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  • Our veterans deserve better than VAís Ďcorrosive 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 ďtrust issuesĒ 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 marketplaceís Web site, 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 ďrisk corridors.Ē The Halbig ruling is a triple threat to the insurersí Obamacare favors. By stripping away tax credits, it reduces insurance companies transfersí from the federal government. Halbig also reduces the impact of the lawís 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 ^ | Fri Jul 18, 2014 - 4:39 pm EST | Ben Johnson
    ALBANY, NY Ė 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 Womenís Equality Party, which is designed to further the Democrats' national ďwar on womenĒ 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
    Obamacareís 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, ďThe Cancer Death-Panel App,Ē by Robert Goldberg in the NY Post: The latest innovation in cancer care isnít a medical breakthrough but an app to ration new drugs. Itíll measure care in terms of what it costs health plans, instead of what it means for patientsí lives.That itís being developed under the auspices of the American Society for Clinical Oncology, or ASCO, the worldís leading oncology association, is a grim warning about...
  • Death Panels? Obama Admin May Pay Doctors to Conduct ďEnd of LifeĒ 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, ďLetís Talk About Death Panels,Ē Harold Pollack urges reviving one of the most notorious proposals that did not make it into the Obama Health Car Law Ė ďadvance planning consultations.ĒDuring the debate over Obamacareís 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 ďdeath panels,Ē the provision was dropped from the law ultimately enacted.As Pollack...
  • Horror! Dying NY Vets Denied Painkillers Ė 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 ^ | July 15, 2014 | LUCY MCCALMONT
    CNNís 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. ďAre you scapegoating every one of these kids?Ē Jones asked Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican, on CNNís ďCrossfire.Ē ďWell, hold on a second. There are lines that canít be crossed here. Iím sorry congresswoman, Iím sorry congresswoman. There are lines that canít be crossed here.Ē Bachmann, who acknowledged that 57,000 children have crossed Americaís 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 Ė 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 ^ | November 15, 2013 | Shira Schoenberg
    WALTHAM - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, on Friday defended President Barack Obamaís 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. ďWhat the presidentís done is said no one for a year, no insurance company, needs to cancel its coverage because of the Affordable Care Act,Ē Warren said, speaking to reporters after an Associated Industries of Massachusetts breakfast at the Westin Hotel in Waltham. ďTheyíre trying to make the transition work. Theyíre 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 Ďdeadí 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 ó taking in premiums and paying out ó 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. Ö
  • 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 nationís second-largest physiciansí 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 ^ | 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 ó a product used all over the hospital to clean wounds, mix medications and treat dehydration. Now drug companies say they wonít be able to catch up with demand until next year. ...ďThe Most Expensive Drug Shortage in HistoryĒ 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 ĎDisruptiveí Vets

    06/25/2014 5:17:15 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 43 replies ^ | June 24, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Imagine how much better off Americaís 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 ďdisgruntledĒ and ďdisruptiveĒ 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 clichť 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 Ė 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 patientís 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. Michiganís Hospice of Holland has announced that it is no longer accepting patients. ďThe biggest issue under the Affordable Care Act isÖthat weíre going to see cuts in reimbursement- itís going to be at least 12 percent. We projected out what those cuts are going to do to the organization...
  • Britainís NHS is the worldís 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 worldís 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 ďMirror, Mirror on the Wall,Ē 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 ^ | 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 Peopleís 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, Iím watching a lot of CNBC and Fox News in these [expletive] hotel rooms and itís just making my head spin. It just makes me really sad. It doesnít feel like weíve come too far, but then it feels like we have come far because weíre 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¬ís daughter, Kerri Kasem, to remove her father¬ís food and hydration (via feeding tube), which will result in his death by starvation and dehydration. Kasem¬ís wife of 33 years, Jean Kasem, is fighting for the life of her husband, with her attorney, Steve Haney, calling the judge¬ís decision, ‚Äúthe functional equivalent of a death sentence.‚ÄĚGrowing up in the 70¬ís, I was introduced to Casey Kasem‚Äôs easy to recognize voice as each week he counted down ‚ÄúAmerican Top 40‚Ä≥ 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 VAís Phoenix hospital on April 28 with chest pains. He said he was told heíd need surgery soon, but has yet to get an appointment. ďThey sent me home to die,Ē 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 nationís 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...
  • Thousands of veterans left without doctor in NM

