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Where I Am Coming From



I realize that many people
read my blog by just glancing at it. It is difficult for a casual reader to
grasp my hypothesis.

The devil is always in the
details. The details expose defects and unintended consequences.

Yogi Berra once said, "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going because you might not get there."

Many readers believe I am
very critical of President Obama’s plan to reform the healthcare system. This impression
is correct.

To my chagrin many of my
non-physician friends, who are President Obama lovers, hold it against me.

The basic goals of President
Obama’s healthcare reform plan are correct.

In my view his philosophy and
methods are wrong. I have pointed out the faults with his philosophy and
methods and why they cannot work.

President Obama wants
universal access to healthcare that is affordable and is delivered using best medical

I have the same goals.  

I have outlined a consumer
driven healthcare system which emphasizes freedom of choice, individual independence
and personal responsibility.

President Obama is imposing a
government driven healthcare system
emphasizing a lack of freedom of choice,
mandates, penalties, dependence and entitlements.

I appreciate that President
Obama can only visualize accomplishing his goals by government decree,
regulations and enforcement.

I believe Americans are smart,
want freedom of choice, personal dignity and can assume responsibility for
their choices.

I believe government control
will result in increased waste, inefficiency and corruption at the expense of
effective medical care for consumers.

President Obama thinks government
control is the only way to control costs. I believe the more government control
is imposed on consumers the greater the costs.  

President Obama wants bureaucrats
to make medical decisions for consumers and physicians. If physicians do not
cooperated he is willing to substitute “healthcare providers” for physicians.

President Obama does not
respect consumers’ ability to make the right choices.

I believe in consumers’
intelligence. The government’s responsibility is to provide tools for consumers
to make intelligent choices.

It is difficult to find an
effectively functioning, centrally controlled healthcare system. The statistics
are questionable. I recently   described
the Canadian healthcare system.  

Consumers and physicians can get
used to centrally controlled healthcare systems. They learn to tolerate it.
However, these healthcare systems are not as affordable as many contend. 

Innovation and vibrancy comes
from a healthcare system
in which the major stakeholders have the incentives to
be innovative.

Obamacare has caused
secondary stakeholders (healthcare insurance industry, hospitals and hospital
administrators, drug companies, medical device companies and information
technology companies) to position themselves to take advantage of the centrally
controlled healthcare system.

Obamacare is not aligning all
the stakeholders’ incentives.
It is further misaligning incentives. Obamacare
will cause a rapid demise of the healthcare system. 

A more centralized government
controlled healthcare system will result in greater dysfunction of the
healthcare system, increasing cost and less effective medical care for the
majority of consumers.

If America evolves to a
single party payer healthcare system, which I believe is President Obama’s goal,
the achievement of his goals for affordable care for all using best practices
will become more elusive.

On May 11, 2006 I published my first blog. This was
pre President Obama. President Obama wasn’t the first president who has
contributed to the dysfunction and ultimate demise of the healthcare system.

I thought it would be fun to see “What I Was About” on
May 11, 2006. 


"Repairing The Healthcare System.

Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE


This blog is
about Stanley Feld M.D., FACP, MACE’s studied view for repairing the health
care system.

There is been
much written daily about the defects in the health care system. All
stakeholders are to blame for the severe distortion in today’s healthcare
system including consumers (patients).

few healthcare policy wonks have asked practicing physicians what they think
the healthcare systems’ problem are. Neither has anyone asked the practicing
physician what an acceptable solutions would be.

Persons not
affected by the distortions and dysfunction in the health care system pay
little attention to the broken system. Fortunately 80% of the population are
not sick. They are not in need of an effective and functional healthcare system.

People not immediately affected by any system
do not pay attention to the defects in those systems.

the healthcare system is vital to every citizen both in the short term or long

Our broken
health care system cannot be ignored any longer. Our personal health and the
health of our citizens is the most precious asset we have as individuals, and
vital to the country’s success and well being in the future.

In my view, we
are going through a process similar to the slow boiling of a frog. We are
noticing the rise in temperature little by little, but are too lethargic to
take action and jump out of the pot. The effort is much too difficult.

However, we
must take action now!!  Soon, we will all
be cooked.

is the solution to America’s dysfunctional healthcare system?

Americans live
in a free consumer driven economic environment for most goods and services.

The only way
to get us out of this increasing hot water is for consumers to understand the
structural defects in the broken healthcare system. Then they must act.

