Corruption By Any Other Name

By: Richard H. Frank

Politicians and the Washington spin doctors are very creative at turning a phrase to avoid calling a particular act by one of their associates exactly what it truly is. For instance the President never tells a lie. He may have misspoken or his words may have been taken out of context or twisted to achieve some particular agenda in support of his ideology. Corruption, High Crimes and Misdemeanors, bribery and outright graft are all ignored and classified under the heading of “crony capitalism” or “it’s the right thing to do” in the case of such perceived social injustices as illegal immigration, gay marriage and abortion. When something goes wrong or takes an unexpected turn for the worse as the result of Government action “unintended consequences are always to blame and not the ideology behind the action. Take Obamacare for example. The law was to provide health care for over thirty million uninsured Americans at reduced costs for every family. Instead after five years of confusion in the medical industry accounting for 1/6th of the economy we find premiums and deductibles have skyrocketed and real care diminished with over thirty million Americans still uninsured. Obama has ignored the provisions of the law and by fiat altered the language without congressional action to meet his political initiatives. All of his actions are in direct violation of the Constitution. The same is true for Obama’s executive actions with regard to immigration and if not for the action of one Federal Judge we would be on the verge of amnesty for every illegal immigrant presently in the United States and establishment of an open border policy for the country. “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The nuclear negotiations underway with Iran for the past two and one-half years are the perfect example of this foregoing quotation. We have a President obsessed with creating his legacy having failed to do so in his Presidency for the past six years. His statement that “Iran would never possess a Nuclear weapon on his watch” did not include any provision against his providing them with the path to acquiring that weapon after he left office. When pressured by Congress to give them final approval of any agreement (treaty) reached during the negotiations the talks are suddenly characterized as being a non-binding agreement not subject to Congressional approval as required by the Constitution. Additionally, Obama seems to think he can unilaterally remove sanctions imposed by act of Congress without their legislating that action. Now we have Hillary Clinton’s in-your-face violation of State Department rules and law regarding disclosure of her emails while serving as Secretary of State. She arrogantly contends that she was entitled to use a non-governmental controlled server to archive her emails and she alone had the authority to determine which of those communications were private and those that belonged to “we the people”. She holds herself above the law and takes refuge behind the Clinton Foundation on matters having the appearance of corruption. The Justice Department turns a blind eye to her actions contending that others in prior administrations disregarded the rules and protocols in place and thus it is no big deal. The latest revelations about Hillary and the Clinton Foundation involved in influence peddling while she held the position of Secretary of State have all the earmarks of corruption and enhancing the financial rewards to the Foundation and of the Clintons personally. Coincidence, I think not but without any evidence to the contrary the Clinton’s will just hunker down and wait for this storm to pass just as they have before on other scandals. Unfortunately, corruption is not the sole provence of the Democrats in office but can be found on both sides of the aisle in Congress and in the massive Federal bureaucracy consisting of agencies within our government. As long as the electorate in America remains apathetic and does not insist that our laws are to be enforced we open ourselves and this country up to corruption for which we must bear the expense. An expense not only in the form of dollars but in the loss of our very liberty. Corruption by any other name still stinks.

Parasites and Politicians

By: Richard H. Frank

Just over one week remains until the American electorate goes to the polls to cast their votes in the 2014 midterm elections. For many of us that ascribe to the principles enumerated in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence this may be the last bastion for turning the tide of big government from the path of tyranny that has been pursued by the Obama administration over the past six years.

Over the past six years we have witnessed the Federal Government imposing the socialist Progressive ideology of Barack Obama and his abject followers. Congress, under the leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, used every parliamentary maneuver at its disposal to thwart the opposition to their policies by the conservatives in Congress including bribery and collusion with members of Congress to pass their agenda. When faced with the prospect of filibuster by the opposition to stop the relentless march toward establishing “statism” to replace our “Representative Republic” Harry Reid invoked the nuclear option in the Senate to move Obama’s agenda forward. That coupled with executive actions taken by the President has forced private institutions to seek status and bring legal action to thwart the unconstitutional grab for power by the Executive Branch of Government.

