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Medicaid ExSPAMsion Effort Calls for A Response

Kaye Beach

Oct. 5, 2013

There is an awful lot of work going on both before and behind the scenes to expand Medicaid in Oklahoma.

I think the recent uptick of Oklahoma pro-Obamacare propaganda, social media feather fluffing and “like” padding lends the effort a distinctive SPAM-like flavor but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take this campaign seriously.  In fact, conservative policy-watchers caution against letting our guard down now.

Medicaid expansion, of course,  is an integral part of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) And the states have a choice in whether or not to expand the deeply flawed and expensive system.  25 states, including the state of Oklahoma, have chosen to reject Medicaid expansion.

Oklahoma’s stance against Medicaid expansion is well-established,  however some think that this could change.  As reported by the Oklahoma Council on Public Affairs, ‘Will Oklahoma expand Medicaid?’, Oct. 2, 2013;

“. . a consultant for Gov. Fallin’s re-election campaign — who is also a consultant for entities promoting the Obamacare Medicaid expansion — is on the record saying Gov. Fallin “hasn’t slammed the door either. If it were dead on arrival we wouldn’t be taking our time and energy to do this.”  Read more from OCPA
While we are swivel-heading back and forth over other sensational current events, pro-Obamacare forces are mobilizing.  For instance, the Oklahoma Hospital Association which is leading a PR campaign for Medicaid expansion based on their discovery through market research that by reframing the issue, Oklahomans are a little warmer to the idea of Medicaid expansion.
The strategy of framing the issue as the rejection or acceptance of  federal money — rather than pitching it as Medicaid expansion — appears to be supported by a recent survey done for the Oklahoma Hospital
Association. Read more from NewsOK

The fact remains that majority of Oklahoman’s oppose the implementation of Obamacare and 46.2 percent of Oklahomans across the board specifically oppose Medicaid expansion but the Oklahoma Hospital Association doesn’t seem to mind going the extra mile to  manipulate the public on important policy issues nor the investment of time and  resources  it takes to carry out the time tested strategy of grinding them down.

Jonathan Small, OCPA  does a great job tackling Obamacare boosters’ favorite deceptive arguments such as  “if Oklahoma doesn’t act, our tax dollars will be sent to other states.” and the “it’s our money” line of thinking in this recent article
We should take note,  Obamacare supporters are feeling rather optimistic that Governor Fallin might cave to pressure.
“. . . Fallin is, above all, a creature of Oklahoma’s corporate elite. And many of them — Chambers of Commerce and the big hospital interests, to name two — think the Medicaid expansion is a splendid idea”  Link
Big business does have a lot of pull so please take a few moments this week to fortify our Governor and encourage her to hold fast to her promises not to expand Medicaid.
**Read this excellent editorial by Jonathan Small and Sen. Tom Coburn,

Expanding Medicaid threatens Oklahoma’s bright future

 

Remind the Governor:

The Office of Governor Mary Fallin

Oklahoma State Capitol
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 212
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Local: (405) 521-2342
Fax: (405) 521-3353

Tulsa Office of Governor Mary Fallin
440 S. Houston Ave., Suite 304
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74127

Phone (918) 581-2801
Fax (918) 581-2835

Gov. Fallin: Oklahoma Will Not Pursue a State-Based Exchange or Medicaid Expansion

Press Release

Monday, November 19, 2012

Gov. Fallin: Oklahoma Will Not Pursue a State-Based Exchange or Medicaid Expansion

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today released the following statement announcing that Oklahoma will not pursue the creation of a state-based exchange or participate in the Medicaid expansion in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA):

“For the past few months, my staff and I have worked with other lawmakers, Oklahoma stakeholders and health care experts across the country to determine the best course of action for Oklahoma in regards to both the creation of a health insurance exchange and the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Our priority has been to ascertain what can be done to increase quality and access to health care, contain costs, and do so without placing an undue burden on taxpayers or the state. As I have stated many times before, it is my firm belief that PPACA fails to further these goals, and will in fact decrease the quality of health care across the United States while contributing to the nation’s growing deficit crisis.

