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  • Medicaid - Georgia

    07/23/2016 1:27:35 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 3 replies
    Georgia Public Policy Foundation ^ | 7-22-2016 | Benita Dodd
    Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent annually in Georgia on uncompensated care for the uninsured. The uninsured may not have coverage but they do get sick; one way or another, we all pay for their care in a way that is terribly inefficient. • Money should follow people. It is important to support the institutions and providers that make up Georgia’s safety net, but solutions should be people-centered, not institutioncentered. • Innovation requires flexibility and choices. Micromanaging every last detail is a recipe for the status quo. The accompanying table shows the most recent data on the average enrollment...
  • 'It's Working:' New Analysis Shows Insurers Losing Tens of Millions Annually on Obamacare

    07/19/2016 11:10:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2016 | Guy Benson
    It's not just United Health, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and boutique commercial insurers initially praised by the president as a model for his massive healthcare experiment. The trend of health insurance providers losing money on Obamacare's disproportionately older and sicker (and therefore more expensive to cover) enrollees is a nationwide problem that's driving companies out of the individual market and forcing rates upward. Fewer choices, higher costs, and disappointing enrollment statistics. Via John Sexton, here's a Politico report on the 'Affordable' Care Act's unstable, unsustainable status quo: For the insurance companies doing business in the state–the ones issuing policies to those 600,000 people–Obamacare has turned into a financial sinkhole....
  • Obamacare Is Failing from Behind

    07/19/2016 9:35:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 19, 2016 | Brian C. Joondeph
    Leading from behind is a business concept where leaders steer their organizations much as shepherds guiding their flocks, from behind. It is contingent on a basic reality, “One can lead from behind only if one knows what lies ahead and what it will take to get there.” President Obama’s foreign policy style has been described as “leading from behind” particularly in the Middle East. Another view of Obama’s style: “A foreign policy of hesitation, delay and indecision.” One look at the current Middle East shows how that is working out. Shifting from foreign to domestic affairs, how has the President’s...
  • New peak for US health care spending: $10,345 per person

    07/13/2016 4:44:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 13, 2016 5:21 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The nation’s health care tab this year is expected to surpass $10,000 per person for the first time, the government said Wednesday. The new peak means the Obama administration will pass the problem of high health care costs on to its successor. The report from number crunchers at the Department of Health and Human Services projects that health care spending will grow at a faster rate than the national economy over the coming decade. That squeezes the ability of federal and state governments, not to mention employers and average citizens, to pay. Growth is projected to average 5.8 percent from...
  • Health Care Costs Rising Sharply (And It Will Get Worse)

    07/01/2016 5:01:33 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Mish Talk ^ | 30 June 2016 | Mike “Mish” Shedlock
    Inquiring minds are diving into Kaiser Family Foundation reports on health care. The charts and stats are not pretty, and they are sure to get worse.
  • About 1.6M drop-outs from health law coverage this year

    06/30/2016 8:53:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2016 6:39 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    About 1.6 million people who signed up for coverage this year under President Barack Obama’s health care law dropped out by the end of March, according to administration figures released late Thursday. The report from the Health and Human Services department said some 11.1 million people were still signed up. But that’s a drop of nearly 13 percent from the 12.7 million who initially enrolled for subsidized private coverage this year. Those dropouts failed to seal the deal by paying their premiums. …
  • Homosexuality Is a Danger to Human Health

    07/01/2016 9:17:33 AM PDT · by PROCON · 36 replies
    afa.net ^ | June 29, 2016 | Bryan Fischer
    Although there are many reasons to oppose the normalization of homosexuality, this reason alone would be enough: it represents an enormous risk to human health. According to a recent and extensive survey, homosexuals have "excess health problems" compared to sexually normal people. They suffer disproportionately from "impaired physical and mental health, heavy alcohol consumption, and heavy cigarette use." The National Health Interview Survey, which has been conducted since 1957, included a question about sexual preference for the first time in 2013 and 2014. The results are astounding and alarming for anyone who cares about people who are trapped in a...
  • other-victims-of-gun-violence

