Obamacare and the coverup that should do Sebelius in

The Weekly Standard has a story that should be front page news and a headliner. If this does not do in Kathie and Obama, nothing will. Talk about cronyism. One of the most corrupt governments in memory may have gone a bridge to far. For those discouraged, this may give us a lift. The States’ refusal to be complicit in this crucial aspect of Obamacare with the exchanges should shine a spotlight on the development of the federal exchanges — and what it illuminates won’t be pretty. Here we go:

The Obama administration’s congressional allies botched the drafting of this aspect of the health care overhaul, as the plain language of Obamacare doesn’t empower federal exchanges to distribute taxpayer-funded subsidies to individuals; it empowers only state-based exchanges to distribute the subsidies. (The administration pretends otherwise.) Moreover, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is lagging behind in developing the federal exchanges.

It gets worse. HHS has contracted with a subsidiary of a private health care company to help build and police the very exchanges in which that company will be competing for business. The person who ran the government entity that awarded that contract has since accepted a position with a different subsidiary of that same company. An insurance industry insider (speaking on the condition of anonymity) says that HHS, in an attempt to hide this unseemly contract from public view until after the election, encouraged the company to hide the transaction from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

in January, HHS awarded Quality Software Services, Inc. (QSSI) what the Hill describes as “a large contract to build a federal data services hub to help run the complex federal health insurance exchange.” At that time, the director of Obamacare’s newly established Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) — which the Hill describes as “the office tasked with crafting rules for the national exchange” — was Steve Larsen. Larsen had been the insurance commissioner for Maryland when Obama’s HHS secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, was the insurance commissioner for Kansas, and the two are reportedly close. The CCIIO awarded the Obamacare exchange contract to QSSI while Larsen was the CCIIO’s director, and he played a central role in planning the construction of the exchanges — although it’s not known whether he made the decision to award the contract to QSSI or not.

Under the contract that it signed with HHS, QSSI’s power would be substantial — as QSSI would shape, run, and affect companies’ ability to compete to sell insurance through Obamacare’s federal exchanges. The Hill writes, “A draft statement of work for the contract awarded to QSSI states the contractor should provide services necessary to acquire, certify and decertify health plans offered on a federal exchange.” Moreover, “It stipulates the contractor should monitor agreements with health plans, ensure compliance with federal standards and” — somewhat strikingly — “take corrective action when necessary.” Full story Weekly Standard

‘No Constitutional Rights Issue’ in Forcing Catholics to Act Against Their Faith

Many have already posted about this issue, but there is something about the video I include, hearing Jay Carney opine, gives me that adrenaline rush of anger. Two points I will make. One, note that Carney says it was “the Institute” that made this decision. Recall the now infamous “death Panels” that Sarah Palin warned us about, and was excoriated. The second point, recall the George Stephanopoulos smack down over Contraception during one of the debates? We could not understand where he was coming from? Could it be possible that he knew this was coming, and wanted to get Romney, et al on the record? What a coincidence now. Here we go.

CNS News:

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says there are no “constitutional rights issues” involved in a regulation issued by the administration that requires all health-care plans in the United States to cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including those that induce abortions.

Because the Catholic Church holds that sterilization, artificial contraception and abortion are morally wrong and Catholic cannot be involved in them, the regulation in combination with the Obamacare mandate that all Americans buy health insurance will force American Catholics to choose between following the federal regulation or following the teachings of their church.

The regulation includes an exemption for “religious” employers, but to qualify for the exemption an employer must primarily employ people of its own faith, primarily serve people of its own faith, and primarily be involved in inculcating the tenets of the faith. In their comments to HHS on the regulation, the Catholic bishops said this “religious” exemption was so narrow Jesus Himself would not qualify for it. 

Mitt Romney’s adviser ‘You will not repeal Obamacare..’