“Despite my ongoing opposition to the federal health care law, the state of Oklahoma is legally obligated to either build an exchange that is PPACA compliant and approved by the Obama Administration, or to default to an exchange run by the federal government. This choice has been forced on the people of Oklahoma by the Obama Administration in spite of the fact that voters have overwhelmingly expressed their opposition to the federal health care law through their support of State Question 756, a constitutional amendment prohibiting the implementation of key components of PPACA.

“After careful consideration, I have today informed U.S. Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius that Oklahoma will not pursue the creation of its own health insurance exchange. Any exchange that is PPACA compliant will necessarily be ‘state-run’ in name only and would require Oklahoma resources, staff and tax dollars to implement. It does not benefit Oklahoma taxpayers to actively support and fund a new government program that will ultimately be under the control of the federal government, that is opposed by a clear majority of Oklahomans, and that will further the implementation of a law that threatens to erode both the quality of American health care and the fiscal stability of the nation.

“Furthermore, I have also decided that Oklahoma will not be participating in the Obama Administration’s proposed expansion of Medicaid. Such an expansion would be unaffordable, costing the state of Oklahoma up to $475 million between now and 2020, with escalating annual expenses in subsequent years. It would also further Oklahoma’s reliance on federal money that may or may not be available in the future given the dire fiscal problems facing the federal government. On a state level, massive new costs associated with Medicaid expansion would require cuts to important government priorities such as education and public safety. Furthermore, the proposed Medicaid expansion offers no meaningful reform to a massive entitlement program already contributing to the out-of-control spending of the federal government.

“Moving forward, the state of Oklahoma will pursue two actions simultaneously. The first will be to continue our support for Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s ongoing legal challenge of PPACA. General Pruitt’s lawsuit raises different Constitutional questions than previous legal challenges, and both he and I remain optimistic that Oklahoma’s challenge can succeed.

“Our second and equally important task will be to pursue state-based solutions that improve health outcomes and contain costs for Oklahoma families. Serious reform, for instance, should be pursued in the area of Medicaid and public health, where effective chronic disease prevention and management programs could address the trend of skyrocketing medical bills linked to avoidable hospital and emergency room visits. I look forward to working with legislative leaders and lawmakers in both parties to pursue Oklahoma health care solutions for Oklahoma families.”

Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty Live! Amanda Teegarden, Dan Feidt

Kaye Beach

Nov. 16, 2012

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty Live!  6-8 PM Central

 Howard and I will be covering a variety of topics including the latest on the Obamacare implementation and the resistance to the healthcare exchanges and medicaid expansion that are integral to the implementation of the health care reform law. Amanda Teegarden, Executive Director of OK-SAFE will join us to go over the Action Items for opposing Obamacare that were developed for the Rally for Oklahoma Healthcare Independence held last July following the mixed Supreme Court ruling on the federal health care reform law.

The roll out of Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPR) in the state of Oklahoma and the concerns that surround the use of these devices will also be covered.  ALPR can be a valuable tool for law enforcement or they can be mis-used to create a mass surveillance system that tracks our every move without a warrant or probable cause.  Unfortunately, there is ample evidence that they are being used in exactly this way.  Howard and I will explore what can be done to stop the unconstitutional uses of these license tag scanners.

We will also catch up with Dan Feidt, indy journalist and activist to find out what ever happened with the investigation into the wayward Drug Recognition Expert program in Minnesota that Dan helped uncover was giving drugs to Occupy protestors.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Chicago County sheriff’s deputy told state investigators he was “in shock” after he saw his training partner give two young men marijuana to smoke in the back of a squad car. Read more

 

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Obamacare Is Still Vulnerable

Kaye Beach

Nov. 13, 2012

Hold the line!  Here are 13 reasons to states still shouldn’t implement health insurance exchanges.
Gov. Fallin is considering implementation of the health insurance exchanges.  Let her know the answer is still NO!

The Office of Governor Mary Fallin (405) 521-2342

From the Nation Review Online published Nov. 9, 2012

Now is not the time to go wobbly.

