The Side Effects of Obamacare on Healthcare Providers with Dr. Keith Smith
Published by NextNewsNetwork
Amid a flurry of system failures, the President has taken to the road, to build support for his healthcare law. Each day, the Chief Executive will outline one success of the program, leading up to a December 23rd deadline to get coverage in January.
Many observers close to the debate over the law believe providing lower prices would have been better-provided by a free market system. Some healthcare providers are supplying services at lower prices by offering procedures in exchange for immediate payment.
One of these facilities is the Surgery Center of Oklahoma. This healthcare provider is collectively owned by approximately 40 local surgeons. Payment plans are not available through the center for outpatient surgery. But, they are a state-of-the art medical institution with infection rates much lower than the national average.
The medical director of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma is Doctor Keith Smith. He is a board-certified anesthesiologist with over two decades experience in private practice. He is also an author, who has written extensively on the effects of Obamacare.
Doctor Smith is our guest on the show today.
Meet the Next News Team: http://youtu.be/2QnNKwQ2WkY
Terrorism, Activism & the Rise of Independent Journalism
Control over the free flow of information is coming to a head with the Senate Bill 987, entitled, “Free Flow of Information Act of 2013” (FFIA) which is awaiting approval by the House and the Senate.
Supporters of this bill include:
• Senator Lindsey Graham
• Senator Barbara Boxer
• Senator Maria Cantwell
• Senator Patrick Leahy
The text of the FFIA explains how a “covered person” would not have to disclose their sources for news unless “a Federal court in the jurisdiction where the subpoena, court order, or other compulsory legal process has been or would be issued determines, after providing notice and an opportunity to be heard.”
Indeed, this legislation provides protection to the mainstream media with regard to anonymous sources never having to be revealed which also maintains that this conglomerate of media outlets would not have to divulge where any information they report on came from.
This is anti-ethical to a transparent press that provides source links or footnotes in articles to provide the audience with further information on the subject, as well as the exact source where the information originated.
This includes information provided by “record, document, or item obtained as the result of the eyewitness observations of, or obtained during the course of, alleged criminal conduct by the covered person, including any physical evidence or visual or audio recording of the conduct.”
However, in Section 5, the legislation outlines a catch-all allowance by any entity to obtain information about anonymous sources in the event that this indulgence would “prevent terrorist activity or harm to national security.”
The loophole is created with the ambiguous phrase: “Other acts that are reasonably likely to cause significant and articulable harm to national security.”
A covered person is defined as “a person who, with the primary intent to investigate events and procure material in order to disseminate to the public news or information concerning local, national, or international events or other matters of public interest, regularly gathers, prepares, collects, photographs, records, writes, edits, reports or publishes on such matters by”:
- Conducts interviews
- Makes direct observations of events
- “Collecting, reviewing, or analyzing original writings, statements, communications, reports, memoranda, records, transcripts, documents, photographs, recordings, tapes, materials, data, or other information whether in paper, electronic, or other form”
- Gathers information with the intent of disseminating the news
Forms of dissemination that are acceptable to the US government include:
- Print “(including newspapers, books, wire services, news agencies, or magazines)”
- Broadcasting “(including dissemination through networks, cable, satellite carriers, broadcast stations, or a channel or programming service for any such media)”
- Other means
Senator Dianne Feinstein spoke at a Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) meeting in September to explain her view of who can be a journalist and who cannot.
Feinstein made note of how certain language in the bill would extend to persons who “really aren’t qualified at all” to call themselves journalists (as meant to be defined by the government).
The US government is attempting to define journalism as we know it today, and may be successful because of the ignorance of current incarnations of the development of news and reporting over time.
Following the tremendous contribution of friend and fellow journalist, James Corbett, this lecture furthers certain details of the study on the transformation of media as it relates to the definition of journalism over the centuries.
The first identified movement toward mass reporting of events can be attributed to the creation of the printing press . This machine made it possible for information to be copied en masse and distributed in a timely manner.
