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  • Boehner’s Health Policy Director is Sister of StemExpress Founder

    07/31/2015 4:53:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 17 Jul 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The founder of StemExpress, the private company that has engaged with Planned Parenthood in the sale of aborted baby body parts, is the younger sister of the health policy director of House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH). The founder and CEO of StemExpress is Cate Dyer, the younger sister of Charlotte Ivancic, Boehner’s health policy director, as originally observed at the conservative site ForAmerica. In response to Breitbart News’ request for comment, Emily Schillinger, Boehner’s press secretary, said, “Charlotte Ivancic is a dedicated public servant who enjoys the utmost respect among her peers and Members of Congress. She has the...
  • Audit finds 22 of 23 taxpayer-backed ObamaCare co-ops lost money in 2014

    07/30/2015 8:54:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 30, 2015
    Under resident Barack Obama's overhaul, taxpayers provided $2.4 billion in loans to get the co-ops going, but only one out of 23 -- the one in Maine -- made money last year ... Another one, the Iowa/Nebraska co-op, was shut down by regulators over financial concerns. The audit by the Health and Human Services inspector general's office also found that 13 of the 23 lagged far behind their 2014 enrollment projections. The probe raised concerns about whether federal loans will be repaid, and ... Just last week, the Louisiana Health Cooperative announced it would cease offering coverage next year
  • Solyndra II: ObamaCare's $3 Billion Co-Op Program Is Failing

    07/29/2015 5:06:46 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 1 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/28/2015 | Staff
    Industrial Policy: Louisiana's Health Cooperative went belly up last week, the second of 23 ObamaCare-created insurance co-ops to fail. With more failures likely, it could cost taxpayers almost six times the Solyndra debacle.
  • What Does Uber Medicine Look Like?

    07/27/2015 7:12:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/26/2015 | John C. Goodman
    Uber is completely revolutionizing the market for urban transportation. Could a similar revolution occur in other fields, including the market for medical care? That’s what University of Chicago economist John Cochrane wondered the other day. But we no longer have to speculate. Uber medicine has already arrived. There are a number of firms that will bring a doctor to your doorstep at the flick of a cell phone app, including Doctors Making House Calls (North Carolina), Pager (New York City), Heal (Los Angeles) and Medicast (Seattle). Insurance rarely pays for the service. Like so many other innovations in meeting the...
  • Why Is ObamaCare Punishing Companies That Try To Make Health Care Affordable?

    07/27/2015 5:42:59 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/24/2015 | Staff
    Bureaucracy: The central goal of ObamaCare is supposed to be to make health care more affordable. So why is the IRS threatening massive fines on businesses that try to help their employees buy an ObamaCare plan?
  • If Gov. Kasich is on the Republican ticket, Obamacare repeal is off the table

    07/24/2015 9:52:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Watchdog ^ | July 21, 2015 | Jason Hart
    Republicans can forget about campaigning against Obamacare in 2016 if Ohio Gov. John Kasich is on the party’s presidential ticket. Conventional wisdom says Kasich will need to explain his Obamacare Medicaid expansion to Republican primary voters — but he’s been explaining it for two years. That’s the problem: most of Kasich’s arguments for Medicaid coverage for working-age adults with no kids and no disabilities sound like they were written by Democratic strategists. The longer Kasich is in the presidential race, the greater the potential for Democrats to capitalize on Kasich’s promotion of Obamacare. ... The governor told the Ohio General...
  • Fox: White House confirms meeting with deputy of banned Muslim Brotherhood cleric

    06/28/2013 12:50:44 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10:41 am on June 28, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    The White House confirmed to Fox News what the Investigative Project on Terrorism reported two days ago — that the administration met with the deputy of a radical cleric who is barred from entering the United States, and whose organization supports Hamas.  Sheik Abdullah bin Bayyah served as vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, a group headed by Egyptian cleric Yusuf Qaradawi, who has urged Muslim nations to acquire nuclear weapons, demanded the death of American soldiers in Iraq, and defended Hitler. So what did the White House want to discuss with bin Bayyah? Moderation: A senior...
  • ObamaCare's Medicaid Expansion Is Blowing Up

