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The Black Hole Principle – Ten years on Soul Food
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The Black Hole Principle
Ten years on
by Dr. Manjir Samanta-Laughton
In 2003, I made an unexpected and startling discovery that I realized could have massive implications for our understanding of the
cosmos. I published an initial summary in the journal of the British
Holistic Medical Association and a further exploration in the book,
Punk Science published by O-books in 2006 which continues to be
a success around the world, translated into several languages. 1,2
I called this discovery The Black Hole Principle (BHP) and 2013 marks
its 10th anniversary. In this article we shall outline the triumphs of
the theory has made since its inception and ask what further predictions it can make about the cosmos.
The Black Hole Principle
In a sudden flash of insight, I realized we have got it completely
upside down. Black holes are not destructive, they are actually the
creative forces behind the universe. In fact they are not black at all;
they are sources of infinite light.
Most of the black hole actually exists in higher dimensions beyond
our normal perceptions, beyond the speed of light. What we currently understand as the speed limit of the universe, the speed of
light, is actually simply a reflection of the limit of our normal perceptions. Amazingly at the start of the 21st century, theories were
Exploring the Cosmos
In 2003, the big revelation came, almost out of the blue. I had already started down this path of discovery and, by an extraordinary
set of personal circumstances, my days were clear so that I could
spend my time contemplating and writing.3 I was examining ideas
in cosmology that intrigued me such as Varying speed of Light
theory (VSL), Quintessence and more. 4,5
It was the subject of black holes that particularly drew me, because
I knew somehow that they held the key to something major. Like
most people, I had come to understand that black holes are the
result of a star collapsing in on itself thus becoming a center of infinite gravity and sucking in everything around it, even light, hence
it becomes a black hole. So I was amazed to discover that the actual
astrophysics data from our telescopes was showing quite a different picture.
Black holes turned out to be quite common and were emitting
highly energetic radiation, seemingly faster than the speed of
light.6 Sometimes this was in the form of gamma radiation which is
part of the electromagnetic spectrum - a form of highly energetic
light. Or the emissions could be electrons almost at light speeds
and sometimes, the antimatter component of electrons which are
called positrons. 7
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being forward in physics academia that said the speed of light was
not the speed limit of the universe. 8
Black holes, rather than being destructive are actually the creative
centers of the universe; they are sources of infinite light which
comes through from higher dimensions to ours. When light gets
to the edge of our reality, at what we call the speed of light, it splits
into a particle of matter, an electron and a particle of antimatter, a
positron. And this is why we see electrons streaming out of black
holes at near light speeds; they have only just slowed down to
reach our dimension.
The breath of Brahma
physicists to resort to saying that black holes ‘burp on their food’ as
they cannot explain why so much material comes out of what they
see as a gobbling black hole.9
The oscillating emission patterns from black holes are seemingly
random for us. Sometimes they emit gamma rays and this can last
for days of even just seconds. And then they can emit X -rays, probably caused by the high energy electrons emitted from black holes
we were discussing earlier.10
As above so below
However, this still is not the whole picture of this new theory. It is
called the Black Hole Principle for a reason, as the same processes
actually occur at every single level of the universe, which really consists of repeating fractal patterns. So the same process that is happening in a black hole in the heart of a galaxy is happening at every
level, in stars, planets and then right down to the level of atoms
and everything in between, even our chakras and DNA. Everything
is a breathing spiral of creation from infinite light through into our
dimension. The infinity at the center of every black hole is the same
at every single level - this is the void that the mystics speak of.
Although the fractal aspect of the BHP was revealed to me in an
insight, I spent several years researching into the actual evidence
for this. To my amazement, so many processes that we feel have
nothing to do with black holes actually correspond with the centers of galaxies.
But this is not all, the process works both ways - black holes breathe!
One minute they are breathing one way and produce positrons
and electrons and the next, the particles of antimatter and matter
can recombine into light and produce gamma ray bursts. The process is constantly moving.
For examples - stars can show the same bipolar jet patterns of galactic black holes.11 Our own star, the sun, actually has jets coming
off it - we call them coronal mass ejections and solar flares. These
contain spirals of matter and antimatter, just as in a major black
hole. 12 The various planets in the solar system such as Jupiter also
have unexplained, intermittent flares.13
We can also see this black hole behavior at the level of the atom.
If you think back to the classical structure of the atom - with its
energy shells surrounding a nucleus. The electrons are constantly
jumping between energy shells. We call this jumps quantum leaps
as they are of a discrete size and can be quantified. What happens
as the electrons jump, according to some theories, is that they
leave behind negative energy holes or positrons.
Bruce Cathie has proposed another picture of these quantum
leaps in that they really represents electrons and positrons spiraling around each other in the atom, just as they do in the black
hole.14 Then there is atomic decay or radioactivity. Just as in the
black holes, radioactive decay can also include fast moving electrons and gamma ray radiation.
At the level of DNA too, promising experiments show that DNA
emits photons and even winds and unwinds according to emotions of the person the DNA is from.15 Still at a cellular level, Fritz
Albert Popp has done some amazing work on biophoton emissions - light coming from the body in pulses - again this could be
analogous to breathing black holes.16
This is indeed what we see from our telescopes and astrophysicists
cannot make sense of what they see. They presume the gamma
ray bursts from black holes are caused by explosions. Explosions
start with lots of energy and then die away. But reality does not
behave like that, the emissions oscillate instead which has caused
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But there was even more evidence of the BHP to come and even
as I wrote Punk Science, I could have not anticipated how quickly
and in how many different ways. I will go onto to explain the predictions and the breakthroughs. Once you understand the basic
principle behind how the universe works you will be able to understand how anomalous findings in astrophysics fit into this overall
patterns and can even start making predictions.
Some of the hallmarks of the Black Hole Principle are
1. Intermittent and often unpredictable emissions or behavior. This
can apply to ejections such as solar flares, radioactivity from an
atom or even the disappearance of one of Jupiter’s rings.
2. High energy electrons - or sometimes other particles of matter.
Seen in galactic black holes, radioactivity and even lightning.
3. Antimatter ejected often unexpectedly. This causes the antimatter fountains seen coming from the Milky Way.17
4. Spiral geometry - the golden mean is a hallmark of nature and
can be expressed in many different ways. Often it is in terms of
a spiral geometry which is seen in many different systems from
the weather to galaxies.
5. Water emissions. Yes unbelievably water is produced from black
holes. More on this later.
6. Strong fluctuating magnetic fields - seen around planets, the
sun and galactic black holes.
Here come the fairies
cal discharge built up from clouds, a bit like static electricity. However, they will probably not mention that this hypothesis has never
been proved and in fact experimentation has actually disproved
it.21 We now know that the electrons found in lightning are actually
emanating from Terrestrial Gamma Ray Flashes (TGFs) in the earth’s
upper atmosphere.
TGFs therefore show many of the hallmarks we would expect if
the BHP is correct for example processes at light speed, gamma
rays and high energy electrons. When I wrote Punk Science, all
these features of TGFs and their association with thunderstorms
had been discovered. If BHP is correct, could there be more corresponding features in TGFs?
In 2010, NASA sent a probe to investigate the phenomena of TGFs
in the earth’s upper atmosphere. Much to their surprise, but of
course, perfectly predictable by the BHP, they found antimatter
also being emitted from TGFs. The earth’s upper atmosphere is
filled with black holes doing the same thing as those at the center
of galaxies in outer space! 22
Journey to the center of the earth
Something that has been prominent in our awareness in recent
years is the increase in earthquake activity. It may come as a shock
that we cannot yet predict earthquakes.23 Our best seismologists
are having to admit that they simply do not actually know much
about the earth’s processes.24 The favorite theory for many years
has been to do with geological fault lines causing quakes. Volcanos
seem to be another mystery to geologists.25
Actually we know very little about what exists below our feet and
in the center of the Earth. It is one of the most unexplored areas in
science.26 There is an assumption that there is a molten iron core
that is constantly moving therefore causing the fluctuating magnetic field around the planet. Yet there is no proof of this and it
remains an assumption, even though scientists present it as factual
information.
But what if the BHP applies to the core of the planet too? What if
the center of the planet is a creative black hole? We would expect
magnetic fields similar to the black holes in space. We would expect fluctuations and this is exactly what happens to the earth’s
magnetic field - it is not static. And we would expect periodic discharges in jets. Well that is exactly what we do find - sudden unpredictable energetic discharges. We call them earthquakes.