This modern equivalent of the printing press can be found in the creation of the internet . Just as with the printing press (which facilitated news to be distributed across a massive audience), the internet is the apparatus that allows modern alternative media to reach a substantial portion of the world’s population that have access to the World Wide Web.
In fact, the first newspapers were created in Europe by “merchants would distribute newsletters written by hand containing information regarding the weather, economic conditions, wars and human-interest stories.”
Today we find that with the creation of websites, alternative forms of information about current events have once again altered the landscape of what is accepted as disbursement of news and established online journalism .
In the mid-1800s, Paul Julius Reuter and his friend Carl Friedrich Gauss, “who was experimenting with an electric telegraph . . . opened a telegraphic news office ” and later founded Reuters News Agency (RNA).
In 1847, Reuter and Stargardt “distributed radical pamphlets at the beginning of the Revolutions of 1848.”
RNA used carrier pigeons to connect Berlin to Paris, and then used the telegraph to correlate with reporters all over the word who provided information on events to the central hub which then translated those reports to the public.
In our technological age, Twitter serves as a modern-day telegraph which “enables [microbloggers] to send and read ‘tweets’ which are text messages limited to 140 characters.”
With the creation of radio, talk news became another way news was provided to the public for educational purposes.
In the 1920s, “a Detroit station air[ed] what is believed to be the first radio news broadcast.”
Today there are a plethora of alternative talk radio stations that mirror the intent of that first news broadcast; to bring the audience information about politics, health and corporatism that directly affects our world.
Beginning in 1949, the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) was the first news agency to have a news show on television.
Since creation of YouTube in 2005, what has been called alternative media has been able to report on news independently from what is discussed in the mainstream media.
Just as the development of journalism has changed with the advent of technology, there is no difference between what has historically taken place and what is happening right now.
From the printing press to internet websites, the way in which we disseminate information to the public has changed.
The independent “alternative” media are simply going with the free flow of information, as news agencies of the past have done, to ensure the public is able to make an informed decision.
Only now, with the introduction of SB 987, is this industry being redefined for the express purpose of the government overseeing and granting privilege to certain “covered persons” as pre-approved journalists.
If journalism and news reporting is to survive, its integrity must be maintained. This means that the battle is not in whether or not a “seventeen year old can purchase a $5 website” and offer another perspective on local and international events, but whether or not uncompromised sources of information can remain relevant so the public can be truly informed.
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20 years ago NAFTA passed, This is what one of the greatest free market economists ever had to say about it at the time.0
20 years ago NAFTA passed, This is what one of the greatest free market economists ever had to say about it at the time.
This essay by Murray Rothbard holds particular relevance as the Trans Pacific Partnership continues to be negotiated in secret.
Yet Nafta is more than just a big business trade deal. It is part of a very long campaign to integrate and cartelize government in order to entrench the interventionist mixed economy. In Europe, the campaign culminated in the Maastricht Treaty, the attempt to impose a single currency and central bank on Europe and force its relatively free economies to rachet up their regulatory and welfare states.
In the United States, this has taken the form of transferring legislative and judicial authority away from the states and localities to the executive branch of the federal government. Nafta negotiations have pushed the envelope by centralizing government power continent-wide, thus further diminishing the ability of taxpayers to hinder the actions of their rulers.
By Tyler Durden
ObamaScare – The Uncomfortable Truths
With delays, glitches, and broken promises plaguing the President’s healthcare reform, it is perhaps surprising that the level of coverage among the mainstream media of the SNAFU – and more importantly its potential implications – is not higher. Of course, in each news cycle, Obamacare is mentioned, along with a soundbite of how it will all be fixed soon and it’s only the website, but, as the following uncomfortable clip shows, there are notable and far-reaching implications (not the least of which is the progression to a part-time economy that we have so vociferously pointed out – explicitly here and anecdotally here) for Americans and the US economy as a whole.
Obamascare video capture added to original post.
An independent review of the President’s healthcare plan predicts between 50 and 100 million insurance policies will be canceled next year. Many of these policy cancellations will affect small business owners, and people working for small companies. These changes will occur just before the mid-term elections in November. The study was conducted by the American Enterprise Institute.
