Rep. Barrow Discusses Problems with Affordable Care Act Rollout
Congressman John Barrow
Today on tv we heard and saw 3.5 hours of Congressional testimony by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the subject of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. This is the signature legislation of President Obama, driven through the Congress and Senate by only Democrats…without a single vote in favor by any Republican. The initial cost estimate by the CBO was $800,000 billion and now 3 years later that CBO estimate is now some $2.6 trillion. The ACA Bill was passed for the purposes of aiding some 30 million people who do need health care. There were many ways to accomplish this without affecting 1/6 of our economy as this bill is doing. Even now there is strong resistance to this program across the U.S. and many are asking for reform or repeal of the Bill.
Millions of Americans are receiving notices from their insurance companies that due to the rules of Obamacare that their health insurance policies are being cancelled by year end or very soon thereafter. These people were told by President Obama that they could keep their policies if they wanted. They were also told that they could keep their own doctors if they wanted.
Millions of Americans are seeing the costs of their health insurance plans now increasing significantly as a result of the implementation of Obamacare. These people were told by President Obama that their insurance costs would decrease by an average of $2500 per year.
There are many other adverse consequences which have been caused by the negative effects of the implementation of Obamacare. Our economy has been negatively affected, employment has been negatively affected, businesses have been negatively affected, doctors and hospitals have been negatively affected.
Partisan Democrats Turn Deaf Ear to Americans Losing Their Insurance Plans!
We saw in these hearings today extremely partisan Democrats speaking in favor of the potential unrealized benefits of Obamacare and providing political cover to Kathleen Sebelius by asking questions designed to bring out the best in what could be realized from Obamacare. Every Democrat that quizzed Kathleen Sebelius, with the exception of one Democratic Congressman from Georgia, John Barrow, was highly partisan and offered no sympathy or solutions for these Americans who are suffering from the cost increases and loss of insurance policies caused by Obamacare. When asked what she would say to these people said “I would recommend that they begin searching the market”. She would not acknowledge that the President had misled millions of people and continues to do so with the information now still posted on the www.whitehouse.gov website.
I am very personally disappointed with the partisan Democratic Congressmen and Congresswomen that appeared today and in effect said…we know what you need in healthcare…you do not know what you need…and we will dictate a government program called the Affordable Care Act that we know will hurt millions of you now with your quality of healthcare, the doctors and hospitals that you will be able to access, the costs that you will pay, and the time required for you to receive medical care for any purposes. We believe by doing this we will be able to help 30 million Americans that now do not have healtcare insurance.
The Democratic Party and President Obama purposes for the ACA were not to improve your and my healthcare but were to implement another method of redistribution of wealth from those who have to those who do not have…and in the process gain much more political control over every citizen. Their path here is clearly a single payer system otherwise known as socialized medicine all provided and run by the government.
As a concerned U.S citizen, regardless of party affiliation, I ask that you become involved in the political process and elect congressman, senators and a president that will stop this political effort to take over America by the socialist progressives.
The Federal Government is hiring “Navigators” and “Assisters” to assist you in signup for ObamaCare. If you value your personal data information it is very important that you read the article below. Many states are very concerned about the liabilities associated with the methods of collection and maintenance of this data and several states have returned Federal money to fund these programs. Please read the entire article beginning below. My information states that Navigators and Assisters will be visiting door to door in residential communities to collect the data beginning soon.
How Do You Protect Your Personal Data and Information With ObamaCare?
Many of us are concerned and anxious because we don’t know what the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, will mean for our personal health care, our families and our pocketbooks as enrollment commences October 1. The American people are likely unaware of the risks they face in disclosing their personal medical and financial information to strangers through the enrollment programs and have not been well informed of the potential for state entities to violate federal laws during the implementation of the ACA.
In an aggressive effort to recruit Americans into the ACA, the federal government has implemented “Navigator” and “Assister” programs. These programs lack not just training and oversight, but also background checks, fingerprinting or other screening that should be required prior to obtaining Americans’ social security numbers, addresses, and personal medical information. Recognizing these security concerns, thirteen Attorneys General wrote to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on August 14, 2013 warning that “…this is a privacy disaster waiting to happen.” On September 18, 2013, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued a troubling report detailing how navigators and assisters not only threaten to harm consumer privacy and misuse consumer data but are also being carried out by individuals who have not been subject to background checks or other certifications. Concerned about the potential liabilities associated with these navigator and assister programs, entities in Ohio, Florida, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah and West Virginia have already voluntarily returned federal navigator grant money.
