“Closed Due To Obamacare” *Open Thread*

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Ruh roh, the hits just keep on coming with Obamacare. Recently, as revealed by a Tweet, was this ad a Kentucky physician had in his local newspaper as Townhall reports:

Obamacare

Uh, yeah. Here is more from Townhall:

[…] Dr. Kiteck verified the ad to Townhall Tuesday:“It’s pretty basic really. The reason is that Obamacare requires electronic medical records and electronic prescribing and I simply don’t have the finances at this time to go into debt to provide that for my office, it would just be a complete new transfer of electronic equipment in my office for that.

So for me, at my age, I’m just not ready to go into financial debt. Of the 20,000 pages in there, probably up to 1,000 pages are about doctors’ offices.”

[…]

“I’ve got 6,000 records, some of them are two inches thick. It would just be basically impossible to scan all of these and put them on electronic medical records and very expensive, by the way,” said Dr. Kiteck, pointing to the many man hours of pay that an electronic overhaul would require.

“It’s a solo practice, I’m just a very small solo practice. I call myself a mom and pop practice,” Dr. Kiteck explained, “so I’ve had it for about twenty years here in Somerset, Kentucky.”

It does not appear that this was done to make a political statement, though. It was purely informational:

The ad ran for the sake of his customers, according to the doctor. It is a common courtesy to give patients a one-month notice, “I just happened to start it out with that little notice there, because so many patients have questions why you’re doing it.” (Click here to read the rest of the article, as well as for more on the electronic records requirement.)

In how many other towns and cities will this kind of thing be happening? I think we can expect a lot more, that’s for sure.

Along the Obamacare lines, Kathleen Sebellius is appearing before Congress again today about the Obamacare rollout debacle. I cannot help but be a bit cynical about just how much more we will learn from her. She seems pretty adept at being duplicitous, so I am guessing there will be more of the same from her. But that’s just me. Anyway, as I type, they are talking numbers in a variety of levels. We’ll see where this leads.

Speaking of numbers, I caught the announcement by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray about their bi-partisan budget agreement. Can I just say, I could not help but notice how magnanimous Ryan was, how to the point were his remarks without casting aspersions, and how much Murray did not follow his lead. But hey, don’t take my word for it. See for yourselves:

We get it, Sen. Murray – you had to compromise and aren’t happy about it. Wow. Heck, I comment Rep. Ryan for being able to work out anything at all. But not everyone is happy with this deal, as Fox News reports:

[…] The deal sets discretionary spending levels at just over $1 trillion, which is higher than the level of $967 billion set in a 2011 budget pact.

While Ryan predicted that conservatives would support the bill and GOP leaders praised the negotiators, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., came out against it.

“In the short run, this budget also cancels earlier spending reductions, instead of making some tough decisions about how to tackle our long-term fiscal challenges caused by runaway Washington spending,” he said.

Prominent conservative organizations warned that lawmakers were simply trading increased spending now for “promises” of cuts sometime in the future. Heritage Action called it a “step backward” in a USA Today column Wednesday.

“This budget deal creates a faux peace in Washington, D.C., while burdening taxpayers by sweeping the impending fiscal crisis under the rug,” Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express, said in a statement. “If the Sequestration was a baby step forward, this is a baby step backward.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

As Mara Liasson noted on “Special Report” Tuesday night, it will be important to read all of the fine print of this deal to see just what is in it, and how effective this is really going to be in terms of spending cuts and all. Then we can more accurately see if it is a “faux peace” or if it is actually going to do any good. What I know is SOMETHING has to give, and soon.

Whew. So much going on this week, isn’t there? From the fake sign language interpreter at the Mandela Memorial to the continuing security issues plaguing Obamacare, to the above, I am sure there are matters of interest to be raised during the day. This is an Open Thread, so have at it!

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22 Responses to ““Closed Due To Obamacare” *Open Thread*”

  1. foxyladi14 Says:

    Great post Amy. And like some this deal does not please!!! 😡

  2. Katherine B. Says:

    How the hell does a government hire a FAKE sign language interpreter for one of the most important events in the country’s history? From what I’ve read, the pictures of the selfie taken by three world leaders and now the fake sign language interpreter, it sounds to me like the memorial service was a disaster. At least the Cubans were happy with the handshake with Obozo.

    • SSDD Says:

      This guy could have been some crazed nutjob…standing right next to Obama too. This is pretty scary that this person was allowed to perpetrate this fraud and nobody caught on.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Katherine, I just cannot fathom how something like this could have happened. It just defies explanation.

      And SSDD, you are right – it could have been some nutjob, and there he was, right up there with all these world leaders. WOW.

      Yep, Katherine, I think you nailed it abt the service!

  3. helenk3 Says:

    legal question

    if you lost your health insurance due to obamacare, thought you got through on the website and again had insurance and found out on January 1st you did not and can not get treatment for your illness and you die, can your family sue the US government for malfeasance?
    think about it. the US government essentially killed you by their actions.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Hmmm – interesting question indeed, Helen. I would think that there is lots coming down the pike with Obamacare that will lead to some lawsuits…

  4. helenk3 Says:

  5. helenk3 Says:

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2013/12/11/must-read-soros-moves-to-salvage-white-house-investment-brings-on-project-podesta/

    interesting is Soros unhappy with Val Jar?

  6. helenk3 Says:

    stolen from a commenter at the crawdad hole

  7. helenk3 Says:

    backtrack and michele return from Mandela’s funeral

  8. helenk3 Says:

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/12/11/report-hhs-told-contractors-not-to-cooperate-with-congressional-investigators-looking-into-obamacare/

    DHS told contractors not to cooperate with congressional investigators looking into obamacare.

    I do not remember ever seeing cabinet members disrespecting congress like this backtrack bunch

  9. SSDD Says:

    I think alot of doctors will just pack it in because of Obamacare. One of my mother’s docs is giving up gynecology and going into the facial rejuvinaiton business. Lol…there is a joke in there somewhere but anyways…..it is cash on the barrelhead…no insurance. She said Obamacare would kill her profits completely in her other practice and she has to be able to make a living.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Sadly, I think you are right, SSDD. The cost is just going to be prohibitive for a lot of these doctors. That your mom’s doctor has left her field for a different one that is cash-only is telling indeed. What a sad commentary…

  10. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/on-the-record/index.html#/v/2925458072001

    Greta on the selfie

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