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snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques 2012/06/28 16:33:24
Supreme Court Upholds Individual Healthcare Mandate

Posted on: 9:13 am, June 28, 2012, by , updated on: 11:28am, June 28, 2012



































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(CBS News) In a historic decision, the Supreme Court on Thursday
upheld the critical piece of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the
individual mandate.


By upholding the individual mandate, the requirement for all
Americans to acquire health insurance, the court kept what many
described as the “heart” of the law.


The decision creates some certainty surrounding federal health care
policy, allowing federal and state rule makers to, for now, implement
the law.


The decision was 5 – 4, with Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the liberal justices and writing the majority opinion.


The court ruled that the federal government does have the power to
require all Americans to acquire insurance if the “fine” imposed on
those who don’t is considered a tax.



The court found fault with one major provision of the law, which would have expanded Medicaid coverage.


Currently, Medicaid is a joint federal-state program that provides
health care to certain poor Americans, such as children and the elderly.
In 2014, the Affordable Care Act would have opened up Medicaid to anyone with an income under 138 percent of the federal poverty line.


Several states argued the expansion of the program would have placed
an undue burden on the states, and the court agreed, writing in its
opinion that the provision was like a “gun to the head of the states.”
If a state had chosen not to expand the program as the law required, it
would have had to opt out of Medicaid completely, something no state
could afford to do.


The court ruled that the federal government’s ability to revoke a
state’s Medicaid funding is limited, thus, the states can opt into the
expansion, but they don’t have to.


The high court’s move hardly ends the political controversy
surrounding the law; if anything, the decision to uphold most of the law
is sure to renew calls for lawmakers to repeal the Affordable Care Act
legislatively.


Both President Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney are expected to address the court ruling later today.


House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a statement called the court’s
decision a “crushing blow” to patients and promised that the House would
once again vote to repeal the law. “During the week of July 9th, the
House will once again repeal ObamaCare, clearing the way for
patient-centered reforms that lower costs and increase choice,” he said.


In a written statement, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell
said, “Today’s decision makes one thing clear: Congress must act to
repeal this misguided law. Obamacare has not only limited choices and
increased health care costs for American families, it has made it harder
for American businesses to hire.”


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on the Senate floor, “Our
Supreme Court has spoken. The matter is settled. It’s time for
Republicans to stop fighting yesterday’s battles.”


The ruling inspired emotional responses from both liberals and
conservatives across the country, illustrating how politically explosive
the issue is.


Upon learning the news, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi first
left messages for the president and the vice president, according to a
top Pelosi aide. Then she called Vicki Kennedy, the wife of the late
senator and health care reform champion Ted Kennedy. “Now, Teddy can
rest,” Pelosi told Kennedy.


The Democratic leader — wearing her lucky purple pumps — called her husband after that and then celebrated with her staff.


On the steps of the Supreme Court, before it was clear what the
ruling was, Tea Partiers and other opponents of the law cheered and
waved signs, initially thinking the law was struck down. The cheered,
“Constitution wins!” A few minutes later, after the news was cleared up,
they started chanting, “this is not over,” and “repeal it now.”


Supporters of the health care law, meanwhile, danced in front of the court and shouted, “Yes we can! Yes we can!”


Meka Sales, a public health professional from Charlotte, N.C., told
CBS News that at a meeting of the American Public Health Association
there, people were crying tears of happiness when they heard the news.


“We were totally unprepared for such a favorable decision. I think
tears were on deck for a disappointment but what an incredible
surprise,” she said. “The room was filled with complete joy and a sense
of justice for those that will have access to health care in the future.

THIS MEANS IS HIGHER TAXES......Something which Obama 'promised' wouldn't happen on February 24, 2009.......

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  • ReconMa... Lanikai 2012/07/02 16:30:08
    ReconMarine~PWCM*AVA*BTTB*JLA*
    +1
    I did hear a report that ODUMBO Did make a Call, but have not been able to find anything yet...It was never reported after the first report...
  • Lanikai ReconMa... 2012/07/02 18:34:37
    Lanikai
    +1
    hadn't heard. but i put nothing past him.

    he probably had soros find the dirt on roberts and threatened exposure.
  • ReconMa... Lanikai 2012/07/02 18:57:59
    ReconMarine~PWCM*AVA*BTTB*JLA*
    I put nothing past him either...
  • Ken 2012/06/28 23:43:16
  • Bill Ken 2012/07/01 12:01:34 (edited)
    Bill
    That reminds me...