Woman Touted as Obamacare Success Story is Now Kicked Off Obamacare
Meet Jessica Sanford. Upon the rollout of Obamacare she was 1 of maybe 5 people in the entire nation who was able to access the website and actually sign up through one of the state exchanges. In her case, it was the Washington exchange. She was so thrilled about her purchase that she wrote a letter to President Barrack Obama expressing her undying gratitude. Since her letter was quite possibly the only positive letter the Administration received, Barry O proudly read it aloud during his Obamacare speech on October 21st.
The only problem is that a few days later she was repriced out of Obamacare. So she’s now uninsured again…
The ineptness of this President is truly unprecedented. See below:
Video capture added to Mike’s original post.
Secret TPP Negotiations Resume in Salt Lake City (Resistance grows)
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is bad news folks. Progressives and small government people should come together to fight this massive vehicle for crony capitalism.
The newest round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations begin today in Salt Lake City, Utah, where trade representatives will work towards finalizing the text of this sprawling secret agreement. Last week’s publication of the controversial “Intellectual Property“ chapter by Wikileaks confirmed our worst fears: the TPP carries draconian copyright enforcement provisions that threaten users’ rights and could stifle innovation well into the 21st Century. Public opposition to the TPP continues to grow as a result of the leaked document; an opaque policymaking process that seems geared towards appeasing Big Content does not provide much in the way of legitimacy.
By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
Tennesseans might know Tuesday if they can keep canceled health insurance
NASHVILLE — Tennessee residents who lost their health insurance because of Obamacare could know before Wednesday whether they will get it back — if only for another year.
Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak is reviewing President Obama’s policy change, announced late last week, said TDCI spokeswoman Kate Abernathy.
“We are still in the process of weighing a decision, but I expect that we will have a decision in the coming days, probably as early as Tuesday morning,” Abernathy told Tennessee Watchdog.
McPeak is still receiving guidance from officials with the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Abernathy said.
Florida, Ohio, California, Texas and Kentucky have all confirmed they will allow the one-year policy extension. Washington, Delaware, Oregon, Arkansas and Vermont, though, will not allow the extension, and that means all previously continued policies in those states will remain canceled, Abernathy said.
If McPeak allows the one-year extension for Tennessee, private insurers may have to change their platforms and work to implement further structural changes.
Gary Tanner, spokesman for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, the state’s largest insurer, told Tennessee Watchdog on Monday the company is willing and prepared to go along with even further changes.
As was reported last week, Obama announced that state insurance commissioners will have the authority to allow for previously canceled policies to be resold in their respective markets.
Contact Christopher Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Tyler Durden
Total Healthcare “Enrollment” As A Result Of Obamacare: -3.9 Million
“We fumbled the rollout on this health-care law,” could be President Obama’s understatement of the century. In the month-or-so since Obamacare was unleashed 106,185 people enrolled (based on a loose re-definition by the White House). However, in that same period, the WSJ reports a stunning 4.02 million people received policy cancellations. So, in a month, a total of 3,918,205 fewer people are now ‘enrolled’ in a heathcare plan than before Obamacare. So far, California, Florida, and Washington are suffering the most under Obamacare…
And here’s the states where the coverage cancellations are the greatest…
and the additions and cancellations broken down by state…
What is the “Baptists and Bootleggers” theory of regulation? (A very important concept.)
In some places one can not sell liquor on Sundays. The “Baptists” love this law as they hate booze. But the bootleggers like the law too, as without the law they’d be out of business. One could even throw in the alcohol cops (we still have them in Virginia) which also like the law, who don’t care about “demon rum”, or the artificial market which provides an opportunity to sell to thirsty customers on Sunday, but do care about keeping their jobs. So perhaps the theory should be expanded to include not only “Baptists,” and “bootleggers”, but also bureaucrats.
Seemingly diametrically opposed forces work together to keep this kind of regulation on the books and it happens throughout the economy as this brief video explains.
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About Nick Sorrentino
Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.