Feld M.D., FACP, MACE
The Obama administration is doing
everything it can to destroy the healthcare system. President Obama continues
to campaign that he is going to save Medicare and Medicaid and provide
universal care while saving $4.25 trillion dollars.
It does not add up. The Obama administration keeps raising taxes,
decreasing benefits and increasing deductibles on Medicare and Medicaid
premiums. The administration is decreasing the work force by regulation and
Everything that is being done increases
the burden on seniors and insured workers.
To my amazement no one in organized
medicine except the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) has
I applaud Jane Orient M.D. executive
director of AAPS and her Board of Directors for stepping forward and trying to
defend the rights of patients and their physicians.
At stake are patients’ ability to
choose their physicians and physicians’ ability to practice medicine as they
Where are the AMA and all the specialty
organizations in the federation medical organizations? It is little wonder these organizations are
All medical organizations should join
with Jane Orient M.D. and her Board of Directors lawsuit against the government.
AAPS filed suit
against PPACA three days after it was signed into law, but the National
Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and 26 states stayed the case pending
a Supreme Court decision in the case brought.
All of us know that the Supreme Court
upheld the Obamacare law. It was deemed by Chief Justice Robert that the
executive branch has the power to levy a tax. It is not within the power of the
executive branch to create a mandate. President Obama insisted throughout the
legal process that this was a mandate and not a tax.
In my opinion this decision by Justice
Roberts was a big mistake. Obamacare is a terrible law that will not create
universal healthcare. It will be ineffective and inefficient. It will destroy
the healthcare system. Obamacare cannot possible work.
I think this is President Obama’s goal.
The Supreme Court in its decision acknowledged,
"any tax must still comply with other requirements in the
No one except the AAPS has challenge
“The motion filed by AAPS is the first to ask an appellate
court to rule on whether PPACA violated the Origination Clause of the U.S.
Constitution, which requires that all "bills for raising revenue"
originate in the House of Representatives.”
More and more physicians are not participating
in Medicare. Physicians still have the ability to choose to participate in
Medicare and Medicaid.
At the beginning of 2013 a new
regulation went into effect. Previously, if a physician did not participate in
Medicare the patient had to pay the physician his fee. The patient could then
bill Medicare and collect 70% of Medicare’s allowable fee. Medicare does not pay the patient after
Non-participating physicians may use
laboratory, x-ray departments or consultants that participate in Medicare. The
participating consultants, labs and x-ray departments can bill Medicare
directly and receive their usual and customary fee from Medicare.
Effective May 1, 2013 (a new regulation
issued March 1, 2013 by HHS) the Department of Health and Human Services will
deprive patients of benefits for blood tests, x-rays, and specialist
consultations—benefits for which they were forced to pay all their working
lives, and which would be covered if ordered or referred by a non participating
I believe the Obama administration’s
goal is to force physicians to participate in Medicare.
"Because of Medicare's increasingly costly and
restrictive rules placed on doctors, many Medicare-eligible patients are
receiving medical care from physicians not enrolled in the program,"
states Jane M. Orient, M.D., executive director of the Association of American
Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).
AAPS filed an
emergency motion for injunctive relief in the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Founding Fathers fought for independence largely because of excessive taxation
without representation. When the Constitution was drafted, the founders
insisted that taxes originate in the House, the legislative body closest to the
people, both in representation and in election cycles.
originated in Senator Reid's 2000-page amendment to a 6-page House bill about
tax credits for members of the armed forces who are called into overseas
assignments. AAPS has raised several arguments why ObamaCare constitutes an
illegal tax, including violation
of the constitutions Origination Clause.”
This new executive order disregards the
constitution’s “Origination Clause” to try to stop physicians from not
participating in Medicare
the AAPS had the guts to speech out against this executive branch breech of its
power and defend patients and physicians rights as granted by the constitution.
for the AAPS.
The opinions expressed in the blog “Repairing The Healthcare System” are, mine and mine alone.
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