    From "1984", O'Brien talking to Winston Smith in explaining the society that INGSOC is building...

    There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always — do not forget this, Winston — always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a BOOT STAMPING on a human face — forever.



    There is more and I think of Obama when I read and re-read it. O'Brien is speaking to Winston...
    The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake… We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. Others came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquis...
    That reminds me...

    From "1984", O'Brien talking to Winston Smith in explaining the society that INGSOC is building...

    There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always — do not forget this, Winston — always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a BOOT STAMPING on a human face — forever.

    INGSOC1984

    There is more and I think of Obama when I read and re-read it. O'Brien is speaking to Winston...
    The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake… We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. Others came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.
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  • Ken Bill 2012/07/01 20:13:07
    Ken
    +1
    "The fundamental article of my political creed is that despotism, or unlimited sovereignty, or absolute power, is the same in a majority of a popular assembly, an aristocratic council, an oligarchical junto, and a single emperor."
    -- John Adams, Letter to Thomas Jefferson [November 13, 1815]


    The Obamacare decision created what is essentially "unlimited sovereignty" in our federal government.
  • Bill Ken 2012/07/01 23:57:32
    Bill
    +1
    It has been said that Roberts plays chess as others play checkers. Maybe something to our advantage can come of this. I see what he MAY have been trying to do but it is a huge gambit. If it fails, it fails utterly (i.e.election day) but if it succeeds, it will, for the most part, be a triumph. Reps MUST get busy and lay out exactly what ObamaTaxCare is and lay it out simply and sternly. No spin, no watery smiles, no humility and deference to Obama.
    Let's prevent INGSOC from ever occurring.
  • Bill Ken 2012/07/02 00:00:55
    Bill
    +1
    Reading Adams, Jefferson, Washington, Payne and other founding fathers writings, I am both mystified and jealous. Mystified in the sense that they were such brilliant men (and importantly, the men needed at THAT time) and jealous that they lived in the past and none seem to really come close in these days.
  • Ken Bill 2012/07/02 04:19:10
    Ken
    Certainly no one seems to come close these days, with the possible exception of two brilliant Black economists, Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams. Williams has a page on his website with quotes from the founders, also one on their quotes regarding the Second Amendment.
  • Bill Ken 2012/07/02 12:28:21 (edited)
    Bill
    +1
    Right. I love Thomas Sowell and started reading his books beginning in the late 70's. I've listened to Williams when he fills in for Rush and read some of his works too.
    The first time I saw Sowell was on a PBS show called "The Advocates". It was a simulated court room scene in which the advocates of certain positions would ask questions of guests on the stand. (William Rusher was the conservative advocate, he was publisher of National Review.) The liberal advocate was trying to push Affirmative Action and asked Sowell if he didn't think that by forcing and increase minority participation in certain fields wouldn't be a good lesson for the U.S. because of the perception of different racial groups in the mainstream.
    Sowell replied (paraphrasing) "I think the stock market crash of 1929 was a good lesson but I wouldn't want to go through it every day."
    Point well made by an utterly brilliant man.

    Question: Could Matthews, Maddow, Olbermann, Schultz, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, etcetera be considered RACIST if they disagreed with Sowell and Williams? I think that would have to be the case since anyone who disagrees with Obummer is a racist.
  • Ken Bill 2012/07/03 05:18:53
    Ken
    +1
    I wish I had known of Sowell back then, but I was in the Navy and gone over 50% of the time. There is a snippet of a debate from that show on YouTube and Sowell utterly destroys his liberal opponent. Think of the "sages" on the left, none of them can hold a candle to Thomas Sowell.
  • Bill Ken 2012/07/03 12:09:21 (edited)
    Bill
    +2
    I've seen many of them. He's great. Thanks.
    Thanks for your service also.
    A buddy of mine was a cook on the U.S.S. Enterprise. Great ship.
  • Ken Bill 2012/07/03 20:15:16
    Ken
    +2
    She is a great ship, still the fastest nuke carrier in the Navy and over 50 years old! The only ship in the Navy older than Enterprise is the wooden-hulled USS Constitution. Enterprise is scheduled for decommissioning next year - she will have served 51 consecutive years - longer than any ship in U.S. Naval history.

