Thorner/Keill: Are you angry enough yet? The Obamacare Nightmare (Part 2)
August 27, 2013
Thorner/Keill: Are you angry enough yet? The ObamaCare Nightmare (Part 2)
What should be egregious to all is what Obamacare will bring when the nightmare officially begins on Oct 1, 2013.
Obamacare Navigators Won’t Be Checked: Fox News has reported that the Navigators who are being hired by HHS to help set up exchanges for Obamacare will not be properly screened before starting work. Due to the little time left, Kathleen Sebelius has lifted the checks on Navigator backgrounds, fingerprints and criminal records. Their training has been dropped from 30 hours to 20 hours. These people will have access to your personal records, such as health information, Social Security numbers and income tax earnings.
There are no safeguards established yet to prevent identity theft or fraud in the use of your records. Also, Sebelius has taken some of the $67 million needed to begin the Navigator project from the Disease Prevention Fund (20%) of Obamacare. Now you know where your Obamacare taxes are going – from one fund to another fund of the law with tricky accounting – robbing Peter to pay Paul.
Obama Waives Federal Employees Obamacare Premiums: When the Democrats in Congress rammed through Obamacare, they forgot to exempt themselves and their federal employees from the requirements of the law. Now, they’ve discovered how expensive and different their coverage is going to be under Obamacare. They have been wailing about the cost and the potential loss of experienced staffers who might leave Washington, DC because they can’t afford the new health program.
Obama to the rescue: He has ordered the Office of Personnel Management to have the American taxpayer subsidize the federal employees and they do not have to meet the law’s requirements of salary or previous insurance coverage for the Obamacare exchanges. So, federal employees, who can make $70,000-$174,000 will now have the taxpayer subsidize their health care premiums up to 75% – because it’s too expensive for them. They voted for it; they should have to live with it; but they won’t have to now. They’ve been excused. And, we’re paying for it.
Department of Labor Delays the Out-of-Pocket Caps for a Year: In 2014, the limit on out-of-pocket expenses (which you have to pay yourself) would have been $6,350 for individuals and $12,700 for families. This has now been postponed until 2015 for group plans like those offered by employers. It does not apply to individual plans. So, you have to continue paying these out-of-pocket costs, when they should have dropped in 2014. This was announced by the Department of Labor on their website in February and we’re just now finding out about it.
Health Insurance Data Will Not Be Secured: On October 1, 2013, Obamacare insurance exchanges are supposed to be ready to go for Americans to enroll for insurance coverage. The technology needed to run the program, however, is way behind schedule in development and it is only going to be tested on September 30 – the day before the exchanges open. Without security encryption codes confirmed and tested, any medical, income and other personal information you provide for the state exchanges to sign you up for Obamacare will be left open to fraud and identity theft by anyone who can hack into the system.
Death Panels, IPAB and USPSTF: We have already told you about the ‘death panel’ in Obamacare called IPAB (Independent Payment Advisory Board) made up of 15 members appointed by the President (whoever that might be). The IPAB will have the authority to decide who will receive medical care and how much will/will not be paid for it.
The other ‘death panel’ in Obamacare is the “United States Preventive Services Task Force” (also known as the Mandate Task Force or USPSTF). Together, their actions will result in rationing of care, longer waits for care and possible elimination of care. This is an independent group of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine that works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services or preventive medications.
The USPSTF is made up of 16 volunteer members who come from the fields of preventive medicine and primary care, including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, obstetrics/gynecology, and nursing. All members volunteer their time to serve on the USPSTF, and most are practicing clinicians.
So, we have another committee now under Obamacare, made up of 16 non-government experts in medical prevention and evidence-based medicine. Like the IPAB, they will review what and when and how often you will be entitled to medical screenings and make recommendations on what can, or can’t, be offered for health coverage. Here are some examples of their limiting work. You have seen them in the news over the last year or so.
- Women no longer need to get mammograms or pap smears before a certain age.
- It has been suggested that men don’t have to get tests for prostate cancer. (PSAs)
- Chest x-rays are also now on the list of unnecessary services on a routine basis.
- Recommendation that heavy smokers get yearly CT scans to check for lung cancer — for free.
- HIV screenings free for all Americans, aged 15-65.
- Domestic violence screenings free for all women, aged 14-46.
Provisions will allow ‘forced’ home inspections by government agents: Citing the Health and Human Services website, a report posted on Wednesday, August 15th at the Freedom Outpost says that under ObamaCare, government agents an engage in “home health visits” for those in certain “high-risk” categories. Despite what HHS says, the program is not “voluntary.”
A homeschooling family may be subject to intervention in school readiness and social-emotional developmental indicators. A farm family may be subject to intervention in order to prevent child injuries. While the administration claims the program only applies to those on Medicaid, the new law, by its own definition has no such limitations.
In a somewhat hilarious move, the Obama’s administration’s latest advertising scheme is a video contest aimed at convincing young people to sign up for health insurance. Cash prizes will be offered to the winners, along with a “Stay Healthy Kit” to the first 100 participants. This despite a conclusion by the National Center for Public Policy Research that millions of young people could save more than $1,000 next year by not signing up for insurance and paying the penalty.
Are you angry yet? If not you should be, and you will be when we expose other infractions by the Obama administration into our privacy and our pocketbooks that are already happening, with more on the drawing board to be installed in the next year or so.
Start by calling your elected representatives. The clock is ticking. Don’t allow history to record that indifference of its citizens was the reason this nation lost its Constitutional Republic with the promise of liberty and freedom for all and descended into European-type Socialism and even worse!