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Obamacare Is Still Vulnerable

Greg1084 Wrote: Nov 11, 2012 8:40 AM
If you want a way to clean up the mess and create a market in medicine overnight you can do it by passing a federal law that says that the federal government will no longer recognize licensing of any kind. If the government has no way of discerning who is and is not a qualified provider, it has no means of paying them. The current holders of Medicare and Medicaid provider numbers would be able to continue to provide care, but new providers would be locked out of the system. As such, they would have to make a living by private contracting with patients and hospitals. They would be the vanguard of a new medical market. Despite the fact that they would have to take less money per procedure in M+M patients, they would still be free to
Chester1776 Wrote: Nov 11, 2012 4:10 PM
The states regulate medical licensure. Federal provider numbers are a de facto violation of the 10th Amendment.
Greg1084 Wrote: Nov 11, 2012 8:43 AM
contract with regular insurers, and their bookkeeping expenses would be lower. They would also fall outside federal regulations on being able to maintain physician office laboratories and would be free to use some of the newer testing equipment that has such a hard time getting through the regulatory maze into practice. In one fell swoop you could both leave the present system intact for now while at the same time abolishing it.
Greg1084 Wrote: Nov 11, 2012 8:44 AM
This is not some fly-by-night idea. I'm a physician and I've spent years thinking about this.
aerskine Wrote: Nov 11, 2012 12:56 PM
Republican governors better hold the line! The USA has the finest healthcare system in the world and doctors should make a big profit - Where were all the medical people in this election??? Did they vote for the Joker that wants to kill medicine?
Chester1776 Wrote: Nov 11, 2012 4:12 PM
You should already be free to abstain from Medicare and Medicaid. Just don't accept patients in those programs. The end game will be when the government ties licensure with participation in those programs. Then we will be having a discussion about the 13th Amendment- the prohibition against slavery.

President Obama has won reelection, and his administration has asked state officials to decide by Friday, November 16, whether their state will create one of Obamacare's health-insurance "exchanges." States also have to decide whether to implement the law's massive expansion of Medicaid. The correct answer to both questions remains a resounding no.

State-created exchanges mean higher taxes, fewer jobs, and less protection of religious freedom. States are better off defaulting to a federal exchange. The Medicaid expansion is likewise too costly and risky a proposition. Republican Governors Association chairman Bob McDonnell (R.,Va.) agrees, and has announced that Virginia...