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Obama's words and reality on healthcare reform - the divide widens

Obama back in July of this year:

While it will take a few years to fully implement this law, we can already see it taking effect. Last month, 4 million small business owners found a postcard in their mailbox informing them that they could be eligible for a health care tax cut this year worth tens of thousands of dollars to help them cover their employees. And America's largest businesses are filling out applications for critical relief to help them provide coverage for retirees who aren't yet eligible for Medicare.

The reality today:

There is not enough lipstick in the world to cover up this pig:

The Principal Financial Group announced on Thursday that it planned to stop selling health insurance, another sign of upheaval emerging among insurers as the new federal health law starts to take effect.

The company, based in Iowa, provides coverage to about 840,000 people who receive their insurance through an employer.

The NY Times tries to make this out to "posturing", but not only did 840,000 lose their insurance plans, untold thousands lost their jobs at Principle and it's associate companies. The Obama duoble-whammy: more uninsured, more unemployed.

And it doesn't end there:

Today's Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal reports that 3M is dropping its health coverage for retirees thanks to ObamaCare. Oh, and that Medicare program they'll be herded into, cattle-car style? The Democrats slashed it by $500 billion, so the hundreds of thousands of additional seniors covered should really be in fine fettle.

We are going to pay a very steep price for electing this man and trusting that his elixir would be fixing things.

A very steep price.


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Comments (11)

Wow ... the financial and r... (Below threshold)

Wow ... the financial and regulatory burden of ObamaCare is unexpectedly forcing private-sector employees and retirees into government-run health insurance plans!

Who could have ever imagined such a thing?

I'm shocked! Shocked!!

This was always the plan. ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

This was always the plan. Rep Jan Schatkowsky from IL crowed that obamacare would be the end of the insurance industry. This was never about health care and even more so never about improving the quality or access to health care. This was only ever about power and control. The dems took control over 1/6th of the economy and they will strangle it to get every bit of graft they can out of it. They are already mandating union membership for home care nurses so the unions can funnel the dues back into the dem coffers.

They are counting on an electorate that will be too passive to demand repeal. They may still get that wish.

Rep Jan Schatkowsky from... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Rep Jan Schatkowsky from IL crowed that obamacare would be the end of the insurance industry.

Any response on this from Peter Lewis, her confrere ?

I spent Sunday night listen... (Below threshold)
epador:

I spent Sunday night listening to my wife trying to delve through the 250+ pages of Federal Register dedicated to "Meaningful Use" - the Medicare dictums for what a provider has to do with an EMR (Electronic Medical Record) to be eligible for enhanced reimbursement (meaning being a little bit more than the sums that up to now had been driving practitioners away from the program).

One interesting goal we are supposed to meet (and if we don't we are ineligible): We are expected to have over 40% of prescriptions filed electronically. Yet NONE of the pharmacies in our county accept electronic prescriptions. You can drive an extra 20 miles across a 5 mile bridge to the next State to find a Walgreen's or RIte Aide who do.

Going through the entire mess, I can't see how a private practitioner could jump through all the hoops to do this. It's no wonder that physicians employed by hospitals or clinics will be the only Medicare providers soon.

A two-tiered system is the goal of this effort, and you are watching it happen right now.

But Andy Griffith says ever... (Below threshold)
Saterp:

But Andy Griffith says everythibn is better than ever!!

That's "everything"... (Below threshold)
Saterp:

That's "everything"

I get to spend the next cou... (Below threshold)

I get to spend the next couple of months explaining to seniors on Medicare Advantage Private Fee For Service plans (the ones that allow you to see any provider that accepts standard medicare rates of reimbursement) that their plans are being canceled or forced into becoming tied to networks like HMOs (another government invention)or PPOs.

They had those options when they enrolled and didn't choose them, so now the government is forcing them into those plans or back into standard Medicare which has no limit to their personal out of pocket liability under part B.

As one with a husband with ... (Below threshold)

As one with a husband with serious medical conditions -- he's in hospital bed here in the living room since his stroke last year -- all the details I'm learning about ObamaKare make my blood run cold.

I remember before ObamaKare, when Obama supporters were telling me that ObamaKare would solve this household's problems with paying for medical care. Talk about a scam!

At what point, does the har... (Below threshold)
Constitution First:

At what point, does the harm caused by an elected official, get them recalled?!?

President Bush had the righ... (Below threshold)
red prom dresses 2011:

President Bush had the right idea but NOW we know these people don't have the guts to fight for their freedom. We gave them a chance with the lives of all our soldiers and a ton of our hard earned money, I have "Buyers Remorse" . It's time to leave and take ALL of our money with us. We don't need the middle east and they don't want us. Europe, China, and Russia have encouraged this bad child now let them deal with it, adios sand monkeys!

The American healthcare sys... (Below threshold)
Aaron Simpson:

The American healthcare system is undergoing a transition of epic proportions.

Too bad the politics of private vs public healthcare gets in the way of doing what's best for the country as a whole.

For both sides, ideology seems to be more important than the health of Americans

This article - The Tea Party Guide to Health & Fitness - was written to bring out that debate, and if you look at the comments, it is clear to see that a lot of people have their identities wrapped up in their politics.

http://www.healthhabits.ca/2010/10/21/tea-party-guide-health-fitness/




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