Despite being one of the bluest states in the country and one of the first to implement state based Obamacare exchanges, doctors in California are boycotting Obamacare...a whopping 70 percent of them.
An estimated seven out of every 10 physicians in deep-blue California are rebelling against the state's Obamacare health insurance exchange and won't participate, the head of the state's largest medical association said.
“It doesn't surprise me that there's a high rate of nonparticipation,” said Dr. Richard Thorp, president of the California Medical Association.
Thorp has been a primary care doctor for 38 years in a small town 90 miles north of Sacramento. The CMA represents 38,000 of the roughly 104,000 doctors in California.
So why exactly the push back? Under Obamcare, doctors are practically expected to work for free.
“We need some recognition that we’re doing a service to the community. But we can’t do it for free. And we can’t do it at a loss. No other business would do that,” he said.
California offers one of the lowest government reimbursement rates in the country -- 30 percent lower than federal Medicare payments. And reimbursement rates for some procedures are even lower.
Once again the argument that Republicans are blocking Obamacare's implementation and fear mongering about the law is completely blown out of the water. This isn't the first time we've seen major concerns or push back against Obamcare in the Golden State. Earlier this year, top California Democrat and Insurance Commission Dave Jones warned about fraud and identity theft risks posed to consumers on the exchanges.
The state insurance commissioner and anti-fraud groups say the exchange is falling short in ensuring that the people hired as counselors are adequately screened and monitored.
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones also said the exchange does not have a plan for investigating any complaints that might arise once the counselors start work. That means consumers who might fall prey to bogus health care products, identity theft and other abuses will have a hard time seeking justice if unscrupulous counselors get ahold of their Social Security number, bank accounts, health records or other private information, he said.
"We can have a real disaster on our hands," Jones, a Democrat, said in an interview.
Doctors boycotting Obamacare is the least of our worries, the biggest problem is doctors choosing the leave medicine completely as a result of the healthcare law. According to a recent survey, more than 60 percent of doctors plan to leave medicine early as Obamacare changes the way America does medicine.
Most physicians have a pessimistic outlook on the future of medicine, citing eroding autonomy and falling income, a survey of more than 600 doctors found.
Six in 10 physicians (62%) said it is likely many of their colleagues will retire earlier than planned in the next 1 to 3 years, a survey from Deloitte Center for Health Solutions found. That perception is uniform across age, gender, and specialty, it said.
Another 55% of surveyed doctors believe others will scale back hours because of the way medicine is changing, but the survey didn't elaborate greatly on how it was changing. Three-quarters think the best and brightest may not consider a career in medicine, although that is an increase from the 2011 survey result of 69%.
"Physicians recognize 'the new normal' will necessitate major changes in the profession that require them to practice in different settings as part of a larger organization that uses technologies and team-based models for consumer (patient) care," the survey's findings stated.
If you think liberals are concerned about a doctor shortage, think again. Just a few weeks back liberal Salon writer Matt Yglesias told "whiny" doctors to shut up about lesser pay under Obamacare and Democrats on Capitol Hill have offered no serious solutions to solving a doctor crisis and or the lack of reimbursement costs.
At the darkest moment of the War for Independence, Thomas Paine penned a trenchant pamphlet which helped inspire George Washington’s Christmas attack on Trenton. Brion McLanahan tells his story for the December issue of Townhall Magazine.
On December 24, 1781, George Washington wished Gen. William Heath to “spend a happy and merry Christmas, a thing that has not happened for some years past.” Christmas had been an unpleasant time for the American soldier during the American War for Independence and in the dark year of 1776, the season almost signaled the end of the cause. Washington certainly thought so.
He wrote just a week before Christmas in 1776 that if he failed to receive reinforcements, “I think the game will be pretty well up, as from disaffection and want of spirit and fortitude, the inhabitants, instead of resistance, are offering submission and taking protection from Gen. Howe in Jersey.”
For Washington’s ill-equipped, poorly clothed, and dispirited men, malaise and fear, rather than hope and confidence marked the hour. It had been many months since the American cause seemed bright.
1776 began promising enough. In February, colonists in North Carolina won a decisive victory at the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge near Wilmington. This helped check British incursions into the state and rallied many wavering supporters of independence. Just one week later, Gen. Henry Knox began a siege of Boston with captured cannons from Fort Ticonderoga. The bombardment had the desired effect. Within two weeks, the British evacuated the city and New England was freed from British control.
