SING SING, NY: With the House’s passage of the health care bill late Saturday night, Nancy Pelosi and her cohorts on Capitol Hill have discovered a new breed of criminal, the uninsured. Although unrecognizable based on race or gender, there are other ways to spot these reprobates. They are often young and healthy, and if you should happen to spot one at a doctor’s office, you will notice that they pay for their visit with cash.
Do not be fooled by their docile appearance, the uninsured are a threat to the American society, and a threat that Rep. Pelosi takes seriously. So much so that on page 297 of H.R. 3962 Section 59B. “TAX ON INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT ACCEPTABLE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE”, the bill mandates that those without acceptable health care coverage will incur heavy fines and jail time. Read more…
COLUMBUS, Ohio: One of our alert staffers received a call to action in her email Wednesday from the Ohio PIRG. It was a call for action to support the government takeover of healthcare. We wondered why an apparently government funded organization would be lobbying taxpayers for the expansion of big government (silly us). Never having heard of the OH PIRG we did a little digging.
The letter we received from Meshawn Ayala (here) suggests that citizens of Ohio donate to a fund to persuade 6 members of congress to vote for the public option. That none of the 6 represent Ohio is irrelevant, apparently. The fundraising purportedly is aimed at small businesses: Read more…
Denver Tea Party Sends Message to Washington
DENVER, Colorado: It’s time to send a message to Nancy Pelosi. Across the country concerned citizens have assembled this week in protest of the upcoming vote in the House on healthcare. They are marching on Washington today.
Members of congress have hidden in Washington far too long. They have conveniently forgotten their constituencies. As evidenced by the photo on the left, citizens have not forgotten their anger against big government. Nor have the voters in New Jersey and Virginia, judging by this week’s gubernatorial races.
A large crowd of Denver Tea Partiers assembled on November 3rd in protest of big government. In symbolic protest the gathering shredded 1990 pages of the health care bill and will deliver it on the steps of the Capitol noon today. (Read more at LookingAtTheLeft.com.) It’s time to get involved!
WASHINGTON: As mentioned previously by the NIP, legislators are banking on doctors doing what they are told. This is not just a gross miscalculation, but is a patent misrepresentation. Pelosi and Reid know fully well that if federal healthcare is passed doctors will quit practicing in droves.
Investors Business Daily/TIPP polls are renowned for their accuracy. In September IBD/TIPP polled doctors to evaluate their level of support for Obamacare.
Contrary to administration claims, there is substantial resistance among practicing physicians to the federalized healthcare proposals being considered. A striking finding is that 45% of doctors polled will consider leaving medicine if the proposal is enacted. Here are some key findings according to Terry Jones of IBD:
WASHINGTON: One key factor ignored by politicians in the healthcare debate: physicians’ willingness to do what they are told. Politicians assume that doctors work for them, and will do whatever they are ordered. This is not a valid assumption.
Take for example Medicare. Many doctors decline to see Medicare patients, citing diminishing payments and the increasing burden of paperwork imposed by the government:
Many people, just as they become eligible for Medicare, discover that the insurance rug has been pulled out from under them. Some doctors — often internists but also gastroenterologists, gynecologists, psychiatrists and other specialists — are no longer accepting Medicare, either because they have opted out of the insurance system or they are not accepting new patients with Medicare coverage. The doctors’ reasons: reimbursement rates are too low and paperwork too much of a hassle. Julie Connelly, NY Times
PERTH, Western Australia: There are more choices for Americans to consider in health care than the plans offered by the US, Canada, and Great Britain. As a practicing physician in Australia with over 20 years experience I thought your readers at the NIP would be interested in healthcare down under.
Australian citizens each have a medicare number which gives them free medical coverage in Australia and overseas in countries with reprical agreements. You can attend any General Practitioner of your choice, as often as you want. The vast majority of medicines are subsidised by the Government to a max cost to the patient of around $30 AUD. After you have spent around $800 in a year on pharmaceuticals, you’re covered by a safety net and it’s free after that until the end of the year. Read more…
One of the big misleading statements of ObamaCare is that under government health care you will never be turned down for treatment. Either that is true, or it isn’t. Perhaps we should look at what health care the government already provides and decide how it stacks up against major insurers. Let’s let actual historical numbers help us predict future outcome. Read the AMA’s National Insurance Report Cards yourself: 2008, 2009. If the government thinks it can fix healthcare, why not let them prove it by fixing Medicare first? I wonder what are they waiting for?