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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...
  • Going Out of Business: How ObamaCare will Hurt American Businesses [accurate predictions from 2009]

    04/03/2013 5:11:20 PM PDT · by grundle · 4 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | September 23, 2009
    A Costly Employer Mandate It's a Regressive Tax:The House and Senate draft proposals for health care reform include employer mandates that require employers to pay higher taxes (as much as an 8% payroll tax) if they do not offer health insurance or if they offer it but some employees decline it and use the government system. The result of such a tax penalty will cause lower pay and job losses, especially for low-income workers. By the Numbers: According to The Heritage Foundation, the mandates could cost businesses up to $49 billion a year, 10.2 million workers will be at risk...
  • The Chart That Will Crash The Market

    04/03/2013 4:37:24 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 17 replies
    Market-Ticker ^ | 4/3/13 | Karl Denninger
    That's it. And the ADP report this morning is showing the pathway to recognition, as construction has stalled and the destruction of job creation in small and mid-sized businesses exposed to Obamacare will finish it off. I continue to maintain that we're in a time very similar to 2007, when the facts were on the table. Banks paying dividends with money they didn't have. Hedge funds that blow. Bubbles in crazy places, then housing, this time in subprime car lending, student loans and even Bitcon. The transports are telling you that all is not well. CAT is confirming it. Copper...
  • Obamacare will kill off some existing health plans (exempt RATS knew all along)

    04/03/2013 4:00:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/03/13 | Jason Notte
    Cheap, no-frills insurance that doesn't cover medication, maternity or mental health services will get the scalpel in 2014. Know that health care plan you just signed up for? Don't get too attached. The Affordable Care Act mandate most commonly known as Obamacare has some tight stipulations that, CNN says, are forcing health care companies to rip up most of their current plans and draft new ones that comply. According to a University of Chicago study, just about half of the individual health care plans currently on the market won't cut it once key provisions of the Affordable Care Act kick...
  • Cancer clinics are turning away thousands of Medicare patients. Blame the sequester.

    04/03/2013 4:02:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 3, 2013 | Sarah Kliff
    Cancer clinics across the country have begun turning away thousands of Medicare patients, blaming the sequester budget cuts. Oncologists say the reduced funding, which took effect for Medicare on April 1, makes it impossible to administer expensive chemotherapy drugs while staying afloat financially. Patients at these clinics would need to seek treatment elsewhere, such as at hospitals that might not have the capacity to accommodate them. “If we treated the patients receiving the most expensive drugs, we’d be out of business in six months to a year,” said Jeff Vacirca, chief executive of North Shore Hematology Oncology Associates in New...
  • As ObamaCare crumbles, Obama returns to--Can you guess?--fundraising

    04/03/2013 2:21:14 PM PDT · by opentalk · 12 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | April 3, 2013 | Andrew Malcolm
    Remember how since-demoted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said we'd have to pass the massive ObamaCare health law to find out what's in it? Well, now three years later that's happening and a lot of people are not liking what they see. Remember how ObamaCare was going to save you money? Not going to happen. Premiums are going up, some by as much as 100%. And a new study by the nonpartisan Society of Actuaries finds that on average insurers will have to pay 32% more for claims under ObamaCare. Remember how ObamaCare was going to cover more than 44 million...
  • ObamaCare in Trouble? Exchange provision delayed [2015], as lawmakers push to repeal another

    04/03/2013 2:34:48 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 11 replies
    Parts of ObamaCare are starting to fray, even before full implementation. The Obama administration now says a special system of exchanges designed to make it easier for small businesses to provide insurance will be delayed an entire year -- to 2015
  • Krauthammer: ObamaCare is pretty much destroying the essence of insurance

    04/03/2013 12:29:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 3, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    The administration’s rollout plans for their perfect ObamaCare timeline just keep getting punctuated with flaws and delays, from Sebelius oh-so-casually admitting that the overhaul is causing some insurance premiums to rise, to Congressional Democrats’ buyers’ remorse for the godawful medical device tax, to their recent decision to hold off on the promised small-business insurance-shopping option for a year. Whichever way you look at it, the telltale signs of bureaucratic incompetence are starting to peek through — and really, as Krauthammer outlined last night, how could it have gone otherwise? In a nutshell, ObamaCare basically dissolves the basic idea of insurance...
  • Obamacare to pay 'navigators' $20 to $48 an hour, provide free translators

