ObamaCare Is Working So Well In New Jersey Almost No Doctors Are Willing To Accept It


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ObamaCare down the drain

Five years since it was shoved down our throats in the dark of night, and despite all the debacles encountered along the way, ObamaCare’s supporters continue to insist it’s “working.” Their definition of “working” must be different from mine. Because even if it might have succeeded in forcing people to buy health insurance, those people can’t find a doctor who’ll take it.

The Affordable Care Act has provided a path for 420,500 low-income New Jersey residents to gain insurance through the Medicaid program, but a new study says the state ranks last in the nation in doctors willing to treat them.

Just 38.7 percent of New Jersey physicians said they accepted new Medicaid patients in 2013 — far below the national average of nearly 69 percent, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New Jersey is the only state where fewer than half of the doctors accepted new Medicaid patients. California, at 54.2 percent is second-lowest in the nation.

New Jersey also ranked at the bottom in a 2011-12 survey of 8,158 physicians, when 46 percent of primary care doctors said they had planned to take on new Medicaid patients.

Can you guess why?

Obamacare is long on promises, and short on payments.

New Jersey’s Medicaid physician reimbursement rates — among the lowest in the country despite the state’s high cost of living — have long suppressed doctor participation in the program known as NJ FamilyCare.

Are you surprised by that? Of course you aren’t.

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Obamabots believe doctors should work for free.

Notice how they don’t hold themselves to the same standard.

A report by NJ Advance Media in February detailed the problems people on Medicaid have finding a doctor who will see them. Making the situation even more challenging to patients, an investigation of the insurance company lists of participating providers revealed those lists to be inaccurate or out-of-date.

Bad info from the ObamaCare website? Say it ain’t so!

Of course it’s so. The whole thing is a train wreck.

It’s the illusion of health care.

The doctor won’t see you now. So, don’t get sick.




Doctors Comparing Notes


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doctors on rounds


“In Israel medicine is so advanced that we cut off a man’s 
testicles put them on another man and in 6 weeks he is 
looking for work.”

The German doctor says:  “That’s nothing, In Germany we 
take part of a brain put it in another man and in 4 weeks 
he is looking for work.”   

The Russian doctor says: “Gentlemen, we take half a heart 
from a man put it in another’s chest and in 2 weeks he is 
looking for work.”

The American doctor laughs: “You all are behind us. 
Six years ago we took a Muslim with no brains, no heart 
and no balls and made him President. Now, 
the whole damn country is looking for work!”
I’m told this joke won a competition in Britain.  

Obama Pulls The Rug Out From Under NJ Doctors’ Medicaid Reimbursement Rates


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For two years, Barack Obama pretended to care about Medicaid’s low reimbursement rates. He gave doctors a much-needed pay increase, to keep pace with Medicare and private insurance plans. But at the stroke of midnight on January 1st, the party’s over.

When federal lawmakers planned the massive expansion of Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act, they included a big enticement to physicians — a significant, but temporary, pay increase.

Although the pay increase was not tied to Medicaid expansion, New Jersey accepted the deal. Some 300,000 additional state residents have enrolled in Medicaid in the last year.

Even though the number of patients continues to increase, come Jan. 1, the pay increase will be gone, adding even more stress to overburdened health care providers in the state.

The provision of the health law that boosted Medicaid reimbursement rates to make them equal to Medicare rates expires at the end of the year.

Medicaid reimbursements to New Jersey providers will decline by 53 percent, according to an Urban Institute report. Only four other states — New York, Michigan, California and Rhode Island — will see greater decreases, the report found.

Obama figured, wrongly it turns out, that the states would pick up the tab after he bailed out. And I’m sure his media sycophants will do all they can in the coming days to pin the upcoming Medicaid-accepting-doctor shortage on Chris Christie.

Because the state has had a low reimbursement rate, only about 40 percent of New Jersey physicians accept Medicaid patients — a nationwide low, according to a 2012 Health Affairs study.

In addition, because many feared the boosted payments would end without an extension, few of the state’s doctors who hadn’t been accepting Medicaid patients joined the program, she said.

“Many doctors in New Jersey didn’t trust that it would be a long-lasting parity situation,” said Campagnolo, a past president of the Medical Society of New Jersey.

