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In his latest “Update”, 3rd C.D. “Tea Party” Congressman Scott Tipton piles still more manure onto the mountain of misinformation regarding the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) already being circulating by his fellow-Repugnicans to their gullible constituents.

Tipton coyly claims to be “committed to voting to stop Obamacare any way [he] can, and replacing it with a patient-centered solution”—disingenuously suggesting to his patsies that Repugnicans advocate an actuarially viable alternative to ObamaCare.

However, Tipton’s reference to “a patient-centered solution” is merely empty rhetoric, because – after three years and 43 votes to repeal and/or de-fund the ACA – cynical   Repugnicans have offered no genuine solutions, much less ”patient-centered solutions”.

The only proposal that comes close is the Orwellian-titled “Empower Patients First Act of 2013” (H.R. 2300) re-introduced by Representative Tom Price (R-Ga) in June. 

H.R. 2300 would entail increased deficit spending by federal and/or state governments (or huge off-setting tax increases) – to further subsidize private health insurers (which could still “cherry-pick” insureds based on “pre-existing conditions”).  Its tort reforms would have little impact on overall health care costs, and inter-state portability of health insurance policies – without federal regulation of insurers—would undermine the current state-by-state regulatory scheme and incite a counter-productive “race to the bottom”.

Moreover, H.R. 2300 mimics the approach that previously failed in California, Texas, Florida, and North Carolina – precisely because insurers could still “cherry-pick” the healthiest insureds, relegating all others to “high risk pools” in which premiums rose unaffordably because there was no mandate to spread the risk without discrimination.

As Jim Spehar aptly reports, the ACA embraces the “conservative” market-driven approach that was successfully implemented in Massachusetts—which mandates participation, prohibits “cherry-picking”, and creates genuinely competitive health insurance “exchanges”.

Thus, ObamaCare would undoubtedly be more popular today had it been titled the “Health Insurance Reform Act”.

Everybody’s favorite MSM “liberal” political hack, Jim Spehar, demonstrates yet again that he is totally out of the loop on medical care in America by appearing to shill for the mathematical, medical and political fraud of Obamacare, which, according to Forbes magazine (http://onforb.es/1bB2BIl) will increase health spending by $7,450 for a typical family of four.
Depending on the report you read, America ranks 46th among the world’s countries in longevity and 92nd in overall healthfulness despite spending more money on health care than all the rest of the world’s countries combined. What are we getting for our money?
According to a report titled “Death By Medicine” (http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2006/aug2006_report_death_01.htm) on the Life Extension website, government-sanctioned medicine is the leading cause of American deaths. According to reports in The Journal of the American Medical Association and the federal Center for Disease Control which tracks such statistics, government-sanctioned medicine infects, injures, or kills some 15 million patients per year. As with most things Big Brother gets involved in, that clearly indicates a corrupt and failed system.
This is NOT to disrespect individual doctors personally. The several I am friends and/or acquainted with, are wonderful people. It’s just that, like government teachers, most of them are ignorant in the subjects of Economics 101 (central banking, debt-based legal tender, etc), Politics 101 and Constitution 101. If they weren’t, the American culture would not be in the mess we’re in.
Benjamin Rush, America’s first Surgeon General, and personally appointed by George Washington, said, “Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution the time will come when medicine will organize itself into an undercover dictatorship. To restrict the art of healing to one class of men [doctors - JW] and deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic.” With such as forced Big-Pharma-enriching vaccinations, the emminent Dr. Rush’s fears have become far too many Americans’ nightmare.
“Natural medicine is under siege, as pharmaceutical company lobbyists urge lawmakers to deprive Americans of the benefits of dietary supplements and bioidentical hormones. Drug-company front groups have launched slanderous media campaigns to discredit the value of healthy lifestyles. The FDA continues to interfere with those who offer natural products that compete with prescription drugs.” ~  Gary Null, PhD; Carolyn Dean MD, ND; Martin Feldman, MD; Debora Rasio, MD; and Dorothy Smith, PhD.
If Americans want to ever get serious about health care reality and its unconscionable costs, they need to abolish the FDA, fire petro-chemical-funded politicians and put a Freedom of Self-Medication amendment into the U.S. Constitution. All else is meaningless sophistic propaganda blather.



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