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  • CDC: Southerners' 'Racism' And 'Homophobia' Cause Gay Men's High HIV Rates

    05/22/2016 3:35:09 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 70 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 21, 2016 | Peter Hasson
    An issue brief published on Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control claimed that that Southerners' "racism," and "homophobia" may be causing high HIV rates in the South that are disproportionately high among African-Americans and homosexuals. [Snip] The CDC claims that one of the "factors driving the Southern HIV epidemic" could be the apparent bigotry of Southerners. "Issues such as homophobia and transphobia, racism, and general discomfort with public discussion of sexuality may be more widespread in the South and can lead to higher levels of stigma," the CDC claims. And increased levels of stigma - according to the...
  • Sorry, we don't take Obamacare

    05/18/2016 4:26:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | May 17, 2016 | By Elisabeth Rosenthal - The New York Times
    Amy Moses and her circle of self-employed small-business owners were supporters of President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act. They bought policies on the newly created NY state exchange. But when they called doctors and hospitals in Manhattan to schedule appointments, they were dismayed to be turned away again and again with a common refrain: "We don't take Obamacare," the umbrella epithet for the hundreds of plans offered through the president's signature health legislation. Though their insurance cards look the same as everyone else's the plans are often very different from those provided to most Americans by their employers....
  • Obama Health Care Regulators Are In A Last-Minute Frenzy To Do More Damage

    05/12/2016 4:11:32 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/11/2016 | Staff
    Regulations: Here’s a headline that should scare anyone who has been following ObamaCare: “As time runs out, the Obama administration races to reshape health care.” Hasn’t it done enough damage reshaping health care already?
  • Obamacare disaster will be Obama’s enduring domestic legacy

    04/26/2016 11:57:47 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 25 replies
    washington post ^ | April 25 2016 | Marc A. Thiessen
    <p>Historian David Maraniss notes, in Sunday’s Post, that President Obama came to office with the goal of changing “the trajectory of America” and leaving “a legacy as a president of consequence, the liberal counter to [Ronald] Reagan.”</p> <p>On the foreign-policy front, he is the anti-Reagan for certain. Reagan defeated Soviet communism and left us a safer world; Obama presided over the rise and metastasis of the Islamic State and left us a far more dangerous one.</p>
  • ObamaCare Is Sick, And Getting Sicker, Report Finds

    03/31/2016 4:21:50 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 3/30/2016 | Staff
    Health Reform: ObamaCare enrollees are sicker than those covered before the law. Backers see this as good news, because it means those needing coverage are getting it. It’s actually a sign of an impending death spiral.
  • Health insurance premiums rising faster than wages

    03/25/2016 8:04:57 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 27 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 24, 2016 | Ali Meyer
    Health insurance premiums have increased faster than wages and inflation in recent years, rising an average of 28 percent from 2009 to 2014 despite the enactment of Obamacare, according to a report from Freedom Partners. President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010, and Wednesday is the law’s sixth anniversary. The Obama administration expressed concern in 2009 about skyrocketing health care premiums in a report entitled, “The Burden of Health Insurance Premium Increases on American Families.” They were concerned that premiums had increased by 5.5 percent from 2008 to 2009. However, from 2010 to 2011...
  • (SOURCE: NATURALNEWS.COM 2015) FEMINIST CELEB: We need ‘Euthanasia Vans’ to drive around and get rid

    FEMINIST CELEB: We need ‘Euthanasia Vans’ to drive around and get rid of all the old people Katie Hopkins suggests that we create “euthanasia vans” that drives door-to-door and kills off the elderly. “We just have far too many old people,” the feminist says. “It’s ridiculous to be living in a country where we can put dogs to sleep but not people.” According to Hopkins, this can be carried out stylistically, you know, with a flair. “Euthanasia vans — just like ice-cream vans — that would come to your home,” Hopkins says “It would all be perfectly charming. They might...
  • Obamacare options contracting and getting more expensive

    12/27/2015 11:59:42 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | December 27, 2015 | SUZANNE ADAMS-OCKRASSA
    "......Last year, 86 percent of those who signed up through the federal exchanges received tax credits on their insurance premiums. The credits are available for families earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of four, the income limit would be about $94,000; a family of two, $62,000. ....Other customers found themselves starting over from square one when their insurance company pulled out of the Health Insurance Exchange or was dropped from the state exchange, like Meritus, Gussio said. Meritus, a nonprofit health care cooperative, was actually removed from the list of approved insurance companies...
  • Obamacare Is Now on Life Support

