March 29, 2013

President Obama guaranteed no less than eighty-four times that Obamacare would "lower premiums by $2,500 per family per year." Now we find out just how much of a liar this President is - from three major sources: The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, the Society of Actuaries and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Wednesday, it was reported that national health expenditure projections from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMMS) that it estimate that premiums climbed by 8 percent in 2012 and will climb on average by 14 percent in 2013. Though the law is not even implemented, companies are passing through the price of mandates and taxes.

The Society of Actuaries predicts that individual premiums will spike at around 32 percent on average.

Then there is Secretary Sebelius who came clean and admitted that the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare isn't actually that affordable and went on to "comfort" Americans because there are always subsidies available. In other words, you can join millions of other Americans and receive government benefits! Then you will forever vote for Democrats.

Yes, we are already seeing our health insurance premiums rise as a result of its implementation yet, the administration has denied the bill will actually increase costs for consumers until now.

This reminds me of P.J. O'Rourke's remark: "Feeling good about government is like looking on the bright side of any catastrophe. When you quit looking on the bright side, the catastrophe is still there." With all the doom and gloom free-market advocates must be feeling these days, there's one truth that should bolster their resolve about the future: The catastrophe will still be there.

Sebelius told reporters that some people purchasing new insurance policies for themselves this fall could see premiums rise because of requirements in the health-care law.

The secretary's remarks come weeks before insurers are expected to begin releasing rates for plans that start on Jan. 1, 2014, when key provisions of the health law kick in. Premiums have been a sensitive subject for the Obama administration, which is counting on elements in the health law designed to increase competition among insurers to keep rates in check. The administration has pointed to subsidies that will be available for many lower-income Americans to help them with the cost of coverage.

Ms. Sebelius's comments are among the first direct statements from federal officials that people who have skimpy health plans right now could face higher premiums for plans that are more generous. She noted that the law requires plans to provide better benefits and treat all customers equally regardless of their medical claims.

“These folks will be moving into a really fully insured product for the first time, and so there may be a higher cost associated with getting into that market,” she said. “But we feel pretty strongly that with subsidies available to a lot of that population that they are really going to see much better benefit for the money that they’re spending.”

Most people who have "skimpy plans" have them because they either a) don't need a fancy health insurance plan b) can't afford a health insurance plan. Forcing consumers into plans they don't need or can't afford is counter productive. Not to mention, Sebelius argues consumers will see a "much better benefit for the money that they're spending." Better benefits? Does she mean better benefits of having fewer doctors?

Most physicians have a pessimistic outlook on the future of medicine, citing eroding autonomy and falling income, a survey of more than 600 doctors found.

Six in 10 physicians (62 percent) said it is likely many of their colleagues will retire earlier than planned in the next 1 to 3 years, a survey from Deloitte Center for Health Solutions found. That perception is uniform across age, gender, and specialty, it said.

Another 55 percent of surveyed doctors believe others will scale back hours because of the way medicine is changing, but the survey didn't elaborate greatly on how it was changing. Three-quarters think the best and brightest may not consider a career in medicine, although that is an increase from the 2011 survey result of 69 percent.

The survey's findings said: "Physicians recognize 'the new normal' will necessitate major changes in the profession that require them to practice in different settings as part of a larger organization that uses technologies and team-based models for consumer (patient) care."

About two-thirds of the survey responders said they believe physicians and hospitals will become more integrated in coming years. In the last 2 years, 31 percent moved into a larger practice, results found. Nearly eight in 10 believe midlevel providers will play a larger role in directing primary care.

Or how about the better benefits of fewer life saving medical devices thanks to the innovation and job killing medical device tax in ObamaCare?

Biomedical or medical device engineering firms are already laying off workers who develop crucial medical products due to the "unforeseen" costs, or in other words, the costs of ObamaCare. Not to mention, the more money these companies pay to the government, the less money they have to invest in research and development.

Thanks to Ms. Sebelius, CMMS and the Actuaries Society we now know what anyone with an IQ of 2 would have already known: Barack Obama lied to us! SURPRISE! What does the President have to say about this? Nothing. He just washes over the facts and is now trying to justify the lies by making everyone feel better about the so-called benefits ObamaCare will offer at a much higher price.

While we scrounge around looking for the thousands of dollars more in cash it will take to pay our new health insurance premiums, we can rest assured that our President will continue to live high on the hog, putting tens of thousands of miles on Air Force One, enjoying many more rounds of golf and dozens of lavish vacations all the while thinking up more lies he can tell to an uninformed public who thinks he can walk on water and raise the dead!

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