Perhaps one of the strangest concepts for us to understand is that
our planet earth is also created from black holes. But ironically this is
where we may find the strongest evidence of the BHP. In the satellite era, much to the surprise of NASA, new types of lightning were
detected above the clouds. These exotic and fleeting phenomena
were often named after the fairy realm - elves, sprites and pixies.18
Even more puzzlingly, we found gamma ray bursts with just as
much energy as galactic black holes in the earth’s atmosphere.19
Furthermore, these gamma ray bursts were associated with thunderstorms. 20 If you think about it, the type of lighting that we are all
familiar with is actually a powerful discharge of electrons. If you ask
most scientists what produces lighting they will say it is an electri-
A massive increase in electron emissions were certainly seen over
the center of the Japanese earthquake.27 Or sometimes the energy
comes though a volcano and what do we see there? Lightning,
which are fast moving electrons, and also plumes coming from volcanos in the form of a spiral.28 A prediction I am making right now
is that we will also find antimatter discharging from volcanos, if we
were to look for it.
Forever blowing bubbles
In Punk Science, I described how many of the black hole emissions
occur in an interesting pattern - at 180 degrees to each other in
concentrated jets called bipolar jets. This has certainly caused some
problems to the astrophysicists as they try and shove actual observations into their preconceived ideas, because for one, black holes
are not supposed to emit anything in their models. So they try and
fit the observations of black holes emissions into their theories. The
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from distant black holes, but seemingly everywhere - on various
moons in the solar system and even spewing out from the center
of comets.34
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current thinking is that as material is being sucked down into the
‘plug hole’, some of it is heated up and spat out or ‘burped’ as they
say.
But there is a problem as this dynamic should look a bit like the
the sparks on a Catherine wheel as material comes off the spinning accretion disk, not as concentrated jets. I have actually witnessed a physicist performing mathematical contortions just to try
and avoid the fact that the material is being emitted from the black
hole itself.29
Interestingly, these bipolar jets appear not only from objects such
as black holes but also from planets and stars, even old stars that
astrophysicists think should not show any signs of activity.30 It was
in 2010 that one of the most spectacular examples of a bipolar jet
appeared and it was in our own galaxy.
The headlines announced that our galaxy is blowing bubbles as
telescopes measuring gamma rays were able to spot two giant
lobes coming out from our own Milky Way galaxy.31 The enhanced
image actually looked very beautiful. The reporting of the find described the accompanying bafflement, as this was an unexpected
occurrence from the perspective of current models of galaxies. Of
course it fits the BHP perfectly. However, perhaps the most shocking evidence of the theory was yet to come.
Water, water everywhere
In Punk Science, I highlighted the fact that terrestrial gamma ray
flashes (TGFs) found in the earth’s atmosphere were of tremendous
energy and comparable to black holes in space.32 As we know,
these TGFs are associated with thunderstorms. Thunderstorms are
of course incidents which produce rain. If I was right in saying that
the same processes occurring in thunderstorms were also found in
other black holes, there should be something that links them to the
production of water.
My speculations were confirmed in 2011.To the utter surprise of
astronomers, they found a massive body of water spewing from a
black hole at the farthest reaches of the universe. 33 Bear in mind
that not that long ago scientists believed that water was only to
be found on this planet. But now we are finding water not only
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If thunderstorms produce water as part of a BHP process, we now
have a totally new explanation for the weather on our planet. We
have seen that the TGFs in the earth’s upper atmosphere show all
the signs of being a black hole with gamma ray bursts and the production of antimatter and matter. We can now make a fairly confident prediction that the actual water produced in thunderstorms
is also from the TGF black holes in the earth’s upper atmosphere. In
fact many of the planet’s weather phenomena, from hurricanes to
even the Great Flood myths, need to be reassessed in the light of
this new evidence.
The reason why we see water everywhere from moons, to supermassive black holes to comets to TGFs is that they are displaying
BHP behavior which includes producing water. Where does this
water come from? Well strangely enough it is coming in from
higher dimensions. I believe it is produced at the moment when
light splits into matter and antimatter, but this has to be confirmed.
Black holes are a kind of interdimensional water pump. There are
still some indigenous cultures around the world who believe that
that water has a higher dimensional aspect to it.
If I am right then we should see water vapor coming from volcanos. Indeed water vapor is the predominant gas that emerges from
volcanos, the ash cloud from Iceland was in fact mainly water not
ash.35 BHP processes could also be the explanation as to why in
certain places on the planet we see hot water springs coming out
the ground.
Beyond the mortgage
We are on the brink of a scientific revolution. In the face of unexpected data coming in from our telescopes, unexplained weather
and repeated earthquakes devastating the planet, it is no longer
acceptable to ignore the evidence in favor of an outdated theory
just because it pays for a scientist to keep her/his job. Scientific exploration must move beyond the question of how to pay the mortgage. Scientists should aspire to understand the universe itself and
when the data does not fit the theory we must revise the theories
and sometimes throw them out all together.
2013 is the 10th anniversary year of the Black Hole Principle. Evidence has accumulated to at least investigate it further. No other
theory that I am aware of predicted the production of water from
not only black holes at the centers of galaxies, but from various
other bodies in the universe and even volcanoes. No other theory I
am aware of predicted the production of antimatter from terrestrial
gamma ray flashes. We are in a new era of science; it is time to embrace the facts and leave behind the fiction.
Dr Manjir Samanta-Laughton MBBS (MD in USA)
is former medical GP turned international speaker and author. In
2006 her first book, Punk Science was published and has received
worldwide acclaim ever since. In it she described her new cutting-
edge theories of cosmology which place black holes at the centre
of a conscious, creative universe.
2009 saw the publication of her second book, The Genius Groove
which explains how these ideas in cutting edge science can be
applied to your life. Her website http://paradigmrevolution.com/
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By Sharry Edwards
Sharry Edwards has been accused of being too scientific by some, too esoteric by others. In actuality she is a bridge between both
fields of inquiry. She has been working to clarify the sounds she is hearing from each individual and why her vocal abilities allow
her to create sounds that are supposedly impossible for a human voice.
Her unique auditory and vocal abilities allow her to “hear” each person’s unique Signature Sound and that ability has led to serious
questions about what those sounds could possibly indicate. Researchers, from many institutions, have shown that indeed there
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He states that the identification and purpose of these sounds would prove to be a new branch of medicine. AT&T recently announced that bioacoustics is the “medicine of the future”. The Duke Encyclopedia of New Medicine acknowledges Sharry Edwards
as the pioneer of this new paradigm of wellness. Dorinne Davis, an audiologist, has proven that what Sharry hears is actually the
oto-acoustic emission coming from the ear and that the software Sharry has developed does pick-up the emissions of the ear
through the frequencies of the voice.
From the scientific to the esoteric Sharry has helped integrate the idea of frequency and sound as a healing modality but her motives and talents are often misunderstood. A person who organizes sound healing seminars once “dis-invited” Sharry as a speaker
stating that she had no vocal talent but Sharry likely has one of the most unique sound healing talents on the planet. Her voice
creates pictures using the sound of her vocal. “It is quite a unique talent”, says Larry Wallace, sound engineer, “I’ve see her vocally
produce pictures that provide clues to the health issues of an individual”. I think somewhere in history, that ability has been breed
out of most of us. Sharry’s harmonics are the same harmonics that Penelope Gouk writes about in her books about ancient sound
and healing that were once banned from music composition by early churches.
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Sharry’s curiosity and her need to make a difference in the world led
her to develop a scientific format for computational biology using
the sounds of her own voice. She has been tested in many labs and
still uses her toning abilities to work with people who have no voice.
Using frequency as an intrinsic healing modality is an ancient tool
brought forward into the modern era through BioAcoustic Biology;
a major innovation that allows a look at health through individual
biofrequency assessment.
Sharry calls this new field of discovery Sonistry. Just as we have a
system of basic elements that we call, chemistry, there is a basic
set of sounds/frequencies that can monitor, predict and manage
biological function. String theory found a basis for the existence of
DNA; Sonistry is the basic system for RNA. (DNA is the pattern; RNA
maintains the pattern.)
In the near future biofrequencies, as an indicator of health, will soon
become as common as taking your temperature or blood pressure
when you visit your health care provider. AT&T, several universities
and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals are working with these principles; with
many wellness providers no depending on Sharry to help them deal
with patients with mystery symptoms.