    07/21/2015 4:40:23 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/20/2015 | Staff
    During the debates on ObamaCare, Medicaid got little attention. That was a mistake, since enrollment and the cost of treating all those jumping onto the program is surging beyond expectations.
  • ObamaCare 'Reform': 34% Fewer Doctors, Double-Digit Premium Hikes

    07/20/2015 4:47:08 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/17/2015 | Staff
    Health Reform: Before ObamaCare, it would've been hard to find a health plan that combined a huge $6,000 deductible, few in-network doctors, and sky-high premiums. Today, thanks to ObamaCare, it's hard not to.
  • Trump Stands By Past Support For Universal Health Care

    07/18/2015 6:25:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 07/18/2015 | Andrew Kaczynski, Ilan Ben-Meir
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is standing by his past support for universal health care. “I want people taken care of in the country, okay? You can call it anything you want, but I want — including people that don’t have anything,” The Donald told radio host John Fredericks in an interview Wednesday. “We gotta do that.” Trump said in 1999 — when he was flirting with a presidential rub on the Reform Party ticket — that the U.S. should make health care an entitlement and that coverage should be universal. “I would put forward a comprehensive health care program...
  • VA Threatens To Shut Down Hospitals As Vets Die Waiting For Benefits

    07/15/2015 4:45:04 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/14/2015 | Staff
    Waste: The VA says it will shut down some hospitals if it doesn't get more money this year. Meanwhile, almost a third of those trying to enroll died before getting a decision. What do these things have in common?
  • Struggles: The Number of Health Plans Under DC Obamacare Exchange Have Now Been Slashed in Half

    07/13/2015 10:06:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 13, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Aetna Life Insurance has been sending some unfriendly letters to residents in Washington, D.C. In their mailbox are notes informing them that they may be losing the plans they purchased through the D.C. Health Link. Individuals seeking PPO plans will now have only one choice. Oh, and they can expect to reach further in their pockets for that limited option. The company’s decision will leave the region’s dominant insurance carrier, CareFirst, as the only one offering PPO plans. CareFirst has proposed rate increases for those plans ranging from less than 3 percent to more than 17 percent. Industry analysts characterized those...
  • Political Correctness and Public Health

    07/12/2015 8:39:02 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/12/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    The term “politically correct” dates back to shortly after the Russian Revolution of 1917. Originally, it only meant adherence to the policies and principles of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (aka the “party line”). Inevitably, though, the term would become one of derision, mocking those who would blindly follow Stalin’s enormous policy flip-flops during and after World War II. These days, the term is primarily used to mock the imposition of overly precious speech codes, supposedly intended to prevent insult. Too often, though, the net effect is simply censorship. A common complaint is that the choice of what...
  • Dear Trump, please address the EXTREME healthcare costs due to free care for illegal aliens

    07/12/2015 6:18:27 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 18 replies
    12 July 2015 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Dear Trump, Please address the skyrocketing cost of healthcare which is DIRECTLY caused by medical facilities having to provide free healthcare through the EMTALA law for childbirth, car wrecks and subsequent lifeflights, etc., etc. which has CAUSED our healthcare costs to skyrocket. We are being ruined financially and the Healthcare Act was passed due to demands by all of these people for "FREE" healthcare. We are trying to provide healthcare for millions who do NOT belong here and it is going to bankrupt us. Do something!
  • Why Is Humana's CEO Praising ObamaCare As Rate Shocks Loom?

