Sebelius Exempts Health Exchanges from Anti-Fraud Standards

In an October 30 letter, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius revealed that the Obama administration has determined that programs created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are not federal health care plans. This decision, which flies in the face of common sense, exempts the Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) and state-based and federally facilitated Marketplaces from laws banning kickbacks and various forms of semi-legal fraud perpetrated by pharmaceutical companies and other interested parties. Why was this issue not raised at the hearing yesterday?

While the writer of the post I am quoting had the intentions to portray the Healthcare industry as – greedy and corrupt, the usual meme, the intention is missed entirely. The intention is to devastate Hospitals and physicians reimbursements. The Cleveland clinic has recently indicated it would not accept Obamacare patients and for good reason. They will lose money. The end game is bankruptcy forced on it by the regime.  No Hospital or physician’s group will be able to survive on the miniscule payments that will be negotiated. So it is Katy bar the door as our healthcare system becomes the wild west. Unregulated, lawless, and corrupt. Negotiating contracts and sending patients to those who could care less about the quality of service, just give them a few bucks. Drugs? Same thing. It’s pay to play on steroids the Chicago way. Our lives simply of little value. The end game? A Single Payer system that they so crave. They will implement the very evil they rail against. Here we go:

As the New York Times wrote November 4, “The surprise decision, disclosed last week, exempts subsidized health insurance from a law that bans rebates, kickbacks, bribes and certain other financial arrangements in federal health programs, stripping law enforcement of a powerful tool used to fight fraud in other health care programs, like Medicare.”

The Wall Street Journal pointed out that the anti-kickback rules “went into force in 1991 and broadly bar companies from making payments to beneficiaries or other firms to induce business paid for by Medicare and other federal programs. That could range from paying rebates to Medicare beneficiaries for buying specific drugs to paying physicians to refer their patients to a specific imaging facility.”

H/T and more at:Global Research

Bloomberg to restrict Pain Killers at Hospitals

While laying fallow these many days with who knows what illness, I looked forward to my returning debut as a blogger, healthy enough to be able to find some news that may have gone under the radar. So here we go. A story that sums up all that we are fighting for. The government loses its senses, and morphs into a dictatorship. Here is a prime example why we must not allow, cannot allow any form of restriction on our guns, and Ammo. Yes Ammo. Let me get to the point. If a non-physician can dictate the amount of pain medication one can receive, just think what we have in store for gun control, Obamacare, any of our freedoms. So I give you Mr. Bloomberg, who heralded the banished Big Gulp, now moving on to pain medication.

“The city hospitals we control,” he said Friday in
response to critics, “so … we’re going to do it and we’re urging all of
the other hospitals to do it, voluntary guidelines. Somebody
said, oh, somebody wrote, ‘Oh then maybe there won’t be enough
painkillers for the poor who use the emergency rooms as their primary
care doctor.’

According to Bloomberg, the over prescribing of
painkillers has led to a rise in violent crimes as well, as no-goods
have been hanging around pharmacies to ambush patients.

“You see there’s a lot more hold-ups of pharmacies, people getting held up as
they walk out of pharmacies. What are they all about? They’re not trying
to steal your shaving cream or toothpaste at the point of a gun. They
want these drugs.”

Of course, the city could allow people to carry
guns to defend themselves, but that would be too easy and would allow
people to be responsible for themselves.

Much better to ban medicine. Besides, where’s the fun of electing a liberal mayor if you
can’t leave sick people writhing in agony? Soda Head

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a total control freak. NYT reports:

Some of the most common and most powerful prescription painkillers on the market will be restricted sharply in the emergency rooms at New York City’s 11 public hospitals, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Thursday in an effort to crack down on what he called a citywide and national epidemic of prescription drug abuse.

Bunkerville: God, Guns, Guts Comrades

BEHIND SWINE FLU

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The CDC stopped reporting Swine Flu cases..
Big Pharma Benefits – Why?
Pay off to support Health Care Reform? Check out Baxter for example:

“Curiously: Baxter applied for a patent for the H1N1 flu vaccine in August 2008, eight months before the H1N1 virus appeared in Mexico. This for a type of virus that had not manifested itself for more than 30 years. In July the drug companies were given immunity from liability for the vaccines and the immunizations are about to begin with very little testing. Again, drug companies stand to make millions of dollars without fear of consequences if things go horribly wrong.”

REJECTED!!

The Senate Finance Committee voted down a government-run “public option” as part an overhaul of the nation’s health-care system Tuesday, rejecting the first of two amendments offered by Democrats

The 15-to-8 vote, which followed several hours of debate, was a defeat for liberal Democrats who view government-sponsored insurance for the middle class as a key component of President Obama’s health care overhaul.

Five Democrats, including Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., joined all 10 committee Republicans to defeat a measure proposed by Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia.

The vote followed warnings by the Finance Committee’s top Republicans that creating a government-run health insurance program would crush private companies.

Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sparred with Democrats on the Senate floor over the necessity of a public plan — with Grassley saying lawmakers shouldn’t take advantage of the shortcomings in the health care system to “denigrate” American health care.

Two Democratic Senators on the committee, Rockefeller and Chuck Schumer of New York, proposed separate amendments in an attempt to outline what a public plan should look like.

Win or lose, it’s clear that the strong public interest and support for a public option will be well represented by the supportive senators,” said Gerald Shea, a top health care policy expert for the AFL-CIO labor federation. “My sense is that our message about how vital the public plan is to the critically important issue of cost control is beginning to break through the bubble that has surrounded Finance for months.”

The wild card in Tuesday’s debate is Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe, a moderate Republican. Aides say she’s considering offering a compromise that would use the public option as a threat, to be deployed only if private insurers fail to keep premiums in check after a reasonable period of time.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/29/senate-panel-debates-govt-run-health-plan/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/29/AR2009092902028.html

Major blow to CNN and MSNBC.  Chris Matthews gets a funny feeling in his leg.

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