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.

The Stampede to Socialism in America!

by Richard H. Frank

As 2014 begins every American needs to look back at what has occurred in this Country over the past 5 years under Barack Obama’s Presidency and his Administration. Never in my lifetime have I witnessed a more inept, incompetent and corrupt Administration aided by those in Congress hell-bent on the destruction of the very fabric upon which this Republic was founded, Our Constitution!

We have a President who has no qualms about looking Americans directly in the eye and lying to them over and over again. When the facts do not support his assertions and agenda he and his Administration just change the facts thinking the more they expound on fallacious information eventually we stupid Americans will believe the rhetoric.

How slow are Americans in realizing what is taking place before our very eyes? From stimulus spending and non-existent shovel-ready jobs, to failed green energy programs, to the spring of recovery in 2009, to Benghazi being the result of a video and on and on again. Yet in the upcoming State of the Union Address our majestic President will be sure to take credit for equally unreal achievements such as the bogus decline in unemployment and the surge in American energy production and exports and of course his signature accomplishment “The Affordable Care Act” aka “Obamacare.” Thus far every promise he has made concerning healthcare is either being proven untrue or at best exaggerated.

Then we have Congress, the People’s voice and representative to bring checks and balances against an oppressive Executive Branch of Government. The voice of the People has been muted through Congress supporting the Socialist’s agenda of Obama and his Administration by extension of entitlement spending unabated.

Today we have unemployment benefits extended for up to 99 weeks, food stamp programs increased by over 70%, health care costs now forecast to be three times that projected when the ACA was originally passed and welfare programs expanded to illegal aliens at unprecedented rates. All of these programs are being paid for with money this Country and the Obama Administration doesn’t have. Instead we just borrow the money and pass the soon to be $18 trillion debt on to our children and grandchildren.

The Rule of Law has been substituted by the rule through Executive decree or administrative regulations issued by unelected bureaucrats in various agencies of the Federal Government; i.e., the Department of Labor, the Environmental Protection Agency, Homeland Security, the National Security Agency and the Department of Justice. Many of these regulations are aimed at suppression of the free enterprise system and usurping the very freedoms conferred upon each of us under the Bill of Rights.

President Ronald Reagan warned that the first step toward destruction of the Republic would be a move towards socialized medicine. Obamacare is that first step and must be repealed before the roots of socialism take root and like an invasive vine choke the life from our Nation.

In the 1960s Nikita Khrushchev warned that America could not be destroyed by any attack from abroad but would eventually be destroyed from within. Now some 5 years later those of us old enough to remember his words bear witness to “the stampede to Socialism.” Unless “We the People” intervene and change the representation we elect to Congress the Liberal Progressives will assure the eventual “transformation of America” to a European social democracy as has been publicly declared by Barack Obama.

The Declaration of Independence holds the answer as to how “We the People” can prevent this oppressive Government from subverting our Constitution and freedom. Take heed America!

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.

Obama’s Roadmap to a “Single-Payer System” for Healthcare in America!

by Richard H. Frank

There is an old adage that states “Oh what a web we weave, when at first we try to deceive!” Barack Obama has for over four years deceived and lied to the American people when he stated “If you like your healthcare insurance you can keep it – PERIOD; If you like your doctor you can keep him or her – PERIOD; No one can take your insurance away no matter what; existing plans are grandfathered in under the Affordable Care Act.”

What he failed to say was that the law mandated ten provisions that policies must include in order to qualify under the law. Further the law is explicit when it says that any changes in coverage or premiums would eliminate a policy from the grandfathered protection. Thus, as soon as any provider altered their coverage to comply with the law, they automatically voided the grandfather clause. The ACA law in essence forces insurers to cancel policies that exclude any of the mandatory provisions under the law which individuals may prefer and raise premiums on replacement policies or exit the market altogether. This is just one example of Obama’s “bait and switch” tactics used to sell the ACA to unsuspecting Americans.

Although the rollout of the Obamacare website and millions of people losing their coverage due to the law is consuming the news headlines the real story is being buried by all the political rhetoric. The real story not being talked about is how Obamacare has been designed to fail and force the nation to adopt a single-payer system across the nation.

The evidence was placed right before our eyes when in 2009 a Flow Diagram created by Kevin Brady was shown to the public depicting how Obamacare would function and integrate 159 different government agencies in administration of the law. Viewing this diagram is there any wonder that the Government website failed and crashed at its inception. This monstrosity was doomed to fail by design. In the interim, private insurance companies will be forced to raise premiums on businesses and individuals and eventually be forced out of business. The last alternative for Americans will be Medicaid which is the Government-administered single-payer system supported by Obama during his 2008 campaign for election.

Should the Affordable Care Act remain the law of the land, Obama will have achieved his stated goal to “fundamentally change America” and destroy the free enterprise system in America.

The only way for “We the People” to stop Obama’s relentless march towards socialism in America is to clean house in both Houses of Congress during the 2014 midterm election and put a halt to President Obama’s agenda to make America a third world nation.

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.

Smokers Once Again on the Backs of Taxpayers!

by Jayne D. Frank

One of the myriad of devastating financial impacts to taxpayers of Obamacare has just recently been announced. Some states who have agreed to be in the Government healthcare exchanges have agreed to a provision to put smokers in what I call another “victim’s group” and allow them special status to be considered as having preexisting conditions under the exchanges.  What this will mean is that smokers who “choose” to continue smoking and drain the American healthcare system will not see their insurance policies rise with a surcharge imposed for their unhealthy habit.  Bad decision.  It is up to all taxpayers, who are already seeing massive increased costs as a direct result of Obamacare (increases in premiums, shorter work hours, additional taxes), to write and call their Governors and legislators to urge them not to follow suit with the more liberal states that have already voted to designate smokers as having a preexisting condition.

