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… nice Catch , Ellison [on Medicaid and ObamaCrapCare] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,December 18th,2013

.. before , you literally had to choose to apply for Medicaid .

.. when I fell ill , and was medically confined to where I live (with good reason , then , and now [to a point]) , I had to choose to apply for Medicaid . I actually had a choice . Not much of one .

.. Yea , right , not much of one . I would have had a sky – high liability for my bill , with virtually no $$ to pay it . So , choosing not to was not much of an option …My finances had been flattened . I am completing the process of going through Bankruptcy . Also , because of the severity and the chronic nature of all of this , my student loans [all of them] will be discharged . So , I will be able to start out fresh . But , I could choose to apply for Medicaid …

.. Not now . If your income is of a certain level , BOOM , in you go to Medicaid . You do not get to choose , and go to get private insurance . The government sticking its nose into this intimate choice in my life is offensive …

.. [link] to the video ..

.. Ellison Barber is a very good reporter , in addition to being seriously cute (Yea , I am a guy , and I do notice) . She is very good on the pickup on commentary on TV and she was spot on on this …

… LEC again — I know , from my own experience with Medicaid , spoken about above . Yea , it is my own story . Medicaid is not alot , but it is something . Private Health Insurance it is not …

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… Sick Bastard [ Dingy Harry Reid on the Shutdown ] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,October 2nd,2013

.. this dandy , coutesy of the Washington Free Beacon ..

Reid: ‘Why Would We Want To’ Help One Kid With Cancer ?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) asked why Senate Democrats would want to fund the National Institutes of Health

Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from ...

Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from Nevada and Majority Leader of the United States Senate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

to “help one child who has cancer” Wednesday when asked that question by CNN reporter Dana Bash.

DANA BASH: You all talked about children with cancer unable to go to clinical trials. The House is presumably going to pass a bill that funds at least the NIH. Given what you’ve said, will you at least pass that? And if not, aren’t you playing the same political games that Republicans are?

HARRY REID: Listen, Sen. Durbin explained that very well, and he did it here, did it on the floor earlier, as did Sen. Schumer. What right did they have to pick and choose what part of government is going to be funded? It’s obvious what’s going on here. You talk about reckless and irresponsible. Wow. What this is all about is Obamacare. They are obsessed. I don’t know what other word I can use. They’re obsessed with this Obamacare. It’s working now and it will continue to work and people will love it more than they do now by far. So they have no right to pick and choose.

BASH: But if you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?

REID: Why would we want to do that? I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force base that are sitting home. They have a few problems of their own. This is — to have someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing maybe means you’re irresponsible and reckless –

BASH: I’m just asking a question.

LEC here again — Big Oops ! Nice going , Dummy ! …

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… Bravo , Vets [ Operation ShutDown ] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,October 1st,2013

.. these men and women are World War II veterans that are in Washington , D.C. , with the Honour Flight program . Courtesy of some Congressional help (Steve King , Iowa , Republican) , these folks got to visit the World War II memorials in D.C. today …

[h/t — Washington Free Beacon]
WWII Vets Knock Over Shutdown Barrier to Visit Memorial

Leo Shane III

BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff
October 1, 2013 11:55 am

A group of World War II veterans in an Honor Flight group Tuesday knocked over barriers imposed during the government shutdown at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., to get inside.

As part of the federal government shutdown, national parks are closed. But the group of veterans continued to the monument Tuesday, as reported by Stars and Stripes reporter Leo Shane:

... ditto !! ...

… ditto !! …

... well done !! ...

… well done !! …

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… Interesting Take [on the Shutdown] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,October 1st,2013

.. this comes from , of all people , Bob Woodward . He made an appearance on Morning Joe on pMSNBC on September 30th , and made the following …

Woodward: If Shutdown or Debt Ceiling Causes Economic Crisis, It’s on the ‘President’s Head’

[link] — to video

Bob Woodward of The Washington Post said if there is a “downturn or a collapse” resulting from the failure of CR or debt ceiling

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the...

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California (Video of the speech) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

negotiations it will be on President Obama’s “head” Monday on Morning Joe.

Woodward noted he respected President Obama’s objection to negotiating on the debt ceiling, but criticized the administration for failing to initiate any dialogue that could result in a deal on funding the government.