It has been written that many great thinkers have attempted to
decode the mysteries of the universe using math, geometry, music, frequency and architecture. The recent popularity of the movie:
The daVinci Code and Dan Brown’s most recent book, The Symbol
has sparked our imaginations concerning information that has
been kept hidden from the populace. While Brown’s book hints at
architecture as hidden knowledge, Edwards’ work proves that the
ancient Templar cross contains math codes that support cellular rejuvenation.
“The list of how Vocal Profiling can be used seems endless and provides an avenue for the integration of energy medicine with the allopathic approach,” states Roman Chrucky, MD. Dr. Chrucky credits
this innovative approach with predicting his heart attack last year
and for helping his body reverse a diagnosis of prostate cancer. “My
experiences with this technique are very real because they have
made a difference in my own life and those of my patients. I’m very
happy with this work and very happy that Sharry has stuck to these
ideas in the face of much adversity. In my opinion she’s the doctor’s
doctor. I send all my perplexing patients to her even though by definition, what she does is not medicine.”
Providing a mathematical matrix of the frequency field of the body
is very important to our future of understanding physics. Edwards’
research provides many of the answers concerning Pythagorean
string theory and how it can be combined with modern string theory to explain how DNA “strings” can be dominated using frequency.
It usually takes a well-funded scientific breakthrough or an overwhelming catastrophe to facilitate overall change that actually
makes a difference. People are slow to embrace new scientific information because anything fundamentally different from the status
quo intimidates them. Although a major disaster forces transformation, people don’t always adjust willingly. The most profound and
permanent way to cause a shift in perception is through affirmative
life experience.
In an attempt to shift perceptions concerning health care, Sharry
established at highly innovative educational research facility, the Institute of BioAcoustic Biology and Sound Health to further the novel
research that supports the assertion that ancient architectures and
language contain math codes that support frequency-based cellular regeneration. The idea of revisiting lost knowledge through the
use of computer assembled biometrics provides a new paradigm
that may change the face of future medicine.
This ancient idea combined with modern technology utilizes the
premise that the body can identify and prescribe for itself using the
algorithms of vocalized frequencies to accurately quantify, organize,
and extrapolate biometric information.
Known as Vocal Profiling, the idea of analyzing the frequencies and
the modulation of a human voice to determine emotional, biochemical and structural status of a person is being used by medical
facilities and schools; for military applications; in police work for verification purposes; in research studies for issues thought to be incurable, to determine wellness patterns; to relieve the stress of pain; to
determine exposure to toxins and pathogens. From working with
the firefighter’s union and engineers at ground zero, to assisting
physicians in determining the potential cause of health related mysteries, this novel work is Star Trek medicine in the making.
No one argues that our present health care system is in crisis and
that people are seeking alternatives. The intention behind the
many public software Give-a-Ways conducted by Sound Health is
to create unity in health care by creating a system of SELF HEALTH
for THE PEOPLE, by THE PEOPLE.
Her goal is to create a new paradigm of health while leaving the
present broken system behind. She uses the words of a famous philosopher as her guide: “In order to change something, don’t struggle to change the existing model. Create a new model and make
the old one obsolete.” …Buckminister Fuller
From birth to death, we use sounds to express our needs and emotions, but there are additional layers of information hidden within
our words. In modern times we possess only limited conscious
awareness of this information for ourselves and as a means to understand the intentions of others.
Vocal Profiling software has been developed that can use the fre-
“Sharry Edwards’ work defines and demonstrates the unifying field theory that defied Einstein.”
…Dr. John Apsley
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quencies of the voice to create a matrix of biometric information,
from fundamental DNA, to the hidden intentions of those who
claim to speak for us. Public classes and software is being distributed to help combat some of the present day health needs: PreVac
(pre-vaccination risk factors), Nutritional Consultant, Muscle Management, Allergy Identification, PTSD Prevention, Parkinson’s Recovery, Countervailing the flu seasons and Radiation Exposure, in the
hopes of setting up a BioAcoustic Center in every community.
Imagine a future in which the individual frequency based biomarkers contained within the voice can be used to keep us and our
world, healthy and emotionally balanced.
Sharry has for many years provided the leading-edge research to
show the voice as a holographic representation of the body. Here
are a few of her discoveries that promise to change the face of healing – esoteric as well as conventional:
• Researchers and Clinicians who use color and sound in combination need to consider brain dominance because color and
sound used together can cancel the influence of both – left
brained people perceive color and sound as opposites; right
brained people perceive color and sound as the same; whole
brained people adjust to either depending on the situation
• Time domain vocal graphs (one note per phoneme) produces a
type of information that can be very useful for personality profiling, group dynamics, match-making and other situations where
personal actions and reactions would play a part
• Frequency domain vocal graphs (translating vocal data to numeric data) produces a type of information that can be used
to specifically identify the status of biochemicals, muscles, genomes, pathogenic exposure, nutrients, toxicities...
• Each Sound has an equal and opposite sound, a reciprocal, that
can provide information and domain over the originating sound
• Just like herbs, that produce octaves of sound, healing frequencies are generally combinations that can be equated to established musical scales and harmonics
dividual vocal acoustics
• Anomalous vocal acoustics can provide diagnostic information
equal to the diagnostic ability of oto-acoustic emissions – the
ear and voice can both provide a dynamic window into body
mechanics, personality and biochemistry
• Just as there is an organized system of biochemistry; there is
an organized system of sounds with individual biology, called
Sonistry*
• The voice is a dynamic picture of the BODY through the interactions of the recurrent laryngeal nerve, the Vagus nerve and the
brain
• Vocal profiling allows the detection of invading infectious agents
in their genomic state before they become pathogenic
Current Projects Using Vocal Acoustics and
Computational Biology –
Predicting and monitoring heart stress through vocal acoustics
Profiles for anti-aging, immune system, degenerative connective
tissue disease, macular degeneration, mitochondrial DNA, use
of nutrients, adrenal, kidney and pancreas function, weight
management....
Vocal Biometrics to monitor eye health and vision degeneration
Eliminating the stress of gout pain using frequency
Detecting biomarkers for Alzheimer through vocal analysis
Monitoring hormones through pregnancy, labor and delivery
Allergy symptoms linked to adulterated wheat and food supplies
found through vocal profiling
The reduction of health costs through Vocal Profiling
Providing frequencies to eliminate bone loss and muscle atrophy so
that space travel can be accomplished
Examining DNA/RNA through vocal frequency patterns helps plan
for possible genetic related health issues
• Both frequencies and patterns of the voice
contain significant, but different types of information
• Each person, place, thing and emotion has a
“Frequency Equivalent”*. For humans this is
known as a Signature Sound which actually
consists of several octaves of sound. Anomalous Frequency Equivalents of a signature
sound can be used to predict, sometimes 30
days in advance, what distress will occur
• Just as our brain is hardwired for math, so
is our biology. The body and its system of
unique biochemistry can be mapped using
a mathematical matrix (Mathways*) of health
and wellness
• -he brain speaks a language of mathematical
patterns that can be used to entrain the brain
• Voice spectral analysis examines the structure
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Reducing fibromyalgia symptoms using low frequency analog
sound
Reversing Cell Signaling Disease using BioAcoustic Sound
Presentation
Recent Research publications –
Study Finds Link Between Gmo’s And Current Health Care Crisis
Are pesticide resistant seeds responsible for cell signaling
malfunctions?
Computerized Biometric Frequency Modeling Used to Detect
Diagnostic Biomarkers through Vocal Acoustics.
A Novel and Rapid method for Detecting and Monitoring Resistant
and Mutating Pathogens through Vocal Profiling.
