For some reason, hundreds of people have been checking out this entry from last August, which deals with the old bill before it was redone. The latest information from today is:
March 24, 2010 at 4:47 pm
From my congressman:
I voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) for many reasons, especially because it is far too complex and expensive. I believe that we can develop a better, more workable solution for health care. President Obama signed this legislation into law yesterday, March 23.
However, as you may have heard, there is bipartisan agreement that this new law is flawed. In fact, also on Sunday, the House considered a second bill to make changes to it. This second bill, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (H.R. 4872), would make a number of changes to the health bill that is now law. The Senate still needs to vote on this second, “fix-it” bill.
In tandem, this newly enacted law and the second, fix-it bill raise taxes on Americans by over $569 billion, create harsh penalties for businesses that cannot afford health care for employees, and do not prohibit taxpayer funds from being used for abortions. Also, this new law and the second bill include many new health insurance requirements that will increase costs, doing nearly nothing to control the long-term spiral of ever-increasing health care costs.
In addition, the closed-door tactics of writing this legislation with virtually no Republican input, and some very questionable parliamentary tactics used in the process to pass it, are extremely disappointing to me. We could do much better if we all worked together to produce the best possible health care insurance legislation at the lowest possible cost.
Vernon J. Ehlers
Member of Congress
Let’s make some logical deductions from the facts:
1. If you are a tax payer, you will end up paying more taxes. Despite the government’s penchant for the rhetoric of “fees” instead of taxes, our government only has one means for raising money: taxing the citizens. None of our politicians sell books or provide free services to raise money for “the cause.” The trillions of dollars for the health care reform, and the countless billions more in interest—if it doesn’t prove to be the 2X4 that breaks the back of the U.S. economy altogether—will have to come from somewhere, and that somewhere isn’t thin air…it’s out of our pockets. That’s all we’ve got, folks. There ain’t nothin’ else, no matter what anybody tries to tell us.
2. If your health care is already being assisted by the government in any way—be it Medicare, Medicaid, or whatever—that assistance is going to be diminished. Why do I say that? Because you can’t add 32,000,000 people who need help on to an existing program without a huge amount of sharing, with the “haves” needing to give up part of what they have to provide for the “have nots.” I am not saying this is wrong. Christ tells us to “love your neighbor as yourself.” If we’d all been doing that, there wouldn’t be a need for health reform. But, when charity becomes government business instead of personal business, we suddenly find that our neighborhood goes beyond those we know personally, voluntary sharing in love becomes mandatory taxation, and that we may be forced to give up the medical care we expected in order to help those who may be deemed in more critical need or more worthy of care by reason of younger age or whatever (unless they’re helpless babes in the womb; sadly, the government won’t help them)!
3. Being forced to sign up for health insurance and pay for it will be a financial burden to those who do not have it at present. Logically, if people could afford to pay for health insurance, they would be doing so. Where will people come up with the extra cash to buy health insurance if they can’t afford it in the first place? Are we really going to prosecute people if they don’t get health insurance? Send them to jail? Where’s the wisdom and justice in that one? Unless the 32 million people are given free health care, then I don’t think forcing them to buy insurance is truly a benefit to them. My husband works at a hospital where even penniless patients can come in and get emergency care free as needed. (Granted, he works at a Christian, non-profit hospital, but I’m hoping that might be true at other hospitals??) Wouldn’t it be better for poverty-stricken individuals to get free emergency care as needed rather than to have to pay for care that they may or may not need along with all their other struggles?
4. The burden of so many more people in the health care system will necessarily diminish access to excellent service in a timely way. It will take years to gear up medical schools to train enough physicians to meet the additional needs and many more years before there are enough seasoned physicians who are able to service the greater population. In the meantime, there will be tremendous pressure on the existing medical staff. Doctors and other medical personnel will have to work even harder (if that’s possible…my physician husband is already pushing the limits of his endurance) and be less available to each individual patient as he tries to meet the needs of a spiraling population base.
5. Eventually, hopefully, things will settle out, and in another 50 years, after the Baby Boomers have all passed on to their eternal homes, our population may stabilize and learn to accommodate the basic medical needs of all of “We, the people of the United States.” High-end care will become almost a thing of the past, fewer brilliant, aspiring students will become doctors because the pay will be less and the hours horrendous, and America will cease being a medical mecca that draws in some of the most creative and energetic students from around the world. Health care will become part of the great, gray middle zone, but at least most everyone will have a crack at basic care, and that is certainly laudable.
