Obamacare is back in the news this week. As usual, it’s for all of the wrong reasons. Earlier in the week we heard about how the federal government is way behind in getting the exchanges up and running. Now people are talking about the looming death panels and how Obamacare is turning into a slush fund for the Democrats.
Life News warns us to get ready for those death panel because it’s on its way.
The Independent Payment Advisory Board is set to go into action later this year. The IPAB is a Medicare cost-cutting board of “experts” legally possessing the power to impose its advise, even over the desires of Congress or the president.
It has been derisively referred to as a death panel because so many have called for it to have health care rationing powers and because its decisions could result in cost-cutting measures that deny lifesaving medical treatment. The Independent Payment Advisory Board was one of the most controversial parts of the Obamacare legislation — mainly because it puts 15 unelected strangers in charge of health decisions for most Americans.
In the name of “cost-certainty,” IPAB would have the authority to limit which specialists you see, what treatments are available, and in some cases, whether you’re eligible for care at all.
Integral to the Obama Administration’s stated mission to drive down what Americans choose to spend for life-saving and health-preserving health care, the IPAB is charged with a key role in suppressing health care spending by limiting what treatment doctors are allowed to give their patients. (Read More)
I don’t know what’s scarier, the IPAB being in charge of our treatment, or the IRS being in charge of compliance.
Oh, and then there is this: Former New York Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey shined a light on how Obamacare will soon become a slush fund for Democrats to beef up party enrollment.
The Obama administration granted a whopping $910 million to California to set up its insurance exchange. That money is not for bandages, surgery, nurses and doctors to care for the sick. Nor is it for insurance plans, though $910 million could buy generous coverage for at least 113,000 people!
Shockingly, the $910 million is slated for bureaucracy, including rich compensation packages for exchange employees ($360,000 a year for the executive director) and contracts for computer equipment, public relations and “outreach.”
Outreach is the largest expenditure and where the real monkey business occurs.
Amazingly, California legislators passed a law that the exchange could keep secret for a year who received the contracts and indefinitely how much they were paid. California’s open-records laws would otherwise prohibit such secrecy. (Read More)
So, who is that money going to? John Hoge highlighted a few examples:
Service Employees International Union $2,000,000
LA County AFL-CIO $1,000,000
Unfortunately, none of this is new. But many people still don’t know about any of this, so it’s important that we keep talking about it. This is what people voted for last November. This, and spying on reporters and citizens, covering up Benghazi, IRS targeting of conservative and religious groups, and the never-ending effort by this administration to wreck the economy.