Someone must
outline an effective and easy plan of action that aligns all the stakeholders

In reality,
all of the stakeholders are to blame for the distortions in the system. The
stakeholders need to be answerable to consumers. Consumer (patients) can exert
power only after understanding the structural defects in the healthcare system.

The goal of
this blog is to explain reasons for these defects, as well as the potential
solutions. In my view the solutions I will propose will ultimately fix the

Presently most
of the stakeholders’ incentives are misaligned. The proposed solutions are
aimed at aligning all the stakeholders’ incentives. All previous solutions have
served to misalign incentives even further resulting in our present
dysfunctional system.

The previous
governmental adjustments have resulted in a system that is much too expensive,
has much too much waste, is inefficient, and almost unworkable.

The result is
that all of the stakeholders are very stressed and unhappy.

Over the next
weeks or months, I will outline the problems in the healthcare system and the
solutions to creating a functional healthcare system."

I said the above in May 2006.I am continuing to
point out the increasing problems as well as my solutions. The key to the
solution is a healthcare system in which  consumers’ drive the healthcare system and
have responsibility for their health and healthcare dollars.

As the incidence of obesity continues to
increase and as the baby boomers continue to retire, a system must be developed
to create independence and responsibility and not entitlement and irresponsibility. 

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What Is The Insurance Value Of Medicare?

Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE


Healthcare insurance is
great if you do not need it.

The wonderful thing
about Medicare is private insurance is not available to seniors.  

Healthcare insurance companies
are not interested in covering consumers with health risks or preexisting

In fact private
individual healthcare insurance policies are not available to an unemployed 55
year old person with mild obesity and hypertension.

If you are employed and
over 65 years old with mild obesity and hypertension the healthcare insurance
industry is required to insure you under your employer healthcare plan.

The employed person
receives healthcare coverage with pre-tax dollars.

 A person who might be
eligible to purchase individual healthcare insurance must pay with after-tax

This is unfair but
easily corrected.

The pre-tax/post tax
issue could be solved if the state insurance boards required the healthcare
insurance companies, wanting to sell private insurance in that state, cover
everyone applying for insurance. The insurance company should be required to
set the premiums based on community rating.

Everyone should pay
premiums with pre-tax dollars.

Medicare, through
government inefficiency, has become very expensive. If it were efficient
insurance it would be less expensive to both consumers and the government.

Most working people have
no idea of Medicare’s cost to them during their working years.

Medicare’s yearly tax
withholding is 1.45% of salary. A worker earning
$100,000 a year pays $1450 yearly to the Medicare Trust Fund. In 40 years that
person would pay $58,000 into the Trust Fund.

When they became eligible

 Medicare Part B the yearly premium in 2012 was
means tested


If your yearly income in 2010 was

You pay (in 2012)

File individual tax return

File joint tax return

or less

or less


$85,000 up to $107,000

$170,000 up to $214,000


$107,000 up to $160,000

$214,000 up to $320,000


$160,000 up to $214,000

$320,000 up to $428,000





2013 the Medicare Part B premiums are going to increase




















If your yearly income in 2011 was

You pay (in 2013)

File individual tax return

File joint tax return

or less

or less


$85,000 up to $107,000

$170,000 up to $214,000


$107,000 up to $160,000

$214,000 up to $320,000


$160,000 up to $214,000

$320,000 up to $428,000






Income is defined as
income from all sources such as capital gains, interest, pension annuities,
social security and all earned income.

Further premium increases have been announced for 2014 but
have not been published.

Medicare premiums are
taken out of each Social Security check.

The Medicare Part B
insurance has deductible and co-pay rules. Medicare Part B deductibles apply
for each hospital stay, ER visits and physician office visits.

For each benefit period
you pay:

  • A total of $1,156 for each hospital admission of
    1-60 days.
  • $289 per day for days 61-90 of a hospital stay.
  • $578 per day for days 91-150 of a hospital stay
    (Lifetime Reserve Days).
  • All costs for each day beyond 150 days.

Skilled Nursing Facility

  • $144.50 per day for days 21 through 100 each
    benefit period. Days 1-20 are free.

Part B: (covers Medicare eligible physician services, outpatient
hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment)

  • $140.00 per year. (Note: You pay 20% of the
    Medicare-approved amount for services after you meet the $140.00 deductible.)


The deductible for the
first $140 dollars worth of services plus 20% of any physicians and hospital
bill can add up as one gets older. It becomes unaffordable for many seniors.


Medicare Part B’s deductibles
and copays’ costs makes Medicare gap coverage   essential.