“It’s on the president’s head, he’s got to lead, he’s got to talk” Woodward said:

BOB WOODWARD: Can I enter in here just for a moment because I think it’s a good question. And there is something the president could be doing. He said he will not negotiate on the debt ceiling. A reasonable position. “I will not be blackmailed” he said. But he should be talking. They should be meeting, discussing this, because as I think Steve Ratner showed earlier, the American economy is at stake and the president, if there is a downturn or a collapse or whatever could happen here that’s bad, it’s going to be on his head. The history books are going to say, we had an economic calamity in the Presidency of Barack Obama. Speaker Boehner, indeed, is playing a role on this. Go back to the Great Depression in the 1930s. I’ll bet no one can name who was the speaker of the House at the time. Henry Thomas Rainey. He’s not in the history book it’s on the president’s head. He’s got to lead. He’s got to talk. And the absence of discussion here, I think, is baffling element.

LEC here again — this is an interesting take from a so – called leading light in the media . You can say what you want about Clinton and his politics (he was superb at it) , but at least he negotiated , and knew when  to move , and when not to . In a case like this , it requires two to tango . The G.O.P. has moved enough , for now . It is now up to POTUS to get the lead out of his butt and get moving …

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… A Clever Military Patch [on Syria] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,September 18th,2013

.. and one with a great sense of humour . It is regarding the military , and that they secretly came up with an operation name and a patch , regarding the possibility of military action in Syria …

[h/t– Bill Gertz — the Washington Free Beacon]

... ha!ha! ...

… ha!ha! …

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… Now What is the ObamaCrap Administration Thinking ?!?! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,September 14th,2013

.. this bunch of ObamaCraps has been like a bunch of Keystone Kops , in that these days these seem to not be able to do anything right . It cannot get any worse , can it ?

.. Actually , believe it or not , yes , it can . It seems that the Department of Health and InHuman Services is seeking to ask for vast sums of information be gathered , and then be placed in the electronic form of our medical record . One might think , there is a great deal in there , already . No , not this stuff , evidently .

.. Ideally , one would think that the conversion to Electronic Health Records [E.H.R.s] would be voluntary , and market – based . Well , so far , it has not . People evidently want to make the investment in the technology , though , they just want to agree on a standard that everybody can live with .

..This is where the ObamaCraps have snuck their way in , and gotten their nose under the tent . Expecting that what would become ObamaCrapCare would eventually pass , these schucks put provisions into the Stimulus Bill . Supposedly , the conversion is still “voluntary,” but the government is now forcing the action . Providers will have their reimbursements docked 1 percent (or more) a year for those who do not comply . That is bad enough . Now , these idiots want to grab even more personal information from and through their health care providers , whether we like it or not .

… from the Washington Free Beacon

Government Seeking Inclusion of ‘Social and Behavioral’ Data in Health Records

Experts worry about security, use of such information

Kathleen Sebelius / AP

Kathleen Sebelius / AP

BY: Follow @GoliadGal September 13, 2013 3:30 pm

 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to require health care providers to include “social and behavioral” data in Electronic Health Records (EHR) and to link patient’s records to public health departments, it was announced last week.

Health care experts say the proposal raises additional privacy concerns over Americans’ personal health information, on top of worries that the Obamacare “data hub” could lead to abuse by bureaucrats and identify theft.

The CMS currently covers 100 million people through Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Hospital Insurance Program and is tasked with running Obamacare.

According to a solicitation posted by the Department of Health and Human Services on Sept. 4, the CMS is commissioning the National Academy of Sciences to study how best to add social and behavioral factors to electronic health record reporting.

The agency said adding social and behavioral data to patients’ online records will improve health care.

“Increasing EHR adoption has the potential to improve health and health care quality,” the contract’s statement of work (SOW) reads. “Parallel advances in analytic tools applied to such records are fueling new approaches to discovering determinants of population health.”

The project sets out to identify “core data standards for behavioral and social determinants of health to be included in EHRs.”

Critics suggested this would create new bureaucracies and negatively impact health care.

“This sounds like an example of the federal government further intruding on the practice of medicine,” said Chris Jacobs, a senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation.

“It’s including more pay for performance requirements on physicians to collect all sorts of data in order to get government reimbursements,” he said.