But another area of concern that has not yet received much attention is the risk of waste, fraud and abuse of the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars states are receiving to run their exchanges or marketplaces. For example, California has received $910 million; New York, $369 million; and Hawaii, $205 million. And this is just the beginning. Additional funds will likely be pumped into the system if the navigators and assisters are unable to meet their enrollment “quotas.” Entities within states should be on high alert regarding their risk of violating laws as implementation of the ACA occurs. For example, using any false writings or documents known to be materially fictitious, concealing a material fact, or making any fraudulent or fictitious statements to a government representative about the use of grant funds are violations of 18 U.S.C. § 1001. Further, under OMB Circular A-87, state and local entities that receive federal funding are required to adequately document all costs associated with administering the grant funds. If a recipient falsely certifies that they are conforming to this regulation, or if they do not properly document federal grant funds that are being primarily utilized for state programs, they may be subject to liability under both the OMB Circular A-87 and the False Claims Act. An Inspector General found that the IRS largely failed to account for and report these costs associated with implementing ACA. If our federal agencies are failing at this oversight, it follows that states cannot be adequately equipped, aware, or prepared to conduct oversight over implementation of the ACA, setting these state exchanges up for failure.
Cause of Action (CoA) is concerned about the potential for waste, fraud and abuse of these funds given to state entities. This is why we have sent liability alert letters to more than 35 Governors thus far, and the District of Columbia, alerting them to the risks involved with the unintended misuse and waste of the ACA grant funds. Given the hundreds of millions of federal taxpayer dollars at stake, taxpayers should hold their elected representatives accountable for how their money is being spent.
The grim reality is that the Affordable Care Act is deceptively complex and non-transparent. Americans need to be cautious about enrolling in Obamacare (i.e., providing personal, medical and financial information to unchecked strangers), and mindful of the potential for misuse of taxpayer funds given the myriad, untested liability pitfalls and the vast sums of taxpayer money at stake. At a minimum, the American people deserve to have our elected representatives and federal government provide proper oversight of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Dan Epstein is the executive director of Cause of Action, a non-profit, nonpartisan government accountability organization.
The setup of government-mandated privacy protections, needed to safeguard the personal data enrollees of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges must provide to purchase insurance and to prevent fraud, is months behind schedule, according to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General for Audit Services.
According to a TV news report today Florida now has (34) Navigators on staff in Florida.
The State of Florida was one of several that refused to accept funds from the ACA/Obamacare due to the risks involved.Concerned about the potential liabilities associated with these navigator and assister programs, entities in Ohio, Florida, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah and West Virginia have already voluntarily returned federal navigator grant money.
Can We Recover From The Greatest Hoax Ever On America?
From 1776 to 2014 is 238 years.
1776 is the year that the Declaration of Independence was signed in America. Now, 238 years later we are into the year 2014.
2014 is the year that we watched Americans horrifically beheaded by Islamic terrorists.
Most Americans are appalled by these gut-wrenching events that have been witnessed by the world…performed by Islamic terrorists and radical Islamists that seem to know no true god other than the god of evil, death and destruction. These Islamic terrorists do not show any realization of the concept of the true meaning of the Heavenly God that means love…not hate and cruelty and death. How can any one of these brutal savages enter the Kingdom of Heaven… and I believe that for their cruelty to humanity they are all destined to rot in HELL! The idea of being provided with (72) virgins in Heaven is also a fantasy that even the most naive of living human beings around the world understand.
One of the most profound and qualified historians of the heritage of America is Dennis Prager who writes in the…(please read the complete article by going to the link…very important to get Dennis’s entire message…)
The United States of America is the only country in history to have defined itself as Judeo-Christian. While the Western world has consisted of many Christian countries and consists today of many secular countries, only America has called itself Judeo-Christian. America is also unique in that it has always combined secular government with a society based on religious values.