Premiums For Medicare Part

Policy Summary

Monthly Premium:
$84 – $302  depending on age and benefits

Estimated Annual
Cost: $6,050.00


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  • Part B Excess Charges (100%)
  • Foreign Travel Emergency
  • Preventive Services

Part D is the drug benefit plan. Medicare Part D helps reduce the cost of

Part D is also means tested. There are multiple plans to pick. Some include
complete payment for brand named drugs and some cover the donut. The price can
range from $40 to $120 per month per senior depending on the coverage a senior
picks. The additional means tested fees are below.

brand named drugs are expensive. Most drug chains have followed Wal-Mart’s lead
and charge $4.00 for generic drugs. This forces seniors to purchase generic

Part D is expensive and unfair for seniors needing brand named drugs.

The Means Testing Formula For Medicare
Part D 2012

 If your yearly income in 2010 was

You pay

File individual tax return

File joint tax return

or less

or less

plan premium

$85,000 up to $107,000

$170,000 up to $214,000

+ your plan premium

$107,000 up to $160,000

$214,000 up to $320,000

+ your plan premium

$160,000 up to $214,000

$320,000 up to $428,000

your plan premium



+ your plan premium

fees and Medicare Part D fees are paid with post tax dollars.

costs are in addition to seniors having contributed $58,000 to the Medicare
Trust Fund during their working years.

“The reason we have
health insurance at all is not that health care is expensive
, but rather that
there is great uncertainty about who will need very expensive and potentially
lifesaving care and when they will need it. Medicare should give beneficiaries
not just access to medical care, but also protection from the risk of
catastrophic spending.”

coverage is not cheap. President Obama’s Obamacare is going to make it more
expensive with less access to care.

is Medicare Part B,F,D  so expensive when
the average person on Medicare spends only $6,600 dollar per year?

is the major question. The government should focus on the answer. It should not
be spending time and money on a system that is punitive to patients and
physicians and has little chance of being successful.

money creating the Medicare deficit is going somewhere. Where?

The cost to Medicare beneficiaries is high.
The protection against economic ruin is limited. The basic benefit lacks a cap
on out-of-pocket spending, so beneficiaries are exposed to the risk of
open-ended cost sharing that can generate substantial financial strain (or
deplete assets for surviving spouses).1 

the odds of facing a catastrophic expense mount over time. Almost 50% of
beneficiaries are hospitalized at least once over a 4-year period.2 

we are going protect our seniors from financial strain or ruin Medicare must
reassess it premises and reduce its administrative waste. It must be completely
transparent. If the government did it correctly it would provide an affordable
healthcare insurance plan for seniors.

Everyone knows the dice is loaded.”
Leonard Cohen.


the moment seniors do not have another choice. It is the only game in town.

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  • Julie Anderson

    Healthcare policies must even beneficial to the seniors but they shows the less interest and they concentrate on the other categories.\They show the less interest because these are already with the problem and with them we will have no benefit!!!

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It Is Time To Re-examine Our Premises

Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE

About once a week I have an in-depth conversation with my
son Brad. In my view his perception of the world is more accurate than most. In
his younger days I did most of the teaching and he did most of the listening.

Today, I do most of the listening and he does most of the
teaching. This morning he said something profound. We were talking about large
corporations business models. He said most corporations do not know what
business they are in.

He is right. As technologies change business model must
change. If the business model does not change the corporation cannot survive.

The healthcare industry and the medical care industry
(physicians and hospital systems) must re-examine their premises and change
their business model.

President Obama is trying to change the business model
with Obamacare. In reality he is not changing the old business model at all. He
is expanding the old business model that has failed.

He is also making the business model more complicated. He
is building an elaborate and expensive structure whose goal is to decrease
costs. It will cause the system to fail faster.

Obamacare is adding a more punitive and restrictive
element to healthcare delivery rather that a more innovative and rewarding
element to both the patients and physicians.

It is not designed to promote health; it is designed to
cut costs by limiting access to care, rationing care and decreasing freedom of

Obamacare pays lip service to preventive care. Preventive
care will be largely ineffective because of the reimbursement metrics and lack
of incentives provided to consumers. 
Consumers must be incentive driven.

There are many examples of long time successful
corporations that could not change their business model fast enough. These
companies were muscle bound either because of a lack of vision, a lack of
leadership, multiple committee meetings and too much decentralization of an
ever-expanding bureaucracy.

Eastman Kodak is a perfect example. It was the premier film,
film processing and photography paper manufacturer in the world.

