Friday, July 31, 2009

Fwd: See How to Finish 2009 Strong at CRM Acceleration

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Fwd: Highlights of healthcare bill... get the word out

 Not only NO but h-e-double-hocky-sticks.


At least somebody has read part of it even if congress hasn't. 

Subject: A few highlights from the first 500 pages of the Healthcare bill in congress


Contact your Representatives and let them know how you feel about this. We, as a country, cannot afford another 1000 page bill to go through congress without being read. Another 500 pages to go. I have highlighted a few of the items that are down right unconstitutional.


• Page 22: Mandates audits of all employers that self-insure!
• Page 29: Admission: your health care will be rationed!
• Page 30: A government committee will decide what treatments and benefits you get (and, unlike an insurer, there will be no appeals process)
• Page 42: The "Health Choices Commissioner" will decide health benefits for you. You will have no choice. None.
• Page 50: All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free healthcare services.
• Page 58: Every person will be issued a National ID Healthcard.
• Page 59: The federal government will have direct, real-time access to all individual bank accounts for electronic funds transfer.
• Page 65: Taxpayers will subsidize all union retiree and community organizer health plans (read: SEIU, UAW and ACORN)
• Page 72: All private healthcare plans must conform to government rules to participate in a Healthcare Exchange.
• Page 84: All private healthcare plans must participate in the Healthcare Exchange (i.e., total government control of private plans)
• Page 91: Government mandates linguistic infrastructure for services; translation: illegal aliens
• Page 95: The Government will pay ACORN and Americorps to sign up individuals for Government-run Health Care plan.
• Page 102: Those eligible for Medicaid will be automatically enrolled: you have no choice in the matter.
• Page 124: No company can sue the government for pr ice-fixing. No "judicial review" is permitted against the government monopoly. Put simply, private insurers will be crushed.
• Page 127: The AMA sold doctors out: the government will set wages.
• Page 145: An employer MUST auto-enroll employees into the government-run public plan. No alternatives.
• Page 126: Employers MUST pay healthcare bills for part-time employees AND their families.
• Page 149: Any employer with a payroll of $400K or more, who does not offer the public option, pays an 8% tax on payroll
• Page 150: Any employer with a payroll of $250K-400K or more, who does not offer the public option, pays a 2 to 6% tax on payroll
• Page 167: Any individual who doesn't' have acceptable healthcare (according to the government) will be taxed 2.5% of income.
• Page 170: Any NON-RESIDENT alien is exempt from individual taxes (Americans will pay for them).
Page 195: Officers and employees of Government Healthcare Bureaucracy will have access to ALL American financial and personal records.
• Page 203: "The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax." Yes, it really says that.
• Page 239: Bill will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors and the poor most affected."
• Page 241: Doctors: no matter what specialty you have, you'll all be paid the same (thanks, AMA!)
• Page 253: Government sets value of doctors' time, their professional judgment, etc.
• Page 265: Government mandates and controls productivity for private healthcare industries.
• Page 268: Government regulates rental and purchase of power-driven wheelchairs.
• Page 272: Cancer patients: welcome to the wonderful world of rationing!
• Page 280: Hospitals will be penalized for what the government deems preventable re-admissions.
• Page 298: Doctors: if you treat a patient during an initial admission that results in a readmission, you will be penalized by the government.
• Page 317: Doctors: you are now prohibited for owning and investing in healthcare companies!
• Page 318: Prohibition on hospital expansion. Hospitals cannot expand without government approval.
• Page 321: Hospital expansion hinges on "community" input: in other words, yet another payoff for ACORN.
• Page 335: Government mandates establishment of outcome-based measures: i.e., rationing.
• Page 341: Government has authority to disqualify Medicare Advantage Plans, HMOs, etc.
• Page 354: Government will restrict enrollment of SPECIAL NEEDS individuals.
• Page 379: More bureaucracy: Telehealth Advisory Committee (healthcare by phone).
• Page 425: More bureaucracy: Advance Care Planning Consult: Senior Citizens, assisted suicide, euthanasia?
• Page 425: Government will instruct and consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney, etc. Mandatory. Appears to lock in estate taxes ahead of time.
• Page 425: Government provides approved list of end-of-life resources, guiding you in death.
• Page 427: Government mandates program that orders end-of-life treatment; government dictates how your life ends.
• Page 429: Advance Care Planning Consult will be used to dictate treatment as patient's health deteriorates. This can include an ORDER for end-of-life plans. An ORDER from the GOVERNMENT.
• Page 430: Government will decide what level of treatments you may have at end-of-life.
• Page 469: Community-based Home Medical Services: more payoffs for ACORN.
• Page 472: Payments to Community-based organizations: more payoffs for ACORN.
• Page 489: Government will cover marriage and family therapy. Government intervenes in your marriage.
• Page 494: Government will cover mental health services: defining, creating and rationing those services.


