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  • Bureaucrats Have Revived End-of-Life Counseling

    09/02/2014 4:33:24 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 2 replies
    American Spectator ^ | David Catron
    Remember the controversial provision of Obamacare that would have paid physicians extra money to provide “end-of-life counseling” to seniors whose conditions required expensive medical care? That feature of “reform” caused such a public outcry that the Democrats had to drop it from the final legislation. But the government apparatchiks didn’t give up. On Christmas Day, 2010, it came to light that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) planned to implement the program anyway. Within a week, however, vehement objections by clinicians and citizens alike forced the CMS bureaucrats to back off once more. Well, they’re at it again....
  • Feds May Reimburse Medicare 'End-of-Life Discussions' After Mocking Palin's 'Death Panels'

    08/31/2014 2:36:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 31, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Years after former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was mocked for being concerned about "death panels," the federal government may reimburse Medicare doctors for end-of-life consultations that critics say would only encourage sick patients to reject costly treatments to prolong life. The New York Times reports that "Medicare may begin covering end-of-life discussions next year if it approves a recent request from the American Medical Association," which is "the country’s largest association of physicians and medical students" and creates "billing codes for medical services, codes used by doctors, hospitals and insurers." According to the Times, the group "recently created codes for...
  • Fleming on Not Reading 10,535 Pages of Obamacare Regs: “They’re Incomprehensible”

    10/15/2013 9:59:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 15, 2013 - 3:14 PM | Penny Starr
    When CNSNews.com asked Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) if he had read all of the 10,535 pages of final regulations published by the administration to implement Obamacare in the Federal Register, he said he had not and described them as “incomprehensible.” “Well, of course, I voted against [Obamacare], and I have not read all the rules and regulations,” Fleming told CNSNews.com earlier this month at the Capitol. “They’re extremely complex. An average person even with a law degree or a medical degree like me can’t understand them,” Fleming said. “They’re incomprehensible.” When asked if he was surprised by the large number...
  • GOP Rep.: We might find Bigfoot before an Obamacare enrollee

    10/15/2013 2:44:10 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | October 15, 2013 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Rep. John Fleming said Tuesday that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should step down because her agency had three years to prepare for the debut of online insurance markets that have been plagued by computer glitches. Mr. Fleming, Louisiana Republican, said the new health care law is a “ship in search of an iceberg” that will harm the nation once it’s fully implemented, a claim that diverges from the White House’s insistence that online markets tied to the law will improve during a six-month open enrollment period that began Oct. 1. “The rest of it is going to...
  • Louisiana Republicans say 'no negative impact' from shutdown ahead of tropical storm

    10/04/2013 2:21:54 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    thehill.com ^ | October 04, 2013 | Justin Sink
    Republicans lawmakers from Louisiana are insisting that the government shutdown will not impact the region's preparedness ahead of the expected landfall of Tropical Storm Karen on the Gulf Coast. The storm, which has maximum winds of 50 miles per hour according to the National Hurricane Center, is expected to slam the Gulf Coast late Saturday or early Sunday morning. Forecasters believe Karen could intensify to hurricane strength before then. That's led to questions about the government's preparedness for severe weather. According to The Times Picayune in New Orleans, at least 2,000 federal workers have been furloughed in the state, including...
  • Support Rep. Fleming's Amendment (require Congress to sign-up for healthcare plan they force on us)

    10/28/2009 9:06:05 AM PDT · by PrivateIdaho · 9 replies · 1,024+ views
    Congressman John Fleming's Website ^ | 10/28/2009 | John Fleming
    This morning, I received the following email, which is currently being circulated around the internet: Congressman John Fleming (Louisiana physician) has proposed an amendment that would require congressmen and senators to take the same healthcare plan they force on us (under proposed legislation they are curiously exempt). Congressman Fleming is encouraging people to go on his Website and sign his petition at: http://fleming.house.gov/index.html. Please urge as many people as you can to do the same! If Congress forces this on the American people, the Congressmen should have to accept the same level of health care for themselves and their families.
  • Why did Congress exempt themselves from Obamacare?

