ObamaCare Equals US Postal Service Equals 120,000 Layoffs.

You may remember back in 2009 when Obama stood in front of a Townhall meeting trying to exhort the crowd to understand the awesomeness that health care would be under his plan.

His rationalization backfired when he compared ObamaCare to the US Postal Service and how it competes against rivals Fed EX and UPS.

Explaining why he believes a public option would not crowd out and ultimately eliminate private insurance, Obama said, “My answer is that if the private insurance companies are providing a good bargain, and if the public option has to be self-sustaining…then I think private insurers should be able to compete. They do it all the time. I mean, if you think about it, UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? No, they are. It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.”

Fast forward to today, where the USPS has proposed laying off 120,000 workers and withdrawing from federal health and retirement plans because it believes it could provide benefits at a lower cost.

The numbers behind this are staggering:

In the four year period through Fiscal Year (FY) 2010, mail volume declined 20%, from 213 billion to 171 billion pieces, while prices for postal products remained capped at the rate of inflation—resulting in net losses over the period of just over $20 billion, including a loss in FY2010 of $8.5 billion.

(In case you are wondering, that $8.5 billion dollar loss this year works out to a little over $28 dollars for every man, woman and child in the United States.)

A Few Follow Ups To Previous Posts

Once in awhile, we like to go back and “follow up” on certain posts we have made in the past to see how issues are being resolved, where they are now, and what is happening. In this day and age of 24 hour a day news spoon fed to us in seven minute segments, we often forget what has been said before.

For example, we had mentioned that despite increased costs to all and religious reservations of some, the Institute of Medicine had made recommendations to the Obama administration that health insurers should be required to carry birth control for women without co-payments. Today, President Obama announced that starting in 2013, insurers will have to do just that.

Health insurance plans must cover birth control as preventive care for women, with no copays, the Obama administration said Monday in a decision with far-reaching implications for health care as well as social mores.

The requirement is part of a broad expansion of coverage for women’s preventive care under President Barack Obama’s health care law. Also to be covered without copays are breast pumps for nursing mothers, an annual “well-woman” physical, screening for the virus that causes cervical cancer and for diabetes during pregnancy, counseling on domestic violence, and other services.

Once again, the Obama administration is forcing something on companies and trying to control the market. If a company or individual does not want to pay for contraceptives, why should they be forced to do so? And yes, we said “individual.”

Meanwhile, Back at ObamaCare

While the country watches “the leadership by not leading” of President Obama as evidenced by White House spokesman Jay Carney saying:

“Leadership is not proposing a plan for the sake of having it voted up or down and likely voted down…”

(See the video of this below)

we need to remember that there are other events that will affect us individually and us as a nation that are still happening. It is a mistake to simply focus on one issue, in this case the debt ceiling and budget, while other battles are being fought.

One such battle that is still ongoing in ObamaCare. On Tuesday, government health care advisers the Institute of Medicine issued their recommendations for what ObamaCare should cover for women’s health care.

An Institute of Medicine panel recommended that the government require health insurance companies to cover birth control for women as preventive care, without copayments. Contraception — along with such care as diabetes tests during pregnancy and screening for the virus that causes cervical cancer — was one of eight recommended preventive services for women.

Emergency contraception, known as the morning-after pill, would also be covered.


Ah Yes…. The Goodness That Is Socialized Medicine

With all the talk about the economy, energy, and Republican presidential candidates we thought we’d take a moment to remind people of the care one can find in socialized medicine – the type advocated by ObamaCare and evidenced in Great Britain.

First up, a case where a man who had collapsed was left on the floor of the hospital while workers literally stepped over him throughout the night.

Nurses casually stepped over a patient as he lay dying on a hospital floor.

Peter Thompson, 41, was left in a corridor for ten hours before someone noticed he had passed away.

In a final act of indignity, hospital auxiliaries pulled his lifeless body across the floor in a manner his family described as like ‘dragging a dead animal’.

