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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.
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Experts Warn Healthcare.gov So Big And So Riddled With Security Flaws It Should Be Shut Down, Rebuilt From Scratch0
By Tyler Durden
Experts Warn Healthcare.gov So Big And So Riddled With Security Flaws It Should Be Shut Down, Rebuilt From Scratch
While the abysmal rollout of Obamacare hardly needs any additional debacles, a recent hearing by technology experts in Congress added yet another, quite major, wrinkle to an already insurmountable problem: healthcare.gov is so fraught with security flaws, and so bloated with code, that it may easily expose the personal data of millions (we are being generous here) of users – it collects user names, birth dates, social security numbers, email addresses and much more – to even the least experienced of hackers.
It gets worse: when asked “Do any of you think today that the site is secure?” the answer from the experts, which included two academics and two private sector technical researchers, was a unanimous “no.”
And worse when the experts were asked “would you recommend today that this site be shut down until it is?” three of the experts said “yes,” while a fourth said he did not have enough information to make the call.
But the worst news of the day the experts said the site needed to be completely rebuilt to run more efficiently, making it easier to protect. They said HealthCare.gov runs on 500 million lines of code, or 25 times the size of Facebook, one of the world’s busiest sites.
Well… “Obama built that”
Perhaps it is not all bad news: it may be time to test the broken website falacy - just think of the GDP boost that would be created if Obama were to hire 1,000,000 inexperienced programmers coding randomly for three years (again).
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Obamacare Web Site Mocked By Insurance Company
Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield has decided to launch three ads that tell people to avoid the Healthcare.gov Web site, because its own site works so much better.
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A List Of 23 Famous Obama Quotes That Turned Out To Be Broken Promises Or Cold-Hearted Lies
How many lies can one president tell and still retain any credibility? What you are about to see is absolutely astounding. It is a long list of important promises that Barack Obama has broken since he has been president. If he had only told a few lies, perhaps the American people would be willing to overlook that. After all, pretty much all of our politicians our liars. Unfortunately, many of the lies that Obama has told appear to have been quite cold-hearted in nature. For example, Barack Obama repeatedly made the promise that “you will be able to keep your health care plan” under Obamacare. But now we are learning that he knew that this was a lie all along. Not only that, the Democrats in Congress knew that this was a lie all along too. In fact, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, said the following when she was asked about Obama’s promise to the American people recently: “He should’ve just been specific. No, we all knew.” You can see video of her making this statement right here. The truth is that they all knew that millions upon millions of Americans would lose their current health care policies under Obamacare. They deliberately lied just so that they could get the law passed.
And of course this is far from the only major lie that Obama has told in recent years. The following is a list of 23 famous Obama quotes that turned out to be broken promises or cold-hearted lies…
#1 “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”
#2 “My administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government.”
#3 “We agree on reforms that will finally reduce the costs of health care. Families will save on their premiums…”
#4 “I don’t want to pit Red America against Blue America. I want to be the president of the United States of America.”
#5 “We’ve got shovel-ready projects all across the country that governors and mayors are pleading to fund. And the minute we can get those investments to the state level, jobs are going to be created.”
#6 “And we will pursue the housing plan I’m outlining today. And through this plan, we will help between 7 and 9 million families restructure or refinance their mortgages so they can afford—avoid foreclosure.”
#7 “I will sign a universal health-care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.”
#8 “We reject the use of national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.”
#9 “For people with insurance, the only impact of the health-care law is that their insurance is stronger, better, and more secure than it was before. Full stop. That’s it. They don’t have to worry about anything else.”
#10 “We will close the detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, the location of so many of the worst constitutional abuses in recent years.”
#11 “Allow Americans to buy their medicines from other developed countries if the drugs are safe and prices are lower outside the U.S.”
#12 “We will revisit the Patriot Act and overturn unconstitutional executive decisions issued during the past eight years.”
#13 “Will ensure that federal contracts over $25,000 are competitively bid.”
#14 “We reject sweeping claims of ‘inherent’ presidential power.”
#15 “Will eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 per year. This will eliminate taxes for 7 million seniors — saving them an average of $1,400 a year– and will also mean that 27 million seniors will not need to file an income tax return at all.”
#16 “We support constitutional protections and judicial oversight on any surveillance program involving Americans.”
#17 “If we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home, we will end this war. You can take that to the bank.”
#18 “Will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.”
#19 “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”
#20 “We have a choice in this country. We can accept a politics that breeds division and conflict and cynicism…. That is one option. Or, at this moment, in this election, we can come together and say, ‘Not this time….’”
#21 “We’ve got to spend some money now to pull us out of this recession. But as soon as we’re out of this recession, we’ve got to get serious about starting to live within our means, instead of leaving debt for our children and our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren.”