    07/26/2009 6:19:00 PM PDT · by Sun · 37 replies · 2,443+ views
    Why did Congress exempt themselves from being included in the healthcare they want for the rest of Americans? Maybe it's because Congress members don't want themselves and their families to be at the mercy of bureaucrats about whether they can receive quality of life treatments, or even treatments for their very life or death; rationing; long lines; or when they become senior citizens, be forced to have counseling every five years, or more often if they are sick, regarding alternatives for end of life care. Rep. John Fleming, (the 2007 Louisiana family physician of the year), put forth a bill,...
  • Politicians, Heal Thyselves!

    07/24/2009 5:44:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 1,023+ views
    IBD Editorial ^ | July 24, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSENISS DAILY Staff
    Health Reform: If Democrats in Washington think their health care reform with a public option is a good thing, why have they exempted themselves from it? Why isn't what's good for their constituents good for them?During ABC's June 24 infomercial for government-run health care broadcast from the White House, President Obama was asked if he and his family would abide by the restrictions and limitations that came with his proposed reforms. In what Ed Morrissey at HotAir.com called "Obama's Michael Dukakis moment," President Obama refused to make such a pledge and confessed that if "it's my family member, if it's...
  • The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

    08/21/2014 8:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Bob Cusack, Vivian Hughbanks and Tomas Navia
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016. The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner, while there is no front-runner on the Republican side. Twenty-three Democrats have been mentioned as a candidate or are eyeing a bid, according to an analysis by The Hill. The GOP side has 42. Most of the people on this list won’t run, and some have adamantly claimed that they’re not interested. But many politicians have changed their minds on seeking the White House. Before mounting his 2008 bid, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he...
  • Newt Gingrich provides Monica Wehby with another out-of-state endorsement in Senate race

    04/29/2014 9:01:01 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 17 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 04/29/2014 | Jeff Mapes
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Tuesday joined a growing list of out-of-state political figures who have endorsed Portland pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby in her race for the Republican Senate nomination. . . Wehby's chief rival in the Republican primary, state Rep. Jason Conger of Bend, has been promoting himself as the real conservative in the race and has been emphasizing his opposition to abortion rights. Wehby has said that she supports a woman's right to choose.
  • Dutch Woman Euthanized Who Feared Going to Nursing Home

    08/27/2014 7:55:08 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 31 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/27/14 | Paul Russell
    It’s official. Like Belgium, The Netherlands has completely lost any sense of respect for the law and has leapt, lemming like off the moral cliff.Dutch news is reporting on the euthanasia death of an elderly woman who sought euthanasia because she did not want to live in a nursing home.The report said that she visited a ‘special clinic set up to help people whose doctors do not support euthanasia’. This incident sparked the second reprimand of the ‘Life Clinic’ in the last four months. In the previous case the same clinic euthanasied a woman with identified psychiatric problems without enough...
  • Providing futile treatment prevents other patients from receiving the critical care they need

    08/20/2014 11:40:18 AM PDT · by Sparklite · 18 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | August 20, 2014 | University of California
    "It is unjust when a patient is unable to access intensive care because ICU beds are occupied by patients who cannot benefit from such care. Our findings are particularly relevant in the U.S., but are also instructive elsewhere given universal concerns regarding providing treatments that are non-beneficial," the study states. "The ethic of 'first come, first served' is not only inefficient and wasteful, but it is contrary to medicine's responsibility to apply healthcare resources to best serve society. In the context of healthcare reform, which aims to more justly distribute medical care to the nation, opportunity cost is one more...
  • Nurses on Home Visits to Patients Told to Ask: Can We Kill You?