Just in case anyone is still wondering about Romney and Obamacare. By the way, good ole boy Norm is a lobbyist now, after he lost to Franken, he went off and did what almost all of them do. I am still trying fo find which Healthcare Companies he is representing. My hunch, Big Pharma.

Mitt Romney adviser Norm Coleman, a former senator from Minnesota, predicted the GOP won’t repeal the Democrats’ healthcare reform law even if a Republican candidate defeats President Obama this November.

“You will not repeal the act in its entirety, but you will see major changes, particularly if there is a Republican president,” Coleman told BioCentury This Week television in an interview that aired on Sunday. “You can’t whole-cloth throw it out. But you can substantially change what’s been done.” Video Here

From The Hill

 Hot Air  Update:

Erick Erickson says this would be the end of the GOP:

In fact, the entrenched legislative bureaucracy has a great deal to do with congressional disapproval in the public. Republican staffers want to inch the ball down the field instead of fighting. Democrat staffers are far more aggressive.

If a Republican gets into the White House and does not sweat blood trying to repeal Obamacare in its entirety (regardless of success), I predict the end of the Republican Party legitimately. It won’t be worth fighting for if the party itself does not think it worth fighting for its voters. If the GOP takes back the White House, it’s voters will expect a real fight, not a half-hearted attempt.

HHS Awards Millions of ObamaCare Money to 25 Migrant Health Centers

Really, it is hard to post these absurd stories. But unless they get posted, no one knows. When is the Media going to report this outrageous spending of our money? They talk about raising our taxes. Not one dime until we stop this nonsense.

CNSNews.com asked HRSA if there were any controls that prevented federal funds from paying for illegal immigrants’ health care. Spokeswoman Judy Andrews said that grant recipients did not collect immigration information.

“Health centers do not, as a matter of routine practice, ask about or collect data on citizenship or other matters not related to the treatment needs of the patients seeking health services at the center,” Andrews said.

 The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it has awarded approximately $8.5 million in money from the ObamaCare health reform law to 25 new Migrant Health Centers designed to target the migrant farm worker population – money that may end up paying for free health care for illegal immigrants.

The money is part of $28.8 million in ObamaCare funds from the New Access Point grant program for community health centers.

The $8.5 million in ObamaCare funds will go toward opening new Migrant Health Centers, which focus on migrant farm workers who are poor or without health insurance.More at  CNS News

How the Rockefellers Closed Half the Medical Schools in the United States

From: News Alert we get a great look back in time. Amazing isn’t it? The Progressive era. Still, as late as the 1970’s the Medical Schools were lowering the numbers of Medical Students they were accepting, based on mandates. Nothing like control by those who know little about what they implement for the “good” of all of us. Keep in mind what we knew about in Medicine in the 1900’s. The distances that needed to be traveled to get to a patient. The women who were to give birth and the amount of time needed of the Physician.

Flashback to the early 20th century.The Rockefeller operation hired non-doctor Abraham Flexner to come up with a report(PDF) on how to limit the supply of doctors. The rest is history. Wikipediahas a nice summary of the destruction:

In 1904, there were 160 M.D. granting institutions with more than 28,000 students. By 1920, there were only 85 M.D. granting institution, educating only 13,800 students. By 1935, there were only 66 medical schools operating in the USA.

Limiting supply and raising prices: the legacy of the Progressive Era in America.

AG goes to the Supreme Court to Fast Track Obamacare ruling

Ever read a piece that just gets you riled up and brings back a bad memory? When I read that AG Cucinelli was heading to the Supreme Court to request an expedited hearing on Obamacare this week, the thought of the Ginsburg post I had done earlier brought my blood to a boil. She, who has Pancreatic Cancer, who has gotten the very best in Healthcare, would doom us to third world medicine. The nasty Progressive reveals herself and her belief in Eugenics in a recent interview discussed in the video below. Have at it.