    06/30/2016 2:46:26 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 7 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | 6/28/2016 | Tristram Korten
    MIAMI —The man on the table at Ryder Trauma Center in Jackson Memorial Hospital has been shot four times, in the forearm, chest, flank, and thigh. Dr. George Garcia spends two hours operating on him, removing bullet fragments, closing blood vessels and repairing tissue. By the time he’s tied the last suture it’s 2 a.m. Garcia tosses his blood-stained gloves in the trash and goes out to tell the victim’s father his son will be fine. Then Garcia’s pager signals that an ambulance is on its way with another shooting victim. And so, he heads to the observation bays to...
  • 6 states don't require background checks for nurses

    06/29/2016 6:21:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Becker's Healthcare ^ | June 27, 2016 | Tamara Rosin
    Nurses with convictions for crimes of violence, sexual offenses and drug thefts are able to evade detection in six states, which have far fewer protections in place than most states when it comes to licensing healthcare workers ... While candidates for jobs such as massage therapists or private investigators are required to submit a fingerprint for checks against state and FBI conviction records, the nurse licensing systems in Colorado, Wisconsin, New York, Vermont, Maine and Hawaii rely on self-disclosure and complaints. The porous process allows nurses disqualified from obtaining licensure in other states to obtain a license in one of...
  • US Healthcare records offered for sale online

    06/28/2016 9:00:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 06/27/2016
    Three US healthcare organisations are reportedly being held to ransom by a hacker who stole data on hundreds of thousands of patients. The hacker has also put the 650,000 records up for sale on dark web markets where stolen data is traded. Prices for the different databases range from $100,000 (Ł75,000) to $411,000. ... The organisations that data was stolen from are known to be based in Missouri, Georgia and the midwest. The attacker told Motherboard that he would not name the organisations, to give them a chance to pay up. The news site said it had checked 30 records...
  • The Management of Savagery

    06/26/2016 7:30:13 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 22 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | Oct 26, 2014 | Mark Tapson
    If there is a positive side to the rise of ISIS, it is that the West has had its head jerked from the sand and has been made to witness a bottomless, bloodthirsty evil: crucifixions, beheadings, enslavement of women, live burial of children, mass executions. But as one analyst writes, this violence is not “whimsical, crazed fanaticism, but a very deliberate, considered strategy” – one that seems to derive in part from a book called The Management of Savagery. In the spring of 2004 a strategist who called himself Abu Bakr Naji published online The Management of Savagery: The Most...
  • The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Has a Consumer Protection Office

    06/26/2016 7:35:00 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Jun 13, 2014 | Aaron Zelin
    No sooner had it seized the Iraqi city of Mosul and surrounding villages, than the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) began outlining how it would govern its dawla (state). The best way to get a sense of ISIS’s blueprint for state-building is to look at how it has ruled al-Raqqa governorate and other territory in neighboring Syria. The group’s first move is often to set up billboards around town that emphasize the importance of jihad, sharia, women’s purity, and other pietistic themes. The group also has a surprisingly sophisticated bureaucracy, which typically includes an Islamic court system and...
  • U.S. Spends More on Medical Care for Inmates than Seniors, Veterans, Military Personnel

    06/21/2016 4:46:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 21, 2016
    President Obama has repeatedly demonstrated that there’s an extra special place in his heart for incarcerated criminals, but this is a bit much. The administration spends a lot more money on the medical care of jailed convicts than retired seniors on Medicare, active U.S. military personnel or veterans, including an extra $100 million in one year alone, according to a federal audit released this month. The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) consistently pays outside doctors and hospitals more to treat inmates than Medicare or other federal agencies would pay for the same services, according to the report which is the...
  • Obama's HHS Signs Cooperation Deal with Castro Regime Because

    06/20/2016 5:47:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2016 | Humberto Fontova
    “The US Department of Health and Human Services and the Cuban government on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding to encourage cooperation between the two countries on health matters…“Cuba has made significant contributions to health and science,” HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said in a statement. “This new collaboration is a historic opportunity for two nations to build on each other’s knowledge and experience, and benefit biomedical research and public health at large.”Tell it to Tuvalu, President Obama and Secretary Mathews-Burwell. Tuvalu is a group of Pacific islands (big atolls, actually) north of Fiji and east of New Guinea formerly...
  • Millennials’ Healthcare Problems: Insurance Is Terrifyingly Expensive And Highly Confusing