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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Fwd: Tip 172 – How One NEA Fan Radically Increased Revenue with Active Outreach

Have you seen this?
Eric Standlee
Tip 172 – How One NEA Fan Radically Increased Revenue with Active Outreach

One of the great joys of my book tour has been meeting so many NEA fans in person. Eric Standlee was one, and on my blog, this director of business development from Texas shares how his strategic use of LinkedIn, combined with the monthly happy hours he hosts, contributed to his company's monthly revenue rising from 1 million to 15 million. (For the rest of Eric's strategy, watch the video.)

One thing Eric learned: Not everyone approaches the world with an abundance mindset and a desire to connect. If you meet someone who's not responding, don't try to squeeze blood from a stone – move on! The world is full of people who are interested and willing to help, it's just your job to find them.



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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Fwd: Obama Renews Support for U.S. Public Insurance Plan

Thought you'd like to see what my friend said:

I'll keep this short and sweet (okay, I'll at least TRY)..
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama renewed his support for a government-run health insurance plan on Tuesday after a top aide indicated the White House might be willing to back a healthcare overhaul that did not include the option.
In a statement released while traveling in Russia, Obama strongly endorsed the idea of a public plan and said it was one of the best ways to bring down costs and "force the insurance companies to compete and keep them honest."
Two quick points:  First, isn't there more than one insurance company in the U.S.? Jeff and I have been enrolled in several different ones over the years. I thought they already competed with each other for companies' business?  Maybe, they're FORCED on each other..oh, wait, no, that's the GOVERNMENT PLAN..
Second, not exactly a great way to win votes "..force the insurance companies..keep them honest."  Call me crazy, but don't those same "dishonest" insurance companies employ thousands of American voters and taxpayers? hhmmmm..oh, wait, I forgot, the President made the statement in that bastion of freedom: RUSSIA!!  Of course, Rahm Emmanuel will say he was just trying to "get in" with the proletariats and become one of the "comrades"..
The debate continues, and I'll be fired up and watching..and by the way, if anyone is interested, I have two (2) pretty big announcements about my own fight against healthcare reform. 
First, I have booked a physician-client on the FoxNews Channel Hannity program.  In July 17th Hannity will air a Healthcare Special aimed at debunking the myths the Democrats are trying to pass as truths regarding nationalized healthcare.  Look for Mark Mettauer, MD, aka "the rock star doc" (Hannity's producer coined the phrase..but its sooo true!) on the show.
Second, Dr. Mettauer has written a detailed rebuttal to the Democratic published "An American Solution, Quality Affordable Healthcare"  which gives us the politician's version of "Top 12 Reasons for Healthcare Reform and Nationalization".  The rebuttal takes each point and addresses the ways in which Americans use/access medical care, the reality and failures of socialized medicine in other countries, and how the proposed nationalized plan will affect each American patient. 
The rebuttal is a great document. Its very detailed, and several pages, but addresses each and every one of the "highlights" the Democrats and this President are trying to force us to to swallow.  And trust me, this is one proverbial pill none of us wants to ingest. I'll be happy to forward it to anyone who wants it, just let me know.
Take care, and stay vigilant!