February 17, 2015 by Alan Berkelhammer
Filed under Constitution, Educational, Executive Branch, First Amendment, Healthcare, Hot Topics, Judicial Branch, Legislative Branch, National Info, News Articles
From my friend, Dr. David McKalip:
By David McKalip, M.D.
Your Doctor is being punished by the Federal government for protecting your personal health information. Your doctor is also being punished by the Federal Government if they fail to follow the government cookbook medicine protocol. This week, I was among many doctors that received a notice that my payments would be cut by Medicare since I was not using an electronic medical record to report my patients’ private medical data to the Federal government. I was also not attempting to comply with cookbook protocols that, for instance, deny antibiotics to my patients who need it after certain surgeries. This so-called “incentive” program claims to improve quality of care but is really about punishing your doctor until they comply with the government’s goals. The goals of Obamacare in this case is to force your doctors to ration your care and to lower the quality to a uniform level of “one-size-fits-all” medicine that ignores the needs of individual patients. This doctor won’t lower his standards to that of the government. Ever.
Doctors are being told that they will be paid 1.5% less unless they report how often they provided certain types of medical care to the Medicare program and various insurance programs. That penalty will increase to 5% by 2019. The program, called the “Physician Quality Reporting System” (PQRS) began as a “bonus program” in about 2008 and transformed to a penalty program under Obamacare. In addition, doctors that don’t enter your data in an electronic medical record and send prescriptions to your pharmacy electronically over the internet will face up to a 5% penalty after 2018 as well. By 2019, all the penalties for not following bureaucratic interference in the practice of medicine will go up to a 13% cut in Medicare payments to doctors. Doctors in solo and small practices have been the most unlikely to report the data for several reasons. First, it is very expensive to buy, implement and maintain the computer systems to report the data. Secondly, the data will be used against them to add other penalties on top of the 13% hit in 2019 if doctors don’t reach the government thresholds defined by bureaucrats. Finally, many – especially those still in small private practices – are merely conscientiously objecting to telling anyone outside the patient-physician relationship about their patients or tolerating interference in the practice of medicine by regulators, insurance companies and politicians. You can count this neurosurgeon among that group of doctors. Read more at sunbeamtimes.com.
As millions of Americans brace for tax season, the Internal Revenue Service is requesting a $2 billion boost to its budget and 9,000 new employees as it prepares to enforce Obamacare’s tax provisions.
President Obama released his $4 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2016 this week, which includes $13.9 billion for the Internal Revenue Service. The agency asked Congress for close to $2 billion more for operations than last year—a 16 percent increase. Read more at dailysignal.com.
On the air last night, fiery radio talk show host, Constitutional scholar and life-long Republican, Mark Levin, said that after the way Republicans have acted since their November 4th election victory, that he is “one inch away from leaving the Republican Party.” Many people do not know that Mr. Levin served in the entire eight years of the Reagan administration.
Listen to what Mark had to say last night here.
Gohmert: Leadership Wouldn’t Work With Conservatives on Cromnibus
Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said that conservatives in the House heard “not one word” from House GOP leadership on compromises to make changes to the cromnibus in order to get conservatives to vote for it even though “we were willing to work with them to compromise” on Thursday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel. Read more at breitbart.com.
The Nuclear Option – by Charles Hurt – Dec. 10, 2015
Call it the mysterious case of the Incredible Shrinking GOP.
Barely one month ago, the party sailed to victory in one of the biggest rout election waves of the past century. They ran the board and took control of the U.S. Senate. They grew to historic levels in the U.S. House. The Democratic Party was left in tatters in state, local, and governor races across the country.
But today, just a few weeks later, before GOPers even take hold of their new reins of power, the party is crying poverty. They are stricken with paralysis. House Speaker John A. Boehner, known for his weeping, begs powerlessness.
“Frankly, we have limited options and limited abilities to deal with it directly,” Mr. Boehner said last week when asked about President Obama’s unconstitutional executive action to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens presently living illegally in the U.S.
“Limited options?” “Limited abilities?” We have an unbridled madman in the White House right now taking a machete to the U.S. Constitution and the leader of the opposition party that was just thrust to power in a historic rejection of the president and his cleptocratic policies is now talking about “limited” options and abilities?
Funny, I don’t recall a single Republican running in a single race this year on a campaign that Republicans in Congress have only “limited” options and abilities to stop Mr. Obama. No, in fact, every single one of them ran their entire campaigns on the singular promise that we have to vote for Republicans so they could stop Mr. Obama. And Americans voted. [Bold type, mine] Continue reading at breitbart.com.
The following video clips are of several members of Congress questioning Obamacare architect and admitted liar, Dr. Jonathan Gruber, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator the
honorable arrogant Marilyn Tavenner during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on December 9th. I could write several pages of commentary, but the videos, which are just a small sampling of the questioners, speak for themselves.
“…so get over this damn glibness?” Rep. Cynthia Lummis finishes her questioning time at the health care hearing by talking about her husband, who died from a heart attack, and the problems they had with Obamacare.
So much for reading the bill. The good news: There a few good Republicans in the House. The bad news: None of them are in leadership positions – ADB
Election results in November that emboldened the House Republican majority and delivered the U.S. Senate majority to the GOP be damned, House Speaker John Boehner is desperately turning to the Democrats to pass his omnibus bill that enables President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty. Read more at Breitbart.com.
Just Like Obamacare: Boehner’s Omnibus Website Fails, Bill Text Disappears Behind ‘Server Error’ Message.
A few short hours after the House GOP posted Speaker John Boehner’s 1,603-page $1.1 trillion omnibus bill text on its website, the website failed.
