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Archive for August 11th, 2009

How ObamaCare has built in disincentives for doctors to aid the very young, very sick and elderly.

Posted by iusbvision on August 11, 2009

The doctors are paid in part by “health points” that they earn. If you have a sickness and they cure you they get health points based on a ration on how quickly and cheaply they cured you and how long you stay healthy.

So how many “health points” will the doctor get when confronted with a 66 year old with stage two colon cancer? A person with pancreatic cancer, a premature child that needs intensive care in the first weeks of life to survive?

When the incentives are wrong, bad things happen.

As we asked before:

How about we just add language to the bills saying that, for example : Section XXXX shall never be construed as to force doctors to make certain decisions that the doctor and patient feel are not in their best interests. Or XXX section shall never be construed to use any form of cost/benefit analysis to avoid paying for or authorizing benefits to anyone based on age, mental status, weight, disease etc etc….  OR perhaps a section banning payments for any form of abortion or euthanasia…..
But they aren’t offering that as a solution are they.
But here is the dirty little secret, Republicans had tried to get such language inserted and the Democrats faught it tooth and nail.

Solutions?? How about we just add language to the bills saying that, for example : Section XXXX shall never be construed as to force doctors to make certain decisions that the doctor and patient feel are not in their best interests. Or XXX section shall never be construed to use any form of cost/benefit analysis to avoid paying for or authorizing benefits to anyone based on age, mental status, weight, disease etc etc….  OR perhaps a section banning payments for any form of convenience abortion or euthanasia…..

But they aren’t offering that as a solution are they.

But here is the dirty little secret, Republicans had tried to get such language inserted and the Democrats faught it tooth and nail.

More about incentives:

It is correct that the words “death panel” are not in the bill, but Stephanapolous has been around a while and knows full well that he is being disingenuous. The bill sets up 45 bureaucracies that will judge whether you get treatment or not based on “communal standards” and cost benefit analysis that they have free reign to set up under whose value system?. What mathematical formula tells a bureaucrat to put a pacemaker in an 84 year old grandparent? How can you say that “death panels” aren’t a vitally descriptive term for what is going on when people who have advocated population control/euthanasia are so deeply involved in this process?

Who will be getting these bureaucracy jobs??… wonks, political appointees and cronies; groups of people who have an annoying habit of being frightening extreemists just like Cass Sunstien, Dr. Emmanuel and John Holdren who are all advising President Obama.

Why should 45 government bureaucracies be getting between you and your doctor anyways? Is anyone to believe that these bureaucrats and panels will just be handing out advice and nothing will be mandatory???….if so, what would they know that you and your doctor do not know about your treatment and how will all that bureaucracy make health care cheaper?

As far as Democrats insistence that their incentives and “inherent efficiencies” will significantly bring down costs:

The far left blogosphere and news are trying to defend Emmanuel’s statements and are trying to say anything to “refute” what is presented here by Gov. Palin and Prof. Jacobson.

The left has several factual problems that amount to arguing that the sky is not blue.

For starters, Obama says that old people should take the pill instead of have the surgery on the ABC News Special. Add to this that Cass Sunstien and John Holdren, two other presidential advisors are on the record and in writing about a policy that can fairly be described as a “death panel” type of rationing.

In essence, case that the far left is trying to make boiled down to this; by adding a trillion dollar bureaucracy between you and your doctor will save money…

1. And will save that money in spite of the fact that they say they will add 50 million people to the health care rolls,

2. And we will save money when another 83 million from people who’s employers will dump their insurance plan and move their employees to the public option,

3. And we wills till save money when we add all those with pre-existing conditions,

4. And we will save that money with that bureaucracy making absolutely NO rationing choices at all about the old or young, or limit your private health choices in any way (in spite of what is on page 16 (LINK 1, 2, 3)  …. AND while making sure that wait times for care will not increase as in the cases of Canada and Britain.

5. And we will do it while not passing any meaningful tort (bogus lawsuit) reform.

Give me a break

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OREGON STATE HEALTH CARE TELLS 64 YEAR OLD CITIZEN IT WILL NOT PAY FOR THE DRUG TO HELP SAVE HER BUT WILL PAY FOR EUTHANASIA! UPDATE – Local News Video Added

Posted by iusbvision on August 11, 2009

 

The drug to kill Barbara Wagner cost $50 the drug to help her cost $400.

UPDATE

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“Angry Democrat” Don Jeror asks, “Why is calling a politician a liar national news?”

Posted by iusbvision on August 11, 2009

Brilliant. It is guys like this that help restore my faith in the American working man.

Why is it that this Democrats can only get on Fox News?

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Liberty Counsel Summary of House ObamaCare Bill

Posted by iusbvision on August 11, 2009

Liberty Counsel is a libertarian law firm that at times also behaves as a think tank.

They have put out a summary of the House health reform bill (HR3200) which you can read at the following links.

Special thanks to IUSB Vision Editor Emeritus Jarrod Brigham for the links

http://www.lc.org/index.cfm?PID=14102&AlertID=1015

PDF – http://www.lc.org/media/9980/attachments/healthcare_overview_obama_072909.pdf

HTML – http://www.lc.org/index.cfm?PID=19319

FULL TEXT – http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h3200ih.txt.pdf

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Dick Morris: Reform at Seniors’ Expense

Posted by iusbvision on August 11, 2009

Former Clinton Political Strategist Dick Morris with Eileen McGann:

The health-reform debate on Capitol Hill is skipping over the key issue: “Universal insurance” means less care for people who have coverage now — especially the elderly.

And the “compromises” now under way only make the problem worse.

Here’s a point that’s no surprise except to the “reformers”: People with insurance use more health care.

President Obama seeks to cover 50 million new people. Where are the extra doctors, nurses and so on going to come from? Neither the administration nor anyone on the Hill has proposed anything to add to the supply of medical services even as they plan vastly to increase the demand.

The politicians are playing a Washington game — compromising on false or tangential issues while failing to address the central one.

It doesn’t matter if you reduce or eliminate the mandate for employers to provide coverage, if you’re still insuring more people without adding medical personnel and other resources. Same story for whether you replace the “public option” government-run plan with government-run “co-ops.”

More, all the bills come up with cash to cover their huge costs by ordering cuts in Medicare — cuts that Congress could reverse only by affirmative majority votes. Basically, the government will be paying doctors and providers even less to treat the elderly — at a time when countless doctors are starting to refuse new Medicare patients.

More demand; no added supply; Medicare cuts: It all adds up to rationing — lower-quality medical care for most Americans, especially for the elderly.

A doctor in Massachusetts — where an Obama-style plan is already in place — recently told us that she now has to read 60 mammograms a day in the time she once spent on 45. “It keeps me up at night,” she told us, “that I might make a mistake, I am so rushed.”

For the elderly, it means less care, period. A federal health board will sit in judgment of medical procedures and protocols and impose guidelines on all providers for when to withhold certain kinds of care.

For example, the drug Avastin is widely used in America to treat advanced colon cancer. But it costs $50,000 a year — so Canada’s national-health system doesn’t permit its use. As a result, 41 percent of colon-cancer patients in Canada die each year, as opposed to 32 percent in the United States. (Canada’s average eight-month wait for colonoscopies, another result of national-health rationing, also contributes to the problem.)

Members of Congress will be home through August to test public opinion. It’s up to us to give them an earful.

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What do the Postal Service and ObamaCare have in common? UPDATE!! OBAMA USES SAME ANALOGY BUT FORGETS THAT THE POSTAL SERVICE IS BROKE

Posted by iusbvision on August 11, 2009

Both fly in the face of human nature and basic market forces.

Why does the postal service lose billions every year while UPS and Fed Ex have better technology, better service, and operate at a profit? (LINK)

When any company loses business to a competitor what do they do? They lower prices and increase the quality and/or value to the customer. So what is the Postal Service doing to “mitigate” its losses??

The Postal Service seeks to end Saturday delivery (LINK) and raise prices (LINK).

So how can this be when it is the goal of evil corporations to make a profit and it is the noble goal of the Postal Service to merely break even?

Could it be that “inherent efficiencies” in the “system” tend to be found in private entities and not government ones?

The government is making the case with ObamaCare we will all  save money because of what they call “inherent efficiencies” in a government system over the private one we have now.

Would it be too much to ask to try these “inherent efficiencies” out on the Post Office first before they start messing with my doctor?

UPDATE – WOW! Obama uses the same analogy that we did here, but he forgot how less efficient and debt ridden the Postal Service is.  

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Chuck Norris: Health Care Bill Allows Government to Tell You How to Raise Your Children and its on Page 838

Posted by iusbvision on August 11, 2009

Chuck Norris:

Dirty Secret No. 1 in Obamacare
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Health care reforms are turning into health care revolts. Americans are turning up the heat on congressmen in town hall meetings across the U.S.

While watching these political hot August nights, I decided to research the reasons so many are opposed to Obamacare to separate the facts from the fantasy. What I discovered is that there are indeed dirty little secrets buried deep within the 1,000-plus page health care bill.

Dirty secret No. 1 in Obamacare is about the government’s coming into homes and usurping parental rights over child care and development.

It’s outlined in sections 440 and 1904 of the House bill (Page 838), under the heading “home visitation programs for families with young children and families expecting children.” The programs (provided via grants to states) would educate parents on child behavior and parenting skills.

The bill says that the government agents, “well-trained and competent staff,” would “provide parents with knowledge of age-appropriate child development in cognitive, language, social, emotional, and motor domains … modeling, consulting, and coaching on parenting practices,” and “skills to interact with their child to enhance age-appropriate development.”

Are you kidding me?! With whose parental principles and values? Their own? Certain experts’? From what field and theory of childhood development? As if there are one-size-fits-all parenting techniques! Do we really believe they would contextualize and personalize every form of parenting in their education, or would they merely universally indoctrinate with their own?

Are we to assume the state’s mediators would understand every parent’s social or religious core values on parenting? Or would they teach some secular-progressive and religiously neutered version of parental values and wisdom? And if they were to consult and coach those who expect babies, would they ever decide circumstances to be not beneficial for the children and encourage abortions?

One government rebuttal is that this program would be “voluntary.” Is that right? Does that imply that this agency would just sit back passively until some parent needing parenting skills said, “I don’t think I’ll call my parents, priest or friends or read a plethora of books, but I’ll go down to the local government offices”? To the contrary, the bill points to specific targeted groups and problems, on Page 840: The state “shall identify and prioritize serving communities that are in high need of such services, especially communities with a high proportion of low-income families.”

Are we further to conclude by those words that low-income families know less about parenting? Are middle- and upper-class parents really better parents? Less neglectful of their children? Less needful of parental help and training? Is this “prioritized” training not a biased, discriminatory and even prejudicial stereotype and generalization that has no place in federal government, law or practice?

Bottom line: Is all this what you want or expect in a universal health care bill being rushed through Congress? Do you want government agents coming into your home and telling you how to parent your children? When did government health care turn into government child care?

Government needs less of a role in running our children’s lives and more of a role in supporting parents’ decisions for their children. Children belong to their parents, not the government. And the parents ought to have the right — and government support — to parent them without the fed’s mandates, education or intervention in our homes.

Kids are very important to my wife, Gena, and me. That’s why we’ve spent the past 17 years developing our nonprofit KICKSTART program in public schools in Texas. It builds up their self-esteem and teaches them respect and discipline. Of course, whether or not they participate in the program is their and their parents’ choice.

Be sure to follow the link above and read the rest.

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Indiana Congressman Mike Pence on ObamaCare Townhalls

Posted by iusbvision on August 11, 2009

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White House engaging in illegal data collection of citizen health protestors.

Posted by iusbvision on August 11, 2009

The Obama Admionistration asked you to send emails from friends that oppose or report on the ObamaCare bill to flag@whitehouse.gov. In essence they are asking you to report citizens as enemies of the state.

The administration says that they are not collecting names or such, they just want to collect “disinformation”.

But here is the problem. It is illegal to delete any info from White House communications. Everything is archived forever (theoretically by law anyways). So if they are doing this it is illegal, BUT if they arent it is still illegal because it is illegal for the federal government to track peoples exercize of their Fisst Amendment rights as the FBI did in the 50’s and 60’s.

The Hill Magazine is reporting that the White House has set up a “heathcare war room” to undermine and get around citizens who oppose the ObamaCare bill.

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House Bill allows government to use force to persuade doctors to obey government in your health care.

Posted by iusbvision on August 11, 2009

Hudson Senior Fellow and former Lt. Governor of new York Betsy McCaughey: The House bill empowers the Health & Human Services Secretery to use “increasingly stringent measures to enforce compliance” on doctors.

CNN – 5 key freedoms you’ll lose under Obamacare

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Democrats lie about protestors being paid fakes is starting to crack

Posted by iusbvision on August 11, 2009

Thanks to Michelle Malkin, Hotair.com and Steven Crowder.

By the way, an Atlanta Journal and Constitution Editor says that these people are just racists anyways…. (LINK) Allahpundit asks which ones in these video’s are the secret klansmen…. Maybe the newspaper has a list of names?

UPDATE – By the way look who is funding the paid union and ACORN rent-a-mobs:

hotair.com:

In another sign of the urgency gripping the pro-health care reform camp, billionaire George Soros has pledged to sink $5 million into the fight, the group getting the money confirmed.

Soros — whose operation carefully guards the privacy of such donations — made the pledge to Health Care For America Now, the leading coalition of pro-reform groups, unions and providers, HCAN chief Richard Kirsch confirmed in an email

As we reported earlier today, Hotair is also reporting that the pharmecuiticals reached a deal with obama to fix drug prices under national health care to secure their profits. Price fixing is illegal if you or I do it.

Michelle Malkin has even more HERE.

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Mother of all political lies: Obama promised that all health care negotiations would be on C-Span

Posted by iusbvision on August 11, 2009

Instead Democrats are meeting with lobbyists with millions in funds to spread around and leftist economist and former clinton official Robert Reiche is sick of it LINK.

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