Your 2015 Taxes just got easier…NOT!

And you thought doing your taxes were going to be easier this year.

Think again. Remember as well that elections have unintended consequences.

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Compare and Contrast.

Compare and Contrast.

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Ace nails it! No Obamacare? Guess who is still keeping his ‘sham’ insurance

So let me get this straight. Obamacare, nee Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), is suppose to be his signature legislation, and he’s not signed up? If this is such a wonderful project and suppose to be the be all and end all for the American people and their health care, why haven’t you, Mr. President, signed up for it?  

English: Barack Obama signing the Patient Prot...

English: Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House Español: Barack Obama firmando la Ley de Protección al Paciente y Cuidado de Salud Asequible en la Casa Blanca (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is in the forefront of my mind, do as I say and not as I do. This Obamacare is for the little people and not for those in Washington. What ever happened to equality and fairness? Can any statist minion defend this type of behavior?

Ace nails it! No Obamacare? Guess who is still keeping his ‘sham’ insurance: ”

Oh, well. He intends to. He’s totally ‘poised’ to gain coverage. Case closed!

Heh. Once again, President Obama should start in his own backyard when blathering on about ‘income inequality.’

Ace of Spades has more:

He’s putting out the word: Sign up for Obamacare, exactly like I didn’t.

Apparently he’s staying on his ‘old, crappy fake-sham Bad Apple insurance’ as long as the law permits him to.

And maybe even after that — he can always suspend that part of the law, should it become inconvenient.

Read the whole thing. In the meantime, Ace sums it up gloriously:

Ding, ding, ding! Send out the minions, while he and Jay Carney will continue to  just yuk it up.


New Obamacare success metric: Those ‘poised to gain coverage’

Truth-ache! Jay Carney’s face sums up ‘affordable’ Obamacare lie [pic]

Gasping for breath, period! Obama describes his ‘keep your plan’ lie [Photoshop]

Crushing boom-graph! Want to talk ‘income inequality,’ Obama? Start here [pic]

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All Obamacare All the Time.

Ok, not really and yet we have a few story links to some things you might have missed and need to know about this ongoing train wreck.

Corning train wreck

Corning train wreck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Your ObamaCare Fail of the Day. Stephen Green has some questions about the inappropriately named “Affordable Care Act.”

Just as elections have consequences, there are consequences of Obamacare. And of course it’s not a consequence you knew about or saw coming unless you read the fine print. That of course means that you were able to get on line and were able to enroll.

And while we’re on the subject of reading, the 217 page Obamacare training manual for the “Navigators” of the Affordable Care Act, has been released for us all to read and digest.

These are simply three of the ongoing issues, problems and piss poor planning of the Affordable Care Act. It is long past time to repeal, defund and put it behind us and return us to our rightful representative democracy.

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Chaos: HHS “asks” insurers to extend multiple ObamaCare deadlines

So now HHS is asking to extend insurance policies that they previously required the insurance companies to cancel as they didn’t meet the requirements? WTF?! It appears that the HSS has become a branch of the Keystone Cops.



Chaos: HHS “asks” insurers to extend multiple ObamaCare deadlines: ”

Panic time.

The December 23rd enrollment deadline? Time to move that to next month. The deadline to pay your first month of premiums? Let’s go ahead and move that back too. Emergency treatment needed from an out-of-network provider? It’d be swell if that was covered the same way in-network treatments are. And what if your coverage is […]

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Colorado and Obamacare.

But wait, I thought six days ago it was all fixed and people would be flocking to sign up and be healed from all their ailments?




P-P-PRETTY BAD NUMBERS: Even Liberal Pollster PPP Can’t Shine The Obamacare Turd: ”

Obamacare is so loathed in Colorado, even liberal pollster Public Policy Polling (PPP) can’t shine that turd. In a poll released today, continued and widespread dissatisfaction was found with President Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment.

When asked about the implementation of Obamacare, 70% of voters thought it was somewhat or very unsuccessful. As for the 4% who said it was ‘very successful’ – we’d sure love to get our hands on whatever they’re smoking.

Where PPP’s numbers differ is on Obamacare approval itself. According to PPP’s survey, Obamacare has a 49% disapproval rating to 41% approval. Like everyone else polling the state they find the law is highly unpopular, but perhaps unsurprisingly they show it loathed less than every other recent poll.

Maybe that’s why they decided to actually release their poll this time — after all PPP has a history of hiding polling results in Colorado it doesn’t like.

