Friday, October 4, 2013

Can ObamaCare Work

Barack Obama
Can U.S. President Barack Obama's Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act work? Yes, but it will require a lot of work. Britain and Canada have successfully run national healthcare systems for decades, funded by taxes. The template exists via Britain and Canada. Therefore, it can be done in America as well.

However, the sticking point for many is making ObamaCare work without bankrupting businesses and families. The U.S. economy is not out of the woods yet, regarding the health of the national checkbook. The nation is still struggling to recover from the 2008 recession, which was actually a financial depression. The government has been using semantics labeling it something else, as the financial losses were staggering.

There are some points of ObamaCare the Judiciary Report agrees with and (others the site does not). For example, beginning in 2009, the site published a series of original articles discussing the high cost of medical imaging (medical equipment). On March 23, 2010 ObamaCare passed and became law and included in the 2010 legislation is a small 2.3% "medical equipment tax." Several months prior to ObamaCare becoming law in 2009, the Judiciary Report wrote about this very subject (in articles that are time stamped and have been online for years):

 August 26, 2009 article "Obama Seeks Promo Assistance From Docs" stated, "Another area of significant cost is hospital imaging (MRIs, CT Scans, EMGs, EKGs). I speak from experience. For technology that has been around for some time, it is still very expensive. The government would do well to find a way to alleviate costs associated with imaging, which would save paying patients, Medicare and Medicaid significant sums of money."

November 23, 2009 article "Obama's Approval Ratings Drop To 48%" stated, "The technological angle needs to be looked at as well. When DVD players just came out they were $500-$1,000. Now, you can get one for $29. Why is medical imaging still so expensive after all these years (MRIs, CT Scans, EKGs, EMG). We need a McDonalds imaging solution to this problem."

December 9, 2009 article "
Senator Reid Compares Health Care To Slavery" stated "Look for cost cuts, such as medical imaging, in making the technology more affordable and ways to permanently eliminate Medicare fraud. That will be a great start. It would be great if everyone had solid health care, but the U.S. Congress should pace itself, lest it make the nation's financial condition even worse."

January 26, 2010 article "Obama Prepping For State Of The Union Address" stated "Target medical imaging companies to reduce the cost of their products, such as MRIs, MRAs, CT scans, Doppler, EKGs, EEGs ect... in the manner other technology sectors have done in dropping the price of items such as, DVD players and CD players that used to cost hundreds of dollars, but now can be purchased for 1/10 of their former price. Focus on reducing the price of pharmaceutical drugs, as some only cost $1.00 per unit to manufacture, yet are being sold for $50.00 to $100.00 a bottle. That's just plain greed."

As stated above, the January 26, 2010 article "Obama Prepping For State Of The Union Address" mentioned "Target medical imaging companies to reduce the cost of their products, such as MRIs, MRAs, CT scans, Doppler, EKGs, EEGs ect..." The government did just that months later with ObamaCare, via a special "medical equipment tax" but some in congress are against it. The Judiciary Report is not. These companies are making a fortune, they can afford to give something back to the collective national health of the nation.

When I had a stress induced aneurysm in 2008, which negatively impacted my vision for 2-weeks (thank God my full sight came back, 20/20 vision again, because in some cases it does not) upon receiving a copy of my 4-day hospital bill, I thought I was having another aneurysm and started blinking thinking I was seeing doubles and the first of three bills really didn't say $40,000. Oh, but it did. It wasn't the hospital room or doctor fees that ran up the bill. It was the medical imaging ("medical equipment") used to perform MRIs, MRAs, CT scans, Doppler, an angiography, the EKG and EEG. These "medical equipment" cost are driving up hospital bills all over the nation.

Some sticking points for the Judiciary Report regarding ObamaCare include lack of clarity in reference to opt out clauses for those who do not wish to have their tax dollars spent on items such as abortion. There are many religious people in America who oppose abortion. There are claims the legislation contains an opt out clause regarding abortion fees, but some in the press refute these statements, with allegations of hidden funds within ObamaCare using everyone's funds for said elective medical procedure.

