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UK’s NHS in Shambles

Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) is best described in one word by the UK’s Daily Mail: “SHAMBLES.” According to the release, “Three damning reports … laid bare the crisis in NHS hospitals, maternity units and GP surgeries. One investigation revealed that a quarter of new mothers were abandoned by their midwives during labour, with some left to give birth on the floor or in corridors. The second found that mistakes deemed so serious they should never happen are being made in hospitals five times a week. And the third survey said thousands of patients have all but given up trying to secure appointments with their family doctor.” For those who believe ObamaCare will be “different,” don’t hold your breath.

You Can’t Have Your Plan

HHS quietly dropped another ObamaCare bomb Saturday morning, admitting that 15,000 signups on never got to insurers in the first few weeks of the rollout. That number doesn’t include those for whom incorrect information was sent to insurers — the Washington Post estimates that 10% of applications had errors. In fact, the problems are so bad that insurers estimate they may have a net loss of subscribers for the year 2013. There have to date been nearly 5 million insurance cancellation letters sent, and “enrollment” is at best a fraction of that.

O’Care Popularity on Life Support

Based on a new AP/GfK poll, 69% anticipate an increase in their monthly premiums, while 59% see their deductibles proliferating. And Obama’s feeling the heat from Millennials as well. Fox News reports, “The latest from the USAToday/Pew poll shows Millennials still souring on President Obama and his signature law. Fifty-four percent of young people disapproved of his signature entitlement program. Obama’s job approval with adults under 30 clocked in at 46 percent, down from 67 percent a year ago.” Also from the AP, nearly half of all insurance policy holders say their policies will change in the next year, mostly for the worse, and 77% blame ObamaCare for the change. So there is hope…

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How’s Those Hopey Changey Things Going….?

For ObamaCare to work, 40% of those buying healthcare insurance must be in the “rarely get sick” age group of 18-34. Their money must fund the healthcare of the older buyers.

It turns out that only 28% are buying.

Forget The entire program is sinking statistically.

How many times does an unmarried male age 21-34 go to a physician? Six times. That means six times in the entire 13-year period.

Furthermore, he remains on his parents’ policy until age 26.

Why will he buy health insurance? He won’t.

What about a married male? He will go 1.8 times a year. His wife will nag him.

His wife will go 3.6 times. So, that’s a total of once every other month. At $100 per visit, that’s $540 per year. What will health insurance cost? Thousands.

Will they buy health insurance? No. “Most of them have zero health costs. In fact, the median health care spending for this group is exactly zero,” said economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former head of the Congressional Budget Office.

“Literally if they do the arithmetic, 80-85 percent will just say no … pay the penalty and stay out of the Affordable Care Act,” he said. “There’s a long tradition of the young invincibles not buying insurance. Those who did buy insurance in polling that we’ve looked at said that if their premiums went up as much as 30 percent, they’d drop it.”

Then what happens to sick older people? Either their premiums will skyrocket each year, or else the government will have to pay their bills.

This means you. Not me. I’m on Medicare.

Sorry, Charlie. You’re cooked.

How’s those hopey changey things going for you guys now?

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The Trainwreck Just Waiting To Happen

Obamacare doesn’t officially kick off until January 1st, yet millions of Americans are already at each other’s throats over it.

Research from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the country is now more divided than any other time in history since the Civil War era.

In fact, 20 states including Texas, Georgia and Louisiana have threatened to secede.

And despite a recent Supreme Court ruling making Obamacare the law of the land, only 24 states are moving forward with a key aspect of Obamacare- the expansion of Medicaid. Of the rest, 21 are opposed and five are deadlocked in debate.

Millions of Americans are enraged over government imposed Obamacare. Watch this shocking video to see how one group of furious citizens is getting revenge.

So far, every single southern state from Texas to Virginia has refused to widen Medicaid, a key provision of the Obamacare program.

This will leave millions of Americans without coverage.

That’s because they make too much money to qualify for Medicaid as it now stands, but not enough to get the subsidies to buy insurance in the new exchanges.