#22 “[T]oday I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office. This will not be easy. It will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges we’ve long neglected. But I refuse to leave our children with a debt that they cannot repay – and that means taking responsibility right now, in this administration, for getting our spending under control.”
#23 “I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear that I will execute the office of president of the United States faithfully, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the constitution of the United States.”
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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…
Obamacare disaster exposes what happens when government is too big not to fail
Obamacare is a crony capitalist vehicle, created in haste, against the will of the majority of Americans, put together by political hacks, enforced by the most hated agency of the United States government, which forced the cancellation of millions of health insurance policies, is “navigated” by people who could in theory be felons, which potentially exposes our personal information to all parts of government, which has made life harder and more expensive for millions, which constitutes a massive tax increase on the middle class, and is named for a man who lied repeatedly over 3 years to the people of the United States about whether they could keep their health insurance plans and doctors. The law stinks.
Obamacare should be repealed. It should be unwound. It, as I’ve said before, should be tossed into the dustbin of history and burned.
This is what happens when a program becomes too big not to fail. We’re looking at it. Obamacare was a huge power grab by the statist establishment. Nationalized healthcare is the holy grail of big government people because if the bureaucrats control your healthcare, ultimately they control you.
But the statists bit off more than they could chew. Obamacare is now dying and suddenly many people who didn’t really think about such things very much are coming to understand why it is that “big government” is a bad thing.
That the program was put together by people who I think it is now clear had no idea what was going on from the outset is amazing. Weren’t the Obamacare folks supposed to be competent? Wouldn’t a responsible leader have stopped or at least changed the direction of the snowball of dysfunction once it was realized that things were not going well, 2 years ago?
The average American is increasingly asking, “Why should I trust my health to these people? Many are also asking, people who didn’t ask it before, “Why should I trust my country to these people?”
In the wake of the of the government shutdown Rachael Maddow actually crowed about how with the end of the government “shutdown” so too had America’s traditional distrust of government ended. Big government is the way forward! Thank God we put Ted Cruz in his place. See I told you we’d beat those evil Tea Partiers. Hurrah for the state! Hurrah for Obamacare, Hurrah for Obama!
It was only a month ago that she was saying this. A month. The world has changed, and the worm has turned for the big government people.
What needs to happen now is that the free market people need to solve the problems in healthcare the American people have legitimate concerns about, specifically a catastrophic health event. This could be a diagnosis of cancer, of a developmental disability in a child, Parkinson’s, the maladies are myriad, and people are right to be concerned that they might find themselves losing everything in bankruptcy on top of a life changing or terminal illness diagnosis.
This fundamentally is the concern of most Americans. It’s not birth control. It’s not “wellness visits.” It’s not prenatal care. It is financial destruction because of sickness.
This is the political nugget. The big government people have sold the American people on the idea that the only way to address this problem is through a massive new government program, which is absolutely false. This problem can be solved through the market.
Bankruptcy due to illness may be the primary concern for everyday Americans, but it’s not for the statists. The big government folks DO want “free” birth control, and wellness visits, and prenatal care, and everything else. The specter of bankruptcy for a middle class family is a valuable tool to motivate people to the national healthcare cause, but its not the primary concern. The main concern is pulling more of the American economy into the sphere of the state.
Right now there is an incredible opportunity to show to the American people how free market solutions could address their primary health concern. A solution needs to be ready to go. Obamacare can’t just die. It needs to be buried by the free market.
Or burned in the dustbin of history. Either one is cool with me.
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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.
The crony capitalist bonanza which is Obamacare
Obamacare is making many people and companies rich(er.) Just got to be in with the right folks, and say the right things, and dollars float down from on high.
What was once seen as simply a boneheaded, invasive, half baked law, is now we know much more than that. It is a vehicle for cronies to make bank, and they are as Peter Schweizer reports.
(From Fox News)
As CNBC recently put it: “Thanks to ObamaCare, the health-care industry is going to get a big makeover during the coming years and venture capitalists have wasted no time looking for ways to cash in.” Put simply, ObamaCare’s complexity and catastrophic rollout create rivers of cash for Obama’s cronies.
So who are some of the winners in the ObamaCare crony capitalist giveaway?
For those on the left who thought that ObamaCare would mean large health insurance companies might get their comeuppance, they might want to look at UnitedHealth. Wall Street analysts expect the giant to see its stock price rise 40 percent over the next two years, thanks to expanding profit margins. The company has also won big contracts to help implement the rollout. Quality Software Services, Inc., a major contractor for Healthcare.gov, is a subsidiary of UnitedHealth. One of President Obama’s most reliable fundraisers in both 2008 and 2012 was Anthony Welters, executive vice president of UnitedHealth. He raised more than $500,000 for the 2012 election, according to opensecrets.org.
