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Old 02-01-2013, 04:30 PM   #26
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If remember correctly, you also live in area that regionalized it's medical care because of the lack of doctors. Correct? The problem isn't medicare/medicad but lack of doctors.
If there are patients waiting long,are they on Medicare or Medicare advantage?
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If remember correctly, you also live in area that regionalized it's medical care because of the lack of doctors. Correct? The problem isn't medicare/medicad but lack of doctors.
I live on a beautiful lake on the edge of the Ozarks, where there a lot of retired baby boomers. There are plenty of Doctors in the area but if you are dependent solely on Medicare and without a Medicare supplement it's difficult to get quality care.
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If there are patients waiting long,are they on Medicare or Medicare advantage?
It's not that there is a doctor shortage or that they would actually have to wait.

They say "the doctor is not taking any new patients at this time" or "we can schedule you in 6 months", knowing that no one will wait six months. What they are really saying is we don't want you as a patient unless you have excellent insurance. They do not want to go to battle with Medicare to get paid.
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How Obamacare's $716 Billion in Cuts Will Drive Doctors Out of Medicare

There are 600,000 physicians in America who care for the 48 million seniors on Medicare. Of the $716 billion that the Affordable Care Act cuts from the program over the next ten years, the largest chunk—$415 billion—comes from slashing Medicare’s reimbursement rates to hospitals, nursing homes, and doctors. This significant reduction in fees is driving many doctors to stop accepting new Medicare patients, making it harder for seniors to gain access to needed care. Here are a few of their stories.

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IRS: Cheapest Obamacare Plan Will Be $20,000 Per Family

(CNSNews.com) – In a final regulation issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assumed that under Obamacare the cheapest health insurance plan available in 2016 for a family will cost $20,000 for the year.

Under Obamacare, Americans will be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS.

The IRS's assumption that the cheapest plan for a family will cost $20,000 per year is found in examples the IRS gives to help people understand how to calculate the penalty they will need to pay the government if they do not buy a mandated health plan.

The examples point to families of four and families of five, both of which the IRS expects in its assumptions to pay a minimum of $20,000 per year for a bronze plan.

“The annual national average bronze plan premium for a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children) is $20,000,” the regulation says.

Bronze will be the lowest tier health-insurance plan available under Obamacare--after Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Under the law, the penalty for not buying health insurance is supposed to be capped at either the annual average Bronze premium, 2.5 percent of taxable income, or $2,085.00 per family in 2016.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/irs-...e-20000-family
Well I've looked over the source document by the IRS and while it's very technical and a difficult read, it doesn't appear IMO to be making any kind of prediction of what premiums will cost under the ACA. I don't know where they got those numbers but they appear to be for illustrative purposes only.
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SHOCKING!!! A right-wing website posting a anti-obamacare article.

Google it & you'll find a long list of right-wing/tabloid/nutjob websites.
The IRS is the source of the information......2x2=4 is the truth regardless of who says it correct?

The CBO has stated that over 7 million Americans will lose their healthcare coverage when their employers find it more profitable to just pay the fine instead of their portion of their employees health care insurance.
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:36 PM   #32
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How much is the penalty?
Under the law, the penalty for not buying health insurance is supposed to be capped at either the annual average Bronze premium, 2.5 percent of taxable income, or $2,085.00 per family in 2016.

So basically if you can't afford Obamacare, you'll have to pay a fine.....


What's so hilarious is half the nimrods who voted for this socialist president have no clue as to what the hell they just did to themselves.
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:45 PM   #33
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But remember Obama promised that "if you like your current healthcare plan, you can keep it" and if you like your current Doctor, you can keep seeing him or her.

Guess what, if you employer decides he doesn't like you current health care plan or Doctor you won't be able to keep either one.
This is exactly what Obama is hoping for.....that businesses will say "Screw it, why pay for our employee's healthcare when it's less expensive to pay the penalty"

this will drive those employees previously covered by their employer to go on the government dole.....forcing a single payer system.

Once that happens the government can then control your life because practically everything you do is health related......your job, your lifestyle, your recreational activities, your diet, etc.