The South isn’t alone in rejecting Obamacare. Liberal states such as Maine have opposed the bill.

Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Ohio have yet to move forward with the expansion.

Even legendary investor Warren Buffett, a one-time Obamacare supporter, said in 2010 he would scrap the healthcare bill and start over.

One of the main architects of the bill, Democratic Senator Max Baucus from Montana said Obamacare is heading for a “train wreck” if it’s not implemented properly.

Obamacare Tax Hikes Stoke The Most Outrage

While even Obamacare detractors applaud the requirement that insurance companies cover pre-existing conditions and put a stop to lifetime caps on benefits, they say these laudable benefits don’t compensate for the bills high cost – especially in new taxes.

According to most experts, Obamacare will create no fewer than twenty new taxes or tax hikes on the American people.

In fact, the Obama administration has already given the IRS an extra $500 million to enforce the rules and regulations of Obamacare.

The new taxes don’t bode well for millions of middle-class Americans. Incomes for the rich have soared this decade but middle class workers have seen their wages stagnate and even drop since the 2008 Great Recession.

Many fear Obamacare with its high insurance costs and new taxes, could provide the middle class a fatal blow.

Obamacare, a train wreck just waiting to happen.

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Who Has Your Soc. Security Number, Bank Info and Tax Records?

Who has access to your Social Security number, your bank information, and your tax records?

When Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges open, your data could be exposed to shysters and hackers, thanks to serious vulnerabilities in the system.

The exchanges are scheduled to open on October 1 (just 48 days away). But the list of implementation failures keeps growing, and the security of Americans’ data is threatened.

THREAT #1: Obamacare “Navigators”

  • Navigators are a group of people and organizations that are going to be facilitating signups for Obamacare’s insurance exchanges.
  • Example: Planned Parenthood has applied for navigator grants to work with consumers.
  • Danger: HHS will not require navigators to undergo “minimum eligibility criteria and background checks.” The Administration’s training program does not require navigators to participate in anti-fraud classes. And many states do not have plans for investigating unscrupulous navigators who may attempt to prey on vulnerable and unsuspecting Americans. Even California’s Democratic insurance commissioner—a strong supporter of Obamacare—admitted “we can have a real disaster on our hands” if scam artists posing as navigators get access to applicants’ Social Security numbers, bank accounts, and other personal information.

THREAT #2: Obamacare’s Data Hub

  • The data hub is a massive compilation of tax filings, Social Security reports, and other government data that will be used to determine eligibility for subsidized insurance.
  • Insecure? The hub isn’t scheduled to be certified as secure until September 30—only one day before the exchanges open for business.
  • Cutting Corners: The HHS inspector general recently released a report highlighting major delays in implementation of Obamacare’s data hub. The report amplifies what former HHS officials have been saying for months: The Administration has been cutting corners on data privacy for the exchanges, raising major questions about whether the data on the hub can be certified as secure—or whether Obamacare will place Americans’ tax and other personal information at risk.
    The Obama Administration’s shoddy, slapdash approach to Obamacare implementation is placing the sensitive personal data of millions of Americans at risk. It’s one more reason why Congress should refuse to spend a single dime implementing this unfair, unworkable, and unpopular law.

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Death Panels…Their Baaack

“When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over
‘death panels,’ Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul the health care system.
But the Obama administration will achieve the same goal by regulation, starting
Jan. 1.” – The New York Times

When former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin spoke of “death panels” and House Minority Leader
John Boehner said ObamaCare would “start us down a treacherous path toward
government-encouraged euthanasia,” radical leftists in Congress and the Obama
Administration laughed derisively. And they laughed even though they knew those
criticisms were 100 percent true.

