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Obamacare is a clear and present danger to America …

However you feel about the Obama Administration and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), you must realize that this is a clear and present danger to America on three fronts. One, the government is expanding its size and scope to administer this new entitlement system. Two, the government is de facto nationalizing one-sixth of the American economy using unconstitutional and political tricks rather than a fair bipartisan political process. And three, the single-payer component of Obamacare appears to be working extremely well in comparison with the government's core insurance exchange process.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the portion of the Obamacare system designed for Medicaid is working well as evidenced by the gross numbers of Medicaid applicants signing up. For those who do not know, Medicaid is a single-payer system designed to deliver healthcare to the poor and those likely to lack insurance. By expanding Medicaid and retarding the funding that would come from a younger cohort signing up for mandated Obamacare-style insurance, the Obamacare system will devolve to the point where everyone may be placed in this single-payer Medicaid system -- thus realizing the decades-long goal of the progressive socialist democrats.

As for proof, one needs only to turn to Obamacare's funding mechanism to note that the law is designed to vastly expand and fund the Medicaid portion of the law by taking money, at least $700 billion,  out of the Medicare pool; thus disadvantaging senior citizens who have the right to expect their bargain with the federal government be upheld by the Obama Administration. Another reason why I am absolutely furious with AARP who appears to protect their senior citizen constituency while simultaneously advocating for Obamacare.

Single-payer health care is a system in which the government, rather than private insurers, pays for all health care costs. Single-payer systems may contract for healthcare services from private organizations (as is the case in Canada) or may own and employ healthcare resources and personnel (as is the case in the United Kingdom). The term "single-payer" thus only describes the funding mechanism—referring to health care financed by a single public body from a single fund—and does not specify the type of delivery, or for whom doctors work. Although the fund holder is usually the state, some forms of single-payer use a mixed public-private system. <Source>  

States are cutting back on their Medicaid delivery systems to facilitate the federal government's power grab ...

How many people remember the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act?

“The Supreme Court’s decision on National Federation of Independent Business et al v. Sebelius upheld all provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) including the individual responsibility requirement, health insurance exchanges and subsidies, and the Medicaid expansion. However, the Court restricted the federal government’s ability to withhold federal Medicaid funds if a state elects not to institute the expansion, effectively giving states a choice whether to expand coverage. Even though the federal government will pick up nearly all of the costs of the expansion (100 percent for the first three years, phasing down to 90 percent in 2020 and all subsequent years), some governors and state legislative leaders have expressed initial hesitation — or outright opposition — to expanding Medicaid.”  <Source>

“Now, a year later, almost half the states have indicated they will opt out of the expansion, canceling coverage for millions of low-income people who had been expected to join Medicaid rolls on January 1, 2014.” <Source>

Bleeding seniors ...

If you are a senior, would you have any faith in a system that awards incentive bonus points for hospitals that spend the least per senior citizen on Medicare?

TITLE III—IMPROVING THE QUALITY AND EFFICIENCY OF HEALTH CARE
Subtitle A—Transforming the Health Care Delivery System
PART I—LINKING PAYMENT TO QUALITY OUTCOMES UNDER THE MEDICARE PROGRAM
Sec. 3001. Hospital Value-Based purchasing program.

‘‘(o) HOSPITAL VALUE-BASED PURCHASING PROGRAM.—
‘‘(1) ESTABLISHMENT.—
‘‘(A) IN GENERAL.—Subject to the succeeding provisions of this subsection, the Secretary shall establish a hospital value-based purchasing program (in this subsection referred to as the ‘Program’) under which value-based incentive payments are made in a fiscal year to hospitals that meet the performance standards under paragraph (3) for the performance period for such fiscal year (as established under paragraph (4)).

‘‘(ii) INCLUSION OF EFFICIENCY MEASURES.—For value-based incentive payments made with respect to discharges occurring during fiscal year 2014 or a subsequent fiscal year, the Secretary shall ensure that measures selected under subparagraph (A) include efficiency measures, including measures of ‘Medicare spending per beneficiary’. Such measures shall be adjusted for factors such as age, sex, race, severity of illness, and other factors that the Secretary determines appropriate. <Source: Enrolled ACA Legislation>

The word of the Secretary is final, with no provisions for judicial review ...

‘‘(B) LIMITATION ON REVIEW.—Except as provided in subparagraph (A), there shall be no administrative or judicial review under section 1869, section 1878, or otherwise of the following:
‘‘(i) The methodology used to determine the amount of the value-based incentive payment under paragraph (6) and the determination of such amount.
‘‘(ii) The determination of the amount of funding available for such value-based incentive payments under paragraph (7)(A) and the payment reduction under paragraph (7)(B)(i).
‘‘(iii) The establishment of the performance standards under paragraph (3) and the performance period under paragraph (4).
‘‘(iv) The measures specified under subsection (b)(3)(B)(viii) and the measures selected under paragraph (2).
‘‘(v) The methodology developed under paragraph (5) that is used to calculate hospital performance scores and the calculation of such scores.
‘‘(vi) The validation methodology specified in subsection (b)(3)(B)(viii)(XI). <Source: Enrolled ACA Legislation>

There is no way any member of Congress could have read and understood the above technical provisions given the time constraints before a vote was required -- let alone have the intelligence and training to absorb what they are reading.

Bottom line ...

It is now becoming apparent that President Obama and his cadre of progressive socialist democrats flat out LIED -- there is no other word or charitable interpretation possible -- when he claims that patients could keep their existing medical insurance plans and their current doctor. It is also apparent that the Obama Administration claim for transparency and accountability is another LIE!

Obamacare is a progressive socialist democrat scheme involving the massive shift of revenues and resources from one portion of our populace to another portion of our populace. In other words, socialist/communist wealth redistribution is occurring in plain sight of American citizens and is being ignored by the progressive socialist-biased mainstream media who appears to be invested in Obama's socialist political ideology.

This is an unprecedented attack on senior citizens who are going to face a reduction of their current level of medical care as they are forced to accept the single-payer Medicaid system as a Hobson's "take it or leave it" choice. Knowing full well that President Obama and his cadre of progressive socialist democrats is gambling with their lives to pursue a socialist/communist agenda.

Hopefully the apathetic public will remember in 2014 and clean the progressive socialist democrats from Congress.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

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“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

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