    scheduled decommissioning year served 51 consecutive years ship naval history
  • ReconMa... Ken 2012/07/02 16:03:41
  • Ken ReconMa... 2012/07/03 05:25:08 (edited)
    Ken
    +2
    Pelosi came out with another gem today. She said of the penalty that Roberts called a "tax," "“It’s a ta—; it’s a penalty for free riders,” Pelosi said, nearly uttering the dreaded T-word before cutting herself off." Notice that even though the only reason that Roberts allowed it to stand was that he called it a tax - but since Obama promised not to raise taxes on the middle-class who will be hit hardest by the "penalty", they insist that it is a penalty, not a tax. Double-speak! Also, Nancy has a lot of balls to be talking about penalizing "free riders," inasmuch as that's what keeps reelecting the Democrats. If it weren't for all of the "free riders" in this society having the vote, Democrats would be in a distinct minority - the Hollywood stars would vote for them and not much of anyone else.
  • snell/G... Ken 2012/07/04 01:26:12
  • ReconMa... snell/G... 2012/07/04 18:28:08
  • ReconMa... Ken 2012/07/04 18:25:17
    ReconMarine~PWCM*AVA*BTTB*JLA*
    +1
    I heard the Stupid Idiot say that...."Free Riders"..Her Constituants and All LIB Constituants...

    I also heard Jack Lew...WH Chief Of Staff, over the weekend trying to Spin The TAX Word as well...and the Media playing back to Him, ODUMBO's Not A Tax statement on ABC, and The SCOTUS Decision of It Is A TAX....Jack Lew, Just Kept up the Spin...Made Him look More The Fool...
  • Ken ReconMa... 2012/07/05 18:13:32
    Ken
    +1
    I heard somewhere that the total taxes included in Obamacare amount to an $800 billion increase - that includes a sales tax when you sell a residence! I'm going to do some research to check it out.
  • ReconMa... Ken 2012/07/05 19:33:27
    ReconMarine~PWCM*AVA*BTTB*JLA*
    I have Heard the same thing as well...
    Also this Morning it was indicated that 1/3 of the ObamaCare Tax Increase will affect those making less than $250,000 per year...that Is a Crime..
  • Ken ReconMa... 2012/07/06 01:33:39 (edited)
    Ken
    +1
    I've heard that for retired Military the Tricare premium will go from zero to up to $270 a month, depending upon retirement pay grade. They promised us "way back when" that if we'd stay in with low pay and long family separations it would be worth it because we'd have free medical care for life. Then they shifted us over to Medicare and treated us just like those who never served. Tricare for life, a Medicare supplement, finally came into being during the Bush administration to almost make things right -- we still pay the Medicare premium the same as those who never served. Now they want to increase the premiums for both Medicare and Tricare. It is getting to the point that Medicare isn't worth much because more and more doctors are refusing to take on Medicare patients because the reimbursement is less than half of the amount billed. You get what you pay for - it it's "free" it's worthless!
  • ReconMa... Ken 2012/07/06 03:07:15 (edited)
    ReconMarine~PWCM*AVA*BTTB*JLA*
    +1
    BINGO TO ALL....
    I am On Part A of Medicare. because I do not want anymore of my SS lowered to pay for Part B....Which means I am Covered for Catistrophic Only....Even Though I have been Paying Into this All these years thru SS Deductions from my Pay....As have you...
  • Bill ReconMa... 2012/07/03 12:07:47
    Bill
    +1
    Absolutely GREAT. Pelosi reminds me a bit of Alfred E. Newman of "MAD" magazine fame. "What? Me worry?"
  • ReconMa... Bill 2012/07/04 18:29:07
  • Bill ReconMa... 2012/07/05 12:19:00
    Bill
    +1
    Geez, you didn't even have to photo-shop that. LOL
    She is such a soft-spoken liar, isn't she?
  • ReconMa... Bill 2012/07/05 19:34:24
    ReconMarine~PWCM*AVA*BTTB*JLA*
    +1
    That She Is....One LIB WACKO...LOL~!!!
  • keeper 2012/06/28 22:27:56
    keeper
    +7
    A major jobs creator... 100,000 IRS agents to Police this Mandate!
    Welcome to Nazi Socialism!
  • ReconMa... keeper 2012/07/02 16:06:13
    ReconMarine~PWCM*AVA*BTTB*JLA*
    +2
    BINGO.... obama socialist tryanny obama socialist tryanny obama socialist tryanny
  • Proggy 2012/06/28 22:17:49
  • Ken Proggy 2012/06/28 23:48:37
    Ken
    +4
    45% Of Doctors Would Consider Quitting If Congress Passes Health Care Overhaul

    Investors Business Daily

    By: Terry Jones

    Two of every three practicing physicians oppose the medical overhaul plan under consideration in Washington, and hundreds of thousands would think about shutting down their practices or retiring early if it were adopted, a new IBD/TIPP Poll has found.