In September, prior to the disastrous roll out of the law, USA Today found that Coloradans disapproved of Obamacare 52%-33%.

In late November, Quinnipiac found that Coloradans disapproved 56%-40%, with independents disapproving 59%-35%.

No matter how much you spin it, the bill that has come to define Barack Obama’s legacy and the future political careers of Democrats in 2014 has become a serious political liability.

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Sebelius Scandal.

And the scandal’s just keep on coming.

Fast & Furious
AP Phone Tapping

And the continued flagrant violations by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Back in the fall of 2012, Sebelius got in hot water for a violation of federal law restricting political activity by sitting government officials.

The violation of the Hatch Act, occurred as the Secretary addressed a group in North Carolina. The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from using their official authority to influence an election. However it does allow partisan remarks made in a personal capacity.

The US Office of Special Counsel and the ethics office found that Sebelius made the speech in North Carolina in her official capacity as the nation’s top health official.

While this scandal isn’t as flashy and full of intrigue as the others, this is one scandal that refuses to go away.

GOP Widens Probe of Sebelius Fundraising for Enroll America: ”

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who obviously wields enormous power of the nation’s health care industry, has been aggressively seeking donations from the industry to fund a private non-profit, Enroll America. The non-profit is led by veterans of the Obama White House and campaigns and has appointed itself a leading role in implementing ObamaCare. In response, House GOP members have launched a wide probe into the questionable solicitations.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (R-MI) suggested Friday that Sebelius’s solicitation of donations from the health care industry raised a conflict of interest. He wrote ‘HHS regulation of the health insurance industry will only grow under [healthcare reform], including by approving health insurers to participate in the exchanges.‘ 

Under ObamaCare, the federal government will have even greater regulatory control over health insurers and health care providers. The rules promulgated by HHS will have very real consequences on their business. A request from Sebelius to donate to a private non-profit does not exist in a vacuum. Some unknown amount of consideration would have to be paid to the ramifications of not donating.

Enroll America has promised a ‘campaign-like’ approach to promoting ObamaCare. Administration officials have said the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a leading funder of left-wing causes, has committed $10 million to the effort. Tax preparer H&R Block has pledged $500,000, according to Obama officials.

Upton and some of his colleagues sent letters to a host of leading insurers, asking for all communications regarding the fundraising by Sebelius. Most have been asked to provide a response by Monday.


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Obamacare Explained.

Obamacare explained in terms everyone can understand. Conservatives offer up #ObamacareForDummies 


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ObamaCare’s 7 Tax Hikes On Under $250,000-A-Year Earners – Forbes

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The Supreme Court ruled that ObamaCare is constitutional, so let the tax hikes roll.


Seeing as my W2 for 2012 will be less than $5,000 maybe I’ll not be included in the tax hike.
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The Antidote to the Affordable Care Act Is Non-Participation

Certainly this is one of a number of alternative solutions to PPACA. Seeing as we now know we can’t rely on the Government to think of their constituents first when it comes to health care.

The Antidote to the Affordable Care Act Is Non-Participation: ”

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld The Affordable Care Act the final piece of the puzzle is in place. We will begin the inevitable slide to the end of patient driven healthcare – individualized medicine led by independent doctors in consultation with their patients.

In order to understand where we are now and, more importantly, know what needs to be done to get out of this situation, it is imperative to understand how this started.

The rise of insurance companies has been carefully cultivated as early as 1971 when the Rand Corporation funded by The US Department of Health, Education and Welfare developed and ran a study known as the Rand health Insurance Experiment. The conclusions found that increasing patient costs via cost-sharing (making patients responsible for 25%, 50% or 95% of their medical costs through co-insurance, deductibles) with a maximum out-of-pocket expense of $1000 led to reduced ‘overutilization.’ but more importantly it led to reduced ‘appropriate or needed’ medical care. This was a concrete example of the detrimental effect that removal of the free market system would have on the delivery of healthcare to patients.

The theory that controlling patient behavior could control costs without consequences is fundamentally flawed. In 2012 we find ourselves in the position of patients now having higher out-of-pocket costs yet healthcare costs are continuing to spiral out of control. A rising number of patients now find themselves in the untenable position of having health insurance, but being unable to afford to use it. The Obamacare mandate exacerbates this by forcing Americans to buy into a system that has the power to deny recommended treatment based on what an insurance company deems ‘inappropriate or unnecessary.’ Treatment is not based on what is determined by the doctor and patient, but instead it is based on what actuaries deem to be most cost effective for the insurance company. The government placing punitive constraints on Americans based on the welfare of private corporate interest smacks of cronyism at best and fascism at worst.

