Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

11/5/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Pace of implementation is not allowing proper legal review.

President Obama, in his breakneck rush to impose Obamacare on the nation, has set up a system whereby conflicts of interest could prevail. This is the latest danger which the Senate Finance Committee has identified with the way Obamacare is being implemented. 

We have no way of knowing what's in our Obamacare's prescription.

We have no way of knowing what's in our Obamacare's prescription.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/5/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Obamacare, corruption, pace, speed, Hatch, HHS


WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - The 2014 deadline for establishing an insurance exchange that will cover some 30 states, has both the private sector and government working feverishly to complete the process in time. In their rush, virtually no time is allowed to scrutinize private participants for any conflicts of interest.
The Obama administration has farmed out the job of constructing a data services hub for the government. That hub will be an integral part of the federal insurance exchange. Recently, one of the contractors working on the project, Quality Software Services, Inc. (QSSI) was acquired by UnitedHealth Group, which is a large healthcare conglomerate. 

The Senate Finance Committee is concerned that UnitedHealth group could be enjoying the advantage of an uneven playing field, given their size in the marketplace, but that advantage cannot be examined for any conflicts of interest because there simply isn't enough time. 

To meet the 2014 deadline, now just 14 months in the future, the parties involved have no time to stop and answer questions. 

This lack of transparency has Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) worried that the entire scheme could run into ever-larger problems as the rapid, opaque process invites corruption. 

To address the concern, Senator Hatch has reasonably asked Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius for a full account of the contractors who have been selected to build the exchange as well as what federal officials signed off on the contractors. 

Hatch, along with his Senate colleagues, are looking to ensure that ethical considerations are abided by as Obamacare is imposed on America. It's the best they can do. 

"I am seeking more information about the contracts associated with the entities selected to build the federally facilitated exchange (FFE) and the federal data services hub that will support the FFE," Hatch wrote.

The Senator is interested in whether or not the HHS bothered to review the acquisition of QSSI by UnitedHealth Group, and if any regard was paid to the possibility that a conflict of interest could be created. 

Hatch gave Sebelius a deadline of October 26 to respond to his letter. 

She has ignored it. 

However, had she met the deadline, there is little the Senate could have done. The breakneck pace the Obama administration has set leaves no time to properly vett and evaluate contracts and to replace contractors if problems arise. 

In other words, there's no  time to correct mistakes. 

With billions of dollars likely to flow through these exchanges, many of them coming from taxes, the federal government has a responsibility to ensure the public isn't going to be fleeced while using a system they are essentially compelled under threat of law to use. 
Unfortunately, the system is already rigged so that members of the Senate Finance Committee, whose job it is to oversee such things, cannot even ask questions and obtain responses. And even if they did get answers, there is little they can do. 

Ultimately, Obamacare is being slammed down the throat of every taxpayer, and there's no answer to what it really contains. Unless a repeal is voted, which is unlikely, America is going to have to like Dr. Obama's prescription, regardless of how much snake-oil it contains. 


---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for June 2015
Universal:
That immigrants and refugees may find welcome and respect in the countries to which they come.
Evangelization: That the personal encounter with Jesus may arouse in many young people the desire to offer their own lives in priesthood or consecrated life.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Health

Are you at risk for skin cancer? Too much citrus may lead to melanoma Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Consuming large amounts of orange juice or grapefruit may increase the risk of the most dangerous type of skin cancer, melanoma, according to recent studies. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Dr. Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health, who ... continue reading


PUBLIC HEALTH VICTORY: Cuba becomes first nation to eliminate mother-to-child HIV, syphilis Watch

Image of Antiretroviral treatment to prevent mother-to-child-transmission of HIV, authorities remind the public, is not 100 per cent effective. A small number of cases are allowed to persist, despite the certification.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Heralded as one of the "greatest public health achievements possible," World Health Organization director-general Margaret Chan has declared that the Caribbean nation of Cuba has become the first nation to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from ... continue reading


Health experts warn on animal diseases used as biological weapons Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The World Health Organization (WHO), animal health and national defense officers announced on June 30 the need for a wider international cooperation to sidestep the spread of animal diseases that could potentially be utilized as deadly biological weapons.  ... continue reading


Lazy lifestyles pose dangerous and deadly threat to today's generation Watch

Image of Laziness can lead to problems with being overweight.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

You might not be entirely aware, but according to the World Health Organization, physical inactivity is now the fourth most notorious global killer. In fact, the impact of physical inactivity has been claimed as the reason for more fatalities than the collective effect ... continue reading


5 wonderful facts about sunscreen that you didn't know Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The need to use sunscreen is something emphasized everyday, not only by dermatologists but also by the beauty industry, media, etc. It's basically everywhere. It is not an alien fact to us that using sunscreen religiously will help us combat premature aging, the risk ... continue reading


Is getting plastic surgery a sin against God? Watch

Image of Plastic surgery is considered a simple medical procedure nowadays but remains as an intriguing aspect for the Catholic Church.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Plastic surgery may seem to be a common medical procedure for several individuals around the globe, but the Catholic Church still has different points of views when it comes to changing the naturally bestowed beauty from God. Some medical practitioners, on the other ... continue reading


'Swimming pool eyes' are not because of chlorine... but because of urine Watch

Image of Swimmers that use the pool for their toilet causes the urine to react with chlorine. This in turn creates a chemical compound that hurts the eyes.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In a sage bit of advice that has a double meaning - you may not want to "go" to a public swimming pool after you learn this disgusting fact. If you emerge from the pool with red, stinging, sensitive eyes, it is not because of the chlorine... it is because of ... continue reading


Recording reveals anesthesiologist's shocking verbal abuse against unconscious patient Watch

Image of An anesthesiologist [not pictured] is caught make rude comments about patient.

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Instead of simply recording his doctor's post-operation instructions, as intended, a Virginian man accidentally recorded the anesthesiologist's verbal onslaught against him while he was asleep. Concealing his identity, the patient filed a lawsuit, including the doctor ... continue reading


Eating 'Fitness Snacks' may not be the healthy alternative for staying fit Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

We often hear the term "fitness food" or see products that are marketed as a healthy and guilt-free alternatives to chocolates and chips, or a way to fight cravings and hunger pangs. But could these "fitness foods" really be the key to keeping oneself healthy and fit? ... continue reading


Have you been exposed to this common, 'cancer causing' chemical? Watch

Image of A chemical commonly used in herbicides may cause cancer in those exposed to it, though early evidence is not conclusive.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A chemical in a common herbicide widely used in farm work may potentially pose a threat to humans who are exposed to it, a new report from a World Health Organization (WHO) research unit has found. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The herbicide known as ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Ephesians 2:19-22
19 So you are no longer aliens or foreign visitors; ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 117:1, 2
1 Alleluia! Praise Yahweh, all nations, extol him, ... Read More

Gospel, John 20:24-29
24 Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 3rd, 2015 Image

St. Thomas
July 3: St. Thomas was a Jew, called to be one of the twelve Apostles. ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter