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ObamaCare provision empowers Bureaucrats to decide who lives and who dies

In 2015, yet another unheralded and draconian provision of the Affordable Care Act will provide bureaucrats the power of life and death over the American people.

Allow me to introduce TITLE I, Subtitle D, PART II, Section 1311, (h) QUALITY IMPROVEMENT, (1) ENHANCING PATIENT SAFETY, (B). This portion states that: “Beginning on January 1, 2015, a qualified health plan may contract with—a health care provider only if such provider implements such mechanisms to improve health care quality as the Secretary may by regulation require.”

As per the Federal Register of December 2, 2013, applicable rules are now being created. Inasmuch as “quality” can encompass virtually anything, the Feds will be able to dictate, down to the most minute detail, how health care is to be delivered in the US. And, who better to work this out than abortion fanatic and soulless bureaucrat Kathleen Sebleius, aided and abetted by the ghoulish Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel and powered by ideas from Dr. Donald Berwick, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

It is only a bit of an exaggeration to say that these two physicians exhibit the bedside manner of Josef Mengele, but I’ll let you decide.

Betsy McCaughey offers up some sound bites in a recent New York Post article…

On Emanuel: Early on, he suggested that doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously “as an imperative to do everything for the patient regardless of the cost or effects on others.”

His point was that so long as doctors are in charge, cost control would not be possible. “Vague promises of savings from cutting waste, enhancing prevention and wellness, installing electronic medical records and improving quality of care are merely lipstick cost control,” he said, “more for show and public relations than true change.”

On Berwick: [He] insisted the federal government must step in between doctors and their patients to curb and redistribute the use of medical resources. Berwick said resources should be allocated based on “important subgroups.” These groups, rather than the individual patient in the doctor’s office, he said, should be the “unit of concern.”

Ah, yes. The typical liberal mindset, whereby they care deeply about humanity, but not so much about individual humans. Berwick has re-written that passage from Matthew, “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these important subgroups of mine, you did for me.”

Or as McCaughey puts it: “In other words, these considerations are more important than what your doctor decides for you. So if you want to get the treatment your doctor suggests, you’d better hope you’re in the right demographic.”

McCaughey also reminds us that Obama said, “You’re not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decision making.”

So much for the mendacity, consider the ironies. We should trust the Feds, who are so incompetent that they can’t even create a functional website with more than $600 million, with the very details of our health care. But here’s what is even more pathetic: In the name of “savings” on health care, they will waste countless lives and spend hundreds of billions of dollars. Talk about your brood of vipers.

As I have stated before, there is simply not enough money in the world to finance a system based on a disease care rather than a health care model. And, contrary to the good Dr. Emanuel, all attempts at cost-cutting in this paradigm are merely “lipstick cost control” when one looks at the big picture. The only question is how many will die needlessly before Sebelius and company figure that out.

White House refuses to share security reports on ObamaCare website because Issa Committee is untrustworthy

by Doug Book,  editor

Only the Obama Regime would have the cheek necessary to refuse action on a House subpoena by claiming it does not trust the motives of Government Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa! Concerned by widespread reports that personal information is not secure on the ObamaCare signup website HealthCare.gov, Issa’s Oversight Committee subpoenaed security testing documents from MITRE Corporation, the IT firm hired by Health and Human Services to perform Security Control Assessments of the site. Jim Esquea, HHS Assistant Secretary for Legislation wrote to Committee Chair Issa claiming HHS ( now obviously enjoying complete control over MITRE) would be delighted to share information with the Committee, but was unsure “…whether the Committee [would] work with [HHS] to ensure the sensitive information contained in [the] documents is adequately protected.”(1)

The same Obama Administration that trusts Iran with nuclear weapons is expressing reservations about the intentions of Darrell Issa. That’s enough for Ripley.

Esquea makes much of the HHS offer to provide the Committee with unredacted MITRE reports in a “secure reading room.” But the following paragraph written by Esquea to Issa creates all the suspicion it could possibly take to make Republican committee members want to deal directly and solely with MITRE. It reads:

You have suggested that the Department’s [HHS] concerns in producing the requested documents are rooted in a reluctance to disclose the current status of specific security risks that MITRE identified. But as noted above, we have already shared and will continue to share the unredacted SCA’s [Security Control Assessments] with the Congress in a manner that does not create new or additional threats to our system.(1)

The Regime will share unredacted SCA’s “…in a manner that does not create new or additional threats to our system.” What exactly does THAT mean? And who will decide which documents “create new or additional threats?” Will Esquea take it upon himself to withhold those documents, not even advising the Committee of their existence!

I can imagine Issa, Trey Gowdy (SC) and Jason Chaffetz (UT) falling on the floor in a fit of laughter upon reading this flagrant effort at deceit.

Barack had to claim Executive Privilege in order to prevent the House obtaining subpoenaed Fast and Furious documents. I wonder if he’ll resort to the same scam after thousands of Americans have reported their identities stolen upon having tried to obtain government mandated ObamaCare!

Source:

(1) http://images.politico.com/global/2013/12/12/hhstoissa.html

Additional reading:

 http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/12/white_house_refuses_to_turn_over_obamacare_security_docs_to_congress.html

Accomplished liar Kathleen Sebelius breaks pledge to Issa Committee, changes ObamaCare rules

by Doug Book,  editor

On December 11th, HHS head Kathleen Sebelius told Darrell Issa’s House Government Oversight Committee that 365,000 had enrolled in ObamaCare. Later on during the hearing, this conversation took place between Sebelius and Representative Michael Burgess (R) of Texas concerning the definition of “enrolled”: 

Burgess: What if that patient doesn’t make the premium payment? You said they’re covered Dec. 23, but they never write the check. They never make the payment.

