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Kathleen Sebelius announces new mental health parity requirements for health insurers
Washington Examiner ^ | 11-8-2013

Posted on 11/08/2013 11:01:19 AM PST by markomalley

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Friday said that new requirements imposed on insurance companies by Obamacare will require those companies to treat mental illness and addiction that same as physical illness, creating "the largest behavioral health expansion in a generation."

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: 0bamaphoney; banglist; guarantee; mentalhealth; mentalhealthreg; nobodycantakeaway; obamacare; obamacarepremiums; obamacareregulations; period; singlepayer
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1 posted on 11/08/2013 11:01:19 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

“But it will cost much less and people will save money”


2 posted on 11/08/2013 11:03:14 AM PST by edcoil (System now set up not to allow some to win but for no one to lose!)
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To: markomalley

Cha-Ching!!!


3 posted on 11/08/2013 11:04:44 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: markomalley

Perhaps she should be the first one treated for her liberal disorder.

Brain-dead.


4 posted on 11/08/2013 11:05:11 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: markomalley

When you find yourself in a hole, just keep digging.


5 posted on 11/08/2013 11:05:11 AM PST by AU72
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To: markomalley

My otherwise conservative sister thinks mental health treatment should be widely available free. Mental health is more witchcraft than science. What exactly would you give away? Drugs? Shock treatments? Involuntary incarceration? What qualifies as needing treatment? Too fat? Mental health issue. Spend too much? Mental health issue. Believe in guns and the second amendment? mental health issue.


6 posted on 11/08/2013 11:05:19 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: markomalley

they are doing their best to foment revolution here.


7 posted on 11/08/2013 11:06:16 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: AU72

“When you find yourself in a hole, just keep digging.”

Classic liberal mentality. When something is not working, double down and throw more money at it.


8 posted on 11/08/2013 11:06:45 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: markomalley
And just how many "Bad" Business plans will now not be renewed?

The business mandate will be far more devastating to millions who will see their contributions increased by Obama.

They get to share the pain later!

9 posted on 11/08/2013 11:06:49 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: markomalley

Oh goodie! I’ll use my Øbamaphone to get my Øbamacare, go on a real bender, then take a few weeks vaca at Passages Malibu!


10 posted on 11/08/2013 11:06:54 AM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: markomalley

I can just imagine who will be sent to mental clinics.


11 posted on 11/08/2013 11:08:55 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: headstamp 2

“Perhaps she should be the first one treated for her liberal disorder.

Brain-dead.”

Agree, but I’m not sure about her (it) having a brain.


12 posted on 11/08/2013 11:09:19 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: markomalley

Wow that describe the whole Democrat Party. Now if we can enroll them and leave the rest of us out.


13 posted on 11/08/2013 11:10:03 AM PST by Patriot Babe
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To: markomalley
mentalhealth.gov


14 posted on 11/08/2013 11:10:55 AM PST by nascarnation
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To: markomalley

15 posted on 11/08/2013 11:11:18 AM PST by OwenKellogg (Fundamental transformation sucks.)
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To: nascarnation

That is a trap.


16 posted on 11/08/2013 11:11:39 AM PST by sport
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To: markomalley

HHS decoder:
Problems at work -> Mental Health evaluation
Problems at home -> Same
Problems with finances -> Same

Final solution:
Mental Health evaluation -> gun confiscation


17 posted on 11/08/2013 11:12:01 AM PST by Zathras
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To: markomalley

Just to show everyone how invasive the whole “law” is (I use quotes because most of what is now being enforced came from “rules” that were not specified but later stipulated by the ACA.), if you have a “mental issue” you may be disqualified from certain other “rights.”

Smoking?
Driving?
Guns?
Where you live?
What you eat?
Profession?


18 posted on 11/08/2013 11:12:25 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (Liberals want to be eaten last. I don't want to be eaten at all!)
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To: Patriot Babe

When does going to the Shrink for your Yearly Check-up become mandatory? So we can be forced to turn in our weapons.


19 posted on 11/08/2013 11:13:21 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: markomalley

Ooooohhhhhh, who gets to determine what constitutes a mental illness in need of treatment.......inquiring minds need to know. Will conservatives be declared as mentally unstable and forced (through their forced insurance) into ‘treatment’?