    04/03/2013 11:49:18 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 42 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Apri 3, 2013 | Staff
    Tens of thousands of health care professionals, union workers and community activists hired as "navigators" to help Americans choose Obamacare options starting Oct. 1 will be paid up to $48 an hour, more than six times the federal minimum wage of $7.25, according to new regulations issued Wednesday. The 63-page rule covering navigators, drawn up by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, also said the government will provide free translators for those not fluent in English -- no matter what their native language is. It is still not clear how many navigators will be required. California, however, provides a...
  • Why Obamacare Will Fail

    04/03/2013 11:53:13 AM PDT · by Signalman · 24 replies
    repairing the healthcare systen ^ | 2/17/2013 | Stanley Feld, M.D.
    The storm is brewing in the healthcare system. Even Democrats are concerned. Recently, I have been criticized for blaming the impending failure on President Obama. President Obama would rather blame the impending failure on congress. A reader wrote; “President Obama is a nice guy. He is trying very hard. Give him a chance.” It is true. He seems like a nice guy. My criticism is not personal. The fact is his philosophy and tactics are responsible for the mess. As time goes on it seems more likely that Obamacare will not work out. There are multiple reasons for the impending...
  • Obamacare Incompetence

    04/03/2013 12:09:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Time ^ | April 2, 2013 | Joe Klein
    Let me try to understand this: The key incentive for small businesses to support Obamacare was that they would be able to shop for the best deals in health care super-stores—called exchanges. The Administration has had 3 years to set up these exchanges. It has failed to do so. This is a really bad sign. There will be those who argue that it’s not the Administration’s fault. It’s the fault of the 33 states that have refused to set up their own exchanges. Nonsense. Where was the contingency planning? There certainly are models, after all—the federal government’s own health benefits...
  • Most individual health insurance isn't good enough for Obamacare (Get ready for the sticker shock)

    04/03/2013 5:46:26 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 22 replies
    cnn money ^ | 4/3/2013 | Tami Luhby
    If you buy your own health insurance now, you'll be in for a big change when you sign up for coverage in 2014. Just over half of the individual plans currently on the market do not meet the standards to be sold next year, when many key provisions of President Obama's Affordable Care Act kick in, according to a University of Chicago study. That's because the law sets new minimums for the basic coverage every individual health care plan must provide. "They will offer a lot more financial protection," Jon Gabel, the report's lead author, said of the individual plans...
  • Small Businesses Won't Have Plan Choices Under Obamacare

    04/02/2013 7:04:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 04/02/2013 | Cyrus Afzali
    Citing the challenges in establishing a new health insurance marketplace, the Obama administration is delaying a key provision of the Affordable Care Act designed to provide employees of small businesses affordable health coverage. The New York Times reported Monday that in most states employers will not be able to provide workers with a choice of health plans as the law intended. Instead, they will be limited to a single plan. One of the health law’s provisions, known as “employee choice,” called for each state to operate a Small Business Health Options Program, known as a SHOP exchange. The exchange, which...
  • Sequester won’t interrupt collection of taxes from 'ObamaCare'

    04/01/2013 12:11:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/2013 | By Bernie Becker and Sam Baker
    Implementation of the taxes and fees from President Obama’s healthcare law is on track despite the cutbacks at the IRS from sequestration. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), enacted 2010 and derided by Republicans as “ObamaCare,” contains the broadest set of tax changes enacted in some two decades — more than 40 alterations in all, including penalties on people who choose not to purchase insurance. But while IRS and Treasury officials have warned of reduced services as employees are furloughed under the sequester, neither agency has expressed any concern that the automatic spending cuts would delay the rollout of the healthcare...
  • Health Law Provision for Small Business Is Delayed

    04/01/2013 12:49:13 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 16 replies
    ny times ^ | 4/1/2013 | By ROBERT PEAR
    Unable to meet tight deadlines in the new health care law, the Obama administration is delaying parts of a program intended to provide affordable health insurance to small businesses and their employees — a major selling point for the health care legislation. The law calls for a new insurance marketplace specifically for small businesses, starting next year. But in most states, employers will not be able to get what Congress intended: the option to provide workers with a choice of health plans. They will instead be limited to a single plan. This choice option, already available to many big businesses,...
  • The human face of Obamacare’s broken promises

