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Make Repeal a Resolution

January 1, 2014

Barring some catastrophe — perhaps involving Iran or North Korea — the biggest challenge we Americans will face during 2014 will be one we allowed to be created....

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Jan-03-14 8:04 PM

A guy I know lives near the Toronto airport. He has a pediatric clinic two blocks from his home. When his kids get sick, he puts them in the car, drives ninety miles and crosses the border to Niagara Falls NY. They see a pediatrician there, go to the drug store, cross the border and go 90 miles home.

His kids will be treated and well before he can get a appointment with the pediatrician two blocks away. He said anyone that wants to trade our quality of medicine for Canada's is an utter idiot.

I often went to Detroit area hospitals with family. From 10 to 30% of the plates in the parking lots were from Ontario. Health Canada does NOT like paying for American medicine, so a lot of those people were paying for their own care.

It should make you think. It won't, you lefties rarely think, emoting is easier.

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Jan-02-14 7:59 PM


"What do people actually mean by single payer?

“What they really mean is putting everybody under one big government insurance program and almost always, on the left, they're talking about Medicare," says John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas.

Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute adds dryly that "Medicare does pretty well, considering it's only $42 trillion in debt by the most optimistic scenarios. So I'm not sure I'd want to pile a bunch of more people on that particular Titanic."

Analysts note single payer systems in other countries do hold down costs -- but by rationing care.

"If you look to, say, Great Britain," says Tanner, "there are 115,000 people today who have waited longer than 18 weeks for admission to the hospitals.

In Canada, the waiting list to get in to see a physician of your choice can be as many as 800,000 people at one time."


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Jan-02-14 7:55 PM


"SASKATOON — The incoming president of the Canadian Medical Association says this country’s health-care system is sick and doctors need to develop a plan to cure it.

Dr. Anne Doig says patients are getting less than optimal care and she adds that physicians from across the country, who will gather in Saskatoon on Sunday for their annual meeting, recognize that changes must be made.

“We all agree that the system is imploding, we all agree that things are more precarious than perhaps Canadians realize,” Doig said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “We know that there must be change,” she said. “We’re all running flat out, we’re all just trying to stay ahead of the immediate day-to-day demands.”


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Jan-02-14 7:02 PM

There's also the minor point that for every person that has signed up, at least 3 policies have been cancelled. And since some of the policies were for families, and some were company policies, bare minimum for each person that signed up, four lost coverage from existing policies.

Only in the world of Blunderby could that be an improvement.

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Jan-02-14 7:00 PM

My doctor has retired to avoid dealing with this. My sister the chief safety and government compliance officer for the biggest hospital in her half of the state can't wait until August, when she hits 66 and can pull full benefits from her military pension and SS, and she will RUN out the front door and get away from this mess.

There is NOTHING in the bill that can force doctors to keep working for this fiasco. Slavery is illegal. What are you going to do when all the foreign doctors, that came here for better pay, realize it's not worth it and stay home? Or move to the Caribbean and set up relocated clinics to avoid US taxes?

There is nothing in the bill to increase the number of practitioners, even though the number of patients expecting the world will go up.


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Jan-02-14 6:52 PM

If you had a practical pol like LBJ putting this together, with all the time in the world, and a prosperous economy to work with, this might have had a chance.

With the current gang of ideologues, ivory tower dreamers and leftie hacks in charge, the combination of backroom crony deals to incompetents and failure to plan for the worst case is combining to build a failure of Biblical proportions.

This would be a laugh riot if you idiots didn't insist on dragging the rest of us off the cliff with you!

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Jan-02-14 4:43 PM

For all you that think this is a good law, the devil's in the details.

A Houston hospital is having real problems. Novitas Solutions is the Medicare payment processor for the Houston area. It owes over $3 million in past-due payments to the hospital, and the hospital has not been able to pay their workers for almost a month because of that.

Funny thing, that contractor is also the operator for the Southwest ObamaCare site, and that has had more problems than the national site. Both Novitas and HHS are refusing to answer calls and emails about this.

Can you say political cronyism and blundering incompetence? I knew that you could.

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Jan-02-14 12:55 PM

RockE, I’m so looking forward to reading your list of the specific Constitutional rights you claim “the GOPeers have assaulted via amendment and repeal efforts in record numbers since Obama took office.” LOL

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Jan-02-14 11:28 AM

"America is embracing the ACA."

Really? From the RCP average of 10 national polls 53% oppose vs 38% support. CNN had it at 62% against and 35% for!

That's quite a chilly embrace!

