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- 11. Medicaid Expansion is not Insurance; It's a Loan
In a December 15, 2013 blog article titled "If you Like your house, You can Keep your house," the brave new world of "Medicaid Expansion" gets murky:
"On October 17, Beverly Woods asked a disturbing question on the DailyKos.com website.What happens to the assets of people who now meet the expanded criteria for Medicaid? Medicaid was designed to ensure healthcare for the truly destitute, and existing state and federal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures are based on the assumption that people on Medicaid have essentially no disposable assets. The Act Formerly Known as Obamacare changes that.
" Medicaid does not insure Americans against medical expenses--it loans them the money to pay expenses, and takes it all back when they die.
"You could call it a "death tax," if that term hadn't been taken. Next year, Americans who die with more than five million dollars in assets will pay 40% in taxes. Americans who die on Medicaid will pay 100% of their Medicaid expenses before their heirs get one penny.
"Family farm? Gone. Mom and Pop shop? Gone. Nana's house, with her snow-white picket fence around her prize-winning garden? Gone, gone, gone.
"Is there a way around this problem? There is not supposed to be, for long-term care expenses. The system is designed to loan money to people who have no assets, and to recover as much government money as possible from people who do have assets. Lots of people have tried to hide their assets from the government, with limited success. In particular, parents may not deed their houses over to their children to evade their debts--if they do, and incur medical expenses any time during the next 60 months, the children will be required to pay Medicaid back."
In a related by Dr. Jane Orient, titled ORIENT: Medicaid as a Tax on the 'estates' of the Poor, Arizona is specifically referenced. Dr. Orient practices internal medicine in Tucson, AZ, and is executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. She states:Click here to read more
- 12. Let's Turn LD26 Republican! Fundraiser 12/10/2013 in Mesa
by Dale Eames
Do you have any stories that affect the citizens of The City of Mesa?
Please email them to Info@MesaWatchDog.com
Right now LD 26 has been taken over by the democrats. We have Ed Ableser, Juan Mendez, and Andrew Sherwood, all Obamacare and Medicaid expansion supporters, at the state level. At the Federal level Kyrsten "Obamacare" Sinema. We are a battle ground district where other districts are solid Conservative. We need the help!
LD 26 is raising money for flyers and marketing to get these Big Government people out of office that are pushing Arizona in the wrong direction. The fund raiser is a Gun Raffle where we are raffling off an AR-15 Rifle. Tickets are $10 a piece, and we need to sell many more! The raffle drawing is this Tuesday at the LD 26 Christmas party.
People can purchase tickets on line at Get your Tickets
What: The LD-26, Christmas Party & Celebration
When: December 10 2013 at 6:00 pm
Where: The Mesa Utilities Building, 640 North Mesa Dr. Mesa, AZ
The Raffle will be at toward the end of the party between 8 pm and 9 pm.
Please send this information to your email lists, so we can sell as many tickets as possible!
Raymond Jones is the Chairman for our District. He is a man of integrity.
Thank You.Click here to read more
- 13. I Knew, and They Knew
by Jane Evans,
Shortly after the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010, I knew, as an insurance agent, that any health insurance plan written after that date would be subject to cancellation in 2014. Furthermore, if my customers made any changes to their plans after that date, they would no longer be considered “grandfathered,” and their plans could also be cancelled.
I knew, the insurance companies knew, and it is inconceivable that President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid didn’t know. They were the ones who wrote the Bill! Every time I heard President Obama or Nancy Pelosi say that “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan, PERIOD,” I knew it wasn’t true. They are now trying to qualify what they promised over and over again, but words do mean something and the word “period” means “period.”