    06/10/2016 8:22:40 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 25 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 08 June 2016 | Elizabeth Whitman
    The millennial generation still hasn't figured out healthcare. It can be prohibitively expensive and painfully confusing yet required by law, so how do they deal? They skip healthcare, struggle to pay bills and ask mom what to do, according to a new report by the nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies. The center's findings, based on a survey of 1,171 adults aged 18-36 in the United States, also found that those who lacked health insurance were disproportionately female, people of color, younger, less educated and unemployed. The proportion of millennials who don't have health insurance has declined significantly in recent...
  • Remembering the Forsaken A Review of the book The Forsaken An American Tragedy In Stalin’s Russia

    04/22/2010 10:09:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies · 297+ views
    Tradition Family and Property ^ | Francis Slobodnik | Tuesday, 12 January 2010
    Remembering the Forsaken Written by Francis Slobodnik    Tuesday, 12 January 2010 18:51   A Review of the book The Forsaken, An American Tragedy In Stalin’s Russia by Tim Tzouliadis     In times of social and political turmoil, it is not uncommon for men to grasp for what appear to be easy solutions. Oftentimes, these impulsive decisions can have disastrous consequences. There is nothing meritorious about change in and of itself. The virtuous person prayerfully reasons through the options before making decisions. Men with little virtue grab desperately for anything that, on the surface, appears will improve their...
  • Is Health Care a Pro Life Issue?

    06/08/2016 5:07:52 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies
    Patheos ^ | 02.13.16 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    There are some Catholic bloggers and commentators saying that it is okay to vote for Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton because, even though they are pro abortion, they are “pro life” on other issues. Health care is a “life” issue, they argue. A living wage is a “life” issue. Good treatment of immigrants is a “life” issue. Torture is a “life” issue. This is a lie. Do not be taken in by it and do not propagate this lie. Use your common sense. Health care, immigration reform, gun control, a living wage, torture and care for the poor are not...
  • Healthcare Cost and Quality - industry view

    06/06/2016 5:38:50 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 22 replies
    Truven Health Analytics ^ | January 2016 | David Koepke, PhD, David Foster, PhD, MPH, Lead Scientist, Truven Health Analytic
    We conclude that (hospital) CEOs are heavily driven to perform on government pay for performance metrics, but less so to metrics that currently fail to correspond to a reimbursement requirement. (Conclusion first here) Truven Health Analytics™ and Mercer teamed to investigate whether there is a correlation between CEO compensation and hospital performance on a balanced scorecard. The study showed there is a strong alignment for the highest level of performance. However, the study also found that 80% of hospitals do not perform well on a balanced scorecard. Instead, compensation appears to be designed to incent the CEO to pursue metrics...
  • About 92K Coloradans to lose Obamacare coverage as insurers drop out, cut back, raise rates

    06/06/2016 2:44:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 6, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
    More than 92,000 Coloradans will lose their Obamacare health care coverage in 2017 as four leading insurance companies scale back or eliminate their plans while others propose rate hikes of as much as 40 percent. Insurance holders with individual plans through Anthem, UnitedHealthCare, Humana and Rocky Mountain Health Plans will need to find new coverage for the 2017 coverage year, according to a Monday statement from the Colorado Division of Insurance. ... the news came as a devastating blow to the state’s already-shaky insurance market. Colorado is one of 14 states that opted to launch its own Obamacare exchange instead...
  • VA Proposes To Remove Ban On Transgender Surgery For Vets

    06/05/2016 6:24:05 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 43 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 3, 2016 | Jonah Bennett
    Daily Caller News Foundation VA Proposes To Remove Ban On Transgender Surgery For Vets Jonah Bennett National Security/Foreign Policy Reporter The Department of Veterans Affairs has proposed to a rule to remove the ban on transgender sex change surgery for veterans, which has existed since the 1990s. According to the proposed regulation, gender reassignment surgery wasn’t previously considered medically necessary for gender dysphoria, a condition transgender individuals claims makes them feel as though they were born in the wrong body and assigned the wrong gender.
  • #MentalIllnessFeelsLike States Should Remove Barriers to Telehealth