Developing Technologies for BioAcoustic Vocal Profiling as a Viable
Component of Integrative Medical Diagnostics and Treatment
Computational Biology used to Monitor Pregnancy Hormones
throughout Induced Labor
Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide
Health on the Edge by Larry Trivieri
Natural Detoxification: A Practical Encyclopedia by Jacquelyn Krohn,
MD & Frances Taylor, MD
The Scientific Basis of Integrative Medicine by Leonard Wisneski &
Lucy Anderson
The Vivaxis Connection by Judy Jacka, MD
Overtoning: The Complete Guide to Healing with the Human Voice
by Wayne Perry
Song of the Spine by Dr. June Wieder Immunization: The Reality
behind the Myth by Walene James
New Age Encyclopedia: A Mind~Body~Spirit Reference Guide by
Belinda Whitworth
Therapeutic Voice work: Principles and Practice for the Use of
Singing As a Therapy by Paul Newham
The Science of Spirit: Beyond the Bleep by O. Frank Turner
*words coined for use with Human BioAcoustic Vocal Profiling
research
Every Day a Miracle: Success Stories with Sound Therapy by Dorrine
Davis
Books that Sharry Edwards & her work has
appeared in –
Sound Bodies through Sound Therapy by Dorrine Davis
Duke Encyclopedia of New Medicine
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Sound Secrets by Jill Matteson, an official biography of Sharry
Edwards, July 2011
Soul
Food
By Laurie Monahan
Soul - noun \sōl\
Definition of SOUL
1 : the immaterial essence, animating principle,
or actuating cause of an individual life
2a : the spiritual principle embodied in human
beings, all rational and spiritual beings, or the
universe a person’s total self
4a : an active or essential part b : a moving
spirit : leader
5a : the moral and emotional nature of human
beings b : the quality that arouses emotion and
sentiment c : spiritual or moral force : fervor
6 : person <not a soul in sight>
7 : personification <she is the soul of integrity>
Why does beauty sell so much? Why is the beauty care
industry so profitable? Why is it easier for Lady of the
Lotus Botanicals to sell a body oil as beauty care rather
than as ‘stress relief’? Stress relief, after all, is intimately
related to beauty as an outcome. Why does beauty
seem more popular than health, as an emphasis? Oh,
we’ve all heard that we live in a superficial culture, that
women are degraded and devalued, that image sells.
While beauty care is no doubt a complex topic, with interrelated socio economic/cultural/historical variables
at play, there is a way to discuss this in simple terms:
Soul Food.
Beauty is not just a superficial act of vanity. Wanting to
look good, to make oneself beautiful, is more than an
objectification of the self. Lady of the Lotus sees it as
deep interaction with the soul, as spiritual nourishment.
Beauty care is interactive. Interacting with the canvas of
the body, but really, to paint the soul, to express the
soul. When the tools and materials are of lower quality
(say, perhaps, filtering your expression through what
society wants, or what someone else looks like, distorting your expression to meet an external standard
that simply does not truly fit), the result is different.
Yet, the underlying, perhaps subconscious, intention is
still present. Unique expression of the soul, manifested
through the persona and the physical body.
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When you apply, for example, a Lady of the Lotus Botanicals Blessing Oil to your body, you are directly involved in your own care.
When you apply mascara or lipstick (or do your manscaping), you
are equally involved. Contrast this to the sterility of ‘healthcare.’
Even the term itself sounds bland, detached and clinical. It sounds
good in theory. You know it is important. You think you ‘should’ be
paying attention to your health. But there’s no soul in it, for the
most part. Going to the health store, purchasing an organic
multi vitamin or herbal supplement, opening the usually plastic bottle, removing the silica gel fresh pack
and taking 2 capsules a day, is technically ‘interactive’, as well. There’s something automated
about this process, though. It becomes simply
another task on your to-do list for the day. The
bottle is impersonal, and nothing about taking
this supplement feels remotely connected to
who you really are.
Holistic Healthcare has its own set of baggage.
Associated with perfection, with doing the right
thing vs. the wrong thing (eating organic vs. going to
McDonald’s, for example). Its tag words are things like: Stress relief, be healthy and happy, fight aging, counteract the negative
effects of x, y and z. Stop putting chemicals into your body. Of
course these will help you. You know stress creates negatives in
your body and life that you could do without. And you know that
being honest with yourself about what you need to change, is
the hallmark of success, including having good health. And most
people believe that being truly healthy will result in many positives, such as improved relationships, career success, more energy
and brighter outlook, etc.
Yet, here we are with terms like holistic healthcare, filed away in
the back of our minds, not something we can actively apply to our
lives on a daily basis. There’s no connection. Modern educational
research is awash with information about ‘project based learning’,
‘real world connections’, ‘creating your own learning’, etc. This is
not rocket science. It is pragmatic realism: What you are connected to, you become more interested in, and more proficient at.
And THIS is why beauty care sells. It is intimately connected to you
and your life. And this is part of why holistic lifestyle changes are
so difficult to implement, for many people. The disconnect. There’s
no soul. Beauty has soul. Beauty is soul. Beauty is life. Beauty is also
healthcare. And healthcare is beauty. Truly feeding your body and
mind, holistically, with longevity in mind, is a thing of beauty. You
become invested in your own well being, in a tangible way that
you can viscerally relate to. And this connection to yourself, cannot help but feed your soul. This is why self care is soul food.
We shun the concept of beauty at our own peril. We accept society’s version and then attempt either to emulate or adamantly
reject it, at the expense of our own sovereignty. Who defines a
word? How are we stunted by refusing to look at a concept more
deeply than the prevailing notions? Do we forever play ping pong
with our concepts, much the same as we do with our healthcare
or politics? To beauty or not to beauty. That is the question. Or is
it? To define beauty for ourselves may be the more pressing query,
even as it is neither a definitive action nor answer. Yet it has the
potential to move us beyond dualistic simplicity, beyond superficial interpretations, and into a land of eternal potential.
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Beauty care as self-care as healthcare is emphasized by Lady of
the Lotus Botanicals, for these reasons. This is why we say that our
work supports alchemy through compassionate service of body
and soul, at the crossroads of beauty and healthcare. Through interactive healthcare, both as a form of self-care and by the very
fact that our products interact with your soul, with your mind,
emotions and body, you become radiant from the inside out. This
is alchemy.
Beauty is for everyone. Nourishing the soul is for everyone. Superficiality is in the eyes of the beholder. Lady
of the Lotus Botanicals sees that the quest for youth,
for beauty, for longevity, is not a vain act at all. The
proverbial Fountain of Youth is a reality worth pursuing, for it reveals to you, over time, your own
splendid, jewel like radiance. You cannot help but
cultivate a deep connection with yourself, with
your soul and with your body and its innate healing potential. And it is this connection that ultimately
gives you happiness, inspires you to greater heights and
motivates you to stick with your goals.
Put some soul into your healthcare. See the soul in your beauty
care. Interactive self-care is a form of creativity. Creativity is who
were are as humans. We create every day. But that’s another topic
for another day. In the meantime, create and nourish your soul, at
the crossroads of beauty and healthcare. This is our wish for you,
from Lady of the Lotus Botanicals.
©2012-2013 Laurie Monahan and Lady of the Lotus Botanicals.
www.LadyoftheLotusBotanicals.com
www.LadyoftheLotusLongevityArts.com
Obamacare: A Deception
Part 2
(Part 1 in previous issue)
Introduction by
Paul Craig Roberts
5. Medicaid Expansion And Estate Recovery
In order to expand Medicaid, several Medicaid regulations were
changed:
a) the income limit for eligibility was increased to 133 percent
FPL, but since states must apply a 5 percent disregard, this effectively raises the eligibility to 138 percent FPL
b) Modified Adjusted Gross Income will be used in most cases
to determine eligibility (also applies to certain CHIP applicants)
c) the age limit was increased to 64, childless adults will be eligible; and
d) the asset test was dropped except for certain groups such as
the elderly and people on Social Security Disability – BINGO!
The fact that the asset test was dropped is very important, but
before we look at why, you must first understand that if an Exchange determines you are eligible for Medicaid, you have no
other choice. Code for Exchanges specifies, “an applicant is not
eligible for advance payment of the premium tax credit (a subsidized plan) or cost-sharing reductions to the extent that he or
she is eligible for other minimum essential coverage, including
coverage under Medicaid and CHIP.” Therefore, you will be tossed
into Medicaid unless there are specific rules as to why you would
not be eligible. If you are enrolled in a private plan through an
Exchange and have been receiving a tax credit, and your income
decreases making you eligible for Medicaid, in you go. If you are
allowed to opt out because you don’t want Medicaid, you will
have to pay a penalty for being uninsured unless you can afford
to purchase insurance in the open market.
Just so you’re clear on this: the ACA stipulates that the system will
ensure that if any individual applying to an Exchange is found to
be eligible for Medicaid or a state children’s health insurance program (CHIP), the individual will be enrolled in such a plan.
Furthermore, to increase enrollment in health coverage without
requiring people to complete an application on their own, states
are advised to automate enrollment whenever possible by using existing databases for social services programs such as SNAP
(food stamps) to enroll people who appear eligible for Medicaid
but are not currently enrolled. Therefore,
you could find yourself auto-enrolled in
Medicaid against your will if your state
acts on this advice.
