Posted by Curt on 16 August, 2010 at 8:01 am. 9 comments already!


Anyone who wants to see the end result of ObamaCare need look no further than the Massasschussets version of it, nearly identical in every aspect to ObamaCare.

When the Bay State passed its health-reform law in 2006, 9 percent of non-elderly adults lacked insurance; that’s now down to 5 percent. The law didn’t reduce expensive emergency-room use as predicted. Instead, emergency-room visits have climbed by 9 percent, or about 3 million visits, from 2004 to 2008. But it’s bankrupting the state, while the pressures on small businesses and on health-care insurers and providers continue to build toward the breaking point.

Health care now consumes 35 percent of the state budget, up from 22 percent in 2000. Patrick recently asked Washington for $473 million to help make the Massachusetts reform work — on top of the $1.2 billion in support the feds have already kicked in over three years, more than $3,000 per person in the state.

Whenever the federal help stops coming, the Bay State will have to either hike taxes further to fund its program, or start cutting benefits. Reimbursements are already so low under the state-subsidized plans (most of whose 152,000 enrollees pay nothing) that doctors are already refusing to accept new patients with that “coverage.”

Yet small businesses are clearly finding it necessary to dump their employees on the public health plans. The Boston Globe recently reported on a broker who helps firms do just that; his practice is booming. He’s seen about 90 business owners terminate their plans since April.

Increase use of emergency room visits – Check
Increase costs of medical care – Check
Force you into plans you don’t want – Check
Increase taxes and/or cut benefits – Check


The Socialized medicine scheme has forced private companies out and those plans that you wanted to keep, and Obama promised you could keep, are slowly disappearing as one health plan CEO admitted.

…If the state keeps insisting on making health insurance a money-losing business, it “will ultimately force insurers to go out of business or leave the market.”

That’s been their plan. And it’s working.

AND….Mitt Romney voted for this.

“I’m the only one that got the job done. I got health insurance for all our citizens. We had 460,000 people without insurance. We got 300 of them — 300,000 of them — signed up for insurance now. I’m proud of what we accomplished,” he said at the time.

Obama see’s it:

“When you actually look at the [federal] bill itself, it incorporates all sorts of Republican ideas,” said Obama on the “Today Show” Tuesday. “I mean, a lot of commentators have said, ‘You know, this is sort of similar to the bill that Mitt Romney passed in Massachusetts.’ ”

We see it:

But Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist who advised both Obama and Romney on health-insurance programs, told the Boston Globe that Romney’s healthcare reform effort as governor paved the way for national reform. “[Romney] is in many ways the intellectual father of national health reform,” he said.

I didn’t start this post out as a anti-Romney post but its hard to get around that fact when looking at his State and the Socialism he pushed on the citizens there.

Either way, our country is facing a disastrous road if ObamaCare ever gets fully implemented. But rest assured…it has begun:

Just days after the recess appointment of Donald Berwick, the controversial new head of Medicare and Medicaid, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance posted the following grim news: for the first time in history, an FDA-approved anti-cancer therapy may not be covered by Medicare.

The CMS statute states that Medicare must cover therapies that are reasonable and necessary, while the FDA is instructed to approve drugs that are safe and effective. Because of the conflicting Federal coverage and approval requirements, there are some non-FDA approved drugs (called off-label drugs) that are paid for by CMS. However, with respect to Provenge, it appears that CMS is arguing that while the treatment is safe and effective, it may not be reasonable and necessary. For the first time, an FDA approved anti-cancer therapy may not be covered by Medicare.

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