    07/10/2015 3:25:06 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/09/2015 | Staff
    Crony Capitalism: Across the country, health insurers are asking for huge ObamaCare premium increases, blaming new costs imposed by the law. So why is a top industry CEO praising ObamaCare as being great for consumers?
  • Obamacare Has Never Been about Anything Affordable for You

    07/09/2015 1:16:15 PM PDT · by Rona_Badger · 21 replies
    The American Medical Money Machine ^ | July 9, 2015 | TAMMM Staff
    After the Supreme Court ruled in his favor, Obama strode into the Rose Garden and just made stuff up. Straight-faced, he said families are paying about $1,800 less per year on average now. But government actuaries tell the real story that the ACA has increased the average family’s yearly healthcare costs by around $800. When 2016 rolls around, the insurers will be jacking up prices—20 to 40 percent or more because the marketplaces have failed to attract those healthy young people they desperately need. So buckle up. Here come the price increases. The public is now joining our Veterans who...
  • Obama Tries to Blame Insurers For Coming ObamaCare Rate Shocks

    07/09/2015 3:39:27 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 29 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/08/2015 | John Merline
    President Obama is already pointing the finger of blame at greedy insurance companies for what many expect will be huge ObamaCare premium hikes when people go to sign up for their 2016 health insurance.
  • Will Good Doctors Be There When You Are Most in Need?

    07/07/2015 11:32:29 AM PDT · by Rona_Badger · 34 replies
    The American Medical Money Machine ^ | July 7, 2015 | James R. Goldberg
    Yes, some doctors do make good money and they should. But the erroneous idea that all doctors are rich is simply untrue. As the middle class in this country becomes extinct, great resentment is being misdirected at people who have dedicated themselves to years of education and lifetimes of work. Apparently it’s just fine for the insurance companies to skirt anti-trust laws. Maybe it’s time for doctors to organize and unionize so they can fight the government and the insurance mafia and claw back the dignity and compensation they have sweated to earn. Good doctors have paid the price. We...
  • The Real Insidiousness of the Supremes

    07/05/2015 11:16:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 5, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    I in no way assert that I am an expert on the Supreme Court. I have read many books about Supremes such as Felix Frankfurter and John Jay, but that only gives me an inkling of insight. Listening to tapes of the testimony of the most famous cases gives me a little more knowledge. When the decisions came down last week, I relied on experts on both sides to give their thoughts and interpretations. Yet, they missed the key point of what occurred last week. A few got close. You see there was a court case in 1984 called Chevron...
  • 3 Alternative Health Doctors Found Dead In the Last 2 Weeks After Run-Ins With The Feds

    07/04/2015 3:57:40 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 61 replies
    TheFreeThoughtProject.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | John Vibes
    In the past several weeks, a number of controversial natural health doctors have died under mysterious circumstances. Some of them have even had recent encounters with federal agents and bureaucracies.Two weeks ago, the string of mysterious deaths began when Dr. Jeff Bradstreet MD was found in a river with a gunshot wound to his chest. The police claim that the gunshot wound was self-inflicted and that the death was a suicide, however, Bradstreet’s family suspects foul play.Last week, members of the family set up a donation page “To find the answers to the many questions leading up to the death...
  • The Next Obamacare Battle Nobody is Talking About

    06/30/2015 11:01:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 30, 2015 | Alex Vargo
    Last week, the Supreme Court sided 6-3 with the Obama administration’s interpretation of the Affordable Care Act, ruling the law was written with the intent to provide subsidies through federal exchanges. To put it lightly, conservatives are less than thrilled. But in our disappointment, let’s not forget that the subsidies are just one problematic element of many found in the 20,000-page law. While Congress may not be able to undo the Court’s recent ruling, that doesn’t mean they can’t address another serious issue with the Affordable Care Act: the employer mandate that defines a full-time workweek as 30 hours. The...
  • Five lingering threats to ObamaCare

    06/30/2015 5:42:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 30, 2015 | Peter Sullivan with Sarah Ferris
    The White House’s victory at the Supreme Court last week removed a major threat to ObamaCare that could have rolled back coverage for 6.4 million people. President Obama declared after the ruling that the law has “been woven into the fabric of America,” while allies said the new insurance program and its related policy changes are here to stay. But the law is hardly out of the woods. The battle of public opinion over the Affordable Care Act rages on, with Republicans expressing confidence they will ultimately prevail. Here are five remaining threats to Obama’s signature domestic program. 1.) RepealRepublicans...
  • Dr. Manny (Alvarez): The Supreme Court decision on Texas abortions is dangerous