The bill text—both the PDF and the XML versions—went down around 11 p.m. on Wednesday night, for unspecified reasons. Speaker Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel hasn’t responded to inquiries as to why the bill is no longer available for the public to see. Read more at Breitbart.com.
Note: As of 8:00 this morning the bill was downloadable in PDF format on the above site. When I tried the XML version, it crashed – ADB
You won’t need Common Core to solve this simple math problem:
(The number of people in this photo) minus (The number of people in this photo who are no longer in office) equals (The number of people who still need to go).
For all those who state that Mr. Gruber should not have been hired as the expert for Obamacare as he has no real world business experience- Mission accomplished!
Gruber and the Administration got exactly what they wanted, a continual march towards more socialized healthcare. Are the Republicans willing to do what it takes to turn the ship around?
Please click on the link below for yet another example of how this legislation is hurting everyone and leaving no options but joining the Healthcare Exchanges.
The crushing costs of compliance with the regulatory burdens of Obamacare have already been well documented, especially as they pertain to small businesses. But as small businesses prepare their corporate tax returns next year, many accountants are warning that, based on Department of Labor guidelines issued after the election, countless small businesses are about to be hit with a huge tax penalty that they simply cannot afford.
Land Of The Free, Home Of The Brave???????????
From friend and GTP member Jim Sharp:
Tonight, I had the pleasure of interviewing Straw Man. Mr. Man has been the object of much criticism from President Obama and the Democratic Party. He’s been in hiding until recently, for his own safety. Now, vindicated by this latest election, he’s agreed to speak with me tonight.
ME: Good evening, Straw Man, and welcome.
You’ve endured numerous vitriolic assaults, over the years. From the classic “You want to throw granny over the cliff,” to “You want old people on social security to choose between heating and eating dog food.”
They say you don’t care about the environment; that you’re for “dirty air and dirty water.” And, of course, that you’re a “climate-change denier.”
Many say you want little children on welfare to starve. Then there’s your supposed “war on women,” your hatred for gays and minorities. And, of course, you hate puppies … the list goes on.
My question to you, sir, is how you do it? – How have you weathered these withering politics of personal destruction?
STRAW: Well, thank you, Serv. At first, I really let this stuff get to me. I got defensive – quiet and introverted. I went around mumbling to myself, asking myself, “How did it come to this?” How did someone like me – who wants everyone to live a good, productive life, to be a good citizen, to experience the blessings of liberty – come to be so misunderstood, even despised?
Nothing in my life prepared me for that. Finally, I started to realize – it’s not me, it’s THEM! THEY hate me for the very things I stand for. It’s their job to deconstruct my life. They were trying to make me feel bad. They wanted to get people to hate me. It’s a power grab. I learned not to take it personally.
Now, finally, other people are starting to see that too – my critics were SO over-the-top that people began to sympathize with me. They look in the mirror, and see me. My critics SO over-reached, and SO exposed themselves, that now I’m starting to feel safe to be seen again in public, even to speak out.
ME: You’ve been disavowed even by your supposed friends, the Republicans. Aren’t you afraid of being back-stabbed?
STRAW: I know, I know – the Republicans wouldn’t come out and defend me. Some did, here and there, but they certainly didn’t make a concerted effort. It’s not that they hate me; I think they were just afraid to say anything, for fear of being laughed at or criticized.
Some people tried to protect me – the Tea Party and such; conservatives, and some corporations. I appreciate that. But they were silenced, as much as possible, by the Obama Democrats. For some reason, his corporations were considered okay, but my corporations are “dark,” – not to be trusted.
Thing is, the Obama Democrats, they NEVER talk to me. They never even consider my real point of view! They couldn’t tell you what my real point of view is! They exaggerate and stereotype all my positions!
It’s what they have to do to make themselves feel special. Read more at the405media.com.
Opinion: The person who most disrespects the office of the president is the one who occupies that office.
As quoted in the NY Post, a CNBC rep said, “That’s laughable, but we take notice, because as the fastest-growing network in prime time, we’re always on the lookout for high quality comedy writers and actresses.” (Hat tip: bizpacreview.com)
Francis appeared on The Kelly File on Fox News on Monday night and discussed this debacle further:
Well, well, well, it’s always nice when the truth comes out. Question is, what are you going to do with the truth?
As many may be aware, one of the masterminds behind The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), Mr. Jonathan Gruber, has had a few videos surface were he brags about deceiving the American public in order to ensure that Obamacare would pass. Any wonder why the main street media has done nothing with the news?
A year ago some of the Gainesville Tea Party leadership had the distinct displeasure of seeing one of his presentation in Tallahassee when the State Legislature was debating providing a State vs Federal Exchange. Mr. Gruber was debating the great representatives from The Madison Institute who wanted no part of the State participating with the plan. Mr. Gruber could not have been more smug looking down his nose at all the commoners, yes you the taxpayer. Watching these videos only reemphasizes how the majority of the American public is just used as pawns by the politicians and the pseudo intellectual academics.
So please read the following links and the next post in this email so that you can continue to arm yourself with valid information.
From Breitbart News-
From Michelle Malkin-
“At the end of the day, liberals not only believe that they’re smarter than the public, but that they have a better sense of what’s good for the people than Americans themselves.”
MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, a leading architect of President Obama’s healthcare law, is under fire for recently surfaced comments in which he conceded that to pass Obamacare, supporters relied on “the stupidity of the American voter” to hide its actual effects.
My colleague Tim Carney has already written about how the comments are just the latest reminder of how the law was built on a foundation of lies. But there is a broader message in all of this — that Gruber’s comments get to the heart of what’s wrong with liberalism.
Read more at washingtonexaminer.com.