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Tag Archives: health care

307,000 veterans died awaiting Veterans Affairs health care, report finds

Treating veterans is very expensive. I would hate to look at the projections the actuaries and accountants come up with each quarter at Veterans Affairs. At best they are a wash of nonsensical numbers. At worst (maybe not even the worst) the VA is actively factoring these people dying waiting for treatment.

My bet, and it’s only my bet, is that it’s a little bit of both. Regardless the Veterans Affairs administration appears to be nearly as sick as many of the veterans. It’s an organization which needs – is calling out for – massive and fundamental reform. The problem is this “reform” will be created by the Executive Branch and Congress.

And remember, there are people in power who would love to move the general American population into a health system more like that at the VA. This my friends is “single payer” healthcare for you.

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Obamacare Bonzanza: Fat times in the health insurance industry

So let’s see…Obamacare has infused the health insurance companies with heaps and heaps of taxpayer dollars. Big Pharma has done almost equally as well under the cronycare regime. Premiums for terrible policies – which as I see it could largely be bought for the same or lower prices before Obamacare – are going up.

Yup, this thing worked out great.

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King v. Burwell, Supreme Court rules and “rewrites”, Obamacare subsidies in all states

King vs. Burwell decided whether Obamacare subsidies extend to those who live in states where “healthcare exchanges” haven’t been set up.

In what Justice Scalia says amounts to a “rewrite” of the law, the Supreme Court decided today, that such subsidies do in fact extend to people in all states whether or not they live in a state which has established an exchange.

The full text of the ruling can be read HERE.

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Doctors’ Criticism Of ObamaCare Silenced By ACA Bureaucrats

It is a crying shame that this country started down the socialized medicine road under LBJ. The introduction of government into healthcare was probably one of the 5 worst decisions we have made policy-wise as a country. And now we’ve doubled down with the crony capitalist Obamacare.

Who would want to become a doctor these days? The pay has been good. But the debt on the way to that pay is significant for most. And there is the very real possibility that salaries and fees for doctors will be federally regulated – down – at some point anyway. Throw in acres of paperwork, kilometers of red tape, and all this while working for a massive government connected healthcare company which controls your paycheck?

It won’t take long for “the best and the brightest” to adjust their career preferences. It’s probably happening already.

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The United States already is the largest single-payer health provider in the Western world, and the system is failing

Word coming down the anecdotal (and now non-anecdotal) grapevine is that Obamacare is a developing nightmare. No one knows how it’s going to work in the long run, or the short run for that matter. There seems to be pain at every level. From the patients who have no idea what they are covered for, what a deductible is etc., to doctors who are increasingly just dropping out and retiring, things are not going well. Billing is more difficult. Compliance is more difficult. Margins are being squeezed. Quality of care is going down. All while liability risk is increasing. A bouillabaisse of dysfunction.

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46 percent of doctors give Obamacare a ‘D’ or ‘F’

Not surprising. I know a number of people in the medical field, mostly on the logistics side who are up in arms over Obamacare. Nobody knows what all the coding is. The codes coming in are all wrong. There are too many codes. Doctors aren’t being compensated correctly. Patients are confused as to who is paying for what. And I live where people are relatively savvy as to healthcare issues. I’m just down the road from a large medical school. I can only imagine what it’s like in other parts of the country.

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Medical Care Cronies Not on Same Page

The American Medical Association claims to represent doctors. But it is very much part of the crony coalition which put together the broad outlines of Obamacare in meetings inside the White House. In return for going along with the government, the association receives most of its funding from a medical coding monopoly granted and protected by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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VA Auditors Coddling Corrupt Culture

Note: On Tuesday, June 10, 2014 the U.S. House voted 426-00 to end VA bonuses. The “cook the books” crony culture of VA bonuses wasn’t unearthed by their executives or auditors, but by a doctor in Phoenix, AZ…

A month after Congressional hearings and the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, the VA finally disclosed just how systemically routine the delays in treatment were for veterans. Their internal audit showed 70% of facilities used non-compliant appointment scheduling to make their official numbers look better. Since 2011, 56,000 returning veterans had to wait three months for a doctor’s appointment and 65,000 vets never actually got to see a doctor.

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VA Run Like a ‘Crime Syndicate,’ Whistleblower Says, “This newest case just further illustrates that the scandal is much more far reaching than most people realize,”

“If one person comes up with a way to cheat on a report to the government and profit from that lie, that’s defrauding the government,” the whistleblower said. “If [hundreds] of people are defrauding the government, it’s a conspiracy, and that’s what you’ve got now and it runs coast to coast and bottom to top.”

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