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Section A: General News


Editorial: Listen up: Employer sends message, warning to employees




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August 15, 2012 | 2,010 views | 22 comments

Mary Helen Tieken, operating as Nurses In Touch Home Health and Hospice, sent an urgent message to her employees over the weekend.

Her message is, “Pay attention. Listen and discover for yourself.” Her warning is that things could get very bad under Obamacare. I received a copy of her email just as I was beginning to write this week’s column about the newly announced Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan Republican presidential ticket.

Her message was heartfelt and urgent, so much so, that I thought it must be shared, and it does have everything to do with the Romney-Ryan ticket, and the November elections.

Small businesses everywhere, including the Wilson County News, are being adversely affected by the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. While our business may not be as directly impacted as will those that have more than 50 employees, the repercussions of the insurance mandates will be felt by businesses everywhere, if for no other reason than the uncertainty of it all.

Obamacare and its layers of mandates and regulations is stifling business, and driving up costs of and limiting medical care. Businesses cannot make decisions about going forward when they don’t know what to expect from Washington. And what affects business will ultimately affect consumers.

Tieken employs about 80 people through her company, Nurses In Touch, Inc., headquartered in Floresville. The email to her employees points out “the cold hard facts” about the Obamacare taxes and/or fines that will cost her business from $60,000 to $100,000 for health-care costs, in addition to what she already pays toward their health insurance.

Despite these taxes and fines, she writes, part-time personnel still will not have health insurance, and the cost of insurance is not going down; it is going up under Obamacare.

As the effects of Obamacare surge through the health-care industry, doctors by the hundreds are leaving medical practice. Tieken is not alone in her concern. Just ask physicians such as Dr. Edward Elmer and Dr. Thomas Leytham. They are among many, many health-care professionals who have been fighting the Affordable Care Act from its inception.

You can read more about what some physicians are doing at www.docs4patientcare.org. Their concerns include making the already overburdened Medicaid system worse by adding more patients to the woefully inadequate Medicare payment system. Obamacare will further reduce Medicare payments for services rendered, thus putting a stranglehold on businesses such as Tieken’s. At stake also under this health-care reform are doctor-patient relationships, as the government moves to take over more and more of the decisions concerning health care.

While Tieken is not telling anyone how to vote, she is urging everyone to listen carefully to both sides.

When you hear, for instance, that Republicans, and Rep. Paul Ryan (now vice presidential candidate), in particular, “want to throw granny over the cliff,” as a Democrat ad proclaims, listen to the other side.

Yes! There are two sides to every story and this has never been truer than in this campaign. Ask questions. Consider carefully what is being said. To better understand the plight of granny, two San Antonio doctors, Jane Hughes and Kris Held, explain it in their own video: http://bit.ly/overcliff (see below).



The more likely ones to be pushing granny over the cliff (or under the bus) are the Democrats with Obamacare, which limits and restricts health care.

Obamacare cuts Medicare by $700 billion over the next 10 years, so seniors better pay attention because it’s guaranteed they will feel the effects of Obamacare.

Without doing something, as the Ryan budget proposes, Medicare as we know it will absolutely be gone because it is rapidly going broke. The Ryan budget begins revisions in the Medicare program only for those under the age of 55, and it can actually save the Medicare program.

This is quite a different story than you get from watching the mainstream nightly news.

I agree with Tieken.

Please, please, please get informed between now and November. This election is too important to sit out or to allow your vote to be canceled out by those who can’t tell a lie from the truth.
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 21, 2012 5:05am
 
All the discussion against self treatment and the eroding of rights of citizen are merely advancing the selfish continuation of a monopoly. Lawyers guard their granted powers and the medical professionals are no different. ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 20, 2012 1:28pm
 
Muse.....How much that "we from the government and we're here to help you" tea did you drink. Death panels have been around for years at the kitchen table of ranches and farms. How much can we spend on grandpa ... More ›

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
August 20, 2012 11:35am
 
Self treatment and drugs without a prescription. Good idea. Judging by the mental capability I have seen exhibited in some of these posts the capacity for many to self treat and self medicate would swell the coffers of the funeral ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 20, 2012 5:44am
 
All Seniors..... 1. How much self respect are you willing to give up for medical care. 2. How much should your children and grandchildren give up to provide the care that you should have provided for during your working ... More ›

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
August 19, 2012 7:36pm
 
So, Alvin, are you saying that medical professionals should refuse to accept Medicare and Medicaid patients?

 
Alvin Charmaine  
August 19, 2012 4:18pm
 
I have no way of knowing but i would bet that well over 80% of the "business" revenue comes from directly billing the govt. Give me a break.

 
Gene Perkins  
Floresville  
August 17, 2012 5:17pm
 
I completely agree with M H Tieken; This is one voting year in which the young will be left with a staggering debt. Its not necessily the politicians fault but the voters are probably more so. Like Suspreme Court Judge John Roberts ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 17, 2012 1:28pm
 
Medicare unfunded liabilities.....38 trillion or Thirty eight thousand billion. Medicare cuts.....Between 700 and 800 billion. My God, we're thrown Granny over the cliff. How dare we reduce the unfunded liability to 37 trillion plus. ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 17, 2012 8:26am
 
Beji.....Just more proof that all of them are after the taxpayer monies. Follow the money.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 17, 2012 8:17am
 
I AGREE.......The popular refrain is that government is inefficient. Never a word about the health industry who has guaranteed payments from the government piggy. Cut out the monopoly of the health care industry, cut out ... More ›

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