    06/30/2015 5:20:07 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 29, 2015 | Dr. Manny Alvarez
    I completely disagree with the Supreme Court decision to block Texas from enforcing restrictions on abortion clinics that would force 10 centers in the state to close. Let me be clear, the regulations that were being placed on these clinics were mainly focused on enforcing safety and guidelines for a very delicate procedure. What the state of Texas is asking for is that these independent clinics performing these procedures be held to the same clinical standards as any other surgical center in the country. In other words, the regulations would have mandated that these clinics have of all the tools...
  • Obama Takes ACA Victory Tour to Tennessee, Where 28,000 Lost Insurance Coverage

    06/29/2015 10:26:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    The Supreme Court gave President Obama a reason to be giddy about the status of his signature health care legislation on Friday, upholding Obamacare subsidies for individuals living in states without state based Obamacare exchanges. He promptly held a presser at the White House, beaming that the Affordable Care Act was “here to stay.” Now, it appears he’s taking his victory tour to Tennessee. Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), a former nurse, suggested that maybe the president should have done a little research before choosing her state to promote his pride and joy. “During his visit to Tennessee, perhaps President Obama...
  • Gross: Vermin Found Inside Florida VA Hospital Kitchen

    06/27/2015 8:15:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2015 | Daniel Doherty
    This story broke some time ago, but it’s nevertheless worth flagging. Unconscionably, vermin — and pests — reportedly invaded the kitchen of a Florida Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital. The Tampa Bay Times reports: Workers at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center reported "3 large dead rats that fell through the kitchen ceiling" at the hospital during renovation work Wednesday night, according to emails obtained by the Tampa Bay Times. They then sent color photos of the rats to the facility's infection prevention coordinator, Miriam Ruisz, and also told her about a cockroach infestation, emails show. I almost gagged reading...
  • SCOTUSCare And The Eric Cartman Presidency

    06/26/2015 1:18:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 25, 2015 | Ben Domenech, publisher
    So the Supreme Court has upheld the subsidies and taxes under Obamacare in states that did not establish exchanges, despite the text of the law requiring that those subsidies and taxes apply to states that established exchanges. This is not very surprising. We have not been publishing or writing much about the King v. Burwell because I was confident – I thought it was a 1 in 5 shot, and I believe Michael Cannon thought the same – that SCOTUS would uphold the law no matter the facts of the case. In the short run conservatives may feel depressed about...
  • "It's A Big Deal" Bidden Mutters During Obama Speech On Obamacare

    06/25/2015 5:51:36 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 25, 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    Vice President Joe Biden reminded everyone of his opinion that Obamacare is a “big deal” today in the Rose Garden as he stood next to President Obama during his statement reacting to the Supreme Court ruling in favor of the law.
  • House bill would force the Supreme Court to enroll in ObamaCare

    06/25/2015 3:49:37 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/25/2015 | Mark Hensch
    A House Republican on Thursday proposed forcing the Supreme Court justices and their staff to enroll in ObamaCare. Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) said that his SCOTUScare Act would make all nine justices and their employees join the national healthcare law’s exchanges. “As the Supreme Court continues to ignore the letter of the law, it’s important that these six individuals understand the full impact of their decisions on the American people,” he said. “That’s why I introduced the SCOTUScare Act to require the Supreme Court and all of its employees to sign up for ObamaCare,” Babin said. Babin’s potential legislation would...
  • ObamaCare Unleashes Anti-Consumer Merger Mania In Health Care

    06/25/2015 11:31:26 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/24/2015 | Staff
    Crony Capitalism: ObamaCare has unleashed a wave of industry mergers that will increasingly restrict access and limit choices for consumers. Worse, it will make government control of the industry all the easier. Does anyone remember President Obama promising that ObamaCare would create a few giant health care oligopolies? Well, it's heading that way.
  • Obamacare Ruling May Have Just Killed State-Based Exchanges