This isn’t a very vibrant forecast, but I believe it’s an honest one. For those of us left holding the bag—and that’s all of us who pay taxes—I would encourage us to try to look on the bright side of what seems like a potential disaster. Helping those in need is a good thing. Breaking the backs of the working class is not. Let’s continue to pray for those who are making decisions and trying to sort out “all this mess!” May we continue to try on a personal basis to create beauty from chaos and offer good will and kindness to others as we can. May God’s promise hold true: “All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). Are you one of the “called” of God? The Bible says that God is calling everyone! I hope we all answer.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on him will not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)
March 19, 2010 ·
Here is a letter I sent to Senator Bayh.. Feel free to copy it and send it around to all other representatives. — Stephen Fraser
(Note: Dr. Stephen E. Frazer, MD practices as an anesthesiologist in Indianapolis, IN ) .
As a practicing physician I have major concerns with the health care bill before Congress. I actually have read the bill and am shocked by the brazenness of the government’s proposed involvement in the patient-physician relationship. The very idea that the government will dictate and ration patient care is dangerous and certainly not helpful in designing a health care system that works for all. Every physician I work with agrees that we need to fix our health care system, but the proposed bills currently making their way through congress will be a disaster if passed.
I ask you respectfully and as a patriotic American to look at the following troubling lines that I have read in the bill. You cannot possibly believe that these proposals are in the best interests of the country and our fellow citizens.
Page 22 of the HC Bill: Mandates that the Govt will audit books of all employers that self-insure!!
Page 30 Sec 123 of HC bill: THERE WILL BE A GOVT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benefits you get.
Page 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill: YOUR HEALTH CARE IS RATIONED!!!
Page 42 of HC Bill: The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your HC benefits for you. You have no choice!
Page 50 Section 152 in HC bill: HC will be provided to ALL non-US citizens, illegal or otherwise.
Page 58 HC Bill: Govt will have real-time access to individuals’ finances & a ’National ID Health card’ will be issued! (Papers please!)
Page 59 HC Bill lines 21-24: Govt will have direct access to your bank accounts for elective funds transfer. (Time for more cash and carry)
Page 65 Sec 164: Is a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in unions & community organizations: (ACORN).
Page 84 Sec 203 HC bill: Govt mandates ALL benefit packages for private HC plans in the ’Exchange.’
Page 85 Line 7 HC Bill: Specifications of Benefit Levels for Plans – The Govt will ration your health care!
Page 91 Lines 4-7 HC Bill: Govt mandates linguistic appropriate services. (Translation: illegal aliens.)
Page 95 HC Bill Lines 8-18: The Govt will use groups (i.e. ACORN & Americorps to sign up individuals for Govt HC plan.
Page 85 Line 7 HC Bill: Specifications of Benefit Levels for Plans. (AARP members – your health care WILL be rationed!)
Page 102 Lines 12-18 HC Bill: Medicaid eligible individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. (No choice.)
Page 124 lines 24-25 HC: No company can sue GOVT on price fixing. No “judicial review” against Govt monopoly.
Page 127 Lines 1-16 HC Bill: Doctors/ American Medical Association – The Govt will tell YOU what salary you can make.
Page 145 Line 15-17: An Employer MUST auto-enroll employees into public option plan. (NO choice!)
Page 126 Lines 22-25: Employers MUST pay for HC for part-time employees ANDtheir families. (Employees shouldn’t get excited about this as employers will be forced to reduce its work force, benefits, and wages/salaries to cover such a huge expense.)
Page 149 Lines 16-24: ANY Employer with payroll 401k & above who does not provide public option will pay 8% tax on all payroll! (See the last comment in parenthesis.)
Page 150 Lines 9-13: A business with payroll between $251K & $401K who doesn’t provide public option will pay 2-6% tax on all payroll.
Page 167 Lines 18-23: ANY individual who doesn’t have acceptable HC according to Govt will be taxed 2.5% of income.
