Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Obamacare - #4300 - Obamacare Survival Guide Reveals Dangers of New Law - Newsmax (2) Obamacare Strikes Again - New Limits on Flexible Spending Accounts Coming January 1st - Human Events (3) Dr. Berwick Calls for Clearing Hospital Beds of Patients - American Thinker

A crucially important book on Obamacare has just been published, and author Nick Tate tells Newsmax how the new law will fundamentally change the way healthcare is delivered. The book is the “ObamaCare Survival Guide: The Affordable Care Act and What It Means for You and Your Healthcare” — the first comprehensive but easy-to-understand road map of the 2,700-page law, officially called the The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In an exclusive interview with Newsmax, Tate explains what prompted him to write this book. “Since the Supreme Court has ruled that Obamacare is the law of the land, I felt it was important to let people know what’s in this law,” he says. “Many provisions have already rolled out and there are many more to come so it’s not an overstatement to say that this law will affect everyone in this country." He added that the implications of Obamacare are massive and the law "fundamentally restructures the way healthcare is delivered. “The way you will interact with your doctor, your insurer or your hospital will fundamentally change. This book attempts to give you the roadmap to get the best bang for your healthcare dollar.”.....The Congressional Budget Office estimates there will be close to a trillion dollars in new federal spending to sustain the massive health coverage. In addition to this, insurance companies are also free to pass on their new costs of covering claimants with pre-existing conditions and family members covered by their parents’ policies until age 26. Premiums for those insured have already begun to spike, and the law has yet to be fully implemented. Read more.....

Obamacare Strikes Again - New Limits on Flexible Spending Accounts Coming January 1st - Human Events - The chairman of the Congressional Health Care Caucus decried new limits on Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts as another example of President Barack Obama’s health care reforms hurting regular people. These accounts allow people to pay for eligible expenses with pre-tax dollars and can be applied to certain health care, dependent care and work-related parking and transit costs. “As people find out that a tool that they had to use to lower their health care costs—and they’re losing a part of it, I suspect people are going to be fairly disgruntled,” said Rep. Michael C. Burgess (R-Texas), a licensed physician, who represents a district in suburban Dallas. “It’s been pretty popular, I’ve used it myself and made it available to my employees when I ran my medical practice,” he said. “It’s a way for people to put some money aside, pre-tax from every paycheck, for your designated medical expenses,” he said. “The disadvantage is that if they don’t use it by the end of the year, it goes away—I always felt that was unfortunate that it did not rollover.”  Read more........


Dr. Berwick Calls for Clearing Hospital beds of Patients - American Thinker This time it's not Republicans reviving the 'death panel' meme it's Dr. Donald Berwick, senior fellow at the Soros-funded Center for American Progress. The former head of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid(CMS) was best known for being "in love" with the British healthcare system and for his 2009 statement: "The decision is not whether or not we will ration care -- the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open. And right now, we are doing it blindly." Berwick, who has always wanted to prove the government can do a better job of providing healthcare than private insurance companies, spoke to an audience at East Carolina University. Unfortunately Berwick proved he still wants to socialize the American healthcare system.The self-avowed "extremist" concludes: The best hospital bed is an empty one. The Harvard pediatrician explained that Obamacare will cut waste by reducing reimbursements to hospitals which have high readmission rates. Thus, the empty beds reference.When a socialist like Dr. Berwick says 'empty beds' you have to wonder whether it means healthier patients or dead patients. Read more......

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