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    Take three freebies, and see me in 2014

    Take three freebies, and see me in 2014

    That’s basically Obama’s argument for Obamacare — he rattles of a small number of good things that people will like because they are free, and ignores the mountain of regulation which will crush so much of what makes the vast majority of Americans satisfied with the current system.

    But offering free stuff is a powerful political argument — provided the public doesn’t understand the downside.

    Update: Feds have 13,000 pages of regs ready to go.


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    janitor | July 6, 2012 at 1:39 am

    I don’t understand this constant refrain about making sure that Americans have “health INSURANCE”. Having INSURANCE purchased from a private company so that that company can make a profit in between the consumer and the medical care provider should not be the goal. I pay cash for my health care. I PAY cash. Who am I supposedly “freeloading” off of when I P-A-Y in FULL (and more than any insurance company does) in C-A-S-H.

    Health care costs are inflated and ridiculous because people with INSURANCE with co-pays that are too low don’t give a fig about whether the hospital charges $7 for a box of Kleenex, or whether the doctor whose buddy owns the medical lab orders a bunch of unnecessary tests and unnecessary followup office visits. And the insurance companies can’t administratively practicably argue over (for them) millions of bits of minutiae so instead they just pay cents on the dollar. What that does is cause an upward spiraling of costs.

    And where in heck anyway did we as a society develop the nutjob notion that medical insurance is supposed to be provided by an employer.

    A few years ago, I thought I was having a gall bladder attack and went to the emergency room on a Sunday. (As it turns out, there was nothing wrong with me. I sprained a rib. Didn’t know you could sprain a rib.) Anyway, I was in the ER for a couple of hours. I was seen mostly by a PA, had an XRay, and then for about 5 minutes by a physician. The physician billed $130. The hospital and its PA employee billed around $5000. Later that day I happened to be talking to one of my physician brothers and mentioned that I thought the ER bill was ridiculous compared with the doctor’s bill. He said that they do that, and to just call them up and tell them you will pay the Medicare rate. I did that, and they said oh, if you are going to pay your bill, then okay, and it was immediately slashed by like 2/3.

    This system is NUTS.

    Insurance should not be for “basic care” or “preventative care”. It should be for catastrophic expenses.

    20-something years ago when our twins were born prematurely, although perfectly healthy and over 5 lbs, they were kept completely unnecessarily in the neonatal ward. Why? Because we had very fancy 100% corporate insurance — and the hospital wanted to fund the four uninsured neonates (two illegals and two crack babies) that were also currently in the hospital. I will never forgive that churning at the expense of torturing my kids. The hospital even threatened to call child protective services on us when we demanded that our babies be released. The bill (mind you, decades ago) was over $150,000. Completely unnecessary. We dropped the insurance. Since then, with several hospital stays, routine medical care, kid illnesses, dentists and orthodontia, broken bones, a few operations, all paid in cash, and the premiums for an umbrella policy with $50,000 deductible (for if someone gets cancer or something else very serious), we have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by not buying and having medical insurance.

    So I guess I am a mean sonofabitch or a “freeloader” because I do not want to buy insurance at astronomical premiums so that the Sandra Flukes of this world can have their birth control pills for free, so that the hospitals can give free services to illegals who come here to give birth, so that wealthy Medicare recipients can get their toenails cut for free at the podiatrist, so that Medicaid recipients can get “mental health” therapies, so that more and more fakers can collect SSI for “anxiety”, and so that the medical providers and insurance companies (and government) can play games with each other of overcharging and underpaying for lots of unnecessary medical services, while the consumers and taxpayers get see-sawed and snookered.

    janitor | July 6, 2012 at 2:05 am

    And this is special (forwarded from someone in Massachusetts):

    From: Skahen, Mary (EHS)[SMTP:[email protected]]
    Sent: Friday, June 29, 2012 2:58:35 PM
    To: Kinney, Barbara (MRC)
    Subject: A Message from Secretary Bigby
    Auto forwarded by a Rule


    Thanks to our leadership on health care reform in Massachusetts, President Obama and his partners in Congress had a successful model for the Affordable Care Act to provide near universal health care coverage for the first time in American history.

    Now, the Affordable Care Act is an important part of Governor Patrick’s efforts to promote health care innovation here in Massachusetts. I am delighted that the Supreme Court has settled this debate and upheld the Affordable Care Act so we can move forward as a nation.

    We are excited to work with the Obama administration to advance our exciting health care initiatives that are happening here in Massachusetts, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

    We are working under the ACA through our Department of Public Health on efforts to prevent obesity and chronic disease, while strengthening public health infrastructure and expanding immunizations. Massachusetts was awarded one of seven “Early Innovator” grants under the ACA working to design and implement Health Information Technology infrastructure to build a better health insurance marketplace.

    We have also been implementing the ACA law to help individuals who need long-term service and some of the sickest people who are enrolled in both Medicare and MassHealth. More than 62,000 seniors and people with disabilities in Massachusetts have saved money on their prescription drugs.

    Massachusetts seniors and those with disabilities who are covered by Medicare have saved, on average, $648 so far this year on prescription drugs bought through the so-called “donut hole” coverage gap. And since 2010, the savings in Massachusetts have totaled more than $64 million.

    We have many more exciting programs in the works in partnership with the ACA that will advance Massachusetts’ nation-leading efforts to provide affordable and accessible care.

    Thanks to our work together, we’ve achieved so much in Massachusetts: universal coverage, 99% of children covered, improved access for disadvantaged and vulnerable populations, and
    sustained world-class health care.

    We should be proud of all of these achievements and this is certainly a time to celebrate.

    But we still have more work to do to make health care in Massachusetts truly accessible and affordable and to achieve the high quality of care that we all want. And multiple provisions in the ACA will support our reforms towards a better delivery system and cost containment.

    Now is the time to renew our commitment to universal and affordable health care as a fundamental right for all. I thank you for your work to make this vision a reality.

    JudyAnn Bigby. M.D.

    JudyAnn Bigby, M.D.
    Secretary, Executive Office of Health and Human Services
    One Ashburton Place, Suite 1109
    Boston, MA 02108
    617 573-1800
    Assistant: Mary Skahen [email protected]

    The experiences of Hawkins and Janitor are on the money. These and similar experiences need to be force fed to their representatives in congress.
    “… but the law I passed is here to stay.” If it had been ruled unconstitutional [as it should have been,thank you very much CJ Roberts], he would have blamed his underlings in congress for trying to grab too much at one time.
    It is truly sickening to think that this asshat could win re-election.

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