The vulnerable Democrats in Congress are trying to distance themselves from this disastrous law like rats fleeing a sinking ship, but they voted for this bill in 2010, and they have continued to support it until now. Remember, every Republican voted against the Affordable Care Act. This bill was written by, and passed by a Democratic Congress, and no matter how they try to spin the facts, the record stands.Click here to read more
- 17. Yavapai County GOP group battles Against Republican Officials Who Refuse to Act Like Republicans
Did you read about the Precinct Committeemen in Yavapai County who voted to censure the so-called "Republicans" who voted for the Medicaid Expansion? Good for them! Those who know when somebody is lying to them and have the guts to stand up for their principles voted for the Censure. They include people like Tom Steele, who rejoined the Republican Party five years ago. He said the censure represents Republican values.
What a concept.
It's incredible that RINOs like Sen. Steve Pierce (LD1) and Rep. Karen Fann (LD1) were so disappointed that their minions pay more attention to Republican principles than to them and other members of the Ruling Class. After all, Pierce told the peasants, he had the support of the entire Yavapai County Board of Supervisors!
Here is what Prince Pierce had to say to his ungrateful underlings: "I didn't really hear anyone complaining or writing me; nobody called my office. It's a shame we have gotten to this instead of letting me hear about it before, but it is what it is."
NOT EXACTLY. On March 19, 2013, LD1 sent Sen. Pierce and Rep. Karen Fann a Resolution Opposing Gov. Brewer's Medicaid Expansion. It was a unanimous vote of all of the LD1 Precinct Committeemen. LD1 also copied Rep. Andy Tobin, Robert Graham, A. J. LaFaro, Frosty Taylor (who publishes the MCRC Briefs). They also sent it to me. (See the entire text on the next page.)
On April 12, 2013, the Area Directors of the Yavapai County Republican Committee approved a Resolution in Opposition to the Governor's Expansion of Medicaid. (See the entire text on the next page.)LD1 also has a website, where they made it very clear they were out gathering signatures on the Medicaid Expansion referendum.
Is Pierce's job to represent his constituents? Or live in a bubble?
As for Rep. Fann's arrogant statement: "I travel this state daily. I cannot you tell the hundreds, thousands, of people who said they are fed up with what's going on in the Republican Party right now. The divisiveness. They appreciate everybody's opinions, but they are tired of all this bickering and fighting."
Gilbert Watch Translation: " I don't like the heat you're giving me for not standing with you on our Republican principles, so knock it off........peasants."
These RINOs dig deeper and deeper into RINO-land and will call those who abide by the Republican Platform some of the nastiest, most demeaning names their handlers have told them to call us. We are "TEA party extremists," "divisive," "right-wingers," "fringe."
Like many of you, I talked with people from several counties as I gathered signatures. Those who signed (and many who didn’t because they are too disgusted with people like McCain, Brewer, Pierce, and Fann) aren’t fed up with the “bickering” in the Republican Party. They are glad we are fighting to rid the Republican Party of the RINOs!
Here's the article Yavapai County GOP battles over Medicaid Expansion
To read the Censure, go to Frosty Taylor's MCRC Briefs. 9/22/2013. (LD10 also passed a Censure.)
Click on Read More (below) to see the LD1 Resolution Opposing Gov. Brewer's Medicaid Expansion as well as the .Area Directors of the Yavapai County Republican Committee Resolution in Opposition to the Governor's Expansion of Medicaid.Click here to read more
- 18. Finally! Free Men's Preventive Thanks to Obamacare!
The Leftists are going BONKERS over this. HAHAHAHA! Creepy Uncle Sam is the Best Political Mascot Since Normal Uncle Sam.Click here to read more
- 19. What Could Go Wrong?
The "Affordable Health Care Act" aka "Obamacare" measures over 7 feet.
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- 20. The Republican Replacement for Obamacare
The GOP is introducing a plan that would replace the health-care law they hope to defund.
By Andrew Stiles
As polls highlight the American public’s unease about President Obama’s signature health-care law, House Republicans on Wednesday introduced legislation to repeal and replace it completely with a plan of their own.
The bill, called the American Health Care Reform Act, is the product of a health-care working group convened by Representative Steve Scalise (R., La.), chairman of the 175-member Republican Study Committee (RSC).
