For decades, full time workers have depended on health insurance provided by their employers to cover their family's health care needs.
Then along came Barack Obama and the Democrats who decided that changing history was more important than simply shoring up the financially strapped Medicare and Medicaid system, and changing the rules to allow more Americans to apply.
Now that the health care bill has passed, 4 major corporations (AT&T, Verizon, Caterpillar and Deere) plan to drop health coverage altogether for their employees -- and pay a penalty to the government instead.
This action will instantly terminate insurance coverage for millions of Americans who will be forced to negotiate with ruthless insurance companies on their own.
Internal documents recently reviewed by Fortune, originally requested by Congress, show what the bill’s critics predicted, and what its champions dreaded: many large companies are examining a course that was heretofore unthinkable, dumping the health care coverage they provide to their workers in exchange for paying penalty fees to the government. [link]
A loyal reader and former government employee, who asked to remain anonymous, wrote in to say that while she believes all Americans should have insurance, she is opposed to government run health care. I don't blame her for feeling that way about the government. If you've seen the way the government runs public housing (broken toilets, broken windows, no ac/heat, etc.), then you already know how the government will run health care.
I read your peice and for a change, I have to say I strongly agree with you. I wanted to share my experience of being under government care with you and hopefully if you're interested, then you share with your readers. Please leave out my name or give an alias.:)
After thinking long and hard and researching on this whole health care reform policy, I realized I don't want any government-run healthcare. Only thing O can do for me is regulate those sheisty insurance companies, get rid of this stupid pre-existing condition policy, remove stupid high ass deductibles for CTscans & other expensive tests, keep medicare/medicaid for older, disable & poor. It doesn't makes sense to have to pay $50 office visit for a simple annual pap smear exam under United Health Care.
Remember when Obama was running for president and he bashed the big drug companies for over charging Americans for drugs? Obama promised if he won the election he would let the federal government negotiate Medicare drug prices that would could cut big drug industry revenues by $10 billion to $30 billion [a day].
Well, the big drug companies have just announced a plan to spend $150 million on ads to support Obama's health care reform. Which means the big drug companies have Obama securely in their back pocket -- exactly where they want him. So if ObamaCare passes, we can expect to pay the same high prices (or more) for our drugs. So much for Hope and Change!
Here's what Obama said in 2008:
"We will break the stranglehold that a few big drug and insurance companies have on the health care market.... It's become clear that some of these companies are dramatically overcharging Americans for what they offer.... We're not going to get change unless we can overcome the resistance the drug companies, the insurance companies, the HMOs, those who are making a major profit from the system currently. Now I think all these industries have a role to play.... We want to listen to what they have to say. They should have a seat at the table, but they can't buy every chair."
Once again, Barack Hussein Obama's personal physician has spoken out against Obama's faulty Universal health Care Reform.
Dr. David Scheiner, 70, Chicago-based physician who treated Obama for more than 20 years, said Obama's vision is bound to failure.
"I look at his program and I can't see how it's going to work," Scheiner told the Huffington Post. "He has no cost control. There would be no effective cost control in his program. The [Congressional Budget Office] said it's going be incredibly expensive ... and the thing that I really am worried about is, if it is the failure that I think it would be, then health reform will be set back a long, long time."
Scheiner told HuffPo he prefers a more progressive approach to health care reform (such as expanding Medicare/Medicaid to cover more Americans). "His pragmatism is what is overwhelming him," said Scheiner.
I recive a lot of emails from clueless individuals asking why I am so negative toward their president Barack Obama. When I try to explain why a pathological liar and narcissist is dangerous for this country, they ignore me and instead, continue to defend him.
Here is a well-written comment left on the politically neutral blog Politico.com last week. It outlines exactly why some of us feel Obama is the wrong man to run this country. Some of you had better open your eyes or there won't be a free country left for your children to raise their children.
