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  • Docs Told They Must Drive Health System Change (focus on "cost value" first, not the patient)

    04/13/2013 9:00:44 AM PDT · by Innovative · 70 replies
    Medpage Today ^ | April 11, 2013 | David Pittman
    Doctors are the only people who can drive the change in healthcare delivery that's needed to save the country from a financial crisis, a health policy expert said here. Emanuel highlighted six elements that must underline payment and delivery reform efforts: -- Focus on cost value -- Focus on the patient -- Standardize processes .... "We need a big infrastructure to be able to deliver high-quality care going forward," Emanuel said.
  • Vanity: Obamacare "Neutron Bombs" Omaha Insurance Company (Mutual of Omaha)

    04/12/2013 5:42:00 PM PDT · by Kolath · 9 replies
    Kolath | 4/12/13 | Kolath
    Mutual of Omaha, know by the business world for its MedSup, life insurance, disability coverage, banking and "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" series took a major hit last Monday when it's Blair, NE facility downsized. Estimates from employees indicate a 25%-30% downsize. The effects were noticeable the following day by the empty parking stalls. Mutual's Blair facility handles the company's incoming mail, medical claim forms, archival storage and backup bank processing. Obamacare appears to be the main culprit as the health care law is effecting Mutual's business operations and customer base. Work flow had noticeably decreased since the start of...
  • Sebelius Tries To Blame GOP For Coming ObamaCare Failures

    04/12/2013 9:25:14 AM PDT · by skimbell · 37 replies
    Investors.com ^ | 4-11-2013 | IBD Editorial
    As Democrats grow increasingly worried that ObamaCare will explode on the launch pad just as midterm elections get going, the Obama administration seeks to pin blame on Republicans. Good luck with that. Earlier this week, Health and Human Services head Kathleen Sebelius admitted that she didn't realize how complicated getting ObamaCare off the ground would be. Sebelius complained that "no one fully anticipated" the difficulties involved in implementing ObamaCare, or how confusing it would be with the public...
  • Obama budget adds domestic same-sex partners to Obamacare

    04/12/2013 5:23:30 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 8 replies
    cnn ^ | 4/10/2013 | staff
    Buried deep inside President Obama's 2014 budget released on Wednesday is a new proposal to expand federal health insurance benefits to same-sex domestic partners. Framed as a measure to reduce the deficit, the proposal would amend the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program beginning in 2015 to add a "self plus one" enrollment option in addition to the "self" and "family" options. Like the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act that the administration has endorsed in prior budgets, this new FEHB formulation would work within the current legal constraints of the Defense of Marriage Act by adding a new classification for...
  • Home Depot Co-founder: Obamacare Will ‘Kill Off’ Small Business

    04/11/2013 8:22:47 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 122 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 4/11/2013 | Todd Beamon and Kathleen Walter
    Retired Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus declared to Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview that “Obamacare is going to kill off small business.” “If [employees] are thrown out of their medical plans now, where they’re covered in a good plan and thrown under the bus, they’re going to be destroyed,” Marcus said on Thursday. “If, in fact, they don’t stay as full-time employees but go to part-time employees, they’re going to be destroyed. He talked to Newsmax at the Job Creators Alliance Free Enterprise Leadership Summit in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. “People have to understand that the villain is not...
  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Cost of exchanges doubles (HHS begging congress for more money)

    04/11/2013 1:56:06 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 20 replies
    the hill ^ | 4/10/2013 | By Sam Baker and Elise Viebeck
    Setting up insurance exchanges — the centerpiece of President Obama's healthcare reform law — is costing the Health and Human Services Department a whole lot more than it originally expected. According to budget documents released Wednesday, the department expects to spend $4.4 billion on exchange grants to the states by the end of this year — double its estimates a year ago. The HHS is also asking Congress for another $1.5 billion to set up a federal exchange in 26 states. The department has cobbled together money from other programs to get started, but officials said they need another $800...
  • Why We Should Be Optimistic about Repealing Obamacare and Fixing the Healthcare System

