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Romneycare predicts future parameters of Obamacare!

Want an indication of how well Obamacare is going to work on the national level? One need look no farther than the current expenditures in Massechusetts, where five years of Romneycare foretells what will happen with national healthcare, with their state’s surging costs, price controls, physician shortages and many other problems.

The claim that everyone having insurance would reduce costs is simply not true. The state, after one and a half year of debate has already passed cost containment measures and total medical control of public and private practice of doctors in the state!

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Sure enough, 79% of the newly insured are on public programs. Health costs—Medicaid, RomneyCare’s subsidies, public-employee compensation—will consume some 54% of the state budget in 2012, up from about 24% in 2001. Over the same period state health spending in real terms has jumped by 59%, while education has fallen 15%, police and firemen by 11% and roads and bridges by 23%.

Meanwhile, Massachusetts spends more per capita on health care than any other state and therefore more than anywhere else in the industrialized world. Costs are 27% higher than the U.S. average, 15% higher when adjusted for the state’s higher wages and its concentration of academic medical centers and specialists.

Doctors can’t even obtain a license without joining the state bureaucracy that will monitor their performance, price controls, etc.  An 11 member Health Policy Commission will set and enforce rules to ensure that total Massachusetts health spending, public and private, grows no more than what the commission approves.

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As the commission polices the market, it can decide to supervise the behavior of any provider that exceeds some to-be-specified individual benchmark—that is, doctors and hospitals that are spending too much on patient care. These delinquents must submit a “performance improvement plan” that the commission must endorse. (rationing)

Washington has never gone as far as Boston is now going, installing itself as the arbiter of care in order to redesign care, though under ObamaCare it’s only a matter of time. Everyone agrees that the health system needs to deliver medicine more efficiently and be more accountable, but accountable to whom? The answer for the political rulers of medicine, if not patients, is always: government.

Anyone who doesn’t believe that Obamacare will result in increased costs and rationing of medical care is not dealing with reality.

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  1. Brian Opsahl

    I finally dont have to pay for the freeloaders even though i no there will still be some it’s nice to no that i live in a Country that looks after ALL it’s people not just the choosen ones as Ted whould have it. Dead in the street from lack of coverage is no longer an option Ted. My brother the republican without insurance because a pre existing condition will have to buy it now and at least he can. My 18 year old daughter will stay on my insurance a little longer until she can find a job that will offer it. saving the TAXPAYER alot of MONEY….Ted… at least there is a choice now not like before where the republicans did absolutly nothing…!!

    • Ted Biondo

      Brian, you obviously don’t understand basic math – you can not continue to spend more than the money than you take from taxpayers forever, regardless of your brother’s pre-existing condition or mine. It’s costing even more than it did – don’t you get it?

      You liberals turn a blind eye to what will eventually bankrupt all governments who use it, put your fingers in your ears and say Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah – hoping the facts will just go away – it will be alright if you just ignore it.

      Did you just see the restrictions Massechusetts is putting on healthcare to reduce the costs or has your generation been entitled for so long – that you think SOMEONE will come up with the money – SOMEONE will pay for it?

  2. keep up the good work

  3. “Dead in the street from lack of coverage” is what will happen to many of us, if we allow Obamunism to bankrupt this Country with his massive spending. ObamaCare cost estimates have nearly tripled, and it isn’t fully implemented yet.

  4. Brian Opsahl

    Oh ok I get it, In your world it’s better for many to not have any coverage just as long as you have coverage. Then complain that you have to pay for some un-insured loser.

    Republicans had how many years to fix the Healthcare system. And did nothing but watch as the insurance industry rape people on costs and down right rotten coverages. And now you complain that someone stood up and finally did something about it… Sorry cant hear ya !!

    • Ted Biondo

      Now Brian, the government will rape the taxpayers when their brand of healthcare fails, as it surely will, wherever it has been tried.

  5. It seems that you Liberals are the ones who ” put your fingers in your ears and say Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah – hoping the facts will just go away – it will be alright if you just ignore it”, concerning the $16 Trillion debt, and trillions more in unfunded mandates.

  6. Wow, I just heard Romney killed a woman who had terminal cancer. If he is President, everyone with terminal cancer will probably die too!

    Now I know why liberals/Obama keeps as many people sitting home as possible, stuck in a world of dependancy and low IQ, to absorb garbage like this. …and vote.

  7. The Romney Hood Fairy Tale
    The false, invented analysis behind Obama’s tax claims.

    Brian, that non-partisan study isn’t so.