When the British army again attempted to invade the South in June 1776 at Charleston, S.C. the intrepid and enterprising South Carolina militia, led by Col. William Moultrie, repulsed the larger force and destroyed or damaged every British ship in Charleston Harbor. The American colonies began declaring their independence in June, and the Second Continental Congress approved Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence in July, a task made easier with military success, though not without resistance. Morale was high and military enrollment surged regardless of poor provisions and uncertain pay.
One such volunteer was the famous 39-year-old pamphleteer Thomas Paine. Paine was a recent citizen of Pennsylvania, having only arrived from London at the insistence of Benjamin Franklin in 1774.
He was intense, brilliant, and passionate, but prone to laziness. One historian even referred to his life as “bohemian.”
Paine, though, was selflessly dedicated to the cause of independence. His “Common Sense,” published in January 1776, is often regarded as the singular tract that pushed a majority of Americans to support separation from Great Britain. More than 500,000 copies were printed and the pamphlet was read in taverns and homes, as well as by the leading members of American society. Everyone, both friend and foe of independence, knew it and read it.
Washington wrote that “Common Sense,” was “working a wonderful change...in the minds of many men.” John Adams believed that, “Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.” He later wrote to his wife Abigail, “I could not have written any thing in so manly and striking a style.”
And Paine did not simply give lip service to the cause. He donated his meager profits (most of the copies were published without Paine receiving any proceeds) to help supply American troops, and joined the army in 1776, at a rank no higher than junior officer. The most famous writer in America put aside his fame and joined the masses in the cause of liberty.
A Turn for the Worse
Paine was with the army when the military effort rapidly deteriorated in the summer of 1776. After British Gen. William Howe evacuated Boston in March, he took aim at New York, and consolidated forces there for a frontal assault against George Washington and the main body of the Continental Army.
Concurrently, Howe offered an “olive branch” to wavering Americans and ensured that the British martial display outshined anything the Americans sent to the field. The British, in their bright red uniforms, shiny accoutrements, and rousing drum processions, outclassed the American army of rag-tag militia dressed in homespun cloth. The British looked and acted as professionals. Some American soldiers lacked boots. This dichotomy caused some Americans to rethink their support for separation.
British military success in the late summer and early fall of 1776 made the choice easier still. Howe began punishing the American army in New York, winning the Battle of Long Island and dislodging the American army from New York City, which promptly suffered a great fire. Washington lost again at the Battle of White Plains and was forced to retreat and split his army.
The Other Benedict Arnold
Some members of the Continental Congress grew restless as intrigue and insubordination from American Gen. Charles Lee weakened Washington’s effort. Though virtually unknown to the American public, Charles Lee should be placed in the same category as Benedict Arnold. The short, unclean, narcissistic general believed he should be commanding the Continental Army, not Washington. His military reputation was built on falsehoods, fairytales, and legend. Lee took credit for the victory at Sullivan’s Island, though if his orders had been followed the outcome would have been different. He refused to come to Washington’s aid and wrote letters to high level American officials complaining of Washington’s leadership.
In November 1776, the Continental Army lost Fort Washington on the Hudson River, and in the process one British soldier said, “the rebels fled like scared rabbits,” and left behind artillery, small arms, “some poor pork, a few greasy proclamations, and some of that scoundrel ‘Common Sense’ man’s letters, which we can read at our leisure now that we have got one of the ‘impregnable redoubts’ of Mr. Washington’s to quarter in.”
The Hessian mercenaries who marched with the British fumed over American resistance during the battle, and afterward went to work beating American prisoners and stealing their belongings. Of the 2,800 men captured by the British at Fort Washington, only 800 would survive. Washington openly wept for his men while watching the carnage from the opposite bank of the Hudson. Washington had no choice but to retreat, and the American public grew restless, calling his moves “pusillanimous and disgraceful” in the press.
Charles Lee was captured by the British in early December, and Washington faced an enrollment crisis. The one year enlistments for several companies began to expire, and the army was running out of men, money, material, and most importantly, hope. Lee’s capture was regarded as a disaster at the time, but this event rid the army, at least temporarily, of a scurrilous mischief-maker and forced Washington to retreat across the Delaware River, a move that ultimately saved both the army and perhaps the cause.
Paine’s Gut Check Gift
Paine had marched with the army through these tense months. He had knowledge of the problems of command and the miseries of the common soldier, felt the hunger pains, the bite of the crisp fall weather, the weariness of the cause.
