Here Comes ObamaCare…. Again

by Gene Barrett  – The New Year brings with it a new charge to your health insurance plan. The fee, imposed by a little-known provision of President Barack Obama’s health care law, is being implemented to find out which drugs, medical procedures, tests and treatments work best.

Not only will the cost to insurance companies be passed down to us but a new government bureaucracy, The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, was created to carry out the research, and that cost will be passed down to the overburdened American taxpayer as well.

The government is already providing the institute with some funding: The $1-per-person insurance fee goes into effect in 2012. But the Treasury Department says it’s not likely to be collected for another year, though insurers would still owe the money. The fee doubles to $2 per covered person in its second year and thereafter rises with inflation. Obama’s promise that his health care plan would save insured American’s $2500.00 a year seems questionable at best.

In addition to concerns about cost, political analysts are questioning if the research findings will be used in other areas. They ask if the data collected will be used to make coverage determinations and does this put us a step closer to rationed care.

The institute’s director, Dr. Joe Selby, said patients and doctors will make the decisions, not his organization. “We are not a policy-making body; our role is to make the evidence available,” said Selby, a primary care physician and medical researcher.

But insurance industry representatives say they expect to use the research and work with employers to fine-tune workplace health plans. Employees and family members could be steered to hospitals and doctors who follow the most effective treatment methods. Patients going elsewhere could face higher copayments, similar to added charges they now pay for “non-preferred” drugs on their insurance plans.

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For elaxpme, to grasp the subject matter in school/college, one has to read books (with the support of the eyes), listen to the teacher/instructor (with the support of the ears), get to the campus (with the support of the legs, hands, eyes, ears) walk to the class-room (with the support of the legs)…

Having worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 25 years it is very interesting to read some of these comments. It is apparent that the government has a much bigger role in the overall cost of medicine than what the average individual understands due to onerous regulation and federal constraints etc. Take a look at the pediatric vaccine market. In addition to government, don’t underestimate the hospital and retail mark up that is in some cases extreme. For example, 25 years ago, I could sell a bottle of 5000 units of a common generic oral antibiotic to a retail pharmacist for $20.00. Since a normal dose was 3 pills a day X 10 days they could turn that bottle of 5000 into >160 Rxs and charge $12-17 per RX. Needless to say a $20 investment equated to $1,920+ dollars, significant profit. Do you understand now why some of your local retail… Read more »
I keep seeing the comment about $1 not being anything to worry about. Hmmm If there are 200 million paying an increase to te government $1, that is $200,00,000 Now if they some how raise that another dollar it would be 400 million dollars. However if they would reduce their greed and somehow cut $2 out that 200 million people don’t have to send in. That would no be so bad in my mind and if you had an extra dollar or two, would you not more than likely spend it on clothing or food or a hot dog. By the way, the cost of a box of cereal went down in ounces and up in price which is just at $1. So you see it’s not just my dollar but the combination of everyone’s dollar that is being taken which makes for a non growing economy and job loss.… Read more »

The American voter does not have a clue whats going on. Borrow a history book from your childs school and compare it to books written before 1900 on our nations founding. Some of the books our students use now tell a very different tale then books written when the Nation was young. When Kruschev pounded his shoe and said “We will bury You”, he was well aware soviet policies were already at work in our education system. They went broke trying to compete militarily but the propaganda is still in the system, it’s why America is the” meanist country in the world, always taking and never giving back”.

Insurance rates are already going up anticipating ‘bamacare.
Even if it gets voted down after the 2012 election, the rates will never go back down.