    “The great irony is that the candidate most likely to raise taxes on the middle class is Mr. Obama. He could raise every tax on the rich he proposes and still not come up with enough revenue to finance the increases in spending he wants in a second term. Where do you think he’ll turn then?”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443792604577574910276629448.html?mod=googlenews_wsj#printMode

  8. Lonnie Harris

    Two things.

    1) Name a bill that was perfect upon passage the very first time that needed no revisions in later years.

    2) Part of your diatribe was based on the fact that Massachusetts has the highest cost per state. This was also true in 2005, before RomneyCare was passed.

    Also, you can go look up the budget numbers for yourself and discover that health care does not make up 54% of the budget. In fact, it does make up $14.7B of a $34.2B budget, 43% of the budget, not 54%. The Wall Street Journal, again, is playing fast and loose with the numbers and hoping you’ll believe it’s credible because they’re the ones giving them out. In truth, it’s an opinion column you’re quoting, not a news piece, the data has been mismanaged to give a one sided picture, and the sky is still blue and water is still wet.

  9. Ted, Are you saying that universal healthcare coverage in Canada and Germany is going to eventually bankrupt those countries? You do know that they spend far less per capita than the U.S on healthcare and have better medical outcomes in general while covering all their citizens don’t you? I agree with you that the Massachusetts model is unsustainable and the Affordable Health Care Act is going to prove to be too costly in its present form. Maybe we can learn how to do univeral healthcare using some of the best practices of the two countries I referred to. Do we need large insurance companies making larger and larger profits every year? Does it make sense to spend $100k for an experimental drug on a 90 year old person which may extend their less than quality of life for one or two months? (I’m sure you call this rationing) Do we need so many doctors going into specialties and forming quasi-monopolies in their area to control pricing?
    You do know that the U.S. Catholic Bishops have been championing health care coverage for all for many years? Their main complaints against “Obamacare” are the reproductive provisions and that it does not cover immigrants. In past posts you adamantly supported their opposition to the reproductive provisions. You definitely take an opposite stance on health care for all. I won’t even ask you about the immigrant issue.

  10. Arianna

    I agree that we should repeal Obama-care and replace it with HR676

  11. Azguy: you’re making way too much sense and that doesn’t usually fly for Ted and his ilk. So many on the right are blind to the fact that many of the facets of the British, Canadian and German health care systems could be emulated here with good results. But, Ted would most likely rather defend the insurance companies, making their billions, instead of looking at basic health care for what should be; a right, not a privilege.

    • Ted Biondo

      You need to change the Constitution, monkey, which I’m sure you would like to. Thank God, the founders knew there would be people like you who are not for a country of laws but of men and would change what they conceived in a heartbeat, so they required a Constitutional amendment, which is very hard to do for that very reason.

      Of course, with Obama and his minions, he will just not enforce the law, which he is doing now without a vote of the Congress, ignoring the Supreme Court, etc. Obama and your ilk have done more to ruin this country than foreign invaders ever could!!

  12. Speaking of bankrupting the Country…

    The Obama Administration Pays Illegal Aliens to Come Here

    A basic premise of immigration law is that immigrants to the U.S. are expected to be self-supporting. We obviously don’t want to attract people who have no intention of working, but simply want to benefit from our generous welfare system. This principle is incorporated into the Immigration and Nationality Act, which provides:

    An alien who, in the opinion of the consular officer at the time of application for a visa, or in the opinion of the Attorney General at the time of application for admission or adjustment of status, is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible.

    But, as in so many other instances, President Obama has simply changed the law by executive fiat. In this case the administration acted quietly, so that it took quite a while before others understood how badly Obama had subverted the immigration laws. Yesterday, four Republican Senators wrote to Janet Napolitano and Hillary Clinton; you can read their letter here:

    It has long been a sound principle of immigration law that those who seek citizenship in this country ought to be financially self-sufficient. We were thus shocked to discover that both the State Department and DHS exclude reliance on almost all governmental welfare programs when evaluating whether an alien is likely to become a public charge. Your agencies apply a cramped interpretation of the law in this regard, considering reliance on only two of nearly 80 federal welfare programs as evidence of likelihood of becoming a public charge: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

    In fact, guidance from your agencies specifically prevents consular and DHS officials from considering the likelihood that an alien will receive SNAP benefits [food stamps], WIC payments, Medicaid, child-care benefits, foster care, energy assistance, educational assistance, other medical and health benefits, and assistance from at least fifteen different nutritional programs.