 Kodak did not
recognize that it was  in the imaging
business. The technology of digital photography put Kodak out of business
because Kodak could not change its business model fast enough.

Royal Typewriter Company viewed itself as a typewriter
manufacturer. As soon as IBM developed the innovative Selectric typewriter
Royal should have figured it out.

Royal should have developed a faster and more innovative
typewriter. Royal also should have jumped on the development of a typewriter
that would store the typed data.  Instead
it was more of the same old.

It did not take long for consumers to drive the
typewriter companies out of business.  Word
processing on computers made typing documents  easier and more useful.

The railroad business did not have the vision to understand
it was in the transportation business. Airplanes, eighteen-wheelers and
Greyhound buses almost drove the railroads out of business. Railroads did not realize
that consumers wanted a better product. A product that is faster and cheaper.

Railroads have only partially recovered.  

Consumers drive innovation. If a new great product is
introduced to consumers, the new product can take off at the expense of the
legacy product.

Just think about ITunes and the music industry, the
IPHONE and the legacy landline telephone industry and the IPAD and the desktop
computer industry.

Amazon has dis-intermediated the Book Publishing industry
with its Kindle and wireless downloading of books.

The opportunity in healthcare is similar. However
Obamacare is driving the country in the opposite direction away from a consumer
driven industry into a government controlled, bureaucratically dictated
decision making industry.

The business model
of 2020 should look like this.

Instead it is going to look like the slide below under Obamacare. The
healthcare industry is going to collapse under its own structure.


effective future business model will put consumers in charge of their
healthcare dollars and provide consumers with financial incentives to stay

will decrease the healthcare industry’s control of the healthcare system.
Consumers will have control of their own first dollar coverage.

will drive the healthcare system to produce the best medical product. They will
seek high quality care at the lowest price.

and hospital systems will want to produce the best product at the lowest prices
so they can attract patients.

a consumer driven healthcare system will drive the technologies of efficiency
into the healthcare system.

without patients or physicians there would not be a healthcare system.

2020 business model of the future can be studied in detail on the following

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Eyes Wide Shut

Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE


I cannot believe the results
of the Presidential election.

All of President Obama’s
policies have failed so far. All have served to inhibit economic growth or make
it worse.

Yet the majority of
Americans voted for President Obama. Why could this occur when many of the
structural ideas and ideals representative of the United States are being dismantled?

This is a great county.
Americans accept the winner and move on.  They continue to speak to their neighbors who
had the other guy’s sign in their front yard.

On the other hand it amazes
me to see that the electorate ignores the real issues and votes for the  personality. Marshall McLuhan was correct. The media is the message. Why the media
is ignoring the facts is beyond me.   

It is disappointing because
Americans are also ignoring the obvious coming unintended consequences that are
going to be the result of their voting decision.

The devil is always in the
details. I have presented my views of how the medical care system is going to
be destroyed by Obamacare
. It is only a matter of time.

The healthcare system is
becoming too expensive, unsustainable, impersonal, rationed. The result will be
a denial of access to medical care for many Americans. 

Obamacare’s effect will become
the opposite of what President Obama intended and  promised.

I have also stated that his
strategies for change have been misguided.  

President Obama’s advisors
are all ivory tower professors and bureaucrats. They have no understanding of
what is happening in the street at the interface between patients and

Ideologically they want to
make medical care better for all. President Obama does not understand the
pressures and the reality of the real practice interactions between physicians
and patients or physicians and their communities.

President Obama believes
that healthcare should be an entitlement and not an individual responsibility. Healthcare
entitlements will never solve America’s problems with obesity and chronic

In the process of making
healthcare an entitlement, President Obama is devaluing the skills of those
practicing medicine.

Many physicians have quit
practice because of adverse conditions. The result will be a decreasing
physician workforce in an increasing covered population. This is not a good equation.

Most physicians do not
accept Medicaid and many have stopped accepting Medicare.

This will shift the burden of
higher cost of medical care to seniors and poor people.  

Doherty is Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Public Policy,
American College of Physicians.
His blog at The ACP Advocate Blog is reprinted below.
It deserves a wide audience.

Doherty has dealt with the socioeconomic concerns of Internists and Internal
Medicine Sub Specialists for at least 30 years both at the American Society for
Internal Medicine and later after ASIM merged with American College of

Doherty wrote this article discussing the effects of Obamacare on the practicing
physician. He presents practicing physicians’ complaints about  Obamacare.

article should be read carefully. President Obama should pay attention to
physicians’ complaints.

micro level of health reform cannot be ignored”

by BOB DOHERTY on November 5th,


Much of what passes for debate on
health care during this election year is focused on the macro side, on big
issues like how do we cover the uninsured or restructure Medicare and Medicaid
financing.  But for all of the talk about vouchers and block grants and
insurance mandates, the candidates are missing the micro issues that really
matter most to doctors and their patients, which is how health care policy
directly affects the quality of the patient-physician encounter.