    12/10/2015 6:58:51 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 63 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 10 Dec, 2015 | Edward Morrissey
    Democrats gained the political muscle to push the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through Congress on three basic arguments. First, they argued that the United States had too many uninsured people, with estimates ranging from 30 million to 45 million. Second, the rise in costs for health care outstripped inflation, and the market required an intervention that would bend the cost curve downward. Third, Democrats claimed that insurance companies made too much profit and shorted most consumers on care, while those with generous health plans - so-called "Cadillac plans" - drove up utilization rates and costs for everyone else.
  • BAMACARE WEBSITE THREATENS ‘BIGGER FINES’ IF YOU DON’T SIGN UP

    11/06/2015 7:03:21 PM PST · by lbryce · 81 replies
    Breibart ^ | November 5, 2015 | Charles Spiering
    The Obama administration is sending a new message to people on the Obamacare e-mail list. Sign up for health insurance by December 15 or face big fines. “Important,” the new email warns subscribers. “The penalty for not having health insurance is increasing. If you don’t sign up for coverage, you’ll risk having to pay $695 per person or more for the year.” Since the new enrollment period is in session, email messages from the Obamacare website have increased urging more people to sign up for coverage or face fines. When asked about the fines faced by Americans without insurance, White...
  • Vets Died Waiting for VA to Process Huge Paperwork Backlog

    09/04/2015 2:51:33 PM PDT · by detective · 5 replies
    The New American ^ | September 04, 2015 | Michael Tennant
    The Veterans Administration (VA) has an enormous backlog of paperwork, and as a result, hundreds of thousands of veterans have died waiting for the VA to process their records. Meanwhile, over 10,000 records were deleted without processing, and the employees responsible were not disciplined. Those are the conclusions of a new report from the VA’s inspector general (IG). At the request of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, the IG undertook an investigation of a series of allegations made against the VA. The IG substantiated the allegations with only minor caveats.
  • Analysis: 1 in 4 employers hit with Obamacare tax

    08/25/2015 7:18:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Examiner ^ | 8/25/15 | PAIGE WINFIELD CUNNINGHAM
    One out of four U.S. employers may soon face a steep new Obamacare tax on the insurance coverage they offer workers, unless they take steps to reduce overall spending on the plans. A new analysis released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 26 percent of employers offer health benefits that could be subject to the Affordable Care Act's "Cadillac" tax on high-cost plans when it starts in 2018. The tax kicks in when the total spending on a health plan — including the employer and employee premium contributions — exceeds $10,022 for an individual or $27,500 for a...
  • REPORT: ABORTED BABY PARTS BEING USED TO GROW HUMAN ORGANS IN RODENTS

    08/05/2015 5:01:36 PM PDT · by garjog · 80 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | August 5, 2015 | MICHELLE MOONS5 Aug 2015
    Medical researchers are growing human organs in mice by implanting dead human baby organs into rodents, a practice that stands to gain greater scrutiny in light of undercover videos exposing what appears to be Planned Parenthood affiliates selling aborted baby parts to medical procurement companies like StemExpress.
  • Sarah Palin Unleashes After This Sick Obamacare “Myth” Turns Out to Be True

    07/10/2015 7:01:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | 7/10/15 | staff
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has long been an outspoken opponent of the Affordable Care Act. One of her main concerns about the law had to do with its so-called “death panels,” which have been summarily dismissed by the left and it allies in the media — but which were just confirmed by the administration to in fact exist. Though “death panels” may be something of a misnomer, it specifically refers to the use of taxpayer funds for reimbursement of “end-of-life” care and counseling mandated by Obamacare, along with the inevitable healthcare rationing that will come about due to government...
  • Government Wipes Recent Vaccine Injury Data from Website [Team Obama Hides Truth]

    06/01/2015 7:53:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson.com ^ | 5/31/15 | Sharyl Attkisson
    In March, the federal government removed the latest vaccine injury court statistics—more than a year’s worth of data—from one of its publicly reported charts. It was an abrupt departure from the normal practice of updating the figures monthly. Wiping the latest data means the “adjudication” chart on a government website no longer reflects the recent, sharp rise in court victories for plaintiffs who claimed their children were seriously injured or killed by one or more vaccines. Since January of 2014, twice as many victims have won court decisions than the previous eight years combined.
  • ObamaCare exchanges are melting down across America