By Michael F. Cannon

President Obama has won reelection, and his administration has asked state officials to decide by Friday, November 16, whether their state will create one of Obamacare’s health-insurance “exchanges.” States also have to decide whether to implement the law’s massive expansion of Medicaid. The correct answer to both questions remains a resounding no.

State-created exchanges mean higher taxes, fewer jobs, and less protection of religious freedom. States are better off defaulting to a federal exchange. The Medicaid expansion is likewise too costly and risky a proposition. Republican Governors Association chairman Bob McDonnell (R.,Va.) agrees, and has announced that Virginia will implement neither provision.

There are many arguments against creating exchanges.

First, states are under no obligation to create one.

Second, operating an Obamacare exchange would be illegal in 14 states. Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia have enacted either statutes or constitutional amendments (or both) forbidding state employees to participate in an essential exchange function: implementing Obamacare’s individual and employer mandates.

Third, each exchange would cost its state an estimated $10 million to $100 million per year, necessitating tax increases.

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Tonight 6-8 pm CST on AxXiom For Liberty Live – Indy Journalist Dan Feidt

Kaye Beach

July 13, 2012

**Show notes/Smart Meter tools added below**

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Craig Dawkins returns to guest co-host filling in for Howard Houchen who is on the campaign trail down in SE Oklahoma’s Senate D5.

Be sure to keep up with Howard’s campaign at  http://www.HowardHouchen.com

In the first hour, Craig and I will be discussing  the Oklahoma Rally for Healthcare Independence held last Sat. July 7th at the OK State Capitol and tell you about a possible smart meter battle brewing in Oklahoma as well as touch upon the latest news regarding the UAS (drone) industry that is taking off like a shot in Oklahoma.

We welcome you input!  Call In 512-646-1984

In the second hour we will be catching up with Dan Feidt, one of my very favorite indy journalist and researchers.  A few months ago we had Dan scheduled on the show to tell us about the Homeland Security Investigations Special Response Team.  Unfortunately, Dan was preempted by an Oklahoma tornado that came very close to the studio.  Since then Dan has uncovered some other interesting goings on in government such as the wayward Drug Recognition Expert training program that seems to have been picking up Occupy protestors, getting them high for study purposes and drooping them back off at the protests visibly under the influence of drugs.  And last week Dan was making the rounds on the airwaves to expose some very interesting government documents that detail alarming military plans for the population in the event of a civil disturbance.

Back in 2010, Dan joined us on AxXiom For Liberty to expose CONPLAN 3502, the Pentagon’s upgrade of the notorious Garden Plot and tonight he will show us how all these plans fit together and what they portend.

This will be an interesting show!

Check out Dan Feidt’s blog at www.HongPong.com

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In tonight’s show I mentioned that a gentlemen I know is pushing back against OG&E’s forced installation of a smart meter on his home.  He has only just begun the process but promises to  come on air and talk about this battle soon.  In the meantime, he has kindly shared with us some of the tools he is utilizing to inform his neighbors and halt OG&E from installing the new meter against his will.

Here are the files;

Smart Meter Info Handout (Give these out to your neighbors)

Smart Meter OG&E Certified Letter (Send to OG&E BEFORE they install a smart meter)

DO NOT INSTALL Smart Meter Labels  (use with Avery label #5452, available at Staples)

WARNING NO ENTRY OG&E Smart Meter

This is the “No Entry” sign (PDF) that you can print and laminate to post on your property.

Rally For Repeal

Kaye Beach

July 12, 2012

Here is a great write up on the Rally For Healthcare Independence that took place at the Oklahoma Capitol on July 7th by Ted King in today’s Pryor Daily Times.

Rally for repeal

Staff Writer Ted King

OKLAHOMA CITY — Around 300 people gathered at the state capitol Saturday to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to allow The Affordable Care Act to stand.

Last week, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, decided the federal government has the authority to require citizens to purchase health insurance or pay a tax. The high court stipulated the states cannot be forced to expand Medicare. This was not a large crowd compared to some rallies held at the state capitol, but the event was organized on short notice.

One of the organizers, Jon Scolomiero of the Tenth Amendment Center, said he got to work putting this rally together on the evening of the Supreme Court decision June 21. The theme of the rally was nullification of Obamacare at the state level and repeal of Obamacare at the federal level.