President Obama's first act was an order to shut down Guantanamo with no plan on what to do with the terrorists incarcerated there. In his campaign he said that he would change the way things were done in Washington; instead of banning lobbyists and career politicians he introduced an administration composed of people who were accepted as financial heads when they didn't even pay their taxes. A promise to reach across the aisle has turned into a policy of exclusion for the opposition.
We are told that spending of bailout funds will be well documented and we find out there is zero control or record of where $700 billion has been spent and the original problem of subprime mortgages is worse and banks are taking billions of our money while not fixing the problem. We are panicked into a $787 billion Stimulus which we are assured will hold unemployment below the 8% which would happen without this stimulus, and instead the 8% we tried to avoid is suddenly 9.5% and rising.
We are asked to give up our health insurance and choice of doctors for a far more expensive and government controlled health plan which will dictate our care and ration care to those the government decides need it most.
This has been a dismal record and the decisions made seem to continue to be made irregardless of the facts, the affordability or even the expected outcome even when estimates of failure are given by those within the administration. The desired result in each situation is not improvement of any problem, the desire is to take advantage of the problem to gain control. From banks to car companies the object is control. Huge carbon taxes have no useful objective except control. Establishing a far more expensive health system that offers poorer care has no advantage except to those who want to control another huge chunk of our lives.
The objective is to solidify control. Laws allowing unions to avoid secret ballots or to establish mandatory government arbitration are meant to unionize the majority of the workforce and gain more control. Allowing amnesty for illegal immigrants is a plan to add them to voter's lists to gain control. This is an undeniable theme which permeates this administration. They do not care that each of these things adversely affect everyone in the country, they do not care that these initiatives will destroy the economy. The only concern is that they be done to gain control.
As more and more people realize that they are getting the exact opposite of what they voted for, the faster Obama's numbers will drop. The question is will it be fast enough to save the country.
It's gotten to the point where people are tuning into Barack Obama's televised pressers just to hear what ignorant statement he will say next.
During Wednesday night's national press conference to push his lame duck health care reform bill, Obama said:
Right now, doctors a lot of times are forced to make decisions based on the fee payment schedule that's out there. … the doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, 'You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid's tonsils out …
The American Academy of Otolaryngology, which represents 12,000 ear, nose, and throat surgeons in the U.S., reacted quickly to Obama's false -- and very misleading -- accusation.
The organization reminded Obama that in most cases, tonsillectomy is the most cost effective alternative to leaving a child's infected tonsils intact.
...the AAO-HNS is disappointed by the President's portrayal of the decision making processes by the physicians who perform these surgeries. In many cases, tonsillectomy may be a more effective treatment, and less costly, than prolonged or repeated treatments for an infected throat.READ MORE...
I bet if a doctor suggested a tonsillectomy for one of Barack's daughters, he wouldn't hesitate to let the doctor take the tonsils out.
I'll say it again: when all is said and done, Obama will be the worst president in United States history.
Unlike Morpheus in the "Matrix" Obama is offering nothing but a pack of lies and misinformation in regards to his health care reform bill.
During Wednesday night's televised presser to push his health care bill, Obama used a scenario of diabetics showing up at emergency rooms to have their feet amputated to demonstrate the need for primary care for uninsured Americans -- as if diabetics really do show up at emergency rooms regularly to have their legs taken off because they don't have a primary care physician.
The reality is that diabetics who aren't insured can apply for medicare or medicaid. I haven't met a diabetic yet who isn't under the care of a primary physician. Even homeless diabetics are assigned a primary care physician at Grady hospital.
He also accused doctors of scheduling tonsillectomies for children so the doctor could make more money. He suggested checking the child for allergies instead!!
Obama made it clear that under ObamaCare your doctor will have to find other alternatives to performing surgery that could save your life or the life of your child. But Obama has no problems sending money to other countries for abortions!
Obama uses unnecessary scare tactics to illustrate the urgency of his agenda, which is to socialize medicine as a first step to forcing our dependency on big government.
You know you're in trouble when members of your own party refuse to go along with you on an important piece of legislation.
Let me rephrase that: you would know unless you were a narcissist like Barack Hussein Obama who doesn't care what anyone thinks of his ridiculous ideas.
