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  • 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 âś” @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...
  • HHS Report: 1,295,571 Obamacare Enrollees May or May Not Be Legal Citizens

    07/02/2014 5:18:59 PM PDT · by blueyon · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/01/14 | Wynton Hall
    A devastating new Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General report released on Tuesday reveals that the Obama administration has yet to determine whether 1,295,571 of the over 8 million Obamacare enrollees are U.S. citizens lawfully in the country. The finding, located on page 11 of the report, states that 44% of the remaining 2,611,780 application "inconsistencies" are related to verifying "Citizenship/national status/lawful presence." Another 960,492 application inconsistencies were related to verifying whether subsidy applicants provided accurate income information.
  • Cancer patient, 64, who was suing over Obamacare enrollment mixup dies of her brain tumor

    07/02/2014 8:41:54 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07/02/2014 | Lydia Warren
    Linda Rolain passed away at her Las Vegas home on Monday Her family had joined two lawsuits against the State of Nevada and the company that set up its troubled online software, Xerox She had 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 Robert Rolain, who lost 60 pounds due to stress,...
  • Former O-Care adviser: Health insurers will be ‘dead’ by 2025

    07/01/2014 5:15:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Hill ^ | 07/01/14 | Jesse Byrnes
    A key former adviser behind President Obama's healthcare law said the traditional role of health insurers would be "dead" by 2025, predicting massive changes in the industry. "By 2025, insurance companies as we know them — taking in premiums and paying out — dead," Ezekiel Emanuel ... Emanuel, the older brother of former White House chief of staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, has long argued that health insurers will shift away an employer-based system. By 2025.. ... Most Americans currently receive health insurance through their employers. ObamaCare includes an employer mandate, which requires companies with 50 or more...
  • 3,137-County Analysis: Obamacare Increased 2014 Individual-Market Premiums By Average Of 49%

    06/19/2014 4:52:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/18/2014 | Avik Roy
    There are hundreds of aspects of Obamacare that people argue over. But there’s one question that matters above all others: does the Affordable Care Act live up to its name? Does it make health insurance less expensive? Last November, our team at the Manhattan Institute published a study indicating that Obamacare had increased the underlying cost of individually-purchased health insurance in the average state by 41 percent in 2014, relative to 2013. We’ve now redone the study on a county-by-county basis, complete with a brand-new interactive map. Depending on where you live, the results may surprise you.Our new county-by-county analysis...
  • UnitedHealthcare to cut doctors for Mass. seniors

    06/08/2014 10:51:22 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 25 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 06/07/2014 | Tracy Jan
    National insurance giant UnitedHealthcare plans to cut up to 700 Massachusetts doctors from its physician network for seniors enrolled in its private Medicare plan as a way to control costs, according to company officials. For elderly patients enrolled in the plan, the cuts mean they will have to find a new doctor or eventually switch to a new health plan that covers their current doctor. The move, effective Sept. 1, follows similar cuts made by the insurer to its Medicare Advantage provider networks in 11 other states... There is also pending legislation in Congress to prevent health plans from cutting...
  • Quebec adopts right-to-die legislation

    06/05/2014 6:15:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 5, 2014 7:47 PM EDT
    Quebec has adopted a right to-die bill in what is the first legislation of its kind in Canada. The federal Canadian government, however, has said it could challenge its legality. Bill 52 carried the day by a 94-22 majority. The legislation is officially dubbed “an act respecting end-of-life care.” …
  • Whistleblower retaliation in the VA scandal

    05/20/2014 7:29:02 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 19 ,2014 | by JOHN HAYWARD
    It's just not a proper scandal party until we've got alleged retaliation against whistleblowers. The Coloradoan brings us such a story from Fort Collins, one of several hospitals and clinics involved in the VA scandal: The whistleblower behind the federal investigation of the Fort Collins Veterans Affairs clinic said she was put on two-week unpaid leave for not "cooking the books" when scheduling appointments. Lisa Lee, a former Navy reservist now on active duty in Hawaii, told the Coloradoan she and another scheduler were transferred from Fort Collins in March 2013 for refusing to hide wait times between desired appointment...
  • Watch Out, Grandma: ObamaCare risks for the elderly

    05/19/2014 2:10:42 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | 05/18/2014 | Betsy McCaughey
    On May 7, the Obama administration boasted that ObamaCare was improving health-care quality for seniors, and it pulled out a bag of statistical tricks to prove it. But a closer look shows that it’s not improving care. It’s skimping on it, socking seniors with unexpected bills for “observation care” and likely shortening their lives. President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services announced that fewer seniors discharged from the hospital are returning for additional care within a month’s time. HHS claims that this drop in “readmissions,” from 18.5 percent in 2012 to 17.5 percent in 2013, signals quality improvement. Nationwide,...
  • Obama Backer Finds First 96 DOCTORS She Contacts Won’t Accept Her New Obamacare Insurance…