Talk to physicians around the
country, as I regularly do, and these are some of the issues that have them
most concerned:

1. Will anyone do
anything about the oppressive burden of paperwork and red tape?
2. Will the candidates’ “macro” proposals for reforming healthcare and
entitlements result in more or less paperwork and red tape?
3. I already don’t have enough time to spend with patients but now I am
expected to counsel them on preventive care, lifestyle choices, and the
effectiveness of different treatments?   How is this possible?
4. Electronic health records, great concept, but they don’t really streamline
the process as advertised, if anything, they just make things more difficult,
and besides, they still don’t communicate with other systems.
5. Everyone wants to measure me, but the measures don’t agree with other, they
measure the wrong things and they are difficult to report on.   And
who is measuring the value and effectiveness of the measures themselves?
6. Okay, I am supposed to practice cost conscious care, but who is going to
stop a lawyer from suing me if I don’t give a patient the test they asked for?
7. Why is my cognitive care paid so little while procedures and drugs are paid
exorbitant rates?
8. Payers and government keep imposing more penalties, for not e-prescribing,
for not converting to ICD-10, for not meaningfully using my electronic health
record, for not complying with their pay for performance schemes.  By the
time they get done fining me for noncompliance, I will have had to shut my
office. Then who will take care of my patients?
9. And who has the time to keep track of all of these mandates, incentives,
rules, and penalties?  I would have to hire a full-time person keep on top
of everything. Who is going to pay for that?
10. So I am supposed to transform my practice?  Well, we all want to do
our part, but who is going to pay for that?  Besides, my patients seem to
think my practice is just fine as it is

Now, I don’t really expect Obama
and Romney to come out with plans to address these micro health policies. 
But it is reasonable to hold their macro proposals to a standard of whether
they will make all of these aggravations and intrusions better or worse. 
And at some point, policymakers–no matter their political leanings and plans to
reform healthcare at the macro level, need to pay attention to what is
happening at the micro patient-doctor encounter level.  After all, the
boldest of big ideas won’t make healthcare better if it makes it harder for
physicians to give their patients the care they need.

Physician advocacy
organizations also need to pay attention to the micro issues.  ACP prides
itself on taking on the big issues like controlling health care costs and allocating health care resources rationally.  
But the College puts at least as much effort into the micro issues, from objecting to the latest EHR mandates to offering alternatives to ICD 10 coding to advocating for higher payments.

The goal must be to fashion
public policies that improve care at the macro level — universal access to
coverage, spending health care dollars more wisely, and improving healthcare
delivery systems — while also removing barriers at the micro level that intrude
on the patient-doctor relationship.  Both are equally important.

Bob Doherty is Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs and
Public Policy, American College of Physicians and blogs at 
The ACP Advocate Blog.”


Doherty has been an advocate of Obamacare in the past.
He has highlighted the
idealist principles of Obamacare. I am happy that he is starting to realize the
unintended consequences that will occur as a result of  Obamacare.

is only one area of life that President Obama is affecting adversely. I believe
the majority of the population will start realizing soon that re-electing
President Obama was a mistake.

it does not become an irreversible disaster.

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It Is All About Trust


voted for President Obama in 2008 because he promised us hope and change. I
knew little of his past or present ideology. He was an attractive candidate and
promised hope.  The New York Times never
went into depth about his past, past interests or past performances.

trusted him and voted for him. He looked like and acted like the candidate of
hope. I trusted him to lead America on the right path.

Obama has done so many things wrong in the last 4 years that it is amazing to
me that anyone trusts him today.

he even said in one of his stump speeches “you
know me and you know you can trust me.”

after his inauguration America was confronted with an $800 billion dollar
stimulus package that promised to produce millions of shovel ready jobs. 

weren’t many shovel ready jobs. He baled out some companies and not others. All
the bale outs were at taxpayer expense.

stimulus package provided lots of money to increase the size of government. In
fact, President Obama used a sizable about of this money to build a government
bureaucracy for a healthcare bill that was yet to be written.

few things developed that made me suspicious of President Obama’s ideology.  President Obama is dedicated to big
government and big spending even though it is inefficient and not directed
toward its original goal.

have not been a fan of John Maynard Keynes since I read Fredrick Hayek ‘s “Road to

did not spend his way out of the depression. World War II got us out of the

economic has not worked. President Obama was clearly putting us on a “Road to
Serfdom” with his out of control spending and increased national debt by over
$4 trillion dollars.