At this point, Obama's administration can best be described as a runaway train -- everyone is jumping off.
House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer is open to the idea of leaving without voting on the health care bill before the House breaks for recess on July 31.
Other dems -- along with Republicans in the House and Senate are voicing the same idea. Democrats and Republicans have their own concerns about the proposed new taxes and the cost of the bill adding to the deficit.
Dems are concerned that a proposed tax on employers may end up penalizing the employers without affecting the rising medical costs.
But Obama couldn't care less about any of those concerns. His only concern is socializing medicine and making the citizens of this country dependent on big government like they are in Russia and Germany.
In other words, Obama knows this bill will destroy the economy (and health care as we know it) but he doesn't care. He just wants the House and Senate to 'Get it done' regardless of how adversely it affects the economy or jobs.
North Dakota Democrat Earl Pomeroy said the health care reform bill "will not pass the House floor" as written.
This is shaping up to be the biggest defeat of Obama's presidency.
It's hard being a Kool Aid sipping Barack Hussein Obama cheerleader these days.
Since February, BHO's ratings have slid sharply -- dropping 12 percentage points -- since Americans figured out that he is nothing but a jive talking snake oil salesman.
Tonight, Obama faces the toughest challenge of his 7-month presidency when he goes before the nation to push his lame duck health care reform bill that nobody wants.
Obama, a true narcissist in every sense of the word, has effectively shielded himself against the naysayers who predict his health care reform bull will not pass.
Obama is even ignoring members of his own Democratic party who oppose the bill because he thinks he is The One.
The public attitude toward Messiah Obama and Congress is reflected in the major polls which show that Americans disapprove of the way he is handling the economy.
Americans are tired of Obama ramming costly bills through Congress without bothering to read them first. They are also wary of Obama's empty promises and his outright lies.
Unemployment within the black community is at an all-time high. Obama's Porkulus spending bill didn't put a dent in the unemployment numbers nationally as he promised it would. In fact the numbers are fast approaching double digits for the first time in 3 decades!
Yet Obama wants members of the House to vote on a health care reform bill in 2 weeks that will certainly result in even more job losses.
Definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result
~ Albert Einstein
Barack Hussein Obama campaigned for president on a shaky platform of Change. He promised to "hit the ground running" if elected president. He promised no taxes on the working class and relief for the millions of Americans who were losing their jobs and homes at record rates, yada yada yada...
So far, Obama has not made good on his promises -- including his promise to save or create 3 million jobs if his massive Porkulus spending bill was passed.
Despite the $787 billion stimulus bill, unemployment is fast approaching 10%. In Obama's 7 months in office he's managed to quadruple the national debt and has tried his best to undermine the economy of this great country by attempting to ram wasteful legislation through Congress.
It comes as no surprise that Obama is quickly losing support among his fellow Dems:
Could it be that President Barack Obama's Midas touch is starting to dull a bit, even among members of his own party?
Conservative House Democrats are balking at the cost and direction of Obama's top priority, an overhaul of the nation's health care system. A key Senate Democrat, Max Baucus of Montana, complains that Obama's opposition to paying for it with a tax on health benefits "is not helping us."
Another Democrat, Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma, tells his local newspaper that Obama is too liberal and is "very unpopular" in his district.
From his first days in office, Obama's popularity helped him pass the landmark $787 billion stimulus package and fueled his ambitious plans to overhaul the nation's health care system and tackle global warming.
Obama continues to be comparatively popular. But now recent national surveys have shown a measurable drop in his job approval rating, even among Democrats. A CBS news survey out this week had his national approval rating at 57 percent, and his standing among Democrats down 10 percentage points since last month, from 92 percent to 82 percent.READ MORE...
Red flags heralded the coming of Barack Obama even before his storied emergence onto the political scene.
The mystery was why so many followers fell for Obama's lies. And why his approval ratings stayed so high even in the face of his dismal failures.
Now, 6 months after Obama took the oath of office, his supporters have finally stopped drinking the Kool Aid.