    06/03/2016 7:47:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 2, 2016 | Michael Hamilton
    One obstacle preventing Americans suffering from mental illness from obtaining the treatment they need is a stigma associated with having a sullied bill of mental health.States can overcome this obstacle in part by expanding digital access to mental health care providers. This would allow patients to obtain preventive and maintenance mental health care from the convenience and comfort of their homes.The stigma surrounding mental health problems is prevalent on a webpage hosted by the educational nonprofit group Mental Health America aggregating social media posts with the hashtag #mentalillnessfeelslike. “The struggle of having illness is speaking up about what is affecting...
  • Venezuela is running out .. everything. Food, medicine, electricity, toilet paper, condoms

    05/31/2016 4:10:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 69 replies
    CNN ^ | May 31, 2016 | Osmary Hernandez
    Venezuela is running out of just about everything. Food, medicine, electricity, toilet paper, condoms -- you name it. ( Full title ). And over the weekend at least two large international airlines -- Lufthansa and LATAM -- said they will suspend service to Venezuela in the coming months due to the economic crisis. The widespread scarcities and fleeing businesses reflect a country in crisis. "There's a shortage of everything at some level," says Ricardo Cusanno, vice president of Venezuela's Chamber of Commerce. Cusanno says 85% of companies in Venezuela have halted production to some extent. Venezuela's economy is spiraling into...
  • What the Amish can teach the rest of us about modern medicine

    05/31/2016 2:21:43 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 9 replies
    Mosaic The Science of Life ^ | May 24, 2016 | Sara Tolpos
    When healthcare is expensive, the Amish culture of autonomy and thrift may be a way to balance communal support and individual responsibility. Sara Talpos finds out more. The Allegheny Plateau, sprawling across northern Pennsylvania and beyond, is an ecosystem of forested hills, with land that supports black bears, bald eagles and wandering turkeys, as well as a patchwork of wild herbs: burdock, jewelweed, chamomile and sheep sorrel. Cellphone reception is spotty and gas stations are few and far between. Tucked away among the streams branching from the Cowanesque river is a cluster of small white and tan buildings, including the...
  • After Cutting Military Healthcare, Obama Calls for "Good Healthcare" for Vets

    05/31/2016 9:46:44 AM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    Frontpage ^ | May 30, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama decided to commemorate Memorial Day (after denouncing the US military from Vietnam to Japan) by calling for "good healthcare" for veterans. President Obama called for veterans to receive better healthcare and good-paying jobs during a Memorial Day speech at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. “We have to be there not only when we need them, but when they need us,” Obama told the crowd of survivors who have lost loved ones in battle.
  • The Death Panels of Massachusetts

    05/31/2016 9:03:49 AM PDT · by jimjohn · 15 replies
    self | jimjohn
    Drive-By Post: Remember those death panels? Well, they are here. I can speak from experience. Patients are being denied services based on the dictates of the state. It's called "prior authorization".
  • Under Obamacare, Small Business Owner Could Face Fine Up to $500K

    05/31/2016 8:09:07 AM PDT · by milton23 · 27 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/30/16 | Melissa Quinn
    When Maryland business owner Thomas Kunkel first learned about the Affordable Care Act, he was excited about the prospect of the new health care law. “From the small business standpoint, it was actually one of the first times I felt like a bit of a social program might actually benefit a small business,” he told The Daily Signal. “Usually it’s the opposite.” Kunkel owns Full House Marketing and Print in Edgewood, Maryland, and employs 21 full-time workers and up to 10 part-time employees. While he doesn’t provide them with health insurance, Kunkel cuts his workers a monthly check through a...
  • Family turns to 'Health Care sharing ministries'

    05/31/2016 2:10:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    WSBT-TV ^ | May 9, 2016 | Suzanne Spencer
    SOUTH BEND — With health care now at a high price, many Christians are turning to what's called "health care sharing ministries" to help cover their costs. Every Sunday, you'll find Christy Cleghorn and her little family of four at church. Like many other parishioners, they're praising and thanking the Lord for their countless blessings. Blessings like their baby Ethan. At one point, Cleghorn didn't think she could afford to have another child. "When we had our first child, it took us several years to pay off the bill, and we felt the burden of that," she said. In the...
  • Ohio shutting down state's Obamacare nonprofit co-op InHealth – claims paced $3M per week

