Obama’s Electronic Medical Records Scam


By:Michelle Malkin
Here’s more evidence that government “cures” are inevitably worse than the “diseases” they seek to wipe out. Buried in the trillion-dollar stimulus law of 2009 was an electronic medical records “incentive” program. Like most of President Obama’s health care rules, this top-down electronic record-sharing scheme is a big fat bust.

Oversight is lax. Cronyism is rife. The job-killing and privacy-undermining consequences have only just begun.

The program was originally sold as a cost-saving measure. In theory, modernizing record-collection is a good idea, and many private health care providers have already made the change. But as with many government “incentive” programs, the EMR bribe is a tax-subsidized, one-size-fits-all mandate. This one pressures health care professionals and hospitals across the country into radically federalizing their patient data and opening up medical information to untold abuse. Penalties kick in for any provider that hasn’t switched over by 2014.

So, what’s it to you? Well, $4 billion has already gone out to 82,535 professionals and 1,474 hospitals, and a total of $6 billion will be doled out by 2016. But the feds’ reckless profligacy, neglect and favoritism have done more harm than good.

Don’t take my word for it. A recent report released by the Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General acknowledged that the incentive system is “vulnerable to paying incentives to professionals and hospitals that do not fully meet” the program’s quality assurance requirements. The federal health bureaucracy “has not implemented strong prepayment safeguards, and its ability to safeguard incentive payments postpayment is also limited,” the IG concluded.

Translation: No one is actually verifying whether the transition from paper to electronic is improving patient outcomes and health services. No one is actually guarding against GIGO (garbage in, garbage out). No one is checking whether recipients of the EMR incentives are receiving money redundantly (e.g., raking in payments when they’ve already converted to electronic records). No one is actually protecting private data from fraud, abuse or exploitation.

Little is being done to recoup ill-gotten payments. In any case, such “pay and chase” policing after the fact is a crummy way to run government in lean times — or in fat times, for that matter.

As for the claim that the EMR conversion will reduce paperwork, many doctors say the reality is just the opposite. In Greensboro, N.C., Dr. Richard Aronson told local TV station FOX 8 that the mandate doubled the amount of paperwork in his private practice. Everyone from optometrists to general practitioners to chiropractors to podiatrists must divert precious time and resources to conforming with Washington health bureaucrats’ imposed vision. Some medical professionals are now warning that the dangerous phenomenon of “distracted doctoring” is on the rise as a result of data-driven imperatives that direct health care providers’ attention away from their patients and onto their screens and hand-held devices.

You know who is benefiting from the initiative? Put on your shocked faces: Obama donors and cronies.

Billionaire Judith Faulkner, Obama’s medical information czar and a major Democratic contributor, just happens to be the founder and CEO of Epic Systems — a medical software company that stores nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population’s health data. Another billion-dollar patient-record database grant program has doled out money to the University of Chicago Medical Center (where first lady Michelle Obama and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett both served in high-paid positions). As I’ve previously reported, these administration grants circumvent any and all congressional deliberation as part of Team Obama’s election-year “We Can’t Wait” initiatives.

Even as the White House touted the move toward gee-whiz 21st-century electronic databases, health care professionals in the know have debunked that claim, too. Companies like Faulkner’s, which lobbied loudest for the mandates and “incentives,” represent traditional hard drive-dependent software firms that are already dated. As Athenahealth Chairman and CEO Jonathan Bush, who advocates cloud-computing alternatives, put it: The Obama electronic records mandate is “healthcare information technology’s version of cash-for-clunkers.”

Then there’s the still-growing and untold number of doctors nationwide who are closing up shop or limiting their practices and converting to “concierge care” to escape this and myriad other Obamacare intrusions. My own primary care physician in Colorado Springs quit her regular practice and converted to “concierge care” because of the EMR imposition. Creve Coeur, Mo., doctor Shari Cohen made the same move.

“The demands of caring for my patients while navigating through the current health care delivery systems dictated that I take more and more time away from patient care and spend an increasing part of my day on the system itself,” she told the Creve Couer Patch. “Electronic Medical Records was the final shove for me. It added another whole layer in interference in the doctor-patient relationship and one I was not sure I wanted to take on.”

More paperwork. More waste. Less accountability. Less care. Government malpractice at work.

http://townhall.com/columnists/michellemalkin/2012/12/14/obamas-electronic-medical-records-scam-n1466807/page/full/

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8 more in Congress sign on for Obamacare repeal


They are U.S. Reps. Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri, Frank Wolf of Virginia, George Radanovich of California, Steve Austria of Ohio, Greg Walden of Oregon, Frank D. Lucas of Oklahoma, Adrian Smith of Nebraska and Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska, and they are the latest members of Congress to sign on to a plan to repeal Obamacare.