    08/20/2014 8:41:56 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 13 replies
    LifeNews ^ | 8/20/14 | Steven Ertelt
    Euthanasia. Rationing. Assisted Suicide. These are the kinds of concerns the pro-life community brought up when Congress pushed through Obamacare and government-run health care. These concerns are already becoming real in the Untied States, but a new story out of the United Kingdom should give Americans a hint as to what’s next.Nurses who are a part of in-home health care programs for the sick, elderly and disabled are coming forward to say they’ve been told to ask such patients not if they need medical help but if they need assistance in killing themselves.The nurses say patients are asked via a...
  • Frankenstein Science: Head Transplants Are Now Possible?

    08/18/2014 3:25:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | August 18, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    “Potentially unethical.” That’s how one expert described an Italian scientist’s plan to perform a “head transplant” by severing two heads at the same time, then cooling and flushing out the ‘recipient’ head before attaching it to its new body with polymer glue.That is “POTENTIALLY unethical?” Making one person out of two, and throwing away the unused halves, is only “potentially” unethical?Shock and awe.* * * * *Neuroscientist Sergio Canavero is undeterred by criticism, however. Canavero now reports that it’s possible to merge bone marrow, surgically cut with an ultra-sharp knife, when fusing one person’s head onto another person’s spine. The...
  • Cancer Screening in Seniors Yields Few Benefits

    08/18/2014 6:42:51 PM PDT · by Innovative · 63 replies
    Medpage Today ^ | Aug 18, 2014 | Charles Bankhead
    Screening older patients for cancer provided minimal benefit at considerable cost and increased use of invasive procedures, reported investigators in two separate studies. "It is particularly important to question screening strategies for older persons," Gross continued. "Patients with a shorter life expectancy have less time to develop clinically significant cancers after a screening test and are more likely to die from noncancer health problems after a cancer diagnosis."
  • British Smokers Being Denied Treatment by State-Run Healthcare Service

    08/11/2014 3:20:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 91 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 8/11/2014 | David Atherton
    Scotland's second largest health board, NHS Lothian, will not be giving further treatment to smokers for non-urgent cases, with referrals from GPs being refused. Dr. Zahid Raza said: "In Edinburgh, we will not see patients at the clinic that are still smoking. Evidence shows that they would not do well with the treatment." He also went onto say: "We try to avoid intervention and, in around 80 percent of cases, a smoker’s condition will improve just simply by stopping smoking and smoking other lifestyle changes."Dr Jean Turner of the Scotland Patients Association said that she was "extremely disappointed", adding: "I'm...
  • Doctor: Elderly People Should be Left to Die, Their Quality of Life is Too Low

    08/08/2014 6:35:01 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 82 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/7/14 | Sarah Zagorski
    Dr. James Beattie, a cardiologist who works at the East of England NHS Foundation Trust in Birmingham, believes hospitals should let more elderly patients die and “quality of life” should be given more consideration.According to an article in the Daily Mail, Beattie said that society no longer accepts mortality and is much less familiar with death. ‘If a person is in hospital, particularly an elderly person with multiple co-morbidities, if they have a cardiac arrest it’s a sign they are in decline,’ he told Radio 4.‘It’s their act of dying and they should not be resuscitated, they should be allowed...
  • Barney Frank: Obama 'Just Lied to People' About Obamacare

    08/02/2014 11:20:51 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 28 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | AUG 2, 2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    Former Democratic congressman Barney Frank has some tough words for President Barack Obama about his handling of Obamacare. "The rollout was so bad, and I was appalled -- I don't understand how the president could have sat there and not been checking on that on a weekly basis," Frank tells the Huffington Post in a recent interview. "But frankly, he should never have said as much as he did, that if you like your current health care plan, you can keep it. That wasn't true. And you shouldn't lie to people. And they just lied to people."
  • An Obamacare Statist Gets Caught Lying (over and over again)

