Live the American Dream? #WakeUpAmerica

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#WakeUpAmerica

Like many entrepreneurs, I have faced many challenges. They’re called opportunities. I’ve met most, failed many, but I’ve persevered. The American Dream is about opportunity. It’s not a given. You have to face your challenges, because you can live the American Dream.

Many Americans no longer believe in the American Dream. There is a hashtag, #WakeUpAmerica trending on Twitter. I hope it resonates with more Americans. To realize your dreams, you have to wake up to those dreams. You have to live them. You have to have hope, passion, trust in others, work smart, and never give up.

From Forbes, The American Dream? are quotes from many well-respected leaders of the free world. Pick a liberal, a conservative, a libertarian or an independent, and they will say what you want to hear. In large part, Americans are supposed to believe what they say.

Take Nancy Pelosi for instance. She says, “The American Dream is the hope for a better future with equal opportunity for all to participate in the prosperity and success of our great nation.” Sounds good! You would think her basic beliefs are aligned with most Americans. In reality, that’s not the case.

An Obama quote is absent from The American Dream Forbes article. I Googled “Barack Obama on the American Dream.” From a 2012 NPR interview he said, “I think the history of the United States, the reason we became an economic superpower is because, not always perfectly, not always consistently, but better than any other country on Earth, we were able to give opportunity to everybody,” he said. “That’s what the American dream was all about.”  Obama says, “Preserving that dream requires a balancing act between self-interest and community. Success is not an entitlement in his book. But neither is it a reward for individual effort alone.” Obama said it to get reelected but his words fell on the deaf ears of many small business owners, a.k.a., taxpayers.

My support for Obama died when he said:

There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me because they want to give something back. If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there.  It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something – there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.

Bullshit! He’s talking about the celebrity elite, not the guy that is building a successful business from nothing. He’s right! They didn’t build America, small businesses built America!

In 2012, we again, elected a president who is so self-absorbed with issues like a bad Iran deal, Islamaphobiaclimate change, Obamacare, and gun control.As for gun control, I believe we are entering a new era of lone wolf terrorist attacks on innocent civilians. Americans will absolutely recoil from any future gun control legislation.

Many American’s disagree with the president on almost every major issue, like Russia’s new conquest, Syria.  This president has gone so far as to put those who have taken all the risks, at risk of losing everything we’ve built, like life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. American exceptionalism is driven by individual effort multiplied by millions of Americans and it won’t take a backseat to entitlement. So sorry Mr. President, you didn’t build that, and you can’t take that away, either. #WakeUpAmerica

Gay Rights, The Affordable Care Act and This Bald Eagle

11390065_1620299788225300_8909913669019005123_nThis latest meme (left) from Obama supporters is special… I say congrats to the classless Obama supporters.

Gay rights? It was happening state by state to its logical conclusion anyway. Meh… No need for the heavy hand of the SCOTUS. Personally. I’m going to miss the parades.

Those applauding our SCOTUS and the POTUS, obviously don’t run a small business or care about what’s really going down.

There are more families today in poverty than when Obama took office 7 years ago (5.5 Million more). This despite more jobs. Obviously more jobs means LOWER paying jobs.

The federal debt owed to the public has more than DOUBLED under Obama, rising by 103 percent. Nothing to gloat about.

You can high-five the employment numbers all you want, but the costs are high. I fear, for my children’s future, which is Greece. There are more people insured under Obamacare, but the cost is high. Most are subsidized or on Medicaid and the costs are unsustainable. Who gets hurt, small business and the middle class.

A case in point… we have 42 employees. We pay 100% of our employees health and dental benefits. Since the ACA was enacted, despite submitting to higher deductibles every year, our premiums have risen over 30%, 12 1/2 percent this year alone. Consider the competition is going from five major carriers to three, the future is not bright for small business healthcare cost. Just the facts.

I’d say this bald eagle is more a symbol of an endangered species, small business, rather than a symbol of America’s greatness. High fives all around to the Obama supporters!

Have We Been Grubered? How Does Medicaid Expansion Affect All of Us?

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/9b2/29931098/files/2014/12/img_1184-0.jpg I’m not in the medical profession. I’m a CEO of a software company with 40 FTEs concerned about big government and taxes.

A recent article in the NYTs As Medicaid Rolls Swell, Cuts in Payments to Doctors Threaten Access to Care

I’m also concerned about everyone’s welfare, including the uninsured. So pardon my naïveté.

Here’s my take. Hospitals were caring for the uninsured for free. Now they get something, but less each year, but it’s still more than nothing. The argument being with the ACA now they have to contend with more patients who can’t afford healthcare and the end result being it ends up costing hospitals more than nothing because of the increase in the number of people seeking care. Which is a good thing for the uninsured, right?

Unless the ACA a.k.a., Obamacare, a.k.a. Big Government, pulls a sleight of hand, reducing the Medicaid reimbursable to the extent large hospitals will only survive in a single payer system and smaller hospitals and practitioners are the losers forced to join larger institutions if they want to survive. What’s obvious is many talented practitioners get screwed.