Medical society CEO Lawrence Downs speculated in a Nov. 18 letter to Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez that the return to 2012 reimbursement levels could drive physicians out of Medicaid.

“Our concern is that we could have 5,000 less physicians accepting Medicaid in 2015, when payments go back down to one of the lowest in the nation,” he wrote. “Thus, continuation of this payment level is crucial for the proper access to care for Medicaid patients.”

Doctors don’t want to work for peanuts.

Last year, a New Jersey family physician averaged $23.50 for an office visit from a Medicaid-covered patient.

And remember, $23.50 is the increased reimbursement rate. Next year it’ll be a paltry $12.45.

I can’t imagine any doctor being dumb enough to accept that.

So, all you suckers who believed Obama, voted for him, and signed up for Medicaid? Yeah, the joke’s on you. Here’s my advice: Don’t get sick.




9 Reasons to Fear Ebola


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Hat/Tip to Nick Tate at Newsmax.

Despite assurances to the otherwise, many health experts think it wise to treat the latest Ebola outbreak with the respect and yes, even fear that it warrants.

The Obama administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have moved to tamp down worries over Ebola even as the number of cases continues to accelerate. However, many doctors and researchers say there are ominous signs about what the future holds regarding the deadly virus.

Here, according to health experts, are nine reasons to fear Ebola:

1. U.S. hospitals are unprepared.

A new survey found that 94 percent of American hospitals are unprepared for an Ebola patient. Of 1,039 medical centers surveyed, only about 6 percent said they were “well-prepared,” according to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

“The results of the poll paint a disturbing picture, and point to an urgent need to bolster infection prevention resources in healthcare facilities,” Katrina Crist, CEO of APIC, said during a press conference announcing the results.

2. One form of Ebola has already mutated to an airborne disease.

David Sanders, associate professor of biological sciences at Purdue University who has done extensive Ebola research, notes that the strain of the virus at the center of the outbreak in West Africa can only be spread by exposure to bodily fluids. But Sanders tells Newsmax that Ebola does have the potential to mutate so that it can spread by air like a cold or flu.

In fact, this has already happened with one strain of the virus, Ebola-Reston, that is not involved in the current outbreak. This disease came to Reston, Virginia., in 1989, when a shipment of infected macaques was imported from the Philippines. The disease spread from the macaques to other monkeys housed at a quarantine facility. The infected monkeys all died and four workers at the quarantine facility tested positive for the disease.

The workers never got sick and Ebola-Reston turned out to be the only one of the five forms of Ebola not harmful to humans. But it does show that a virus in the Ebola family can be spread through the air, Sanders says.

3. There is huge potential for spread in Asia.

Health experts are especially concerned that the longer the Ebola outbreak rages in West Africa, the greater chance a traveler infected with the virus will touch down in Asia, a region where billions live in poverty, in crowded conditions, and with public health systems that are often very weak.

“This is a nontreatable disease with a very high mortality rate. And even a country like the United States has not been able to completely prevent it,” said Yatin Mehta, a critical care specialist at the Medanta Medicity hospital near New Delhi, India. “The [India] government is trying. They are preparing and they are training, but our record of disaster management has been very poor in the past.”

4. The CDC predicts 1.4 million cases by January.

The number of Ebola cases could reach 1.4 million in West Africa by the end of January, according to the CDC. To put this in perspective, an equivalent rate in the U.S. population would be almost 45 million people nationally.

CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden warned this month that Ebola is spreading so rapidly it could become a global pandemic to rival AIDS if it is not contained.

5. Ebola is transmissible by droplets.

The CDC notes that Ebola is not spread through the air like the cold or flu. But it may be spread via airborne “droplets” from an infected person to another in close proximity. 

Here’s the difference between the two modes of transmission:

Airborne transmission: This can occur when virus particles are discharged into the air and remain for long periods of time. Droplet particles from a cold or flu, for instance, can survive for long time periods outside the body and on dry surfaces. Infected particles can enter via the lungs of a healthy person, causing the disease. Ebola is not spread this way.

Droplet-contact transmission: This occurs when larger droplets of virus-laden mucus or saliva are discharged into the air such as from a sneeze and come into direct contact with the nose, mouth, or eyes of a healthy person, causing infection. This type of transmission occurs when proximity is very close (within 3 feet). Ebola can potentially be spread this way, experts believe, perhaps on planes or other types of public transportation.