Page 170 Lines 1-3 HC Bill: Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from individual taxes. (Americans will pay.) (Like always)
Page 195 HC Bill: Officers & employees of the GOVT HC Admin.. will have access to ALL Americans’ finances and personal records. (I guess so they can ‘deduct’ their fees)
Page 203 Line 14-15 HC: “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax.” (Yes, it really says that!) ( a ’fee’ instead)
Page 239 Line 14-24 HC Bill: Govt will reduce physician services for Medicaid Seniors. (Low-income and the poor are affected)
Page 241 Line 6-8 HC Bill: Doctors: It doesn’t matter what specialty you have trained yourself in — you will all be paid the same! (Just TRY to tell me that’s not Socialism!)
Page 253 Line 10-18: The Govt sets the value of a doctor’s time, profession, judgment, etc. (Literally– the value of humans.) Page 265 Sec 1131: The Govt mandates and controls productivity for ”private” HC industries.
Page 268 Sec 1141: The federal Govt regulates the rental and purchase of power driven wheelchairs.
Page 272 SEC. 1145: TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS – Cancer patients – welcome to rationing!
Page 280 Sec 1151: The Govt will penalize hospitals for whatever the Govt deems preventable (i.e…re-admissions). Page 298 Lines 9-11: Doctors: If you treat a patient during initial admission that results in a re-admission – the Govt will penalize you.
Page 317 L 13-20: PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. (The Govt tells doctors what and how much they can own!)
Page 317-318 lines 21-25, 1-3: PROHIBITION on expansion. (The Govt is mandating that hospitals cannot expand.)
Page 321 2-13: Hospitals have the opportunity to apply for exception BUT community input is required. (Can you say ACORN?)
Page 335 L 16-25 Pg 336-339: The Govt mandates establishment of=2 outcome-based measures. (HC the way they want — rationing.)
Page 341 Lines 3-9: The Govt has authority to disqualify Medicare Advance Plans, HMOs, etc. (Forcing people into the Govt plan)
Page 354 Sec 1177: The Govt will RESTRICT enrollment of ’special needs people!’ Unbelievable!
Page 379 Sec 1191: The Govt creates more bureaucracy via a “Tele-Health Advisory Committee.” (Can you say HC by phone?)
Page 425 Lines 4-12: The Govt mandates “Advance-Care Planning Consult.” (Think senior citizens end-of-life patients.)
Page 425 Lines 17-19: The Govt will instruct and consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney, etc. (And it’s mandatory!)
Page 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3: The Govt provides an ”approved” list of end-of-life resources; guiding you in death. (Also called ‘assisted suicide.’)(Sounds like Soylent Green to me.)
Page 427 Lines 15-24: The Govt mandates a program for orders on “end-of-life.” (The Govt has a say in how your life ends!)
Page 429 Lines 1-9: An ”advanced-care planning consultant” will be used frequently as a patient’s health deteriorates.
Page 429 Lines 10-12: An “advanced care consultation” may include an ORDER for end-of-life plans.. (AN ORDER TO DIE FROM THE GOVERNMENT?!?)
Page 429 Lines 13-25: The GOVT will specify which doctors can write an end-of-life order.. (I wouldn’t want to stand before God after getting paid for THAT job!)
Page 430 Lines 11-15: The Govt will decide what level of treatment you will have at end – of-life! (Again — no choice!)
Page 469: Community-Based Home Medical Services = Non-Profit Organizations. (Hello? ACORN Medical Services here!?!)
Page 489 Sec 1308: The Govt will cover marriage and family therapy. (Which means Govt will insert itself into your marriage even.)
Page 494-498: Govt will cover Mental Health Services including defining, creating, and rationing those services.
Senator, I guarantee that I personally will do everything possible to inform patients and my fellow physicians about the dangers of the proposed bills you and your colleagues are debating.
Furthermore, if you vote for a bill that enforces socialized medicine on the country and destroys the doctor-patient relationship, I will do everything in my power to make sure you lose your job in the next election.
Stephen E. Fraser, MD
Much of the following information, which was from my original posting, is now somewhat irrelevant:
Congress needs to be reminded that the Constitution provides all Americans the RIGHT to LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS. ANY Bill that cuts an American life short by even 10 seconds, is unconstitutional, period!!!!
