Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, had great things to say about free markets in health care at the recent November GOP debate, until this:
On Friday, the Obama administration published a final rule on physician payment for 2016. The 1,358-page Medicare rule, with the names of 28 bureaucrats you can contact with questions, makes changes to physician payment and Medicare Part B. A similar rule will be issued next year for 2017 and likely every year after. Who has time to read these??
There’s trouble ahead for doctors and patients. Last Friday, the eleven members of the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee were announced. It includes seven physicians to advise HHS on how to pay doctors differently. Republicans established the committee in the “Doc Fix” bill (MACRA, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015), which President Obama happily signed because it expanded Obamacare controls.
Remember the Trojan Horse? This deceptive “gift” was used to gain entry into Troy. Once the wooden horse got through the protective gates, Greek soldiers waited inside for nightfall, exited the horse, opened the city gates, let in the Greek army, and staged an attack.
The silence was deafening. Not one question was asked about Obamacare during the second GOP presidential debate. POLITICO reporter Paul Demko, echoing my sentiments, tweeted the moderator, “Jake! Jake? JAKE: What about Obamacare?”
The GOP budget reconciliation bill to repeal Obamacare is back in play – sort of. The GOP appears ready to use reconciliation, which only needs a simple majority vote for passage, to repeal a limited list of Obamacare provisions. However, Morning Consult reports, “the move will be symbolic, since any such legislation heads right to the White House for a veto.”
Most laws are not enacted by Congress. Ninety percent (90%) of all federal laws are written by regulators, writes Jonathan Emord, a DC–based constitutional attorney, in his book, The Rise of Tyranny. They become law without a vote.
I just read “The Law” by Frederic Bastiat. Given the first GOP presidential debate on August 6 and the unconstitutionality of Obamacare, this little book from 1850 was perfect.
You’ll be a patient some day soon. Your life will depend on having trusted, skilled advocates in your corner. Patients are often scared, frequently dependent on others for life, and in great need of a sense of safety and care. This intimate vulnerability is the basis for the Hippocratic oath, medical ethics and patient confidentiality.
Salon shouts, “America is ready for socialism!” Comparing presidential candidates Bernie Sanders (socialist) and Donald Trump (Republican), Salon writer Paul Rosenberg says, “Trump channels the right’s angry Fox News id. But Sanders speaks to America’s soul — and our values.”