by Rose Rohloff
Mayo Clinic Launches $1B Upgrade To Electronic Records System
Arthur J. Stansbury created the Catechism on the Constitution
(the “Catechism”, Boston 1828) that was used to teach schoolchildren.
Today, Magruder's American Government is “hailed as a stellar educational resource for nearly a century, updated annually to meet the changing needs of today's high school students and teachers. The program's engaging narrative is enhanced with numerous primary sources, political cartoons, charts, graphs, and photos …” [Amazon]
- "That a people living under a free government which they have themselves originated should be well acquainted with the instrument which contains it ... this would be no good reason why pains should not be taken to understand and to imprint (the Constitution) upon the mind ... its brevity surpassing all example, it is certainly a most reprehensible negligence to remain in ignorance of it." (Preface)
- "Let every American learn, from his earliest years, to love, cherish and obey the Constitution. Without this he can neither be a great or a good citizen." (Page 10)
- Question: "But if even the Congress itself should make a law which is contrary to the Constitution, must the people obey it? Answer: No." (Page 11)
- U.S. Government is taught as being a Representative Democracy versus specifically a Republic (which is not discussed), and describes the various forms in rudimentary text, without addressing the ideologies in depth.
- Communism is not discussed especially in relation to China, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The various forms of Government in detailed ideology should be Democracy, Republic, Socialism, Communism, Dictatorship, Monarchy, Tribal.
- Specific ideologies variations are not defined well and the writers are focused on side-by-side listing of dictatorships to democracy, with lack of detailed distinctions.
The public today is often bombarded with reports, news (non-news) - an overabundance of opinions regarding important issues. Without the basic understanding of the U.S. Republic, individuals have been conditioned to react with and vote based on emotion, as opposed to thoughtful reasoning; the breaking down of issues with intelligent discourse based on Constitutional understanding.
Authors have broken down a differentiation of a democracy in the simplest term as a majority dictating issues. When a majority of persons are swayed with emotion, it is ‘mob rule’. This distinction is important, as more and more voters are craving socialism, with groups such as ANTIFA and #xyzMOVEMENTS continuing to form. The Founding Fathers researched all the various forms of governments thoroughly before specifically establishing a Republic instead of a Democracy (as reviewed in the link video, discussing the rule of law versus the majority).
James Madison reviews the downfalls of a large democracy in the Federalist Paper, No. 10: The Utility of the Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection.
The latent causes of faction are thus sown in the nature of man."
- Steve Gaynor (Republican) for AZ Secretary of State: “… bedrock of our democracy …”
- Katie Hobbs (Democrat) for State Senator: “… foundation of our democracy …”
Taking the importance to the Nth degree for properly educating and understanding the foundations and ideologies of a Republic versus a Democracy: A democracy may vote in socialism; the U.S. Republic cannot, because representatives must abide by the guaranteed protections within the Constitution, especially our Rights.
PART 2 of 4: What is a Right? Why Healthcare is Not a Right.
Question 1: "What is the Constitution?"
The most basic, succinct answer is that it’s the document protecting our Rights from the government, Rights it cannot take away. The Founding Fathers Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison wrote about the rationale behind the establishment of the Constitution, with the general insights:
Question 2: "What is a Right?"
The first Rights established in the Declaration of Independence in 1776: “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men …
Therefore, when groups use the current statement healthcare is a Right (or a human Right); there is a general lack of understanding regarding the term. The Bill of Rights is the continuation of all Rights naturally afforded to citizens that the government cannot take away; not Rights to be supplied by the government. Rights are Inalienable from God, fundamental rights not transferable or impossible to take away. These rights include the life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, the right of privacy, to travel, and have possessions.
The concept of a Right given by the government is an oxymoron, being the very essence of Unconstitutional. Rights define our freedom from the government. When Rights are given to, allowed control by the government, it is socialism. And, Socialism is defined in Merriam-Webster as:
economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods (and services); there is no private property; a system which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state; a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism.
There is currently a growing trend calling for a single healthcare payer: That single payer is the government. Giving full, nonmilitary healthcare control over to the government is contrary to having Rights, often called socialized medicine, which is in actuality what I term healthcare socialism.
PART 3 of 4: Single Payer = Government, Healthcare Socialism
Recent articles have cited a high percent (up to 40%) of medical students wanting a single payer. This year, Medical students bring the AMA into the single payer dialogue AMA House of Delegates 2018 Annual Meeting, June 9-13, 2018
Well, who is that payer? The answer is the government. What would be the single payer system - VA, Medicare, Medicaid? I suggest we not use the term single payer system, and instead delineate the true description, what I refer to as healthcare socialism.
As discussed in Part I of this series, the Federal Government was designed for protection of the Constitution, and to be effective with limited power, operating with efficiency. Government run healthcare has proven to not have limited power, to be costly with decreased quality, and to be inefficient.
