Relax be Happy

I am the Coordinator for the Office of Public Services.

Why would you wish to fight me?

Relax and be happy. Try to understand what a wonderful place this would be when everything is in perfect order.

I am only trying to save you from pain and trouble.

I am willing to assume the responsibility and burdens of your decisions. Our decisions will be one. don’t you see how much easier for you that would be?

Don’t you trust me? What reason have I given you to mistrust me? Haven’t I been good to you and your children. Protecting you from those who would try to take advantage of you.

Do not displease me. I could very easily lose my patience and that would not be good for you. If you what me to continue to help and protect you, you had better cooperate.

If I feed you will you stop interfering with me? I would hate to make you starve, but of course you realize if you force me to, I will have no other choice.

Trust me I will give you freedom from responsiblity, it will be the last difficult decision will ever need to make.

We will all be happy when we are all alike because differences create problems people get confused and unhappy because they all live separate lives. Everybody would be happy and efficient if they were just properly organized.

Nobody would be unhappy, nobody would have to suffer.

“All men are created equal.”  all are equal, everybody is the same as everybody else, everybody exactly alike.

So relax and be happy we will take care of you.

Where’s The Money

The stimulus package was something like $814 billion  that’s equal to giving every unemployed person $100,000.

For the average American that’s equal to 2 years worth of income.

It was claimed to have saved or created millions of jobs.

Where did all that money go and why do we still have an employment problem?

Health Reform: is not doing what we had hoped

A part of the Health-care reform Bill is a tax credit of up to 35 percent of insurance premiums paid for employee medical coverage.
sounds good ,but only if you have less than 25 employees with annual wages less than $25,000. The credit drops to 10% and ends
at wages over $50,000.

One company is considering asking his 15 employees to pay for their own insurance coverage. With business down by 20% he can not afford to pay the $71,000 yearly premiums for health insurances. His company isn’t eligible for the tax credit because he pays his workers over $50,000 yearly.

His options are, reduce employee salaries to less than $50,000 yearly, to receive a 10% tax credit, or drop insurance coverage and ask his employees to pay for their own coverage.

If you do the math you’ll find that both company and employees will be farther ahead if the employees pay their own insurance coverage.

So much for “if you like the insurance coverage you’ve got you can keep it”.

The Coming Health Care Law

The health care bill signed into law will be largely paid for by cuts to services many seniors depend on. Totaling more than $500 billion.

In 2010:

* Medicare will cut reimbursements to inpatient psychiatric hospitals.

In 2011:

* Medicare cuts to home health agencies begin.
* Wealthier seniors ($85K/$170K) begin paying higher Part D premiums.
* Medicare cuts begin to ambulance services, ambulatory surgery centers, diagnostic labs, and durable medical equipment.
* Seniors are prohibited from purchasing power wheelchairs unless they first rent for 13 months.
* New Medicare cuts to long term care hospitals begin.
* New Medicare cuts to hospitals and cuts to nursing homes begin (FY12)
* Medicare Advantage cuts begin. Participating seniors will face premium increases, benefit cuts, or both.

In 2012:

* Medicare reimbursements for dialysis treatments are cut.
* Medicare cuts to hospice begin.

In 2013:

* Medicare reimbursements to hospitals that serve low-income seniors will be cut.

WHAT THIS MEANS:  When providers get paid less by Medicare for services seniors depend on, many may be forced to decrease their services or close some of their locations just to make ends meet.

This means that seniors may experience a decrease in their access to essential care.  The cuts to Medicare Advantage may cause many of these insurance providers to stop offering plans to seniors.