    05/27/2016 1:44:57 PM PDT · by LibertyOh · 15 replies
    Columbus Business First ^ | May 26, 2016 | Carrie Ghose
    Ohio is the latest state to lose its nonprofit co-op health insurer created under an Affordable Care Act after a Franklin County judge on Thursday appointed the Ohio Department of Insurance as receiver of InHealth Mutual to take control and liquidate the company. Policies are still in effect as of now for its 21,800 members, mostly with individual coverage, but the state said they likely have 60 days to choose another plan on the federal Health Insurance Marketplace or risk losing federal subsidies.
  • This Is How Much Your Health Insurance Payment Is About To Jump By

    05/26/2016 5:40:49 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | May 26, 2016
    <p>It's official: years of warnings that Obamacare will lead to dramatic increases in healthcare premiums are about to be validated.</p> <p>As the WSJ writes, big health plans stung by losses in the first few years of the U.S. health law’s implementation are seeking hefty premium increases for individual plans sold through insurance exchanges in more than a dozen states.</p>
  • VA Hospitals are not Disneyland – It’s time to privatize the VA now!

    05/24/2016 9:44:00 PM PDT · by pboyington · 10 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 24, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Yesterday, VA Secretary, Robert MacDonald set off a firestorm in the media when he compared long lines at Disneyland to the wait times veterans experience for health care, an analogy that riled veterans groups and lawmakers alike. MacDonald of all people should know better. He is a graduate of West Point and served with the famous All-American Division, the 82nd Airborne, before out-processing to greener pastures, namely Procter and Gamble, where he rose to CEO of the company before retiring from the private sector. Apparently, it doesn’t take too long to go from a free enterprise rainmaker to a federal...
  • Sorry, we don't take Obamacare

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

    05/17/2016 12:21:48 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 62 replies
    Newsy, via WPXI ^ | May 17, 2016 | Grant Suneson
    A new Gallup Poll shows most Americans want the government to take on a bigger role in health care. More than 1,500 people from across the country were surveyed, and 58 percent favor replacing the provisions set up by the Affordable Care Act with a federally funded health care program. The ACA, or Obamacare, lets Americans buy insurance through the federal government, but the survey shows most citizens want the government to just pay for everything, or at least that’s what they’re saying now. In recent years, Americans have waffled on whether the government should pay their medical bills. Polls...
  • Mental health advocates question Kansas 'step therapy' bill

    05/16/2016 3:26:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    Mental health advocates are raising concerns about a bill passed by Kansas lawmakers that would require doctors to try cheaper drugs before more expensive ones for Medicaid recipients, but the bill's backers say the concerns are overblown. The process, called step therapy, is common in many private and public health insurance plans. It was key to resolving budget issues because it would reduce the state's cost of providing health care for poor residents by nearly $11 million a year. Gov. Sam Brownback is expected to sign the bill Monday. Mental health advocates asked that drugs used to treat mental illnesses...
  • Dying Infants and No Medicine: Inside Venezuela’s Failing Hospitals

    05/15/2016 8:59:45 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 43 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 15, 2016 | Nicholas Casey
    BARCELONA, Venezuela - By morning, three newborns were already dead. The day had begun with the usual hazards: chronic shortages of antibiotics, intravenous solutions, even food. Then a blackout swept over the city, shutting down the respirators in the maternity ward. Doctors kept ailing infants alive by pumping air into their lungs by hand for hours. By nightfall, four more newborns had died. "The death of a baby is our daily bread," said Dr. Osleidy Camejo, a surgeon in the nation's capital, Caracas, referring to the toll from Venezuela’s collapsing hospitals. The economic crisis in this country has exploded...
  • I-Team: Fix Meant To Improve Veterans’ Access To Medical Care Is Broken(CHOICE)