The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act gave authority to the CMS to pay hospitals and doctors that make the switch to electronic health records, to “encourage widespread EHR adoption.”

Health care professionals who began participating in the program in 2011 or 2012 can receive up to $44,000 for using EHRs for Medicare and $63,750 for Medicaid over 5 and 6 years, respectively.

Though the program is “totally voluntary,” eligible professionals who are not using EHRs by 2015 will see a 1 percent reduction in their Medicare and Medicaid fees each year.

Jacobs says the government’s “pay for conformance” culture in health care is “telling doctors what they have to do and how they have to do it in order to receive government reimbursement.”

The “meaningful use” program already requires doctors and hospitals to report the demographics of a patient and if he smokes to qualify for its first step. The second stage, planned for 2014, will require recording a patient’s family health history.

The National Academy of Sciences will make recommendations for adding social and behavioral data for stage three, which will be unveiled in 2016.

A spokesman for the CMS told the Washington Free Beacon that the agency is in the early stages of crafting the requirements for this stage.

“While we know that they are considering [clinical quality measures], it would allow a greater variety of specialties and procedures to be included,” said Tony Salters, a spokesman for CMS. “This includes items like behavioral health, dental care, drug, and alcohol use, etc.”

The CMS issued a “sole source” contract to the National Academy of Sciences because of “its caliber and expertise in the medical profession,” they said.

A spokeswoman for the National Academy of Sciences told the Free Beacon that the study began on July 15.

Working with the Institute of Medicine, a committee is currently drafting suggestions for collecting social and behavioral data.

The committee will “identify core social and behavioral domains to be included in all EHRs,” the organization said.

Not only will the committee come up with what behavioral data will be collected, they will also suggest how that data can be shared with public health departments.

The contract orders the committee to identify, “Possibilities for linking EHRs to public health departments, social service agencies, or other relevant non-health care organizations and case studies, if possible, of where this has been done and how issues of privacy have been addressed.”

The committee will also look at the “obstacles” to collecting social data for EHRs, and “how these obstacles can be overcome.”

Jacobs said the study is troubling in light of security issues with the Obamacare “data hub,” which will collect Social Security numbers and personal information to verify participation in the health insurance marketplace, beginning on Oct. 1.

“We’ve already seen with the Obamacare data hub and the significant delays that have been associated with it,” he said. “Government auditors have raised concerns about maintaining timelines and implementation and whether the data hub can be implemented in a secure manner that ensures Americans’ medical and financial records aren’t at risk.”

Others have warned that the database is vulnerable to abuse by the numerous government agencies involved, including the IRS, the Department of Homeland Security, state Medicaid databases, and the Social Security Administration.

The potential for social and behavioral data to be shared with government agencies is only more worrisome, Jacobs said.

“This study raises additional questions about the privacy and security implications of the federal government sharing personal health data with other organizations and entities,” he said.

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… Yes , Jay , JohnBoy misspoke [You Idiot!!] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,September 9th,2013

English: Jay Carney giving a press briefing.

English: Jay Carney giving a press briefing. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

.. there is a video clip [link] here from the Washington Free Beacon . It regards Jay Carney ‘ s press briefing , earlier this afternoon . It is regarding SecState JohnBoy Kerry ‘ s statement (or , as I think , misstatement) that the proposed Syria operation will likely be “unbelievably small ” …

.. JohnBoy should know better . After Vietnam ( a far better reason for Presidential abuses of power ) , he should realize that two things that are next to impossible to control , once unleashed …

[-] War , and

[-] Presidential Power

.. JohnBoy ‘ s statements were a huge blunder , and he had another one on the possible surrender of “chemical arms” from Syria to Russia or Anyone else ? …

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… the Department of Health and InHuman Services is Actually Promoting This Crap [contest , video]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,August 20th,2013

.. the Department of poor Health and inHuman Services is sponsoring a contest , of some sorts . You might be wondering , what for ? I would also wonder , why them ?
.. These idiots are trying to promote ObamaCrapCare , that is obvious . For it to have any chance of any kind of success , HHS needs many young people to enroll in health insurance . Especially subsidized health insurance , courtesy of the exchanges . They need it to work . Otherwise , financially and morally . ObamaCrapCare will not work . Well , guess what ?
.. ObamaCrapCare will never work . The young are not stupid . The ones that are employed , they may well get their insurance through their employer . That is , if they still have a job , or , likely have full – time employment . The employers are not dumb . The penalty for dumping employeees into the exchanges and paying the penalty is not all that large , at all . Especially when compared (either if self – insured , or normally insured) with the current cost of health insurance . Which is going up , no matter what the cost ?
.. Why ? ObamaCrapCare is pushing all sorts of mandates . Any and all kinds of mandates . Many of them which are totally and wholly unnecessary . Which will jack up the costs even further , to near Cadillac – type policies . Which , in most cases , are entirely unnecessary , as well .