    04/01/2013 2:07:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/01/13 | Dean Clancy
    **SNIP** As the controversial law passes its third anniversary, and as the Obama administration struggles to get a whole new national health care system up and running by next January, a visible sign of the law’s economic costs is seen in the 12,000 pages of regulations to implement the law’s 2,801 pages of legalese. Printed out and stacked, that tower of paper stands seven feet tall. Laid end to end, it stretches for two and a half miles. **SNIP** Rosemarie Battaglia, a senior citizen from Texas, is on Medicare Advantage. Last month, the Medicare agency issued regulations that will reduce...
  • Report Card on ObamaCare

    03/30/2013 7:19:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    Over the next 10 years health reform will impose upon us about $1 trillion in new taxes and it will take another $716 billion out of Medicare, imperiling access to care for the elderly and the disabled according to Medicare's Office of the Actuaries. It will impose a mandate to buy health insurance on most people and fine us if we don't comply. It will compel all but the smallest employers to provide insurance to their employees and fine them if they don't. Since economic theory teaches that workers pay for health benefits with lower wages and fewer non-health...
  • Obamacare: "Driving Up Unemployment and Insurance Costs Since 2010™"

    03/29/2013 11:27:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2013 | John Ransom
    Jobless claims stopped their record-breaking, fearsome, FOUR-WEEK job-creation rampage today as the BLS reported that initial claim rose- again- by more than economists expected. “First-time jobless claims rose by 16,000 to 357,000 in the week ended March 23,” reports Reuters, “the highest level in more than a month, Labor Department data showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 48 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for an increase to 340,000. The four-week average climbed from the lowest level in five years.” Economists, says Reuters, were expecting claims to come in between 330,000 at the low end and 355,000 at the...
  • Medicare/Medicaid Reconsidering Whether to Pay for Sex-Change Surgery

    03/29/2013 11:27:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 29, 2013 | Susan Jones
    Medicare and Medicaid do not pay for sex-change surgery, but that may change. In response to a formal request from a transsexual woman, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on March 28 that it has launched a formal “reconsideration” of its current refusal to cover surgical treatment for “gender identity disorder.” …
  • Obamacare: The World’s Ugliest Toddler ( Three-year-olds is cute, but not this little monster.)

    03/29/2013 5:33:37 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 15 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 3/25/2013 | David Catron
    On Saturday, President Obama marked the birthday of his “most important domestic achievement” with a statement in which he catalogued the miracles this prodigy has already performed in its first three years. Among these, you may be surprised to learn, is that it is saving us money: “Most importantly,” he said, “the growth of health care costs is beginning to slow.” He made the same claim in his SOTU address, and his toadies in the establishment media dutifully repeated it, but the facts reveal this to be just another example of Presidential prevarication. In reality, the costs associated with...
  • Little hope seen for millions priced out of health overhaul

    03/28/2013 6:09:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/28/2013 | Tom Brown
    (Reuters) - Millions of Americans will be priced out of health insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul because of a glitch in the law that adversely affects people with modest incomes who cannot afford family coverage offered by their employers, a leading healthcare advocacy group said on Tuesday. Tax credits are a key component of the law and the White House has said the credits, averaging about $4,000 apiece, will help about 18 million individuals and families pay for health insurance once the Affordable Care Act takes full effect, beginning in January 2014. The tax credits are geared toward...
  • Sebelius: Yep, ObamaCare is raising insurance costs (Listen up low information voters!)

    03/27/2013 8:59:16 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 45 replies
    Human Events ^ | 03/27/13 | John Hayward
    A watershed moment in the ongoing disaster of ObamaCare, as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius finally admits that health insurance premiums are rising because of the President’s health insurance takeover, per the Wall Street Journal: Ms. Sebelius’s remarks come weeks before insurers are expected to begin releasing rates for plans that start on Jan. 1, 2014, when key provisions of the health law kick in. Premiums have been a sensitive subject for the Obama administration, which is counting on elements in the health law designed to increase competition among insurers to keep rates in check. The administration has...
  • Unhappy Anniversary

    03/26/2013 9:40:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    Last week, politicians who helped craft the Affordable Care Act (ACA) celebrated in self-congratulatory style the third anniversary of that monstrosity which will soon extinguish health care as we've known it. The president's promises about the ACA saving money and allowing you to keep your existing health plan are proving false, as many predicted. The Department of Health and Human Services maintains the law will make health care more affordable and accessible. The Wall Street Journal, reminding readers of that claim, reported last week that health insurers are privately warning brokers: "premiums for many individuals and small businesses could increase...
  • Draft Obamacare application asks about voter registration

