to split."

Please elaborate.

14 posted on 08/26/2010 5:21:49 AM PDT by Think free or die
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To: ThunderSleeps

My premiums went up 25 percentast month alone.


15 posted on 08/26/2010 5:25:02 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote
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To: Scanian
But then, if consumers have fewer options, that's just fine with some Democrats. Indeed, they'll call that an example of "market failure" and use it as an argument for their ultimate dream: a government-run, "public option" to supplant private insurance.

All of this stands in sharp contrast to the approach government agencies took when they tried to create a new market for drug insurance in 2006.

When Medicare created its Part D drug benefit in 2006, the market exploded with hundreds of drug plans, giving consumers lots of options. The rules were purposely written to encourage plans to enter the market and allow them to turn a profit. The idea was that, after the market matured, competition would quickly make prices fall.

It worked. The costs of drug coverage have remained well below government estimates while the market has remained highly competitive.

An interesting fact for those who continually rag on Bush's prescription drug plan.

16 posted on 08/26/2010 5:32:37 AM PDT by fightinJAG (Step away from the toilet. Let the housing market flush.)
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To: Daisyjane69
I say that if Republicans take control of Congress in the mid-terms, the first bill passed in January should be one sentence on one page that reads:

"Congress shall not impose any mandate to purchase any product on any individual."

17 posted on 08/26/2010 5:36:24 AM PDT by fightinJAG (Step away from the toilet. Let the housing market flush.)
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To: Daisyjane69
or the latest, screwing up the college student’s insurance system.

I hadn't heard that one yet. How does it affect a student's insurance?

18 posted on 08/26/2010 5:44:40 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: Think free or die

It’s already been reported he is taking his money out of the stock market.


19 posted on 08/26/2010 5:53:08 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Scanian

btt


20 posted on 08/26/2010 6:07:02 AM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: sr4402

Our primary care internist is only seeing Medicare patients 1 day a week, and come Jan will STOP seeing the altogether.


21 posted on 08/26/2010 6:09:19 AM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: freekitty

OK. I thought by your remark that you thought Soros and his demented helpers were splitting, as in splitting up. That would be news to me.


22 posted on 08/26/2010 6:11:37 AM PDT by Think free or die
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To: jersey117

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/08/23/99550/colleges-say-new-health-law-may.html


23 posted on 08/26/2010 6:13:16 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: jersey117

Obamacare already jacking up rates

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2575901/posts

Colleges: New health law may imperil student policies

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2574746/posts


24 posted on 08/26/2010 6:13:53 AM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: Scanian; All

a fuller explanation of what I posted:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2566567/posts


25 posted on 08/26/2010 6:17:18 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: Think free or die

No. He is still working on destroying the US.


26 posted on 08/26/2010 6:19:55 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Scanian
In truth, Team Obama is quite candid about its intent: It wants to control the delivery of medical care, and that means controlling insurance companies. The exchanges aren't intended to expand consumer options; quite the opposite: they're meant to regulate insurers more intensely and manage people's medical choices.

That really is it. Obama is about Control.

27 posted on 08/26/2010 6:37:54 AM PDT by FourPeas (God Save America)
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To: freekitty

pure evil


28 posted on 08/26/2010 6:42:27 AM PDT by Think free or die
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To: Daisyjane69

Can they pass a law to fix the severability clause error? Can they draft regulations to cover their mistake?

I do not think we should count on some technical error to kill this.

Part D penalizes anyone who has opted out by mandating a one-half of one percent increase in premium (which is going up) per every month from date of eligibility to date of policy for anyone who did not sign up when they first took Medicare. Since 2008, the cheapest policy has already increased over 33%, even for those who reluctantly signed up upon first eligibility. And this is for someone who is not taking any prescription drugs.


29 posted on 08/26/2010 7:12:07 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Think free or die

Yes and he should be made accountable.


30 posted on 08/26/2010 8:27:09 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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