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AMAC Lends Support for Repeal of Obamacare Provision That Dictates Procedure to Physicians

Boosts SCOPE Act in House of Representatives to limit ‘unbridled’ government control of patient care –

BOHEMIA, NY, Oct 19 – “It’s a nightmare scenario,” said Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.  “A layman, the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, gets the power to make life and death decisions on how our doctors care for us.”

Yet, Weber points out, Section 1311 in ObamaCare states plainly that the Secretary has the authority to regulate contracts between qualified health plans and health care providers based on findings of health care quality.  “In other words, a government appointee, not our own physicians, gets to determine what’s good for what ails us,” according to Weber.

“We cannot tolerate this dangerous intrusion and so we wholeheartedly support the SCOPE Act [Safeguarding Care Of Patients Everywhere Act], which points out that ObamaCare gives the Secretary unbridled, far-reaching powers,” the AMAC chief noted.

As the legislation describes it, ObamaCare lets the Secretary “make findings regarding the quality of medical care and the activities that constitute the legitimate practice of medicine.”  And, on the basis of these findings, the law gives the Secretary discretionary authority to “terminate or limit the ability of medical providers” to employ certain procedures in caring for patients.

In a letter to Georgia Congressman Phil Gingrey, who is also a medical doctor as well as a sponsor of the bill to repeal the ObamaCare provision, Weber wrote:

“As the Federal government relentlessly seeks to exert and expand its power over our country’s health care, AMAC supports the SCOPE Act’s bold legislative initiative to reign in the excesses of the PPACA [Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act].  AMAC also believes this legislation is vital to maintaining the authority of state medical boards in preventing the Federal government from making arbitrary decisions about what constitutes ‘quality care,’ and to preserving the doctor-patient relationship.”

 

NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is available for telephone interviews on this issue.  Please contact John Grimaldi at 917-846-8485 or jpgrimaldi@verizon.net to set up a chat.

 

ABOUT AMAC

The Association of Mature American Citizens [http://www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital and conservative alternative to those traditional organizations, such as AARP, that dominate the choices for mature Americans who want a say in the future of the nation.  Where those other organizations may boast of their power to set the agendas for their memberships, AMAC takes its marching orders from its members.  We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests, and offering a conservative insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.

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Ildiko
3 years 10 months ago

I have a similar post wrettin that I never hit publish on because I was so angry when I wrote it that I couldn’t even make it coherent. My daughter is 15 months old and we JUST RECENTLY got them to pay for an ultrasound after a non-reactive fetal non-stress test due to gestational diabetes. They refused, blah, blah, blah. You know the drill, obviously, so much better than I do. Insurance companies suck. I love how they can decide how much they’ll pay a doctor but as a citizen, we don’t have the same rights to tell doctors they’re charging too much. I hope you get this resolved somehow. Good luck.

Nanc
3 years 11 months ago

I’m with grania. I’m fed up with the doctors giving you medicene that will kill you if you take it long enough. I had allergic rhinis and my doc gave me a nose spray that nearly killed me. I took it for four days and had to remind myself to breath, had pain in both arms and across my chest when i quit taking this medicene. Never will I trust a doctor again unless it is an alternative doctor.

Tman
3 years 11 months ago

This government “by the people for the people” has been usurped by Darth Vader, the evil from the dark side!!! his power must be distroyed to protect the innocent.

Lise from Maine
3 years 11 months ago

Hi!

It is time to leave the United States; it resembles too much like Nazi, Germany.

PaulE
3 years 11 months ago

If Obama wins re-election, that may very well be a very viable option. We have to see how Novemer 6 turns out first. It’s crystal clear what the Obama agenda for a second term would be and none of it would be beneficial to the long-term well being of this country or its citizens.

As to your reference to Germany in the 1930s after Hitler first came to power. Once the intelligent Germans realized what was in store of their country and themselves, if they stayed and “gave Hitler a chance to enact all his policies”, they quickly realized the best course of action was to flee to countries based on democracy and rule of law. Those people spared themselves the misery of Hitler’s socialism. That is why Hitler restricted travel out of Germany as fast as he did.

Stan
3 years 11 months ago

Calm down, Lise! I don’t think it’s at that point…….yet. Just remember to vote!

John
3 years 11 months ago

1. Get rid of Obama Care
2. Allow Insurance Companies to sell across state lines.
3 Eliminate frivolous law suits.
4. Lower doctors malpractice insurance costs.
5. Allow Insurance companies to compete without government interference.

Amy
3 years 11 months ago

I completely agree with this. Why is it so hard to do?

3 years 11 months ago

I second your motion!

Garu
3 years 11 months ago

Ditto!! ‘Nuf said.