On the other hand, I guess what I am suggesting is, it’s not apparent to me or most people, whether the ACA is helping people or hurting people. Certainly I oppose a big government takeover of our healthcare system.

What’s not apparent to me is how we take care of the uninsured/or recently indoctrinated Medicaid patients and still provide the best healthcare system in the world.

Liberals Die When They Want To…

162Zeke says, “Time to go!”  I’ve now been educated that liberals die when they want to, or in fact, they need to, in order to make Obamacare less of a disaster.  Liberals mandate when it’s time to die.  Whereas conservatives die when they have to and not when its convenient.

I’m one of them.  A conservative.  I’m 62 (now 65).  It may be convenient for liberals like you, Zeke Emanuel to die when you want to, but conservatives don’t have that luxury .  After all, somebody has to pick up the tab.  We don’t get to choose when to die.  There’s this thing called family.

I have a family.  A wife who’s retired and 2 grown children just getting started in their careers.  My wife needs a husband who can spend more time with her.

My two girls are just getting started in their families and in their careers.  Did anyone tell you Zeke, kids are getting married in their 30s and 40s, not in their 20’s?  Did anyone tell you, they’re having kids in their 30s and 40’s not in their 20’s?  Who are these kids going to call Grampa, if I cash in my chips, toes up at age 75?

My wife has been waiting over 40 years for me to retire.  She has worked in the school system and done the lion share to raise my children throughout their formative years.  We didn’t even start taking vacations until the girls were in high school.  What am I going say to my wife when I’ve finally paid off the mortgage, sold my business and our kids are popping out babies, snot-nosed kids that we can spoil at age 75?  “Sorry honey, Zeke says, time to go.”  Really?!

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If I retire from my business at 68-70 years of age, I get to enjoy 5 yrs. in retirement?  My wife and I could spend time with our daughters, their children, and would have maybe 5-7 years to see the world or at least a little more than the backyard??!

That’s when I had an idea!  Like in Back to the FutureI could build a time machine like the DeLorean DMC-12 only in an 8 passenger family and friends van to escape from Zeke and Obamacare.

My Mom would have a heart attack if I told her I was going to die at 75 years of age.  She would only be 98!  It would be too much of a shock to her system.  How can I ask her to pass up an opportunity at age 100, to be mentioned by Willard Scott on the Today Show?!

I run a successful small business. I am employ over 35 (now 45) people.  I take pride in helping them and their families.  They’re my extended family.  One of our very own extended families had a baby today, 8 lbs. 10 oz.  That baby will be 29 yrs. old Zeke, a young adult with a new family and hopefully a burgeoning career, when his own Dad is supposed to die.

I gave my Dad’s eulogy when I had turned 60.  I had 30 more years today to be with and learn from my Dad, Zeke, than you would ask of one of my own employee’s son’s to share with his Dad?!

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Most of my friends are my age or older, so who would I hangout with?  I guess when that time comes in 10-15 years we could throw a Jimmy Jones Jonestown party and all drink the Kool-Aid Zeke Emanuel is selling?

Frankly Zeke, you’re a joke and you make me sick.  You’re an Obamacare zealot?  You’re just in it for the money.  You don’t care about anyone but yourself and your lord and savior, Obama, so I’m not going to rollover and die for you.

On the other hand, if liberals, like you, Zeke, want to die at 75 yrs. of age, that’s OK.  It just sounds like another liberal born entitlement to me.

One that I can live with…

Manipulation and Politicization of American Medical Education: Rotten to the Core

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Socrates says that his trial “will be like a doctor prosecuted by a cook who asks a jury of children to choose between the doctor’s bitter medicine and the cook’s tasty treats.”

The PPACA’s detriment to physicians is extensive. It will drown doctors in red tape and bureaucracy. It will limit physician autonomy and their ability to help and advocate for their patients. Job satisfaction will be drained and the patient-doctor relationship ruined. As federal regulators require physicians to do more, they will actually get paid less. As the situation worsens, older doctors will retire and younger doctors will look to switch careers. This will come at a time when the demand for physician services will be higher than ever. Ultimately the consequences of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will translate into restricted access and inferior quality of care. No matter how you look at it, this legislation is terrible for physicians; however, it is always the patient that suffers the most. Jason D. Fodeman, M.D.

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When Obama and his Organizing for Obama operatives promised to fundamentally transform the USA, mesmerized groupies swooned while the majority of Americans opposed, but were forced to dry-swallow, the bitter pill- The Manifesto for that fundamental change, the paradoxically named “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”

Despite what Obama organizers claim, American medicine is the pinnacle of miraculous life-saving, life-prolonging medicine achieved through a long tradition of physicians’ and surgeons’ incomparable innovation, brute-strength hard work, self-sacrificial courage, and compassionate, dignified devotion to each individual patient. America’s physicians achieved all this because we take The Hippocratic Oath, serve each individual patient to the best of our ability, and endure a rigorous rite of passage through American medical education that is beyond description, known only to those who have survived it, and is like no other in the world.