Many times over Mr. Obama et al told you
that all Americans would have choice.
Choice was another big talking point. Are
poor and low-income Americans undeserving of choice? Is the ACA a class-based system? Maybe they
meant that for this segment of the population, the choice would
be between Medicaid or a penalty for remaining uninsured. This is
blatant discrimination.
Here’s why dropping the asset test got the BINGO – Estate Recovery! You won’t find the following info in the ACA. It’s in the
Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1993 (OBRA 1993) – a federal statute which applies to Medicaid, and, if you are enrolled in Medicaid, it will apply to you depending on your age.
a) OBRA 1993 requires all states that receive Medicaid funding to
seek recovery from the estates of deceased individuals who used
Medicaid benefits at age 55 or older. It allows recovery for any
items or services under the state Medicaid plan going beyond
nursing homes and other long-term care institutions. In fact, The
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) site says that
states have the option of recovering payments for all Medicaid
services provided. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) site says at state option, recovery can be pursued for
any items covered by the Medicaid state plan.
b) The HHS site has an overview of the Medicaid estate recovery
mandate which also says that at a minimum, states must pursue recoveries from the “probate estate,” which includes property
that passes to the heirs under state probate law, but states can
expand the definition of estate to allow recovery from property
that bypasses probate. This means states can use procedures for
direct recovery from bank accounts and other funds.
c) Some states use recovery for RX and hospital only as required
by OBRA 1993; some recover for a few additional benefits and
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vides revenue for cash-strapped states and it’s a big business.
Your estate is what you own when you die – your home and what’s
in it, other real estate you may own, your bank account, annuities
and so on. And even if you have a will, your heirs are chopped liver.
Low-income people often have only one major asset – the home in
which they live and, in some cases, this has been the family home
through several generations.
So what this boils down to is: if you are put into Medicaid – congratulations – you just got a mandated collateral loan if you use
Medicaid benefits at age 55 or older! States keep a running tally.
Estate recovery can be exempted or deferred in certain situations
after your death, but the regulations for this are limited and complicated with multitudes of conditions. You may not have an attorney
on speed dial, but with regard to this hundred pound gorilla, it sure
would be handy.
Should you decide to ask your congresscritter about estate recovery, be prepared for responses such as:
— “Estate recovery doesn’t apply to you.” (Great news. Please overnight a copy of the amendment to OBRA 1993 that stipulates estate
recovery is no longer required and no longer allowed. Here’s my
address.)
— “Oh, estate recovery is state, I’m federal.” (Wrong – estate recovery is federally mandated although the estate recovery program
itself is administered by each state.)
— “I don’t know anything about this.” (Highly unlikely because the
expansion of Medicaid is an integral part of the ACA and estate recovery is not a secret.)
— “The ACA wasn’t about revamping Medicaid.” (As explained
above, Medicaid regs were revised in order to expand Medicaid.)
— “I’ll look into that and get back to you.” (Don’t hold your breath –
they don’t want to go there.)
If you ask about estate recovery when you contact an Exchange
or speak with an outreach agency, you’ll probably run into a brick
wall or be told it doesn’t apply to you – whatever. But, it doesn’t
matter because what you are told is not legally binding. What is
legally binding is your signature on the Medicaid application which
indicates that you agree to the terms of the contract – which brings
us to another item in OBRA 1993. Read on.
OBRA 1993 also contains procedural rules intended to ensure that
individuals are informed about Medicaid program requirements
including disclosure of estate recovery before they complete the
application process and also during the annual re-determination
process. Notification of estate recovery should be on the signature
page of your state’s Medicaid application and is usually a one-liner: I
understand that if I am aged 55 or older, (name of your state’s Medicaid plan) may be able to get back money from my estate after
I die. (Use of the word ‘may’ doesn’t mean if the state feels like it
– it means recovery will take place unless there are specific circumstances for exemption or deferment as mentioned above.) There
are also strict recovery/repayment clauses for injury-related settlements disclosed on the signature page and a few other ditties that
apply to you or a family member who is enrolled in Medicaid. All of
these items must also be disclosed in your state’s Medicaid handbook.
Under the ACA and proposed federal rules for implementation,
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states will be required to provide a single, simple application to apply for and enroll in Exchange plans, Medicaid and CHIP, and consumers must be able to apply by phone, in person or online. The
Secretary (HHS) is charged with this task and it’s in the works. This
begs an answer to the following questions:
— Will Medicaid applicants be diligently informed about estate
recovery and other rules that apply to Medicaid enrollees on this
single application? Failure to do so would be in non compliance
with OBRA 1993 and would also be deceptive.
— Will applicants be provided with a signature page that contains
appropriate disclosure of these rules so they can be reviewed before signing on the dotted line?
— How will appropriate disclosure and obtaining a signature work
for those who are bumped into Medicaid due to a decrease in income or who might be auto-enrolled because they were presumed
eligible through a database.
If an applicant or someone who has been bumped or auto-enrolled
in Medicaid is not satisfied with the terms of the Medicaid contract,
lack of another health insurance option that is in the best interest
of low-income earners represents undue and unconscionable advantage being taken of this segment of the population under a law
that mandates health insurance or a penalty.
Do the health insurance policies enjoyed by lawmakers on Capitol
Hill and paid for by taxpayers include an estate recovery program?
Medicaid is poor, underfunded, overstretched and constantly bombarded by state budget cuts – even before an ACA expansion. It offers a low quality of care in many states, and, in general, represents
inequities in care. Office-based doctors typically refuse to accept
Medicaid patients, thus, millions thrust into this plan will have difficulty finding a primary-care doctor or a specialist.
A perfect example is the December 2012 federal appeals court decision that allowed California to cut reimbursements by 10 percent
to doctors, pharmacies and others who serve low-income residents under the state’s Medi-Cal plan (a version of Medicaid) due
to state budget issues. California was already at the bottom of the
rate-reimbursement heap which made finding doctors difficult for
residents in Medi-Cal. This decision will further reduce the number
of health care providers willing to take new Medi-Cal patients, thus
jeopardizing their access to primary and specialized care. Under the
ACA’s expansion of Medicaid, state budget crises across the nation
will exacerbate the ongoing problems regarding access to care
for Medicaid patients, particularly in states that have a high lowincome population. http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/MediCal-cuts-upheld-by-appellate-court-4116971.php
6. Insurance Plans At The Exchanges
Below are the 4 plan levels that will be offered at Exchanges for
people between 138 and 400 percent FPL. Each one has government- approved benefits including prescription coverage. You will
be entitled to one free preventive visit each year. Per the most recent study commissioned by the Kaiser Family Foundation, several
cost-sharing options were estimated for non-group (individual and
family) Bronze and Silver plans. Cost-sharing is the amount you must
pay to use your insurance. Your share of the premium is not part of
cost-sharing. http://www.kff.org/healthreform/upload/8303.pdf
The way this works is you will pay for all your medical care until you
reach the annual deductible. Then you’ll pay the applicable per-
centage of coinsurance until you reach the annual out-of-pocket
spending cap which will be set on a sliding scale. Annual means
these amounts start again the following year, and if they change,
you will find out when you re-apply for insurance. There will also
be copays – an amount you will pay to the doctor for an office visit.
Here are the current estimates:
chase health insurance but decide not to buy it starting in 2014 will
owe a penalty (a tax) to the IRS. Here’s what this looks like:
a) In 2014, the annual penalty will be $95 per adult and $47.50 per
child, up to a family maximum of $285 or 1 percent of family income, whichever is greater.
Bronze: cheapest and dry as dust with 60/40 coverage – a win-win
for insurers
b) In 2015, the penalty will be $325 per adult and $162.50 per child,
up to a family maximum of $975 or 2 percent of family income,
whichever is greater.
a) annual deductible of $4,375 for an individual (double for a family)
with 20 percent coinsurance, b) annual deductible of $3,475 for an
individual (double for a family) with 40 percent coinsurance
c) In 2016, the penalty will be $695 per adult and $347.50 per child,
up to a family maximum of $2,085 or 2.5 percent of family income,
whichever is greater.