OBAMA ADVISERS WANT TO RATION CARE
By BETSY MCCAUGHEY
Obama’s doctor, Emanuel: Believes in withholding care from elderly for greater good.
THE health bills coming out of Congress would put the decisions about your care in the hands of presidential appointees. They’d decide what plans cover, how much leeway your doctor will have and what seniors get under Medicare.
Yet at least two of President Obama’s top health advisers should never be trusted with that power.
Start with Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. He has already been appointed to two key positions: health-policy adviser at the Office of Management and Budget and a member of Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research.
Emanuel bluntly admits that the cuts will not be pain-free. “Vague promises of savings from cutting waste, enhancing prevention and wellness, installing electronic medical records and improving quality are merely ‘lipstick’ cost control, more for show and public relations than for true change,” he wrote last year (Health Affairs Feb. 27, 2008).
Savings, he writes, will require changing how doctors think about their patients: Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously, “as an imperative to do everything for the patient regardless of the cost or effects on others” (Journal of the American Medical Association, June 18, 2008).
Yes, that’s what patients want their doctors to do. But Emanuel wants doctors to look beyond the needs of their patients and consider social justice, such as whether the money could be better spent on somebody else.
Many doctors are horrified by this notion; they’ll tell you that a doctor’s job is to achieve social justice one patient at a time.
Emanuel, however, believes that “communitarianism” should guide decisions on who gets care. He says medical care should be reserved for the non-disabled, not given to those “who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens . . . An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia” (Hastings Center Report, Nov.-Dec. ’96).
Translation: Don’t give much care to a grandmother with Parkinson’s or a child with cerebral palsy.
He explicitly defends discrimination against older patients: “Unlike allocation by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious discrimination; every person lives through different life stages rather than being a single age. Even if 25-year-olds receive priority over 65-year-olds, everyone who is 65 years now was previously 25 years” (Lancet, Jan. 31).
The bills being rushed through Congress will be paid for largely by a $500 billion-plus cut in Medicare over 10 years. Knowing how unpopular the cuts will be, the president’s budget director, Peter Orszag, urged Congress this week to delegate its own authority over Medicare to a new, presidentially-appointed bureaucracy that wouldn’t be accountable to the public.
Since Medicare was founded in 1965, seniors’ lives have been transformed by new medical treatments such as angioplasty, bypass surgery and hip and knee replacements. These innovations allow the elderly to lead active lives. But Emanuel criticizes Americans for being too “enamored with technology” and is determined to reduce access to it.
Dr. David Blumenthal, another key Obama adviser, agrees. He recommends slowing medical innovation to control health spending.
Blumenthal has long advocated government health-spending controls, though he concedes they’re “associated with longer waits” and “reduced availability of new and expensive treatments and devices” (New England Journal of Medicine, March 8, 2001). But he calls it “debatable” whether the timely care Americans get is worth the cost. (Ask a cancer patient, and you’ll get a different answer. Delay lowers your chances of survival.)
Obama appointed Blumenthal as national coordinator of health-information technology, a job that involves making sure doctors obey electronically delivered guidelines about what care the government deems appropriate and cost effective.
In the April 9 New England Journal of Medicine, Blumenthal predicted that many doctors would resist “embedded clinical decision support” — a euphemism for computers telling doctors what to do.
Americans need to know what the president’s health advisers have in mind for them. Emanuel sees even basic amenities as luxuries and says Americans expect too much: “Hospital rooms in the United States offer more privacy . . . physicians’ offices are typically more conveniently located and have parking nearby and more attractive waiting rooms” (JAMA, June 18, 2008).
No one has leveled with the public about these dangerous views. Nor have most people heard about the arm-twisting, Chicago-style tactics being used to force support. In a Nov. 16, 2008, Health Care Watch column, Emanuel explained how business should be done: “Every favor to a constituency should be linked to support for the health-care reform agenda. If the automakers want a bailout, then they and their suppliers have to agree to support and lobby for the administration’s health-reform effort.”
Do we want a “reform” that empowers people like this to decide for us?
Betsy McCaughey is founder of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths and a former New York lieutenant governor.
We need to come together and defeat Obama’s Health Care Bill.. http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/index.html has all of the information you need.