20 posted on 11/08/2013 11:14:11 AM PST by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: markomalley; All
"Kathleen Sebelius announces new
mental health parity requirements
for health insurers"




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21 posted on 11/08/2013 11:16:18 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: massgopguy

Hmm, just in time to coincide with ENDA. Don’t call the guy in a dress at work by his girly name? See the Shrink.


22 posted on 11/08/2013 11:16:30 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy

Hmm, just in time to coincide with ENDA. Don’t call the guy in a dress at work by his girly name? See the Shrink.


23 posted on 11/08/2013 11:16:48 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum; cripplecreek

Quick what communist goal is it to take over the mental health profession and lable all opposition as mentally ill?


24 posted on 11/08/2013 11:19:13 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: markomalley
...new requirements imposed on insurance companies by Obamacare will require those companies to treat mental illness and addiction that same as physical illness, creating "the largest behavioral health expansion in a generation.

Wow, this is so cool, we will have mental health care and hospitals as good as Stalin's Russia!

25 posted on 11/08/2013 11:20:12 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Gen.Blather

Psychology has been called upon to fill the gap that abandoned spirituality left, and it can’t. That’s at best like calling in a bookkeeper to fix your problem with being unable to turn a profit.

Sometimes spirituality does work under the covers of psychology, and we get what we call the Christian psychologist. And these persons are often useful in the Lord’s ministry, but still the framework that they have to fit tends to limit their usefulness. And they have to be careful to stay out of the secular psychological stereotypes which are transcended by the grace and love of the Lord. Some manifestations of agape love can too easily be called things like “codependency” and “enabling” when they are not, they are the sincere work of the Lord with a definite plan. I had a chance to see how that system worked, and it works better than some preachers give it credit for, but now I can see how a really great gospel will transcend it.

Another danger here is the state-ifying of the trade. As goofy as it has gotten, at least it has stayed private. Once it serves the state, it will be abused, not might but will. The old Soviet Union was the warning case for this.

What could pierce through the confusion, destruction and gloom would be a resurgence of gospel power, something beyond the “churchianity” of most of the 20th century. Bluntly put we need to call on the Lord to be saved, and that from top to bottom. There’s nothing in our secularized system, absolutely nothing, that we can withhold from the Lord and expect to turn out well.


26 posted on 11/08/2013 11:21:06 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: markomalley

??
There wasn’t anything new. All that had been in place. No insurance plan could charge more for mental health issues than for medical

All the Pig did was to make it sound new and try to deflect from her and 0dumbo’s debacle
there was NOTHING new


27 posted on 11/08/2013 11:24:25 AM PST by RWGinger
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To: Zathras

Exactly!


28 posted on 11/08/2013 11:24:46 AM PST by vet7279
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To: Navy Patriot

Indeed this is unicorn dander huffing to the highest degree... (I mean such a system).

I think the collapse of Obamacare from its unwieldiness will happen before this can happen, though.


29 posted on 11/08/2013 11:24:57 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Gen.Blather

“My otherwise conservative sister thinks mental health treatment should be widely available free. Mental health is more witchcraft than science. What exactly would you give away? Drugs? Shock treatments? Involuntary incarceration? What qualifies as needing treatment? Too fat? Mental health issue. Spend too much? Mental health issue. Believe in guns and the second amendment? mental health issue.”

If you saw my sister, on and off her depression meds, you might have a different view. She needs them, realizes that, takes them, side effects and all. (She does not, never has used drugs or alcohol)

Some people take themselves on and off the drugs they need, leaving the casual layperson with the idea that the drugs do no good.

There are plenty of legitimate mental problems, best treated with drugs.

And there is plenty of misdiagnosis too.

Many with mental issues, turn to not only their prescribed drugs (on and off) and drugs/alcohol—making matters much worse.

Not uncommon is an alcoholic who gets a doctor to prescribe depression meds, for alcohol is a depressant, and it works.

Now we have a compounded problem. Misuse of alcohol and psych meds.

Get the person sober, off alcohol, and the depression MAY go away, too.