I have always been in favor or increased insurance costs for people who choose bad lifestyles?  Why?  Not only have I seen cigarette smoking ravage the health of my own family, but I truly believe in personal responsibility.  Millions of Americans have made the decision to quit cold turkey, reduce the fat and bad carbs in their diets and try to exercise or at least stay active.  These people should be applauded and given the best possible insurance rates, just as you are given the best insurance rates for not having had an accident in your car.

More than half of all smokers die from smoking-related diseases and die an average of 10 years before a non-smoker; half of all long-term smokers make it past the age of 70.  Smoking-related deaths are not quick deaths either.  Smokers can expect several years of expensive health care, illness and distressing systems before they die.

Smokers are far more prone to develop lung cancer, COPD, heart disease and cancers of the mouth, nose, throat, larynx, pancreas, and blood are all more common in smokers.  Chemicals in smoking can damage the lining of your blood vessels and circulation and can also lead to stroke and aneurysms.  Smoking also contributes to macular degeneration, osteoporosis and dementia, and on and on.  Children, co-workers and friends who are constantly around smokers run the high risk of developing asthma or similar illnesses from second-hand smoke.

The latest push by our Government to make sure smokers are included as a preexisting condition (thereby insuring that they can always be covered and not have to pay a higher rate due to their “high risk lifestyle”) is being touted as once again levelling the playing field.  They will say that long-term smokers in general are in economically poorer areas because those people cannot afford to get the kind of treatment that rich people can get, and that is not “fair.”  Hogwash.  As I stated before, statistics confirm that most people have quit cold turkey, and each person in this country was born and given free will by our Creator.  The will to be healthy or not is given to everyone and taxpayers should not be shouldering the burden in this country for anyone who chooses an unhealthy lifestyle.  Personal responsibility MUST take over for what is becoming the nanny state in America. This is tantamount to saying that bunions, arthritis, fear of heights, or social awkwardness are all preexisting conditions.  What will be next?

Another argument from Government down the line is going to be that if you average the cost of health care for a non-smoker or smoker during their entire lives, you actually get a lower amount spent on smokers.  That’s because smokers die on average 10 years sooner than their non-smoking counterparts!  It is actually a substantially higher heathcare cost for smokers.

With a father, mother and sister who lived for years in sickness, and with numerous short hospital stays averaging over $80,000 each, I have a very clear picture of the decades-long financial drain their lifestyles had on taxpayers.  They also died what I consider horrible deaths because of smoking, with my sister becoming a paraplegic because a smoking-related aneurysm cut her life short in her 60s.

Taxpayers who are doing everything right, by their own choosing, should not be burdened with the excessive cost of not putting smokers in a high risk category.  This has nothing to do with emotions, with compassion or with your love of your fellow man.  It has to do with personal responsibility of each human being.  Don’t be fooled by the Government’s tactics of making you feel they are compassionate.  Obamacare still has “death panel” provisions in it, and it is Government’s intention to eventually tell everyone when and where they may receive health care.  Once in the exchanges, everyone’s life will be cut short should the Government deem it too expensive to treat you – young or old, smoker or non-smoker.

Obamacare – The Cancer Which Will Kill America

by Richard H. Frank

The closer we get to the full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act the more we learn about the incredulous elements hidden within the 906 pages of this disastrous law.  One by one every prediction made by opponents of this law are coming to pass, including every prediction in the history of this Blog.

The mythical 30 million uninsured people allegedly to be covered by the law shrinks with each passing day along with the quality of care provided by the industry for every American.  Doctors, hospitals and medical implement suppliers find themselves struggling to understand the more than 15,000 regulations written by HHS with more to come before 2016.

Notwithstanding the claims from the liberal progressives in Congress that this legislation would not come between you and your doctor, we now know that you will not be able to keep your insurance nor your doctor as promised by Barack Obama.  The law is structured to ultimately destroy private insurance by limiting their profit potential to a fixed margin or substantial losses for providing existing levels of coverage to their subscribers.

Moreover, businesses employing 50 people or more know that it is to their advantage to pay the Government-imposed fine than to pay escalating premiums for private insurers resulting from Obamacare regulations.  Currently, the CBO estimates that more than 7 million Americans will lose their current coverage and potentially doctors as their employers opt out of providing insurance to employees.

Drug companies and medical device manufacturers are already cutting costs by curtailing employment and investments in research and development.  The same is true of other industries as the detail undisclosed in the regulations written and  yet to come create a level of uncertainty that most Boards of Directors are averse to taking that level of risk.

Recently, it has been reported that HHS is revisiting their commitment to cover preexisting conditions as the projected costs of doing so would be enormous.

Yet, we see Barack Obama, Kathleen Sebellus, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi steadfastly pushing the implementation of this disastrous law forward.  Currently, the CBO has changed their projected cost of the legislation from $900 billion to more than $2.6 trillion and continuing.

The real objective of this administration is to drive the U.S. to a European-style single payer system that will that limit the access for care to every American.

Left unchecked by Congress there is no stopping the relentless advance of this cancerous law from bankrupting the nation.  Unlike the repeal of prohibition more than 80 years ago that had an immediate impact on crime, by 2016 and the end of Obama’s term, it may be too late to reverse the damage done to the nation’s health care industry under Obamacare.

Congress still holds the power of the purse and notwithstanding Obama’s veto power, it can strangle funding for portions of the law and substantially delay its implementation should the members have the strength of purpose to truly represent their constituents.  When more than 68% of the electorate oppose the law as written and a majority support repeal it is time for Congress to do their job and represent “We the People.”