    05/15/2016 6:14:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    boston.cbslocal.com ^ | 5/13/2016 | Ryan Kath
    After a national wait time scandal, it was supposed to be a program that helped veterans get access to faster, more convenient medical care. However, the I-Team discovered the Veterans Choice program implemented at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is fraught with issues. Some of the problems include a confusing appointment process, health care providers not getting paid, and veterans being harassed by bill collectors. Treatment approved, then denied When Stephen DuLong needs to see a doctor, he usually makes the trip from his home in Onset, Mass. up to a VA facility in Boston. But last summer, the...
  • Charlie Rose and Obama's former speechwriters laugh about Obama's 'if you like your plan' lie

    05/10/2016 5:12:30 PM PDT · by grundle · 9 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pkqn6wsrUfs
  • Former Obama speechwriters laugh at 'you can keep your plan' promise

    05/10/2016 2:58:05 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 19 replies
    Charlie Rose and a trio of former Obama speechwriters laughed it up this week as they discussed the president's infamous promise that that under the Affordable Care Act, "if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan."
  • Rose, Obama Speechwriters Laugh About the President’s ‘You Can Keep Your Plan’ Lie

    05/10/2016 12:12:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/10/16 | David Rutz
    Charlie Rose and three of Barack Obama’s former speechwriters had a good laugh Monday night while joking about the president’s infamous, oft-repeated false promise that under Obamacare, “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” Obama said dozens of times in the run-up to the Affordable Care Act’s signing and enactment that no Americans who liked the insurance plan they had would lose it under the Affordable Care Act. In reality, millions of policies were canceled because of the law’s regulations, and Obama was forced to apologize to the American people. The infamous remark...
  • Sorry, Bernie fans. His health care plan is short $17,000,000,000,000.

    05/09/2016 11:52:31 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 9 replies
    Sen. Bernie Sanders has proposed paying for his proposals to transform large sectors of the government and the economy mainly through increased taxes on wealthy Americans. A pair of new studies published Monday suggests Sanders would not come up with enough money using this approach, and that the poor and the middle class would have to pay more than Sanders has projected in order to fund his ideas. The studies, published jointly by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center and the Urban Institute in Washington, concludes that Sanders's plans are short a total of more than $18 trillion over a decade....
  • Doctor reveals horrors that make this hospital dangerous for kids

    05/08/2016 1:20:10 PM PDT · by wastedyears · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/8/2016 | Anonymous
    A pediatrician who spent three years as a resident at Coney Island Hospital spoke to The Post’s Melkorka Licea about the frightening patient care the doctor witnessed and heard about in the 371-bed Brooklyn facility. Fearing more children will be put in harm’s way, the physician wanted to shed light on the chronic negligence, unqualified care and poor supervision that plagues the city-run institution.
  • An Insurance Exodus From Obamacare Could Come in 2017

    05/04/2016 5:08:44 PM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | May 03, 2016 | Jean Morrow
    UnitedHealthcare’s decision to not offer Affordable Care Act exchange plans next year in “at least 26 of the 34 states where it sold 2016 coverage” may soon be followed by similar announcements from other health care insurers. At least that is one implication that can be drawn from the findings reported in a new paper analyzing the performance of insurers that offered exchange coverage in 2014.
  • Colorado healthcare commission wants $100k that should go back to the General Fund

    05/03/2016 6:59:12 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 5 replies
    The Complete Colorado ^ | 31 May, 2016 | Linda Gorman
    A major problem with giving money and power to government is that you seldom get either one back. And when state agencies end up with excess budget, there is no end to clever ways bureaucrats find to keep control over your tax dollars. The current move to keep unused funds in Colorado’s Indigent Care Program (CICP) from reverting to the state treasury is a case in point. icon_blog_noteThe ObamaCare Medicaid expansion reduced the number of people eligible for help with acute medical care costs through CICP. The number of people using the program has fallen from 200,000 to 50,000. The...
  • Health Care in Academia vs. the Real World

    05/03/2016 7:54:04 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 2, 2016 | Spencer Irvine
    Four Harvard University students won the annual Econometrics World Championship (also known as the Econometric Game) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The annual event is organized by the University of Amsterdam and the VSAE (Association of Actuarial, Econometrics and Operational Research Students), involving up to thirty universities from across the world. The competition had 120 students participate in this iteration of the event. Using European socio-economic data from 2004-2013, the team from Harvard concluded that more government intervention will improve low-income senior citizens' health outcomes. One of the attending representatives from the event's sponsors said: "This is a remarkable and important...
  • VIDEO: Watch Ted Cruz Argue With Disabled Man’s Family About Health Care

