Virginia Foxx Looks at Health Care Reform

Virginia Foxx is a feisty lady with the ability to cut right to the heart of the problem with Obamacare. I like her style.

Obamacare PSA – Overpaid Celebrities Know Best

A Public Service Announcement endorsing overpaid celebrities advice on Obamacare.

Health Care, DMV Style

We need health care run by the government. They do so well with the USPS, the IRS and the DMV . . .

Point Counterpoint

Now for a little diversion . . .

Sorry, but I couldn’t resist.

Mass is Ahead of the Rest of Us

I just gotta ask. Is Barney Frank even remotely aware of what is happening to health insurance in his home state of Massachusetts?

Apparently not.

Three years ago, Massachusetts, under Gov. Mitt Romney implemented a program designed to make health insurance more affordable while covering everyone.

Sound familiar?

Today 97% of Massachusetts residents have health insurance.

But at what price?

“Anything that is on the track that we’re on today will not only derail health care reform but could literally derail the economy,” said Lynn Nicholas, president of the Massachusetts Hospital Association.

That can’t be good.

President Obama and many Democrats in Congress say bringing down costs is a key element of current proposals.

But a congressional budget chief recently said that current proposals would not do enough to rein in costs.

Truth be known, the proposals don’t do anything to rein in costs other than shifting to providers in the form of lower reimbursements and cutting or refusing benefits.

That’s like trying to make the Titanic lighter, so it won’t sink as fast, by throwing the passengers and crew over the side.

President Obama has talked about creating savings by reimbursing more for preventative care. In a recent town hall, he explained that treating diabetes through weight loss and diet is cheaper than letting it progress to where circulation problems develop and a leg has to be amputated.

That was his infamous $50,000 leg amputation meeting.

Beyond that, preventive CARE does almost nothing to lower costs.

Healthy lifestyle through diet, exercise, refrain from tobacco use and alcohol in moderation do more for lowering the cost of health care than any preventive care program. The idea is to keep you OUT of the doctors office, not running up the bill with diagnostic testing.

“So why not make sure that we are also reimbursing the care that prevents the amputation? Right? That will save us money,” Obama said.

The Congressional Budget Office doesn’t agree it will save money. In an analysis of the House bill, the agency shows no cost savings from eliminating copayments and deductibles for preventive care. It also says that covering preventative services in Medicaid could cost an extra $7 billion over the next 10 years.

Well, that’s what happens when he goes off script.  It is really frustrating to TOTUS.

One much-touted way to cut rising health care costs, that President Obama talked about on the campaign trail, involves investing in information technology. Paying to install databases that keep track of medical records can help health care become more efficient.

Better electronic record keeping could ensure that costly tests aren’t duplicated or that drugs aren’t prescribed that react with other kinds of drugs. But nobody’s quite sure how much such an investment can save.

Not sure how much it will save has never stopped them before.

Just like Thelma & Louise, health care reform is headed for the cliff except the car isn’t as spiffy.

Obamacare Will Be Run Like the Post Office

Out of the mouth of babes . . .

Obama says the Post Office can’t compete with UPS and FedEx. What does that mean for Obamacare vs private insurance?

You decide.

Where is TOTUS when you need him?

Obama Can't Even Give it Away

Even dog’s know a bad deal when offered to them.

AARP Members Reject Health Care Reform

Looks like the torch and pitchfork crowd didn’t like what AARP reps were telling them.

Note the AARP lady takes her microphone in an attempt to suppress the crowd.

It didn’t work . . .

Smaller cars, bigger health insurance, Poppa Washington.

I'll Have What She is Having

Nancy Pelosi and company want us to have Obamacare but not what they have. Neither do they want any part of Obamacare, other than forcing it on us.

Wonder why?

Members of Congress, and the Obama House, can pick from any number of health insurance plans. The most popular plan is from Blue Cross, has $20 copays and a $300 major medical deductible.

Suh-weet!

Premiums are $448.91 per month single and $1027.95 family. But wait! That is the gross billed premium. Taxpayers, that would be you and me, pick up the tab for 69% of the monthly premium (as well as all of the cost of 3 new Gulfstream jets).

The Blue Cross plan is 135 pages and, as mandated by legislation, is in easy to read form.

Obamacare is over 3,000 pages (including committee markups) and is not easy to read.

All this reminds me of Meg Ryan. You know the scene.

Like the lady in the restaurant, when it comes to health insurance, rather than Obamacare, I’ll have what she is having . . .

Obamacare vs. Buying a Dog

Why does it take longer to buy a dog than to design Obamacare? At a recent town hall meeting, angry protesters confronted their Congressman and accused him of lying to them about stimulus and health care reform. One protester asked why health care is being crammed down their throats in weeks when it took Obama six months to find a dog.

I might point out that candidate Obama said he was going to get a shelter dog, but President Obama bought a purebreed.

And this . . .

The Congressman was a Democrat.

So were the protesters . . .