Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $5,519
Woo hoo!! And the first 6% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: healthcare

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Enough Irony: Protect America’s Seniors, Not Illegal Aliens

    10/05/2015 9:11:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | October 5, 2015 | Dan Weber
    Sometimes life is almost too ironic for words. Average Americans look at the way the world is drifting, and just shake their heads. Among those who know better and ought to be heard more often are America’s seniors – particularly those who still believe, as most do, in fiscal responsibility, national security, a comprehensible foreign policy, and a sense of moral compass. As the leader of an organization that proudly represents 1.3 million seniors who fall generally into that group, many veterans and most engaged in their communities, the latest irony is almost too much for a head shake. Here...
  • Health insurance provider Colorado Access cutting Medicare coverage for coming year

    10/03/2015 7:29:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    NYC Today ^ | 10/02/2015 | Diane Hoffman
    Health insurance provider Colorado Access is going to cut Medicare coverage for the coming year. As a result of the move around 5,500 senior and disabled customers will have to look for alternatives. Chief operating officer of Colorado Access, Matt Case has said that the Denver-based nonprofit will also let go 83 employees who were a part of Colorado Access Medicare and its subsidiary Access Health Colorado. Besides this, extra 40 openings will remain unfilled. Case said that Colorado Access has also drawn down administrative expenses, cutting down the salaries of its executive teams. Case said, “While it's never easy...
  • Summary of the Health Care We Had BEFORE ObamaCare

    09/30/2015 5:21:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 34 replies
    Vanity ^ | 30 Sep 15 | Xzins
    There are a few major characteristics of health care before Obama Care. 1. It was quasi-private: most was funded by employers. 2. Some was directly paid private insurance. 3. Insurance could only be bought state by state. It could not be bought across state lines. It was non-competitive. 4. Those without insurance were covered by hospitals under Good Samaritan type laws. 5. Hospitals and doctors passed those costs on by increasing costs to insured patients and their insurance companies. 6. Those were passed on to the government by partial deductions by individuals on their tax forms. 7. The rest were...
  • BREAKING: Teamsters Withhold Endorsement for Hillary => Want to Meet With Donald Trump (Video)

    09/29/2015 4:23:21 PM PDT · by familyop · 144 replies
    Gateway Pundit, Fox News ^ | Sep 29th, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    TEAMSTERS OFFICIALS WANT TO MEET WITH DONALD TRUMP! Teamsters officials met behind closed doors today. The union refused to endorse Hillary Clinton for president. The officials told FOX News they want to meet with Donald Trump. James Rosen reported: "Union executives told me they want to sit down with Republican candidates, most notably, front-runner Donald Trump who has collaborated with unionized work forces across his real estate career." Via Special Report: BREAKING: Teamsters Withhold Endorsement for Hillary Want to Meet With Donald Trump
  • 33 Million Americans Still Don’t Have Health Insurance {Here's Who the uninsured are]

    09/28/2015 1:41:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | 09/28/2015 | By ANNA MARIA BARRY-JESTER and BEN CASSELMAN
    Nearly 9 million people gained insurance last year, a win for “Obamacare” as the president’s signature health care law expanded Medicaid and opened health insurance exchanges. And yet, 33 million Americans, 10.4 percent of the U.S. population, still went without health insurance for the entirety of 2014. Millions more were uninsured for at least part of the year.1 New data released this month shows they were disproportionately poor, black and Hispanic; 4.5 million of them were children.It isn’t a surprise that some Americans still don’t have health insurance. Despite aiming to insure “everybody” in the U.S., the Affordable Care...
  • Trump Proposes Replacing Obamacare with Government-Funded Universal Healthcare

    09/28/2015 11:27:58 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 91 replies ^ | 09/28/2015 | Barry Donegan
    YoutTube Video: Donald Trump Endorses Universal Health Care - "The Government's Gonna Pay For It." On Sunday’s episode of 60 Minutes on CBS, Donald Trump said that “Obamacare is a disaster” and that he plans to repeal it and replace it with a government-funded universal healthcare plan.During the lengthy interview, CBS correspondent Scott Pelley asked billionaire real estate mogul and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump his position on healthcare reform. “Obamacare’s going to be repealed and replaced. Obamacare is a disaster if you look at what’s going on with premiums where they’re up 40, 50, 55 percent,” replied Trump.Pelley...
  • Donald Trump on healthcare: if you like your plan, you can keep it