Sebelius: Then they’re not covered. They are not enrolled, and at every point along the way, on the website they are told until they make the payment—   (1)

Sebelius repeated this claim to the Committee often and without hesitation–if a “customer” has not paid, they are not covered.

Oh, what a difference a day makes! Twenty four hours after giving this assurance to Rep. Burgess, Sebelius once again changed the Affordable Care Act and moved the goal posts, ALL in the name of politics. December 23rd is no longer the date by which payment must be made by ObamaCare enrollees to their insurance provider. Instead, the HHS boss stated that “…insurance companies MUST accept payments through December 31…for health care coverage that begins the next day, Jan. 1.” (2)

And by the way, she is also “urging” insurance providers to “…give consumers additional time to pay their first month’s premium and still have coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014.” (2) Urging. That’s like the IRS “urges” Americans to pay their taxes by April 15. Just sort of a pointed suggestion, but of course you’re welcome to do otherwise if the spirit moves you.

So the Regime ignores the written provisions of its own Affordable Care Act and places more and more pressure on insurance companies to foot the bill for any changes, all for the purpose of placating voters. Healthcare insurance coverage must be provided on January 1st for a policy enrollee who claims he mailed in the check for his payment one day earlier. And even if he hasn’t paid by the middle of January, insurers are “urged” to provide coverage anyhow! What are the odds these insurance providers will actually be reimbursed by the Regime for losses incurred thanks to Kathleen’s “urging?”

The Regime takeover of America’s insurance industry is designed to destroy private insurers as it paves the way to single payer and complete federal control. The question is whether participating companies–and there really aren’t that many nationwide–will behave like Republicans by going along in order to get along, HOPING all the while that they will receive fair treatment at the hands of the radical left. We’ve seen how well that has worked out for the GOP so far.

Here’s hoping insurers aren’t stupid enough to believe that anything written on paper or promised by Barack Obama will save them from the most corrupt Administration in history.

We’ll find out very soon.

And as always, thanks a heap Chief Justice Roberts.

Sources:

(1) http://cnsnews.com/news/article/melanie-hunter/sebelius-you-re-not-covered-under-obamacare-until-you-pay

(2) http://cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jones/sebelius-urging-insurers-cover-people-who-havent-paid#sthash.66KT5Eyt.dpuf

Nation’s best hospitals likely to refuse treatment to ObamaCare patients

by Doug Book,  editor

In July, Coach is Right reported that the Affordable Care Act saw to it that the nation’s best, doctor-owned hospitals would be forced to close. And now it appears that the favor is being returned as most of the nation’s top commercial hospitals will either refuse to accept ObamaCare patients, or “…accept insurance from just one or two companies operating under Obamacare.”  (1)

It seems Kathleen Sebelius’ Health and Human Services Department went too strong in demanding insurance companies participating in ObamaCare cap their premiums. After all, prospective insureds must be able to afford premiums on the policies Obamacare is forcing them to buy.

Well that has not come to pass, as the many stories of “sticker shock” have made clear. And in its attempts to intimidate insurance providers into quoting lower prices, the HHS has succeeded only in causing them to create policies which will pay “…top-tier doctors and hospitals far less cash for services rendered.” In short, something has to give if the Aetnas and Cignas are to remain profitable while cutting premiums on the many cadillac policies demanded by ObamaCare. And that something will be the fee for services paid to doctors and hospitals. (1)

But not to worry. For should Democrats have their way, hospitals may be forced into treating ALL patients, regardless of their insurance coverage.

Kathleen Murray, a Democrat running for the Virginia House of Delegates, believes doctors should be FORCED to treat Medicare and Medicaid patients. “Forced by Government Decree” that is, even if the pittance paid by the federal government does not cover the cost of the doctor’s time and services. And if doctors are to be made slaves to the State, will hospitals or clinics be far behind?  (2)

Thank you Mr. Obama, for a Marxist plan which is guaranteed to force doctors into retirement (if it is permitted) as the demands of an ever increasing number of patients are ignored.

Could it be that this was the principle purpose of the ObamaCare scheme all along? That is, cause such panic on the part of Americans that they will accept ANY “cure” offered by Big Brother! Single payer, for instance!

Sources:

(1) http://health.usnews.com/health-news/hospital-of-tomorrow/articles/2013/10/30/top-hospitals-opt-out-of-obamacare

(2) http://masonconservative.typepad.com/the_mason_conservative/2013/11/virginia-democrat-calls-for-forcing-doctors-to-accept-medicare-and-medicaid-patients.html

http://www.coachisright.com/obamacare-deliberately-shuts-down-the-nations-best-hospitals/

 

 

 

Former White House mouthpiece admits Obama Regime lying about ObamaCare website disaster

by Doug Book,  editor

Former Obama/White House spokesman Robert Gibbs admits Barack Hussein’s HHS minions are lying when they claim that no one in the Department knew that the Healthcare.gov website did not work properly and would lead to a rollout disaster. “It’s not believable,” said Gibbs.

As a professional liar himself, Gibbs ought to know what’s believable and what ain’t.

Please click on the youtube link below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UvDDzCuzdY