6. The incubation period is long.

The time it takes a person exposed to Ebola to suffer symptoms and become contagious can range from two to 21 days. What’s more, new research suggests the 21-day quarantine recommended by the CDC for Ebola patients to minimize the risk of spreading the virus may be too short.

A Drexel University study concludes that 21 days might not be enough to completely prevent the spread of the virus, estimating a 12 percent chance that someone could be infected even after the three-week quarantine.

7. Health workers have been infected despite protective equipment.

Many healthcare workers who have been treating Ebola victims — including 16 members of the Doctors Without Borders staff — have contracted the virus even though they have followed established guidelines for wearing protective suits, masks, gloves, and other equipment.

Even the makers of such specialized equipment say it doesn’t offer 100 percent protection. In addition, donning and removing protective suits and masks can be tricky, experts say.

8. The Ebola virus can live up to 50 days on certain surfaces.

Under certain conditions at low temperatures, the Ebola virus can remain viable on surfaces for up 50 days, according to a study by the U.K.’s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory. Tests of the virus showed certain strains can remain on surfaces for nearly two months. The CDC notes that Ebola typically lives on “dry” surfaces like doorknobs and tables for only a few hours. But the U.K. research discovered it can survive for more than seven weeks on certain cold surfaces.

9. Ebola is incurable and there is no known treatment.

There is no vaccine or treatment for Ebola, despite a frenzy of drug company research.

Two experimental drugs have been used to treat patients in the current outbreak. ZMapp, being developed by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., has not yet been tested in humans. It is a combination of three different monoclonal antibodies that bind to the protein of the Ebola virus. A second experimental drug, Brincidofovir, has also been used to treat some patients. A third treatment that uses antibodies taken from the blood of individuals who have recovered from Ebola has also been effective in some patients.

Ebola vaccines are being investigated and could become available next year. However, even if they prove successful in trials, there are major technological hurdles to overcome to produce and distribute them.




ObamaCare Damage: You Thought You Could Keep Your Doctor?


We warned people that if Obama was re-elected, that people would lose their plans and doctors.  Being a rocket scientist was not a requirement for making that prediction, but millions of low information voters drank the Kool Aid, and voted for Obama.  Since then, people have lost their plans, their jobs, their hours, and their doctors.  Here is the latest…

On Wednesday, WKBN in Ohio reported that hundreds of patients in the state were losing their doctors thanks to Obamacare. Area medical facilities have been reporting that they have had to stop accepting insurance. “Hundreds of people in the Mahoney Valley can no longer go to their trusted doctors,” said Amanda Smith, reporter for WKBN. “Local officials say the Affordable Care Act is to blame.”

United Healthcare has dropped local doctors from their Medicare Advantage plans, meaning that patients will have to dump their doctors or pay cash. Dr. H.S. Wang of Eye Care Associates, one of the local doctors, said, “Now that they’re facing the choice of switching to another doctor, they’re really scared, really scared.”

They were warned.  If they voted for Obama, they voted for this.


ObamaCare Coverage vs. Walmart Coverage: Whose is Cheaper and Offers More Coverage?


Just as a hint, Walmart wins!  Well, yes, I gave it away; in a side by side comparison with far more expensive ObamaCare coverage, the Examiner found that the Walmart Coverage was a far better deal.  Here are some excerpts…

Independent insurance agents affiliated with the National Association of Health Underwriters and health policy experts compared the two at the request of the Examiner.

Walmart furnished employee benefit information to the Examiner. Neither Obamacare advocate Families USA nor the United Food and Commercial Workers, which backs anti-Walmart campaigns, responded to Examiner requests for comment.

Walmart offers its employees two standard plans, a Health Reimbursement Account and an alternative it calls “HRA High” that costs more out of employees’ pockets but has lower deductibles. Blue Cross Blue Shield manages both plans nationally.

For a monthly premium as low as roughly $40, an individual who is a Walmart HRA plan enrollee can obtain full-service coverage through a Blue Cross Blue Shield preferred provider organization. A family can get coverage for about $160 per month.

Unlike Obamacare, there are no income eligibility requirements. Age and gender do not alter premium rates. The company plan is the same for all of Walmart’s 1.1 million enrolled employees and their dependents, from its cashiers to its CEO.

