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Creating Confusion And Blame

Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE

President Obama is in the midst of a leadership crisis on many fronts. A large number of voters have no idea of the details of each crisis or scandal.

They figure they elected a President who will not only take care of a crisis when it develops but he will look after America’s best interests.

There are other voters who have become news junkies. They are interested in each crisis. The source of their information is the traditional media.  The traditional media provides filtered sound bites that lead them to erroneous conclusions.

People are mistrusting the administration and the traditional media because they are realizing that are being fed disinformation. They realize they are being manipulated. It is becoming clear that the administration is not defending the constitution and the people’s freedoms.

The defects in Obamacare are affecting people directly. All of a sudden seniors cannot find a physician who will take Medicare.

If they sign up with a concierge physician they receive no reimbursement from the government for Medicare premiums they have paid.

People with employer sponsored healthcare insurance are having difficulty finding a physician unless they pay a fee to a concierge physician.

Their portion of the healthcare insurance premium has increased with a threat of higher premiums next year. A 15-50% increase is expected. Their copays and deductibles have also increased.

The employer sponsored healthcare insurance plans are going to be available to only full time employees.

Last month there was an increase in employment of 288,000. However there was a decrease in 708,000 fulltime jobs and an increase in 1,115,00 part time jobs because of Obamacare and its mandate to provide healthcare coverage for people who work more than 35 hours a week or face a penalty.

 Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Mortimer Zuckerman — real estate developer and editor in chief of U.S. News & World Report — says yes. Some data seem convincing. In June, part-time jobs (defined as less than 35 hours a week) increased by 1,115,000, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); full-time jobs fell by 708,000.”

Just think of all those Americans working part time, no doubt glad to have the work but also contending with lower pay, diminished benefits and little job security,” wrote Zuckerman.”

The New York Times and Paul Krugman keep telling us Obamacare is a success. They ignore the facts.

 A few weeks ago a study showed that 85% of the people who signed up for Obamacare on the individual market received subsidies from the government.

It turns out many people lied on their enrollment applications and they will not receive the subsidy. The Obama administration took their enrollee's word because it did not have the infrastructure to check the applications. These people cannot afford the premium now much less after the subsidy is removed and back payment to the government is made.

This will reduce the 8 million claimed valid enrollees to below 5 million enrollees.

The execution and implementation of Obamacare is a great setup for fraud and abuse. It is described in the following You Tube.

I do not think President Obama is going to demand back payment. This is not the first time President Obama has changed the law without consulting congress.  

The law states that people can qualify for tax credits. A tax credit is defined as a deduction off the income tax due. People making under $40,000 do not pay income tax. Some receive a check from the government.

How was a tax credit changed to a subsidy?

The law specifically states that the state health exchanges and not the federal health insurance exchanges can provide the tax credits. Thirty-six states have not set up state health exchanges. 

 Those thirty-six states predicted that the exchanges would be a failure and a tax burden to its citizens.

 Many of the remaining states that set up health insurance exchanges are failing.

The federal government set up health insurance exchanges in those thirty-six states instead. The federal health insurance exchanges have not been a  success despite the statements by the New York Times and Paul Krugman to the contrary.   

President Obama’s pledge to bail out the healthcare insurance industry if the industry does not make as much money as they expected to make because of the demographic profile of the people who sign up is another sign of failure. It points out how dependent the Obama administration is on the participation of the healthcare insurance industry.

Where is President Obama going to get the money to pay for all the pledges? The CBO now predicts Obamacare create a 1 trillion dollar deficit rather than an excess over the next decade. This is after collecting increased taxes for 6 years before full implementation of Obamacare.  

There are many other defects in Obamacare. It is a failure.

The Obama administration with the help of the traditional media is trying to distract the public from the facts by withholding facts and feeding the media confusing facts, disinformation and lies about Obamacare’s success.

The administration blames Obamacare’s difficulties on the Republicans using non-facts.

The Obama administration can get away with this for only so long. The middle class is realizing the economic burden Obamacare has created for the middle class and the economy.

The middle class is realizing this because the facts are affecting them directly.

With the atmosphere of mistrust, and distrust created by the economy, the decrease in the value of the dollar, the lies and withholding of information about Bengasi, Fast and Furious, the IRS, the Ukraine, Syria, Iraqi, Afghanistan, Iran debacles, and the VA scandals it is going to take a lot for the people to regain its trust in President Obama.

Alinsky’s methods of lies, obfuscation of the truth and blame are running out of steam.

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

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