Bill Petrosky
3 years 11 months ago

I can understand what our seniors are confronting on the eve of full provision of the Affordable Care Act. At this point in my life (at 58) I am just testing the pool with my big toe and wondering what awaits me. I recall a time when a physician came to your house when you were too sick to go to his (or her) office. It seems that we have gone beyond the opposite extreme. Now a bureaucrat wants to tell my provifer how to practive medicine. It is a scene from my worst nighmare. I hope for SCOPE.

Marie
3 years 11 months ago

When Obama was campaigning, he was talking about older people and healthcare. I remember him saying to just give Grandma a pain pill. I also remember him talking about how at some point you’ve made enough money.
Let’s not forget under his plan electricity rates would necessarily “skyrocket”.
Funny how much richer Obama is today than 4 years ago. Where is the “fair share” from Washington workers?
They keep getting richer and let’s not forget all the benefits they get for the rest of their lives.
They feel your pain, sure they do!

Kristina
3 years 10 months ago

The amount of drtocos cannot go up if they are legally restricted. It wouldn’t matter whether the government incentivized medical training or not. Just to correct myself earlier, we experience artificial supply restriction (not surplus) which raises the prices. I’m not supporting our current system of HMOs, but neither do I support a single-payer system. I’m saying the system would work better if there were no HMOs or govt deciding payment for treatments.

Abrar
3 years 10 months ago

Half House is self-employed and if there was ever a bigger racekt than the idea of insurance all by itself, it’s the idea of INSURANCE FOR THE SELF-EMPLOYED. Because, as we all know, the best way to punish a person for taking part in the American Dream by creating his/her own business is to screw them over with huge and unaffordable insurance payments.

Frank Klafs
3 years 11 months ago

when you open your mail or door and are greated with > Hi, I am from the Government and am here to help.” Get real scared

PaulE
3 years 11 months ago

ObamaCare is riddled with dozens of such provisions. All are designed to achieve the singular goal of government control over the population to the point where those that support the regime “may” live, but that the vast majority will most certainly die a very unpleasant death.

Gerry
3 years 11 months ago

Remember what happened under Hitler when “The State” established free healthcare. Doctors fled, this is what’s
happening now under Obama Care.

PaulE
3 years 11 months ago

You’re exactly right Gerry. Socialists always enact the same policies over and over again, whenever a gullible public is foolish enough to elect them to high office.

john p. waldron
3 years 11 months ago
I don’t want anything to do with Obama care .reason you will have a long wait to see a doctor maybe five months . not only that Obama care is taking 617 billion dollars from medicare to pay for Obama care . that means you will pay triple the cost for medicare thanks to the way the Democrats are paying for Obama care . so that means the people are getting screwed all the way around from the Democrats on Obama care . I got to vote all the Democrats out of office . Government should not be in Business . and they should not be telling you what kind of Insurance you need . The Democrats don’t even no how to handle the Economy let alone run the country .The Democrats cost the American tax payer’s 18 trillion Dollars in failed policy’s . If you love our Country you… Read more »
JM
3 years 11 months ago
Retirees have lost so much in this recession. The homes we owned lost all of the value in a quick couple of years. Now Obamacare dictates that we will pay over 3% in federal sales tax on real estate sales to support a law we do not want. That will plunge values and ability to sell even further. The death panels exist in the Obamacare bill and with the insurance companies. We need legislation that prohibits anyone but the doctors and patients from deciding on procedures, therapy and medicine. People need the right to use homeopathic, natural and complementary, chiropractic and supplements should they choose to do so. Regardless of what anyone decides, this needs to be individually based and in the end up to the patient. I would support a fund for preexisting condition patients who are not able to get insurance otherwise, a law for interstate purchasing of… Read more »
Gerry
3 years 11 months ago

Excellent viewpoint. “Big Print Giveth, Small Print Taketh Away”

I like insured drivers
3 years 11 months ago

As it stands now the insurance companies own death panels get to decide what care will be provided so I don’t see the present law as a threat. And, if your limits are used up or the condition is not in the policy – guess what? Care will be denied.

Obamacare as it stands now may in fact work in our favor if insurance compainies are required to cover a preexisting condition. What will happen to seniors with preexisting conditions after Obamacare is overturned and Medicare is privatized? Well? I’m all ears?

