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Prestigious Cleveland Clinic Cuts $300M, Layoffs Loom Citing Obamacare

According to ObamaCareFacts.com the President’s healthcare plan creates jobs. The website even goes as far as to say, “Corporate sponsored entities have been reporting that ObamaCare “kills jobs”, yet no study has shown this.”  However, we continue to hear multiple reports of companies and schools laying off employees, cutting their hours and benefits.

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Indiana schools are being forced to reduce their workforce.  Wendy’s and other fast food restaurants are reducing their workforce as well. “I never thought it would impact me directly,” said Sullivan, a college professor. “I was stunned when I got the email…I love teaching at St. Pete College but that is a significant cut.” The Florida college is being forced to reduce her pay in half. UPS recently dropped thousands from their benefits package, which made headlines around the country. All have one thing in common. They cite Obamacare as the catalyst.

In 2009 when Obama was pushing his healthcare plan he cited Cleveland Clinic as the vision and blueprint for what America’s new healthcare system would look like. (VIDEO)

The Cleveland Clinic just recently announced that they will trim more than $300,000,000.00 from their operating budget and offer early retirement to many employees. Those who do not accept the package will be laid off.

A Cleveland Clinic spokesperson told Fox News:

To prepare for healthcare reform, Cleveland Clinic is transforming the way care is delivered to patients. Over the past several years, we have had an ongoing focus on driving efficiencies, lowering costs, reducing duplication in services and enhancing quality to make healthcare affordable to patients.Although we have made progress, we need to further reduce costs to the organization by $330 million in 2014.  We are carefully evaluating all aspects of our system to accomplish this. Some of the initiatives include offering early retirement to 3,000 eligible employees, reducing operational costs, stricter review of filling vacant positions, and lastly workforce reductions.

Cleveland Clinic is expecting less in reimbursement and patients to pay more for their healthcare.

Hospitals around the country are following suit. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the largest employer in the state of Tennessee, is laying off 1,000 individuals and slashing hours.  Metro Health of Ohio laid off 450 people. With shrinking staffs and an influx of patients, lines to see your doctor are likely to continue to grow.

Today the House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution to defund Obamacare. However, it is likely too little, too late as the democratic controlled Senate and president Obama are not likely to defund their landmark legislation.

Obamacare Forces Its Way Into Your Private Sex Life

“Pro-choicers” often hold signs at rallies that say things like, “Stay Out Of My Uterus.” Now conservatives might be sporting similar signs to protest Obamacare.

Under Obamacare, all doctors – from dermatologists, to podiatrists, to neurologists – will be asking very personal questions about your sex life. Questions like, “Are you sexually active?”, “With whom?” and “How many sexual partners do you have?”

Doctors will be financially punished if they fail to ask such questions.

Here is how it will work: under Obamacare, all doctors who do not use electronic methods by 2015 will face heavy fines from Medicare and Medicaid.

In those records, the government has mandated that doctors include details pertaining to patients’ sex life.

Some doctors say the regulations could harm the patient-doctor relationship. Dr. Richard Amerling, a nephrologist and professor at Albert Einstein Medical College, said the requirements make your medical record “into an interrogation, and the data will not be confidential.”

The New York Civil Liberties Union is concerned about privacy (or lack thereof). In a 2012 report, the group pointed out that almost all information on a patient’s medical record can be found with one click of a mouse.

As Betsy McCaughey of the New York Post argued that should be assertive and defend their personal privacy. She wrote, “WikiLeaker Bradley Manning showed how incompetent the government is at keeping its own secrets; incidents where various agencies accidentally disclose personal data like Social Security numbers are legion. And that’s not to mention the ways in which commercial databases are prone to hacking and/or exploitation.”

In the 1980s and 1990s, women’s rights activists vehemently protested the federal government’s ability to access a woman’s health records.

Ironically, women’s rights groups have not made a peep about the intrusive Obamacare mandates.

Obamacare is arguably an intrusive vehicle for the federal government to push its way into our private business and bodies.

Are you concerned? Let us know your thoughts below.

FEDS will force taxpayers to spend $2 billion every year to promote Obamacare

Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, has never been embraced, or even accepted, by the American people.  Indeed Obama spent the majority of his first two years in office – years in which he was backed by a Democrat majority in the House and Senate – pushing the program, with the methods fueling the first scandal of Obama’s presidential career, the flag@whitehouse.gov scandal.