    06/04/2014 8:03:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KFMB-AM / The Associated Press ^ | June 4, 2014 | Susan Montoya Bryan
    Officials at a Veterans Affairs medical center in Albuquerque say as many as 3,000 patients were assigned to a doctor who didn't actually see them, a New Mexico congresswoman said Wednesday. The officials told U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., that the practice of putting patients without primary care doctors into a separate pool was part of an effort to balance demand and a shortage of doctors at a facility that handled nearly 660,000 outpatient visits last year....
  • Bernie Sanders blocked VA Accountability Act [apparently, he refused to read the 3 page bill]

    06/02/2014 6:49:08 PM PDT · by grundle · 10 replies (link only) | May 26, 2014 | Charles Lopresto
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  • Feds to Consider Paying Doctors for End-of-Life Planning (Death Panels Resurrected)

    06/02/2014 9:36:04 AM PDT · by abb · 33 replies
    Stateline ^ | June 1, 2014 | Michael Ollove
    The federal government may reimburse doctors for talking to Medicare patients and their families about ďadvance care planning,Ē including living wills and end-of-life treatment options ó potentially rekindling one of the fiercest storms in the Affordable Care Act debate. A similar provision was in an early draft of the federal health care law, but in 2009, former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin took to Facebook to accuse President Barack Obama of proposing ďdeath panelsĒ to determine who deserved life-sustaining medical care. Amid an outcry on the right, the provision was stripped from the legislation. Now, quietly, the proposal is headed...
  • Just Like Vets Waited for Care at VA Hospitals, Obama and Democrats Want Your Health Care Rationed

    06/02/2014 7:00:18 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 6 replies
    Life News ^ | 5/30/14 | Carol Tobias
    The deadly rationing scandal at several Veterans Administration hospitals has many politicians running for cover, suddenly suggesting we offer veterans more private-pay options to the single-payer plan of the Veterans Health Care system.But not Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama. Theyíd prefer the entire nation be forced into a single-payer system where the government replaces private insurance, a system that has inevitably led to rationing where itís been tried.On Monday, Pelosi was interviewed by Time magazineís Ezra Klein about changes or improvements sheíd like to see to Obamacare. Nancy Pelosi: ďI have some of my own suggestions that I...
  • Voters Want the GOP to Move On from Obamacare [Media Agitprop]

    06/01/2014 4:23:48 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    yahoo/fiscal times ^ | 6/1/14 | Brianna Ehley
    If attacking Obamacare is its number one campaign strategy, the GOP might want to regroup before November. Related Stories Enough already! Voters want Obamacare gag order CNBC Republicans Target Burwell in Obamacare War The Fiscal Times Poll: Health care law still fails to impress Associated Press 10 reasons people didnít sign up for Obamacare The Fiscal Times After enduring four years of intense political warfare over the presidentís health care law, the majority of voters say they want candidates to stop talking about it and move on, a new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found. Although the law remains...
  • GOPís Obamacare fears come true: A national enrollment system under Obamacare.

    06/01/2014 11:52:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/01/2014 | By KYLE CHENEY and JENNIFER HABERKORN
    Liberals wanted a national enrollment system under Obamacare. They might just get it. Right now, 36 states rely on, the federal exchange, to enroll people in health coverage. At least two more states are opting in next year, with a few others likely to follow. Only two states are trying to get out. Thatís precisely the opposite of the Affordable Care Actís original intent: 50 exchanges run by 50 states. The federal option was supposed to be a limited and temporary fallback. But a shift to a bigger, more permanent Washington-controlled system is instead underway ó without preparation, funding...
  • Rep. Brown: 4 Million Will Die in Florida Without Expansion of Health Care

