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Friday, September 28, 2012
Unanticipated Consequences of Obamacare
The list of the adverse consequences, of Obamacare continues to grow as the administration implements the legislation. Many, if not most of them, were not anticipated by the framers of the legislation in Congress.
Conservatives for Patients Rights (CPR) noted: “Matt Kibbe outlined on Fox News the reasons why he thought repealing Obamacare was possible in 2011: "Support for repeal has gone up since the election. The share of people supporting full or partial repeal has risen from 49 percent in last month’s Kaiser health tracking poll to 59 percent in the Dec. 13, Washington Post poll. And Rasmussen finds that 'Belief in the likelihood of repeal has now edged to its highest level to date' -- 47 percent, up 1 point from the election. Voters want, and expect, repeal."
CPR also reported, “Investor's Business Daily explainshow rationing under Obamacare has already started. ‘One of the blessings of blocking the omnibus spending bill was that it included $1 billion for the implementation of Obamacare. Yet the first effects are still being felt, the latest being the Food and Drug Administration's revoking of regulatory approval of Avastin to treat late-stage breast cancer. The reason given by the FDA was that the drug does not provide 'a sufficient benefit in slowing disease progression to outweigh the significant risk to patients.' What risk? These women are dying.’"

Furthermore, “AllVoices reports that "[t]he International Monetary Fund (IMF), based in Washington, has warned that Canada's Health Care costs are unsustainable. In its report it warns that Canada's Federal and Provincial governments have not been honest about the real costs of universal health care and that costs will swamp budgets in the future. The U.S. Democratic Congress, passed Health Care legislation, labeled Obama Care, with much fanfare in 2009. There were many of Obama's base constituents that were disappointed that a public option was dropped. Based on the IMF's report on Canada, they should perhaps be careful of what they wish for."
 
Investor's Business Daily reported that "[a]mid the Obamacare fiasco, the latest is that physicians will be subject to streams of grubby government spies checking up on their Medicare patient intake. This isn't Eurosocialist care anymore. This is the Soviet Union. In a front-page news story, the New York Times reported that Obama administration officials intend to recruit a team of workplace spies they call 'mystery shoppers' whose task will be to call up U.S. private physicians under false pretenses, fraudulently pose as patients and pry information out of their medical office staff about what kind of payment arrangements these doctors are taking from patients these days. It's the sort of sting operation lawmen normally reserve for suspected criminals."
 
CPR noted: “In commentary in the Washington Times, Alex Cortes and Robin Smith outline the top seven provisions in Obamacare that should be defunded.  "1. The Preventive Services Task Force:This unelected panel of academics has been empowered as the body to govern mandatory preventive services that insurance plans must offer with no cost-sharing with patients. What does that mean? Just one example: If you're a healthy 29-year-old man, your plan is mandated to offer 'one-time screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm by ultrasonography in men aged 65 to 75 who have ever smoked.' Do you know how unlikely it is for you to remain covered by this same plan for almost 40 years? But your plan has to include it at 'no charge,' which in the real world means higher premiums or benefit reductions elsewhere."

The Competitive Enterprise Institute
discussed how the health care overhaul negatively impacts state budgets: "Governors like Phil Bredesen (D-Tenn.) and Donald Carcieri (R-R.I.) warned earlier about the crippling costs of Obamacare to state budgets, but they were ignored by Obama and Congressional Democrats in their headlong rush to pass the health care bill. An adviser to Gov. Bredesen, James Blumstein (a professor of constitutional and health care law at Vanderbilt), argues that Obamacare is a violation of constitutional limits on Congress’s power under the spending clause."
 
In the Orange County Register, Sally Pipes explained how Obamacare hurts doctors in private practice: "The number of privately owned medical practices has declined sharply in the past five years. In 2005, at least two-thirds of practices were in private hands. That figure has dropped today to less than half – and is expected to sink below 40 percent by the end of next year. Many doctors, specifically those who have just completed a resident specialty, now are choosing not to enter private practice in the first place. Instead, they're heading to salaried positions at large hospitals. Last year, 49 percent of first-year specialists chose hospital employment. Obamacare will only exacerbate these trends. Some of the law's dictates will make it more expensive to operate small practices – even though the rules are supposed to reduce medical costs."
 
The Heritage Foundation outlined how Obamacare negatively impacts maternity care: "Individuals seeking maternity coverage in the non-group insurance market are discovering fewer options are available as insurers seek to cut costs to meet the regulatory demands of President Obama’s health care law. Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina dropped the coverage to save costs and keep premiums competitive, and insurers in other states have followed suit. Maternity coverage can be a costly aspect of health insurance because the vast majority of people who purchase it in the individual market plan to have children."
 
© 2012 Harris R. Sherline, All Rights Reserved
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