Mrb
3 years 10 months ago

When my former co-workers would rave about how great our bieefnts were, I’d wave my hand dismissively. Yeah, whatever.Until I left the company and we had to go on COBRA. All four of us super-healthy people. Nearly $1K a month. Forget steak – all I wanted was a freaking hamburger.It’s such a double-edged sword – you can’t afford not to have it, but you struggle to pay it each month.

ccb
3 years 11 months ago

If insurance companies are allowed to compete with one another across state lines, I think you will see quite a difference on prices and quality of your health care..People would have so many options to choose what plan is best for them.

grania
3 years 11 months ago
I ended up in a hospital three years ago where my treatment was decided by a committe. I was given NO choices, except to accept or reject their plan. They could even decide when I could leave the hospital! It was horrifc. When I finally escaped and did some research, it turned out that there are nutritional and lifestyle decisions that could keep me healthy. What I was in that hospital is an open ATM machine….my care was TOTALLY based on maximizing what my insurance would cover. That’s what’s already happened to our medical care. Those making decisions will look at a list of what is covered, and choose the item that maximizes their profits. You’re not given any options that (1) you’d have to pay for (it would just cause conflict with the plans) or (2) leaves it to you. I’m fine now. It was silly of them to… Read more »
carol
3 years 11 months ago

You are listening to a log of propaganda on this site!

Paul W
3 years 11 months ago
I so agree with you. 30 years ago I suffered with depression and was on several medications. Somehow I was introduced to a medical doctor who was nutrition based. Studies showed nutritional deficiencies and he asked how I was eating. Thinking I was doing fine said so. He had me make a list of everything I ate for the next few weeks. When I came back he looked through and re-taught me how to eat healthy. After just a month of following his protocol I felt great. I went back to the psychiatrist who was giving the meds and asked to be cut back. He told me I was going to be on those for the rest of my life. “I don’t think so. Either you cut me back or I’ll cut myself back.” He said “that sound like a threat.” I said “Well, I am feeling much better do… Read more »
carol
3 years 11 months ago

There are many points here that are not true. THE INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD, A PANEL OF EXPERTS THAT WOULD HAVE THE POWER TO FORCE MEDICARE CUTS IF COSTS RISE BEYOND CERTAIN LEVELS AND CONGRESS FAILS TO ACT. BUT OBAMA’S HEALTH CARE LAW EXPLICITLY PROHIBITS THE BOARD FROM RATIONING CARE, SHIFTING COSTS TO RETIREES, RESTRICTING BENEFITS OR RAISING THE MEDICARE ELIGIBILITY AGE. SO THE BOARD DOESN’T HAVE THE POWER TO DICTATE TO DOCTORS WHAT TREATMENTS THEY CAN PRESCRIBE.

CHARLES L LAMBERT
3 years 11 months ago
I am so disgusted and so angry at what our government has done to us! How did this happen? We go through life working for a good life and a retirement. My wife and I did this with confidence that our pensions and health providers would be there for us. We are both 78 years of age and now we know that any operation or extended medical care is not there for us. Any thing that we need will be determined by a “panel” and we know before hand what those answers will be: “These people are too old and can’t live much longer so therefore we can’t justify any monetary expenditures for them.” Besides that money will be better spent on young illegal aliens who will be voting for the Democratic Party. No matter that we have worked all our lives and not been on the public dole. We… Read more »
carol
3 years 11 months ago

THE INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD, A PANEL OF EXPERTS THAT WOULD HAVE THE POWER TO FORCE MEDICARE CUTS IF COSTS RISE BEYOND CERTAIN LEVELS AND CONGRESS FAILS TO ACT. BUT OBAMA’S HEALTH CARE LAW EXPLICITLY PROHIBITS THE BOARD FROM RATIONING CARE, SHIFTING COSTS TO RETIREES, RESTRICTING BENEFITS OR RAISING THE MEDICARE ELIGIBILITY AGE. SO THE BOARD DOESN’T HAVE THE POWER TO DICTATE TO DOCTORS WHAT TREATMENTS THEY CAN PRESCRIBE.

Nancy
3 years 11 months ago

I agree with you. Plus, I’m wondering if political party affiliation and religion will be posted in a Federal medical database. What kind of healthcare does one think they are going to get if they are Republican, Christian or Jewish when Democrats are in the WH? Discrimination? Political party is not on the protected list with age, race, gender, etc. Obamacare must be repealed.

carol
3 years 11 months ago

Political parties do not have anything to do with the care you receive. Where in the world do you hear these things??? Certainly not in the healthcare bill!!!

Virupakshi
3 years 10 months ago

It’s a matter of trade-off, price coortnls imposed by a single-payer system do not allow the maximum supply (of doctors or whatever) and will result in shortages (ex. waiting lines). Our system experiences a surplus (due to high prices) , to solve this problem price competition must not be stifled by government limiting the supply of doctors and other interferences. Price competition is key to ensuring prices stay low.

Jan
3 years 11 months ago

That is a very good point. The Democrats will get the care they need because they will vote to keep the Democrats in office. Everyone else will be allowed to die. We could actually end up with a one party system in this country if Obamacare is not repealed..

carol
3 years 11 months ago

Where do you hear these things? What propaganda machine are you listening to?

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