    The poll contradicts the claims of not only the White House, but also doctors’ own lobby — the powerful American Medical Association — both of which suggest the medical profession is behind the proposed overhaul.

    It also calls into question whether an overhaul is even doable; 72% of the doctors polled disagree with the administration’s claim that the government can cover 47 million more people with better-quality care at lower cost.

    The IBD/TIPP Poll was conducted by mail the past two weeks, with 1,376 practicing physicians chosen randomly throughout the country taking part. Responses are still coming in, and doctors’ positions on related topics — including the impact of an overhaul on senior care, medical school applications and drug development — will be covered later in this series.

    Two-thirds, or 65%, of doctors say they oppose the proposed government expansion plan. This contradicts the administration’s claims th...





    45% Of Doctors Would Consider Quitting If Congress Passes Health Care Overhaul

    Investors Business Daily


    By: Terry Jones

    Two of every three practicing physicians oppose the medical overhaul plan under consideration in Washington, and hundreds of thousands would think about shutting down their practices or retiring early if it were adopted, a new IBD/TIPP Poll has found.

    The poll contradicts the claims of not only the White House, but also doctors’ own lobby — the powerful American Medical Association — both of which suggest the medical profession is behind the proposed overhaul.

    It also calls into question whether an overhaul is even doable; 72% of the doctors polled disagree with the administration’s claim that the government can cover 47 million more people with better-quality care at lower cost.

    The IBD/TIPP Poll was conducted by mail the past two weeks, with 1,376 practicing physicians chosen randomly throughout the country taking part. Responses are still coming in, and doctors’ positions on related topics — including the impact of an overhaul on senior care, medical school applications and drug development — will be covered later in this series.

    Two-thirds, or 65%, of doctors say they oppose the proposed government expansion plan. This contradicts the administration’s claims that doctors are part of an “unprecedented coalition” supporting a medical overhaul.

    It also differs with findings of a poll released Monday by National Public Radio that suggests a “majority of physicians want public and private insurance options,” and clashes with media reports such as Tuesday’s front-page story in the Los Angeles Times with the headline “Doctors Go For Obama’s Reform.”

    Nowhere in the Times story does it say doctors as a whole back the overhaul. It says only that the AMA — the “association representing the nation’s physicians” and what “many still regard as the country’s premier lobbying force” — is “lobbying and advertising to win public support for President Obama’s sweeping plan.”

    The AMA, in fact, represents approximately 18% of physicians. . .
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  • Proggy Ken 2012/06/29 15:42:30
  • Ken Proggy 2012/06/29 21:14:32 (edited)
    Ken
    +2
    That is a lie - most doctors don't support Obamacare and a number of surveys including one by the New England Journal of Medicine have found that up to 45% of practicing physicians will consider quitting their practices if Obamacare is implement. You have cited an article that says physicians organizations support Obamacare, not the individual doctors. The AMA is the largest of those organizations and only 16% of doctors belong to it, so it hardly speaks for the entire profession.

    And no, the figure of uninsured is 30 million, and the majority of them are young, under 40, and uninsured by choice. What is it hat you believe, that government-enforced health care coverage is free? Tell us this, how can a program that creates a new bureaucracy of 159 boards and commissions actually save money on health care? http://www.saveyourrights.com...

    And Obamacare doesn't even touch one of Obama's biggest contributors, and one of the largest drivers of health care costs: Trial Attorneys! Surveys show that between 35% and 40% of diagnostic tests are ordered by doctors as defensive medicine, because they are aftraid of being sued for malpractice. That drives up the cost of health care, and it drives up the overhead for a practicing physician because of the astronomic cost of malpractice i...




    That is a lie - most doctors don't support Obamacare and a number of surveys including one by the New England Journal of Medicine have found that up to 45% of practicing physicians will consider quitting their practices if Obamacare is implement. You have cited an article that says physicians organizations support Obamacare, not the individual doctors. The AMA is the largest of those organizations and only 16% of doctors belong to it, so it hardly speaks for the entire profession.

    And no, the figure of uninsured is 30 million, and the majority of them are young, under 40, and uninsured by choice. What is it hat you believe, that government-enforced health care coverage is free? Tell us this, how can a program that creates a new bureaucracy of 159 boards and commissions actually save money on health care? http://www.saveyourrights.com...

