An example of how Obamacare makes for worse-care

**Posted by Phineas

Justin Binik-Thomas’s daughter was born a few months ago with three fingers fused on one hand. The good news is surgery was recently developed that can correct this and that the family has insurance that will pay everything outside the deductible. The bad news?

For children born just a couple of years from now with the same problem, the care won’t be nearly as good:

We have met with various medical professionals to discuss treatment options. There were several possibilities discussed, and we were able to weigh these options for the best fit: Zoe’s surgery is scheduled for the day after Christmas.

We knew that surgery was likely in the near future and chose to select a top-notch full coverage insurance plan this year.

The hospital informed us that this is a fairly new operation perfected over just the last five years. However: this surgery will “cease to be available in two years for insurance patients due to ObamaCare.” This is a quote from the flustered nurse at the hospital.

This plan pays all costs incurred after the deductible, provided the services are provided in-network. The plan goes away in 2014 as a result of the health law. The best new plans to replace this will pay for 90% after deductible, and will cost more. If our daughter was born just two years later we would pay more for insurance, have inferior treatment options, and be triaged (meaning delayed) for treatment. That, in my mind, is regressive. It is not progressive as many would have us believe.

Mr. Binik-Thomas is being kind; this isn’t just “regressive,” it’s downright cruel. Chasing the mirage of free healthcare for all, national Democrats and the Left (but I repeat myself) have foisted on the nation a monstrosity that will only make care worse, even for children.

And what a bitter irony for a party that likes to play the “for the children” card whenever they can.

Be sure to read the rest of Binik-Thomas’s article for examples of how Obamacare, while only partially implemented, is already degrading the quality of healthcare. I imagine that nurse isn’t alone in her frustration. I’m certain the rest of us are in for our own.

Obamacare has got to go.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Sunday Football Open Thread: #Panthers at the Chargers

Panthers logoThe Carolina Panthers (4-9) are coming off a very exciting home win last week against their division rivals the Falcons and are hoping to create a “win streak” of sorts down the final stretch of the season as they take on the San Diego Chargers (5-8) today in an away game. I myself was so impressed with how the Panthers played against the Falcons that I picked them to win today over the Chargers who, of course, are not nearly as good as the Falcs – and maybe not as good a team as the Panthers are when the Cats are “on their game.” The big question is: WILL they be on their game today, and will they play the FULL four quarters of football or run out of steam in the 3rd Q, as has so often been the case with this team?

Today’s Charlotte Observer features a piece on Panthers star WR Steve Smith and Hall of Fame talk:

Steve Smith is starting to climb the NFL’s all-time receiving charts. But the Panthers’ longest-tenured player says he won’t worry about his career accolades until he’s retired and sipping iced tea on his front porch.

Until then?

“Until then,” Smith said, “I’m going to keep spinning that ball.”

Smith’s ball spin is his signature move, done after big catches and usually accompanied by barking at a defensive back or the opposing sideline – and sometimes his own. Since the Panthers’ dreadful 2010 season, which made Smith question if he wanted to stay in Charlotte, there has been a lot of ball-spinning the past two years.

Smith enters Sunday’s game at San Diego a yard shy of 1,000 receiving yards, which would be his seventh 1,000-yard season and second in a row. With back-to-back, 100-yard games the past two weeks against Kansas City and Atlanta, Smith has 43 for his career – tied for 10th all-time among NFL receivers.

Smith, 33, is 26th all-time with 11,277 receiving yards and 32nd with 759 catches. Panthers coach Ron Rivera believes those numbers should at least put Smith in the conversation for Canton with a few more productive seasons.

Absolutely!

Game time today is 4:05 PM ET and it will be broadcast on Fox in this area.

My office pool picks for this week:

Bengals (W)
Rams
Saints
Falcons
Bears
Redskins
Texans
Broncos
Dolphins
Cardinals
Panthers
Seahawks
Steelers
Raiders
Patriots
Titans (36 total game points)