    06/25/2015 8:28:26 AM PDT · by Theoria · 49 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 June 2015 | Margot Sanger-Katz
    Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that health insurance consumers can receive federal subsidies regardless of their state’s role in running their insurance market, fewer states may stay in the game.When the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, most people expected that each state would want to run its own health insurance marketplace. That never really happened, as many states opted to let the federal system, HealthCare.gov, do the work for them. Many of those states that did try running their own marketplaces are starting to think twice.Now, with the Supreme Court ensuring that every state’s consumers will have...
  • SEIU Revenue Cut in Half After 'Dues Skim' Ended

    06/24/2015 1:06:20 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/22/2015 | Jack Spencer
    The union that exploited Michigan’s home-based caregivers for the best part of a decade has seen its revenue tumble since the scheme that enabled the exploitation ended. SEIU Healthcare Michigan reported $5,398,383 in dues and fees in 2014. That's just 48 percent of the $11,307,314 it reported for 2012, the last full year during which the union's dues skim was in place. The information was contained in a financial disclosure report the union submitted to the federal government 57 days after the March 31 deadline it is apparently required to meet. The disclosure finally took place shortly after Michigan Capitol...
  • Obamacare Guidelines: Insurance Must Cover ‘Mammogram or Pap Smear for a Transgender Man’

    06/24/2015 10:18:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    CNSNews ^ | June 24, 2015 | Brittany M. Hughes
    (CNSNews.com) – The Department of Health and Human Services’ most recent guidelines explaining the “preventive services” mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—or Obamacare—says health insurance plans must provide co-pay-free pap smears and mammograms to “transgender men.” As defined by the federal Office of Personnel Management: “a person assigned the female sex at birth but who identifies as male is a transgender man.” The guidelines, written as a FAQ sheet, state: Q5: Can plans or issuers limit sex-specific recommended preventive services based on an individual's sex assigned at birth, gender identity or recorded gender? No. Whether a sex-specific...
  • A Costly Medicare Surprise Awaits Retirees

    06/24/2015 8:14:41 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 33 replies
    Kiplingers ^ | 6/17/2015 | Susan B. Garland
    Days spent in the hospital as an outpatient, rather than being officially admitted, can leave Medicare patients with bigger bills. It's bad enough spending three or more days in a hospital -- undergoing a barrage of medical tests and procedures. Brace yourself for even more pain at discharge if the hospital tells you that you were actually never admitted but were on Medicare "observation status." That designation could cost you big time. Hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries who are under observation are considered outpatients, even if they spend many days in the hospital. If you find yourself in this boat, there's a...
  • At California's ObamaCare Exchange, Failure Gets You a 27% Raise, Plus Bonus

    06/23/2015 2:32:33 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/22/2015 | Staff
    Government Work: Enrollment in Covered California was flat this year, and consumers hate it. But the director still got a huge raise and a fat bonus. So much for ObamaCare rooting out health care waste.
  • 3 More Reasons To Get Rid Of ObamaCare, Hidden In The CBO Report

    06/22/2015 3:59:02 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 4 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/19/2015 | Staff
    Forecasts: ObamaCare advocates tout a new Congressional Budget Office report saying that ObamaCare's repeal would boost the deficit. But read the actual report. It tells a far different, more disturbing tale about this law.
  • Obama: I spend most of my time on the economy

    06/20/2015 7:44:08 AM PDT · by PROCON · 69 replies
    investors.com ^ | June 20, 2015 | ANDREW MALCOLM
    President Obama's weekly remarks Hi, everybody. As President, I spend most of my time focused on what we can do to grow the economy and grow new pathways of opportunity for Americans like you to get ahead. And we’ve made progress. More than 12 million new private sector jobs in the past five years. More than 16 million Americans who’ve gained health insurance. More jobs creating more clean energy. More kids graduating from high school and college than ever before.
  • Oregonians' health premiums poised for big hikes next year