Silver: next cheapest – offers an illusion of coverage at 70/30
The IRS collects the penalty, but the ACA stipulates that taxpayers
shall not be subject to any criminal prosecution or penalty, tax liens,
seizure of bank accounts or garnishment of wages for failure to pay
it and no accumulation of interest on the unpaid balance. So, it appears that all the IRS can do is deduct the penalty from a refund it
owes you, and if you’re not due a refund, then you’ll have an outstanding tax obligation.
a) annual deductible of $2,050 for an individual (double for a family)
with 20 percent coinsurance, b) annual deductible of $650 for an
individual (double for a family) with 40 percent coinsurance
Gold: expensive – 80/20 – better coverage
Platinum: most expensive – 90/10 – most comprehensive coverage
A fifth plan will be available for the under-30 crowd and people
who have been granted a hardship exemption. See topic 8 in this
lesson. Coverage in this plan will be less comprehensive than the
Bronze – it is primarily for major-medical expenses except that it has
a free preventive visit. Cost-sharing for people at 138 to 200 percent
FPL is estimated to be a bit less than the Bronze and Silver estimates
mentioned above.
The high deductibles in all but the two most expensive plans could
saddle you with mounting bills for routine care and may stop you
from seeking necessary treatment for illness or injuries. Many of you
will find that the promise of access to affordable health care really
means access to inadequate coverage at a price the government
has decided you can afford to pay.
The number of drugs in each plan at an Exchange will vary from
state to state. In some states, plans will offer up to 99 percent of
available drugs and others only 45 percent which means you may
not have access to the specific drugs you need. Perhaps Big Pharma
will change its stance on this before 2014.
The cost of plans at an Exchange will vary from state to state based
on where you live and your age. The ACA allows insurers to charge
older customers up to three times more for a plan, even if they are
in good health, as long as the state in which an Exchange is located
doesn’t have a law that caps age-rating. Some Exchanges will tuck
an administrative fee of 2 to 4 percent into premiums to help cover
operating expenses.
Cost-sharing tax credits will be available if you are below 250 percent FPL to protect you from high deductibles and copays – but
only if you purchase a Silver plan. If you buy the cheaper Bronze
plan, you won’t be eligible for these credits, which are, by the way,
direct federal payouts to private health insurance companies.
Obamacare has no cost controls. There is nothing stopping the insurance companies from increasing their rates, and Washington has
already estimated higher premium costs at the Exchange for 2016
which doesn’t mean that 2015 won’t have an increase. Sounds like
2014 prices will be an Introductory Offer. Get ‘em while their hot!
7. Penalty For Being Uninsured
The ACA requires that people who have been deemed able to pur-
Keep in mind that the penalty is described in annual amounts but is
really monthly. So, if you are uninsured for only part of the year, you
will accrue only 1/12 of the total for each month you are uninsured
unless you qualify for an exemption.
8. Exemptions From The Penalty
You may be eligible for official permission that excuses you from
having to pay the penalty for being uninsured. The requirements
are:
a) If the cheapest health care plan available costs more than 8 percent of your MAGI after subtracting the tax credit or employer contribution, whichever is applicable.
b) Your income is so low that you aren’t required to file federal income taxes.
c) You are between jobs and without insurance for up to three
months.
d) You have a sincerely-held religious belief that prevents you from
seeking and obtaining medical care.
e) You are in jail.
f ) You are an undocumented immigrant.
g) You are a member of an Indian tribe or a religious group currently
exempt from paying Social Security tax.
If item d) is the case, you must file a sworn statement as part of
your tax return, and should you obtain care during the tax year, the
exemption will no longer apply and you will have to pay a penalty
for being uninsured. Per H.R. 6597, medical care is defined as acute
care at a hospital emergency room, walk-in clinic or similar facilities. Medical care excludes treatment not administered or supervised by a medical doctor such as chiropractic, dental, midwifery,
personal care assistance, optometry, physical exams or treatment
where required by law or third parties such as an employer, and
vaccinations.
If you think you can’t afford the amount the government has decided you can afford to pay for your insurance plan, and you don’t
fit into any of the categories described above, you can apply for
a Hardship Waiver. Details have not yet been provided regarding
hardship eligibility requirements under the ACA, but, for an idea of
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what they might look like, let’s check out what the deal is in Massachusetts which already has a mandated health insurance law –
Romneycare! In fact, Romneycare was the model for Obamacare.
That’s why some people call Obamacare, Obamneycare.
of care to the very sick.” http://www.medibid.com/blog/2012/10/
your-disease-can-kill-you-in-more-than-one-way/?utm_source=Re
gistered+Physicians&utm_campaign=8f9028ddaf-October_Physician_Newsletter11_17_2012&utm_medium=email
To qualify for a Certificate of Exemption under Romneycare, a Massachusetts resident must demonstrate that health insurance is not
affordable due to one of the following: 1) homelessness; 2) eviction
or foreclosure notice; 3) domestic violence-related medical trauma;
4) major long-term illness of a child; 5) death of your spouse; 6) your
house burned down; or 7) “you can establish that the expense of
purchasing health insurance would cause you to experience serious deprivation of food, shelter, clothing or other necessities.”
The ACA also requires Health Insurance Exchanges to establish a
navigator program to inform the uninsured about the availability
of government-approved subsidized plans at an Exchange and to
facilitate enrollment in these plans, but it leaves the design of the
program up to each Exchange.
Ya gotta luv number 7. And in Massachusetts, exemptions come
with an expiration date, so you have to clean up your act in short
order. Under the ACA, the Secretary of Health and Human Services
will determine if, indeed, you have suffered a hardship that keeps
you from being able to pay for coverage.
9. Other Tidbits
There is much more in the ACA including all kinds of rules and
penalties for employers, employees and the self employed as well
as the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model which will be
mandated starting in 2014. The latter works as follows: under the
simplest option available, a small group of doctors and hospitals
– an ACO – will manage your care and be graded and paid based
on the outcome of all patients who seek treatment with that ACO.
The ACO will also be rewarded with a share of the savings in health
costs it achieves by following best treatment practices and reaching specific benchmarks set by CMS. The second option, “shared
savings plus risk,” is for larger ACOs. Providers will receive a lumpsum payment to treat their patients and assume a portion of the
risk for above target spending but are eligible to keep a greater portion of the savings.
Either of these options reduce patient care to numbers and paperwork because doctors are essentially controlled and incentivized
by an administrator in some far-flung office. The ACO model is the
insurance industry’s version of “budgeting” the cost of health care
which ultimately benefits insurers at the expense of doctors and
their patients.
Doctors say that basing their pay on treatment outcomes creates an
incentive for them to avoid tough cases whose outcomes could “kill
my numbers.” “Paradoxically,” writes Dr. G. Keith Smith, “doctors who
are doing sham surgery will be the ones with the best outcomes, as
their patients, many of whom don’t need surgery in the first place,
will exhibit great, basically perfect outcomes. Physicians who don’t
do unnecessary surgery will be pushed to do so to improve their
‘scores.’ ‘Pay for performance’ trends in medicine are not a good
idea in my opinion. Paying based on patient outcomes will have
perverse effects, not the least of which will be the complete denial
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Depending how an Exchange sets up its program, some Navigators
will sell plans offered by an Exchange while others will be responsible for maintaining the existing market but may also be allowed
to sell Exchange plans. All seller Navigators will be compensated
either by Exchanges or insurance carriers for the plans they sell.
Many options are being considered by Exchanges including using insurance agents. Hopefully, Navigators and insurance agents
will not be knocking on your door or contacting you by phone.
That would be over the top. Here’s a link to read what the California Exchange is pondering with regard to its Navigation program.
http://www.healthexchange.ca.gov/StakeHolders/Documents/
CHBE,DHCS,MRMIB_StatewideAssistersProgramDesignOptionsRecommendationsandWorkPlan_6-26-12.pdf
10. Enroll America, Herndon Alliance & The Exchanges – Masters Of Spin
Since many Americans don’t know about the ACA, somehow the
word has to get out and people must be encouraged to purchase
health insurance either in the open market or at an Exchange. And
who better to do this?
Enter “Enroll America” – a nonprofit 501(c)3, financially backed by
Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, UnitedHealth, America’s Health Insurance Plans, hospitals, associations that represent drug manufacturers and nonprofits with vested interests. For insurers and pharma,
the ACA is manna from heaven – scratch that – manna from Capitol
Hill – and the dollar signs in their eyes are on fire! These profit seekers and connected nonprofits will be using every avenue possible
to maximize their bottom lines.