Its goal is to “pull out by the roots” the legislation that, among other things, will require citizens to provide their “Body Mass Index” rating to the government and purchase “government-approved” health insurance whether they want it or not.

I hope that Pelosi & Reid are nervous about this because they should be and to the extent that they are violently ill. Only because of the torture the have put the American People through these past months.

Now it’s being revealed that nearly another half a billion dollars in taxes for Obama’s plan will come from charity-based 501(c)(3) hospitals and a whopping $70 billion will come from those who don’t buy “government-approved” health insurance or in some other way fail to comply with the law’s demands.
(Another lie of Bo’s)

Summer sizzle: Obamacare could be repealed before election

http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=180069

Already onboard, not counting the 8 above.

Steve King, Iowa

Connie Mack, Florida

Michele Bachmann, Minnesota

Todd Tiahrt, Kansas

Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee

Tom Price, Georgia

Paul C. Broun, Georgia

Jerry Moran, Kansas

Tom Graves, Georgia

Rob Bishop, Utah

Joseph R. Pitts, Pennsylvania

Mike Pence, Indiana

Lynn A. Westmoreland, Georgia

Glenn Thompson, Pennsylvania

Jeb Hensarling, Texas

Louie Gohmert, Texas

Judy Biggert, Illinois

John Boozman, Arkansas

Kenny Marchant, Texas

Jim Jordan, Ohio

Jason Chaffetz, Utah

Gary G. Miller, California

Bob Goodlatte, Virginia

Doug Lamborn, Colorado

Robert E. Latta, Ohio

Tom Cole, Oklahoma

Trent Franks, Arizona

K. Michael Conaway, Texas

Jo Bonner, Alabama

Dan Burton, Indiana

J. Gresham Barrett, South Carolina

John Linder, Georgia

Bill Posey, Florida

Lynn Jenkins, Kansas

Mike Coffman, Colorado

Roscoe G. Bartlett, Maryland

Virginia Foxx, North Carolina

John Campbell, California

Mike Rogers, Alabama

Randy Neugebauer, Texas

Charles K. Djou, Hawaii

Pete Sessions, Texas

F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., Wisconsin

Howard Coble, North Carolina

Candice S. Miller, Michigan

Steve Scalise, Louisiana

Robert B. Aderholt, Alabama

Phil Gingrey, Georgia

Kevin Brady, Texas

Pete Olson, Texas

C.W. Bill Young, Florida

Tom McClintock, California

Joe Wilson, South Carolina

Mac Thornberry, Texas

John R. Carter, Texas

John Shimkus, Illinois

Mary Fallin, Oklahoma

Gus M. Bilirakis, Florida

John Fleming, Louisiana

Jeff Flake, Arizona

W. Todd Akin, Missouri

Peter Hoekstra, Michigan

Donald A. Manzullo, Illinois

Eric Cantor, Virginia

Scott Garrett, New Jersey

John A. Boehner, Ohio

Henry E. Brown, Jr., South Carolina

Kay Granger, Texas

Parker Griffith, Alabama

Ted Poe, Texas

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Washington

Rodney Alexander, Louisiana

Fred Upton, Michigan

Jean Schmidt, Ohio

John Sullivan, Oklahoma

Peter J. Roskam, Illinois

Blaine Luetkemeyer, Missouri

Michael C. Burgess, Texas

Ken Calvert, California

Lee Terry, Nebraska

Patrick T. McHenry, North Carolina

Mary Bono Mack, California

Spencer Bachus, Alabama

Jeff Miller, Florida

John B. Shadegg, Arizona

Gregg Harper, Mississippi

John Abney Culberson, Texas

Dana Rohrabacher, California

David P. Roe, Tennessee

J. Randy Forbes, Virginia

Bill Cassidy, Louisiana

Brett Guthrie, Kentucky

Denny Rehberg, Montana

Sue Wilkins Myrick, North Carolina

Tom Latham, Iowa

Michael K. Simpson, Idaho

John Kline, Minnesota

Ron Paul, Texas

Thomas J. Rooney, Florida

Daniel E. Lungren, California

Darrell E. Issa, California

Harold Rogers, Kentucky

John J. Duncan, Jr., Tennessee

Todd Russell Platts, Pennsylvania

Duncan Hunter, California

Sam Graves, Missouri

Bob Inglis, South Carolina

Edward R. Royce, California

Ralph M. Hall, Texas
Timothy V. Johnson, Illinois

Michael T. McCaul, Texas

Thaddeus G. McCotter, Michigan

Robert J. Wittman, Virginia

Lamar Smith, Texas

Cynthia M. Lummis, Wyoming

Wally Herger, California

Vern Buchanan, Florida

Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey

Geoff Davis, Kentucky

Jack Kingston, Georgia

Brian P. Bilbray, California

Zach Wamp, Tennessee

Jerry Lewis, California

Erik Paulsen, Minnesota

Roy Blunt, Missouri

H.R. 3200 … The Downfall of America


This an absolute disgrace that elected officials of the United States would stoop
down to the levels they have already, yet to even lower depths by passing this ridiculous bill H.R. 3200. You expect the American People to say it’s okay with us for you to decide when the appropriate “DOLLAR” amount is reach per year in our heatlhcare (rationing) , as in 5,000 to 10.000 dollars per year ? No way will we stand for this, and as for putting the decision in the dictatorship’s hands as the time to die? You are all bigger idiots than we I thought you were! Obama, Pelosi, Reid are the authors of the aborition & need to be dealt with in November. Unfortunately Bo will be a bit longer unless people have the guts to get Impeachment proceedings started. There are many grounds for it, Andrew Johnson’s impeachment charges were not as serious as what Bo is doing