    08/02/2014 9:16:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Many of you probably heard about the “Halbig” decision, in which a federal court struck a blow against Obamacare by ruling that the IRS was wrong to arbitrarily grant subsidies for health insurance policies purchased through a federal exchange. And why did the judges rule against the IRS? Well, for the simple reason that the Obamacare legislation specifically says that subsidies are only available for policies purchased through exchanges set up by state governments. My Cato colleague Michael Cannon explains: The PPACA authorizes the IRS to issue health-insurance tax credits only to taxpayers who purchase coverage “through an Exchange established...
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Male justices can’t understand Hobby Lobby case because genitals

    07/31/2014 2:49:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/31/2014 | Noah Rothman
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg evolved this summer from a mere figure of authority into a liberal celebrity when she authored the dissenting opinion in the Hobby Lobby case. Ginsburg’s dissent, which has been ubiquitously dubbed “scathing” and/or “blistering” in the press, prompted the left to craft a cult of personality around her. Liberal outlets dubbed her “Notorious R.B.G.,” whiny folk artists converted her opinion into a terrible but nevertheless widely shared song, and The New Republic laughably dubbed Ginsburg “the most popular woman on the internet.” Take that, Kate Upton.All this hero worship was entirely unearned, but...
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Accuses Pro-Hobby Lobby SCOTUS Judges of Being Sexist

    07/31/2014 2:58:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Life News ^ | July 31, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    Apparently the phony “war on women” has made its way to the Supreme Court. Upset by the fact that a majority of the justices on the high court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby’s religious freedoms, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is now accusing them of being sexist.In a new interview with pro-abortion media icon Katie Couric, Ginsburg lashes out at her colleagues and claims they have a “blind spot” towards women because they decided that Hobby Lobby should not be forced to pay for drugs that cause abortions for their employees.Never mind that polls show a majority of women oppose the...
  • 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...
  • Federal undercover investigation signs up fake applicants for ACA coverage, subsidies

    07/22/2014 4:52:24 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 22, 2014 | Amy Goldstein
    In undercover tests of the new federal health insurance marketplace, government investigators have been able to procure health plans and federal subsidies for fake applicants with fictitious documents, according to findings that will be disclosed to lawmakers on Wednesday. The results of the inquiry by the Government Accountability Office are evidence of still-imperfect work by specialists intended to assist new insurance customers and government contractors hired to verify that coverage and subsidies are legitimate. The GAO also pointed to flaws that linger in the marketplace’s Web site, HealthCare.gov. According to testimony to be delivered before a House Ways and Means...
  • When Obamacare loses in court, insurance companies lose, too

    07/22/2014 4:14:58 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/22/14 | Timothy P Carney
    When the administration lost an Obamacare case in federal court Tuesday, the insurance companies lost as well... Subsidies were one of the many goodies Obamacare provided insurers. Obamacare also required individuals to buy insurance, compelled many business owners to insure employees, expanded Medicaid (which is often administered by private insurers) and supplied a bailout to struggling insurers in the form of “risk corridors.” The Halbig ruling is a triple threat to the insurers’ Obamacare favors. By stripping away tax credits, it reduces insurance companies transfers’ from the federal government. Halbig also reduces the impact of the law’s employer mandate and...
  • NY Gov. Cuomo launches new third party to promote late-term abortion

    07/19/2014 4:47:46 AM PDT · by topher · 113 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Fri Jul 18, 2014 - 4:39 pm EST | Ben Johnson
    ALBANY, NY – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday he would form a new third party in the state centered around his late-term abortion expansion program. The formation of the Women’s Equality Party, which is designed to further the Democrats' national “war on women” campaign theme, was announced at a gala on Thursday.
  • U.S. Medicare program scales back hospice drugs restrictions