    05/31/2014 1:01:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 30, 2014 - 1:56 PM | Eric Scheiner
    Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) says that over 4 million Florida residents will die if Medicaid is not expanded there. ďIn fact, weíve got over 4 million people that need medical expansion of health care that we are sending back, thatís going to die because theyíre not getting the quality health care that they need,Ē Brown said during Wednesday nightís Veteranís Affairs Committee hearing. Brown was being critical of Gov. Rick Scottís (R-Fla.) move to sue the U.S. Department of Veteranís Affairs for not allowing state hospital officials to inspect federal medical care facilities. Ö
  • Obama on Shinseki Resignation: He's BEST Secretary In VA History...Did "Exemplary Work" (VIDEO)

    05/30/2014 3:40:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 30, 2014 | Greg Hengler
  • VA Secretary Eric Shinseki Resigns Amid Crisis

    05/30/2014 10:51:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/30/2014 | Ben Kesling
    Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday, after more than a month of battling criticism about access to care and tampering with official wait lists at VA health centers. At a meeting with President Barack Obama, during which Mr. Shinseki presented the VA's internal findings of improper scheduling procedures and long wait times across the VA health system, the retired general offered to resign to give a new VA leader the chance to fix the systemic problems at the department. His resignation marks his second departure from public service since his career began in the military in the...
  • GOP candidates show signs of retreat on full Obamacare repeal as midterms approach

    05/30/2014 8:53:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/30/14 | JULIET EILPERIN AND AND ROBERT COSTA
    Republican candidates have begun to retreat in recent weeks from their all-out assault on the Affordable Care Act in favor of a more piecemeal approach, suggesting they would preserve some aspects of the law while jettisoning others.
  • Palin: Gitmo Prisoners, Illegal Aliens Getting Better Care Than 'Death Panel' VA For Vets

    05/30/2014 8:21:40 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 29, 2014 | Palin on Hannity
    On Thursdayís ďHannityĒ on the Fox News Channel, former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) discussed a number of issues related to the news of the day with host Sean Hannity including President Barack Obama and his perceived weaknesses, the friction between the GOP establishment and the Tea Party and her role in the political process. But she also took on the scandal surrounding the Veterans Administration hospitals that has resulted in a number of deaths for American military veterans. (Video at
  • Nancy Pelosi: VA Wait List Manipulation Isn't a Scandal

    05/30/2014 8:12:02 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 37 replies
    Imagine the press letting a Republican or conservative try to get away with trying to avoid uncondtionally calling something as infuriating and outrageous as the Veterans Administration waiting list scandal a real scandal. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did that on Monday (HT Patterico and Real Clear Politics) in an interview with Vox's Ezra Klein, who naturally let it slide right on by:
  • Palin: Illegal Aliens Get Better Health Care than Vets

    05/29/2014 10:30:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 29, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Fox News host Sean Hannity sat down with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday night at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans where she was asked about the unfolding scandal surrounding the Department of Veterans Affairs. Palin blasted the VA for failing veterans and said that ďillegal aliensĒ in the United States often have access to better care than American servicemen and women. ďIs the VA a death panel for many?Ē Hannity asked Palin. ďThat is what government-run health care will result in,Ē Palin replied. ďOur prisoners at Gitmo,Ē Hannity said. ďThere is one doctor for every 1.5...
  • The [eight] Biggest Myths of ObamaCare

    05/29/2014 10:10:05 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 13 replies
    National Center for Policy Analysis ^ | May 29, 2014 | John R. Graham
    Four years after its passage, Obamacare has now been largely implemented, and millions have had their coverage disrupted. For years, the administration has propagated a number of myths about Obamacare. Some have already crumbled, and others will fall as Obamacare continues to change the American health system.Myth No. 1: If you like your health plan, you can keep it. Despite President Obama‚Äôs promise that ‚ÄúIf you like your plan, you can keep it,‚ÄĚ about 6 million people have already been notified by insurance companies that their policies are being canceled. That number will grow. Currently, about 19 million people have...
  • Sonoma County Man Battling Cancer Denied Coverage By Anthem Blue Cross....