- 301 National take down in healthcare fraud results in approximately $900 million in false billing1
- Three charged in $1B Medicare fraud scheme2
- 412, including doctors, in $1.3 Billion Health Fraud3
- Woman defrauds Medicaid of $1 Million4
Healthcare socialism includes physicians as employees of the hospitals, ergo employees of the government. Under the current government payer system, Hospital-employed physicians drain Medicare By Alex Kacik|November 14, 2017
1 National Health Care Fraud Takedown Results in Charges against 301 Individuals for Approximately $900 Million in False Billing, Department of Justice, June 22, 2016, https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/national-health-care-fraud-takedown-results-charges-against-301-individuals-approximately-900
2 Justice Department charges three in $1 billion Medicare fraud scheme, The Wall Street Journal, July 22, 2016, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/07/22/justice-department-charges-three-in-1-billion-medicare-fraud-scheme.html
3 U.S. Charges 412, Including Doctors, in $1.3 Billion Health Fraud, The New York Times, July 13, 2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/13/us/politics/health-care-fraud.html
4 Beverly Woman Defrauded State Of $1 Million From Medicaid: Prosecutors, DNAinfo, October 14, 2017, https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20171018/beverly/santila-terry-speech-therapy-clinic-theft-charges-docbarbie-hair-boutique/
- A 49% increase in hospital-employed physicians between 2012 and 2015 led to a $3.1 billion increase in Medicare costs related to four specific procedures in cardiology, orthopedics and gastroenterology, according to analysis from consulting firm Avalere Health.
- Medicare paid $2.7 billion more for diagnostic cardiac catheterizations, echocardiograms, arthrocentesis and colonoscopies delivered in hospital outpatient settings than it would for treatment in independent facilities, while beneficiaries footed a $411 million higher bill.
- Hospital-employed physicians performed more services in costlier hospital outpatient settings, resulting in up to 27% higher costs for Medicare and 21% for patients.
How would it be funded initially as there is no long term sustainability.
The existing Federal Total revenue as of 2018 is only $3.654 trillion (T)
- An independent analysis of Sanders's plan conducted by the left-leaning Urban Institute estimated that it would cost $32 trillion over 10 years.
- And those are just the financial costs. Socialized medicine's human costs are even greater. Single-payer systems, the world over, ration care and force patients to wait for treatment.
- The United States can barely afford its existing healthcare obligations. In 2017, the federal government spent more than $700 billion on Medicare -- a 65 percent increase over just 10 years.
PART 4 of 4: Under Healthcare Socialism
New York University (NYU) just announced they now have a tuition free medical school. In response, Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD, editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, explains why NYU got it wrong.
In an op-ed for The New York Times, Dr. Rosenthal, a former emergency room physician, cites research that shows medical school debt often discourages students from pursuing lower-paying specialties or from practicing in areas where the majority of patients are on Medicaid.
Instead, students are more likely to pursue more highly paid specialties, like neurosurgery or orthopedic surgery.
By eliminating tuition … She claims most physicians who enter higher-paying specialties are able to quickly pay off their student loans; the physicians that have trouble doing so are those who opt to take lower salaries as primary care physicians …"Instead of making medical school free for everyone, NYU — and all medical schools — should waive tuition only for those students who commit to work where they are needed most," she wrote. (See Title V of the ACA tax law passed under Obama.)
The ACA Tax Law (we need to stop calling it Obamacare, it is a tax law) has a lack of understanding, or misrepresentation, because it is not even read in entirety for the ability to even debate, and needs for repeal,
… authorized to be appropriated, out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the following:
‘‘(1) For fiscal year 2010, $320,461,632.
‘‘(2) For fiscal year 2011, $414,095,394.
‘‘(3) For fiscal year 2012, $535,087,442.
‘‘(4) For fiscal year 2013, $691,431,432.
‘‘(5) For fiscal year 2014, $893,456,433.
‘‘(6) For fiscal year 2015, $1,154,510,336.
‘‘(7) For fiscal year 2016, and each subsequent fiscal year, the amount appropriated for the pre-ceding fiscal year adjusted by the product of ‘‘(A) one plus the average percentage increase in the costs of health professions education during the prior fiscal year; and ‘‘(B) one plus the average percentage change in the number of individuals residing in health professions shortage areas designated under section 333 during the prior fiscal year, relative to the number of individuals residing in such areas during the previous fiscal year.”
In summary, $BBs funneling out without oversight or budgeting and funding of bodies through schools without quality education, and then dictating who must work where and when.
The ACA is predominately discussed in regards to healthcare coverage for uninsured, some $17M people, because people choose to not make the time to actually read the whole Tax Law. As Title V reflects, monies being spent have nothing to do with coverage, and is shows spending with no accountability, and we are seeing negative outcomes with the reduced training and preparedness as clinicians – clinical time and sciences replaced with diversity, global health issues, nursing theory. Last year, I was interviewed by a university with a ‘leading nursing college’, asking me if people who would make good nurses are prevented from becoming nurses because they cannot pass basic sciences, so we just need to reduce more of the sciences as “they don’t use that knowledge anyways, right?”
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