Independence was hanging by a thread. Washington thought he could lose his army either to battle, desertion, or both. The British assembled an impressive force across the Delaware, and Lord Charles Cornwallis had already made plans to be back in England by 1777. Impending doom seemed to be the order of the day. It was at this point that Paine presented his greatest gift to the American cause, perhaps even more pronounced than “Common Sense,” and it arrived just a few days before Christmas 1776.
Paine began writing what was later titled “The American Crisis” while trudging through the blood, mud, and disappointment that was the New York campaign of 1776. He had served as Gen. Nathanael Greene’s aide-de-camp since September, and according to Paine, had been asked to shore up sagging morale with a spirited evaluation of the American cause. He wrote by firelight using a drumhead for a desk, and as one historian wrote, the “winter storms” and “the Delaware’s waves…mingled with his ink; the half-naked soldiers in their troubled sleep dreaming of their distant homes, the skulking deserter creeping off in the dusk, the pallid face of the heavyhearted commander…” added depth, texture, and passion to his work.
He left the army at Trenton shortly before Washington crossed the Delaware and arrived in Philadelphia while the city was in a state of confusion and panic. Some leading members of the city sought protection from the British and renounced the patriot cause. Others sent their wives, children, and valuables to the country and hunkered down for what they believed was imminent invasion. Congress fled the city, worrying that their necks would be stretched by British nooses. Paine was shocked. He later wrote that, “The deplorable and melancholy condition the people were in, afraid to speak and almost to think, the public presses stopped, and nothing in circulation but fears and false hoods,” led him “in a passion of patriotism” to quickly publish his American “Crisis.”
The first copies were printed on December 19, 1776 and arrived at Washington’s camp within a day or two [the official publication is December 23, 1776]. Paine, a man who rejected Christianity and favored deism, had given the American soldier a perfect Christmas present. Huddled together in groups, the beleaguered patriots listened to the famous series of opening sentences:
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as Freedom should not be highly rated.”
These well-known and oft repeated lines are typically all that anyone remembers about the Crisis, but Paine used his pen as a wrecking ball against Tories, King George III, and those who had lost faith in the cause.
Paine admitted he harbored a secret in the essay by suggesting that Divine Providence was needed at such a time. He believed that “God Almighty” would not “give us up to the care of devils," nor would He leave Americans “unsupportedly to perish, who have so earnestly and so repeatedly sought to avoid the calamities of war, by every decent method which wisdom could invent.” The American cause was a just one that deserved His protection.
At the same time, Paine condemned the traitorous Tories. “Every Tory is a coward,” he wrote, “for servile, slavish, self interested fear is the foundation of Toryism; and a man under such influence, though he may be cruel, never can be brave.”
Paine declared that he could not betray his principles, nor should any American patriot. George III, he thundered, should fear the patriot:
“Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul by swearing allegiance to one whose character is that of a sottish, stupid, stubborn, worthless, brutish man. I conceive likewise a horrid idea in receiving mercy from a being, who at the last day shall be shrieking to the rocks and mountains to cover him, and fleeing with terror from the orphan, the widow, and the slain of America.”
One historian wrote that his conclusion was “such a battle call as might almost have startled slain patriots from their new graves under the frozen clods.”
Paine was unequivocal in his prediction that should the patriot cause falter, pestilence, rape, murder, and destruction would follow. “By perseverance and fortitude we have the prospect of a glorious issue; by cowardice and submission, the sad choice of a variety of evils—a ravaged country—a depopulated city —habitations without safety, and slavery without hope—our homes turned into barracks and bawdyhouses for Hessians, and a future race to provide for, whose fathers we shall doubt of. Look on this picture and weep over it! and if there yet remains one thoughtless wretch who believes it not, let him suffer it unlamented.”
A Call Heeded
The impact was immediate. Men who thought of leaving signed on for another year. Washington’s ranks stabilized, and the zeal for victory returned. Even Paine’s archenemy, James Cheetham, realized the value of his work. “The number was read in the camp, to every corporal’s guard, and in the army and out of it had more than the intended effect. The convention of New York, reduced by dispersion, occasioned by alarm, to nine members, was rallied and reanimated. Militiamen who, already tired of the war, were straggling from the army, returned. Hope succeeded to despair, cheerfulness to gloom, and firmness to irresolution.”
Whether “The American Crisis” gave Washington the needed morale boost to attack Trenton is unknown. He never mentioned it. But his men needed it, and Washington capitalized on the revitalized army. On Christmas Day, 1776, Washington led his men on a daring attack. They crossed the ice-choked Delaware during a blizzard in the middle of the night, marched in knee-deep snow to Trenton—many without shoes—and routed the slumbering Hessian mercenaries billeted there. They fought in desperation to save hearth and home; they fought like patriots. America had again awoken.