The promised fundamental transformation requires that America’s physicians break the sacred Hippocratic Oath and…

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Does Anyone Really Want to Deny Anyone Else Healthcare?

20140701-235105-85865890.jpgThis whole mess called Obamacare could have been avoided if common sense prevailed. That said, common sense is in short supply in DC.  DC is full of corrupt politicians.

If the insurance companies were mandated to insure people with pre-existing conditions, people with insurance would pay more. How many people would object to it? Not me. How about you?

Unless,  of course, we  added some competition. If we could shop for insurance  anywhere and we were allowed to save the money we didn’t spend tax free (HSAs and FSAs) without putting ridiculously low limits on savings accounts.

If the government had developed their plan to insure the poor received adequate healthcare and left the private sector to their own devices, would that be untenable? It’s called Medicaid. Single payer, government run healthcare. Instead we have a poorly crafted 20,0000 page law and regs to do that but they wanted more.  No.  They wanted to control private sector healthcare, too.

So they cancelled your policy and taxed you, too.  Check out The Obamacare Report Card.

Why mess with an entire industry for 4 million uninsured? Does anyone want to deny anyone healthcare? Not me. How about you?

The simple solution is to use your vote in the upcoming elections to throw the corrupt politicians out! K.I.S.S. them all goodbye!

 

The Fight of Our Lives: The Patient-Physician Relationship vs. The Government-Insurance Syndicate

Doctor Rebel MDOriginally posted on krisheldmd and Rebel.MD:

Constructed by progressives who seek socialized medicine and control over 1/6 of the US economy and passed against the will of the people through legislative chicanery amidst single party control of the House, Senate, and White House, ObamaCare is now the “law of the land”. The law is the manifesto for the promised “fundamental transformation” of the United States of America. Obamacare destroys the patient-physician relationship and defiles the Hippocratic Oath by inserting government bureaucrats and political operatives as voyeuristic intermediaries and callous controllers.

As a physician, I have been distraught over this travesty and have vowed to not participate in the Obamacare exchange. I am not alone. A November 2013 Jackson and Coker survey of 3000 physicians showed that 44% of physicians say they will not participate in the Obamacare exchange. There are about 800,000 practicing physicians in the US, and if almost half of us refuse to participate…

ObamaCare is nothing but a punitive tax, a false promise, and a VA-style dead-end waiting list.

OreillyIn a March 4, 2014 interview promoting his new book, Reinventing American Healthcare, with Bill O’Reilly, ObamaCare architect Ezekiel Emanuel said that doctors won’t opt out of the exchange. Excerpt from the BillOReilly Show.  “It’s not doctors who participate in the exchange, it’s insurance companies who participate in the exchange,” Emanuel curtly stated. He then revealed that the central planners think they’ve got us doctors by the orbs, crowing: “The doctors will take who’s in the exchange, because they have to.” Translation: the government-insurance company syndicate now controls the patients and the doctors. Patients and doctors have no choice in this. We are powerless.

Here is how this is playing out in the real world trenches of medical practice. Aetna and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas both advertise me as a ” provider” on the federal healthcare exchange. They do this without my permission or consent nor even notice. Neither company has my permission to appropriate my name or likeness for this purpose. I have never contracted with either company or consented to see any subscriber of theirs with a policy purchased through healthcare.gov.

To meet the requirements to be deemed a “Qualified Health Plan”, an insurance company must have a certain number of contracted providers listed. To attract new customers a company must list respected, experienced, established physicians such as me. These government-colluding, patient-betraying companies are listing me as a provider for their personal financial gain against my will, in violation of my personally held beliefs, and to the detriment of the American and Texan patients they profess to serve.

I insisted they remove my name from the Federal healthcare exchange immediately. This has not been done. I am stonewalled. I am powerless, while the Aetna CEO’s salary has increased from $17M to $30M peddling the promise of my colleagues’ and my services.

Insurers need providers (physicians). Physicians are not indentured servants whose labor may be compelled.

The red line is, patients need physicians. Obamacare and its government-insurance syndicate are destroying millions of patient-physician relationships, millions of lives.

I am a physician. I am fighting to continue to see my patients with non-ACA plans. However, I will not allow my name, likeness, services, and reputation to be used in connection with the marketing of ACA plans.

I am a patient. I am fighting to see my doctors without government intrusion into the most intimate, sacred aspect of my life. My own non-ACA insurance plan does not cover out of network providers whatsoever. I am fortunate to pay out of pocket to keep my doctors so far, but what if my cancer recurs?

I trust my doctors. I trust my patients, and they trust me. I do not trust the government-insurance syndicate, Obamacare operatives, or the Obamacare enforcers, the IRS.

I am an individual American fighting for the ability to practice my profession freely, fighting to keep my patients, fighting to keep my doctors, fighting to restore trust, fighting to secure our blessings of liberty, fighting for our very lives.

Will you fight with me?

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Kris Held, MD

 

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