    06/19/2015 7:30:20 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 15 replies
    OregonLive ^ | June 18, 2015 | Nick Budnick
    More than 220,000 Oregonians who buy their own health insurance are poised to pay higher premiums next year -- some of them a lot higher. State regulators on Thursday announced rates for people who aren't covered by their employers or government programs. And the news is not good. While some insurers proposed rates similar to or better than this year's, officials are ordering them to be raised -- saying they need to close a sizable gap between what insurers have collected and what they spend on claims. As a result, the least expensive "silver" plan premium available to a 40-year-old...
  • How LGBT-friendly laws could change medicine

    06/19/2015 8:10:34 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 32 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | 6/18/15 | Michael Cook
    With same-sex marriage and the transformation of Bruce Jenner into Caitlyn Jenner in the world headlines, it’s time to ask what LGBT bioethics would look like. Timothy Murphy, of the University of Illinois College of Medicine,  foreshadows some of the major themes in the journal Bioethics.Bioethics benefits. “Bioethics is better than it would otherwise have been, because people queer in their sexual interests and identities have challenged misconceived concepts of health and disease, challenged obstacles to access and equity in healthcare, and forced attention to professional standards in clinical care, among other things.”Defending LGBT parenting. To show that the battle...
  • The Stupid Party On Health Care Acts Stupidly

    06/18/2015 4:39:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | John Hawkins
    Congress passed Obamacare, and the president signed it. But in spite of then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s promise, we still don’t know exactly what’s in it. We’re finding out, slowly, but it’s rarely good news. Obamacare was sold as the “fix” for our “broken health care system.” We were told the impact on those happy with their then current situation would barely notice a change, and those without insurance would get it. A win-win for everyone, right? Those promises went out the window right behind the $2,500 average savings on premiums per family President Barack Obama said would...
  • ObamaCare Can't Account for Almost $3 Billion In Subsidy Payments

    06/18/2015 2:59:51 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/17/2015 | Staff
    Fiscal Responsibility: Now we learn that the Obama administration doesn't know whether billions in subsidies it paid out to insurers were appropriate. Yeah, this law is working just great.
  • Medical Expert: ‘The Power Of The Doctor Is Becoming Subsumed By The Government’

    06/15/2015 8:53:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 14, 2015 | Ginni Thomas
    As America hears of more doctors leaving the profession, the head of a patient-centered national health care organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota, sees both political parties in Washington making matters worse. “Huge things are happening under the surface that people don’t understand,” says Twila Brase, a public health nurse and the founder of the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom in this 33 minute video interview with The Daily Caller. “The power of the doctor is becoming subsumed by the government.” America is moving, from Brase’s perspective, from the charitable human “mission of medicine” to a cold, sterile “business of...
  • City employees shocked by new insurance deductibles

    06/15/2015 10:58:16 AM PDT · by FatherofFive · 58 replies
    Fox23.com ^ | June 11, 2015 | News Story
    The City of Bixby changed insurance deductibles for their employees. One of the changes means that a family now has a $7,000 deductible instead of a $500 one. There is a gap plan available on limited basis. Employees said that no one asked them about the change or if they would prefer to pay higher premiums instead.
  • Leaked TPP Healthcare Text: Another Reason to Scuttle Secret Treaty

    06/14/2015 10:45:38 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 5 replies
    The New American ^ | 11 June 2015 | William F. Jasper
    WikiLeaks released another chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the still-secret mega-treaty between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations, on Wednesday, two days before a planned vote in the House of Representatives to give President Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA, also known as Fast Track).The secret text, ironically (or cynically) titled “TPP Transparency Chapter Annex on Transparency and Procedural Fairness for Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Devices,” appears to confirm the charges of TPP critics who have characterized the treaty as a sellout to “Big Pharma,” the giant pharmaceutical companies.Commenting on the leaked TPP texts, financial website ZeroHedge.com noted:It...
  • Prosecutor: Oregon's Obamacare Snowden Free to Go

    06/14/2015 5:45:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2015 | Neil McCabe
    The man playing the role of Edward Snowden in the $300 million Oregon production of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will not rot in prison for blowing the whistle on former governor John A. Kitzhaber—who in this Left Coast drama was playing the role of Hillary R. Clinton. Michael Rodgers was the interim administrator of the state's Enterprise Technology Services division of the Department of Administrative Services and a man with 200 employees under his sway and 15 years on the books when Feb. 5 Jan Murdock sent him an email directing him to destroy all of the...
  • Walgreens, insurers push expansion of virtual doctor visits

