Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld
March 4, 2013
Betsy McCaughey co-authored this article.
Any examination of the many foreign economic threats facing the United States from without will be flawed if it ignores the deliberate efforts to undermine the economic system from within.
Americans are prone to dismiss hard lessons other countries have and still are suffering to learn. The latter have been burned badly by communism and socialism and are grappling to rebuild their economies on more capitalistic structure.
The US administration's tax increases push many baby boomers who own businesses out of the market, thus reducing jobs and revenues. In addition, it prevents, by law, proper medical care to the elderly who can and are willing to pay for it.
But growing numbers of baby boomers don't consider themselves elderly. The new findings of the German Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research support such feeling with the finding that "the 70s are the new 30s"!
However, ObamaCare doesn't really care about such findings. Instead of encouraging the newly-young elderly to use their knowhow to help heal the economy, it declared economic warfare against all working Americans, taxing them into "early retirement," then taxing them again for the worst medical care their best money can buy. This deliberate increase of the number of people dependent on government hand-outs also empowers the government to decide their fate. Welcome to Obama's demoralizing new world.
This is how it'll work:
If you think the Obama health law won't affect you because you have private insurance, keep reading.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced final rules for private insurance last week.
The federal government will have control over your care. Sec. 1311 of the law empowers the secretary of Health and Human Services to dictate how doctors treat privately insured patients and what questions patients must be asked.
Your doctor will enter your information into an electronic database, your doctor's decisions will be monitored for compliance with federal guidelines, and your doctor may have to choose between what is best for you and avoiding a government penalty.
1. Ask your doctor about two sets of books, if you tell your doctor things you wouldn't confide to anyone. Otherwise your electronic record will include everything and be seen by thousands of eyes.
Have depression, erectile dysfunction, or a drinking problem? Your chiropractor will see it. So will thousands of nonphysicians.
President Obama's Jan. 16 Executive Actions to curb gun violence deemed health care privacy protections "unnecessary legal barriers," making it clear federal agencies will use health information for nonhealth purposes, such as background checks.
2. Line up your doctors now, if you're a baby boomer. If you wait until you turn 65 and go on Medicare, you won't find a doctor willing to treat you. Doctors will be paid less to care for seniors than any other patients.
3. Insist on a specialist, if you have a heart problem. ObamaCare requires insurers to implement HMO-like controls that will reduce the use of specialists. Recent research shows that patients with unstable angina do far better at avoiding heart attacks when they are seen regularly by cardiologists.
4. Brace yourself for less care at the hospital. Cuts to Medicare pay for over half this law, including a whopping $247 billion reduction in what hospitals will be paid.
That will push hospitals into financial crisis, warned Richard Foster, chief actuary of Medicare. Nurses will be spread thinner, and patients of every age will wait longer for help.
5. Ask your employer whether your on-the-job coverage is going to be dropped. The law compels employers with 50 or more full-time employees to provide a package of benefit that costs twice as much as what many currently offer. Some employers will opt to pay a penalty instead, and notify you by Oct. 1.
Amazingly, even federal actuaries admit the employer mandate will result in fewer people having employer coverage.
Some employers are already adjusting the size of their workforce to avoid the mandate, or pushing workers to part-time status (under 30 hours a week). Employers' obligations in 2014 will be determined by the size of their 2013 workforce.
6. Avoid Medicaid. If you lose on-the-job coverage, you'll either be directed to an insurance exchange or dumped into Medicaid. "Dumped" is the right word, because Medicaid is often inferior coverage.
Research shows that surgery patients on Medicaid are 50% more likely to die than surgery patients with private coverage and more at risk of dying even than uninsured patients.
Citizens with household incomes below 133% of poverty ($19,000 for a single person and $33,000 for a family of four) are ineligible for subsidized private plans on the exchanges.
They have to settle for Medicaid. Legal immigrants with low incomes get a better deal. The law makes them eligible, because otherwise they would be uninsured.
Medicaid has a 5-year waiting period for newcomers.
7. Don't be bamboozled by fancy marketing. An exchange is like a supermarket that only sells one product: the government-mandated "essential benefits" package, period.
The bronze, silver, gold and platinum labels merely indicate different co-pays and deductibles.
The cheapest bronze plan for a family of five will cost about $20,000 (before subsidies), according to the IRS, and will cover only 60% of medical bills. Platinum plans will cover 90%.
The Obama health law empowers the secretary of Health and Human Services for the first time in history to standardize medical care for privately insured patients.
Look for thousands more regulations controlling you and your doctors.
This article was originally published at American Center for Democracy. Refer to original article for related links and important documentation.
Dr. Ehrenfeld is the Director of the New York-based American Center for Democracy and the Economic Warfare Institute. Dr. Ehrenfeld is an authority on economic warfare, terrorist financing, the shadowy movement of funds through international banking and money laudering.
Betsy McCaughey is author of "Beating Obamacare".
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