    05/15/2015 4:39:58 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    nypost.com ^ | may 14, 2015 | michelle malkin
    At a recent White House science fair celebrating inventors, a Girl Scout who helped design a Lego-powered page-turning device asked President Obama what he had ever thought up or prototyped. Stumbling for an answer, he replied: “I came up with things like, you know, health care.” Ah, yes. “Health care.” Remember when the president’s signature ObamaCare health-insurance exchanges were going to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, the remote control, jogger strollers, Siri, the Keurig coffee maker, driverless cars and Legos put together? The miraculous, efficient, cost-saving, innovative 21st-century government-run “marketplaces” were supposed to put the “affordable” in President...
  • AP Interview: Pelosi predicts GOP ruin on health care case

    05/14/2015 9:34:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    myway.com ^ | 5/13/15
    .... Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi predicted Wednesday that Republicans will "rue the day" if the Supreme Court buys their arguments and invalidates tax subsidies for millions of people under President Barack Obama's health care law. Republicans have said they will try to ensure people don't lose insurance if the high court rules this summer against tax subsidies for health care coverage in certain states. But they haven't said how they would do it.
  • Two Things You Don’t Know About Roe v. Wade That Will Surprise You

    05/03/2015 11:00:50 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 21 replies
    Time ^ | April 27, 2015 | James Robenalt
    January 22, 1973 is the date that most associate with Roe v. Wade. That is the day when Justice Harry Blackmun read a summary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe and that of its companion case, Doe v. Bolton. Every year there are demonstrations in Washington on January 22 to commemorate or protest the Supreme Court’s decision recognizing a woman’s right to an abortion. But there is another date that actually might be far more significant in the history of these decisions: May 25, 1972. That is when these cases should have been decided, and likely were decided, but...
  • 52% of Dutch euthanasia doctors say they would kill patient with dementia

    04/29/2015 8:44:17 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 38 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/28/15 | Jeanne Smits
    April 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- More than half of all Dutch physicians specialized in euthanasia would consider approving euthanasia for a demented patient, according to a survey carried out last year and made public last week at an academic symposium held at the VUmc Free University in Amsterdam.“SCEN” doctors – as they are known – form the Support Consultation Euthanasia Network Netherlands whose members can be called upon by family doctors who face a euthanasia request and who need help with the procedure, specialized and independent advice as to whether their patient should “benefit” according to the requirements for “careful”...
  • Wash. Hospital Stops Surgery to Remove Woman’s Tumor 12 Hours After Her Military Benefits Expired

    04/24/2015 11:49:17 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    NBC News ^ | Friday, April 24, 2015 | Nicole Hensley
    Hospital staff broke the news to a Tacoma, Wash. woman that her operation to remove a tumor from her breast would not be happening. Medical benefits tied to her retired husband’s U.S. Army service had expired just 12 hours before, a detail on the 41-year-old woman’s benefits card that no one noticed until she was already prepped for surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center, according to a KING-TV report. Patricia Zuniga described the bearers of bad news as “upfront” about the awkward discovery. “You’re not having your surgery today. You do not have health care. You do not have benefits,”...
  • Democratic lawmakers reject switching their health coverage to Obamacare

    04/23/2015 1:12:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 23, 2015 | By PATRICK MCGREEVY
    Democratic state lawmakers on Thursday shot down a proposal that would have required all California state legislators to get their health insurance from Covered California, the benefits exchange set up to implement Obamacare in the state. The Assembly Rules Committee split along party lines, with seven Democrats opposing AB 1109 and three Republicans in support of the bill by Assemblyman Scott Wilk. The measure would have forced lawmakers to give up the taxpayer-subsidized health plans provided by the Legislature and individually sign up for Covered California. Wilk introduced the measure after hearing complaints from several constituents about difficulties in signing...
  • Systemic Breakdown: Government Healthcare Forces Hospital Closure

    04/23/2015 9:01:18 AM PDT · by Baynative · 16 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 4/21/15 | Michael Strickland
    Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo, CA is closing its doors today. The Bay Area facility has been serving the community for 50 years, but has been losing approximately $18 Million a year for the past several years. The West Contra Costa Healthcare District board voted in March to begin the closing process, which included selling off land and nearby buildings that were part of the campus. The city, of course, picked up that tab. The reason for the closure? 80-90% of the patients are on the dole. More specifically, Medicare and Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. As the bureaucracies...
  • Princeton prof: Kill severely disabled infants under Obamacare