    06/10/2015 11:17:53 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    AP ^ | June 10, 2015 | TOM MURPHY
    Millions of people will be able to see a doctor on their smartphones or laptops for everyday ailments once the nation's largest drugstore chain and two major insurers expand a budding push into virtual health care. Walgreens said Wednesday that it will offer a smartphone application that links doctor and patients virtually in 25 states by the end of the year. That growth comes as UnitedHealth Group and the Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer Anthem prepare to make their own non-emergency telemedicine services available to about 40 million more people by next year.... Doctors say telemedicine can help improve access to...
  • Consumers In Grandfathered Plans Can Face Higher Costs For Preventive Benefits

    06/09/2015 9:50:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | June 9, 2015 | By Michelle Andrews
    Judy Naillon called her insurer several months ago to find out why she was being charged $35 every month for birth control pills. Her friends said they were getting their pills for free under the federal health law. Why wasn’t she getting the same deal? “I’m just really frustrated,” says the Wichita, Kan., piano and violin teacher. When her husband took a new marketing job last fall, “I thought that surely all these insurers must now be covering these benefits.” Naillon, 33, would have to continue to pay a share of the cost of her pills, and the plan wouldn’t...
  • Thune’s just the beginning: GOP will blame Obama if SCOTUS guts health reform — it’ll probably work

    06/09/2015 11:16:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    Salon ^ | June 9, 2015 | Jim Newell, covers politics and media for Salon.
    But here’s another way it might play out: health insurance premiums will soar, people will be unable to afford coverage, and… the public will blame it on President Obama and the Democrats, because they passed this law in 2010 and suddenly health insurance is really expensive. Thing “A” happened, and now thing “B” happened, so Thing “A” must have been a terrible idea. Republicans will say, look at how much the IN-surance costs now! as part of their pitch for electing a Republican president who would eliminate this original sin from the federal code. Republicans always suffer in government shutdowns...
  • Obama Boasts: Obamacare "Woven Into the Fabric Of America"

    06/09/2015 10:45:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 44 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 9,2015 | Charles Spiering
    President Obama delivered a sharply critical speech today at the Catholic Health Association Conference, blasting his critics for ignoring what he calls the “reality” that Obamacare is here to stay. “The critics stubbornly ignore reality,” he said, boasting that since Obamacare was passed, jobs actually increased and opened up health care to millions.
  • AARP: The Bigger they are, the Harder they Fall

    06/08/2015 1:18:58 PM PDT · by Rona_Badger · 39 replies
    The American Medical Money Machine ^ | June 8, 2015 | James R. Goldberg
    Why are people still joining AARP? Their name has crept into our national vocabulary. This is no accident. It baffles the mind how their massive propaganda machine has brainwashed America’s senior masses (eligibility age now dropped to 50!) into forking over their hard earned—and retirement—money to one of America’s biggest public “charities” whose primary beneficiaries are themselves. We plan to peel back as many of these layers of disguise as we possibly can. Our intent is to expose a skillful scheme which is decades old and stronger than ever today. AARP is a sophisticated organization with billions in total assets....
  • Obama: Supreme Court wrong to take up ObamaCare challenge - he's "puzzled" 'cause it works

    06/08/2015 10:06:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 8, 2015 | Sarah Ferris and Jordan Fabian
    The Supreme Court should not have taken up the lawsuit challenging ObamaCare subsidies, President Obama said on Monday. “This should be an easy case, frankly it shouldn't have even been taken up,” Obama said during a news conference at the Group of Seven (G-7) summit of leading industrial nations in Germany. The Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision this month in the King v. Burwell case, which threatens to eliminate subsidies for millions of Americans who receive their health insurance from federal exchanges. Obama rejected the basis for the challenge and said it is “well documented” that...