The family’s description of the way Thompson was moved does not do the act justice. Workers literally grabbed Thompson’s feet and dragged him across the floor as you would a dead animal. No, scratch that. A dead animal would have been treated better.

The second case is just as shocking:

Two-fer-Tuesday. Rand Paul Says Something Stupid. Democrats Trump His Stupidity With More Stupidity.

DISCLAIMER: It is our position here at Raised on Hoecakes that health care is not a “right” as rights are traditionally defined. The argument that heath care is a right finds no support in the writings of the Founding Fathers, or the writings from others upon which the Founding Fathers argued, discussed, debated and understood the word “rights” to mean. We agree with Rand Paul that health care is not a “right.”

The headline from the Louisville Courier-Journal screams the controversy:

Rand Paul under fire for equating the right to health care with slavery

“With regard to the idea of whether or not you have a right to health care, you have to realize what that implies,” Paul, a Bowling Green, Ky., ophthalmologist, said at a Senate hearing Wednesday on community health care centers. “It’s not an abstraction. I’m a physician. That means you have a right to come to my house and conscript me.”

“It means you believe in slavery,” he said.


Change That Few Believe In

A key element of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) (also known as “Obamacare”) are the Accountable Care Organizations (ACO’s). According to the Heritage Foundation:

The PPACA describes ACOs as provider groups that accept responsibility for the cost and quality of care delivered to a specific population of patients cared for by the groups’ participating clinicians. The legislative intent is that these groups will have an incentive to invest in infrastructure and redesigned care for high quality and efficient delivery of services.

Most of us will remember Nancy Pelosi’s statement on the PPACA of “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” We now know that not only did we not know what was in the bill, we did not know what regulations were yet to follow. The actual PPACA did not contain the regulations governing the ACO’s. Remember, the PPACA was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010 and at that time the ACO’s did not have the regulations under which they would administer care for their patients.

Is There a Story If No One Reports It?

As I was writing the above story, Change That Few Believe In, one of the things that was hard to miss was that there were very media outlets reporting that the ACO’s were bailing out on ObamaCare. By the time this post makes it to the Raised on Hoecakes front page, that may change. It could be that more media outlets will be reporting on this. But as my primary source for the above post was an Associated Press article dated May 11, 8:13 PM EDT, and this post is being written several days later, it is hard to imagine that this story is going to get much play.

I keep hoping and thinking that it is not the mainstream media that is covering up this story by not reporting on it. It could be that my search parameters are wrong.

It could be that I am wearing my tinfoil hat while typing this in my pajamas in the basement of my home.

But I am not so sure.

I am not sure what conclusion I wish to draw from this. I do know that I don’t want anyone to think that this little blog is breaking some huge story. This is not Raised on Hoecakes saying how we “scooped” the major networks.

All I am saying is that this is a major development in the PPACA battle.

And from the mainstream media, the silence on this topic is deafening.

About Health Care and Regulations… A Potpourri of Stupidity

Years ago, there was an advertising campaign for Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. Ads would show two people – one eating chocolate and the other eating peanut butter – walking down the street. They would bump into each other and one would say “Hey! You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!” The other would reply “You got your peanut butter in my chocolate!”

Of this post, one could say “Hey! You got health care in my regulation post!” or “Hey! You got regulations in my health care post!” Hopefully, like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, the post will be better with the two ideas as opposed to keeping them separate.

When it comes to health care, many people look to Canada as a system to which the United States should aspire. This is despite the fact that Canada has long waiting lists, rationed health and many of Canada’s citizens cross into the US to pay for higher quality services in a more timely manner. Of course, such a system requires “regulations” that are absolutely absurd.

Imagine if you will that you are a married dentist with a loving spouse. You provide dental services to the spouse. After all, who wouldn’t use their expertise to support their family? Would you expect a mechanic to send his spouse’s car to another mechanic? Would you expect an electrician to farm out wiring a new light switch in your home?

Yet in Canada, the regulation exists that if you as a doctor perform services for a spouse you may be charged with sexual abuse.

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