Cartoon photo of King Obama with his whopper
The following lie was bad enough but it’s nothing compared to what is coming in January with the unleashing of Section 1311:
“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your current health insurance plan you can keep it.”
At a January 29, 2010 conference, President Obama stated the following, which is not true:
“..If you look at the package that we’ve presented — and there’s some stray cats and dogs that got in there that we were eliminating, we were in the process of eliminating. For example, we said from the start that it was going to be important for us to be consistent in saying to people if you can have your — if you want to keep the health insurance you got, you can keep it, that you’re not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decision making. And I think that some of the provisions that got snuck in might have violated that pledge and so we were in the process of scrubbing this and making sure it was tight.” [emphasis is mine]
‘You’re not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decision making’ is the worst lie, worse than not keeping your doctors and your hospitals.
Government will get between you and your doctor. In fact, government will control all insured, even privately insured. No one is safe. Mr. Obama knew it in 2010 when he admitted ‘some provisions violate the pledge’ and he knows it now. He has said it but he will not explain it.
The people will soon find out because, next year, Section 1311 of The Affordable Care Act kicks in and, with it, complete government control over everyone’s healthcare.
For the first time in the history of our once-free nation, the federal government will control how our doctors treat each of their privately insured patients. It won’t just be people on the exchanges or in Medicare and Medicaid.
People who keep their insurance think it won’t affect them but that is not the case.
Obamacare controls everyone’s healthcare because that is what Obamacare was always about.
Doctors will no longer make decisions based only on the patient’s best interests as in the past. Doctors will be forced to provide only the care that is approved by the government. This care will cover every treatment option, every procedure, every medicine – your joint replacements, your stints…well you get the idea.
It doesn’t matter if you pay the premiums yourself. The government controls your health!
Whether it be private health insurance or not, the government controls it all because under Obamacare you are required to be in a ‘qualified’ plan and ‘qualified’ plans can only pay doctors who do exactly what the HHS Secretary’s regulations impose. Doctors will be penalized and unable to practice if they don’t adhere. When the regulations conflict with the Hippocratic Oath, the doctor must adhere to HHS regulations over the oath.
Section 1311 (h)(1). Beginning on January 1, 2015, a qualified health plan may contract with-(B) a health care provider only if such provider implements such mechanisms to improve health care quality as the Secretary may by regulation require.
Former head of the CMS, Donald Berwick, said, ‘Physician autonomy is a thing of the past,’ in “The Epitaph of Profession” in the British Journal of General Practice, 2009.
The same goes for hospitals – they will have no autonomy. They will act in complete accordance with HHS, which is controlled ONLY by the Executive Branch of government.
You will not be in charge of the doctor you see or the hospital you go to unless you are wealthy and can pay for it yourself. An Obamacare team – the ‘medical home’ – will decide.
Your primary care physician will most likely not be your primary care doctor. It will probably be a nurse or physician assistant. We can always do what Canada does and hold a lottery to see who gets to see the real doctor.
In 2010, Dr. Elaina George, a Princeton graduate and board certified Otolarynologist, warned us about Dr. Eekiel Emanuel’s Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research, which is changing the way our government healthcare system works. It uses the complete lives system which bases the types and amounts of treatments and medicines on a person’s age. This will effect everyone’s care.
Dr. George wrote that a board created by the stimulus bill called The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology ‘will determine treatment at the time and place of care’. They are charged with deciding the course of treatment for the diagnosis given by the doctor.
This makes it obvious as to why there has been a big push towards the implementation of universal electronic medical record use. It becomes a tool to completely control the physician and the patient.
Doctors who don’t comply with the government will first be fined and then, for further offenses, they will go to jail. Those physicians and hospitals that choose to practice individualized patient care in consultation with their patients will be punished because they are not “meaningful users of the system over time.”
Beginning January 1, 2013 penalties for doing the right thing for a patient will cost the doctor a hefty fine for the first offense and and eventually jail for further offenses.
Dr. George concluded: ‘46% of physicians in a survey by The New England Journal of Medicine stated that they would leave the practice of medicine if Obamacare was implemented. This will only further decrease the quality of healthcare when the 30 million more people enter the system. Maybe that’s why there was a big push in the healthcare bill to increase the number of other providers such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners. There is no question that rationing will become our future. If you add 30 million more people into a system with fewer resources how could you possibly avoid rationing?’ Read more from Dr. George on this link.