But to make matters worse, extremists in Congress and the Obama Administration tried
to keep this “end-of-life” ruling under wraps. According to multiple news reports,
Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon wrote the following in an email to supporters
of the “end-of-life” ruling:

  • “While we are very happy with the result, we won’t be shouting it from the rooftops ….
    We would ask that you not broadcast this accomplishment out to any of your lists, even if
    they are ‘supporters’ — e-mails can too easily be forwarded…. Thus far, it seems that no
    press or blogs have discovered it, but we will be keeping a close watch and may be calling
    on you if we need a rapid, targeted response. The longer this goes unnoticed, the better our
    chances of keeping it.”

Prior to ramming ObamaCare down the throats of the American people, Nancy Pelosi said
that we’d have to pass it in order to find out what was in it. Well now we know. And
while this “end-of -life” ruling won’t be the last bitter shocker to come out of
ObamaCare, no sane or rational person can deny that ObamaCare must be defunded and
repealed as soon as humanly possible.

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Top 10 Things Obama Doesn’t Want you to Know About Donald Berwick

by Michelle Oddis

President Obama bypassed Congress Wednesday and through a “recess appointment” put Donald Berwick — a leading advocate of rationing healthcare — in charge of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Berwick will now spear head efforts to cut $500 billion in Medicare and Medicaid programs. Obama claims that he issued this executive order because Republicans were wasting time and playing games for “political purposes.”

But the truth is Berwick is America’s worst nightmare when it comes to healthcare reform.  Obama’s recess appointment was clearly an effort to avoid public hearings on Berwick’s controversial views.

Here are the TopTen things the Obama Administration didn’t want you to know about Berwick:

1. Donald Berwick, President Obama’s nominee to administer Medicare and Medicare, has stated openly that he favors rationing healthcare “with our eyes open.” He wants the government to be able to decide how much healthcare you and your family are entitled to.

2. Berwick believes for that healthcare to be effective we must redistribute wealth. “Any healthcare funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized and humane must, must redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate. Excellent healthcare is by definition redistributional,” said Berwick.

3. Berwick is “in love” with Britain’s National Heath Service. He called the British system — that many here in the U.S. refer to as “free for all, but worthless to many” — a “seductress” about which he is “romantic.”

In an op-ed published in the Washington Post in 1992 Berwick stated about Britain: “At last, a nation where healthcare is a right and carrying a semi-automatic machine gun is a privilege. Berwick also described a “utopian” future in which the government is in complete control of the healthcare system.

4. Berwick believes that ultrasounds in normal pregnancies and cesarean sections amount to an “assault” and wants to cut prenatal care programs.

“As many as 80% of hysterectomies are scientifically unnecessary, so are more than a quarter of the drugs used for ear infections, most of the ultrasounds done in normal pregnancies, and half of cesarean sections in the United States. Isn’t this, with all do respect, some form of assault and battery, however unintended,” said Berwick

5. Berwick has repeatedly expressed his support for a single-payer healthcare system. Berwick has stated that if he could “wave a wand…

* Healthcare is a common good – single payer, speaking and buying for the common good;
* Healthcare is a human right – universality is a non-negotiable starting place;
* Justice is a prerequisite to health –equity is a primary quality goal.”

6. Berwick will cut the number of cardiac centers, cancer-care centers, neonatal intensive-care units, and high-level trama centers.
7. Berwick doesn’t trust the free market. “Don’t trust market forces,” instructs Berwick. Trust “leaders with plans.”

“When you rely on incentives, market forces, competition, and upward reporting for excellence you are playing with fire. I believe it is better to rely instead whenever possible on spirit, purpose, learning cooperation and joy in work.”

8. Berwick will cut preventative care in cases such as mammograms and ultrasounds. “One over demanding service is prevention; annual physicals, screening tests, and other measures that supposedly help catch disease early,” said Berwick in a 1998 Institute for Healthcare Improvement publication.

9. On “End of Life Care,” Berwick stated in a 1993 speech that “only a minority of patients, families, and clinicians support prolonged use of life-sustaining procedures and dramatic interventions in the terminal states of illness, yet substantial use of these procedures continue.”

10. Berwick, highlights race as a factor in healthcare reform. “It’s still true that race, minority race, especially being black in our country, is the strongest critique that we have about health,” said Berwick.

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