    04/26/2014 3:01:07 PM PDT · by grundle · 42 replies
    rightwingnews.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | John Hawkins
    She’s reached out to 96 DOCTORS who won’t treat her and it hasn’t changed her mind at all about Obamacare. Wow, you want to talk about “stuck on stupid,” well, this is it. What’s left for conservatives to say to someone who supports a system that puts her through this much other than, “Told you so?”
  • OY VEY: Obamacare Causes Spike in Small Group Premiums, Colorado’s Increase 29%

    04/09/2014 9:05:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | April 8, 2014
    News about the disastrous implementation of Obamacare has become so widespread that, to be honest, we’re having a hard time keeping up with all of it. We’ve written extensively about the canceled plans that failed to meet Obamacare coverage requirements, and we’ve written about how Sen. Mark Udall tried to cover it all up. Now, we’re seeing reports that if you weren’t one of the unlucky souls whose small group plan was cancelled because of Obamacare, your premiums have likely increased by 29 percent instead. Colorado is among the top ten states seeing the biggest increases in health insurance premiums...
  • GOP seeks coverage choices in health law they hate (GOP embracing Deathcare)

    04/06/2014 10:48:59 AM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 33 replies
    APMyway ^ | 4-6-14 | DAVID ESPO
    Lead story on Drudge The uniparty at work!
  • ObamaCare makes it more difficult to buy insurance year-round

    04/04/2014 4:17:39 PM PDT · by SJackson · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 04, 2014
    Here's more fallout from the health care law: Until now, customers could walk into an insurance office or go online to buy standard health care coverage any time of year. Not anymore. Many people who didn't sign up during the government's open enrollment period that ended Monday will soon find it difficult or impossible to get insured this year, even if they go directly to a private company and money is no object. For some it's already too late. With limited exceptions, insurers are refusing to sell to individuals after the enrollment period for HealthCare.gov and the state marketplaces. They...
  • Massachusetts Health Connector website may not be completed by June

    02/27/2014 5:56:44 PM PST · by matt04 · 5 replies
    Massachusetts Health Connector officials acknowledged on Thursday that the state’s health exchange website may not be fully functional by June – the date by which approximately 200,000 state-subsidized health insurance plans will expire. All of those individuals will have to move to new plans, which are approved under the guidelines of the Affordable Care Act, by June 30. But they may or may not be able to use the state website to enroll in those plans. “We’re about to hit March. June 30 is not very far away,” Sarah Iselin, a special assistant to Gov. Deval Patrick overseeing fixes to...
  • Too old to get lifesaving drugs: Anger at plan to deny treatment if you've had a 'fair innings'

    02/17/2014 4:39:10 PM PST · by mandaladon · 37 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 17 Feb 2014 | JENNY HOPE and DANIEL MARTIN
    Patients who have had a ‘fair innings’ could be denied life-saving drugs under proposed health reforms. The plans would mean experts taking into account whether there is a ‘wider societal benefit’ to giving a patient crucial medicines. The NHS rationing body, Nice, fears the Department of Health proposals could see younger people deemed a higher priority for drug treatments because they have more years ahead of them – potentially contributing more to the economy – than the elderly. Doctors, MPs and campaigners last night condemned the plans as ‘barking mad’. The move will also fuel fears that the elderly are...
  • Doctors Abandoning Private Practice in Droves to Work at Hospitals

    02/16/2014 7:03:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/15/2013 | Rick Moran
    Doctors are leaving private practice to become employees of hospitals, according to this story in the New York Times. The decline in private practice physicians actually began a few years ago when changes to Medicare forced many physicians who practiced individually or in small group offices to make the move to a salaried position in a hospital.But there is no doubt that Obamacare has exacerbated the problem. The onerous recordkeeping is one big reason why private practice physicians are becoming extinct. Private physicians can’t afford the extra employees to meet the demands of Obamacare paperwork.Dr, Paul Hsieh explained in a...
  • Obama: 'Going to Look Back' in 5 or 10 Years, Say ACA 'Was a Monumental Achievement'

    02/15/2014 1:53:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 72 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/15/14 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - President Obama told House Democrats on Friday that the health care law they passed without a single Republican vote in 2010 will prove itself -- five or ten years from now. "And I just want to say, thank you for all of you hanging in there tough on an issue that I think 10 years from now, five years from now, we're going to look back and say this was a monumental achievement that could not have happened had it not been for this caucus." House Democrats face midterm elections, not in five or ten years, but in...
  • Facing 50,000-application backlog, insurance marketplace chief breaks down in tears

    02/13/2014 6:36:33 PM PST · by shineon · 48 replies
    The head of the state’s beleaguered health insurance marketplace, which was once a national model, broke down in tears Thursday, as she described how demoralizing it has been for her staff to struggle with a broken website that has left an unknown number of people without coverage.