Archive for the ‘Medicare’ Category

Census Bureau Data Shows Bubble Bursting

April 16, 2014

For all those voting strictly for the party that continues to provide more and more government handouts, you should know that the freebie bubble is about to officially burst. Census Bureau Data shows those receiving handouts far outnumber those working to pay for them and it is only a matter of time before it all crumbles.

From cnsnews.com

Buried deep on the website of the U.S. Census Bureau is a number every American citizen, and especially those entrusted with public office, should know…In 2012, according to the Census Bureau, approximately 103,087,000 people worked full-time (35 or more hours per week)… There were 108,592,000 people in the fourth quarter of 2011 who lived in a household that included people on “one or more means-tested program“…Those 108,592,000 outnumbered the 86,429,000 full-time private-sector workers who inhabited the United States in 2012 by almost 1.3 to 1…All told, including both the welfare recipients and the non-welfare beneficiaries, there were 151,014,000 who “received benefits from one or more programs”…The 147,802,000 non-veteran benefit takers outnumbered the 86,429,000 full-time private sector workers 1.7 to 1

These numbers make it clear our current government assistance situation is not sustainable. It is also clear that we are already on our way down. If voters don’t wake up, we may possibly hit bottom during the next administration’s reign.

David J. Hentosh

Survival of Obamacare Will Require More Mandates

November 14, 2013

In order for Obamacare to exist, the oppressive “mandate” for all to purchase insurance needed to be re-defined as a “tax” by the Supreme Court, but it remains a mandate nonetheless. Now that the rollout of Obamacare is proving to be a disaster, more flaws are coming to light and the only way to fix them will be with more government mandates.

Obama is being forced (particularly by Democrats running for election) to fulfill his promise that we can keep the insurance plans and doctors that we have. For that to occur, insurance companies that already cancelled millions of plans will have to re-instate them. That will require a law mandating those insurance companies to do so.

When insurance companies re-instate those plans they may have to increase coverage to meet Obamacare requirements which would raise the cost. Since many want to keep those policies because of low cost, another mandate will be needed to control the cost of those plans in order for people to actually be able keep those plans – or perhaps a mandate to eliminate those existing requirements.

Enrollment in Medicare since the Obamacare rollout is increasing and they will join with new Obamacare enrollees to tax (no pun intended) the existing medical system. There has already been a trend among doctors to refuse Medicare patients because of low reimbursements, so only a mandate to force doctors to accept Medicare patients can stop that trend.

This will eventually result in a shortage of doctors which can only be fixed by mandating that patients must first see a doctor’s assistant or nurse before getting an appointment with a doctor. The Obamacare excise tax on the medical device industry will surely have other unintended consequences requiring fixing by mandate.

The only way to make people do what they don’t want to do is by government mandate – ask the USSR, China, North Korea, Syria, or any other despotic regime. People are finally waking up to find they do not want Obamacare. The choice is between more mandates or repeal (followed by sensible comprehensive health care reform) and the next elections will let you decide.

David J. Hentosh

Our Disabled Country

March 26, 2013

According to a January article in Forbes, 5.9 million people have been added to the Social Security Disability program (SSDI) since 2009 while only 2.5 million jobs were created during the same period. One in fourteen workers are now on the SSDI dole costing taxpayers $128.9 billion in 2011, and the program is carrying a deficit of $25.3 billion.

A recent investigation found that the federal government spends more money each year on cash payments for disabled workers than it does on food stamps and welfare combined. Since disabled workers are not counted in unemployment figures, the full extent of the erosion of the American workforce ends up hidden from the public.

It should come as no surprise that the increasing number of disabled coincides with an increase in qualifying conditions for disability. Some of these conditions have been watered-down enough to include almost anyone willing to go through the process. The investigation found that 33.8% of the newly diagnosed disabled cited “back pain and other musculoskeletal problems”, difficult conditions to disprove.

Some qualifying mental conditions called “Affective Disorders” seem to rely on a self-diagnosis. These include such things as: decreased energy, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbance, difficulties maintaining social functioning, and marked difficulties maintaining concentration. A doctor needs to sign off on these conditions but has to rely on the word of the patient for verification.

Obviously, the program is ripe for fraud and, consequently, it is rife with fraud. Getting around the system is easy and many alcoholics and drug addicts (conditions which do not qualify for SSDI) find a way in, as do many others. The possibility of receiving up to $1100 a month makes it attractive to those having menial, low paying jobs, especially since free Medicare comes as a bonus after two years on the disability rolls.

The American work ethic is dying and the “system” continues to assist in its death. What was once a ‘safety net’ has become ‘money for nothing’ because of progressive tendencies that put the individual above the common good. The continuous expansion of government assistance programs is occurring with no foresight or oversight and it needs to stop before the entire country becomes disabled.