    09/28/2015 7:45:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 115 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/28/2015 | Gabriel Malor
    Last night, Donald Trump sat down with Scott Pelley on ’60 Minutes’ and made a gloriously confused barrage of promises and wishcasting about taxes, Social Security, ISIL, trade, and immigration. There’s a lot in there, but for my money his most laughable comments were about repealing Obamacare. Here’s the key section: Scott Pelley: What’s your plan for Obamacare?Donald Trump: Obamacare’s going to be repealed and replaced. Obamacare is a disaster if you look at what’s going on with premiums where they’re up 40, 50, 55 percent.Scott Pelley: How do you fix it?Donald Trump: There’s many different ways, by the...
  • What Hillary Clinton Won´t Tell You About Prescription Drugs

    09/25/2015 3:20:34 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 9/24/2015 | John Merline
    "It is time to deal with skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs and runaway prescription drug prices." That was what Hillary Clinton said when she announced her plan to rein in prescription drug costs, which would, among other things, put a $250 monthly cap on out-of-pocket spending for prescription medications. (snip) But is there any truth to her claims?
  • Health Premiums Have Climbed $4,865 Since Obama Promised to Cut Them $2,500

    09/24/2015 3:49:39 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 46 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 9/23/2015 | John Merline
    Employer-based health insurance premiums climbed 4.2% this year for family plans, according to an annual Kaiser Family Foundation report. That's up from 3% the year before. Since 2008, average family premiums have climbed a total of $4,865.
  • Costs derail Vermont’s dream of a single-payer health plan (Flash Back of Epic Fail)

    09/23/2015 4:04:28 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 14 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 01/25/2015 | Jay Fitzgerald
    For decades, liberal activists yearned for a European-style, single-payer health system that they argued would lead to more affordable, efficient, and comprehensive medical coverage for all citizens. When Vermont four years ago enacted a landmark bill to establish the nation’s first single-payer health care system, they saw their long-sought dream about to be fulfilled. But reality hit last month. Governor Peter Shumlin released a financial report that showed the cost of the program would nearly double the size of the state’s budget in the first year alone and require large tax increases for residents and businesses. Shumlin, a Democrat and...
  • The Danger of the ObamaCare Agenda Exposed

    09/22/2015 5:23:03 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/22/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    The glaring unfairness of ObamaCare can be seen in the anonymous analysis done by a well salaried California engineer and his very low paid girlfriend, a part time mail clerk. The lady friend earns $18,000 per year to his yearly income of $60,000 to $ 125,000. “For me, making $60,000 a year, under ObamaCare, the cheapest, lowest grade policy I can buy, with a $5,000 deductible, costs $482 a month. His gal friend, holding the exact same policy with the same deductible, pays $1.00 a month! “That’s right, $1.00 per month. I’m not making this up,” he said. Can you...
  • Doctors Not Happy After Drug Goes From $13.50/Tablet To $750 Overnight

    09/21/2015 3:26:17 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 69 replies
    Consumerist ^ | September 21, 2015
    Gripe as we might, consumers understand that price increases do happen. What’s not as easily understood is how the price for something can go from $13.50 one day to $750 the next — especially when it’s a generic drug used to save lives. For decades, Daraprim (pyrimethamine), an anti-parasitic used to treat malaria and toxoplasmosis, had been made by GlaxoSmithKline and sold for as little as $1/tablet until not that long ago. Then in 2010 GSK sold the drug to CorePharma, which began to raise the price. Within a year, revenue from Daraprim jumped nearly ten times even though the...
  • Half in U.S. Continue to Say Gov't Is an Immediate Threat

    09/21/2015 2:52:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Gallup ^ | SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 | Frank Newport
    Almost half of Americans, 49%, say the federal government poses "an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens," similar to what was found in previous surveys conducted over the last five years. When this question was first asked in 2003, less than a third of Americans held this attitude. ... Overall, Americans who agree that the government is an immediate threat tend to respond with very general complaints echoing the theme that the federal government is too big and too powerful, and that it has too many laws. They also cite nonspecific allegations that the government violates...
  • Hillary Clinton to Launch Socialized Medicine Tour in Louisiana