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And the games, apologies, lies and misinformation continue. Alright, maybe there is just a “typo” on the official website, hmm, maybe not.
Here is the Whitehouse.gov website with the written information:
It appears, someone didn’t get the memo at the Whitehouse government website about changing the story on individual insurance that Obama is now denying he said. Obama is trying to say he always meant “If your insurance hasn’t changed, you can keep it” from carte blanc keeping it if you like it since 2009. So.. the written lies PROVE how the President has lied directly to the public’s face over and over again.
Title I. Quality, Affordable Health Care for All Americans
If You Like the Insurance You Have, Keep It:
Nothing in the proposal forces anyone to change the insurance they have. Period.
Besides Obama lying since Obamacare passed, he has the official Whitehouse government site lying about health insurance plans as people are getting them cancelled by the companies.
Obviously besides not trusting what comes out of a government official’s mouth we can’t trust what is written either.
But as I mentioned earlier, maybe a typo(s) on the web site? So what is the official position? Let’s go to the source in a video shared by Robert Wenzel at the Economic Policy Journal, which explains…
Chalk up just one more lie in the administration of Hope & Change with a focus on Transparency. Oops, another non-truth.
By Hunter Lewis
Will Smartphone Apps Revolutionize Medicine?
No– the government seems determined to stop it.
The Bloomberg article below describes a brave new world in which consumers can monitor their health through smartphone apps, share the information with their doctors, and also communicate with their doctors without an appointment, especially in emergencies. The article however fails to mention that Medicare and some private insurers won’t pay a doctor for time spent on e-mail, texting, and the like. Medicare not only wants you to go to the doctor’s office. It won’t even pay for treatment of more than one complaint per visit. If you have two problems, you are supposed to make another appointment and come back. The article does refer to the FDA’s plan to regulate the field, which it seems to regard positively. It does not explain that the cost of FDA approval will kill app innovation and availability.
Why is this happening? Because the FDA wants to be paid. Big drug companies contribute billions to FDA salaries and expenses, in addition to offering high paying jobs when employees leave government employment. Neither the government, nor key allies such as the American Medical Association, which enjoys a lucrative government granted monopoly in medical coding, have an incentive to change the way medicine is practiced. On the contrary, they keep us stuck where we are.
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About Hunter Lewis
Hunter Lewis is co-founder of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. He is the former CEO of Cambridge Associates and the author of 6 books. His most recent book is Where Keynes Went Wrong. He has served on boards and committees of fifteen not-for-profit organizations, including environmental, teaching, research, and cultural organizations, as well as the World Bank.
We Are Heading For The Greatest Doctor Shortage In American History
The United States already has an emerging shortage of doctors, and thanks to Obamacare that shortage is about to become much, much worse. Right now, the U.S. has close to a million doctors, and about half of them are over the age of 50. Many of them are beginning to wonder if practicing medicine is worth it anymore. In some specialties, treating Medicaid and Medicare patients pays so little that many doctors are now turning them away. Other doctors are charging their regular patients enormous amounts in order to make up for the money that they are losing on Medicaid and Medicare patients. And of course the paperwork and the red tape imposed on doctors by the health insurance companies and the federal government gets worse with each passing year. Some doctors actually spend more time filling out paperwork and dealing with red tape than they do seeing patients. On top of everything else, there is the constant and never-ending threat of being sued by predatory lawyers and losing everything. The giant malpractice insurance premiums that many doctors have to pay are an extreme financial burden on many practices. When you add it all together, it really is not surprising to learn that large numbers of doctors all over the nation are being driven into bankruptcy. Unfortunately, Obamacare is going to make all of the problems that I have just discussed even worse. This is going to result in much longer waits to see a doctor, and the level of health care in this country is going to go down substantially.
Most Americans don’t realize that we already have a shortage of doctors in this country. According to CBS News, right now there is “a shortage of 20,000 doctors nationwide”.
But that isn’t too bad. We could get by with that.
Unfortunately, at the moment close to half of all doctors in the United States are over the age of 50. And thanks to Obamacare and other changes in the health care industry, many of them are fed up and would like to retire.
And this comes at a time when our population is rapidly aging and our nation will need more doctors than ever.
According to CBS News, it is now being projected that we will need an additional 52,000 primary care physicians by the year 2025.
Please note that the statistic I just mentioned is just for primary care physicians. Overall, the American Association of Medical Colleges has projected that we will experience a shortage of more than 150,000 doctors over the next 15 years.