David J. Hentosh

Obamacare Kicks In, Surprising Even Democrats

December 12, 2012

As Pelosi warned, Obamacare had to be passed before we really found out what was in it. Some Democrats who blindly rubber-stamped Obama’s health care bill are now facing consequences of what they voted for and are unpleasantly surprised.

The tax on medical devices contained in Obamacare is going into effect at the start of 2013 and some Democrat Senators from states abundant with device industries are now trying to delay that tax because of the adverse economic effect it will have. It seems that Democrats’ love of tax hikes does not apply to taxes on constituents in their district.

That tax on medical devices, originally intended only for devices used on humans, is now going to burden veterinarians, too. It seems that government bureaucrats have determined that medical devices used by veterinarians could also be used on humans, so they will be taxed. Not many saw that coming.

Another hidden cost due to mandated coverage of pre-existing conditions is going to squeeze medical plans for $63 per person, a cost that will be passed on to the insured. The promise of medical insurance costing less under Obamacare has yet to materialize. Perhaps Pelosi will tell us it has to cost more in order to be cheaper.

Obamacare (a tax that is not a tax?) is increasing other taxes. Health care flexible spending accounts which allowed tax-free dollars, usually in the amount of $5000/year, to be used for health care costs are now going to be limited to $2500/year. The increased tax will affect many of the middle class as will the change in deductible medical expenses if you itemize deductions. Medical expenses exceeding 7.5% of your adjusted gross income used to be eligible for deductions but will now have to exceed 10%. (Taxing the sick?)

Fear not, however, because those making more than $200K/year will see higher Medicare taxes, paying in an additional 3.8% tax on their investment income. Obama’s war on the rich began long before it became fashionable and this tax on the rich will, no doubt, make everyone forget that the middle class is taking a tax hit with Obamacare. Smoke and mirrors always seem to work and taxing the rich solves everything.

David J. Hentosh

Bird-Brained Obama Campaign

October 11, 2012

The Obama campaign is finally being recognized to be empty of substance, even by some hardcore believers. Losing badly in the first debate gave many a glimpse of Obama they have refused to see and, consequently, the smoke screen of his re-election campaign is becoming evident.

The new ad from the Obama campaign this week based on Romney’s insignificant Big Bird comment in the first debate has magnified the campaign’s tactic of shifting focus from real issues to personal attacks and irrelevant sideshows. Even Chris Matthews, one of Obama’s staunchest advocates, found the ad to be silly, calling it “Mickey Mouse”, and Democrat strategist Bob Shrum admonished that “We need to be talking about who is going to save Medicare, not who is going to save Big Bird”.

It is one thing for politically clueless and shallow celebrities, such as will.i.am, to use such bird-brained tactics as he did Tuesday at an Obama rally when he played the Sesame Street theme. It is quite another for a so-called professionally run campaign to do so. Incumbents have always focused on achievements before personal attacks in their re-election campaigns. Obama is sadly lacking in achievements and this ad makes that clear even to those with blinders on.

Supposedly, Big Bird was added to the Obama campaign’s bag of tricks in order to shed doubt on Romney’s seriousness. It backfired and, instead, highlighted their own lack of seriousness. If that is the most critical point from Romney during the debate to attack, Romney’s win must seem even bigger than it was in the eyes of voters – and many of those eyes are opening for the first time.

This has been brought to you by the letter “B” – for Bird-brained.

David J. Hentosh

Obamacare Promises Crumbling

March 14, 2012

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has revised its previous estimate of Obamacare and many of the new assessments do not agree with the promises made by the Obama administration. The Obamacare bill was rushed through Congress and, as Nancy Pelosi arrogantly stated, we are only able to see what is in it now, after its passage.

According to the CBO, the overall net cost of Obamacare has been reduced by $48 billion through the year 2021. It is a given that this estimated cost reduction will be repeated by the mainstream media as proof of Obamacare success. However, the CBO also said that the overall federal budget deficit will increase by $92 billion for the year 2012. That deficit increase is salt in our current economic wound.

Much of the long-term cost reduction comes from projected Obamacare penalties and higher taxable income due to increased employee compensation. The increased compensation is due to employers dropping health insurance coverage in favor of higher pay, something that was predicted but denied by the administration. It is turning out that you will not be able to keep the insurance that you have as Obama promised.

The CBO also lowered by 4 million its estimate of people obtaining insurance from employers or Obamacare insurance exchanges. Medicaid costs will increase as most of those people will end up needing Medicaid coverage. This will, of course, curtail any Medicaid cost reductions that were on a few wish lists.

Many Obamacare provisions do not go into effect until 2014, but the considerable downside is becoming increasingly evident. Also evident is the fact that many of Obama’s promises were baseless and made in haste in order to get this bill rammed through Congress.