The mission of Enroll America per its website is to “ensure that all
Americans are enrolled in and retain health coverage.” It’s Board of
Directors and Avisory Council reads like a Who’s Who in the Medical
Industry Cartel – CEOs, presidents, vice presidents and directors of
such entities as the American Hospital Association, Express Scripts,
Medicaid Health Plans of America, Kaiser Permanente and many
others – the list is long. If you would like to donate to these megaprofit vultures, you can do so on the Enroll America home- page.
The goal is $100 million by 2014.
http://www.enrollamerica.org
In its publication, “Ten Ways to Make Health Coverage Enrollment
and Renewal Easy,” Enroll America has recommended availability of
web-based applications to increase the places where people can
enroll in coverage: at home, at grocery stores, community health
centers, state fairs, sporting events, places of worship, and more.
Gee, you can apply for insurance while you pray. How thoughtful.
http://www.enrollamerica.org/best-practices-institute
The strategy for insurers and state Exchanges to persuade you to
purchase insurance and warn you about the penalties includes
using ads, social media, blogs, YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, hospitals,
health centers, McDonald’s, in-store radio announcements, ballparks, county fairs, libraries, laundromats, community events, libraries, county fairs and drugstores – you name it. Blue Cross Blue
Shield has partnered with H & R Block. Health insurers are already
setting up shop inside some supermarkets so they can answer your
questions and sign you up for coverage while you do your grocery
shopping. They will likely be showing up in shopping malls – maybe even in parking lots, on street corners and at church fairs. And,
their aim is to recreate themselves from the bloodsucking leeches
that they are to your new, cool-dude friends.
We’ll be living in Occupied Territory.
Let’s connect some dots. The executive director of Enroll America is
Ron Pollack, also president of Families USA – a nonprofit and friend
of the industry. On its website, Families USA bills itself as “a national
non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high
quality, affordable health care for all Americans.” Philippe Villers and
Robert Crittenden, M.D. are on Families USA Board of Directors. Mr.
Villers is also on the BOD of Herndon Alliance, Bob Crittenden is
a Herndon staff member and Ron Pollack is a Herndon founder.
http://www.familiesusa.org
Herndon Alliance is an influential health care spinmeister creating
messaging to change public opinion and tweaking each message
to reach particular groups.
Herndon has close ties to Capitol Hill and helped market the ACA
providing words politicians and supporters should use to promote
the bill. For example, during the national health care debacle a
few years ago, you heard Mr. Obama et al continually talk about
‘choice,’ ‘we need a uniquely American solution,’ ‘fair rules,’ ‘investing
in America’s future’ and ‘high-quality, affordable healthcare.’ That last
one is used in Families USA mission statement. The Council for Affordable Health Insurance, a frontgroup for the industry, gets right
to the point – its name. Ron Pollack worked with the Obama administration to help reshape public opinion of Mr. Obama’s unpopular
health care bill. Leading up to 2014 when the Exchanges are scheduled to open, there will most likely be a blitz of TV ads in which
you will hear many of these same nebulous, feel-good words. And,
you’ll undoubtedly read or hear plenty of Herndon spin from your
Exchange and throughout your state in the immediate future.
In the interest of coming up with messaging, Enroll America held
a few focus groups and commissioned a nationwide survey in fall
2012. Research was provided by Celinda Lake from Lake Research
Partners, a national public opinion and political strategy research
firm. One takeaway was when a monthly premium cost was given,
the majority of people polled thought that it was too expensive
and the ACA would not provide affordable and comprehensive
coverage even with the government tax credits (subsidies). So,
Lake Research Partners advised Enroll America not to mention specific costs but to use the phrase ‘free or low-cost plans.’ http://www.
nytimes.com/2012/12/20/us/officials-confront-skepticism-overhealth-law.html?ref=us&_r=0&pagewanted=all
Herndon has been working on messaging various parts of the ACA
that will be used by outreach partners, insurers and state Exchanges. Its messaging is not based on truth or evidence – Herndon actually stays away from any mention of facts as you read above regarding the cost of plans. Instead, its messaging is designed to mislead
an uninformed public.
A few of Herndon’s target populations include voters, people of color, red states, skeptical audiences, and you’ll love this one – Elevator
Language with a list of succinct scripts to use based on the person
you’re speaking to during the ride. You must check out Herndon’s
website and read the many instructions of what to say and what
not to say. You’ll either get very annoyed or laugh yourself silly.
http://herndonalliance.org/resources/research/communicationstips-exchange-talking-with-voters.html
http://herndonalliance.org/resources/implementation-basics/
communications-tips-to-use-with-skeptical-audiences.html
Here are some examples of Herndon spin regarding the ACA:
— Use “family values” when talking to the public about the expansion of Medicaid. Is estate recovery a family value? http://herndonalliance.org/resources/what-s-new/talking-about-medicaidconnecting-with-the-public.html
— When talking about the ACA’s required Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model that will pay doctors according to patient
outcomes and reward them for savings they achieve, Herndon says
to call this “Coordinated Patient Care” and “do not connect pricing
with rewards or incentives for doctors” or “with lump-sum payments for medical care” and do not mention “payment based on
positive patient outcomes.” Why not? The three do-nots are how
ACOs work. (ACOs are described in topic 9.) http://herndonalliance.
org/resources/system-change/payment-reform-quality-care-pricing.html
http://herndonalliance.org/resources/system-change/
coordinated-patient-care.html
— Here’s an award winner: “Members of Congress will purchase
their insurance at the Exchange. If members of Congress are part of
the marketplace then it’s got to offer quality plans and protections.”
http://herndonalliance.org/resources/research/communicationstips-exchange-talking-with-voters.html
— Stressing that under the ACA insurers won’t be able to deny
coverage for pre-existing diseases is a Herndon biggie. In fact, you
heard this many times over from Mr. Obama and other politicians.
But a loophole in the law allows insurers to rescind (cancel) your
policy if you intentionally put false or incomplete information on
your application. The ACA says you must be given at least 30 days’
notice before your coverage can be rescinded, giving you time to
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appeal the decision or find new coverage. So, if your care becomes
costly for the insurer and you didn’t mention you had a rash on your
arm when you were 15, that’ll work. How can you prove if leaving
this out was intentional or not? It’s them against you.
Enroll America’s Best Practices Institute is publishing a series of
briefs on the best way to write and design websites and marketing materials, no doubt, using Herndon messaging. PR and marketing firms are helping various state Exchanges come up with
appealing branding such as using a name everyone will like and
spiffy logos with cool type styles in colors that will appeal to all
audiences. Branding lessons include advising Exchanges which
words to ‘embrace’ such as emphasizing choice, control, transparency and competition. Other messaging includes, “the Exchange
should be viewed as an educator, not an enforcer” and using the
word ‘marketplace’ instead of Exchange is a must. Tennessee Health
Care Campaign will be telling potential customers “. . . the exchange
offers us more choices, greater control over our health care, and
more competition to control costs.” It’s all Herndon’s handywork in
one form or another. http://dhmh.maryland.gov/exchange/pdf/
Brand_Recommd_may182012_final.pdf
http://www.thcc2.org/
PDFs/rtm_exchange_talking_point.pdf
More choice means choice of insurance companies, not choice
of doctors and hospitals. In rural areas, there may be only one insurer offering plans which means one network and doctors may
not be taking new patients. This happened in MA under Romneycare, and on top of that, many doctors would not accept people
in the subsidized plans because of time-consuming red tape and
low reimbursement rates. Under the ACA, insurers are planning
to limit networks in the cheaper plans at the Exchanges. Having
too few doctors in a network is a means of suppressing the use of
health care which increases an insurer’s profits. Further on in this
lesson, you’ll learn that the Maryland Exchange has been advised
to ignore negative problems such as not enough doctors to serve
the newly insured. http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2013/
January/23/HMO-limited-networks-comeback-in-exchanges.aspx
Choice is definitely a non starter for people found eligible for Medicaid – the ACA allows no other choice for this segment of the population and many doctors do not accept Medicaid. As for giving
you greater control, considering all the rules about income and FPL,
not to mention the data-mining to monitor your income during
the year and those nasty tax credit paybacks, it’s you who is being
controlled. And competition? Read this stunning op-ed by Nomi
Prins: “Real Danger of “Obamacare” Insurance Company Takeover of
Health Care.” http://www.nationofchange.org/real-danger-obamacare-insurance-company-takeover-health-care-1352648027
In Enroll America’s January 15, 2013 press release, Executive Director Rachel Klein says the ACA offers the promise of “access to comprehensive, affordable health coverage.” That is a false promise. As
you learned in this lesson, coverage in the plans that will be offered
at the Exchanges, with the exception of the two most expensive, is
anything but comprehensive – the cheaper plans are unaffordable
to use. Furthermore, how can she claim that the cost of the plans are
affordable? Ms. Klein should be well aware of the nationwide survey Enroll America commissioned in which the majority of people
polled said that the plans are too expensive. http://files.www.enrollamerica.org/news-room/press-releases/Enroll_America_Plans_
Major_Affordable_Care_Act_Enrollment_Campaign_1-15-13.pdf
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/20/us/officials-confront-skepticism-over-health-law.html?ref=us&_r=0&pagewanted=all
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Currently PR firms are working with some state Exchanges to develop effective communications plans and advertising campaigns.