Protesters do not want the state to implement the early stages of Obamacare in the form of health care exchanges.

Health care exchanges were a hot topic at the state capitol last session as lawmakers argued over taking money from the federal government to set up the framework for implementation of Obamacare, set to go into effect in 2014. Some lawmakers argued that failure by the state to take the federal exchanges meant the federal government, not Oklahoma, would determine how Obamacare would be implemented in the state.

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Healthcare, RFID and Medical Devices: Worry or Not?

Kaye Beach

July 10, 2011

In this post I raise two issues related to RFID and medical devices.  RFID is a generic term for technologies that use radio waves to automatically identify people or objects.

One of these issues you shouldn’t worry about but the other might be cause for concern.

Although the assertion that the Affordable Care Act mandates that the majority of people receive a RFID chip implant has been soundly debunked but there has been a resurgence in the hoax.  It is concerning to see that otherwise cautious and credible people are falling for it and perpetuating this disinformation.  As I have stated elsewhere, creditability is essential and it is an all or nothing kind of a deal.

Here is the basic claim being made;

The Obama Health care bill under Class II (Paragraph 1, Section B) specifically includes ‘‘(ii) a class II device that is implantable.” Then on page 1004 it describes what the term “data” means in paragraph 1, section B:

‘‘(B) In this paragraph, the term ‘data’ refers to in
formation respecting a device described in paragraph (1),  including claims data, patient survey data, standardized analytic files that allow for the pooling and analysis of  data from disparate data environments, electronic health records, and any other data deemed appropriate by the Secretary”

What exactly is a class II device that is implantable? Lets see…

Approved by the FDA, a class II implantable device is a “implantable radiofrequency transponder system for patient identification and health information.” The purpose of a class II device is to collect data in medical patients such as “claims data, patient survey data, standardized analytic files that allow for the pooling and analysis of data from disparate data environments, electronic health records, and any other data deemed appropriate by the Secretary.”

This sort of device would be implanted in the majority of people who opt to become covered by the public health care option.

link

The claim is faulty from the get go.  Although implantable RFID chips are a Class II device, the  aren’t the only implantable device that is a Class II medical device.

In the United States, medical devices are regulated by the FED, the Food and Drug Administration. Medical devices can be defined as any physical item useful for diagnostic, monitoring, or therapeutic purposes.

There are three classes of medical devices.  Devices are regulated according to their intended use and by level of risk posed to the patient with a Class I device being the most lightly regulated due their non invasive nature and slimmer possibility for harming a person and Class III being the most heavily regulated.  link Examples of Class I devices  include bandages and  hand held surgical instruments. Examples of Class II medical devices includes dental fillings, sutures, and yes, RFID implantable chips.

RFID chips are only one example of a Class II implantable device. 

What is a Class II medical device?

Class II devices have a higher potential to cause harm and require both general and special controls, such as special labeling, mandatory performance standards, and postmarket surveillance. These devices are typically nonimplanted, although some are partially invasive. Examples include x-ray machines, wheelchairs, infusion pumps, and surgical needles. Link

Also, the original (HR 3200)  bill did not mandate that anyone must have anything implanted. the language was actually proposing a national registry of medical devices  and furthermore this language was not included in the version (HR 3590) of the bill that actually passed into law.  A registry of medical devices certainly could be something to worry about but that is not what is being addressed by the above claims that are being passed  from person to person around like a bad rash.

Mark Lerner, co-founder of the Constitutional Alliance, researched the issue and provides this statement on his findings regarding the matter;

I have been asked if RFID (chips) implants are mandated as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR3590, Public Law 111-148) often referred to as “Obamacare”. The answer is “No”.

An earlier version of the legislation (HR3200, 111th Congress) did allow for class II devices that are “implantable” but that legislation never made it out of the House of Representatives.

Do not take my word for it; visit http://thomas.loc.gov/home/LegislativeData.php and select “advanced search”, then select 111th Congress (2009-2010) and enter the bill number HR3590.

You can do the same for HR3200 and find out that HR3200 never was passed, much less signed into law. If you follow the directions I have provided you will be able to read and do a word search for the word “implantable”in both of the pieces of legislation and determine the last Congressional action taken.

