Electronic health records (EHRs) are the foundation of Obamacare. The 2009 HITECH Act (part of the Recovery Act, or ARRA) mandated government-certified interoperable EHRs and provided up to $36.5 billion to subsidize the cost of initial computerization. Already $24.8 million has been spent.
At the Minnesota State Fair almost everything is served “on a stick.” Walking around last week, I found deep fried Snickers on a stick, walleye on a stick, alligator on a stick, meatballs on a stick, hot dish on a stick, frozen chocolate-covered cheesecake on a stick, meatloaf on a stick, spaghetti on a stick, pork chop on a stick, breakfast on a stick, shrimp dogs on a stick, lobster on a stick, and key lime pie on a stick.
Coverage is a bad measure of American health care. The Left wins every time the Right discusses how many Americans are “covered.” Let’s talk about care. The Left wants universal coverage. But we want care for those in need. Coverage doesn’t guarantee care. In fact, the high-prices, regulations, and corporate controls of today’s “coverage” limit access to care.
A new federal document tells the sorry truth: if you drop Medicare Part A (to protect yourself from rationing, for instance), you’ll be stripped of your social security benefits and forced to reimburse the government.
Don’t miss what’s happening with vaccinations. Remember when health plans promised to maintain an enrollee’s health through prepaid coverage that included the full range of preventive care?
Government wants doctors paid for “value.” On July 1, Politico held a briefing called “Value vs. Volume.” Data-crunchers, in cahoots with government, say access to our private medical data can be used to pay doctors for “value,” instead of for the services they provide to patients.
Will the Rule of Law stand? Yesterday’s split court rulings on the legality of IRS-issued Obamacare subsidies through the federal exchange shows the battle at hand.
What if Obamacare subsidies disappear? This week a critical decision is expected on Halbig vs. Burwell, formerly titled Halbig vs. Sebelius. The case challenges the IRS for providing millions of dollars in Obamacare subsidies to people in 36 states through the federal exchange, Healthcare.gov.
There’s triple trouble with electronic health records: patient safety, medical privacy, and data security. And there are at least eight hazards. But much taxpayer money has been thrown at the highly speculative, untested EHR for political and profit purposes.
Liberals view faith and freedom as obstacles to Obamacare. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby that closely-held (private) corporations are not required to provide contraceptive coverage to their employees if doing so violates their religious beliefs.