    And Obamacare doesn't even touch one of Obama's biggest contributors, and one of the largest drivers of health care costs: Trial Attorneys! Surveys show that between 35% and 40% of diagnostic tests are ordered by doctors as defensive medicine, because they are aftraid of being sued for malpractice. That drives up the cost of health care, and it drives up the overhead for a practicing physician because of the astronomic cost of malpractice insurance.

    Just assume Obamacare is fully implemented and we have 30,000,000 more Americans with insurance, and assume that only 10% of the 45% of physicians who say they will leave the practice of medicine actually go through with it - do you even have a clue as to the rationing of medicine, the waiting times for treatment, that will result?

    "A bunch of rubber glovers who disregard their Hippocratic Oath and are only in medicine for the money and to have a lucrative practice."
    You've shown you true colors with this statement - you believe that men and women who have given up seven years of their lives, plus internships, owe it to you and others to treat you, and that they have no right to their individual aspirations of a "lucrative practice." Good luck with the "best and brightest" wanting to be doctors any more, with a screwed-up federally run system.
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  • Proggy Ken 2012/06/30 03:24:51
    Proggy
    You see I have physicians in my family as well as know them personally. Not only in America but in other countries as well. The best and the brightest aren't driven by "the profit motive" they're driven by the greater good and the difference they can make. Your right-wing ideological greed and selfishness leads you to believe otherwise. As I said, I personally know doctors in France and England and they live very affluent life styles. But you see just a couple of high end luxury sport vehicles and only 1 8,000 sq. ft. house is enough for those physicians. You've shown your true colors, it's all about greed, selfishness, and status with you people.
  • Ken Proggy 2012/06/30 05:25:56
    Ken
    +2
    Actually with your "greater good" comments you've confirmed your Marxist beliefs, whether you label them that way or not. The reason that collectivism has always been a failure, and will always be a failure is that it goes against the human nature of self interest. You label that as "greed and selfishness," but self-interest is the reason that free-market capitalism outperforms all forms of collectivism. The "Profit motive" has worked to provide more goods and services for more people than any other economic system ever tried.

    You seem to feel the doctors in your family are a group of saints, which I seriously doubt.. Doctors who are ordinary human beings and want the best for themselves and their families look at things quite differently. http://www.nationalcenter.org...

    "If ObamaCare passes, you may lose your family doctor. Oh, and good luck finding a new one.

    "That's the stunning conclusion of a new study by the Medicus Firm, as reported by Recruiting Physicians Today, a newletter published by the publishers of the New England Journal of Medicine. Medicus, a national physician search firm, surveyed 1,195 practicing physicians about the health reform plans pending in Congress. The doctors, representing a wide range of specialties and career levels, were asked to asses...
    Actually with your "greater good" comments you've confirmed your Marxist beliefs, whether you label them that way or not. The reason that collectivism has always been a failure, and will always be a failure is that it goes against the human nature of self interest. You label that as "greed and selfishness," but self-interest is the reason that free-market capitalism outperforms all forms of collectivism. The "Profit motive" has worked to provide more goods and services for more people than any other economic system ever tried.

    You seem to feel the doctors in your family are a group of saints, which I seriously doubt.. Doctors who are ordinary human beings and want the best for themselves and their families look at things quite differently. http://www.nationalcenter.org...

    "If ObamaCare passes, you may lose your family doctor. Oh, and good luck finding a new one.

    "That's the stunning conclusion of a new study by the Medicus Firm, as reported by Recruiting Physicians Today, a newletter published by the publishers of the New England Journal of Medicine. Medicus, a national physician search firm, surveyed 1,195 practicing physicians about the health reform plans pending in Congress. The doctors, representing a wide range of specialties and career levels, were asked to assess the possible impact of ObamaCare on their careers, including "income, job satisfaction, and future career plans.". . . .
    "What many people may not realize is that health reform could impact physician supply in such a way that the quality of health care could suffer. The reality is that there may not be enough doctors to provide quality medical care to the millions of newly insured patients.. . . "
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  • ReconMa... Proggy 2012/07/02 16:11:41
    ReconMarine~PWCM*AVA*BTTB*JLA*
    +2
    Do Not Believe One Word You Say...Family of Dr.s....Yeah Right...
    My Dr. will Close His Practice as well as My Sisters Dr. ...
  • Bill Proggy 2012/07/03 12:50:50
    Bill
    Actually, it's not out of greed. While they are still paying off their student loans and if they have an office in which to practice, they have overhead costs; office rent, nurses, staff, supplies, etc. I know of a heart specialist that can not take any more patients, especially those on Medicare. He can't afford to stay in business due to those above mentioned costs that continue to rise.