    04/11/2013 1:48:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m going to make an assertion that seems utterly absurd. The enactment of Obamacare may have been good news.Before sending a team of medical attendants to cart me off to a sanitarium, allow me to elaborate. I’m not saying Obamacare is good policy. After all, I’ve written over and over again that it is a budget-busting boondoggle that will exacerbate our real healthcare crisis of third-party payer.What I am saying, though, is that Obamacare may turn out to be a major political mistake for the left, one that sets the stage for sweeping free market reforms.Here’s my six-part hypothesis. Our...
  • Bozell: ABC, CBS, NBC ‘Deliberately Censoring’ Bad News on Obamacare

    04/11/2013 11:02:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 11, 2013 | Michael W. Chapman
    Media Research Center President Brent Bozell, based on a new analysis, said ABC, CBS, and NBC “are deliberately censoring news and information” that is negative about Obamacare, an assertion that Stuart Varney, host of Fox’s Varney & Co., said was true, adding, “There is deliberate censorship of information about Obamacare.” On the Apr. 11 edition of Varney & Co., Bozell said the network new outlets—ABC, CBS, and NBC—“are deliberately censoring news and information from the American people” that reveals some of the negative and unpopular aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the president’s health care law that...
  • Obama Setting Trap for Small Business

    04/10/2013 3:57:41 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    The administration wants small business in the Obamacare net. Three federal agencies have asked the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to consider raising the "attachment points" on stop-loss insurance for small businesses that self-insure. 70% of insurance claims are paid by companies that self-fund health insurance. Self-insurance means the employer creates its own "trust fund" out of which it pays health care expenses for its employees. The "attachment point" is essentially a deductible. If the deductible is met (attachment point is reached), the stop-loss insurer pays the rest of the cost for care. The stop-loss insurer insures the company...
  • Smoking Is a Preexsisting Condition (Just give your paycheck to D.C.!)

    04/10/2013 8:33:35 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 5 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 04/10/13 | Kevin D. Williamson
    The District of Columbia’s Obamacare czars — the board that sets rules for the phony insurance marketplace, or “exchange,” that the law creates — have decided that henceforth insurers shall be forbidden by law to charge smokers higher rates than non-smokers. Smoking, as it turns out, “is a preexisting medical condition,” according to Dr. Mohammad Akhter, the chairman of the D.C. Health Exchange Board. Two liberal states, California and Connecticut, have decided likewise, while Colorado and Alaska have rejected the idea.
  • Reflections of a Medical Ex-Practitioner

    04/07/2013 9:38:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 7, 2013 | ED MARSH
    The glow of the personal relationship with patients is being extinguished A fundamental principle in medicine is that if you get the diagnosis wrong, you'll probably apply the wrong therapy. A corollary is that if the therapy isn't working, increasing the dose may make things worse. That's where we are with ObamaCare. There are shortcomings aplenty in the health-care field, and changes and improvements are required. But never have I seen so many good intentions leading irreversibly to hell. Personal experience is by its nature parochial. Yet when it invalidates much of what passes for wisdom, there may be value...
  • Sebelius: ObamaCare More Complicated Than Anticipated

    04/09/2013 6:01:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Fox ^ | 4/9/13 | Erika Johnsen
    At an event on Monday night, HHS Secretary Sebelius acknowledged some of the messiness of the ongoing ObamaCare implementation, but of course had at least one readily available excuse as to why the administration is so very unreasonably put-upon at the moment:
  • How ObamaCare Blocks Reform From Taxes To Immigration

    04/09/2013 3:06:45 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 7 replies
    ibd ^ | 4/9/2013 | By ED CARSON
    Is ObamaCare the reform to end all other reforms? The massive health care law's problems are well known. Major tax hikes and Medicare cuts will fund a massive new government program rather than shore up the nation's finances. ObamaCare already is encouraging companies to cut jobs and work hours. With the administration delaying the insurance exchanges that might help small businesses until 2015, even ObamaCare cheerleaders are growing worried. And the law will leave tens of millions of Americans without health coverage. That's the best-case scenario, the government's own estimates agree. But ObamaCare doesn't just roil the health care system....
  • New Small Business Health Insurance Program Put on Hold