Given the lack of interest and apathetic nature of the electorate in America today, more interested in social media and satisfaction of their perceived entitlements, I fear the die may be cast for the eventual dissolution of this once great Republic. Should history prove to predict the outcome of the midterm elections less than 30% of the eligible legal voters determine the fate of the nation. The uninformed, uneducated voter will once again cast his vote simply by name recognition, party affiliation or the candidate that promises to deliver the biggest entitlement. Unfortunately, this amounts to parasites voting for parasites to suck the life blood from this country in the name of fairness.

Before you decide whether you need to go to the polls on November 4th take a few minutes and reflect upon what has occurred over the past six years in America. We have reelected a President that repeatedly and systematically lied to us about virtually every issue that has plagued the nation. When he has been caught in a lie he fanes surprise and shock with a promise to investigate and hold those responsible and accountable for their actions. Weather it is Obamacare, Benghazi, the IRS targeting scandal, the VA, Fast and Furious or the cooked numbers for jobs created and unemployment the message from Obama and the Democrats is always the same. Never admit they were wrong and never accept responsibility so long as they can blame George Bush for their having inherited the crisis in the first place.

Now is the time for real change. Not Hope and Change as promised by Barack Obama, but real change to return to limited central government of, by and for the people based upon free-market principles with limited regulation by the Washington bureaucrats. A government where the 10th amendment is held sacred and the States determine their own destiny and not the Federal Government. A government whose first responsibility is to protect its citizens from threats foreign and domestic and not to dominate and control the very existence if its people. And lastly a government having the maturity to impose term limits on its elected members to purge itself once and forever of the professional political parasites that make a career out of sustaining themselves by sucking on the teat of office in the pretense of service to the country.

So if you are among the 30% or less that will venture to the voting booth on November 4th ask yourself if you want to continue along the path to becoming a European Socialist Nation trapped in never-ending decline or returning to a vibrant America with a future of economic growth, prosperity and freedom for generations yet to come. The Choice is yours to make. Choose wisely.

Obama Lies and Unconstitutional Acts to Become the Legacy of his Presidency

by Jayne D. Frank

For some Americans, President Obama’s approval ratings remain high and that is stunning! But take into consideration who this small minority is who approves of him. They are students in school, too preoccupied with trying to get ahead and enjoying their young lives that they don’t pay attention. These are people who benefit from one of the largest Federal welfare giveaways in this century-those people collecting food stamps, unemployment benefits, disability and free Medicaid health services. This segment of America is so dependent on their status quo that they won’t open their eyes to see what this man is doing to our Country because they “can’t” lose the money they are given.

Lies from the White House about Obamacare permeated 2013 and will explode in 2014, because Obama has no other choice. Obamacare is a failure and a disaster. Already with this health care law, we know what is not true:

1) President Obama says “If you like your plan you can keep it.” This Administration knew just 2 months after the bill was passed when Regulations were written, that some 10 million people were targeted to lose their health care plans because the plans did not cover services that people did not need. Contraceptives, maternity care and abortive services were certainly not desired by single men in this country. High deductibles and co-pays were not in most plans because middle class Americans just don’t have that kind of money. Many Americans also just chose NOT to carry insurance and as people in a supposedly free country that was their right. So, thus far, 5.9 million Americans have been told they have lost their plans.

2) Another lie: “If you like your doctor, you can keep him!” We learned after October that many plans offered by the healthcare exchanges will NOT include your current doctor or hospital in their network plans. If you have a serious chronic disease and have been receiving great care by your doctor or hospital, you will once again be faced with starting over and finding someone to treat you with the same care and medications. Many cancer patients whose only hope is to go to Sloan-Kettering, MD Anderson or other major hospitals for treatment and a possible cure, will be shut out of access to those hospitals.

