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Buzzy Sings the Blues

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Thursday, December 18, 2014. Our friend, Fly Buzzy, is with me this morning at the breakfast table. He has been on a fact-finding mission flying here and there in an effort to see how ObamaCare is working. The news isn't good. Buzzy has asked me to invite you all to a delicious breakfast of blueberry pancakes and real maple syrup. I will be preparing a batch of Jamaican coffees to compliment the meal. We hope to see you soon. Buzzy needs to report his findings.

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The Rationing Has Begun

Thank you all for joining me this morning. I have been flying around the country trying to gauge the effects of ObamaCare upon the health of our care. The outlook is very sobering. ObamaCare is causing hospitals and clinics to close their doors. Those facilities that remain opened are delivering healthcare very slowly and there is no doubt that care is being rationed. Remember when the Democrats told you that Republicans were just trying to scare Americans about the possibility of rationing. I am sure it comes as no surprise to any of you that the Republicans were right and the Democrats were lying. The Affordable Care Act was designed to subsidize private insurance companies and to vastly expand Medicaid coverage. There is a whole lot of money going out and not very much going into the system. The expansion of Medicaid is the big problem. The federal government hardly reimburses doctors for their efforts. It is no wonder that most do not want to treat these patients. Doctors, after all, are not running a charity and they can't survive on the paltry reimbursements grudgingly provided by the government. Seniors are also going to feel the pinch because Medicare reimbursement is also inadequate. Private practices are closing at an alarming rate. Hospitals and clinics are following in their footsteps.

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Failure, Failure Everywhere

Some of the areas I visited in my travels were rather poor with a very high percentage of Medicaid patients. There is no way in this world that hospitals can stay opened to treat this population of patients. The numbers speak for themselves. In 2013, 18 acute-care hospitals in the nation closed down. In 2014, 12 additional hospitals shut their doors in rural areas. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Hospitals are not able to continue operating because of the extremely low reimbursement rates. Hospitals that are still operating are doing so with less staff. It isn't a pretty picture any way you look at it.

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Get In Line!

The waiting tme to receive care is going up, up and away. Patients have reported having to wait in the Emergency Room for hours and hours before being seen. Physicians are trying to limit the number of Medicare patients they see, because of low reimbursement. Even worse is the common practice of coverage being denied for certain procedures not deemed medically necessary. Decisions like this are being made by clerks. The same was true of how HMO's worked and we all know how well that worked out. Doctors closed their practices because it became impossible to take care of patients when bureaucrats were giving the orders. The exact same thing is happening now and that spells trouble with a capital "T".

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The Irony Of It All

The pathetic part of all of this is that free clinics are also shutting down, because donors no longer believe they are necessary. They have bought into the myth that the Affordable Care Act will make insurance available and affordable for all Americans. Nothing could be farther from the truth. After ObamaCare is completely rolled out, we will still have at least 31 million uninsured Americans. This startling statistic comes from the Congressional Budget Office. President Obama told Americans that his Affordable Care Act would lower insurance premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year. Needless to say, that's not what happened. Premiums are going up, not down and the level of care and access to it is becoming a major problem. Americans can expect a big increase in premiums in 2015. Do yourself and your family a big favor, stay healthy!

Buzzy's Song

Fly me to the moon

And let me live where I am free

Things on earth are not at all

What they are cracked up to be!

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taxlarry 21 months ago

Did anyone really believe you could keep your doctor, keep your insurance and costs would go down? When government sticks its nose where it doesn't belong, it will screw it up. Simple.


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Deborah Demander 21 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

At this point, I'm going to take my chances and remain uninsured.

Namaste.


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Tom Whitworth 21 months ago from Moundsville, WV

Pop and Buzzy,

In the last two years I have seen my out of pocket expenses increase by about $750/year for Rx for the same three medications on my Medicare Advantage plan. Premiums and doctor co-pays have gone up a little.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning taxlarry,

Well said! Not only did the federal government take over 1/6 of our economy, they took away choice and quality in healthcare. I didn't expect anything less. See you at the Inn. Let's celebrate the rise in premiums!


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning Deborah,

Many people feel exactly as you do. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning Tom,

I fear this is only the beginning of higher costs and less services. See you at the Inn. I'm buying!


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billybuc 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

I didn't sign up for Obamacare. I honestly don't have a reason for not doing it. I don't have a health care program, but I have a tendency to not trust the government no matter which party is in control....so I'm pretty sure that's the reason right there. :)


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bradmasterOCcal 21 months ago from Orange County California

Pop

How could anyone think that adding 30 plus million people to the healthcare system be helpful.