    07/19/2014 5:33:03 AM PDT · by Innovative · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 18, 2014 | David Morgan
    The Obama administration on Friday backed down on restrictions of private insurance coverage for hospice drugs under Medicare, saying the regulations were preventing some terminally ill patients from having access to medicine. Under Medicare's Part A hospital program, hospices receive daily payments for each patient but are responsible for all drugs related to a patient's terminal illness. Medicare Part D covers only prescriptions and medications for curative conditions that are unrelated to a terminal illness.
  • Need a Drug to Save Your Life? This Obamacare App May Prevent You From Getting It

    07/17/2014 6:46:51 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 16 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/17/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    Obamacare’s emphasis on cost-benefit has apparently granted permission for the medical technocrats to conjure all kinds of healthcare rationing schemes.And the Medical Establishment is apparently playing along. From, “The Cancer Death-Panel App,” by Robert Goldberg in the NY Post: The latest innovation in cancer care isn’t a medical breakthrough but an app to ration new drugs. It’ll measure care in terms of what it costs health plans, instead of what it means for patients’ lives.That it’s being developed under the auspices of the American Society for Clinical Oncology, or ASCO, the world’s leading oncology association, is a grim warning about...
  • 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...
  • Michele Bachmann, Van Jones spar on border fight

    07/16/2014 2:20:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    politico.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | LUCY MCCALMONT
    CNN’s Van Jones went head to head Tuesday with Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann over the border crisis, saying the congresswoman crossed the line in scapegoating the surge of unaccompanied migrant children for crimes committed by other undocumented immigrants. “Are you scapegoating every one of these kids?” Jones asked Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican, on CNN’s “Crossfire.” “Well, hold on a second. There are lines that can’t be crossed here. I’m sorry congresswoman, I’m sorry congresswoman. There are lines that can’t be crossed here.” Bachmann, who acknowledged that 57,000 children have crossed America’s southern border into the country in recent months, also...
  • Supreme Court voids 35-foot abortion clinic protest buffer

    06/26/2014 7:51:40 AM PDT · by dware · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06.26.2014 | FOX
    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts. The justices were unanimous Thursday that extending a buffer zone 35 feet from clinic entrances violates the First Amendment rights of protesters. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Chief Justice John Roberts says authorities have less intrusive ways to deal with problems outside the clinics.
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren defends President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act shift on insurance

    11/15/2013 8:54:17 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 28 replies
    masslive.com ^ | November 15, 2013 | Shira Schoenberg
    WALTHAM - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, on Friday defended President Barack Obama’s decision to allow health insurers to issue plans for one more year that do not meet the standards set out by the Affordable Care Act, as a transitional move. “What the president’s done is said no one for a year, no insurance company, needs to cancel its coverage because of the Affordable Care Act,” Warren said, speaking to reporters after an Associated Industries of Massachusetts breakfast at the Westin Hotel in Waltham. “They’re trying to make the transition work. They’re trying to do everything they...
  • Progressives Have Been Caught Covering Up Their Real Goals Yet AGAIN In The Hobby Lobby Case

    07/05/2014 6:40:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Draw and STRIKE! ^ | July 3, 2014 | Brian Cates
    Amazing how many people think the Hobby Lobby decision was about forcing the company to provide birth control to it's employees. Hobby Lobby was ALREADY providing birth control coverage to it's employees. 16 different types of it, in fact. What can we draw from the fact that many of the people blathering about this case don't know that? The real issue in the Hobby Lobby case was whether the government could force private businesses/corporations into providing abortifacients. First of all, let's be clear: abortion/taking an abortifacient is not birth control. I don't care how many shrieking leftists say different. Birth...
  • 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...
  • VA offers appointment to man 2 years after he dies

    07/01/2014 10:29:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 1, 2014 9:07 AM EDT
    The Veterans Affairs Department is apologizing to a Massachusetts woman for offering an appointment to her husband almost two years after he died. Suzanne Chase, of Acton, tells WBZ-TV her Vietnam veteran husband, Doug, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011. …
  • Healthy women do not need routine pelvic exams, influential physicians group says [Obamacare Effect]