And all of the numbers above assume that we will not see mass doctor retirements due to Obamacare.
Unfortunately, a whole host of polls and surveys of doctors in recent years indicate that is exactly what we might end up seeing. One of these surveys was discussed in a recent Washington Times article…
A Physicians Foundation biennial survey of 13,000 doctors found that 60 percent would choose to retire today if they could. This is up from 45 percent when the survey was done in 2008, two years before the law was enacted.
At the moment, there are about 960,000 doctors in the United States.
So what would happen if 200,000 of them suddenly decided to leave the medical profession?
That is a frightening thing to think about.
And a lot of doctors are also indicating that they have absolutely no plans to take any Obamacare patients. For instance, a recent survey of New York doctors found that those that are currently signing up for Obamacare may have a very, very hard time finding doctor…
New York doctors are treating ObamaCare like the plague, a new survey reveals.
A poll conducted by the New York State Medical Society finds that 44 percent of MDs said they are not participating in the nation’s new health-care plan.
Another 33 percent say they’re still not sure whether to become ObamaCare providers.
Only 23 percent of the 409 physicians queried said they’re taking patients who signed up through health exchanges.
We are entering a time when the U.S. medical industry is experiencing a massive transition. Gone are the days of the friendly family doctor that would care for you and your children from the cradle to the grave. Those old school physicians are slowly but surely leaving the profession. One notable example of this was recently chronicled by the Chicago Tribune…
It’s not often that a doctor attracts national attention for charging too little. But that is exactly what happened to one small-town Illinois physician who is hanging up his stethoscope after almost 60 years of practicing medicine.
Against the contentious debate over health care reform, Dr. Russell Dohner achieved notoriety for charging just $5 per office visit — a fee that’s remained unchanged since the 1970s and is roughly the equivalent of a large latte today.
Once upon a time, doctors and patients enjoyed a very special relationship in this country.
But now that has all changed. Today, the federal government, state governments, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, health administrators and a whole host of others have gotten between doctor and patient, and it is ruining the industry.
So what is the solution?
How will America deal with the coming doctor shortage?
Well, apparently Obama thinks that making Americans pay much more for health coverage will work. After all, if our out-of-pocket costs go up, won’t we be less likely to seek medical help?
One 60-year-old registered nurse that has been fighting cancer for six years was absolutely horrified when she learned that her current policy was being canceled and that she would be forced to purchase a much more expensive one…
I’m a 60-year-old registered nurse with an individual Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BC/BS) PPO policy. I have been battling cancer for 6 years. I recently received a letter from Blue Cross Blue Shield stating that my existing policy is being canceled as of Dec. 31 because it doesn’t cover certain benefits required under Obamacare. I was devastated. Next, I was bewildered as I was told repeatedly by President Obama that I COULD KEEP MY POLICY! What happened to that promise? In addition, I’ve been with the same plan for over 6 years. Why shouldn’t I be “grandfathered?”
It turns out that her out-of-pocket costs for health care are going to be going up somewhere between $4,500-$6,500 per year…
After a sleepless night, I learned that I could choose from a Gold, Silver, or Bronze plan (HMO or PPO) being offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield. As my doctor doesn’t accept HMO plans, my best choice would probably be the Bronze or Gold PPO. However, my premiums and out-of-pocket costs are INCREASING $4,500-$6,500 per year. What happened to saving $2,500 per year as purported by the current administration? Also, these rates include a 10-percent federal tax … so much for “no new taxes!”
And a lot of other Americans are discovering that the high deductibles under Obamacare are going to make going to the doctor an extremely expensive proposition. The following is from a recent American Thinker article…
In a recent conversation, a good buddy enraged by his new private insurance premiums and $5,800-per-year deductible said something that struck me as undoubtedly prophetic.
“I’d literally need to be dying before I would start paying this ridiculous deductible for routine care.”
Under ObamaCare, those who work for a living incur massive premium and deductible increases to subsidize those that cannot or will not provide their own insurance. In the universe of ObamaCare, unless you are among the privileged dependency class that enjoys free health care, gone are the days when cautionary calls can be made to the doctor because a child has a stomachache or bad cough, because such calls will cost you five hundred bucks or so.
So maybe we won’t have such a huge doctor shortage after all since most Americans won’t be able to afford to go see a doctor anyway.
And the number of Americans going out of the country for medical care will certainly increase as well. According to Deloitte Consulting, a whopping 875,000 Americans were “medical tourists” in 2010. As Obamacare is fully implemented, it is inevitable that we will see that number soar well over a million.
Is this how we will get back to equilibrium? By making health care so expensive that nobody can even afford it?
This article first appeared here at the The American Dream. Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.
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