Many of the ill effects coming to fruition were predicted but ignored by Obama and the partisan mainstream media. They are fast becoming a reality and can no longer be ignored. They should be remembered by all in November.

David J. Hentosh

Medicare Is Dealing Drugs

October 4, 2011

Considering that the so-called war on drugs has been ‘waging’ for many years, the latest revelation should be anything but a surprise. Congressional investigators report that Medicare is enabling (some call it “subsidizing”) drug abuse for thousands who shop around for doctors and fill prescriptions for huge quantities of painkillers and other narcotics.

For those who do not have their heads in the sand, this is obvious and has been going on undeterred for years. This is entitlement abuse at its worst and it is fueled by ignorant (or greedy) doctors willing to prescribe addictive painkillers to anyone for anything in quantities that cannot be justified. Addiction to painkillers is on the rise and the “war on drugs” has yet to fire a shot across its bow.

There is much awareness and subsequent clamor about food stamp recipients buying non-essentials (they can also exchange stamps for drugs), but that is because it is east to talk about. Illegal drugs and addiction is not so easy to talk about. There is as much fear of addiction as there is ignorance of it in society and it has been more comfortable to turn a blind eye to it than to deal with it.

The “system” is broke or, at the very least, it is blind and those who abuse the “system” know very well how to get anything they want out of it. Abuse is widespread and many doctors have found that being blind to the abuse is economically beneficial. Meanwhile, our children and family members are becoming addicts and many are dying because of it.

The powers-that-be long ago decided to bring the troops home from the war on drugs. It has become little more than a rhetorical war and the latest attempts to legalize drugs are nothing but an acceptance of defeat. Medicare needs an overhaul and the prescription drug abuse it fuels needs to be addressed. This is more than just a waste of money. It is a waste of people.

David J. Hentosh

The Facts of Medicare and How to Save It

May 26, 2011

Here’s a video by Paul Ryan that refutes the Democrats/liberal fallacies about Paul Ryan’s plan. We need to be educated about this so we can refute the “toss Grandma off a cliff” rhetoric being touted by the left.

http://budget.house.gov/fy2012budget/medicare.htm

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Peter Fonda Turns On Obama

May 19, 2011

As most hardcore liberals do, Peter Fonda addressed his dissatisfaction with an administration policy by reverting to the ignorant tactic of name-calling. Fonda, an “environmental enthusiast”, called President Obama “…a f**king traitor…” because of his handling of the Gulf oil spill.

Personal attacks are a common reaction from the left when faced with a differing opinion on almost anything. Debate is dismissed because a religious-like belief in their own infallibility of ideas cannot face the reality of rational discussion. “Rabid” is not too harsh a word to describe a typical far-left reaction to disagreement over an issue.

It was not that long ago when the far left became rabid over being called “traitors” by some on the extreme right for not backing the war on terror. Going back further, the anti-war Hippies of the 60’s sneered at being called traitors, convincing themselves, and preaching, that dissent is the highest form of patriotism – until Obama was elected, that is. What a change of heart that brought about.

It is somewhat ironic (or, maybe, even hypocritical?) for Peter to choose the accusation of “traitor” to hurl at Obama since his big sister, Jane, has often been accused of being a traitor. She earned the moniker “Hanoi Jane” for her ignorant behavior during the Vietnam War. The book Aid and Comfort: Jane Fonda in North Vietnamby Henry and Erika Holzer provides a reasonable and documented argument that she did, indeed, commit treason and was not charged because of the political turmoil of the time.

Peter, however, has no such documentation or rational reason to call Obama a traitor. It is just a pompous, self-serving, exaggerated charge that brings attention to his personal cause, derails legitimate discussion, and inflates his ego. Big Sis taught him well.

David J. Hentosh

ObamaCare Continuing to Unravel

January 27, 2011

Uh-Oh.  From the Associated Press. (You know it’s bad when the Main Stream Media is turning on ObamaCare.)

Two of the central promises of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law are unlikely to be fulfilled, Medicare’s independent economic expert told Congress on Wednesday.

The landmark legislation probably won’t hold costs down, and it won’t let everybody keep their current health insurance if they like it, Chief Actuary Richard Foster told the House Budget Committee. His office is responsible for independent long-range cost estimates.

Foster’s assessment came a day after Obama in his State of the Union message told lawmakers that he’s open to improvements in the law, but unwilling to rehash the health care debate of the past two years. Republicans want to repeal the landmark legislation that provides coverage to more than 30 million people now uninsured, but lack the votes.

Foster was asked by Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., for a simple true or false response on two of the main assertions made by supporters of the law: that it will bring down unsustainable medical costs and will let people keep their current health insurance if they like it.

On the costs issue, “I would say false, more so than true,” Foster responded.

As for people getting to keep their coverage, “not true in all cases.”

Read the rest here:  Medicare Official Doubts Health Care Law Savings


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