After it passed, the program grew less and less popular.  Dozens of lawsuits – at least one of which will probably get to the Supreme Court – sought to modify the law on religious grounds.  Multiple companies have cited its provisions as the reason for cutting jobs and hours, and the implementation of the employer mandate has even been delayed because of the strain it would place on small businesses.  Insurance premiums have already risen for individuals, and studies have shown that young people would be financially better off paying the fines for having no coverage than purchasing coverage.

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Even Union leaders have spoken against the law, saying it would “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.”  Meanwhile, its backers, like Harry Reid, have said that it would necessarily lead to the creation of a Canada, UK or France-style single payer system, an idea the American people opposes even more strongly.

The government’s response to this opposition and skepticism, however, has not been to reconsider, modify or eliminate the program.  Instead, the writers of Obamacare included Section 4002.  Section 4002, according to Kent Masterson Brown, creates a fund used for promoting Obamacare.  Between 2010 and 2015, the money appropriated increases from $500 million to $2 billion per year.

The “Prevention and Public Health Fund” will “Provide for expanded and sustained national investment in prevention and public health programs to improve health and help restrain the rate of growth in private and public sector health care costs.”  It almost admits in this wording that its purpose is to promote the program, though it doesn’t reveal the extent to which this is the case.

According to Brown, this funding has gone to symposiums for journalists, and it’s also gone to media companies like the Washington Post, NBC, Reuters and CBS.  In addition, it’s gone to putting promotions of Obamacare on Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy and other primetime TV shows.  It’s also helped to fund non-profit organizations committed to promoting Obamacare.

More traditional uses of promotional funds have also been paid for.  $8 million, for instance, has gone to a public relations contract to help increase public support of the program, or in other words, “to convince skeptical – or simply confused – Americans that the ACA is good for them and convince them to enroll in a plan.”

Using taxpayer money to convince citizens to support a partisan agenda is unconscionable and a very dangerous policy.  Creating a government program with such funds built into its very structure is insane.  Government is meant to represent the people, not lead them at an expense of $2 billion per year.

Obamacare: Insurance Rates to Spike A High Fever

Like many conservatives and liberty-minded Americans have long assumed, President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), widely known as Obamacare, is truly not affordable. According to a report by the House of Representative’s Energy and Commerce Committee, insurance rates will grow an average of 100 percent to as much as 400 percent.

The report requested rate information from 17 insurance companies including heavyweights like Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Kaiser Foundation.

A North Carolina family saw their BCBS insurance deductible increase to $1500 per person for each (7) family members last month. The father told Benswann.com, “we simply cannot afford this. We are now forced to sell our home because we cannot afford this increase.”

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina released its own report, alerting customers of rate changes. After new federal subsidies and grandfathered plans are factored in, the company expects about two-thirds of its individual market customers to see rate increases similar to those of recent years or decreases in 2014. The remaining one-third of individual market customers will see larger increases because of the Affordable Care Act. These rate changes come because several of the Affordable Care Act’s new requirements will be implemented Jan. 1, 2014.

“Beginning next year, individuals who buy their own health insurance will feel a wide variety of impacts as new components of the ACA take full effect,” said Patrick Getzen, BCBSNC vice president and chief actuary. “The ACA expands access to coverage and increases benefits. This is a good goal, but it comes with a cost. Subsidies will offset the higher cost of premiums for some of our customers, but more sick people in the insurance pool, more benefits, and new taxes and fees will drive rates up.”

Unlike the President’s promises, the Affordable Care Act won’t deliver. The Energy and Commerce Committee report ends, “Despite promises that the law will lower costs, (Obamacare) will in fact cause the premiums of many Americans to spike substantially. The broken promises are numerous, and the empirical data reveal that many Americans, from recent college graduates to older adults, will not be able to afford the law’s higher costs.”

These shortcomings are one of the many reasons that conservatives have tried to defund this fraud of a program. According to the Daily Caller, a petition in circulation has reached over 1 million signatures, urging the defunding of Obamacare. The petition movement is being spearheaded by Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee and Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz.

“The American people are standing up, speaking out and demonstrating their absolute disdain for the unaffordable and unfair train wreck that is Obamacare,” said Lee in a statement.

Democratic Leader Harry Reid needs 60 votes to fund Obamacare, but there are only 54 Democrats in the Senate. If Republicans hold strong, they can stop it.

