Better late than never, I suppose…

Today the House of Representatives passed a bill that would repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. This is the same bill that passed the Senate last month on a 52-47, with the Republicans avoiding a filibuster with the same reconciliation process that enabled passage of Obamacare in the first place. The vote in the House was 240-181, nearly along party lines. So for the first time, President Obama will be confronted with legislation that actually would bring Obamacare to an end, and will be forced to veto it.

We were promised this for 2015, if the country would elect a Republican majority for both houses of Congress.

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Contrary to goals, ER visits rise under Obamacare

Three-quarters of emergency physicians say they’ve seen ER patient visits surge since Obamacare took effect — just the opposite of what many ASuch hikes run counter to one of the goals of the health care overhaul, which is to reduce pressure on emergency rooms by getting more people insured through Medicaid or subsidized private coverage and providing better access to primary care…

…A major reason that hasn’t happened is there simply aren’t enough primary care physicians to handle all the newly insured patients, says ACEP President Mike Gerardi, an emergency physician in New Jersey…

…Experts cite many root causes. In addition to the nation’s long-standing shortage of primary care doctors — projected by the federal government to exceed 20,000 doctors by 2020 — some physicians won’t accept Medicaid because of its low reimbursement rates. That leaves many patients who can’t find a primary care doctor to turn to the ER — 56% of doctors in the ACEP poll reported increases in Medicaid patients.

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Obamacare from a Maine doctor’s perspective

Published by David Freddoso on Scribd.

This letter, posted without comment to the official House website of Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., purports to be from a Maine eye doctor to Sen. Angus King, I-Maine. It contains the most detailed critique of Obamacare that I have seen so far from someone on the front lines of medical practice.

If you can’t read it here, click through at the link. It is well worth your time.

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Ann Coulter’s Obamacare experience

True insurance is used to cover catastrophic, unexpected losses. “Insurance” that covers office visits and lab, prescriptions, eye and dental care, etc. are merely pre-paid plans. You know you are going to have these expenses, but you are paying for them ahead of time. Obamacare is requiring that policies cover certain anticipated expenses, making many old policies “substandard.”

Ann Coulter is self-employed, and must purchase her health insurance “on the open market.” Of course, her old policy did not meet Obamacare “standards”. This is her experience in finding a new policy.

I’ve been thrown off my health insurance — THANKS, OBAMACARE! — and have spent hours and hours over the past month trying to figure out my options now that the Democrats have made my old plan, which I liked, “illegal.” (I prefer to think of my plan as “undocumented.”)…

By now, Obama has issued “waivers” from Obamacare to about 99 percent of the country. (Perhaps you’ve heard, there’s a big midterm election this year.) As one of the few Americans not granted a waiver, I’m here to tell you: You have no idea what’s coming, America…

I thought I had figured out the best plan for me a month ago after having doctors and hospital administrators look at the packets of material I was sent by my old insurance company — the same mailing that informed me my old plan was “illegal” under Obamacare.

But when I checked online recently, I discovered the premier plan — the “platinum,” low-deductible, astronomically expensive plan that might be accepted by an English-speaking doctor who didn’t attend medical school in a Hawaiian shirt and board shorts — does not include treatment at any decent hospitals.

The main point of the Obamacare website is to encourage people other than me to get a government subsidy. There’s also a section helping you register to vote. You just can’t see the insurance plans. (Guess which one you need a government ID for?)

With zero help from the Obamacare website, I eventually figured out that there was one lone insurance plan that would cover treatment at a reputable hospital. The downside is, no doctors take it.

So my only two health insurance options — and yours, too, as soon as the waivers expire, America! — are: (1) a plan that no doctors take; or (2) a plan that no hospitals take. You either pay for all your doctor visits and tests yourself, or you pay for your cancer treatment yourself. And you pay through the nose in either case.

That’s not insurance! It’s a huge transfer of wealth from people who work for a living to those who don’t, accomplished by forcing the workers to buy insurance that’s not insurance. Obamacare has made actual health insurance “illegal.”

It’s not “insurance” when what I want to insure against isn’t covered, but paying for other people’s health care needs — defined broadly — is mandatory.

It’s as if you wanted to buy a car, so you paid for a Toyota — but then all you got was a 10-speed bike, with the rest of your purchase price going to buy cars, bikes and helmets for other people.

The process is extremely frustrating, but currently only for people who have to purchase their own insurance. It is anticipated, however, that many employers will drop insurance coverage for their employees, and lots of folks will have to endure this ordeal. After the next election, of course.

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NYT: Private practice doctors are fleeing to hospitals, and that is not a pro

Via HotAir:

If there’s one thing ObamaCare has really achieved so far, it’s been the mass infliction of uncertainty onto so many aspects of the healthcare sector — and the resulting incentives, if they aren’t driving people out of the profession altogether, are driving both primary care doctors and specialists to forego the private-practice model for salaried jobs with hospitals. So sayeth the NYT, while noting that this particular shift away from “fee for service” private practices, for which certain health economists have long advocated because of the way they can incentivize doctors to oversell medical services, isn’t necessarily going to result in better or cheaper care for patients.

A salary, set hours, paid vacation and no collection worries are nice perks.

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El websito Obamacare es written en Spanglish

From Jon Gabriel at Ricochet:

Presidente Obama y su personnel de la White House have launchar un websito del Obamacare en español. “¿Viva Obama?” Not so fasto.

El sito releasando muchos días late y it is un Disastero Grande, just like el sito Inglés. El Associado Press accusa la Administracción del Obama of using “Spanglish, not Spanish.” ¡Que lastima!

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Where did I put that MacGuffin?

Ace has a brief essay here about the MacGuffinization of American politics.

A Macguffin is the object of pursuit of the Hero (and the Villain) in a movie. According to Alfred Hitchcock, it doesn’t really matter what the McGuffin is, just the pursuit by the Hero of the Lost Ark, the Shankara Stones, or the Holy Grail.

Ace tells us that, to the liberal media, politics has become the story of the triumphs and travails of The One, not the actual policies or legislation in question. His essay is an insightful look at the media’s lack of interest in the problems of Obamacare, for example, but the keen interest in how Obama feels about it.

Note what they’re not talking about: America. Policy. The economy. Obamacare. Actual live political controversies and possible programmatic responses to the difficulties we face (many of which Obama has caused himself, or made worse).

No, American politics is now merely a MacGuffin, an important-sounding but ultimately inconsequential and disposable plot device for holding interest in the Hero’s Journey.

Ultimately the only thing that matters is the Hero itself. It doesn’t matter why the Hero Barack Obama wants the Lost Ark of Sensible Gun Control, or the Shankara Stones of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, or the Democratic Holy Grail of Affordable Health Care. These are very minor details and only matter to the extent the Hero exerts himself to achieve them.

The viewers of this film don’t really care about these things, but only Obama’s frustration at being denied them, or his joy in attaining them.

Read the whole thing.

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