The big problem is that your healthcare will be part of the national budget, which means it can be cut, reduced on a whim. For all you liberals who voted for this kind of ****...keep in mind the day will come when the Dems aren't in power...and then the Republicans will be in charge of your healthcare. Then what the **** are you gonna do?

Like they say, careful what you wish for....
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Imagine if your employer had nothing to do with your healthcare?

What a revolutionary concept.
Imagine when your government has everything to do with your healthcare....it becomes part of the budget, which means when they argue over funding for the schools, or funding green energy projects, etc....they will also be arguing over what and who will and won't be covered.
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Pony at some point the govt will need to get creative to entice young medical students to become GP's. Right now its not enough money to really be the goal of most medical students. They are specializing to make the big bucks.

maybe we could grow the ranks by giving general practitioners some sort of tax break?

That would maybe shift more medical students to choose being a family doctor.
Won't happen...they'll weigh whether potential earnings will be more than their medical school expenses....and when the government takes over the healthcare system, they will limit what a doctor can earn, which will mean there will be fewer doctors as they pursue other careers where the government doesn't limit their earnings.
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The problem isn't medicare/medicad but lack of doctors.
Medicare and Medicaid limiting what doctors are paid for services rendered is what is causing the shortage of doctors......
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Here it is explained in one long sentence -

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If you really want to understand the ACA, put away the spin, turn off Rush, and read the data.

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/fil...ageEffects.pdf

27 million Americans insured for the first time. Period.


http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/fil...eEstimates.pdf

Deficit reduction of 109 billion. Period.


Now you may return to your oil-tycoon-funded media.
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This is from a Forbes article dated 7/3/12 that has the same figures for 2016.

Then, there is the amount of the tax. In 2014 the initial levy will be just $95. By 2016, it is scheduled to increase to $695 or 2.5 percent of taxable income—up to a maximum of $2,085 (indexed for inflation in subsequent years). It will increase, that is, if Congress does not slow the phase-in. And I’ve got a funny feeling about that.

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http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/fil...eEstimates.pdf

Deficit reduction of 109 billion. Period.
No. CBO only counts some costs, but ignores most of them.

Tell 'im Fed. Knock this one down for me.
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Imagine when your government has everything to do with your healthcare....it becomes part of the budget, which means when they argue over funding for the schools, or funding green energy projects, etc....they will also be arguing over what and who will and won't be covered.
Meanwhile they will all have great healthcare on a different system.
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The only solution? Medicare for all. We'll just **** around for years until everybody wakes up to that fact. I wonder how long it will take?
I concur!
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Won't happen...they'll weigh whether potential earnings will be more than their medical school expenses....and when the government takes over the healthcare system, they will limit what a doctor can earn, which will mean there will be fewer doctors as they pursue other careers where the government doesn't limit their earnings.

Or what the USA could do is push more medications to a behind the counter, but doesn't require a RX and allow PHARMACISTS to be an entry point into the healthcare system thereby decreasing costs in the millions of dollars......if you travel overseas you'll often see that this model already takes place...
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The only solution? Medicare for all. We'll just **** around for years until everybody wakes up to that fact. I wonder how long it will take?
The only solution is MORE? How does an unreasonable burden on families translate to "need MORE"?
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Guilt by association/poisoning the well.

Nobody here has addressed the IRS figures given.

Indeed, the beginning of the article has a direct link to the IRS document. The figures mentioned come from page 56 of that document.

So.... ?

Anyone?
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Here it is explained in one long sentence -

Now that is funny.
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Meanwhile they will all have great healthcare on a different system.
Exactly.....those making the laws always seem to exempt themselves from having to obey them
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How much is the penalty?
You have to wonder if this is some cloaked money making scheme. They can loot the tax returns of people who can't afford this garbage.
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Guilt by association/poisoning the well.

Nobody here has addressed the IRS figures given.

Indeed, the beginning of the article has a direct link to the IRS document. The figures mentioned come from page 56 of that document.

So.... ?

Anyone?
I have. The IRS appears to be using those figures for illustrative purposes only. Nowhere do they inidcate that there is any evidence that premiums for a family of 4 will cost 20K under the ACA. That number doesn't appear to be any kind of attempt at projecting premiums.

If it is, where does it say so and what do they base the numbers on?
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