Archive for October, 2012

In the wake of this year’s Supreme Court ruling, we’ve skipped ahead to the final video produced by Dr. Jill Vecchio.  Dr. Vecchio covers a number of reform proposals.  One of the simplest is requiring physicians and hospitals to disclose the costs of routine tests, procedures, etc.  That’s done wonders for laser eye surgery, where physicians are competing for discretionary health care decisions.

Compared to the radical change that is coming, Dr. Vecchio has a number of proposals that would improve health care–without undermining our entire health care industry.

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Perhaps some of the explanations of the 2,000 page-plus Patient Protection and Affordable Care Art are too long.  Here’s a one-sentence explanation by an Illinois physician who happens to be running for the legislature–apparently in Chicago!

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Dr. Vecchio explains how new federal guidelines called for mammography screening to be decreased by 60 to 70 percent and contends that government officials are ignoring key studies concerning the value of mammograms.   Similarly, Dr Vecchio states that a government task force wants to reduce psa screening for prostate cancer.   Physicians can be excluded from participating in the program for failing to follow such guidelines.

Dr.  Vecchio cannot be the only physician who recognizes the impacts of the Affordable Care Act.  Dr. Vecchio also explains the costs and impacts of implementing centralized medical records.   Consider whether you want to disclose all of your health issues to a federal agency.

Finally, Dr. Vecchio covers the change in definition of medicare “fraud” to exclude any proof of intent to commit fraud.  The notion that someone can commit fraud without intent is astounding.  There was a time in Anglo-American law when proving intent was necessary to prove most crimes.  Now, it appears physicians could be convicted of fraud for simply being unable to comply with a massive set of new regulations.

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With Vice President Joe Biden debating Paul Ryan this week, you might want to tune into the first debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.  The Biden gaffes will certainly all be covered by the mainstream media, so your time is better spent on the first Presidential debate.

Here are the highlights from the first debate. Notice how annoyed President Obama gets when Gov. Romney explains the importance of job creation.

Here is the full debate:

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This is a non-partisan video produced by an accountant, Hal Mason, who retired after 27 years with IBM. He looks at the federal budget’s revenues and expenses and illustrates the deficit problem.   There are tough choices coming.  You wouldn’t know it from listening to the federal candidates in most cases.   

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