    04/21/2015 5:50:54 PM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    WND ^ | 4/19/15
    In a radio interview Sunday, Princeton University ethics professor Peter Singer argued it is “reasonable” for government or private insurance companies to deny treatment to severely disabled babies.Singer contended the health-care system under Obamacare should be more overt about rationing and that the country should acknowledge the necessity of “intentionally ending the lives of severely disabled infants.”Throughout the interview, Singer repeatedly referred to a disabled infant as “it.”Singer was speaking on the “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” broadcast on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and Philadelphia’s NewsTalk 990 AM.The Princeton professor is known for his controversial views on abortion and...
  • Next Obamacare Battle: 'Cadillac Tax'

    04/06/2015 5:38:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    newsmax ^ | 4/6/15 | Jason Devaney
    The Obamacare "Cadillac tax," which will tax businesses for employee health plans that are above a certain level by 40 percent, could be the next big fight in the push to either repeal or change the Affordable Care Act. This particular piece of the Obamacare law will not go into effect until 2018, but it is already causing headaches for businesses as they put together employee benefit plans. Politico has an in-depth story about the "Cadillac tax," which will apply to individual health plans worth more than $10,200 and family plans worth more than $27,500. The current system in place...
  • Elites Push Physician-Assisted Suicide

    04/03/2015 7:15:13 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 14 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 3, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Overlooked in the media coverage of and academic debate about physician-assisted suicide: it’s not the people most likely to receive it who are promoting it. “It’s the well off and healthy who are calling for it,” Farr A. Curlin, M.D., the Josiah C. Trent Professor of Medical Humanities at Duke University School of Medicine said at the Heritage Foundation on March 30, 2015. On the same panel on which Dr. Curlin spoke, Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation noted that disability rights groups are actively opposing such measures. Moreover, Anderson pointed out, in Oregon, which has physician-assisted suicide, “95 percent...
  • The Atlantic pushes killing for organs

    03/25/2015 8:28:58 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 35 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/24/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    March 24, 2015 (NationalReview.com) -- I have repeatedly warned about articles published in medical and bioethics journals advocating killing the profoundly disabled or dying for their organs.The assault on the “dead donor rule” has now filtered down to the popular media. The Atlantic has an article advocating that dying patients be killed for their organs rather than having to actually, you know, die first. From, “As They Lay Dying:” A more useful ethical standard could involve the idea of “imminent death.” Once a person with a terminal disease reaches a point when only extraordinary measures will delay death; when use (or...
  • ‘INSANITY': This ONE screenshot exposes just how ‘affordable’ Obamacare plans are

    03/22/2015 9:51:46 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 45 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | march 22, 2015
    It’s horrible. As Twitchy reported, citizens are feeling the pain of Obamacare as they start filing their tax returns. The New York Times mysteriously used “health care act” in its headline. Weird, huh? We wonder why it chose not to use “Obamacare” or “Affordable Care Act.” Oh, that’s right. This is why; Check out just how “affordable” it is:
  • Obamacare premiums to significantly spike: CBO

    03/09/2015 2:23:00 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/9/15 | Stephen Dinan
    Obamacare exchange customers could see a significant spike in their premiums.... a new analysis finding Obamacare is both cheaper and less comprehensive than predicted.
  • Judge refuses mother's plea to treat terminally-ill son (Where Obamacare will end)

    02/14/2015 6:30:48 PM PST · by NRx · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14 Feb 2015 | Patrick Sawer
    Doctors believe that a terminally-ill teenager who has a brain tumour will die within weeks after a judge gave them permission to withhold treatment. The 18-year-old man’s parents wanted chemotherapy to continue and his mother had launched a “passionate” fight “for his life” at a fraught late-night hearing at the Court of Protection in London. She said her son was “absolutely adored” and a “miracle child” and urged judge Mrs Justice Hogg not to rule that he “has to die”.
  • Nothing Says 'I Love You' Like Death Panels

