Bizzaro World Come True?

The Obama administration is now famous for selective enforcement of the law. Amid all the swirling chaos of Obamacare being rolled out and the continual stream of lies from Obama on down something else is trying to slip under the radar. I see this issue going to court sooner rather than later.

It seems like the more we find out "what is in it" the worse the picture gets. This particular snippet of reality deals directly with our tax dollars and the burgeoning national debt. We've all heard about these mysterious subsidies without many probably understand that that isn't monopoly money they are doling out. They are jacking up the rates on the exchanges and taking with one hand and giving back with the other to fund those 30 million people they want to insure at everyone else's expense. Classic welfare state ploy.

That is designed to make you feel all warm and fuzzy when your health insurance rates go bonkers because of Obamacare.

A little background is now in order about the federal kick-back law on the books. The same one that Obama has now decided to ignore at our detriment. Obamacare is by far the largest health care initiative ever perpetrated on the American public. It dwarfs Medicare and Medicaid. Notice I said "health care" as we proceed forward. This administration has suddenly decided, well maybe not so suddenly as things seem to go, that federal insurance exchanges and the federal subsidies that are going to be paid to insurance companies are federal health care programs. So now we ask ourselves the obvious question. Why not?

It has to do with the federal Anti-Kickback Law on the books which has been there for quite some time. Federal courts have ruled over the years that the main purpose of the law is the protection of patients and tax payers against the effects that money can have over health care decisions. It has to do with health care if you failed to grasp that concept.

Obama's decision exempts subsidized health insurance from the law. That would be the anti-kick law that bans rebates, kickbacks, bribes and certain other financial arrangements in federal health programs. Law enforcement is losing a very powerful tool used in fighting fraud in other health care programs as well ass in Obamacare. As tax payers we'll be bare ass naked. doesn't that just give you a warm fuzzy?

Take a minute to digest what I just said and we'll move on.

Notice The Word "Free?"

We're back to the "there's a free lunch" concept again with the federal government. Now see if you can follow the rationale behind the exchanges and subsides inside of the Obamacare law not being part of the health care system. I can't myself. Whoever wrote that section and provisions has an elevator that may not go all the way up. We'll see what the courts have to say as we proceed.

Obamacare will allow millions of people to buy health insurance (notice the word health there) from "qualified" plans offered on exchanges run by both the federal government and some states, But they aren't to be considered part of the health care system. Figure that one out. Buyers will be going in their expecting to receive subsidies to help defray the jacked up premiums. Beware. Those subsidies, if you qualify for them at all, are NOT going into your pockets. They will be paid by the US Treasury directly to insurance companies. Does that pass the smell test with you?

Okay you have that part down. That money starts kicking in this January and is expected to top $1 trillion over 10 years. Next question. where is that money going to come from?

\Who made the decision? Ever heard of Kathleen Sebelius? Is she an attorney? Most attorneys and law enforcement officials vehemently disagree with the woman. The law is the law and it applies to health care which seems to be encompassed on this shell game called exchanges and subsidies for purchasing what? Health care is what. .

Time For Obama, Sebelius & Obamacare To Be shown The Door

Here's what the anti-kickback law was designed to do. It is a crime to pay or receive anything of value in return for the referral of patients. Nor will it be used to induce people to buy goods and services reimbursed by federal health care programs. The definition of the programs goes as follows: “any plan or program that provides health benefits, whether directly, through insurance, or otherwise, which is funded directly, in whole or in part, by the United States government.”

So according to Sebelius Obamacare exchanges and subsidies don';t fit that definition? The woman has to be daft. This whole fiasco is compounded by this stupid decision and will open this can of worms wide open for fraud waste and abuse. Imagine if you will exchange consumers receiving coupons from drug companies to entice them to use their particular products.

Yoo Hoo Kathleen! The federal government has banned drug coupons in Medicare and other federal health programs. Obamacare is a federal health care program. The practice is a classic kick-back scheme with drug companies.

Me? I expect law suits to be file under the False Claims Act. This just seems to get worse as we find out what is really in it Pelosi.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Now if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed.”