    The Obama administration advertises the fact that anyone is welcome to come to the United States to receive food stamps:

    Read the rest at: http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/08/the-obama-administration-pays-illegal-aliens-to-come-here.php

    Just attracting more undocumented Democrats (illegal aliens) to become part of Obama’s nanny-State dependency system/ voting block, bought and paid for with OUR tax dollars.

  13. JRM_CommonSense

    I guess the voting laws have been changed to allow “undocumented Democrats (illegal aliens)” to vote! Did Imiss that announcement or is someone playing the boogey man AGAIN?

  14. Illegal Aliens can get drivers licenses, legally in some States. With the “Motor-Voter” laws, what is to stop them?

    See: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2733098/posts

  15. JRM_CommonSense

    Yup, playing the boogey man…..

  16. “There are none so blind, as he who will not see…”

    The perceived trouble Republicans face, we are constantly told, stems from the party’s opposition to illegal immigration. And perhaps there is a kernel of truth to this theory. It stands to reason that illegal immigrants who are illegally registered to vote would have a very real stake in seeing to it that Republicans do not come to power with their far right ideas about requiring proof of citizenship to vote (which has been required since the founding of the Republic) and to be employed in this country. After all, if these laws were seriously enforced, it might be intolerable for illegal immigrants to live in the U.S. They would, presumably, lose employment, subsidized medical care, and the right to vote for candidates who will perpetuate such a way of life.

    Democratic party spokesmen justify their opposition to laws requiring proof of citizenship in order to register to vote by the absurd claim that poor people do not have birth certificates or passports. But we require everyone, including the poor, to produce such documents when becoming employed for their I-9 Forms. And if that is tolerable, then it must also be tolerable for the same documents to be produced to register to vote and some sort of photo ID in order to vote.

    There is a huge problem with voter fraud. And, in my opinion, it is proven by the vehemence of the Democrats, the beneficiaries of the fraud, toward enforcement of our laws.

    Read the rest at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/howard-foster/democrats-benefit-from-illegal-immigrants-voting_b_1418523.html

    Also check the “comments” section, about voter fraud in Miami.

  17. And…

    First lady Michelle Obama told a cozy group of 400 campaign supporters in Iowa last month that the 2012 Presidential Election could come down to only a “few thousand folks.”

    “I just want you to remember that in the end, this all could come down to those last few thousand people that we register to vote. It could all come down to those few thousand folks we need to help to get to the polls in November,” the first lady said.

    And boy, oh boy, is this administration stacking the deck! After all, just last month Florida election officials were denied help by the feds to confirm citizenship status (and voter fraud) for an estimated 180,000 illegal immigrants already registered to vote in Florida.

    That’s 180,000 votes in just one SWING state in an election that is going to boil down to, as Mrs. Obama said, a “few thousand votes.”

    A d v e r t i s e m e n t

    According to state records, Florida election officials have determined that massive voter fraud is taking place and that as many as 180,000 non-residents are registered to vote in the sunshine state, and it only came to the attention of state election officials early last year when the state’s DMV turned over a large data-set containing the population’s residency information. Upon sampling the data and running some preliminary checks, officials narrowed their estimate of illegally registered voters to 180,000.

    How did this happen, you ask?

    Florida’s Motor Voter Act of 1993 (which most states have some form of!) PROHIBITED even asking immigration status when an individual filled out their voter registration form while FAILING to require proof of citizenship!

    One Naples voter admitted to NBC-2 Tampa reporter Andy Pierrotti that she was not a U.S. Citizen NOR A LEGAL IMMIGRANT – election records show she voted six times in the past eleven years!

    This same investigation revealed Florida county supervisors of elections have no way to verify citizenship and are not required to ask for proof! Not having access to official state records, NBC-2 investigators were only able check a very small sample of “jury excusal” forms and cross-checking those where a person said they couldn’t serve because they were not U.S. Citizens with names in the database of Florida registered voters.

    The office of Ken Detzner, Florida’s Secretary of State, says the Obama administration has been ignoring their repeated requests for access to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases that will allow them to quickly determine the citizenship status of those on the list and put the issue to rest. But the Obama administration doesn’t want that.

    And we can only wonder why…

    Read the rest at: http://www.infowars.com/mass-illegal-immigration-voter-fraud-in-florida-and-feds-dont-care/

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