Medicare recipients will be hit hardest under the complete lives system which allocates resources such as body parts, vaccines, and dialysis machines with preference given to those aged 15-40.
Obamacare assumes, as Dr. George says, that doctors, in consultation with their patients, do not have the ability to make the right healthcare choices so they appointed a 15-member board of bureaucrats – IPAB or Independent Payment Advisory Board – to make decisions about how doctors and hospitals under Medicare are paid while ignoring the doctor-patient relationship and the Hippocratic Oath.
Ezekiel Emanuel held the positions of health policy advisor at the Office of Management and Budget and member of the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) – the CER is the rationing board – when he said the following:
“When implemented, the complete lives system produces a priority curve on which individuals aged between roughly 15 and 40 years get the most substantial chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get chances that are attenuated.”
He explains it this way: “Unlike allocation by sex of race, allocation by age is not invidious discrimination… Treating 65-year-olds differently because of stereotypes or falsehoods would be ageist; treating them differently because they have already had more life-years is not.”
Here is another awful lie: Betsy McCaughey in an article in the New York Post on November 7th said Mr. Obama is telling yet another whopper. He claims falsely that we can expect better care in the exchanges. We are now receiving substandard care, he insists.
The ‘substandard’ care is what most Americans want to keep and are losing, but Mr. Obama says the insurance on the Obamacare exchanges is a better deal. The facts belie the words. The coverage Obamacare will provide “is looking a lot like Medicaid, despite the fancy bronze/silver/gold/platinum labels,” says Dr. McCaughey.
Dr. McCaughey continues:
“The vast majority of exchange plans won’t allow access to many doctors and hospitals you prefer. Many plans exclude the top-drawer academic hospitals, like Cedars-Sinai in LA, the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and New York Presbyterian here in the city.
Instead, the law requires exchange plans to cover care at “essential community providers . . . that serve predominantly low-income, medically underserved individuals” [Sec. 1311c(1)C]. That means clinics, public hospitals and hospitals largely serving the Medicaid community.
The law’s authors reasoned that exchange-plan customers should be able to shift back and forth between their plans and Medicaid, as their earnings fluctuate, without changing doctors and hospitals. That’s good for those folks — but bad news for consumers who had access to esteemed hospitals and doctors under their old plans and then got pushed into the exchanges.
Medicaid level care is, to use the president’s word, substandard. For example, a review of the experiences of nearly 900,000 patients undergoing eight different surgical procedures found that Medicaid patients were 50 percent more likely to die in the hospital after surgery than patients with private coverage. This review, by researchers at the University of Virginia, is one of several studies showing that Medicaid patients get worse care than patients with private insurance.
But many of the plans offered on the exchanges are Medicaid with a private label slapped on. The McKinsey Center for US Health System Reform reports that Medicaid insurers are playing a large role in the exchanges…” Read more at the New York Post
Many doctors will not accept Medicaid because of the low rates of reimbursement. They have to turn a profit. They are also refusing the exchanges. They are not being told exactly what they will be paid but the reimbursement promises to be low. Doctors are forced by their plans in some cases to accept the patients on the exchanges but many of them also do not want to be involved with the exchanges.
The Affordable Care Act, Sections 1311(4)(D) and 1311(1)(B) promised the exchanges would list each plan’s quality rating and the names of hospitals and doctors it would cover. Our transparent administration has not done that. Just as they hid the prices on healthcare.gov – you have to buy it to see what’s in it, they are hiding your choices of doctors and hospitals because you won’t like what you will see.
The best hospitals and doctors will be accessible to the rich, unions, and Congress, and, of course, the White House since they will all be exempt from the burdens Obamacare will place on the rest of us.
This is the ‘better deal’ our president promised us, the one we are losing our ‘substandard plans’ for, the ‘cut-rate’ plans we liked and wanted to keep.
Obamacare will allow the government to do anything it wants when it comes to your healthcare.
Medicaid, which we are all headed for, is the worst insurance we offer in America and the system will be strained by doctor shortages and poorly paid physicians and hospitals. The Medical Device Tax is killing R&D so we can expect less in the way of equipment to improve lives.
Where will the money come from as subsidies are driven upward as we know they will from our past experience with Medicare and Medicaid and the fact that people are not signing up for Obamacare? it will mean higher premiums, higher taxes, and it will eventually mean the confiscation of wealth when a person sells assets or dies.