Obama has made many annoying moves in the last four years to fake out the
American public

denominators have been a lack of transparency, a disregard for the legislative
branch of government and an overuse of executive orders.

lack of transparency is illustrated by Fast and Furious and the tragic Benghazi

mainstream media’s coverage has been disgraceful.

annoying actions have been the transfer of power from the congress to the
executive branch and the intimidation of the Supreme Court.

seems that he either ignores the constitution or gets around its meaning in
some way. The notion that the constitution is an antiquated document is
offensive and appalling.

media as been manipulated by the way events and facts are presented.  November 2nd unemployment results are an
outstanding example.

have been conditioned over the years to get their news from sound bites and not
detailed facts. Whichever sound bite is present the most times becomes the

economy is not doing well. It is growing at a very slow pace. Job growth is
slow. The presentation of the monthly data is confusing.

The November 2 unemployment
headline was; “Latest Jobs Report Shows Persistent Economic

 The first sentence was there were 171,000 new
jobs in October
. The economy needs 500,000 new jobs per month for a normal recovery.

still cannot get jobs, credit or loans from banks.

last sentence in the press release stated that unemployment rate rose from 7.8%
to 7.9%
. No one remembers the last sentence

the media is the message and 171,000 new jobs sounds like a big number that is
better than expected. It gives the illusion that the economy is improving on
President Obama’s watch.

Americans are not
stupid. The New York Times is trying much too hard to get President Obama re-elected.

Obama has generated mistrust by Americans for the promises he made about Medicare
and Obamacare. The amount of money spent, so far, by the President Obama on
Obamacare is not available to the public.

analysis of the increase in middle class taxes already in place as a result of
Obamacare are not discussed by the main stream media nor by President Obama.  

are 10 hidden taxes on citizens making less than $250,000 a year i.e. the
Medicare payroll tax. This tax is going up from 2.9 percent to 3.8 percent. There is an additional 3.8
percent Medicare tax added to investment income. Together, this will cost
taxpayers $318 billion from 2013 to 2022. These taxes were not obvious to the
great majority.

impact of future Obamacare taxes on the middle class is going to be
overwhelming. The new taxes were written into Obamacare but not presented to
the public. This serves to increase the mistrust for President Obama and his
promise for transparency.

one thing I learned from Hayek is that you cannot manipulate the economy by
edict or force without limiting freedom. In a “free” society “ the unintended
consequences and costs are certain to get out of control.

can be controlled in a level playing field competitive free market. The
consumer driven market is non-existent. Consumers must start to understand
their power in society.

should make rules that level the paying field for all and then get out of the
way. No spinning the facts and no non-transparent activities. No favoritism to
lobbyists, associations or unions.

should be made for the benefit of the people in a competitive environment.

premiums and deductible expenses for senior will raise not decrease as promised
by President Obama. Out of pocket expenses will rise.

Seniors’ standard Medicare
Part B monthly premiums will jump
from $99.90 to $128.20 at the low end of the
means testing while their Part B deductibles will rise from $140 to $180. Seniors’ Medicare hospital deductible on admission will
increase from $1,156 to $1,336, while their daily hospital
coinsurance will climb from $289 to $334 in out of pocket expenses.

have pointed out that Obama care’s main feature, ACO’s, will be impossible to
execute and will subsequently fail. This will lead to greater distortions of
the healthcare system.

result will be a decrease in choice, a decrease in the freedom to choose your
physicians or recommended care, a decrease in access to care and rationing of
care once the government has total control.

does not included increases in costs to seniors and the middle class that has
been scheduled by Obamacare.   

the stakeholders have taken advantage of the healthcare system in its present
form. The stakeholders are the healthcare insurance industry, the hospital
systems, the government, the patients and the physicians.

healthcare system needs a new business model in order to survive. President
Obama’s business model is not the one. The public does not trust it.

actions of the stakeholders are natural as these stakeholders try to survive.

 It is government’s job to make the rules so
these dysfunctional survival methods cannot flourish.  

Obama cannot be an effective leader in the future. The public does not trust
him any more.

  The opinions expressed in the blog “Repairing The Healthcare System” are, mine and mine alone

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