I want to say unequivocally there are times when incorrect information is shared not because people intentionally are attempting to mislead others but rather because we do not always do our homework before passing on emails and other information. Let the man or woman or has never shared erroneous information come forward today and you will find nobody including myself that has not committed this error.”

Now here is an issue that involves RFID and medical device that may warrant some legitimate concern;

Published July 10, 2012 in the RFiD Journal

FDA Issues Proposed Rules for Unique Identification System for Medical Devices

The medical manufacturing and health-care industries have 120 days to comment on the new rules, which will require many medical devices to carry a printed text identification number and bar-code label or RFID tag ID that would be stored on an FDA database.

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The concern is that medical devices that are either worn or implanted into a person that carry a unique identification number whether it be by bar code, RFID or simply text printed on the device-is traceable and could be combined with other personal data.  I find the idea, on its face, to be worrisome and will be doing some addition reading on this issue.

For more information on the privacy  problems with item level RFID tagging, read;

Bye Bye Wal-Mart: Wal-Mart Radio Tags to Track Clothing

Toby Pedford Speaks on the ACA, Government Coercion and the Free Market

Kaye Beach

July 9, 2012

Toby Pedford, small business owner and liberty activist, speaks at the July 7, 2012 Oklahoma Rally for Healthcare Independence about the ACA and the unprecedented demands the law makes on our lives.  Pedford clearly explains why the law is fundamentally wrong.

Reports on the Oklahoma Rally for Healthcare Independence

Kaye Beach

July 8, 2012

Various reports on yesterdays rally.

Fox 25 reporter Kisha Henry reports

Healthcare Rally at the Capitol

The Supreme Court’s ruling on President Obama’s Affordable Care Act didn’t sit well with some Oklahomans. Today, they decided to do something about it– gathering at the Capitol for a Rally for Healthcare Independence.

View the video report here;

http://www.okcfox.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/kokh_vid_5464.shtml

Groups rally against health care law at Oklahoma Capitol

Speakers tell a crowd of hundreds gathered Saturday at the Oklahoma Capitol in Oklahoma City to get involved, ensure elected officials are responsive, and push back against the ‘tyranny’ of government.

 

Standard Excellence blog reports;

Oklahomans Come Together for Healthcare Independence

While many people likely were just getting out of bed for a typical weekend, hundreds gathered at the Oklahoma State Capitol to rally for freedom. The Rally for Healthcare Independence was put on by the Oklahoma Tenth Amendment Center in just over a week, following the recent Supreme Court decision to uphold the President’s trademark healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.” The purpose of this rally was to unite and inform concerned citizens, some feeling helpless now that the law was validated.

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The Red Dirt Report;

Rally for Healthcare Independence takes on religious overtones

OKLAHOMA CITY – At times, taking on the tone of a religious revival rather than a rally opposing the Affordable Care Act, colloquially referred to as Obamacare, several hundred conservative and Tea Party-oriented folks gathered on the south steps of the State Capitol on an overcast Saturday morning to voice their opposition to unconstitutional overreach by government.

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Want to get involved and push back against implementation of the misguided healthcare reform law in Oklahoma?

Read the Action Sheet  Rally for Healthcare Independence Action Sheet

Oklahoma Lawmakers Contemplate Health Insurance Exchange Via Existing Structure

Kaye Beach

July 6, 2012

Oklahomans do NOT want Obamacare!  Creating a Health Insurance Exchange is a key part of the health care reform plan.

Please show up tomorrow to register your NO! on the implementation of Obamacare in our state!

Rally For Healthcare Independence Sat. July 7, 2012 9-11am at the Oklahoma State Capitol

Insure Oklahoma eyed for exchange by some lawmakers

If Oklahoma decides or is forced to implement an online marketplace for businesses and individuals to shop for health insurance, a likely or at least logical landing place for the program could be Insure Oklahoma.
Insure Oklahoma was created in 2004 when voters approved an increased tax on tobacco, thus funding a subsidy for the health insurance of low- to moderate-income employees at small Oklahoma Businesses.

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