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Entries in Colorado Medical Society (2)

Wednesday
May112011

How to buy and influence Colorado GOP legislators for Obamacare State Health Exchanges!  

VetTheGov in a previous story explained how Colorado Medical Society influences legislation. What you may not know is that the previous story ended with passage of SB11-200 with a majority GOP House. How does legislation that allows government interference in health care pass under the ever so Limited Government GOP commitment? As you have heard the TEA party flavor has already worn itself out with certain factions of the GOP that wanted the votes but not the accountability.

Why focus on the GOP? Easy answer! The Democratic Party never offers a limited government platform so any legislation that grows government is an automatic YES vote for them. VetTheGov must note that one Democrat actually voted NO on SB11-200 John Soper from HD 34 Thornton even though he received $2,300.00 from CMS. Wonder if he missed the YES vote button?

VetTheGov must note all 15 GOP Senators voted NO!

VetTheGov discovered the vote tallies not under the actual bill on Colorado's General Assembly website, but under another bill HB11-1014. Here is the information VetTheGov has been waiting for to determine which GOP house members voted for SB11-200. 

Here are the GOP House members that voted for SB11-200 and the amount of money they received from CMS:

Kathleen Conti-None; Don Coram-$400.00; Cheri Gerou-$1,400.00; James Kerr-None; Larry Liston-$1,200.00; Tom Massey-$1,200.00; Frank McNulty-$500.00; Carole Murray-$2,200.00; Kevin Priola-$915.00; Robert Ramirez-None; Amy Stephens-$1,300.00; Ken Summers-$800.00; Spencer Swalm-$1,600.00. 

CMS has donated $11,515.00 to the above GOP candidates and all but three have accepted these donations from an organization that is pushing the Affordable Care Act here in Colorado. VetTheGov searched the Secretary of State's website and found the three non-CMS recipients had other health care related donations to their campaign committees. 

VetTheGov thinks the $30K salary is much needed these days so they vote for more votes!

Are they representing YOU or special interest? Are they representing YOU or BIG Government? Hard to tell these days but I bet somewhere in their campaign speeches they were cozy with the TEA party crowd. Since nothing was accomplished for job creation, the last fight for the GOP became maps in which the courts will now decide. We the People will wish we had Cleared the Bench! The People definitely need to continue to clear the GOP legislators to ones that actually represent Limited Government. Could prove difficult with Ryan Call and his 51% republican candidates we will soon begin to see. 

Speaking of maps, VetTheGov noticed percentage breakdowns of how they try to equalize and protect districts and the main percentage that stood out was the Independents. If there was traction within a third party the time may be upon Independents to make a stance within one of these groups. In almost every map, percentages of Independents were averaging between 30-40% in every district. 

VetTheGov wonders why the rush for SB11-200? It wouldn't need to be in place until 2014. Where are the GOP strategist that could of allowed the democrats to hang themselves out there on this legislation? Why not let Gov. Hickenlooper sign an executive order for health exchanges? Why not wait to try and gain more GOP Senate seats? Too many questions and of course more smoke and mirrors out of the GOP. The famous GOP line is get involved and make changes but when you try you are given the get back in line and stop dividing the GOP speech!

The ultimate concern regarding government run health care is that there will no doubt be increased cost because when have you ever seen a government run anything that actually makes money or saves money? If you follow the money in health care, BIG Government has become too big to fail!

Saturday
Apr232011

Why SB11-200 Health exchange Bill will unfortunately Pass soon!

In case you didn't know Colorado already has a Health Exchange in place at least for Information called Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) as stated in the Colorado Health Department Description below. Please visit their website to learn more about the program already in place. HERE are the current financials of the organization. Take note of their description about what they provide! CORHIO is one of the first pillars necessary to implement Obama Care.

Colorado Medicaid is working with the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO), a public-private partnership, to implement this program and promote health information exchange across the state.  The ACC Program will work with CORHIO’s regional extension centers to encourage providers in each region to participate in the HITECH program and improve their health information technology. 

Governor Hickenlooper's 2011-2012 budget description (View Department Description section#2) explains the implementation of SB11-200 and the exchange system well before it was even introduced by Democratic Senator Boyd and Republican House Leader Amy Stephens. The State of Colorado has received $1,000,000.00 in grant money from the federal government that set aside FIVE BILLION for states to implement the exchange system for Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Section 1311 of PPACA provides funding assistance to the States for the planning and establishment of American Health Benefit Exchanges (“Exchanges”). PPACA provides that each State may elect to establish an Exchange that would: 1) facilitate the purchase of qualified health plans; 2) provide for the establishment of a Small Business Health Options Program (“SHOP Exchange”) designed to assist qualified employers in facilitating the enrollment of their employees in Qualified Health Plans offered in the SHOP exchange; and 3) meet other requirements specified in the Act.  On October 1, 2010, the Department was awarded a planning and establishment grant totaling $1,000,000.00 for initial planning activities related to the potential implementation of the Exchanges. Colorado has received the grant money already and now all that is left is the structure of SB11-200.