The patriot historian Mercy Otis Warren wrote in 1805 that, “Perhaps there are no people on earth, in whom a spirit of enthusiastic zeal is so readily enkindled, and burns so remarkably conspicuous, as among the Americans.” Paine inspired action twice as a pamphleteer, the first bringing “common sense” to the American mind, the second animating a sleeping giant.
Perhaps Americans today would be well to heed his warnings. The principles of ’76 are not lost, and Paine’s Christmas gift still rings true today. It is the legacy of the War for Independence. As he wrote that December, “Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to tax) but “to bind us in all cases whatsoever” and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.” These words ring as true today as they did in 1776. The American Crisis has not waned. Perhaps we need another Thomas Paine.
ObamaCare's focus on cutting costs means that Americans will have more limited access to leading hospitals -- many of which offer cutting edge treatments or care that the sickest patients need.
Places like Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles or the Mayo Clinic (in Rochester, MN) are expensive. And under competitive pressure in the new ObamaCare world, insurance companies are in a bigger rush than ever to cut costs . . . so good-bye, premier hospitals.
But what Americans are coming to understand is that those hospitals aren't just mindless profit centers. They're expensive because they offer cutting edge treatments. Or they're expensive because they offer the kinds of specialized care that the very sickest patients need.
Many Americans who had plans they could afford -- and who had access under them to leading health care providers -- are now finding that, under ObamaCare, they're effectively being locked out of first-rate care. That is, unless they're willing to pay a whole lot more for it, according to one of ObamaCare's architects:
You know, there's a reason that President Obama waited to "introduce" ObamaCare until after the 2012 election.
Representative Tom Price of Georgia has come up with an alternative to Obamacare, and it would save the country nearly $2.34 trillion in 10 years. The legislation is called the Empowering Patients First Act, H.R. 2300.
The proposed legislation would “provide Americans with tax incentives for maintaining health insurance coverage, improve access to health savings accounts (HSAs), reform Medicare and Medicaid, and allow consumers to purchase plans across state lines. It would also guarantee coverage for roughly 1% of Americans with pre-existing conditions.”
A former director of the CBO estimated that these reforms would reduce health insurance premiums across the board and reduce the budget by almost $2.34 trillion. It would help lead to smaller premium increases than what Obamacare provides. Additionally, the number of insured people would increase by roughly 29% in 2016.
Of course Obama has claimed that Republicans have not offered any ideas for other reforms to health care and cut costs. But obviously that is not true. This is a great alternative that would help insure almost as many people as Obamacare, but save much more money. Mr. President, here is the perfect alternative.
True to form, President Obama made the 72nd anniversary of Pearl Harbor all about himself with a publicity shot on the USS Arizona Memorial.
As Brietbart pointed out:
"The picture barely fits the name of the Arizona Memorial so it can frame Obama in the foreground.”
Take a look at the photograph:
Obama declared December 7 "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day" encouraging Americans to observe the day with solemnity and to fly the United States flag at half-staff:
“Today, with solemn pride and reverence, let us remember those who fought and died at Pearl Harbor, acknowledge everyone who carried their legacy forward, and reaffirm our commitment to upholding the ideals for which they served.”
Despite memorializing the day, the first White House tweet December 7 made no mention of the 1941 attack:
Anti-apartheid activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela is hailed across the globe as a champion of peace and reconciliation. And while the man who went from prisoner to president certainly deserves the plaudits for his political and civil rights accomplishments, not all of his work in office was quite as noble.
LifeNews points out the unfortunate reality of where he stood on abortion, highlighting a brief history of Mandela’s record on the issue provided by John Smeaton, director of British pro-life group SPUC.
Mr Mandela has been quoted as saying on abortion: “Women have the right to decide what they want to do with their bodies.”
In 1996, Mandela signed into law the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Bill, which permits abortion on demand. SPUC’s pro-life colleagues in South Africa tells us that the bill was introduced into the South African parliament by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Mr Mandela’s health minister.
In addition, the wording of the new South African constitution, signed by Mr Mandela in 1996, had made the legalisation of abortion on demand a mere formality. Mr Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC) has a strong ideological committment to abortion, with the ANC Women’s League strongly behind the legalisation of abortion on demand.
And in the wake of Mandela’s death, NARAL was quick to highlight this “accomplishment” of his. Notice the irony in the quote they chose to feature in the first tweet.