    05/29/2014 9:06:16 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | 5/28/2014 | Andria Borba
    CAMP MEEKER (CBS SF) ó A Sonoma County man battling more than a dozen tumors in his body is fighting a new battle with his insurance carrier, who has denied coverage for his treatments. Jeffrey Rusch of Camp Meeker knew the news was bad when an MRI found 20 tumors in his brain. Two days later, a C-T scan at Sutter medical center in Santa Rosa brought another devastating blow, discovering a large tumor in his lungs, and more in his liver and bones. Doctors told Jeffrey he would need to be hospitalized immediately. ďMy husband was having a lot...
  • HHS Document Reveals Scope of Obamacare Rollout Disaster

    05/28/2014 5:58:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/28/14 | Tom Fitton
    Type ďObamacare rollout disasterĒ into the Google search engine, and you get approximately 290,000 results, most of them dating back to the days immediately following the catastrophic October 2013 launch of Significantly, however, the most recent results focus on the Judicial Watch release on May 19, 2014. Thatís the date Judicial Watch released a 106-page document we obtained on May 1 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that reveals the shocking details of the rollout disaster. Though the Obama administration tried to cover up the full extent of the website failure in the days following...
  • Where VA has taken veterans, Obamacare is leading all Americans: Kevin O'Brien

    05/24/2014 1:47:00 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies ^ | 5/20/14 | Kevin O'Brien
    Where VA has taken veterans, Obamacare is leading all Americans: Kevin O'Brien
  • The VA Death Panels (Saturbray)

    05/24/2014 11:00:46 AM PDT · by bray · 4 replies ^ | 5/24/14 | bray
    For I will restore you to health and I will heal you of your wounds delares the Lord, because they have called you an outcast, saying: ďIt is Zion; no one cares for her.Ēí Jeremiah 30:17 Why should anyone be surprised there were death lists at the VA, it is the natural process of Marxism. There is no way a socialist enterprise can compete with a free market one due to the lack of profit incentives which are replaced with political ones. There is no natural selection or efficiency necessities due to budgeting and making dollars go as far as...
  • Liberals Wanted to use the VA as a Model for National Health Care

    05/24/2014 11:18:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 05/24/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    ObamaCare could have been even worse. (via James Taranto)In 2009, the Campaign for America‚Äôs Future, a collection of influential lefties within the Democratic Party, ran a blog post that proposed to use the VA as a national health care model.CAF events had featured Obama, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren. It was an influential organization pushing the party further to the left.The post was by health care consultant Joe Paduda, who recently dismissed the people suffering under ObamaCare by writing, ‚Äú‚ÄėWhen one person suffers it is a tragedy, when millions do, it is a statistic.‚Äô As abhorrent as quoting Josef Stalin...
  • Where VA has taken veterans, Obamacare is leading all Americans

    05/22/2014 1:35:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | May 20, 2014 | Kevin O'Brien, deputy editorial page editor
    The White House says Americans can't draw any conclusions yet about just how screwed up is the Department of Veterans Affairs medical care system. Well, yes, Americans can. And if they have any sense ó always a debatable proposition ó Americans will. One conclusion we can draw is an old, familiar one: No matter what the issue or activity, bureaucracy's first and strongest instinct is to protect itself in the face of a perceived threat. Another conclusion is probably just dawning on those Americans with the wit to see it, because so very few of us have had a brush...
  • Whistleblower says crimes covered up at Miami VA hospital [Demoted by Admin]

    05/24/2014 6:48:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/23/14
    A VA police officer says administrators at the hospital in Miami where he works are covering up crimes at the facility, including evidence of physical abuse of patients and drug dealing. Thomas Fiore, who still works at the facility, told Fox Newsí Eric Bolling on ďHannityĒ that drug dealing among patients at the hospital is a ďregular occurrence,Ē and he felt he had to come forward because attempts he made to investigate or report wrongdoing fell on deaf ears.