“The court itself is a reactive institution,” Ginsburg said. “We don’t decide ‘we better get this or that case sooner rather than later.’” More at GW Hatchet

Check out an earlier post: Supreme Court Ginsberg says healthcare law will not be fast tracked

The healthcare reform law remains conspicuously absent from the Supreme Court’s judicial lineup, despite a request to expedite a ruling on the constitutionality of that crown jewel of the Obama presidency. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cucinelli, leading the 27-state charge against the Affordable Care Act, hopes to bypass the normal appeals process and fast-track the inevitable decision. The justices are scheduled to consider the request this week, but such exceptions are rare, and the White House has urged the Supreme Court to stay mum on the issue for the time being. Townhall

More at Bloomberg

Obama’s speech no one is talking about: Death Panels

Finally, I found a post that echoed my response to “the speech” yesterday. Eric Erickson talks about the very worst part of his speech that I can find no where else. No conservative radio either. With Obama’s veneer of kindness and compassion to others, he literally has told us, the “non-productive” of us will have to move on to the next life. Where is the outrage? He already cut $500 billion from Medicare, and now proposed another $500 billion. Just where does that come from? Correction, someone is talking about it. update: NY Times Paul Krugman cheers inclusion of death panels in Obama’s Budget Plan

Recall our earlier post: Kidney Patients being told to accept death and forgo dialysis

 “It was meant to keep young and middle-aged people alive and productive. Instead, many of the patients who take advantage of the law are old and have other medical problems”. Take advantage?

 RedState:

While everyone else was focused on Barack Obama bashing Paul Ryan, I noticed that he took full ownership of death panels yesterday. Naturally, Obama did not call them death panels. He called them “an independent commission of doctors, nurses, medical experts and consumers.” But his description hits dead on with what his death panels will do.

According to Barack Obama yesterday, the death panels “will look at all the evidence and recommend the best ways to reduce unnecessary spending while protecting access to the services seniors need.”

We already know what they’ll recommend as “the best ways to reduce unnecessary spending”. Barack Obama’s own advisers have told us. They will prioritize giving health care to healthier people and let sicker people die. At end of life, they will deny people life sustaining treatment because, after all, they’re going to die anyway. Note his phrasing: “protecting access to the services seniors need.” Dying people, according to Obama’s advisers, need hospice not hope. They certainly do not need expensive treatments that may buy them time to see the birth of a new grandchild or other reasons.

“We will change the way we pay for health care – not by procedure or the number of days spent in a hospital, but with new incentives for doctors and hospitals to prevent injuries and improve results. . . . If we’re wrong, and Medicare costs rise faster than we expect, this approach will give the independent commission the authority to make additional savings by further improving Medicare,” Obama said. At a time Democrats are saying Republicans want to starve old people to death, Democrats are intent on embracing a cost savings model for Medicare that incentivizes doctors to encourage people to die and, when all else fails, gives a death panel “the authority to make additional savings by” ensuring the dying elderly die quickly.

“Our approach lowers the government’s health care bills by reducing the cost of health care itself,” Obama said. Really? The only way that will happen is by rationing. You may not like the use of the phrase “death panel,” but make no mistake about it — at the end of your life, in Barack Obama’s America, his death panel will throw you under the bus in a way much closer to reality than metaphor. At  RedState

Let us not forget what the Progressive agenda is and always has been.

Obamacare Slush Fund gives to Washington Post and CBS

The Daily Caller caught this action. This is really rank. Worth the full read if you have had a good night’s sleep which is more than I can say. Where is the coverage of these hearings? How is the Washington Post and CBS  to cover Obama in this when they are receiving the ultimate welfare. They rale about the GOP and Big Business. What a joke.  Here tis:

Two mainstream news organizations are receiving hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars from Obamacare’s Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP) — a $5 billion grant program that’s doling out cash to companies, states and labor unions in what the Obama administration considers an effort to pay for health insurance for early retirees. The Washington Post Company raked in $573,217 in taxpayer subsidies and CBS Corporation secured $722,388 worth of Americans’ money.