    09/21/2015 1:04:14 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 13 replies
    Bobby Jindal for President ^ | 9-21-15 | Bobby Jindal
    Jindal Challenges Secretary Clinton to Healthcare DebateBATON ROUGE – According to a report in The Washington Post, Secretary Hillary Clinton is preparing to double down on her support for ObamaCare with a series of campaign events across the country.Secretary Clinton’s first stop on her socialized medicine tour is today in Louisiana, where Governor Bobby Jindal has rejected the expansion of ObamaCare in the state because it would put more people on a poorly-run government healthcare system, take away freedom from people, and bust the budget.Governor Jindal said, “As Secretary Clinton seeks to distract the voters from her e-mail scandal, she...
  • Hillary Clinton to go on offense over GOP plans to repeal Obamacare

    09/20/2015 7:10:53 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 19, 2019 | Anne Gearan
    Hillary Rodham Clinton will begin filling in details this week of her proposal to tweak the Affordable Care Act, and she will attempt to use Republican presidential candidates’ opposition to the health-care-expansion law against them. The focus on health care represents a shift for national Democrats and a full embrace of a law that had a troubled rollout and has not always polled well. Unlike in the 2012 election, when many Democrats tiptoed around their support for Obama’s namesake law, Clinton is making it a central part of her argument that she should succeed him. Clinton frequently praises the 2010...
  • ObamaCare's Glaring Weakness Is Reliance On the Young To Finance It

    09/15/2015 7:48:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    IBD ^ | 09/15/2015 | David Hebert
    A sluggish economy has kept young Americans unemployed and underemployed as our nation's high school and college graduates find they have inadequate skills for a dynamic and increasingly global economy. And it's no secret that the enrollment rate for ObamaCare has been disappointing: Of a projected 35 million enrollees, only 16.2 million have actually enrolled. The White House knows the president's health spending law is untenable unless 40% of the enrollees are between the ages of 18 and 34, because this age group is significantly healthier than all other age groups. This age group now comprises a mere 24%, meaning...
  • Federal Judge Hands Republicans ‘Historic,’ Unexpected Win Over Obama(Proceed to Block HealthCare)

    09/10/2015 3:00:01 PM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | September 9, 2015 | Jack Davis
    The White House has said it will appeal the decision. Constitution 1; Obama 0. That was the score Wednesday as a federal judge gave House Republicans the go-ahead to proceed with their lawsuit to block President Obama’s budget-busting healthcare law. “This suit remains a plain dispute over a constitutional command, of which the Judiciary has long been the ultimate interpreter,” wrote U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer, who said that House Republicans have legal standing to sue. The Constitution, Collyer wrote, “could not be more clear: ‘No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in consequence of Appropriations...
  • House Republicans just won a major, unexpected victory in a battle with Obama

    09/09/2015 4:58:37 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 29 replies ^ | Sep 9, 2015 | Brett LoGiurato
    US District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ruled Wednesday against the Obama administration's motion to dismiss the case. Collyer said House Republicans do have the standing to pursue their challenge, which argues that the Obama administration violated the US Constitution by spending money on the law that had not been appropriated by Congress.
  • How the pro-life movement is winning — even with Obama in office

    09/09/2015 7:31:47 AM PDT · by Salman · 3 replies
    Vox ^ | September 8, 2015 | Sarah Kliff
    Abortion rights activists have long cheered Barack Obama's presidency as a "historic victory for women's health." But the reality has been rather different. Since 2010, getting an abortion in America has become significantly harder. States passed a record 205 abortion restrictions between 2011 and 2013, more than the entire 30 years prior. As a result, many abortion providers are closing down. One survey, from pro-life group Operation Rescue, estimates that 87 separate locations ceased to perform surgical abortions in 2013. These changes are a clear result of pro-life mobilization in the Obama era. ... There's a clear catalyst behind the...
  • Broken: Ireland’s ailing health service