    07/01/2014 2:30:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 83 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/1/14 | Lenny Bernstein
    The nation’s second-largest physicians’ organization said Monday that healthy women who are not pregnant do not need routine pelvic exams, a controversial recommendation based on its analysis that, on balance, the manual screening does more harm than good. The American College of Physicians, which represents 137,000 internal medicine physicians and related specialists, said the diagnostic procedure causes some women discomfort, anxiety, pain and additional medical costs, and may keep some from seeing their doctors. Yet it does little to detect ovarian cancer or other disorders.
  • Report: Many Obamacare Customers Will Have To Switch Plans Or Face Skyrocketing Costs

    06/27/2014 12:54:41 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/26/14
    Most Obamacare customers will face serious premium hikes next year unless they change their health insurance again, according to a Thursday study from Avalere Health. Most Obamacare customers are receiving some level of taxpayer subsidies to take the edge off high premium rates, but the plans that determine the amount of subsidies available will be changing significantly, according to Avalere.
  • Saline shortages create troubles for U.S. hospitals

    06/27/2014 4:27:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 37 replies
    PBS.org ^ | 6/25/14 | APRIL DEMBOSKY
    Hospitals across the country are struggling to deal with a shortage of one of their essential medical supplies. Manufacturers are rationing saline — a product used all over the hospital to clean wounds, mix medications and treat dehydration. Now drug companies say they won’t be able to catch up with demand until next year. ...“The Most Expensive Drug Shortage in History” The burden ultimately falls on hospitals, clinics, and dialysis centers to come up with their own workarounds. And all that staff time adds up. Hospitals spend $216 million a year on the labor costs of managing drug shortages, according...
  • Exposed: How the VA Red-Flags ‘Disruptive’ Vets

    06/25/2014 5:17:15 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 43 replies
    creators.com ^ | June 24, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Imagine how much better off America’s veterans would be if the federal government spent more time delivering actual care and less time compiling tyrannical lists. The death-inducing secret waiting lists for patients are just the tip of the iceberg. Did you know, for example, that the VA keeps a database on “disgruntled” and “disruptive” vets that results in arbitrarily restricted care?
  • Obamacare Will Suck the Life Out of the Economy

    06/26/2014 5:33:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    CNBC ^ | 6/26/14 | Edward Morrissey
    The word "unexpectedly" for negative economic reports has become a much-mocked cliché in the media over the past five-plus years of recovery, but this week's final look at first-quarter economic growth deserves an exception. First estimated at a meager 0.1 percent annualized rate, and then downwardly revised to -1.0 percent in May, most economists expected a smaller revision to the downside – in the -1.5 percent-1.8 percent range.
  • Nearly 70% of Americans favor euthanasia

    06/22/2014 5:18:19 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 99 replies
    Red State ^ | June 20, 2014 | streiff
    When a person has a disease that cannot be cured, do you think doctors should be allowed by law to end the patient’s life by some painless means if the patient and his or her family request it? At first blush, the idea that a euthanasia should be allowed seems to follow a logic. If a person is suffering and wishes to end that suffering then who has the right to tell them no? It is their life, right? Only some troglodyte Bible thumper could possibly deny a person the simple mercy of ending their suffering. In this way it...
  • Michigan Hospice No Longer Accepting Patients Due to Obamacare (VIDEO)

    06/18/2014 1:13:53 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 19 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 18 2014 | Washington Free Beacon
    Patients suffering from terminal illnesses are often forced to make the heart-wrenching decision to enter hospice for end of life care. The decision to enter hospice is tragic and sad enough for patients, but now they are being told they are no longer welcome at hospice facilities because of Obamacare. Michigan’s Hospice of Holland has announced that it is no longer accepting patients. “The biggest issue under the Affordable Care Act is…that we’re going to see cuts in reimbursement- it’s going to be at least 12 percent. We projected out what those cuts are going to do to the organization...
  • Britain’s NHS is the world’s best health-care system, says report (by Commonwealth Fund)