At a Friday morning hearing, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by Rep. Cliff Stearns, Florida Republican, asked Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight (CCIO) official Steven Larsen for how the administration decides who gets a slice of the $5 billion pie – and how the application process works. In his response, Stearns referred to the fact that corporations like General Electric, Verizon and AT&T in addition to several labor unions were getting taxpayer funding.

Read more: Daily Caller

Kidney Patients being told to accept death, forgo Dialysis

I don’t know what bothered me most in this story. What I do know, is there is an orchestrated effort to desensitize us to what the so-called “Death Panels” will bring us. What seems to appear in the story is an even-handed, rational approach to death. You see, it is much better to not to use medical resources. In this case Dialysis. Except they are talking about you and me, our parents, and possibly our children. As they calmly say:

“It was meant to keep young and middle-aged people alive and productive”.

So of course if you are no longer productive, you are really of no use to the Progressive Society. So here tis a piece from the NY Times including the header.

Asking Kidney Patients to Forgo a Free Lifeline

Kidney specialists are pushing doctors to be more forthright with elderly people who have other serious medical conditions, to tell the patients that even though they are entitled to dialysis, they may want to decline such treatment and enter a hospice instead. In the end, it is always the patient’s choice. But for how much longer?

One idea, promoted by leading specialists, is to change the way doctors refer to the decision to forgo dialysis. Instead of saying that a patient is withdrawing from dialysis or agreeing not to start it, these specialists say the patient has chosen “medical management without dialysis.”“That is the preferred term,” said Nancy Armistead, executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition, a Medicare contractor that collects data and patient grievances.

Of all the terrible chronic diseases, only one —end-stage kidney disease — gets special treatment by the federal government. A law passed by Congress 39 years ago provides nearly free care to almost all patients whose kidneys have failed, regardless of their age or ability to pay.

But the law has had unintended consequences, kidney experts say. It was meant to keep young and middle-aged people alive and productive. Instead, many of the patients who take advantage of the law are old and have other medical problems, often suffering through dialysis as a replacement for their failed kidneys but not living long because the other chronic diseases kill them. Full story: New York Times

Here is Donald Berwick. The overlord of the quality and quantity of our lives under Obamacare.

Cantor: CR Will Permit Funding of Obamacare

In case you have missed the low-level energy response that Reps Steve King and Michelle Bachmann have received regarding defunding Obamacare, CNS picks up the pathetic response of Cantor. I wonder why we worked so hard to give these wimpy no-gonad Republicans a chance at leadership. Leadership? What a joke. Call you Representative today and tell them no money now or ever for Obamacare. This is our last-ditch effort and now is the time. Vote no to the latest CR.

“We have to write my language into the CR and take a stand,” King told CNSNews.com in an interview last week. “Stare the president in the eye and say: Mr. President, we are going to make sure that this government has the resources to function, but we’re also are going to make sure that there are no resources to implement or carry out the provisions of Obamacare, and if you should choose to shutdown the government in order to preserve socialized medicine that has your name on it, that is your choice not ours, but we are not going to allow that unconstitutional bill to be enacted on deceptive funding on our watch.”

 House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said on Monday that the new continuing resolution (CR) the House will consider this week to keep the federal government-funded will permit the Obama administration to spend money on the implementation of Obamacare.

At his Capitol Hill press briefing today, CNSNews.com asked Majority Leader Cantor: “Are you or are you not going to use this CR to cut off that $105.5 billion in Obamacare funding? Representatives Steve King and Michele Bachmann have said that they want you to do that, sent a letter saying please use the CR as an opportunity to cut off that funding. Are you going to do that?”

Cantor said: “What we’ve said earlier is that we are operating consistent with House rules, which in this CR means [limiting the bill to] discretionary funding for this year. What I’ve also said here is that we are in another temporary stop-gap mode and the intention is for this year–and going forward to next year–we intend to starve the agencies of the funding to implement the full force and effect of the Obamacare bill.”

CNS News

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