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The petition launched July 27. It took only 37 days to accrue 1 million supporters.

To learn more about the petition or to sign it, visit http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/.

In addition to the petition, 2014 Senate candidates are also being asked to sign a promise to help defund Obamacare. In South Carolina, candidates Lee Bright, Nancy Mace and Richard Cash have signed the pledge. Incumbent Lindsey Graham has not signed the pledge.

The promise includes the following text: “I, ___________, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of ___________, and to the American people, that I will: ONE, support the full repeal of Obamacare (also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act); and TWO, oppose any bill or budget resolution that provides funding to implement or enforce any part of it.” 

Exclusive: National Physician Association Rallies To Defund Obamacare

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The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is asking physicians and patients to sign petitions to Congress to defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), called “ObamaCare.”  Former Congressman Dr. Ron Paul (since 1970) and US Senator Rand Paul (who hand writes his dues check every year) are notable members of AAPS. 

“The clock is set to destroy American medicine and the American economy. It’s not too late to avert this disaster by immediately defunding and delaying implementation of ObamaCare,” says AAPS.

The Petition of Physicians reads: 

“My job, duty, and mission is to care for my patients, and Obamacare, the

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, makes it impossible to fully

fulfill my obligations. Therefore, as a medical professional I support the full repeal of

Obamacare, and I oppose any bill or budget resolution that provides

funding to implement or enforce any part of it.”

The petition for patients reads:

“I rely on the patient physician relationship to serve my best interests, but

Obamacare, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, forces the

physician-government relationship to be placed ahead of me in the exam

room. Therefore, as a patient reliant on good medical decision making and a

responsive medical market I support the full repeal of Obamacare, and I

oppose any bill or budget resolution that provides funding to implement or

enforce any part of it.”

Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of AAPS since 1989, tells us in our exclusive interview ,”We will send this petition off to members of the House of Representatives in an attempt to influence republicans to vote with their constituents and defund Obamacare.”

Currently Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) doesn’t feel that the vote to defund Obamacare will sway in their favor. “Right now, we don’t have the votes. We don’t have the votes in the House. We don’t have the votes in the Senate,” says Cruz.

“I think it’s extremely important for patients and doctors to understand what Obamacare means to the relationship they enjoy with one another. They need to understand what Obamacare means to American medicine. Patients and doctors must seek a way to decouple themselves from this train-wreck,” says Dr. Orient. Since yesterday, more than 400 patients and 310 physicians have signed the petition.

 

Dr. Orient joined the AAPS in 1983. She specializes in general internal medicine. The AAPS is a national organization representing physicians in all specialties, founded in 1943 to preserve private medicine and the patient-physician relationship. 

Obamacare Might Be Heading Back To The Supreme Court: Unconstitutional

A little known secret about the President’s healthcare agenda began leaking a few months ago. The mainstream media has completely abandoned the issue, until recently. However, signs are beginning to point to hemorrhagic status as often times small leaks take up this route.ObamaWhat’s the secret? When crafting the legislation, democrats and the President made a huge mistake. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, states were given the option to decide whether or not they wanted to set up an insurance exchange, which each state would run. Those states who choose not to set up their own insurance exchange would have a federal exchange set up in its place. States that do choose to set up an exchange are to fine employers who  do not provide insurance under the employer-mandate penalty. This money is then returned to the employees to purchase insurance through the state run exchange.
Here’s the flaw. So far more than two dozen states have opted out of the state exchange. Tennessee, Texas, Florida and Oklahoma to name a few. President Obama and democratic leadership failed to add this same penalty to states who opt out of the state exchange in place of the federal exchange. Therefore, the dozens of states that have already opted out cannot be fined under the employer-mandate penalty. This would have left Obamacare in  shambles.

So, Obama went to the IRS and had them re-write the healthcare law. However, this is unconstitutional. Only Congress can make such changes to law. A lawsuit has been making its way to the Supreme Court  filed by the state of Oklahoma challenging this illegal power grab by the IRS.

I have been following this development for quite some time. Communications director for US Congressman Scott Desjalais (R-TN), Robert Jameson told me in an interview a couple months ago;

“They made a huge mistake here. Congressman Desjarlais will be taking action on the issue and watching it closely in the Supreme Court. If we are successful in upholding this as unconstitutional it will make the states who have opted out of the state run exchange very attractive to businesses who bring jobs and prosperity. It will also make Obamacare even more unsustainable than it already is, which will leave the door open to defunding it.”

Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma Attorney General, just took a major step forward in having his case heard by the Supreme Court. A federal judge in Okalahoma ruled last Monday that Oklahoma has the legal standing to sue the federal government over the subsidies in the federally run exchanges (see video above). This is the first time a federal judge has ruled against the Obama administration with regards to the Patient Care Act in quite some time. Opponents of the Patient Care Act will certainly keep a watchful eye as this story continues to develop.

 

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As Obamacare Deadline Looms, Doctors are Opting for “Cash Only” Clinics

Physicians across the country are attending seminars that teach doctors how to start their own direct primary care practices. Direct primary care practices take no health insurance, only cash. In a recent survey conducted by the DPMA Foundation, 2 out of 3 doctors say they are “just squeaking by or in the red,” and 83% say they are “thinking about quitting the business.” With the looming threat of Obamacare, many doctors are planning to ditch the traditional business model for a more simple and straightforward one.

Dr. Jerome Aya-Ay from Palmetto Proactive healthcare in South Carolina uses the “Direct primary care,” model which is successful because it eliminates the bureaucratic hassle of insurance and lowers prices for the consumer.

Dr. Jerome Aya-Ay charges his patients via a price list similar to a restaurant menu. He also charges a monthly fee of $60 for routine services which most doctors cannot do. Listen to the interview below.

Chiropractors have been using the cash only business model for many years and are experiencing great success. Dr. Scott Baker, owner of Upper Cervical of Spartanburg, S.C. said, “We started to go 100% cash in May 2012 and are experiencing great success, now we are moving into a state of the art facility 3 times bigger than our current venue, and we will be hiring a new doctor.” Dr. Scott said he is creating a patient-driven practice. His new clinic will have a “health-spa feel” with digital touch screens for patient check-ins, flat screens TVs, and a paperless office so he can have more time to focus on his patients.

The Heritage Foundation’s Ed Haislmaier said, “I think we are going to see primary care doctors increasingly moving to a cash-only arrangement, where they opt out of insurance rules.” The simple truth is that doctors want to get off the insurance grid not only because of the risky regulations and economic factors, but because they want better relationships with their patients.

Dr. Tom Kendall of Greenville, S.C., a practicing physician and the president of the Association of American Surgeons and Physicians said, “Obamacare is not about healthcare, it’s about control. Obamacare puts the relationship of the patient and physician under the jurisdiction of the government. This means more government control and less patient choice. Under Obamacare, healthcare will be rationed, healthcare costs will increase, and bureaucrats will decide medical treatments instead of the physician and patient.”

Upstate doctors who are moving to a direct primary care are creating win-win solutions for medical professionals and their patients. It would be a move from a bureaucracy-driven model which is enamored with red tape and creates a wedge between the doctor and patient, to a patient-driven model with no insurance interference, less government intrusions, and no wasted time dealing with paperwork. It is a model that will create lower fees for patients and will allow doctors to foster better relationships with patients. The real solution to healthcare is to give patients more control over their health care dollars, and unchain doctors from the shackles of government control and regulations.

OBAMACARE PROVISION: “FORCED” HOME INSPECTIONS

“Clearly, any family may be visited by federally paid agents for almost any reason.”

According to an Obamacare provision millions of Americans will be targeted.

The Health and Human Services’ website states that your family will be targeted if you fall under the “high-risk” categories below:

  • Families where mom is not yet 21.
  • Families where someone is a tobacco user.
  • Families where children have low student achievement, developmental delays, or disabilities.
  • Families with individuals who are serving or formerly served in the armed forces, including such families that have members of the armed forces who have had multiple deployments outside the United States.

There is no reference to Medicaid being the determinant for a family to be “eligible.”

In 2011, the HHS announced $224 million will be given to support evidence-based home visiting programs to “help parents and children.” Individuals from the state will implement these leveraging strategies to “enhance program sustainability.”

Constitutional attorney and author Kent Masterson Brown states,

“This is not a “voluntary” program. The eligible entity receiving the grant for performing the home visits is to identify the individuals to be visited and intervene so as to meet the improvement benchmarks. A homeschooling family, for instance, may be subject to “intervention” in “school readiness” and “social-emotional developmental indicators.” A farm family may be subject to “intervention” in order to “prevent child injuries.” The sky is the limit.