    04/08/2013 1:42:17 PM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    AllGov ^ | Monday, April 08, 2013 | Matt Bewig
    Under pressure from large health insurance companies, the Obama administration last week announced it would delay implementation of a key aspect of its signature health reform law that will provide affordable health insurance to small businesses and their employees. Although the federal and some state governments must still set up Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) exchanges to allow small business employees access to lower rates, the SHOP exchanges will not be required to offer a choice of plans to individual employees by January 1, 2014, as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) had contemplated. That mandate will be pushed back...
  • Look Out Below, The Obamacare Chaos Is Coming

    04/07/2013 9:23:14 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 35 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 7, 2013 | Peter Ferrara
    The biggest political problem faced by so-called “liberals” and so-called “progressives” in President Obama’s second term is how to prevent voters from holding them politically responsible as the public comes to realize how badly they were lied to during the first Obama term to win passage of Obamacare. Most supporters of Obamacare embraced it because of a principled belief that everyone should have access to essential healthcare. But even the establishment, still Democrat dominated, CBO admits that after 10 years of implementation, Obamacare will still leave 30 million uninsured. We will see below why that is a woeful underestimate. [Snip]...
  • Ted Cruz vows total repeal, no piecemeal fixes for failed ObamaCare

    04/04/2013 8:49:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 4, 2013 | Andrew Malcolm
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has called for the complete legislative repeal of ObamaCare and its replacement by comprehensive healthcare reforms that actually increase patient choice, decrease the role of government bureaucrats and disconnect health insurance from employment. "If you lose your job," Cruz said, "you don't lose your house, life or car insurance. They go with you wherever you go." It should be the same for health insurance. In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with IBD's weekly M&M podcast, the Texas freshman said, "Our first priority is repealing ObamaCare and repealing it in its entirety. The program isn't working." And he...
  • It's "I Told You So" on ObamaCare

    04/04/2013 9:21:02 PM PDT · by grundle · 16 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 6, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    "What we've learned through the course of this program is that this is really not a sensible way for the healthcare system to be run." That was Gary Cohen, director of the Department of Health and Human Services' Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, talking. He was specifically responding to the apparently surprising need to halt enrollments in a program designed as a temporary bridge for people with preexisting conditions who couldn't wait until the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) fully kicks in next year. The program was allocated $5 billion, but some estimate it will take $40 billion...
  • Fed Up With Obamacare, Doctors Increasingly Prefer Cash For Care

    04/04/2013 11:33:45 PM PDT · by grundle · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 2, 2013 | Sally Pipes
    Patients should welcome this development. Not only does the move toward direct payment have the potential to reduce health costs — it could also yield higher-quality care. Even before Obamacare, direct-pay practices were growing in popularity. According to the Center for Studying Health System Change, direct-payment practices increased from 9.2 percent of the market in 2001 to 12.4 percent by 2008. Nearly 7 percent of doctors say they are planning to change to some form of direct-pay care in the next three years, according to a survey of 13,000 doctors done for the Physicians Foundation. The consulting firm Accenture projects...
  • Social Security, Medicare facing cuts in Obama budget [Democrats Hate Old People]

    04/05/2013 5:14:38 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    President Barack Obama next week will take the political risk of formally proposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare in his annual budget in an effort to demonstrate his willingness to compromise with Republicans and revive prospects for a long-term deficit-reduction deal, administration officials say. In a significant shift in fiscal strategy, Obama on Wednesday will send a budget plan to Capitol Hill that departs from the usual presidential wish list that Republicans typically declare dead on arrival. Instead it will embody the final compromise offer that he made to Speaker John Boehner late last year, before Boehner abandoned negotiations...
  • ObamaCare to Create 100,000s of Jobs in the Field of Explaining ObamaCare

    04/05/2013 5:21:07 AM PDT · by SJackson · 40 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 4, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    ObamaCare to Create 100,000s of Jobs in the Field of Explaining ObamaCarePosted By Daniel Greenfield On April 4, 2013 @ 9:08 pm In The Point | 12 Comments Democrats always said that ObamaCare would create a lot of jobs and while currently it’s hard at work destroying jobs, especially at the working class level, like most medical centralization boondoggles, ObamaCare will create a lot of jobs in the field of explaining what it is and how to survive it. Tens of thousands of health care professionals, union workers and community activists hired as “navigators” to help Americans choose Obamacare options...