Note that Congress exempted itself from the plans that we have to purchase.  Walmart’s CEO gets the same plan as the person that stocks the shelves.

A Journal of the American Medical Association analysis from September showed that unsubsidized Obamacare enrollees will face monthly premiums that are five to nine times higher than Walmart premiums.

JAMA found the unsubsidized premium for a nonsmoking gouple age 60 can cost $1,365 per month versus the Walmart cost of about $134 for the same couple.

Low premiums are not the only distinguishing feature of the Walmart plan. The retailer’s employees can use eight of the country’s most prestigious medical facilities, including the Mayo Clinic, Pennsylvania’s Geisinger Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic.

At these institutions, which Walmart calls “Centers of Excellence,” Walmart employees and their dependents can get free heart or spinal surgery. They can also get free knee and hip replacements at four hospitals nationwide.

As we have noted, top hospitals, like the Cleveland Clinic,  are left out for ObamaCare enrollees.

“People who are seriously ill need to stay away from these exchange plans,” McCaughey said.

Slayton said the gap between doctor availability in Chicago under the Obamacare and Walmart plans is dramatic.

“You will notice there are 9,837 doctors [under Obamacare]. But the larger network is 24,904 doctors. Huge, huge difference,” he said.

Walmart also offers a free preventive health plan that mirrors the Obamacare plan. Its employees can take advantage of a wide range of free exams and counseling, including screenings for colorectal cancer, cervical cancer, chlamydia, diabetes, depression and special counseling for diet and obesity.

Their children can get more than 20 free preventive services, ranging including screenings for genetic disorders, autism and developmental problems to obesity, lead poisoning exposure and tuberculosis. There are also 12 free vaccinations, and free hearing and vision testing.

Walmart employees pay as little as $4 for a 30-day supply of generic drugs and only $10 for eye exams through a separate vision plan.

In other words, the Walmart plan is tremendously cheaper, and offers more.

The article does not state if men are forced to purchase maternity coverage, and they do under ObamaCare.

I would strongly encourage you to get over and read the entire article at the Examiner.  It is very detailed, and has some nice info-graphics as well.

American apparently chose, and rather than what Walmart offers; cheap and effective, ObamaCare forces us to pay far more for much less.  But that’s OK, at least, as a middle aged man, I can get free maternity care and birth control pills!


Virginia Democratic Candidate Proposes the Enslavement of Doctors-Forcing Them to Accept Medicare and Medicaid Patients


If you ask someone that has worked in the medical profession, they would tell you that there is a reason that so many doctors do not accept Medicare and Medicaid patients.

1.  Poor re-reimbursement rates-essentially, you lose money with ever patient.

2.  Increased overhead in the form of more regulation.

3.  (Particularly with Medicaid) Very high no-show rate.  In other words, not only do you lose money with each appointment, but nearly 50% of those appointments are not kept at all, complicating the losses immensely.

4. (Particularly with Medicare) Medicare hired companies to investigate claims and “recover” false claims.  However, by their definition, a false claim is nothing more than an undotted “i,” or an uncrossed “t.”  The mafia outfits that charge seniors for 15 jazzies only get caught due to coincidence.  Oh, and did I mention that these companies get a percentage of the “false claims?”

5.  The Obama administration took hundreds of billions out of Medicare to fund ObamaCare.

6.  The insurance that denies more claims than any other?  Medicare!

In other words, for most doctors, Medicare and Medicaid is a losing proposition.  Mainly because they are government run, and therefore are terrible to deal with.

So, in order to prevent doctors from escaping the “suck,” democratic state delegate candidate, Kathleen Murphy, proposes that the state enslave doctors…

The Mason Conservative reported:

FYI last night at the Great Falls Grange debate, Democrat delegate candidate Kathleen Murphy said that since many doctors are not accepting medicaid and medicare patients, she advocates making it a legal requirement for those people to be accepted.

She did not recognize that the payments are inadequate to cover the doctors’ costs. She also did not recognize there is a shortage of over 45,000 physicians now and that it is forecast to be 90,000 in a few years.

Democrats appear to want to make physicians slaves of the state, but Democrats don’t admit they would just drive more doctors out of practice into retirement and other occupations. The Obamacare law and regulations are causing millions of people to lose their health insurance, drop many doctors and hospitals. The HHS internal forecast is 93 million Americans would lose their health insurance due to the Obamacare law and rules about adequacy of insurance.

