Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Obamacare - #4323 - Darrell Issa Subpoenas Documents on Medicare Pilot Program (2) Obamacare Mandate: Anyone Who Works 30 Hours a Week is Now 'Full Time' CNS News (3) Does Legislative Wording Protect Obamacare's Independent Payment Advisory Board from a Potential Romney Repeal? - The Blaze (4) Ohio doctor Running Newspaper Ads Criticizing Obamacare Ahead of Election - Daily Caller

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa subpoenaed the Obama administration Monday for documents he believes will expose Medicare malfeasance by Department of Health and Human Services officials. The move, confirmed by an aide to the California Republican, makes good on a threat Issa issued last week, when he demanded reams of data from HHS by 5 p.m. on Thursday. Although the agency dumped 1,300 pages at his doorstep just before the deadline, he contended that the information was garbled and unresponsive to his request. Issa is seeking documents and communications related to a pilot program initiated by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the Medicare Advantage program, which permits Medicare-eligible seniors to select a private health plan rather than traditional Medicare. Read more.......

Obamacare Mandate: Anyone Who Works 30-Hour Week is Now Full-Time - CNS News -A little-known section in the Obamacare health reform law defines “full-time” work as averaging only 30 hours per week, a definition that will affect some employers who utilize part-time workers to trim the cost of complying with the Obamacare rule that says businesses with 50 or more workers must provide health insurance or pay a fine. “The term ‘full-time employee’ means, with respect to any month, an employee who is employed on average at least 30 hours of service per week,” section 1513 of the law reads. (Scroll down to section 4, paragraph A.)  Read more.......

Does Legislative Wording Protect Obamacare's Independent Payment Advisory Board from a Potential Romney Repeal? - The Blaze - If Mitt Romney is elected president, Obamacare’s days are numbered and the government is back out of health care day one–right? Maybe not. Investor’s Business Daily reports Monday that the wording in the health law enacted under President Obama “makes it virtually impossible to get rid of its Independent Payment Advisory Board,” which critics argue violates Congress’s constitutional powers. “ObamaCare’s IPAB will recommend changes to Medicare payments in years that the mammoth health care program exceeds spending targets. Congress can override IPAB decisions, but only if it comes up with equivalent savings. IPAB cuts likely will generate major opposition from seniors, doctors and others, but lawmakers could only repeal the unelected panel in a tiny window in 2017. Many say that imposes unconstitutional restraints on Congress.” On “Wilkow!” Tuesday, Michael Cannon on the CATO Institute described Obamacare’s IPAB provision as possibly the “most anti-constitutional law that congress has ever passed.  Read more.......

Ohio Doctor Running Newspaper Ads Criticizing Obamacare Ahead of Election - Daily Caller - A medical doctor in the crucial swing state of Ohio is publishing a 2,000-word letter slamming President Barack Obama’s health care law as full-page ads in local newspapers ahead of the presidential election. Dr. Farid Naffah, a gastroenterologist in Warren, Ohio, wrote “The Risks and Perils of Obamacare” letter that has run both twice in the Tribune Chronicle and once in the Youngstown Vindicator in Ohio over the last week. In a Thursday interview with The Daily Caller, Naffah said it’s possible he’ll continue to run the letter as full page ads in Ohio newspapers before the election. The names of more than 40 doctors are listed as supportive of the letter, which states that Obamacare “is an administrative and fiscal disaster, bringing higher health care costs, a severe physician shortage and the rationing of medical services.” Read more.......

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