    09/06/2015 1:51:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Sat, Sep 5, 2015, 01:00 | Paul Cullen
    Of the many places from which to observe the Irish health service, the flat of your back is one of the worst. Too often at this moment, when patients are at their most vulnerable, the system lets them down. It certainly failed Rose O’Halloran. The 101-year-old spent more than 24 hours trapped on a trolley at the Adelaide and Meath Hospital, in Tallaght, on the Monday of the June bank holiday. […] At least O’Halloran eventually got the treatment she needed. In Portlaoise and other towns, babies have been dying or suffering disablement in maternity units in circumstances that vary...
  • [Citizen Action] rallies against Scott Walker health care plan

    09/03/2015 7:58:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    New Richmond News ^ | September 3, 2015 | Mike Longaecker
    Opponents of a national health care plan unveiled last month by Gov. Scott Walker took their message to Hudson last week. From the balcony of the Hudson Library, Members of Citizen Action of Wisconsin said the backdrop of the St. Croix River represented a line of demarcation between a progressive health care system in Minnesota and one proposed by the Wisconsin governor who’s seeking to become president. Robert Kraig, executive director of Members of Citizen Action of Wisconsin, said Minnesota has lower premiums because it has taken advantage of provisions in the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). “And Wisconsin does...
  • 307,000 veterans died awaiting Veterans Affairs health care, report says

    09/03/2015 6:06:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/03/2015 | By Curt Devine
    Hundreds of thousands of veterans listed in the Department of Veterans Affairs enrollment system died before their applications for care were processed, according to a report issued Wednesday. The VA's inspector general found that out of about 800,000 records stalled in the agency's system for managing health care enrollment, there were more than 307,000 records that belonged to veterans who had died months or years in the past. In a response to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs' request to investigate a whistleblower's allegations of mismanagement at the VA's Health Eligibility Center, the inspector general also found VA staffers incorrectly...
  • What More Evidence Does the President Need that the VA Must Be Reformed?

    08/30/2015 9:34:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | August 2, 2015 | David French
    In the battle between bureaucrats and veterans, the Obama administration stands with the bureaucrats. Last week the White House threatened to veto the VA Accountability Act, a bill that would moderately streamline the process for firing incompetent Department of Veterans Affairs employees. Under the terms of the act, the VA secretary can’t place employees on paid administrative leave for more than 14 days per year, employees’ initial-hire probationary period is extended to 18 months, and terminated employees have seven days to file an appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board. But these streamlined termination provisions — which still provide far...
  • Mizzou profs. cancel classes to support grad student protest ( Health insurance subsidy )

    08/30/2015 7:36:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Aug 25, 2015 | Peter Fricke
    Graduate students at MU will demonstrate for larger stipends and university-subsidized housing and child care. Professors plan to cancel classes in order to attend the rally in support of their teaching assistants. An upcoming rally by graduate students at the University of Missouri (MU) demanding increased pay and benefits will likely provide undergraduate students with an unexpected break from their classes. Several MU professors plan to cancel classes Wednesday—just two days after the beginning of the fall semester—in order to attend the rally in support of their teaching assistants, who are demonstrating for larger stipends and university-subsidized housing and child...
  • States approving huge spikes in health-insurance premiums [Where's the "Affordable" in the ACA?]

    08/27/2015 7:20:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/27/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    When insurance companies began discussing the necessary premium hikes for the third year of ObamaCare coverage, the White House was quick to dismiss the requests. State auditors would surely force insurers to admit that these requests were overblown. Barack Obama himself told a Nashville audience last month that he couldn’t see why insurers needed to hike premiums by more than a third in Tennessee, the Wall Street Journal recalls: At a July town hall in Nashville, Tenn., President Barack Obama played down fears of a spike in health insurance premiums in his signature health law’s third year.“My expectation is...
  • Analysis: 1 in 4 employers hit with Obamacare tax

    08/25/2015 7:18:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Examiner ^ | 8/25/15 | PAIGE WINFIELD CUNNINGHAM
    One out of four U.S. employers may soon face a steep new Obamacare tax on the insurance coverage they offer workers, unless they take steps to reduce overall spending on the plans. A new analysis released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 26 percent of employers offer health benefits that could be subject to the Affordable Care Act's "Cadillac" tax on high-cost plans when it starts in 2018. The tax kicks in when the total spending on a health plan — including the employer and employee premium contributions — exceeds $10,022 for an individual or $27,500 for a...
  • Almost 3 Million Could Lose Their ObamaCare Subsidies Next Year