A comparison of national and smaller public polls show a downward trend of independent voters who approve of Obama's job ratings. This is important because Obama needs these crucial independent voters if he has any hopes of winning a second term in office.
The polls are reacting to Obama's heavy handed free wheeling spending that has more than doubled the national debt since he took office.
So far, Obama's $800 billion stimulus bill (the one he didn't bother to read) has failed to stimulate anything other than the coffers of the Democrats who supported his bid for office.
“This is a huge sea change that is playing itself out in American politics,” said Democratic pollster Doug Schoen. “Independents who had become effectively operational Democrats in 2006 and 2008 are now up for grabs and are trending Republican.
“They’re saying, ‘Costing too much, no results, see the downside, not sure of the upside,’” he said.
Oh, and remember those jobs that Obama's administration promised would materialize if Congress passed his porkulus bill? Well, now the Obama administration is de-emphasizing the jobs creation provision of the bill as a requirement when "rating" proposed projects for possible funding -- a sign that the administration is beginning to panic.
And on Tuesday, the legendary investor Warren Buffet warned that unemployment -- which stands at 9.5% (the highest level in 26 years) -- could hit 11%!
Such signs are fueling discussions of yet a 2nd stimulus bill -- though no one in Obama's administration is willing to admit that a second bill is in the works.
Barack Obama had another "Joe the Plumber" moment during an ABC News’ special on health care reform, anchored from the White House by Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson.
Obama opened his mouth and stuck his foot in it when a neurologist asked him if he would seek other "extraordinary" alternatives to his proposed government run public health plan if diagnostic tests weren't performed in a timely manner for his wife or children -- which is exactly what the wealthy from socialized countries do now.
As a registered nurse I have cared for wealthy foreign patients who were denied timely medical care in their own countries where health care is socialized.
Dr. Orrin Devinsky, a neurologist and researcher at the New York University Langone Medical Center, asked the president pointedly if he would be willing to promise that he wouldn’t seek such extraordinary help for his wife or daughters if they became sick and the public plan he’s proposing limited the tests or treatment they can get.
[Obama replied] if “it’s my family member, if it’s my wife, if it’s my children, if it’s my grandmother, I always want them to get the very best care."
So in other words, what's good for the rest of us is not good enough for Obama and his kinfolk?
America is the last country in the free world where all citizens (and illegal immigrants) have the same access to quality health care (via emergency rooms).
We don't want socialized medicine here. Medicare and Medicaid programs are already in place for those who are uninsured. Obama should work on expanding those programs instead of implementing a government monopoly insurance plan that would drive private insurance companies out of business and force our dependency on the government for health care.
Anyone who's ever been to a free clinic knows what I'm talking about.
Finally, President Barack Obama got one right: Yesterday President Obama announced plans to boost measures to allow patients with disabilities to remain in their homes instead of being institutionalized.
10 years ago yesterday the Supreme court made a landmark decision on Olmstead vs. L.C., which said that the Medicaid/Medicare rules limiting round-the-clock medical care to only those patients in nursing facilities violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.
"The Olmstead ruling was a critical step forward for our nation, articulating one of the most fundamental rights of Americans with disabilities: Having the choice to live independently," President Obama said in a statement <3> intended to kick off what he termed "The Year of Community Living."
"I am proud to launch this initiative to reaffirm my Administration's commitment to vigorous enforcement of civil rights for Americans with disabilities and to ensuring the fullest inclusion of all people in the life of our nation," Obama said. READ MORE...
As a home health nurse (RN) I can appreciate this announcement because for decades (mostly poor and black) families have been denied round-the-clock in-home care by the government unless their family member is in a nursing home.
The previous Medicare rules were unfair to families who couldn't afford to pay out of their pockets to keep their loved ones at home with the assistance of visiting nurses or in-home nursing. This is certainly a step in the right direction!
This measure also means more money for home health companies whose nurses are the hardest working and most compassionate nurses in the medical profession (if I may say so myself).