    02/13/2015 7:37:43 AM PST · by xzins · 8 replies
    CNS ^ | February 13, 2015 | Jen Kuznicki
    Nancy Pelosi got herself to a microphone this week and reminded the good people of America that time is running out to sign up for Obamacare. "As a nice Valentine day," the Minority Leader offered, "you can take your loved one to sign up for the Affordable Care Act." At first I thought the sentence didn't make sense grammatically. It should be, "As a nice Valentine's Day gift," or “For a nice Valentine's Day gift," but then I thought, it really will take you all day, in a quasi-romantic huddle, close together in front of a computer monitor, as you...
  • Uninsured Balk at Obamacare Bite

    02/02/2015 4:32:31 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 19 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2/2/2015 | David Catron
    When it became obvious a couple of years ago that Obamacare would accelerate health care inflation, the law’s boosters began claiming that cost control was never its primary goal. PPACA’s promoters had previously promised that it would reduce annual health care expenses by $2,500 per family while improving access and quality of care. But the facts forced them to abandon that pledge and adopt a safer party line. As expressed by the New York Times, the new story goes thus: “At its most basic level, the Affordable Care Act was intended to reduce the number of Americans without health insurance.”...
  • State Gives Illegal Aliens $35 Mil in Healthcare, Meds, Physical Therapy (MA)

    01/20/2015 12:50:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 20, 2015
    Though it violates both state and federal law, Massachusetts spent tens of millions of dollars to give illegal immigrants medical care—including prescription drugs, physical therapy and dental services—through its taxpayer-funded healthcare program for low-income individuals. Tax-paying residents of the Bay State should be outraged, to say the least. The information comes straight out of a scathing report that contains the findings of an investigation conducted by Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump. It reveals that questionable or prohibited medical claims totaling $35,137,347 were reimbursed by the state’s Medicaid agency known as MassHealth. A chunk of it went to non-emergency services for...
  • Still cooking the ObamaCare books

    12/09/2014 3:49:10 PM PST · by tobyhill · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/9/2014 | By Betsy McCaughey
    The ObamaCare lies keep coming. In two highly publicized announcements last week, top Obama health officials claimed the Affordable Care Act is slowing health care spending and improving hospital safety. The media parroted these boasts, but the evidence shows they’re bogus. Even as administration figures — from President Obama down — distance themselves from Jonathan Gruber, the ObamaCare adviser caught calling the public stupid, they’re still relying on his playbook: They assume we’re not going to check their facts. On Dec. 3, federal actuaries released data showing that health spending inched up only 3.6 percent in 2013. Marilyn Tavenner, the...
  • Romney's Inner Circle Is Convinced He's Running

    12/04/2014 1:15:15 PM PST · by C19fan · 110 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 4, 2014 | Linette Lopez and Hunter Walker
    Mitt Romney held meetings with donors in New York this week that left one attendee convinced he is running for president again in 2016. A member of Romney's inner circle who spoke to Business Insider said the former governor of Massachusetts traveled to New York City on Monday where he met with key financial backers of his past campaigns to lay the groundwork for a 2016 White House bid.
  • The Death Panels Are Coming

    11/11/2014 9:47:45 PM PST · by Hoodat · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/11/2014 | Ben Shapiro
    With Obamacare open enrollment about to begin anew, rumors of trouble in Healthcare Paradise run rampant. Enrollment has dropped to 30% below Congressional Budget Office estimates; fully 1 million of the 8.1 million people who originally signed up for Obamacare dropped out. But Obamacare’s shoddy implementation doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of its great evil. Obamacare architect quite correctly attributed the passage of Obamcare to “lack of transparency” and the “stupidity of the American voter” – because it turns out that Obamacare will ration care, and that the most well-respected bodies in terms of health rationing have already...
  • Some U.S. hospitals weigh withholding care to Ebola patients

    10/22/2014 3:56:00 PM PDT · by knak · 32 replies
    reuters ^ | 10/23/14 | Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley
    (Reuters) - The Ebola crisis is forcing the American healthcare system to consider the previously unthinkable: withholding some medical interventions because they are too dangerous to doctors and nurses and unlikely to help a patient. U.S. hospitals have over the years come under criticism for undertaking measures that prolong dying rather than improve patients' quality of life. But the care of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, who received dialysis and intubation and infected two nurses caring for him, is spurring hospitals and medical associations to develop the first guidelines for what can reasonably be done and...
  • Pregnant woman who may have been exposed to Ebola ‘told to take shower and check for fever’ (MA)