… this piece is from the Washington Free Beacon . You have to see this stupidity …

Obama Administration Announces Youth Obamacare Video Contest
Law actually discourages young people to sign up, experts say
.. The Obama administration is co-sponsoring a video contest aimed at convincing young people to sign up for health insurance, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Monday.

..The contest offers thousands of dollars in cash prizes to the winners, along with a “Stay Healthy Kit” to the first 100 participants. The kit contains a first aid kit, sun-protection kit, t-shirt, and water bottle.

..HHS partnered with Young Invincibles, a health care advocacy group, to run the contest. It is unclear who is funding the contest. The prize kit is “Brought to you by CMS Marketplace & Young Invincibles,” according to the website. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is the federal agency in charge of the insurance exchanges.

..Neither Young Invincibles nor HHS returned inquiries about the source of funding for the contest.

.. HHS released a promotional video on Monday, as well. The video features images of a man falling off of a skateboard with the text “you are NOT invincible” below him and a clip of a person strumming a guitar, with a dubstep track in the background.

..“Soon the Health Insurance Marketplace will give uninsured young people the opportunity to enroll in affordable health insurance, and the Healthy Young America video contest will help them tell their stories to other young people,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in the statement.
..Participants have three options for the kind of video they can make: a video showing how they could need health insurance; a song; or a digital animation.

The insurance exchanges will open for enrollment on Oct. 1. The public will be able to vote on the best videos between Oct. 1 and Oct. 15.

The goal of the exchanges is to make insurance more affordable, but the structure of the exchanges actually works against that goal, experts say.

Two aspects of the law actually increase the cost of health insurance for young people, said Ed Haislmaier, a health policy expert at the Heritage Foundation.

First, insurance companies can only charge older people three times what they would charge younger people for the same plan. This rule compresses the typical spread of prices, causing the price of insurance for younger and healthier individuals to rise in order to subsidize the artificially low price for older people, Haislmaier said.

Second, all insurance plans have certain requirements for what they must cover and how they are structured, further driving up costs for younger people, he noted.

Failing to attract enough young people could hurt the viability of the insurance plans offered in the exchanges, said Sally Pipes, president of the Pacific Research Institute.

“It’s going to kill insurance companies,” she said.

Millions of young people could save more than a thousand dollars next year by not signing up for insurance and paying the penalty, according to a study released last week by the National Center for Public Policy Research.

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… It Makes You Wonder …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,May 22nd,2013

It makes you wonder …

.. what else is going on in the ObamaCrap Administration , especially when they are rooting around in a news network ‘ s records . E – mails . A correspondent ‘ s parent ‘ s home phone records . They were also fooling around with Foxnews records for telephoones at critical points , at the news bureau , the State Department , and the White House , itself .

.. They are trying to damage FoxNews . This is really obvious . This has to have a chilling effect on their news gathering efforts , epsc. when their sources are fearful of having their identities revealed .

.. Indirectly , they are going after the Washington Times (Jerry Seper , Rowan Scarborough) , the Washington Examiner (Byron York) , the Washington Free Beacon (Bill  Gertz) , and the American Spectator (R. Emmett Tyrell , Jeff Lord) . They are trying to slow them all down . They may not be able to stop them , but the current media ruckus will make sources think twice about opening up to the media .

.. Their own people . They are also trying to scare their own poeple , so that they will not go leaking dirty laundry to the conservative media . The Conservative Media and the Blogosphere seem to be the only ones pursuing the ObamaCraps .

… More than that , it makes you really wonder , what else is brewing up out there ?My gut tells me that something else is getting ready to pop . It may take a while , but it will be big , maybe even HUGE …

… even more so , according to NewsMax

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