Honor System


Obamacare starts in 2014.   We all know that.  The law includes tax subsidies to purchase health insurance for Americans who earn less than 400 percent of the poverty line, about $45,000 for an individual.  Those earning less than 133 percent of the poverty line — about $15,000 — will qualify for Medicaid coverage in Washington D.C. and the 23 states that have decided to expand the program.   You may not have known the actual numbers but you probably knew that subsidizing people was a big part of this plan (a common theme for this administration).  Well, how about this?  Did you know that the government won’t be able to verify whether or not applicants for Obamacare’s insurance exchange subsidies are actually qualified for the aid?  Instead, until at least 2015, these states will be able to “accept the applicant’s attestation [regarding eligibility] without further verification”.  So this massive tax plan to fund health insurance is based on whether someone wants to get free healthcare or not!   Are you kidding me?

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]

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3 Responses

  1. Bill Mast says:

    I never expect a government program to make sense, why should this one? As a retired physician I should know!

  2. ben says:

    Just like voting in our country. have to let you vote even if you don’t have a photo id.
    yet you can’t renew a driver’s license without proving who you are all the way back to your birthcertificate in addition to other photo id.

  3. robert eickson says:

    Income tax is also is on the honor system with penalties if one lies. I don’t know the penalties for not being accurate on your income for subsidies but if they are high enough one would expect most would try to be honest.

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