But what does “Judeo-Christian” mean? We need to know. Along with the belief in liberty — as opposed to, for example, the European belief in equality, the Muslim belief in theocracy, and the Eastern belief in social conformity — Judeo-Christian values are what distinguish America from all other countries. That is why American coins feature these two messages: “In G-d we trust” and “Liberty.”
Yet, for all its importance and its repeated mention, the term is not widely understood. It urgently needs to be because it is under ferocious assault, and if we do not understand it, we will be unable to defend it. And if we cannot defend it, America will become as amoral as France, Germany, Russia, et al.
The battle over whether America remains Judeo-Christian or becomes secular like Europe is what this, the Second American Civil War, is about.
It appears that the liberal Democratic Party has perpetrated upon the American people the greatest hoax ever that could bring the potential destruction of these United States. The mainstream media has not yet effectively reported the anti-American affiliations and beliefs of this candidate in order to promote their own political preferences.
And that hoax consists of providing to the American Citizens a candidate for president who was never vetted for the necessary leadership background, capability, experience, qualifications, ethics, morals, beliefs, intestinal fortitude and strength of character. This President for six years does not provide up-front leadership when it comes to the difficult issues of protecting America, America’s borders, it’s citizens, the Constitution, and the process of a republic which allows the three institutions of government to function. In order to have a healthy country we need to allow the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches of government to effectively function.
This President does not agree with the fundamental principles of the American Government nor it’s Judeo-Christian Principles. This President appears to be much more favorable and aligned with Muslim principles.
The liberal Democratic Party selected a non-vetted and non-qualified but popular candidate in a time when the country and the media were ripe and ready for touting anybody… anywhere… anytime…that could defeat the Republican political Party. And they did. They picked a candidate who would say anything, do anything, and promise anything in order to be elected in order for the liberal Democratic Party to be in power. The Democratic Party apparently did not vet this presidential candidate for any qualifications other than personal appearance, magnetism, ability to read a monitor to make a speech, and his personal appeal to minorities and to those who were dissatisfied with the last several years. And our political system allows this when it’s citizens are not informed and make every effort to learn the real truths about their candidates.
Millions of dollars have been spent to cover up this President’s history and background…and the world will know the truth someday.
Our world situation is now in crises…and no one knows what uncontrollable world power hungry leader will take action next.
For 238 years the United States has provided the leadership, stability, power and examples of fighting to achieve liberty, freedom and independence for the world’s countries to pursue. And now we have a president who so far does not show capability and capacity to provide the leadership for America that we have expected from our Presidents for 238 years!
And the first and centerpiece of this POTUS, the candidate presented the greatest medical and financial hoax ever on the American people… The Affordable Care Act.
Hillary Clinton had attempted to do this is the 1990’s and her efforts were stopped because they were also so politically motivated. This time, the Democrats controlled the Congress, the Senate and the Presidency, and Nancy Pelosi had the arrogance to say to everyone… we have to pass this Bill to find out what is in it.
The power and wealth of the liberal Democratic Party accomplished the election of an individual who was a very good Chicago political community organizer (and Chicago politics are historically corrupt), however, was trained, counseled and educated by many that do not believe in the real American principles that our country was founded upon. I consider myself a mainstream American who wants the best for this country and I believe the majority of American Citizens feel this way.
What about you? Do you like the POTUS’s philosophy? Every Democrat in Congress and the Senate voted for his every request! After six years of his Presidency we have more than 93 million Americans who are not in the workforce. The POTUS has instead of capitalism, competition and business growth…has promoted the growth of government and more government controls. The POTUS has acted exactly contrary to what the American People needed! Essentially every proposal that this POTUS makes is not in the best interests of this country and it’s people however is intended for the best and most selfish interests of the liberal Democratic Party.
Many Americans have suffered tremendously for the last six years, and unfortunately there is more suffering ahead until we can elect and install leaders who truly care about our people and this country. And that means November, 2014.
The liberal mainstream media is wed to the liberal Democratic philosophies which are not designed to help America. As you listen and read only to these media outlets, you will continue to lack necessary information to make intelligent decisions as Americans. Only about 40% of the population seems to be truly informed. Is that you?
The primary purpose of writing this post is to ask you to make certain that you vote your informed conscience this November!!!
Please get out and go door to door and say hello to your neighbor that you may not know…and encourage them to vote for responsible, honest leaders to restore liberty, freedom and integrity to this country.