30 posted on 11/08/2013 11:27:07 AM PST by truth_seeker
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To: RWGinger

Got a point, and they probably will follow up with other propaganda about supposed niceties of the system. Artificial sunshine. And all those old fuddy duddy GOP people can do is talk about the gloom of trivial technicalities — like how it cannot possibly work. It is asking for redemption without a Redeemer.


31 posted on 11/08/2013 11:27:09 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: markomalley

THIS was her announcement??!?

SMDH


32 posted on 11/08/2013 11:28:12 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: truth_seeker

Nobody says the art can’t be used to the good.

However note that the Author of goodness, the Lord, is not to be seen in the picture we have.


33 posted on 11/08/2013 11:28:31 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Lazamataz

So Much Doggone Hokum???


34 posted on 11/08/2013 11:29:42 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: markomalley
Anyone know a good site that lists the minimum requirements of Obamacare that insurance has to meet?


35 posted on 11/08/2013 11:29:51 AM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: markomalley

Just what we want and need - the Federal Government having complete access to any mental issue that is displayed in our computerized medical file with the IRS goons enforcing the latest mandate.


36 posted on 11/08/2013 11:30:33 AM PST by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Shaking my damned head.


37 posted on 11/08/2013 11:31:10 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: truth_seeker
Not uncommon is an alcoholic who gets a doctor to prescribe depression meds, for alcohol is a depressant, and it works.

You seem to be confusing "anti-depressant" (drug used to treat depression) with a central nervous system "depressant" -- alcohol (actually a disinhibitor with euphoric effects). No relation whatsoever.

38 posted on 11/08/2013 11:31:28 AM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: ex-snook

Whatever it is, it will be expected to be deluxe.

What good is mental health treatment for people who have no minds?

(OK, just kidding there, but the single man has to have mammograms coverage. Etc.)


39 posted on 11/08/2013 11:31:31 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Lazamataz

Oh come on, your head isn’t damned. John 3:17


40 posted on 11/08/2013 11:32:02 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: markomalley

Because our country just isn’t in debt enough.


41 posted on 11/08/2013 11:32:03 AM PST by lurk
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To: steve86

No I think this is accurate. Saying they will use the antidepressant to counter the depressant effect of the excessive alcohol.


42 posted on 11/08/2013 11:32:43 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: markomalley
Aren't we lucky to have such a concerned and generous Healthcare Commissar?
43 posted on 11/08/2013 11:33:11 AM PST by windsorknot (>>>)
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To: lurk

They’re going the whole hog. Saying they might as well be hanged for a sheep as for a goat. It is enough to cow the bravest man. What a doggy situation. It requires cat calls.


44 posted on 11/08/2013 11:33:44 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

SMMFH?


45 posted on 11/08/2013 11:33:58 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: markomalley

So if your addiction is just an illness, and if you go to treatment, free, of course, your employer has to stand for you and keep your job even if you are high, strung out, drunk. Hardly motivation to quit. “I’m sick, boss! You can’t fire me! Where is my designated crack smoking room?”


46 posted on 11/08/2013 11:34:25 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: Zathras

Precisely.


47 posted on 11/08/2013 11:34:55 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I hope you be right.


48 posted on 11/08/2013 11:35:04 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: windsorknot

Oh wow Kathleen.

Can we take you home again Kathleen?
To where your heart will feel no pain.
And when the fields are fresh and green
We’ll take you to your home again.


49 posted on 11/08/2013 11:35:37 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Dr. Ursus

Believe in the Second Amendment? Get sent to a mental institution. Lose your rights and freedom.

Member of the TEA Party? Get sent to a mental institution.
Lose your rights and freedom.

Member of the Republican party or ANY political party other than the democrats? Get sent to a mental institution.
Lose your rights and freedom.

Are you a Christian? Get sent to a mental institution.
Lose your rights and freedom.

Opposed to homosexual “marriage?” Get sent to a mental institution. Lose your rights and freedom.

Own an SUV or pick up? You must be crazy. Vehicle is confiscated. Get sent to a mental institution. Lose your rights and freedom.

Repeal or Revolution!


50 posted on 11/08/2013 11:35:55 AM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (The Second Amendment makes all the other amendments possible)
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