    08/22/2015 7:05:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    IBD ^ | 08/22/2015
    Remember the hue and cry when it looked like the Supreme Court could deny ObamaCare subsidies to millions of people? Looks like it could happen anyway, thanks to the law's tax complications. Fully 40% of taxpayers who received ObamaCare subsidies last year haven't filed their taxes yet and are at risk of losing their subsidies for next year, according to the American Action Forum. An update on ObamaCare that the IRS recently sent to Congress said that out of the 4.5 million taxpayers who got ObamaCare's "advance payment" subsidies last year, only 2.7 million had filed the required tax forms...
  • Walker, Rubio, and Jindal Lead the Way on Replacing Obamacare

    08/19/2015 2:13:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The National Review ^ | August 18, 2015 | James C. Capretta
    Perhaps today will mark the beginning of a new phase in the long campaign for the GOP nomination for president in 2016. That’s possible because two of the leading candidates — Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and Florida senator Marco Rubio — have offered serious plans for replacing Obamacare in its entirety. (In Senator Rubio’s case, he reiterated in an op-ed the principles of a plan he outlined several months ago.) They, along with Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, are now the candidates who can speak most credibly about what’s wrong with Obamacare, because they have actual plans to do something about...
  • Scott Walker’s Plan to Replace Obamacare: The Best, to Date, from the 2016 Field

    08/19/2015 6:47:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/19/2015 | The Editors
    Scott Walker is putting forward a plan to replace Obamacare that conservatives and voters generally ought to find very attractive. It takes a scythe to Obamacare’s regulations: The plan restores states’ pre-Obamacare role as the lead health-care regulators. The individual and employer mandates would vanish. The federal government would no longer determine which benefits are “essential” for everyone’s health insurance. At the same time, the plan would enable anyone who wants catastrophic health coverage to get it. The plan has four key parts. First, Obamacare’s regulatory centralization would be reversed. Second, tax credits would be provided to enable people to...
  • Walker shakes up GOP field with plan to replace ObamaCare

    08/19/2015 12:48:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 17, 2015 | Sarah Ferris and Peter Sullivan
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is jump-starting a debate on ObamaCare with the hope of getting out in front of his GOP rivals on one of the party’s toughest topics. Walker on Tuesday became the first leading presidential candidate to put forward a detailed replacement plan for the healthcare reform law, a move that will put pressure on his rivals to release their own plans. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), who has trailed in the polls, is the only other candidate with a full plan, which focuses on grants to states. The move could give Walker an edge with conservative voters...
  • Scott Walker Takes Dead Aim at Obamacare

    08/19/2015 12:02:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 18, 2015 | Jeffrey H. Anderson
    Conservatives have been battling Obamacare for more than six years now, roughly the same amount of time it took American revolutionaries to get from Lexington and Concord to Yorktown. But as Thomas Paine wrote during that earlier struggle, “Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.” Across these past six years, spanning from when Obamacare was first taking shape to today, many conservatives have kept their eye on the prize, while many center-right pundits and office-holders have grown impatient...
  • VA under fire for tossing claims in trash

    08/18/2015 6:45:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    WND ^ | 8-18-5015 | Cheryl Chumley
    The Office of Inspector General for Veterans Affairs just found staffers with the Los Angeles VA Regional Office improperly shredded numerous disability claims, tossing them in the trash rather than giving them proper review. ... The IG report also stated: “The shredding of these documents would have prevented the documents from becoming part of the veterans’ permanent record and potentially affect veterans’ benefits.” Examples of the documents that were shredded included disability-compensation claims submitted by two homeless veterans, and a letter from a medical provider confirming a veteran was unemployable due to “service-connected post-traumatic stress disorder,”
  • Single-Payer Healthcare System Works in Canada? [Really Donald?]