“I think we’ve done a very effective job of pointing out all the things that are bad about the president’s health-care law, but people want to know what we stand for as well,” Scalise told reporters during a briefing at the National Review office on Capitol Hill. “The public, as they get more angry about the existing law, they are going to want to have something else to put in its place.”
The group, which had been working on the plan for several months, included several members of the Republican Doctors Caucus, including Representatives Phil Roe (Tenn.), Renee Ellmers (N.C.), John Fleming (La.), and Paul Gosar (Ariz.).
“We were all saying we needed to have an alternative and put it on paper, to allow people to compare and contrast,” Gosar tells me. “We have the expertise — those of us in the doctor’s caucus who have actually provided health care. These are real solutions based on years and years in the trenches.”
Democrats have routinely criticized Republicans for attacking Obamacare without proposing a viable replacement. The president repeated this argument on Monday during his address immediately following the deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. “Remember, initially this was like repeal-and-replace, and the replace thing has kind of gone off to the wayside. Now it’s just repeal.”
In fact, Representative Tom Price (R., Ga.), an orthopedic surgeon and former RSC chairman, has proposed a comprehensive replacement bill for three years running. And now, Scalise and company plan to push for a full debate and vote on their legislation. They’ll even seek input from Democrats. “You can’t pass a bill that’s entirely done by one party that affects every person in the country,” Roe said. “We’re open to Democratic ideas and amendments. We can’t just shut out an entire party.”
The RSC’s legislation is similar to Price’s proposal, and contains many ideas that conservatives will find familiar. At less than 200 pages in length, it is considerably more digestible than Obamacare, a 2,700-page piece of legislation that’s now become a 7-foot-3-inch tower of red tape. “The American people want smaller bills that they understand,” Gosar says. “The more complex you get, the harder it is to define. You paint yourself into a corner, where the government is dictating everything.”
The American Health Care Reform Act would repeal Obamacare in its entirety, in order to “start with a clean slate,” Scalise said, but would strive to achieve similar goals — more affordable health care and increased access — and do so without mandates or tax increases.
The bill aims to create a more competitive market for health insurance by letting people purchase plans across state lines and allowing small businesses to pool together to negotiate lower rates. It would also amend existing law to increase transparency in payments and pricing so patients would have a better understanding of the cost of care and ultimately become more discerning consumers. “The American people are the best consumers in the world,” Roe said. “We will drive across five lanes of interstate to get gas two cents a gallon cheaper, so don’t tell me you won’t get the same thing [in health care].”
The plan seeks to “level the playing field” between consumers who receive insurance from an employer and those who purchase insurance on the individual market. The latter group would receive significant tax breaks to offset the cost of buying insurance: Individuals would be able to claim a $7,500 deduction against their income and payroll taxes for qualifying health plans, while families would be able to deduct $20,000. The legislation would also expand access to portable health savings accounts, and increase the maximum allowable contribution to such accounts.
The bill would increase federal funding for state high-risk pools, which insure people with especially expensive and preexisting conditions, by $25 billion over ten years, and would cap premiums in those pools at 200 percent of the average premium in a given state. It would also guarantee that individuals with preexisting conditions could move between insurance plans while maintaining coverage in the interim.
Medical liability law would be reformed to cap awards on punitive damages, as well as attorneys’ fees, in an effort to limit the common (and increasingly expensive) practice of “defensive medicine.” Federal funding for abortion coverage would be explicitly prohibited except in cases of rape, incest, and risks to the life of the mother.
The bill is being introduced as Republicans on Capitol Hill appear to have coalesced around a plan to tie a government-funding resolution to a permanent defunding of the president’s health-care law. While that particular effort is unlikely to succeed this time around, Democrats will no longer be able to accuse them of not having a replacement plan for Obamacare.
“This is a starting point,” Gosar says. “We want people to be able to offer their viewpoints, and we want to share this with the American people. We’re not scared of this issue, we love this issue.”
— Andrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online.