Forwarded by member Alex. I have seen it before, but it's a good reminder. Obamcare stuff is already being phased in, not just in 2014. Even defunding it, if our RINO's even have the guts to do that, will not prevent much of this from being implememted. In addition, where the Obamcare law falls short of their nefarious goals, they are implementing their desires via fiat-- executive orders and agency regulatoria ...
In case you are not aware (you should be), one part of the Obamacare LAW that goes into effect Jan. 1, 2011, will affect everyone of you who have a Health Savings Account.
Whether you have set up your tax free health savings account directly, or if you have one thru an employer, you will no longer be able to buy ANY over the counter medication without a PRESCRIPTION from a doctor. This means things we used to buy like Advil, Neosporin, Band-Aids, Cold Medicines, Allergy Medication etc will no longer qualify for purchase unless you first have a prescription from your doctor. It's all part of the government control of your healthcare and a way to punish those of us who are responsible and set aside tax free dollars every year to pay for things like this AND it's more of their Cloward and Piven "overwhelm the system" tactics. My own pharmacy didn't even know about this. I really give up on most people. Below is one source FYI...
Changes Impacting All Health Care Accounts (FSAs, HRAs, HSAs, and Archer MSAs)
P.L. 111-148 includes a change in the definition of a “qualified medical expense” that impacts reimbursements and withdrawals under all types of health care accounts (i.e., FSAs, HRAs, HSAs, and Archer MSAs). Beginning with 2011, expenses incurred for over-the-counter (OTC) medications will no longer be eligible for payment or reimbursement from any of the health care accounts. However, the law would still allow OTC medicines obtained with a prescription and insulin to be reimbursed or paid tax-free from these accounts.
So, you may want to do what I have done, which is stock up (using my HSA account money) on about 3 years of things I find myself needing now and then, like Advil, Band-Aids, Neosporin, Rubbing Alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Zicam etc. Make you own list! I don't know what you use!
You will be able to buy all these things without a prescription if you don't use your HSA money. In other words, pay for them using your regular credit card, cash or a check (taxed dollars). But if you liked being able to use your tax free HSA funds to buy these kinds of things, stock up before Jan 1.
Oh and in case you missed it, this weekend, The New York Times reported that the infamous “death panels,” which had been stripped from ObamaCare due to the public’s outrage, were revived stealthily by unelected bureaucrats through the regulatory rulemaking process.