Saturday, September 28, 2013

Stop Swallowing Republican Lies about Obamacare

. . I keep following these Republican scare claims to be sure I am not missing anything.  I have 150 employees for whom I must provide healthcare.  I expect minor effect on my business.  I am not unusual.  The CBO expects less than 5% of Americans do be directly impacted.
 . . The facts are quite simple: The cost of American Healthcare is out of control and those raping Americans are fighting to keep it that way by feeding lies through lobbyists and buying incompetent Congress men and women, which appear to be mostly Republicans.
. . Hospitals in our area have been laying off staff because they are expecting considerably more scrutiny under Obamacare.  Medical offices are being forced to get efficient. The results of all of that seems quite self-evident – continually improving costs for medical care.
. . It’s not theory; hundreds of year of evidence shows -- it’s what happens in a free and competitive market.

Relative to the article below, it is Todd Starnes who is doing the lying.

Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary heard on hundreds of radio stations and in his weekly podcast


President Obama lied to us -- he told America some real whoppers about ObamaCare

By Todd Starnes, Todd's American Dispatch, Sep 27, 2013,

President Obama lied to us.
It wasn’t a white lie. It wasn’t a fib. It wasn’t a half truth. It was a bold-faced lie.

“No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise,” President Obama told the American Medical Association in 2009. “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”
That statement turned out to be a lie. Period.

After Obamacare, my employee will keep their same doctors.  I know of no reason why any employee who currently has insurance to have to change or lose their doctors.

On Thursday I asked my Facebook community if they had faced hardships as a result of ObamaCare. 
The response was overwhelming. I received nearly 1,000 replies – from small business owners, nurses, doctors, electricians, stay-at-home moms, and military personnel. Every single person said they had been adversely affected by President Obama’s signature legislation.

This comment is so absurdly unscientific that it hardly deserves an argument.

President Obama also promised us that we would be able to keep our doctor. Another lie.

The lie is from Todd Starnes.

So let’s break down the president’s lies.
Thursday he told an audience in Largo, Maryland that the Affordable Care Act had not hurt jobs.
“There's no widespread evidence that the Affordable Care Act is hurting jobs,” he said. says: Overblown.
It’s true nonpartisan economic analyses have estimated a “small” loss of mainly low-wage jobs because of the law. But as one expert told us, there hasn’t been much analysis of this impact of the law because, he believes, economists think the impact will be minimal. Still, Republicans have continued to push the idea that the law will have a significant effect on jobs.

Investor’s Business Daily reports that as a direct result of ObamaCare, more than 300 companies have either eliminated jobs or reduced full time jobs to part time jobs. Hospitals across the country are firing staff and reducing work hours.
Janet Blanck owns Country Blossom Florist, a small shop in Gilbert, Ariz. She tells me that as a result of ObamaCare she’s had to lay off three employees.
At one time, she employed eight people. Those who were not let go now work part-time because of rising insurance costs.
“Obama is killing us,” she told me. “It breaks my heart to have to do this. I have to protect what I have built and this is the only way that I know of to get around this law and still stay in business.”

Small businesses like this Florist shop is EXEMPT from Obamacare PLUS businesses don’t have to offer insurance until 2015 PLUS the rise in insurance costs have SLOWED since Obamacare passed.

President Obama also promised us that we would be able to keep our doctor. Another lie.
Several hundred of you, like Joel Keefauver, wrote to tell me that your doctors were either shuttering their practices or shedding patients.
“Under the forthcoming Affordable Care Act and new healthcare regulations, I will no longer be able to provide the quality of healthcare you have come to expect and that I believe is proper,” the doctor wrote in a letter to Keefauver. “The increased cost imposed by complying with these new laws, along with decreasing reimbursements, creates a financial burden that is unsustainable for my solo practice.”

It’s true. Doctors have been struggling to implement new regulations.  They are hurdles to pull medical offices into the 21’st century and use business practices that the rest of us have been using for the last twenty years.  We use these practices because they hugely more efficient.  If I tried to run my office like most doctors run theirs, I would be out of business.

DiDi Henry’s elderly mother recently moved from Alabama to Louisiana. She has been unable to find a doctor willing to take Medicare patients.
“Several doctors told her that they just aren’t taking Medicare patients because of ObamaCare,” she told me.

Medicare and Obamacare are NOT the same program.  Doctors have been refusing Medicare patients for year before Obamacare, which has not yet starting paying any doctors, because of the low reimbursement which is often not too different from some insurance plans.

The president also told us ObamaCare would make health insurance affordable? Another whopper.
Business owner Sheila Frey tells me her insurance rates have increased by 46 percent. Her small family-run company is paying $2,000 a month for coverage.

REPEAT: Small businesses like this Florist shop is EXEMPT from Obamacare PLUS businesses don’t have to offer insurance until 2015 PLUS the rise in insurance costs have SLOWED since Obamacare passed.

And remember how President Obama promised rebate checks to defray the cost of buying insurance coverage? Well, Shelia tells me her rebate check was a meager $127. You do the math.

A whopper Starnes lie! The rebate checks that have been issues are due to OVERCHARGES from insurance companies they are NOT assistance checks.  Assistance checks won’t be issued until 2013 when people are required by law to buy insurance! Duh!

Tammy Boisvert told me she had to find a new pediatrician.
“My family doctor of 20 years couldn’t take my newborn due to this insurance mess,” she wrote. “With a family of six all seen by this one doctor, I suddenly had to search for a new pediatrician.”

The following anecdotes as so misrepresentative, they don’t deserve a comment.  Companies are constantly changing insurance programs to stuff they can afford.  I have been paying my employee’s insurance for nearly 30 years and have been forced to change plans every three to five years as part of our negotiations with Insurance companies.  That often necessitates employees changing doctors because doctors are no longer “in network.”  Obamacare had absolutely nothing to do with that!

President Obama promised we could keep our current health care plan. Another lie.
Michelle Cox, of Asheville, N.C. wrote to me about a letter she received Thursday from her insurance company.
“ACA requires is to make significant changes to our health benefits plan designs,” the letter read. “We cannot renew your existing plan in 2014.”
Alissa Delamar is in the same boat -- searching for insurance after her company canceled its group plan.
“I’m stressed so much financially now I can’t fathom any more debt,” she wrote. “It leaves you hopeless.”
Catherine Schneider and her husband own Blue Sky Trucking in Montgomery, Minn. They were just informed that their insurance policy would be canceled in December.
“It’s too expensive,” she said. “The Affordable Care Act is disrupting our business and it has the potential to destroy our family.”
Allison deNijis’s family policy was also canceled.
“I thought Obama said we could keep our insurance?” she asked. “I thought he said our cost would decline? Not true! Epic fail!”
Her family was offered a new policy that now includes a nearly $1,000 monthly premium and $5,000 in individual deductibles.
“I am seriously considering just paying the fine and putting the differential amount in a personal savings account,” she told me. “Why should I pay over $13,000 in premiums?”
By the time ObamaCare is fully implemented, I suspect most Americans will be begging for death panels – to put us out of our misery.

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