Many more people will be uninsured. The penalties for being uninsured start at $95 per year, but the penalties can’t be collected by the IRS if a person does not have a tax refund to attach.
The out of pocket costs required by Obamacare’s Silver Plan for a non-smoking mother and father with two children making a gross before income taxes of $50,000 (roughly average salary for VA) would be $13,765 per year including the deductible of $10,400. That’s 28% of their gross income — not very affordable and about the same as guidelines for a mortgage payment. For such a family making $100,000 of gross income, The cost would be $21,431 including the deductible of $12,700, or 21% of gross income.

In other words, she wants to build a legislative “wall,” took make sure the doctors don’t escape.

Of course, that will just lead a bunch of them to either leave the state, or retire outright.  Of course, the democrats will blame that on someone else.


ObamaCare Damage: Nearly Half of NY Doctors Saying ‘Nyet Comrade” to ObamaCare



How long before the “so great that you have to be forced to enroll” applies to doctors?  It seems that the doctors out there are not feeling the love for ObamaCare, which means eventually, they’ll have to be punished for it.  Here is the current situation, via Doug Ross…

Ain’t central planning awesome?

New York doctors are treating ObamaCare like the plague, a new survey reveals.

A poll conducted by the New York State Medical Society finds that 44 percent of MDs said they are not participating in the nation’s new health-care plan.

…Only 23 percent of the 409 physicians queried said they’re taking patients who signed up through health exchanges.

“This is so poorly designed that a lot of doctors are afraid to participate,” said Dr. Sam Unterricht, president of the 29,000-member organization. “There’s a lot of resistance. Doctors don’t know what they’re going to get paid.”

…“Obama Care wants to start right away, but who see all these new patients???? Not me,” e-mailed one doc.

Another said, “I plan to retire if this disaster is implemented. This is a train wreck.”

“I refuse to participate in the exchange plans! I am completely opposed to this new law,” said a third respondent.

One doctor recycled the mantra used to attack addictions: “The solution is simple: Just say no.”

Now, instead of listening to doctors, who actually TREAT PATIENTS, the Obama administration will respond as governments do, they will eventually use force, citing the crisis of their own creation as the rationale.  Of course, ObamaCare really isn’t about treating patients-it’s about control.



ObamaCare Stupifies Your Doctor Visits


Under the abomination known as ObamaCare, patients are entitled to a “free” yearly physical exam.  However, as one doctor points out, there may be little that a doctor can do, other than follow the mandated format for that visit.  Here are some excerpts from Newsbusters…

In a Saturday PJ Media column (“A Physician’s New Reality: Patients Ask Me to Break the Law”), Dr. Peter Weiss, relays several important and ugly realities of what life will be like under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare, which could easily have been reported any time during the past couple of years by members of the establishment press.

That is something that is most important to note.  As ObamaCare continues to cost jobs, and screw up people’s care, folks are going to start realizing that they were not told about any of this, even though it was well known.

I have now posted a notice in my office and each exam room stating exactly what Obamacare will cover for those yearly visits. Remember Obama promised this as a free exam — no co-pay, no deductible, no charge. That’s fine and dandy if you are healthy and have no complaints. However, we are obligated by law to code specifically for the reason of the visit. An annual exam is one specific code; you can not mix this with another code, say, for rectal bleeding. This annual visit covers the exam and “discussion about the status of previously diagnosed stable conditions.” That’s the exact wording under that code — insurance will not cover any new ailment under that code.If you are here for that annual exam, you will not be covered if you want to discuss any new ailment or unstable condition. I cannot bait and switch to another code — that’s illegal. We, the physicians, are audited all the time and can lose our license for insurance fraud.

Knowing a bit about insurance coding, he is exactly correct.  You cannot bill for something that was not done.  You can’t do one thing, and bill for another.  That IS insurance fraud, and most providers go to great lengths to avoid it.

However, ObamaCare seems to encourage it.

… On top of all of that, doctors will be obligated — that’s right, obligated — to talk to you about things you may have no interest or need to talk about.

You may just want to have a pap smear or check your cholesterol. However, I am now mandated by the government to talk to you about your weight, exercise, family life, smoking, sexual abuse(!), and even to ask if you wear seat belts. And I am mandated to record your answers.