Another point of contention for the site is the fact ObamaCare is 10,535 pages of legislation that even some members of Congress have not read. The thickest book I own is roughly 500 pages. To request the public read 10,535 pages to be in compliance with the law is a lot to ask.

ObamaCare needs to be on audio and or Cliff's Notes. Why? ObamaCare is too much for busy people to read and embedded within the legislation exists serious penalties for those who do not obtain health insurance. I recently read a claim that some of the penalties for not obtaining health insurance is thousands of dollars in fines per year, revocation of one's driver's license and a lien placed on one's property.

The authors of the legislation want you to know they are not playing. Hence the steep penalties. So do not run afoul of the law. However, some may not know the full extent of the penalties, not take it seriously enough and find themselves in a very negative financial situation more costly than actually obtaining health insurance. 
A lot of people are going to end up in court, in trouble with the government, because they didn't read or don't understand what the legislation states. Key points need to be condensed into a concise pamphlet, audio recording and government web article.

Another point of contention is some of the prices being bantered about for health care policies under ObamaCare are not cheap. It is being stated student policies can run $175 per month and up. For the average student that's a lot of money to come up with every month for health care. Some can't even afford their university books and transportation costs. 
There is also a very serious claim in the New York Times that millions of poor people will not be covered by ObamaCare. People below the poverty line in America are barely making ends meet. Every penny is accounted for and many are still in debt. Poor people need assistance and ObamaCare has to be within financial reach. Many want to try, but if they can't afford health insurance, what are they supposed to do.

In closing, ObamaCare needs improvement if it is to work without causing serious financial issues for Americans. There needs to be careful fine tuning.

Millions of Poor Are Left Uncovered by Health Law
Published: October 2, 2013 - A sweeping national effort to extend health coverage to millions of Americans will leave out two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance, the very kinds of people that the program was intended to help, according to an analysis of census data by The New York Times…

Obamacare Fines to be Seized From Bank Accounts?
October 2, 2013 - A man who attempted to sign up for Obamacare online was told that a fine of over $4,000 dollars a year for refusing to take out mandatory health insurance could be taken directly from his bank account, and that his drivers license would be suspended and a federal tax lien placed against his home, according to an entry on the Facebook page.

If true, the implementation of Obamacare is going to be a whole lot more draconian than Americans have been led to believe. Will Sheehan claims that when he tried to sign up for Obamacare and then register to opt out, he received an ominous warning. Sheehan’s full Facebook post reads;
"I actually made it through this morning at 8:00 A.M. I have a preexisting condition (Type 1 Diabetes) and my income base was 45K-55K annually I chose tier 2 "Silver Plan" and my monthly premiums came out to $597.00 with $13,988 yearly deductible!!! There is NO POSSIBLE way that I can afford this so I "opt-out" and chose to continue along with no insurance.

I received an email tonight at 5:00 P.M. informing me that my fine would be $4,037 and could be attached to my yearly income tax return. Then you make it to the "REPERCUSSIONS PORTION" for "non-payment" of yearly fine. First, your drivers license will be suspended until paid, and if you go 24 consecutive months with "Non-Payment" and you happen to be a home owner, you will have a federal tax lien placed on your home. You can agree to give your bank information so that they can easy "Automatically withdraw" your "penalties" weekly, bi-weekly or monthly! This by no means is "Free" or even "Affordable."...

Waxman on 10,535 Pages of Obamacare Regs: ‘Is It Important That I Read It?’
October 2, 2013 - 4:08 PM - ( – When asked by whether he had read all 10,535 pages of final Obamacare regulations that have so far been published in the Federal Register, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) asked in return whether it was "important" the he read them, dismissed the inquiry as a "propaganda question," and did not ultimately anwer. "What I was going to ask you is if you've read those [10,535 pages] of regulations."

Waxman said: “Have you read them?” "No. Have you read them?"