It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of a true freedom fighter. RIP Nelson Mandela pic.twitter.com/mTsud6GVuY— NARAL Pro-Choice MA (@ProChoiceMass) December 6, 2013
Pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute said in a June 2000 report that after the passage of the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Bill, “South Africa now has one of the most liberal abortion laws in the world.”
Al Sharpton has had his fair share of awkward television bloopers on his MSNBC show PoliticsNation. Last night, Saturday Night Live spoofed Sharpton's views on the rollout of the "Healthcare point gov" website.
"Sharpton" also said that insurance would be great to protect oneself from the effects of the knockout game.
Here's the video:
Does anyone know where I can get one of those tracksuits?00
More than two months after the site launched, Healthcare.gov is still malfunctioning for hundreds of thousands of people - and since more than five million people have lost their insurance plans, hundreds of thousands more might be affected.
Medicare spokeswoman Julie Bataille confirmed that the agency believes about 10 percent of the health law's enrollment files -- known in insurance-speak as 834 transmissions -- have some kind of error.
That's down from the 25% that HHS officials have acknowledged were occurring in October and November. Here's the kicker: nobody can identify if an individual who applied for or received insurance had an error. So every single application from October and November - and likely December - will need to be confirmed by the applicant with the insurance company to make sure they've actually got insurance coverage:
A spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Friday suggested that the only way those who enrolled in October and November can be sure they will be covered in January is by paying their insurance bill and contacting their insurer to confirm their standing.
On the plus side, it's unlikely very many people up to this point have actually applied for coverage due to the buggy website. The Obama Administration still has not released the numbers of people who have applied and submit payment through the website, so we're unsure of who this affects. But at the moment, every single applicant is going to have to confirm that the insurance that they thought they bought - mandated to be purchased by the federal government - has actually been obtained.
The Ed Show on MSNBC went a little too far this week when talking about Obamacare. Host, Ed Schultz takes questions from the viewers and this week, one snarky viewer’s comment was put on the air. One fan asked Ed if he would ask Michele Bachmann what God thought of the Affordable Care Act.
Schultz first said that he would never be hosting Michele Bachmann on his show. Then he continued to say,
“My first question would be about the uh possible ethics violation that she’s being investigated for…I’ll tell you what I think God thinks of the Affordable Care Act. It’s a big amen!”
This isn’t the first time Ed has referred to Bachmann’s belief in prayer and God. He has made fun of her before, but isn’t it funny that Mr. Schultz is in the minority here? 76% of Americans believe in God and half of those people say they have done something because God told them to. And according to Mr. Schultz, these people are laughable and crazy.
So then how did he know God said “Amen” to Obamacare? Watch the full clip below.
Meet Joanna Coles, the newest Democratic strategist, er, I mean, the newest editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine.
It’s no surprise that many women’s magazines have a liberal agenda. But, Ms. Coles made it clear to what extent when she proudly declared Cosmo is a “deeply feminist” circular this past week. Here were just some of her comments to Capital New York at Adweek’s first Hot List Gala, detailing what she believes to be her magazine’s most important issues:
“There’s nothing more mainstream than equal pay for equal work. I mean, it’s completely obvious that’s what feminism should be for, and for women’s right to choose what happens to their own bodies,” she said.
She wasn’t finished.
“It’s unbelievable in 2013 we happen to be talking about this, but the battle over healthcare, the battle for women’s right to choose their own contraception, that ludicrous panel full of old men in Washington ruling what women could and couldn’t do—where is feminism then?” she asked. “Where are all the left-wing academics?”
Coles became Cosmo’s editor-in-chief last September, after guiding the Marie Claire magazine for six years. Shortly after beginning her new reign, it was clear what direction she and the magazine were headed. Here’s what she tweeted after President Obama’s victory on Election Night:
Coles’ “extreme feminism” is also apparent in the company she keeps. In addition to attending pro-abortion galas, Coles likes to pal around with Guy Cecil III, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and several members of Obama’s staff, including his senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and Tara McGuinness, the senior communications adviser for the White House.
Isn’t it reassuring that over 3 million young women are reading Ms. Cole’s magazine? In the first half of 2012, Cosmo had a total circulation of 3,017,834 and is now the 16th most read magazine in the country and number one for single copy sales. That’s a lot of power – and this influence is dangerous in the hands of someone who seems to enjoy mocking conservatives every chance she gets.
“Someone sent me a list of Republicans to watch. Are we going to feature Michele Bachmann in the magazine? No.”
Don’t worry Ms. Coles, I don’t think Rep. Bachmann will be calling you anytime soon, either.
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