    10/12/2014 2:13:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Twitchy ^ | October 12, 2014 | Staff
    Kelley Tuthill @wcvbkelleyt This 7 mos pregnant woman just walked out of Harvard Vanguard. Was told to take shower & check for fever. #WCVB 3:37 PM - 12 Oct 2014 30 Retweets 4 favorites A man who traveled recently to West Africa is being isolated for Ebola-like symptoms at Harvard Vanguard in Braintree, Mass. WBZ Boston News ✔ @cbsboston BREAKING: Man who traveled recently to West Africa is reportedly being isolated for Ebola-like symptoms in Braintree http://boston.cbslocal.com/ 1:41 PM - 12 Oct 2014 191 Retweets 36 favorites[continued]
  • After Surgery, Surprise $117,000 Medical Bill From Doctor He Didn’t Know

    09/22/2014 12:10:28 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 42 replies
    New York Times ^ | 20 September 2014 | Elisabeth Rosenthal
    Before his three-hour neck surgery for herniated disks in December, Peter Drier, 37, signed a pile of consent forms. A bank technology manager who had researched his insurance coverage, Mr. Drier was prepared when the bills started arriving: $56,000 from Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, $4,300 from the anesthesiologist and even $133,000 from his orthopedist, who he knew would accept a fraction of that fee. He was blindsided, though, by a bill of about $117,000 from an “assistant surgeon,” a Queens-based neurosurgeon whom Mr. Drier did not recall meeting. In operating rooms and on hospital wards across the country, physicians...
  • Why I Hope to Die at 75

    09/20/2014 6:39:25 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 89 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 17 Sep 2014 | Ezekiel Emmanuel
    An argument that society and families—and you—will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptlyThat’s how long I want to live: 75 years. This preference drives my daughters crazy. It drives my brothers crazy. My loving friends think I am crazy. They think that I can’t mean what I say; that I haven’t thought clearly about this, because there is so much in the world to see and do. To convince me of my errors, they enumerate the myriad people I know who are over 75 and doing quite well. They are certain that as I get...
  • ObamaCare architect Ezekiel Emanuel has anounced the ‘optimal age of death’ - you won’t like it

    09/19/2014 12:30:11 PM PDT · by xzins · 128 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | September 19, 2014 | Robert Laurie
    Democrats seem to love death.  Whether they’re yammering about abortion or “end of life” planning, they just can’t get enough of talking up the myriad ways people can exit life’s stage.  They always claim this is simply a discussion about personal responsibility and individual choice but, since they despise those ideals in virtually every other matter, it’s a hard argument to buy. Enter Ezekiel Emanuel.  Emanuel was one of the chief architects of ObamaCare and is, of course, the brother of Rahm.  Over at The Atlantic, he’s penned an article about his own death and he’s made a shocking announcement...
  • Coverage for End of Life Talks Gaining Ground

    08/31/2014 4:03:56 AM PDT · by EQAndyBuzz · 49 replies
    NY Times ^ | 8/30/2014 | Pam Belluck
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  • Not National News: Mass. Obamacare Exchange Requires Everyone to Re-enroll, Again May Not Work

    08/18/2014 3:55:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 8/18/14 | Tom Blumer
    Recent news about Obamacare hasn't exactly been good, but the press has been pretty effective in keeping it quiet. To name just a few items, Enrollment is shrinking, because perhaps as many as 20 percent of enrollees aren't keeping up with their premiums. Rising costs have moved insurers to beg for bailouts, which appear to be forthcoming. Then there's this: Just last week in Massachusetts, where the state-run health insurance got its start under Republican Governor Mitt Romney eight years ago, the state's exchange announced that everyone currently enrolled in 2014 or who should have enrolled and didn't is going...
  • Australian Hospital Accidentally Declares 200 Patients Dead (Future of ACA?)