    Do the physicians in your family take Medicare patients? If so, do they do so exclusively?

    http://www.hrsonline.org/poli...
    Congress Passes 10-month “fix” to Medicare Physician Payment Cuts (02/17/2012) On Friday, February 17, Congress passed a 10-month “fix” to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, averting the 27 percent cut slated to go into effect on March 1.
    ***
    Eventually, those cuts will come. Will the physicians in your family accept that or be mean and turn them down, our elderly, our most vulnerable, our poor, those without, those that don't mind paying for treatment that they get at a huge discount, if they pay anything at all.
    ***
    http://www.healthreform.gov/r...
    Imminent Doctors’ Payment Cut will Limit Access. Because of a flawed system for paying physicians, Medicare is scheduled to reduce its fees next year. This means a 21 percent cut in payments beginning on January 1, 201...

    Actually, it's not out of greed. While they are still paying off their student loans and if they have an office in which to practice, they have overhead costs; office rent, nurses, staff, supplies, etc. I know of a heart specialist that can not take any more patients, especially those on Medicare. He can't afford to stay in business due to those above mentioned costs that continue to rise.

    Do the physicians in your family take Medicare patients? If so, do they do so exclusively?

    http://www.hrsonline.org/poli...
    Congress Passes 10-month “fix” to Medicare Physician Payment Cuts (02/17/2012) On Friday, February 17, Congress passed a 10-month “fix” to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, averting the 27 percent cut slated to go into effect on March 1.
    ***
    Eventually, those cuts will come. Will the physicians in your family accept that or be mean and turn them down, our elderly, our most vulnerable, our poor, those without, those that don't mind paying for treatment that they get at a huge discount, if they pay anything at all.
    ***
    http://www.healthreform.gov/r...
    Imminent Doctors’ Payment Cut will Limit Access. Because of a flawed system for paying physicians, Medicare is scheduled to reduce its fees next year. This means a 21 percent cut in payments beginning on January 1, 2010.According to a recent survey by the American Medical Association, if Medicare payments are cut by even half that amount – or 10 percent – 60 percent of physicians report that they will reduce the number of new Medicare patients they will treat, and 40 percent will reduce the number of established Medicare patients they treat. In addition, more than two-thirds of physicians will forgo investments in their practice, including the purchase of health information technology.24 This all translates to decreased access to needed services for our nation’s seniors.
    ***
    Happy Going Out Of Business Day to the physicians in your family.
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  • ReconMa... Bill 2012/07/04 18:45:06
    ReconMarine~PWCM*AVA*BTTB*JLA*
    People also do Not Understand that Medicars IS Not Free...
    A percentage of your SS Paid Into goes to Medicare Benefits...
    When You collect SS, a Percentage is Deducted from your Monthly Payment, for Medicare, if you Chose Part B....which covers Dr. Visits, Meds etc...
    Part A....Covers Catestrophic Only.....no Dr. Visits, No Meds...

    So Not Free...
  • Bill ReconMa... 2012/07/05 12:30:30
    Bill
    +1
    My wife has to pay for Part B, $199/ month taken out of SS. Soon, (2014) she will have to pay more for ObamaTax. (I hope he fails.) I've lucked out, in a way. I get ALL medical treatments taken care of by the VA because I am a disabled Vietnam vet. However, in my own way, I think I've paid for it.

    BTW, I used to pull Recon in Vietnam in the II Corpse in Binh Din and Pleiku province. Some real Indian Territory out there.
  • ReconMa... Bill 2012/07/05 19:42:08 (edited)
    ReconMarine~PWCM*AVA*BTTB*JLA*
    +1
    That was why I only opted for Part A...Did not want any taken out....
    YOU Did Pay for It...with your Service To This Country and The Injuries You Sustained Doing That, While The LIB's Took Off and Demonstrated Against US....
    That Area you were in was a Bad area, My Friend...Glad You Made it Back...

    I served before VN was Declared....I pulled My Time Along the Mekong River between Laos and Cambodia, before we were Officially There..
    Attached to a MACSOG Unit out of Ft Naari in Thailand..Part of the MAAG sent by JFK in '62...Most of My Patrols were LRRP Support and Intel with the Spooks..
  • Bill ReconMa... 2012/07/06 00:10:22 (edited)

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