So, isn’t this typical government nonsense?  You can’t talk about something that might actually be troubling you, but the government get’s to know even the most private or trivial information about you?  After all, another mandate will be for all of this information to be electronically stored, and therefore viewable.

Well, Obama voters, you did want this, and vote accordingly.

Elections have consequences.


We Have a Winner! The Useful Idiot of the Month for May 2012 is…


The Union bosses!  It seems that spending money like water for well over a year, sending in goons to intimidate businesses, beat up Tea Party members, getting fake doctor notes, indoctrinating children, and generally making a giant mess of the Wisconsin State capitol, definitely qualifies them for useful idiocy.  But, there is the icing on the cake…after all of that, the millions, the goons, the damage to the state capitol, they are still behind the polls mere days before their showdown with Governor Walker!

Then, there is the additional irony that the DNC seemed rather hesitant to go all-in with their effort, so, not only did the union bosses spend upwards of $60,000,000 that they confiscated from their captives, they were thrown under the bus by the Dems!

My friends, that is useful idiocy.  They did all the “left” things.  They prevented democracy to declare “this is what democracy looks like.”  They vandalized, trashed, intimidated, indoctrinated, lied, cheated, and fled.  Then, when the DNC saw the writing on the wall, and needed to spend all their money on Obama, the poor union bosses didn’t seem quite as useful.  And now, it seems, they are familiarizing themselves with the underside of the bus.

But don’t worry, they have the Tammies to keep them company under there.


A Tale of Two Stories: Electronic Medical Records Costs Jobs, Doctors Losing Money


For our latest rendition of A Tale of Two Stories, we need to look at what is happening in with ObamaCare.  One of it’s requirements is for providers to convert to a electronic medical record, or EMR.  While this, on the surface, would allow for some advantages, like making it easier to get records from distant providers in the event of a medical emergency.  However, with government involved, the law of unintended consequences always rears it’s ugly head.  Big Government has the details…

Last week, layoffs were announced  at the University of Mississippi Medical Center due in part to the 80 million dollars that it will cost to implement a new computer system named EPIC Systems , Obama’s newly mandated electronic medical records system.

Naturally, the system Obama is forcing on an entire nation of medical professionals and hospitals is the same system owned and operated by Judith Faulkner, one of his own big donors . Faulkner is also a big donor to the Democrat Party. Not surprisingly, besides affording her the lucrative, crony capitalist business deal, Obama also put Faulkner in a key role on the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, the committee responsible for implementing the President’s e-records policy. She has become known as Obama’s medical records czar.

One of the things about the system Price told the audience was that the system requires a pathologist to fill in a field of information on what a patient is allergic to in every case the docs deal with. If they do not fill in this field the system will “ding” the doctor on his reimbursement funds. That may not seem so absurd, but Price also noted that the pathologist has to fill out these same fields even if he is just consulting on a case by looking at a slide in a microscope and won’t actually see the patient in person.

It gets worse. Price went on to recount that this system is so dysfunctional that it requires the same fields to be filled out for a corpse at an autopsy.

“This is no lie,” Price says. “The federal government wants the pathologist to determine whether or not a corpse has any allergies. …This is nonsense.”

Because, we must “ding” practitioners for failing to list the allergies of corpses, right?  Or, does Obama one day plan to cover zombies?

So, now that we’ve established that ObamaCare is increasing costs on the EMR front, let’s take a look at the fiscal health of doctors.  CNN recently ran a story about how so many doctors are having financial difficulties.  Newsbusters took a look at that article…

What’s interesting is that my tweeting commenter is right that Obamacare is definitely already influencing the viability of medical practices. But Ms. Parija Kavilanz’s Friday report acts as if the mind-numbingly lengthy legislation and the torrent of regulations which appear destined to end up being huge multiples of that outrageous length don’t exist, and actually blames many docs for their predicaments:

Doctors in America are harboring an embarrassing secret: Many of them are going broke.

This quiet reality, which is spreading nationwide, is claiming a wide range of casualties, including family physicians, cardiologists and oncologists.

Industry watchers say the trend is worrisome. Half of all doctors in the nation operate a private practice. So if a cash crunch forces the death of an independent practice, it robs a community of a vital health care resource.