    08/14/2014 10:16:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Aug 14, 2014
    An Australian hospital apologized on Thursday after mistakenly sending out death notices for 200 of its - very much alive - patients. Austin Hospital, in Australia's second most populous city of Melbourne, erroneously killed off the patients when it faxed death notices to their family doctors.
  • Obamacare: 2011 GAO Report Confirms 'Speak-O' Gruber

    07/27/2014 11:21:37 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 27, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Liberals are now in damage control mode on the heels of the discovery of not one but two videos of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber claiming in January 2012 that the subsidies for that program were limited to exchanges set up by the states. Their contention is that while Gruber might have worked closely with Congress to create the Obamacare bill, he is still not Congress. The other claim is that there is no document that backs up what they consider to be merely a Gruber "Speak-O." Newsflash folks! Your humble correspondent has come upon a 2011 General Accounting Office report...
  • Our veterans deserve better than VA’s ‘corrosive culture'

    07/25/2014 11:53:20 AM PDT · by April29 · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 25, 2014 | Boustany
    Lewis-Payton admitted VISN 16 must work on “trust issues” with veterans and providers. Some of these individuals accuse VISN 16 of systematically gaming medical-record filing deadlines and leaving veterans with massive debts. When providers sent required medical records by certified mail, VA employees shredded them without explanation, insisting they were incomplete after the 90 day filing deadline had expired. As a result of this practice, one Louisiana veteran owes more than $22,000 and is being pursued by a collection agency. Lewis-Payton has not replied to questions about this case. In other cases, VISN 16 reportedly cited absurd reasons for leaving...
  • Death Panels? Obama Admin May Pay Doctors to Conduct “End of Life” Discussions With Patients

    07/17/2014 6:40:22 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 32 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/16/14 | Jennifer Popik, JD
    In a recent Politico Magazine article titled, “Let’s Talk About Death Panels,” Harold Pollack urges reviving one of the most notorious proposals that did not make it into the Obama Health Car Law – “advance planning consultations.”During the debate over Obamacare’s enactment, there was considerable controversy over a provision in an early version under which health care providers would have been paid by Medicare to discuss with their patients whether they would want life-saving medical treatment.After former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin dubbed the planning sessions “death panels,” the provision was dropped from the law ultimately enacted.As Pollack...
  • Horror! Dying NY Vets Denied Painkillers – Given Salt Water Instead

    07/16/2014 2:48:49 PM PDT · by blueyon · 54 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    Another day, another VA tragedy. An Albany nurse claims dying New York Veterans were denied painkillers. Instead they were given salt water mixtures. Valerie Riviello, a nurse at the Albany Stratton VA medical center, claims that fellow employees had reported to her that dying veterans were denied painkillers such as morphine to ease their pain. Instead, they were given salt water mixtures. Riviello told the Times Union: Among stories that nurse Valerie Riviello has heard from other employees at the Albany VA is one about dying patients who were supposed to receive morphine to alleviate pain, but instead got a...
  • Your health care: Obama's $18,000 broken promise

    07/16/2014 8:19:14 AM PDT · by grundle · 16 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | Governor Bobby Jindal
    How would you feel if someone promised to give you a car, and then reneged on that pledge? That’s how all Americans should feel when it comes to ObamaCare -- because Barack Obama’s failed and discredited campaign promise to lower health insurance premiums has cost the average American family an amount equal to the price of many new cars. During his 2008 campaign, one of then-Senator Obama’s most audacious promises was that his health plan would reduce premiums by $2,500 for the average family. His repeatedly made his pledge on videotape; you can view those promises here. But health insurance...
  • Insured woman may face medical bills of more than $70K

    07/10/2014 7:41:26 AM PDT · by anonsquared · 40 replies
    KCRA News (Sacramento) ^ | July 9, 2014 | Sharokina Shams
    A Stockton couple is worried that they may face a bill of more than $70,000 for a hospital stay that was initially covered by insurance. Their health plan, Anthem Blue Cross, sent them a letter last month telling them that their insurance coverage has been canceled retroactively, back to the first day of the year -- and that they may be responsible for paying bills for medical care during that time. We called Anthem Blue Cross, and they said, ‘Well, we can cancel people whenever we want. We can do whatever we want,’” Xanttopulos said. A spokesman for Covered California...
  • Cancer Patient Dies From Brain Tumor After Obamacare Fails to Cover Her Treatment

    07/03/2014 5:38:48 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 28 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/2/14 | Steven Ertelt
    Linda Rolain passed away at her Las Vegas home on Monday after the Nevada resident but the Obamacare enrolleee died needlessly. Rolain’s family had joined two lawsuits against the State of Nevada and the company that set up its troubled online software, Xerox.The Nevada resident tried to enroll in the state’s health exchange in November and after numerous issues, finally paid in January for coverage to start in March. But when she went to get treatment, there was no record of her name and she finally received an insurance card in May.She underwent surgery in mid-May but struggled to recover.When...