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Jan-02-14 7:26 AM

"the Constitution"???

The Constitution whose fundamental aspects and freedoms the GOPeers have assaulted via amendment and repeal efforts in record numbers since Obama took office?

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Jan-02-14 6:33 AM

the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation "sometimes government needs to grow, in order to take on responsibilities the private sector can't handle on its own

the US Constitution, Amendment X “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

I didn’t see “provide health insurance” as one of those responsibilities anywhere in that list of powers, but the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation can still freely babble that nonsense, in accordance with Amendment I.

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Jan-02-14 5:47 AM

"eliminate Obamacare and try something better"

Like the fat guy who wants to cancel his gym membership to spend more time watching TV to find solutions to his obesity.

"millions..millions more...millions will be experience effects on level with a N Korea, Iran nuclear event"

Sorry but the plural of anecdote ain't data.

While we can 'trust' editorials bemoaning junk policies, rising health and health ins.costs would keep us 'informed' in a Obamacare-absent America...we'll never hear

..the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation "sometimes government needs to grow, in order to take on responsibilities the private sector can't handle on its own"

..quote here.

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Jan-01-14 9:07 PM

Interesting point with Politifact calling out Obama on the Lie of the Year award. With single payer there is no recourse if lied to again. At least in the private sector there are options if your insurance companies lies to you. I believe pre ACA there were not enough options available. I'd rather trust the free market (warts and all) than any politician be it D or R!

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Jan-01-14 7:50 PM

Aaaahhh Single Payer, the Holy Grail for Liberals! The cradle to grave care only Big Brother can provide. Conceptually it appears to be an ideal model, but seeing how the govt couldn't get a website right after 3 years of planning and over paying by 100's of millions $, I shudder to think of how they'd screw up total control of our health care.

Why should we copy Europe & Canada? Our country was built on the strength of individualism and freedom, our health care system should be the same. There certainly are many problems to address and the ACA has good intentions, but Saint Bernard of Clairvaux had it right!

St Bernard updated to current times, "the road to*****is paved with good intentions"

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Jan-01-14 5:25 PM

GEO, Try the Mayo or Cleveland Clinic, they are state of the art! If you are having Heart concerns try the Iowa Heart Center in Des Moines! Not sure what you are needing but you can likely find some of the best care in the US.

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Jan-01-14 5:13 PM

Ditto, Choking and Bush. Fix what needs fixing for now, and set our sights on single-payer. One of us here spent many years working in Canada, and the only ones out of his many acquaintances up there who had problems with the way they were doing things, at lease back in late 80's/90's, were those few fortunate enough to be so wealthy they didn't have to worry about the costs. They didn't like to wait for elective surgery, and a couple he knew flew to Europe, not the USA, to get a few things done in private clinics. Is that an option for any of us, even with the current/employer-provided insurance plans that are available?

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Jan-01-14 1:59 PM

We need and deserve single-payer, but Obamacare will do for now. It's an improvement over what we had. Six million new sign-ups and growing. America is embracing the ACA. As for repeal, that ship sailed a long time ago. Typical GOP, always trying to go backwards.

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Jan-01-14 1:09 PM

where we actually live is where we need to center our lives. we are adding on to an already too large administrative government..local control and local responsibility are just common sense. the idea that there are resources from DC is a myth..just higher taxes. one of the reasons we have sick people is lack of environmental enforcement...corporations have contaminated with impunity and thrown money at politicians. simple testing and enforcement would save lives.we have just spent how much money for another presidential this country does not have. what we do have is a national debt. think about it.

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Jan-01-14 11:33 AM

God bless the President and the ACA! Everyone knew that the law would need revisions and tweaks as implementation began. Revolutionary change takes time and patience. Our health care system was sick, and now we are healing it. Stay the course, America!

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Jan-01-14 8:44 AM

Totally disagree. Fix the parts that need fixed not repeal it. Remember the spiraling annual health care costs, remember over 50 million Americans with no health care, remember pre-existing conditions, remember capped health plans, remember children thrown off coverage at age 19, remember corporate insurance company's spending only 50% of premiums on care the rest on high wages and outrageous bonuses! remember the donut hole on Medicare Part D that left seniors with huge out of pocket costs for their prescriptions? Yea, I remember and we don't want to go back to the conservative way of doing nothing.

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Jan-01-14 1:43 AM

I disagree with the writer. we have this law because the politicians on both sides of the isle failed to regulate a corporations being the health insurance industry and protect the citizens that it was treating un fairly.

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