Names include Mintz & Hoke, Hill & Company Communications and
Weber Shandwick just to name a few. Ask the Massachusetts Health
Insurance Connector – the prototype of an Exchange in the land of
Romneycare – how much it spent on PR contracts over the years. In
2007, board members signed off on a two-year contract with Weber
Shandwick for $1.85 million the first year with nearly $3 million for
advertising – commission on media buys not included. And, by the
way, the MA Connector upper management boasts six-figure salaries. Former MA Connector Executive Director Jon Kingsdale’s salary
in 2007 was $225,000 and increased in 2008 to $231,750. In 2007,
Deputy Director Rosemary Day alternated between a four-day and
five-day work week to the tune of $175,000. These are only two examples of the many high-flying salaries at the MA Connector, an
operation run by politicians and unelected political appointees and
influenced by executives from the private insurance industry, http://
www.wickedlocal.com/cambridge/news/x497793387/Connectorre-ups-contract-with-Cambridge-based-Weber-Shandwick http://
www.boston.com/yourlife/health/other/articles/2007/01/27/6_
figure_pay_for_care_plan_overseers/?page=full http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-166773095.html
Add up pay scales like that for every Exchange in the country, throw
in some bennies, a PR contract for each Exchange, campaign costs
and compensation paid by Exchanges to Navigators for plans they
sell – a grand and costly effort to push more people into America’s
for-profit health care system. Your tax dollars at work and mega
bucks that could be used for actual hands-on medical care.
The Maryland Exchange has three campaign funding levels – Basic,
Plus and Full-Scale – with a total for year one, two and three. Basic
funding for year one is $2,450,000, Plus is $4,000,000 and Full-Scale
is $6,300,000. See p.137 at this link for years two and three. http://
www.dhmh.maryland.gov/exchange/pdf/FinalAdvertisingReportWeber.pdf
The following, from the maryland link above, gives you an idea of
some of the strategies that will be in play, most likely in all states.
The Maryland Exchange has been advised by Weber Shandwick to
“establish a system to monitor newspaper, radio, TV and online conversations about the Exchange and the program and to establish
procedures and priorities for responding to negative media stories,
op-eds, blogs and reports.”You can find this in the Risk Management
and Responses section of Maryland’s strategic marketing plan.
In the Earned Media/Public Relations section, advice includes “ . . .
putting out stories on the first effective enrollees, enrollment number milestones, and enrollee testimonials. Each of these becomes
the focus for positive, brand-reinforcing stories. There will also be
the risk of negative stories, including potential topics such as enrollment snafus, delays in issuing insurance cards, the cost of Qualified Health Plans [government-approved plans], claims of ‘shoddy’
Bronze coverage, incidents of physicians refusing to accept enough
new patients to serve the uninsured and other negative topics.”
“While coverage is bound to include some level of criticism it can
be success- fully countered by putting a human face on heatlh reform.”
The Social and Digital Media section advises an invasion of the Internet including social media to market health insurance by “delivering the right messages to the right audience at the right time,”
(probably using Herndon spin) to “help drive enrollment in the Exchange,” and also flooding newspapers with op-eds to contradict
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reported adverse effects of the ACA.
More details can be found at the Maryland pdf link below. It’s worth
looking at this presentation to grasp the big business approach of
Exchanges which is clearly profit-driven. The Maryland Exchange
strategy is just one example. The goal of Exchanges is sell, sell, sell.
http://www.dhmh.maryland.gov/exchange/pdf/FinalAdvertisingReportWeber.pdf
Exchanges certainly have a lofty goal – promote success stories
only and be ready to contradict and cover up the bad stuff as quickly as possible. Massachusetts residents have been there. The Connector and state politicians including the governor made sure that
anyone being harmed by Romneycare would not be heard in spite
of statewide survey reports put together by outreach agencies advising state legislators and powerplayers that low-income people
were not faring well under this law. Various issues were spelled out
and testimonials were included, but residents’ concerns about the
adverse effects of Romneycare were ignored. MA national legislators also went along with this agenda as did the mainstream media.
When $130 million was needed in 2009 to balance the Massachusetts state budget, the Connector – with the blessing of MA
Gov. Deval Patrick and the MA legislature – removed about 28,000
legal immigrants – working people paying taxes – from their insurance plans. Another 8,000 or so were barred from enrolling in
insurance plans because the MA legislature voted to cap enrollment in the subsidized plans. This took place at the same time Mr.
Obama was trying to sell the ACA to the nation, so, under pressure
from Washington, the MA legislature restored some of the money,
and the Connector dumped these people, without their consent,
into an out-of-state plan with higher copays, less comprehensive
coverage and next to no doctors or safety net hospitals in its network. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/iyah-romm/lessons-frommassachusett_b_380718.html
This has huge implications for the ACA. If legal immigrants can be
removed from their plans and others denied enrollment when a
state budget is squeezed, which vulnerable segment of the population is next in line? The good news is these legal immigrants in MA
sued the Connector and its then-Executive Director, Jon Kingsdale,
and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously
that the state could not violate their right to equal protection under the state and federal constitutions and fiscal considerations
alone can not justify a state’s invidious discrimination against them.
As a result of this decision, the state had to come up with some
bucks, and the Connector was forced to put the plaintiffs back into
their original plans. http://www.healthlawadvocates.org/priorityareas?id=0015
Getting back to Enroll America, Herndon Alliance and some of the
less-than-honorable Exchange strategies – it’s one thing to inform
Americans about the ACA and Exchanges that offer the possibility
of either purchasing high-deductible or catastrophic coverage with
a loan from the government to help pay for it or being tossed into
expanded Medicaid – but, mounting a costly, massive campaign
to purposely deceive and manipulate the public with the unstated
goal of more profit for the already extremely lucrative health insurance industry is disgraceful.
Is the ACA a fair law if it helps only one small segment of the population but hurts and exploits a larger number to do so? The way this
law works is fundamentally unfair and will not bring medical care
to the many, but, instead will progress to greater personal debt for
individuals and families who can’t afford the “affordable” insurance
as well as those who must keep an eye on their income to avoid
the many traps and false ends this law creates. At their expense, the
forced purchase of health insurance will bring increased revenue
to the industry, not to mention more kickbacks to Congress, and in
the very near future, the health insurance industry will be “too big
to fail.”
The ACA is most definitely a “uniquely American solution” which has
little to do with reforming this country’s barbaric health care system. It merely controls peoples’ finances and choices while leaving
insurance companies in charge and does virtually nothing to end
their abuses. It will leave many millions of Americans uninsured and
millions more underinsured at a staggering cost to taxpayers.
Politicians, health care policy wonks and vested interests will brush
aside the ACA’s adverse effects. You’ll hear that some have fallen
through the cracks of health care reform but the problems can be
easily tweaked. You will also witness the usual dog-and-pony show
on Capitol Hill in which the two parties play the blame game. The
bought-and-paid-for mainstream media will regurgitate whatever
Washington feeds it, and TV talking heads will chime in, inviting
their “experts” to analyze the situation while real people in the real
world struggle to get by under this law or fall by the wayside.
Good luck everyone and watch out for the folding chairs.
addendum:
Obamacare architect leaves White House for pharmaceutical industry job: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/05/
obamacare-fowler-lobbyist-industry1
Physician payments based on outcomes: http://www.
medibid.com/blog/2012/10/your- disease - can-k ill-youin-more -than- one -way/?utm_source=Registered+Physi
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About Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was
columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and
Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His
internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. His latest
book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is now available.
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