    05/01/2016 6:59:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 04/30/2016 | Tommy Christopher
    Texas Senator and Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has placed a lot of electoral eggs in the basket that is Indiana, and so it was that Cruz found himself gamely pressing the flesh with voters outside the Pie Pan restaurant in Evansville this weekend. Pool cameras caught most of what was a truly impressive display of retail politicking by Cruz, who dutifully posed for photos and chatted up voters, and even managed to find a couple of eight year-old girls who weren’t terrified of him. All this was done to periodic bursts of song from Cruz body man Bruce Redden:...
  • U.S. Reports First Zika Virus Death in Puerto Rico

    04/29/2016 12:12:38 PM PDT · by oh8eleven · 7 replies
    NBC News ^ | 29 April 2016 | Maggie Fox
    A man infected with Zika virus in Puerto Rico has died from complications of the infection, health officials said Friday. The CDC and Puerto Rico health department reported the death in a regular update on Zika. Health officials said they tested more than 6,000 people for Zika infection. About 11 percent of them — 683 people — had Zika.
  • Oklahoma Doctors vs. Obamacare; How one surgery center offers high quality healthcare at low prices

    04/28/2016 9:18:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04/28/2016
    Three years ago, Dr. Keith Smith, co-founder and managing partner of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, took an initiative that would only be considered radical in the health care industry: He posted online a list of prices for 112 common surgical procedures. The 51-year-old Smith, a self-described libertarian, and his business partner, Dr. Steve Lantier, founded the Surgery Center 15 years ago, after they became disillusioned with the way patients were treated at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, where the two men worked as anesthesiologists. In 1997, Smith and Lantier bought the shell of a former surgical center with...
  • 10 Myths About Canadian Health Care, Busted

    04/28/2016 4:37:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 112 replies
    PNHP ^ | Sara Robinson
    Conservatives are rumbling around the talk show circuit bellowing about the socialist threat to the (literal) American body politic. And, as usual, Canada is once again getting dragged into the fracas, shoved around by both sides as either an exemplar or a warning — and, along the way, getting coated with the obfuscating dust of so many willful misconceptions that the actual facts about How Canada Does It are completely lost in the melee. I’m both a health-care-card-carrying Canadian resident and an uninsured American citizen who regularly sees doctors on both sides of the border. As such, I’m in a...
  • Hospitals braced for first all-out doctors' strike (UK)

    04/25/2016 4:02:57 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    Bbc ^ | April 25, 2016 | Nick Triggle
    Hospitals in England are braced for the first all-out doctors' strike in the NHS's history on Tuesday. Junior doctors will walk out of both routine and emergency care from 08:00 to 17:00 BST in the contract row. It is the first time services such as A&E, maternity and intensive care have been hit in the long-running dispute. NHS bosses believe plans are in place to ensure care will be safe, but say the situation will be monitored closely during the stoppage. A second strike is due to take place on Wednesday, between the same hours. -snip NHS England said "military...
  • Is Obamacare making Americans healthier?

    04/22/2016 7:51:24 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 23 replies
    CBS News ^ | 4-20-16 | Karen Pallarito
    State Medicaid expansions under Obamacare have improved low-income Americans' insurance coverage, increased their doctor visits and enhanced detection of chronic health conditions, which could lead to improvements in health, a new study suggests. researchers were unable to show that low-income people were any healthier as a result of the Medicaid expansions
  • Woman who ran Obamacare warns of BIG insurance prices hikes

    04/22/2016 3:31:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    CNBC ^ | 4/22/2016 | Dan Mangan
    Marilyn Tavenner's crystal ball didn't foresee the initial epic flop of HealthCare.gov when she actually ran the agency in charge of the website. Now, as an insurance lobbyist, she sees big jumps in Obamacare insurance premiums next year. ... HealthCare.gov was a disaster when it launched in the fall of 2013, and was essentially unable to sign up meaningful numbers of customers ... customers, and new ones, could be hit with sticker shock when it comes to enrolling in 2017 plans, which go on sale next fall. ... Tavenner also noted that there has been "churn" among plan customers, with...