3) We are finding out that many plans in the Government health care exchanges are not offering the kinds of medicines that have treated your illnesses with success. If you have struggled to get your asthma under control and have found “management” of the disease by some of the more expensive medications such as Advair, these medications will undoubtedly be replaced by less-effective cheaper medications. Women who count on expensive osteoporosis medications to stop or prevent the disease will find that those too will found to be too expensive. Cancer medications are already being talked about to be reduced under these plans.

4) We have heard that the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) which is the governing body that will decide what treatments you get as a patient, will consist of non-elected, mostly non medical people who will not be accountable to anyone for their decisions. It is no accident that the members of IPAB are not and will not be chosen until this law is well underway and is unchangeable. The example given above for decisions about cancer treatment is more than enough for a reasonable person to know what is coming. A better example would be treatments for prostate cancer in men being severely rationed. Statistics indicate that 30% of men over age 50 and 80% of men over age 70 will be diagnosed with the disease. PSA, coupled with other tests, are the only current early indicators of prostate cancer. Treatments include radical surgery, radiation, hormone therapy and “watchful waiting.” The documented most effective cures are the first two and are costly treatments for the disease. IPAB’s mission to reduce costs will surely include rationing of treatments for any male over age 65. This action could become an unnecessary death sentence for those males with the disease. This cost-reduction mission of IPAB is certainly applicable to all other diseases where there are multiple treatments available such as breast cancer. Proponents of this law will always say that IPAB cannot “ration,” but there is no other way to achieve cost savings than to limit tests and procedures that are the most expensive for early diagnosis.

5) Obama and his minions have continued to lie that Obamacare will not affect seniors. Seniors have already been told that their doctors no longer will accept Medicare Advantage, and seniors will be the #1 target for this new IPAB group as they selectively decide, based on your age, whether you qualify for expensive medical treatment. Many seniors have also been told by their doctors that their doctors are not going to practice anymore or that they will no longer accept Medicare patients. Throwing every senior into Medicaid isn’t the answer either as most doctors in high density senior areas of the country have already stopped accepting Medicaid patients.

6) The lie continues about greater access for all Americans to medical care. Taking into consideration the number of doctors that are dropping out of private practice and the millions of new enrollees to the Government health care system that this law envisions, there is no way you will be able to see your doctor or receive a medical procedure without waiting many weeks or months.

7) In a stagnant economy with no meaningful jobs on the horizon, the worst lie told by Obama is that Government-run health care will be cheaper, “saving families $2500 per year!” Over the past 2 months we have heard the horror stories of middle class people who have gone on the exchanges to find plans only to find out that their premiums can be increased sometimes by triple their current cost, but if they pick a lower cost plan, their deductibles and co-pays are exorbitant and UNAFFORDABLE. Add to this fact that the payment for the website alone has gone from $634 billion to $677 billion and consider the millions of Americans who either are getting substantial unqualified subsidies or who have been shifted from a “payor” to a Medicaid recipient. There is no way this Government-run system will be cheaper and will save taxpayers money.

If this President cared about this Country at all, he would admit the lies he tells and at least try to get Obamacare changed in the parts where it has been found to be failing. Instead, he illegally waives his hand and mandates that certain groups be exempted from the law, makes regulations that extend much of the more onerous portions until they figure it out, or he just plain “deems” certain sections of the law unnecessary or no longer in effect.

Americans, this is OUR country, not Barack Obama’s! We are going to find that 2014 and 2015 may become the worst years of our lives because many millions of people with corporate-sponsored plans will lose their coverage and many of the mandates in the law have yet to become effective. We can do better. America had the best health care system in the world, and instead of fixing the small areas that needed to be fixed such as the uninsured or the rising cost of healthcare, Obama just blew up our health care, for his own agenda. I firmly believe we haven’t done anything about Barack Obama’s illegal actions in the Congress because of the “racist” charges to anyone who disagrees with the Obama administration. We have one more chance to right the wrongs that we allowed to happen. That is the 2014 mid-term elections. If we do not put responsible people in the Senate and keep the House of Representatives, we will deserve what we get! Only with control of these two houses can responsible Republican members of Congress take actions to repeal and replace this disastrous law.

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.