    06/18/2014 6:37:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11:27PM BST 17 Jun 2014 | Keith Perry
    The National Health Service has been praised as the world’s best health-care system by an international panel of experts who said it was superior to those found in countries which spend far more on health. The study, entitled “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall,” also described US healthcare provision as the worst globally. Despite investing the most money in health, the US refuses care to many patients without health insurance and is also the worst at saving the lives of people who fall ill, it found. The Commonwealth Fund, a Washington-based foundation produced the report. The fund is respected around the...
  • A Fed-Up Veteran Blasts VA's "Lie, Delay, Deny" Abyss

    06/18/2014 4:13:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2014 | Michelle, Malkin
    They don't care." As Obama administration officials pivot like haywire jewelry-box ballerinas to divert attention away from the nationwide Veterans Affairs disgrace, a reader who has been fighting the system urged me to urge Capitol Hill and the American public to stay focused. This former Special Forces soldier and medic served his country for 25 years. He worked in the health care field managing military field medical clinics. "I know how health care is supposed to run, even in austere or low-budget environments," he says. And in his nightmarish, ongoing experience, the VA is an epic, deadly, monstrous failure. He...
  • 'Abortion Comedy' Director Hates Fox News: 'Those People’s Heads Talking That I Want to Punch'

    06/16/2014 4:43:20 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 51 replies
    News Busters ^ | June 16 2014 | Tim Graham
    Gillian Robespierre, the feminist director of the abortion comedy Obvious Child, is not a fan of Fox News, as she revealed in an interview with Matt Juul Wednesday in the Boston Globe. Asked about sexism and feminist hashtags on Twitter, she said "like, I’m watching a lot of CNBC and Fox News in these [expletive] hotel rooms and it’s just making my head spin. It just makes me really sad. It doesn’t feel like we’ve come too far, but then it feels like we have come far because we’re talking about it right now." It makes her have violent thoughts...
  • Vitter Says He'd Consider Medicaid Expansion

    06/16/2014 12:58:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    WHLT ^ | Jun 16, 2014 | Melinda Deslatte
    Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, running to be Louisiana's next governor, is leaving the door open to a possible expansion of the state's Medicaid program to cover more of the working poor, as allowed under the federal health care law. Vitter said Monday that he's not opposed to the expansion if Louisiana can improve the performance of its Medicaid program and if the expansion doesn't draw state resources away from other spending priorities like higher education.
  • The Sad Fate of Casey Kasem: Death by Dehydration

    06/13/2014 6:08:09 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 79 replies
    Life News ^ | 6/12/14 | Bobby Schindler
    A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge reversed his own ruling, permitting Casey Kasem’s daughter, Kerri Kasem, to remove her father’s food and hydration (via feeding tube), which will result in his death by starvation and dehydration. Kasem’s wife of 33 years, Jean Kasem, is fighting for the life of her husband, with her attorney, Steve Haney, calling the judge’s decision, “the functional equivalent of a death sentence.”Growing up in the 70’s, I was introduced to Casey Kasem’s easy to recognize voice as each week he counted down “American Top 40″ hits for almost four decades on a radio show heard...
  • Vets flood American Legion seeking help with care

    06/10/2014 6:45:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 10, 2014 8:40 PM EDT | Emaun Kashfi
    Vietnam veteran Gene Stoesser has been waiting nearly two months for an appointment with a Veterans Affairs doctor to schedule his heart surgery. The 71-year-old former Marine from Glendale, Arizona, went to the emergency room at the VA’s Phoenix hospital on April 28 with chest pains. He said he was told he’d need surgery soon, but has yet to get an appointment. “They sent me home to die,” Stoesser said Tuesday, surrounded by dozens of other veterans at a crisis center set up by the American Legion in downtown Phoenix in a first-of-its-kind event for the nation’s largest veterans group....
  • 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...