Those who support ‘Medicare for all’ as the panacea either know nothing about how damaging government has been to the delivery of quality healthcare, or they simply don’t care. In short, those who think Obamacare is the advent of socialized medicine need to look closely at Medicare. It was part of the Social Security Amendment (HR6675) passed in 1965. It was set up as socialized medicine for senior citizens. Like Obamcare, it was crafted by bureaucrats, politicians and special interests without the input of patients or doctors. Under the guise of beneficence it forced working Americans to pay into it, conscripted doctors, and over the last forty-six years it has become bloated and wasteful promoting the concentration of money and power in the hands of favored players such as hospitals and insurance companies at the expense of physicians and patients.

One only needs to look at the state of medicine now to see this. Initial examples include: 1) the use of the diagnosis related group (DRG) which drives how much a hospital will be paid for a particular disease and therefore affects the length of time a Medicare patient can stay in the hospital; and 2) The Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC ) passed in 1997, an advisory panel advising Congress on what should be paid under Medicare. Due to the inevitable creeping of government control under Obamacare this has morphed into the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) which has the power to independently set Medicare payment and coverage guidelines with Congress only able to reverse the rules with a supermajority (courtesy of an amendment by Senator Harry Reid). The IPAB is essentially the rationing board (see page 18, 27). For those who think this only applies to Medicare don’t worry, it will eventually affect those with private insurance since private insurers routinely adopt Medicare guidelines for coverage and payment.

Where does this leave doctors and patients? If they don’t take a stand they will both be servants forced into a system that strips patient privacy and choice while forcing doctors to practice collectivist medicine sacrificing individualized patient care.

The Affordable Care Act forces doctors to ask themselves whether they will honor their sacred Hippocratic oath to do no harm or serve the interests of a government that mandates that cost control is more important than an individual’s right to determine the course of their healthcare. Dr. Curtis W. Caine beautifully sums up the argument for non-participation in a system that is unsustainable economically, and is both morally and ethically bankrupt.

It is important to recognize that the system will not work without doctors and patients. Instead of depending on Congress to repeal Obamacare, doctors and patients need to work together. These are some steps that doctors and patients can take to regain their freedom:

  1. Physicians can stop participating in Medicaid and Medicare.  Under current Medicare/Medicaid guidelines doctors are treated as guilty until proven innocent. Between physicians being being targeted for fraud, waste and abuse (a felony), and recovery audits which claw back money for services already rendered it makes it very difficult to practice good medicine while always looking over your shoulder.
  2. Physicians who plan to stop participating should initiate conversations with their patients about why they have chosen to put patient care above all else.
  3. Medicare patients who have physicians who no longer participate should have a conversation about costs. They will find that many physicians are willing to significantly discount services.
  4. Patients who have insurance with high deductibles and co-insurances should consider foregoing their insurance for routine visits and tests and go to independent physicians that offer fee-for-service. These doctors are likely to offer significantly discounted services. In addition, using free standing facilities (i.e., non hospital based labs, surgery centers, and radiology facilities) can offer significant discounts.
  5. If you are healthy, consider getting catastrophic coverage and add supplemental insurance (e.g., AFLAC). Most healthy patients see a doctor 1-2 times a year and the average yearly cost is about $400 dollars. Depending on where you live, the average yearly premium is ($2,200-$4500) for an individual and ($5000-$11,200) for a family with a further $3000 deductible and $5000 deductible respectively. For plans with no deductible costs of premiums can be significantly higher. It may be more advantageous to buy a low premium/high deductable policy and save money monthly towards your own private health savings account (for example saving $300 per month would mean $3600 to spend any way you wanted without the risk of denials).
  6. If you can’t get into a doctor and have a non life threatening problem consider going to an urgent care. Get to know the urgent care centers in your area. Many are now staffed by ER trained physicians and offer excellent care at a fraction of the price of going to a hospital based ER with a significantly shorter waiting time.

The healthcare system is broken, but The Affordable Care Act is not the solution. Instead of depending on Congress and waiting for an election to bring change, it is up both doctors and patients to work together to take back our power.

(Via Breitbart Feed.)

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