Although the Obama administration would claim the provision applies only to Medicaid families, the new statute, by its own definition, has no such limitation. Intervention may be with any family for any reason. It may also result in the child or children being required to go to certain schools or taking certain medications and vaccines and even having more limited – or no – interaction with parents. The federal government will now set the standards for raising children and will enforce them by home visits.”

Part of the program will require massive data collecting of private information including all sources of income and the amount gathered from each source.

A manual called Child Neglect: A Guide for Prevention, Assessment, and Intervention includes firearms as potential safety hazard  and will require inspectors to verify safety compliance and record each inspection into a database.

Last session South Carolina Rep. Bill Chumley introduced a bill, H.3101 that would nullify certain provisions of Obamacare. The bill would give the state attorney general the authority to authorize law enforcement to arrest federal agents for trespassing. It would make forced home inspections under Obamacare illegal in South Carolina. It passed in the House but died in the senate.

Kent Brown and Rep. Rick Quinn discuss “forced” home inspections under Obamacare in the video below.

Premiums Skyrocket 198%: Congress Exempts Themselves From Obamacare Provisions

In a letter to the US Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS), Ralph Hudgens, insurance commissioner for the state of Georgia, reports that Georgia insurance companies have filed new rate plans under Obamacare that will increase insurance rates up to 198%. Hudgens goes on to demand that the USDHHS delay implementation so that Georgia may get its house in order before the massive hikes take place. He also requests that the department justify the massive increases, as they are directly contradictory to what the President had promised. Finally, he demanded a prompt response to this “emergency situation”.

Georgia isn’t alone. A recent report from the Ohio Department of Insurance states that under Obamacare the average increase will be around 88%. Ohio and Georgia are certainly not unique. This story is repeated again and again all over the country.

Because Congress never read the bill, they had no idea how hard this would hit them. The law still remains unclear. Many threatened to quit their jobs on the Hill and move to the private sector because they could be forced to give up their subsidy. It seems odd that lawmakers threatened to abandon their constituents in a fit because they had to be included in a law that they forced upon us all.

Obama gets involved in order to exempt Congress from healthcare law provisions
Obama gets involved in order to exempt Congress from healthcare law provisions

All due to an amendment, which GOP lawmakers added to the Patient Care Act that required all lawmakers and  their staff to be covered by plans “created” by the law or “offered through an exchange before 2014. The amendment reads:

“Section 1312(d)(3)(D): The only health plans that the Federal Government may make available to Members of Congress and their congressional staff with respect to their service as a Member of Congress or congressional staff shall be health plans that are created under this Act…or offered through an Exchange established under this Act.”

As of now, taxpayers pay almost 75 percent of premium payments for Congress as part of government employee benefits in Washington. Republican lawmakers believed that if America had to be a part of this then lawmakers and staff could not be allowed any exemptions. The law should apply to all Americans equally. Right?

Not so fast… Democrats had another plan. It was reported by Politico months ago that democrats in Congress were attempting to give themselves and staff an exemption. However, they quickly dismissed it as rumor. Harry Reid’s spokesman Adam Jentleson flatly denied a report that the democrat majority leader had sought an exemption for lawmakers and their staffers:

“There are not now, have never been, nor will there ever be any discussions about exempting members of Congress or Congressional staff from Affordable Care Act provisions that apply to any employees of any other public or private employer offering health care.”

There were even reports that some legislators would attempt to change the legislation by attaching an amendment to a must-pass funding bill.

“I don’t care what the answer is,” said Sen. Tom Coburn (R, Okla.). “Give us an answer so that if we want to do a legislative fix to take care of the people who actually work for us,” we can. “I mean, they’re going to be the only set of federal employees that actually get paid by the federal government that have to go into the exchange. (OPM knows) the answer—they just won’t share it. And I want time to legislate on it before we lose half our staff.”

As the 2014 deadline approaches, in plutarchy  fashion, the President and Congress moved to exempt themselves and staff from provisions of the law, which would have possibly made them lose their subsidy. Obama told a group of democratic senators in a private meeting last Wednesday that he would find a solution for them. He came through. Lawmakers and their staff will now be exempt from a provision, which could force them to buy into the system the same way we do. They will continue to receive the subsidies they currently get regardless of the amendment, which could now make this against the law set forth in the Patient Care Act. Now lawmakers and staff will not feel the swift kick in the gut that the rest of us will. For now, Congress won’t have to leave their jobs on top of the Hill.

 

“The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.”

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