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Neal Barton's POV

Dr. Obama knows what's best


POSTED: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 9:49pm

UPDATED: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 9:40pm

Yesterday we spoke about this administration not saying health care was a tax. It now is since they could not prove it was unconstitutional to make people buy insurance...they are calling it a tax.

And now more is leaking out about our so called choices for health care under this law.

The New York Times news service reports a tradeoff, they say, that more Americans will be asked to pay higher prices for the privilege of choosing or keeping their own doctors, if they are outside the new networks.

That could come as a surprise to many who remember the repeated assurances from President Barack Obama and other officials that consumers would retain a variety of health-care choices.

But companies may be able to reduce their premiums by as much as 15 percent, the insurers say, by offering the more limited plans.

You may remember the last time health insurers and employers sought to sharply limit patients' choice was back in the early 1990s, when insurers tried to reinvent themselves by embracing managed care.

Instead of just paying doctor and hospital bills, insurers also assumed a greater role in their customers' medical care by restricting what specialists they could see or which hospitals they could go to.

The concept was largely abandoned after the consumer backlash persuaded both employers and health plans that Americans were simply not willing to sacrifice choice.

Prominent officials like Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton learned to utter the word "choice" at every turn as advocates of overhauling the system.

The insurers are betting these plans will have widespread appeal in the insurance exchanges, as individuals gravitate toward the least expensive options.

And it looks like every day more and more come out that is true...that all the snake oil salesman told us last winter would never happen.

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PPACA requires state exchanges by 2014. What to know in 2010? Underlying complexity will sneak up on the unprepared -

Texas will not be setting up their PPACA exchange nor will Texas have a say so in it because Governor Perry does not want to follow the law although we have the highest number of uninsured children in the Nation. The Federal Government will be setting up and administering the exchange in Texas.

If we got highest Nr. of uninsured children it’s because we have highest Nr of irresponsible Illegal immigrants. IT NOT ABOUT THE CHILDREN, IT’S ABOUT STEALING the honest taxpayer’s money thru manipulating double-speak. In one breath, Obama must control your money to feed and medicate the starving children. In the next breath Michelle needs to control your money to fix childhood obesity. WAKE UP,, It’s all about SHOW ME YOUR MONEY. We should FIX THE DISHONESTY!

Great job President Obama, just one thing for those who do not want to buy health insurance,you should be made to sign a waiver stating that you will not seek any type of health care unless you can pay for the medical services prior to treatment. They should also be denied access to sue any medical provider for refusing to treat them if they have no insurance or can not pay up front cash. Why should I pay for these free loaders with higher cost & premiums?

You will not be allowed to not buy insurance. If you refuse, you will be fined. That was one of the arguements made for the bill. You will be paying even higher costs due to federal red tape for the free loaders. you know, the victim class, those who wouldn't work if you gave them a job and begged them to come to work and then cry they can't find a job.

Except for the “Great Job ” part, Your argument bears credence. Unfortunately it's not what we got in his plan. In America; you still have a right to PAY CASH. Plenty of us do just that. In Obama's plan, people unlike him know how to handle cash, have to pay for those who can't. Just one more example of rewarding failure and penalizing success. We get a country where failure becomes the majority and those able to pay cash begins to diminish. Deny a right to sue takes cash from Lawyers for Obama!

Imagine that indeed. All of this massive bureaucracy with the 357 new regulations on credit. The massive healthcare bureaucracy.

The economy is barely moving now. Where Washington thinks all of this money is coming from to support their pet projects is a mystery to me. Taxes come out of American's wallets. Without jobs, my question to Washington is, "Where is the money going to come from to support this massive bureaucracy?"

Dr Obama thinks he can put on the rubber gloves and practice his political proctology on informed truth seeking American citizens. Like most Doctors who graduate, hang out their shingle and begin to practice medicine, it’s us they practice on until they get proficient. Come November his license to practice should be revoked.

Like the serpent in the Garden of Eden,we bought the snake oil from the great deceivers once again. Whenever the Liberal Politicians speak the word INSURANCE, like Unemployment INSURANCE, Healthcare INSURANCE, Fannie May Gov’t INSURANCE, Retirement INSURANCE, what they really mean is redistribution of your hard earned cash, through their scaly hands, skimming off their unearned percentage for themselves. Insurance his when the customer actually pays for the product he contracted to receive.

You should be fined for not having insurance because if you have an emergency and go to the emergency room, then you do not have the money for the bill, it gets charged to everyone else. Get medical insurance for your entire family at the best price from By contributing to the pool and doing your part, overall costs come down. Its like stores that have to charge more because of all the theft. People go to the hospital and then not pay, it gets charged to everyone else.

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