    03/25/2013 4:31:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/25/2013 | Caroline May
    The online application draft for health care insurance under Obamacare inquires if the applicant would like to register to vote and directs the applicant to a registration page if they answer in the affirmative.Page 59 of the 61 page draft application, “List of Questions in the Online Application to Support Eligibility Determinations for Enrollment” developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and first reported by The Washington Examiner, asks applicants “Would you like to register to vote?” The “yes” answer linking to a blank registration form.On Monday, House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany of Louisiana...
  • Dem Slams Obamacare: Health Care Law “Wasn’t Fairly Vetted,” Regulations “Way Too Onerous”

    03/25/2013 2:25:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 25, 2013 | Penny Starr
    Rep. John Barrows (D-Ga.) said Friday that legislation was necessary to rein in the regulatory power of the Food and Drug Administration over food served from take-out outlets and convenience stores as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. “That’s why it’s essential that we be able to come together in this manner to provide this kind of relief from legislation that wasn’t fairly vetted enough and regulations that are coming down the pike that are way too onerous,” Barrows said at a press conference in support of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2013....
  • More on the Obamacare IT nightmare

    03/25/2013 2:23:13 PM PDT · by upchuck · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 20, 2013 | Mike Barone
    “Wow, what can go wrong here?… The federal government is going to build 50 exchanges… the design hasn’t been solidified, and must be accessible to a variety of data processing technologies… Each of the 50 states have different eligibility rules, and with a significant number of states opting out, the federal government now has to learn the intricacies of each state’s Medicaid eligibility models which then scale to different applicability rules for different members of a given family. "The thousands of pages of rules that will drive requirements haven’t been completed,… and those requirements are needed to drive design not...
  • Obamavote: Healthcare application registers voters, too

    03/25/2013 1:13:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | March 25, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    The 61-page online Obamacare draft application for health care includes asking if the applicant wants to register to vote, raising the specter that pro-Obama groups being tapped to help Americans sign up for the program will also steer them to register with the Democratic Party. On page 59, after numerous questions about the applicant's identity and qualification for Obamacare, comes the question: "Would you like to register to vote?" The placement of the question could lead some to believe they have to register to vote to get health care. In the introduction of the document, the Centers for Medicare &...
  • Obama Ignores Nullification, Says Federal Agents Will Enforce Obamacare

    03/25/2013 12:48:37 PM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 40 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | Mar. 25, 2013 | Tim Brown
    In a move that reminiscent of the tyrannical actions of Abraham Lincoln that led to the War of Northern Aggression, Barack Obama says that he will not wait on states to enforce Obamacare. Instead his administration has announced its intent is to completely disregard the state’s Tenth Amendment rights to nullification of the Obamacare law, via their passed legislation and state constitutions. In fact, his administration has said that in states where they refuse to comply with federal healthcare mandates that agents from the Department of Health and Human Services will assume absolute control over the state’s health insurance industry....
  • Study: Obamacare threatens 3.2 million small business jobs

    03/22/2013 3:39:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/22/2013 | Paul Bedard
    Over one-third of the 9.1 million full-time jobs among America's diverse business franchises could be cut back or eliminated by Obamacare as small businesses struggle to maintain profitability while coughing up money to pay for Washington-mandated health care coverage, according to the International Franchise Association. The threat of hitting 3.2 million full-time workers as the Affordable Care Act takes effect next year is prompting the owners of fast food restaurants, service companies and other franchises to urge Congress to make significant changes in Obamacare. To help their cause, the association on Friday released a new state-by-state breakdown on the potential...
  • Furious.

    03/22/2013 12:52:54 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 126 replies
    Myself | 3-22-2013
    Deep breath. I am going to write this in the calmest way possible. I am not here to air out dirty laundry but just like my last post back in Jan about Obamacare and law enforcement officials and doctors...this one leaps another level. I went to a doctor this morning for a follow up to an appointment I went to at the end of January. During my last appointment other than just getting some prescriptions refilled we went over some MRI results and talked about a different course of action regarding an injury. This morning I show up for a...
  • Why your boss is dumping your wife (Obamacare)

    02/22/2013 11:54:13 AM PST · by k4gypsyrose · 29 replies
    marketwatch ^ | 2/22/13
    By denying coverage to spouses, employers not only save the annual premiums, but also the new fees that went into effect as part of the Affordable Care Act.