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As Always,

The Frog Prince

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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I was made to think of Hoovervilles here.

Will there be Obamahospitals ?

Little makeshift homeless type communities where the sick will gather.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Look at the bright side of this whole Obamacare fiasco. A whole new industry will be formed to provide advice on how best to proceed when we have the need to visit a doctor. It will be somewhat like having to hire and pay someone to tell us how much we must pay in income tax, only they will be telling us how to get in to see a doctor.

With most jobs in this country now being part-time, less than 30 hours per week, it will take two employees for every job in this new industry to keep up with the workload. The boost to our economy will help all of us.

And you thought there was nothing good about this nightmare called Obamacare.


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tsadjatko 3 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

No Kickback Rule! Well, what could be worse, eh?

Maybe this: Sebelius was questioned today by congress and revealed that there are NO background checks done on hired "navigators" for Ovomitcare...that's right, they even said convicted felons could apply for and would be hired as navigators, navigators who get access to all your personal information!

Only an imbecile would ever believe the Government could competently administer a vast health care law like Ovomitcare!

My guess, there are felons or other crooks working in other areas of this fisasco and Sebelius would never know it, nor care it seems.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Using Snowden as an example, it would appear the screening of federal employees and contractors leaves a little to be desired? Nothing gives me a more secure feeling than handing all of my personal information to an ex-con. Surely they won't write any of this information down so they can sell it to their buddies.

Just when we think it can't get any worse we learn something like this.


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Mike - Stay tuned. It gets worse.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Just what I wanted to hear Jim, but no surprise to me.


ljgonya 3 years ago

Since my husband retired a year before I turn 65, I needed to buy health insurance. I could have gotten health insurance for under $150 a month except for the fact that I once took Warfarin, which apparently is a no no if taken before you reach 65. I had to continue with the company insurance which is $612 a month. My agent said that pre-existing conditions would no longer matter, and we could look up something else come October. Now I find that income factors in, so the cheapest she can get me is $550. She said that, yes, individual plans for many people are indeed much higher now under this new program, "designed in the best interests of the people". Never thought I'd look forward to being 65!

Oh, and yes. Several of our friends, after 20 or 30 years of service, have been cut to part time, and several have lost their jobs completely. Unbelievable.


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

ljgonya - It's going to get worse before it gets better. The liberals haven't figured out yet "why" Obama delayed the employer mandate until after the 2014 elections. They're about to find out.


Stu 3 years ago

Frog, I'm a little confused. I thought Obamacare discounts for the lower income group were going to either reduce premiums, or if the patient wishes, reduce taxes on their 1040. I haven't read anything about Obamacare allowing vendors to health care providers to offer discounts to the providers themselves. Can you tell me what I'm missing? Thanks, Stu


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Stu - I just did right above :)


Stu 3 years ago

Hi Frog,

I reread your initial post. I agree that taxpayer money will flow to insurers in respect of the subsidized lower income group. But how does this relate to private vendors to providers, such as drug companies, being newly allowed to offer kickbacks to doctors and hospitals?

Stu


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Stu

The definition of the programs goes as follows: “any plan or program that provides health benefits, whether directly, through insurance, or otherwise, which is funded directly, in whole or in part, by the United States government.”

What Obma has done is to exempt Obamacare from the above definition. That's the easiest explanation to the question I think you are asking.


Stu 3 years ago

Frog - Now I see what you are saying. You're meaning is that Obamacare is in its own "cubicle" possessing a plenary exemption from all extant federal healthcare law, allowing Obamacare plans and processes to ignore anti-kickback laws, privacy laws, etc. Is that correct?


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Stu - BINGO!


Stu 3 years ago

Hi Frog, thanks for the help in understanding your point. This is all a very scary scenario. Exemption from anti-kickback laws will subject patients to less-than-optimal medications, and exemption from privacy laws will place patients at risk of extortion and denial of rights due to insurer claim and reimbursement data being shared with federal agencies. I think the dangers here are very serious.

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