Before ACA we had a pathetic level of quality in medical care, and there is no way that it is improving the quality of that care today, or tomorrow.

Healthcare is an INDUSTRY. An Industry does what is best for itself, and not that of its customers.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear billy,

Sounds about right to me. I know quite a few people who simply want no part of the program, mostly because it is too expensive. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear bradmaster,

I was quite satisfied with my healthcare. I had the freedom to choose where I wanted to go and who I wanted to see. Now I am on Medicare, so I'll see how it goes. The government is making sure that we have a shortage of doctors and quality care. Maybe they are trying to thin out the population. See you at the Inn.


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bradmasterOCcal 21 months ago from Orange County California

Pop

A couple of major disease medical cures would also thin out the healthcare crowd, but in a good healthy way.

Sorry, it is the dozen jelly donuts talking.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear bradmaster,

Cures are not good for Big Pharma. Wash those jelly donuts down with bourbon!


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WillStarr 21 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

We were asked to believe (although most of us knew it was impossible!) that we could insure 20,000,000 additional Americans and it wouldn't cost us a dime.

The 'Affordable Care Act' is neither affordable nor care. It's a high priced insurance scam that is actually a hidden wealth redistribution scheme.

By raising both premiums and deductibles for those who pay their own way in life, Democrat schemers and liars were able to insure the ever-dependent class for free, which of course, will buy their votes with our money.

That's why we should pass a conflict of interest law that prohibits those on the government dole from voting until they are paying their own way. If we did that, Democrats would have no more interest in welfare of any kind.


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maven101 21 months ago from Northern Arizona

Pop and Buzzy...

Nothing can be done until Jan. 2017...And looking at the anointed ones I don't think anything will happen, even then...A spineless GOP, including both of my senators, voted for the Omnibus, which continues funding for Obamacare and other progressive BS like amnesty...They could have stopped it through Senator Cruz's motion, and sent it back to the House for a CR amended to exclude such funding...

Do they rent rooms at the Inn..?


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The Frog Prince 21 months ago from Arlington, TX

We have a spineless Congress about to be installed so I don't expect them to do a damn thing they said they would do to get elected.


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maven101 21 months ago from Northern Arizona

TFP: We have a couple of young Turks that will make it interesting...I'm thinking of Gowdy and Lee...


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear Will,

I agree with over 100 percent. My, my how things would change if Dems in Congress had some skin in the game. I'll see you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear maven,

First things first, yes they rent rooms at the Inn. I believe it would be wise to reserve some and also invest in some heavy duty locks. I believe what you believe. Boehner is a wuss and most of the Republicans make me sick. I don't think we even need Congress anymore, because clearly Presidents can act without their consent or ours. See you at the Inn. Pack a bag, just in case.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear Frog Prince,

First of all Boehner has to go. Even then the idiots may not change a thing or stop the dictator- in- chief from throwing away our nation. I'll be at the Inn and I'll save you a seat


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RachaelOhalloran 21 months ago from United States

I wish the stroke of a pen could take Obamacare away just like the stroke of a pen made it the law of the land. But unfortunately, whomever gets into office next will not be able to do away with it in 4 years, or even 8 years. It's been my experience that when something takes a certain length of time to accomplish (right or wrong), it generally takes twice that amount of time to change or abolish it. We are stuck and we know it.


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FitnezzJim 21 months ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

"The pathetic part of all of this is that free clinics are also shutting down"

That right there points out one of the consequences of government interference. When the government takes over something, the folks who volunteered to provide the function through good old fashioned goodwill get replaced by paid government workers who move up in the government bureaucracy by imposing more red-tape on those who need help.

The definition of freedom should include the phrase "government is best when it governs least".


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning Rachael,

All I can say is that I hope you're wrong. I can dream can't I? See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning FitnezzJim,

Your last line is the heart of the matter. I think that was intrinsic in the Constitution because the Founding Fathers wanted to limit the government's size and influence. Too bad we have a president who thinks it is an outdated piece of paper. See you at the Inn.


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teaches12345 21 months ago

I agree with your message, Pop. It is scary to think of having to receive medical care from an understaffed care facility. Obamacare has not promised what it said it would to date.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning teaches,

Obamacare merely disrupted and ruined our healthcare. Maybe that was the point.

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