VetTheGov followed the money from the advocates of this program spear headed by Mike Pramenko who is currently holding the title of President of Colorado Medical Society (CMS). Have you wondered how a 2000 page bill was written so quickly and why Obama flew to little old Grand Junction when he was pitching this program? Pramenko is spear heading the whole design behind Obama Care and if he had it his way the program would  be a single payer system. CMS is currently involved in creating Accountable Care Organizations (ACO). See details here and of course this is preparation for the many baby boomers about to over burden the Medicaid system.

"Doctors, hospitals and others in the health care industry have raised concerns that ACOs could run afoul of antitrust and anti-fraud laws, which try to limit market power that drives up prices and stifles competition. One concern is that ACOs, particularly those in rural markets, could grow so large that they would employ the majority of providers in a region." Pramenko is also part of the CO-OP Rocky Mountain  Health Plans. Hmmm....Is RMHP starting an ACO??? VetTheGov believes RMHP and Primary Care Physicians have lots to gain financially from the implementation of SB11-200, Obama Care, and ACO's. Here is a new coverage for pre-exisiting conditions that RMHP set up in 2010 and received $90 Million in Federal funding. See recent powerpoint from Pramenko regarding ACO's. Here is another presentation so you don't think we are conspiracy theorist. Notice the new ACO definition! This same Medical Homes language is found in the Colorado budget description mentioned above. 

“It is a tremendous honor to be able to serve the residents of the State of Colorado through this innovative partnership, which brings the resources of the private sector together with the protections and resources of the public sector, to solve a problem for thousands of uninsured Coloradans, ” said Steve ErkenBrack, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Health Plans. Click here for entire press release! 

Now CMS is also involved in supporting candidates and elected officials in order to push their agenda forward. So who has received money from CMS? Surprise surprise! Amy Stephens and Betty Boyd along with a host from both parties have received campaign contributions from CMS. Now all you have to do is sit back and watch the final details come together. CMS has very specific questions for candidates to answer in order to get funding and endorsements. There are no other choices left since Colorado will not be able to sustain all the promised programs from the feds and the state.

The health care money machine goes all the way to Washington DC and both parties have again sold out. You will see all your favorites here http://www.opensecrets.org/capital_eye/health.php Over $600 Million in 2010 alone. Are they serving your needs or BIG Healthcare's needs?

Do you think SB11-200 is truly for small business as it is being touted? Think again! In Pramenko's powerpoint it mentions Health TeamWorks, United HealthGroup, and CMS as collaborators in the exchange endeavor. If you go to Health TeamWorks blog you will notice most Obama Care strategies have already been implemented or currently in pilot stage. So where does the TeamWorks get their funding and who are the members? Look here but VetTheGov will point out a couple such as Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Colorado Medical Society, HealthONE, and United HealthCare part of United HealthGroup. Health TeamWorks receives donations and grants from The Colorado Health Foundation which holds over One BILLION in assets. Read the Health Foundations measurable results page to learn they are behind increasing more Medicaid and CHP+ adults and children into the system. Sound familiar? This Bill is all about taking care of Big Healthcare hospitals and Primary care groups. It is doing nothing for small business or the independent free market doctors.

So who is behind the Health Foundation? A HUGE for-profit company which owns the non-profit HealthONE here in Colorado called Hospital Corporation of America. Look here at the dollars invested in Colorado. Here are their campaign donations via Federal Election Commission http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/com_supopp/C00067231/ Look at what the Stock Market folks are saying about the future of Health Care and HCA http://www.hedgefundlive.com/blog/a-little-more-on-hca-thanks-duke-desk

The stars are aligning for the Health Care industry in Colorado and unfortunately when we discuss the MONEY trail both the Colorado Government and the BIG Health corporations will get what they want regardless of what you think or believe because profit and taxes drive both of these engines and they know what's best for us! Please try and convince your State Senators and Representatives to vote otherwise but the Train is already full steam ahead. VetTheGov doesn't see anyone able to get in its way. The future will see less options, bigger ACO's/HMO's, and free market competition all but lost.