and they in fact impeached him. Bill Clinton’s impeachment process was for less, yet it still happened. American Government is broken & it needs to be fixed by the American People with electing new faces that will serve us. NOT themselves

You wil ALL be out and the bill will be repealed for this is not Democracy.
This has turned into a dictatorshp and the revolution has begun! Look around you
are all of you too blind to see this? If so proceed at you own political risk for this writer’ s sentiments are not the view of only a few.

The link for the pdf file of the bill from the house,gov address is below.
http://candicemiller.house.gov/pdf/hr3200.pdf

cc: whitehouse;Nancy Pelosi; Harry Reid; Senator Lindsay Graham; Senator Bakkus;Senator Spector

Rep Tim Jones Files Constitutional Amendment to Protect Health Care Choice States need to Support this Action!


From the Office of Representative Timothy W. Jones
89th District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: click above
December 17, 2009
CONTACT: Rep. Timothy W. Jones
(573) 751-0562

Rep. Tim Jones Files Constitutional Amendment Proposal to Protect Missourian’s Right to Choose Own Health Care Options Legislation is Co-Sponsored by 75 House Members & Half of Missouri Senate Bill Adds Missouri to Growing Number of States Seeking Protection from Federal Mandates & Takeovers

JEFFERSON CITY – Representative Tim Jones, R-Eureka, and Senate Sponsor State Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, have announced legislation designed to protect health care freedom for Missourians.
Rep. Tim Jones pre-filed Tuesday (12/15) a proposed state constitutional amendment that would protect Missourians from federal health care mandates and guarantee they can choose their own health care and insurance options. Representative Jones’ proposed House Joint Resolution 57 would also protect small business owners from fines for declining to participate in some new federal government health care mandates. Senator Cunningham has filed an identical measure in the Senate.
“We want to protect a Missourian’s basic right to make their own health care insurance decisions without encroachment from the federal government,” Rep. Jones said. “I am thrilled by the support I have received by my colleagues in the General Assembly in seeking to protect this right in our state’s constitution.”
The proposed legislation adds Missouri to a list of 24 other states calling for legislation or state constitutional amendments to guard citizens against attempts to socialize health care through the “public option” health care mandate and other mandates currently under consideration by Congress. Arizona already has such a measure on its 2010 ballot.
The measure is co-sponsored by 75 members in the Missouri House and over half of the Missouri Senate. For further information about Rep. Jones or this legislation, please visit his website at http://www.house.mo.gov or contact his office at 573-751-0562.

Healthcare Bill Falling Apart Finally?


We have Joe Lieberman who is against it for more than one reason, but the latest one is the change in Medicare. Then we have Howard Dean stating that Health Care Bill ‘Bigger Bailout for the Insurance Industry Than AIG’…..WOW! Did you just figure that one out Howard. What about the rest of the dummycrats? Are they still learning how to use calculators. It has been time to clean house for a
long time! TOO LONG! Let’s get people back in office that can at least count, think for themselves, no teleprompters & last but not least LISTEN TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS.

Get RID of Harry Reid…..Support Sue Lowden!


On Monday, December 7, Harry Reid compared opponents of his radical, government-run health care plan to supporters of slavery! Reid says that those opposed to his government take over of health care are on the wrong “side of history.” Out-of-touch Harry doesn’t realize that a majority of Americans and a majority of his constituents in Nevada oppose his health care scheme.

Harry Reid needs to pay with his Senate seat for forcing his government-run health care plan on the American people. The good news is that the voters of Nevada agree that it is time to kick Harry Reid out. A Mason-Dixon poll from just last week, shows that she’s beating Harry Reid in a head-to-head match up by 10 points! In fact, of all the candidates running she’s the only one that has the support of more than 50% of Nevada voters and she is the front-runner in the Republican primary to beat him.