“A lot of independent practices are starting to see serious financial issues,” said Marc Lion, CEO of Lion & Company CPAs, LLC, which advises independent doctor practices about their finances.

Doctors list shrinking insurance reimbursements, changing regulations, rising business and drug costs among the factors preventing them from keeping their practices afloat. But some experts counter that doctors’ lack of business acumen is also to blame.

The stories of doctors being lousy investors are legion, but to extend that to the idea that all of a sudden a lot of them have become inept at running their own businesses is ridiculous. What’s happening is that the revenues many of them are receiving are plummeting while their workload remains unchanged. Meanwhile, the fixed costs of running a practice can’t be changed on a dime.

Kavilanz does cite other factors, but makes sure to keep the following words which belong in his report out of it: “Obama,” “administration,” “Sebelius” (there are probably others, but that will do). The word “federal” appears once. The factors noted:

 (One doctor) said recent steep 35% to 40% cuts in Medicare reimbursements for key cardiovascular services, such as stress tests and echocardiograms, have taken a substantial toll on revenue.

Gee, I recall that Obamacare cut about $500 billion out of Medicare over 10 years. This sure looks like one related result. Ask yourself how long any business, no matter how well-run, would last if it had to reduce what they can charge for every unit or consulting hour sold by over one-third.

So then, all of a sudden, according to CNN, doctors have lost the ability to manage their practices?  But, as the Newsbusters examination points out, it’s the cuts in reimbursements that have done the damage.  It would seem that the $500,000,000,000 cut to Medicare to fund ObamaCare is already starting to take it’s toll.  Of course, the EMR is also going to add a massive expense.

Back when this started, we said it was Cloward-Piven for the medical sector as a whole.  So far, that theory seems to be coming to pass.  Hopefully, we will be able to stop it before ObamaCare causes the crisis that it was meant to cause, and usher in the brave new world of single payer health care.



Blog Focus: Top 10 Failures Of ObamaCare After One Year


Darcprynce over at The Daley Gator, has a great summary of ObamaCare Damage.  What a great way to celebrate ObamaCare’s first birthday.

Top 10 Failures Of ObamaCare After One Year – Human Events

President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010. In just the year since, the law known as ObamaCare has already severely crippled the nation’s economy and health care system.

Despite Obama’s continued pride in his signature health care legislation, a new CNN poll shows that 58% of Americans disapprove of the way Obama is handling health care.

The Republican House passed a repeal of ObamaCare in January, but the bill was blocked by the Democrat-controlled Senate. Four House committees are now drafting a replacement bill for ObamaCare. The House also passed legislation defunding ObamaCare in March, which was likewise blocked by the Senate Democrats. Republican leaders are committed, however, and say that they will be defunding the health care law through the appropriations process this year.

These are the top 10 failures of ObamaCare, starting with those that have had the most serious effect already on the economy, jobs, and the American people.

1. Explodes the Budget Deficit

One year ago, Obama said, “This legislation will also lower costs for … the federal government, reducing our deficit by over $1 trillion in the next two decades. It is paid for. It is fiscally responsible. “

Today: ObamaCare is projected to cost at least $2.4 trillion when it is fully implemented. Instead of Obama’s promise to reduce the deficit, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that ObamaCare will increase the federal deficit by $260 billion through 2019. The United States has more than $14 trillion in debt already, and will hit the current statutory debt ceiling ($14.3 trillion) in the next couple of months.

2. Kills Jobs

One year ago: Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said that the health care bill “will create 4 million jobs — 400,000 jobs almost immediately.”

Today: The only jobs that have been created from ObamaCare are the tens of thousands of new government bureaucrats who have been hired to deal with all the new regulations and taxes from ObamaCare.

Contrary to Pelosi’s prediction, the director of the CBO testified that 800,000 jobs will be lost over the next decade as a result of the law. Even the liberal Urban Institute released a report this week that said that the health care law will have “no noticeable effect on net levels of employment.” Employers are forced to either cut jobs or move workers into part-time slots that are not mandated to receive health insurance in order to meet the regulations, according to the CBO.

3. Lose Your Own Doctor and Health Plan

One year ago: Obama said, “If you like your current insurance, you will keep your current insurance. No government takeover. Nobody is changing what you’ve got if you’re happy with it. If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. If you like your plan, you can keep it.”