In most cases ( not all ) I still believe that people are poor because they want to be poor. I came to this great Country over 50 years ago from a Communist Country. I ended up in Chicago and I didn’t know anybody. I went to night school to learn English, then to a college to get myself a good education. I always had money to pay for my education and my rent in a rooming house. Sometimes for weeks I lived on bread and cheese. I am retired now and I hope I have enough money and income for the rest of my natural life. If you are not lazy and have a job flipping hamburgers I do have respect for you for working there, but you should not make that for your carrier. Go to any school learn a trade or something useful and practical in a… Read more »

Gary F
Stop and think millions of people go to the Dr, right? Right! Then $1 does add up to be wasted. Now if it were a penny maybe say forget about it. They also said it would double and rise with the inflation putting more taxes on us the working poor. Get your head out of the sand!

This is nothing the people at AMAC need to tell you about HR-4646 that the dems. are trying to sneak through AFTER the election of 2012. Maybe people will wake up and say no more to obama the want to be king.

I just wanted too say i have a related family member who thinks Obama health plan is the best thing that happened too America in its history .obliviously he is mistaken. i told him rates would go up and you have too go b/4 a board too see if you can get health care if your 59 or over ,. he doesn’t believe it… could you send me the health care bill where it says that .. in hope he changes his mind to he is going too vote for. he soee how this dictator is gthe best thing happened to the u.s.a. oh by the way he is ( black)..that might not be anything . but i think somebody as stupid as what we have now it cant be anything else.please send me the documents of the health care that says the very thing i discussed in this letter,… Read more »

Steven O Stop worring about 1 dollar you don,t get nothing for a dollar and the government sure ain,t going too give you anything. wake up.

Her Highness Nancy P. told congress you have to pass the Obama Health Care Bill so we will what it in the bill. Would you buy a house with out knoeing a thing about it. Would her Higness Nancy P buy that house. Anyone who would vote for anyone who would make a comment like that belongs in the same loony bin as hHrt Highness N.P

People – Obama care is only one of many ways the liberals and/or neo-cons are leading America into one world order, etc., etc. Vote wisely!

Dr. Einstein! I have most certainly worked and for over 32 years and as a senior engineer at some of the best of the fortune 500 including GE and Exxon. By the time I am through, I will have paid over $250K into the Medicare system through my own labors. So, since YOU are the REAL obvious MORON, I will not even take insult at your stupidity. I forgive your because you are either the real idiot or a teenage hacker troll trying to stir up trouble. If you were a REAL man you would post with a REAL name! But, I will say I know what is for the greater good of our society. And, anything that will lower the cost of our current PRIVATE insurance system is a good idea and is a good $1 spent. Go get your rabies treatment before you kill someone!

If you want to know the difference between Truth or Fiction, go to There you can get a true update.
You will find a lot of non-truths being thrown around throughout the media.

We need a bill that would repeal all of congreses exemptions from the laws that they have forced upon us all. Let them abide by the same laws that we have to. No exemptions period, what they pass also applies to them.

Does America not know what Obama is all about or they just dont care and are happy with the reality shows?

Steven O fails to see thru the Audacity of Deceit that President Obama and his ilk are subtly “transforming” this country into a European Society. Obamacare is designed to put all the private insurers out of business and put the government in the business of Health Care. Wonder what Steven O will think when he is 75 and needing a hip replacement and as a result of the measly $1 per person he paid the study reveals his doctor should give him the red pill and comfort care only. No surgery for him. I only hope I live long enough to see this LIE exposed for what it is!

The American people spoke out against this Medical plan of Barry’s. We should not pay one thin dime towards it. We need to get rid of Barry, Nancy, Harry and a few other in 2012

@Steven O: Yes, it is a socialist medical plan in the fact that, not only will those of us working and making a decent wage, will have to pay more because of the people who aren’t working will need to be covered. We already have it in the forms of medicaid. Not only will we be paying more, employers will be FORCED to provide coverage and there are at least 14 new taxes in this obamacare; mostly to be paid by small businesses. Any added fees to insurance companies will be passed down to us. The whole thing needs to be scrapped and started over again; make sure the next one is read BEFORE it’s passed.

IN 2012 any one in Congress that will not vote to get rid of Obomacare should be voted out