Perfuming the Pig – HHS’ Latest Attempt to Sell Obamacare!

by Richard H. Frank

The latest ploy devised by the Department of Health and Human Services under Secretary Kathleen Sebellius is to sponsor a contest to create a video extolling the advantages of the Affordable Care Act especially for young people. The prize offered for the winning video will be $30,000 and paid for by the taxpaying public. Just another slap in the face to the more than 70% of Americans that oppose this onerous legislation.

Adding insult to injury, as we now learn according to Nancy Pelosi what’s in the Bill having passed it, this monstrous law consuming 2700 pages has grown to over 30,000 pages of Rules and Government Regulations which remain incomplete as of this writing.

The sterling performance of our Federal Government in failing to meet 50% of the deadlines specified in the original law is evidence of the ultimate collapse of this piece of ill-conceived legislation.

Thus far, every argument against the Act has been proven to be true with unintended consequences such as the destruction of the 40-hour work week, a pillar of our free-enterprise system, being destroyed.

All of this under the guise of fairness with the premise that health care for everyone has somehow become a Constitutional right. In fact, the Affordable Care ACt is the lever with which Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi will use to fundamentally change America and our free enterprise system.

If any further evidence is required to convince Americans of how “Big Government” is eroding our freedoms, look no further than the current scandals involving the NSA and the IRS. The Department of Health and Human Services is becoming paranoid at its inadequate attempts to launch this titanic piece of legislation and convince the public of the benefits that will flow to every American, legal or illegal, from the law.

Then there is President Obama, who in his narcissistic view of being a Monarch issues waivers to implementation of the law whenever it suits his political purposes. Please, show me where that power is embodied within our Constitution. Yet in Congress, our elected representatives sit idly by and do nothing to stop the blatant abusive of Executive Power. So much for our Constitution and equal branches of Government under our system of a Representative Republic.

As long as the Senate remains under control of the Democrats and Obama is our President, there is no chance of repeal or replacing the Affordable Care Act. Our only hope is to have Republicans take control of both Houses of Congress in the 2014 mid-term elections. In the meantime, all the contests and celebrity endorsements will do nothing to sell America on this purely partisan-driven piece of legislation. The more we learn about Obamacare, the greater its stench as lies are exposed.

The only way we can stop Obamacare over the coming two years is through nullification beginning at the local and state levels of Government. The 10th Amendment to the Constitution remains alive and well if “We the People” demand that our state representatives take a stand against this unjust law and cause it to crash under its own weight. Remember what is at stake in this battle and the broken promises of Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi:

“If you like your insurance you can keep it;”

“If you like your doctor you can keep him or her;”

“Your health care premiums will drop by $2500 for a family of four;”

“Government will not interfere between you and your doctor;”

Medicare will be strengthened under the Act;”

“Care will not be rationed under the plan; and

“30 million uninsured will now be covered under Obamacare.”

Each and every promise has been documented to be a lie and chronicled in Nick J. Tate’s “Obamacare Survival Guide.” Massive cuts to Medicare and new benefit rules for seniors. Rising premium costs in the form of new taxes to be borne by every American in the form of hidden taxes, levies and fees. Doctors making the decision to exit private practice rather than conforming to the bureaucrats in Washington. Finally, businesses across the country eliminating full-time 40-hour employees to avoid the 30-hour definition established under the law as constituting hours worked for a full time employee.

What will be the next surprise to come out as we have “passed the Bill to see what is in it?” America, bend over and grab your ankles as we are in for one hell of a ride as the Nation is “fundamentally transformed” using Obamacare as the catalyst for change to our Representative Republic.

Update: What You Need to Know About Your Annual Medicare Wellness Exam

by Jayne D. Frank

As a person that routinely has had an annual physical since my 40s, I was horrified last year (in my 2nd year of Medicare) about how that visit with my doctor had changed in accordance with the pending Obamacare implementation. Please read my previous post “Obamacare’s Free Yearly Exam.”

This year, everything we have been warned about regarding Obamacare, Medicare and the new standards imposed upon our personal doctors has been confirmed and every senior citizen must make themselves aware of the new notion that everything you say, everything you do, and who you are, will be documented in your personal record and shared with the Government through CMS (Medicare). Also, record input by your doctor is probably being done through Wolters Kluwers Up to Date Website, based in Copenhagen, which centralizes the reporting to CMS. Please stay with me on this article as I relate my experience to help you understand what I learned after returning from my doctor’s office yesterday.

Upon arriving at the office, I was given a slew of paperwork (even though it had been updated earlier that year), and among that paperwork was a document asking about my state of depression, amount of times I am depressed, whether I am ambulatory or need help with any functions, etc. Since the personal visit is where I would ONLY discuss any possible depression with my doctor, I refused to fill out this form. When the doctor’s assistant saw that I left this form blank (taking up 10 minutes of my allocated time with my doctor), I informed her that it was “none of the government’s business” and she didn’t pursue it. Then before the doctor could see me, I was given a bunch of preprinted paperwork on asthma (although mine had been controlled for years), and Preventative Plans for Women.

Then it was time for the remainder of my allocated time with my doctor. He came in, went over the “filled out forms,” and only through personal questions to him could I get him off the “script.” My “fully clothed” physical came next and then I was dismissed. Once again, how on earth can a doctor see the signs of more serious problems (i.e., skin lesions, skin color changes, water on the legs, lumps, etc. if he does not personally exam your body?

I consider myself to be very informed as to the implications of Obamacare on all of us and especially those mandates and regulations for senior citizens. Knowing all of that, I was still not knowledgeable on what I was to find out through my research today. Keep remembering Obama’s phrase “If you like your doctor you can keep him.” I found and read the entire PDF document by the CMS (Medicare) which in a nutshell mandates that if doctors want to keep treating Medicare patients, they must adhere to a number of core rules and mandates regarding inputting your personal medical records into a database which will eventually be reviewed and “scored” by CMS. Why? So that our doctors and providers (including dentists, podiatrists and chiropractors) can “rat on us” to get $44,000 from the Government over a five-year period, just for our privilege of seeing him. There are actual benchmarks and information the doctor must input in order to “qualify” for this incentive. Information such as your race, ethnicity, and other demographic information. If the doctor does not follow these Government regulations on electronic records and reporting, he will not qualify for this incentive and his regular Medicare allowance will shrink by up to 5%.

Get the picture? It’s at the same time NOT about you and your health anymore, AND it’s ALL about you and your health. There will be assessments done and reported on any asthma you have, any depression you have, weight, and of course smoking. It is not how you and your doctor can better improve your particular health situation. So in the end you leave the doctor’s office feeling “used,” not by the doctor but by your Government. By the way, had I not had 6 questions on my iPhone in front of the doctor insisting on these individual answers, I am sure I could not have gotten those answers because of the time he has to spend on the computer during my presence.

Some senior citizens know what is going on and where this is leading; others are in denial or refuse to take heed and do something about it. I for one am going to fight tooth and nail to see what can be done by Congress to “defund Obamacare,” or to dismantle this program bit by bit. I owe this to our children and to myself.

It seems that the $750 billion reduction to Medicare under Obamacare could be avoided if these intrusive standards and the cost of massive data collection centers were eliminated instead of sucking the life-blood from Medicare and ultimately the care provided to seniors.