Today: New regulations could force as many as 87 million Americans to lose their current health care plans and their own doctors.

As soon as the new ObamaCare regulations were announced, companies told their employees that they may not be able to keep their current health care plans because of the increased expense. So Obama’s secretary of Health and Human Services started issuing one-year waivers that exempt companies and unions from complying with the law if it causes a significant increase in premium costs or decrease in access to coverage.

ObamaCare is so broken that the Obama administration has spent the last six months exempting its union friends and large companies from the law. In this one year, the Obama administration has already issued 1,040 waivers to unions and employers, which thereby exempt 2.6 million people from ObamaCare regulations.

But small businesses and non-union workers who do not have the resources or access to the administration’s waivers will be forced to drop their employees’ current health care plans.

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ObamaCare Damage: Doctors Moving Away From Medicare


During the “pitch” for ObamaCare, a repeated warning from Conservatives was the fact the people would not be able to keep their doctors, and that Medicare would be gutted.  They were, of course, accused of “fear mongering” and lying.  Low and behold, less that six months after ObamaCare passed, it seems that some Medicare members aren’t going to keep their own doctors-just as predicted.  Here is some coverage from Texas.

Texas doctors are opting out of Medicare at alarming rates, frustrated by reimbursement cuts they say make participation in government-funded care of seniors unaffordable.

Two years after a survey found nearly half of Texas doctors weren’t taking some new Medicare patients, new data shows 100 to 200 a year are now ending all involvement with the program. Before 2007, the number of doctors opting out averaged less than a handful a year.

“This new data shows the Medicare system is beginning to implode,” said Dr. Susan Bailey, president of the Texas Medical Association. “If Congress doesn’t fix Medicare soon, there’ll be more and more doctors dropping out and Congress’ promise to provide medical care to seniors will be broken.”

More than 300 doctors have dropped the program in the last two years, including 50 in the first three months of 2010, according to data compiled by the Houston Chronicle. Texas Medical Association officials, who conducted the 2008 survey, said the numbers far exceeded their assumptions.

The Pitch: So saith the chosen one, “You can keep your own doctor.”

The Reality: Not so much.

The question then is, what’s next?  This will, of course, create a crisis.  Now, the Congress has the ability to correct the spending cuts that they placed on Medicare, but that would mean that ObamaCare would cost more.  Or, did they put the Medicare cuts in to make it look good on paper, and to get it passed, knowing that there would be an outcry later to restore the funding?  Then, they can appear to be heroically saving Medicare from the “party of no.”

At any rate, the results are coming in, and ObamaCare is everything that Conservatives said it was, and everything that the Democrats denied it is.

Elections have consequences.  Ponder that while you’re trying to find a doctor.


Doctors in Favor of ObamaCare? Not so Much


The administration would have us believe that the medical profession is solidly behind the President’s health care plan.  After all, they repeatedly have handed out white coats to supporters for photo ops.    Right after it passes, they’ll all get on their unicorns and lead the way to the progressive utopia, right?

As usual, reality intervenes, and we start seeing more of the likely consequences of what will happen if ObamaCare passes.  For today, let’s take a look if there will be a doctor for you to see.  You see, large numbers of doctors will quit or retire if ObamaCare passes.

Nearly one-third of all practicing physicians may leave the medical profession if President Obama signs current versions of health-care reform legislation into law, according to a survey published in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

The survey, which was conducted by the Medicus Firm, a leading physician search and consulting firm based in Atlanta and Dallas, found that a majority of physicians said health-care reform would cause the quality of American medical care to “deteriorate” and it could be the “final straw” that sends a sizeable number of doctors out of medicine.

More than 29 percent (29.2) percent of the nearly 1,200 doctors who responded to the survey said they would quit the profession or retire early if health reform legislation becomes law. If a public option were included in the legislation, as several liberal Senators have indicated they would like, the number would jump to 45.7 percent.

So, how might the administration or MSM spin this, or will they just ignore it entirely?  After all, any information that goes against the proclamations of the POTUS are all from ignorant, redneck, uneducated, racist, homophobic, teabaggers…ESPECIALLY the ones that went to medical school!

How are we going to treat all of the millions of people that will allegedly get coverage under ObamaCare with 30-40% less doctors?