    08/15/2015 6:48:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/15/2015 | Mark Skousen
    “As far as single payer, it works in Canada, it works incredibly well in Scotland.” — Donald Trump I was criticized for inviting Donald Trump to speak at FreedomFest this year because “he’s not a libertarian.” True enough, but we’re a big tent in the freedom movement, and our 2,500 attendees wanted to hear what he had to say, whether they agreed with him or not. I invite you to watch the full speech. In that speech, Trump adopted his typical stance about preventing other countries’ criminals from entering the United States illegally across the Mexican border. I agree with...
  • Obamacare: Pull It out by the Roots and Replace It with a Plan That Works [Scott Walker]

    08/14/2015 1:55:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | August 14, 2015 | Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin
    Let’s be honest. Obamacare was nothing more than a bait and switch. But Americans never took the bait. In 2010, as President Obama and his fellow Democrats were trying desperately to ram Obamacare down our throats, they made one false claim after another. They told us health-care premiums would go down. They insisted if you liked your health-care plan you could keep it. They guaranteed Obamacare wouldn’t include any tax increases for the middle class. Americans didn’t buy these lofty promises then, and they certainly don’t now, given that each and every one of them has been broken. Five years...
  • Obamacare Squeezes Public School Budgets

    08/13/2015 10:01:55 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/11/2015 | Jonathan Moy
    The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has forced many public schools to cut employee hours or privatize noncore services. At issue is the ACA’s mandate that employers with 50 or more full-time workers provide health insurance to any who work 30 or more hours per week. The Baraga Area Schools in the western Upper Peninsula is among the many districts in Michigan that are feeling the effects of the law. Superintendent Jennifer Lynn says her district had employed more full-time support staff, but has been forced to cut hours due to the prohibitive cost of the ACA mandate. Baraga is...
  • Medical Researchers Say Fetal Tissue Remains Essential

    08/11/2015 1:36:59 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 11, 2015 | Collin Binkley and Carla K. Johnson
    The furor on Capitol Hill over Planned Parenthood has stoked a debate about the use of tissue from aborted fetuses in medical research, but U.S. scientists have been using such cells for decades to develop vaccines and seek treatments for a host of ailments, from vision loss and neurological disorders to cancer and AIDS. Anti-abortion activists set off the uproar by releasing undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials that raised questions of whether the organization was profiting from the sale of fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood has denied making any profit and said it charges fees solely to cover its costs....
  • Donald Trump had the best policy idea of anyone in last night's debate

    08/08/2015 9:15:31 AM PDT · by DannyTN · 17 replies
    Vox ^ | August 7, 2015, | Matthew Yglesias
    Donald Trump offered the single best, most original policy idea in the Republican Party debate Thursday night. He also demonstrated by far the greatest understanding of a complicated area of public policy. There, I said it. People have been avoiding noticing this out of a dual aversion to Trump's brand of demagogic anti-immigrant politics and an excessive sense that deference is owed to the real professional politicians up on the stage. But while I wouldn't rank Trump as one of the great health wonks of all time, his answer to a question challenging him to defend his past praise of...
  • Two Post Debate Follow-up Questions for Donald Trump Regarding His Remarks

    08/08/2015 8:13:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    VANITY | 08/08/2015
    The first debate is over but many questions still remain. It is unfortunate that candidates are only given a minute to make their point and 30 seconds for any potential rebuttal. Personally, my interest in the debates is to understand a candidate's policies and what he intends to do as president. So, ignoring the gotcha questions of Megyn Kelly to Donald Trump ( i.e. War on Women crap ), here are two follow up questions I have for Trump: 1) HEALTHCARE During the first GOP debate, moderator Bret Baier said to Donald Trump, "15 years ago, you called yourself a...
  • Trump Was For Socialized Medicine Before He Was, Sort Of, Against It

    08/08/2015 4:01:51 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 44 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 08/07/2015 | John Merline
    In the Republican debate on Thursday, Brett Baier asked Donald Trump about his past statements on health care. "Now, 15 years ago, you called yourself a liberal on health care. You were for a single-payer system, a Canadian-style system. Why were you for that then and why aren't you for it now?" [snip] Trumps answer to Baier's question should trouble anyone who believes in free market health care reforms.
  • ObamaCare's $147 Million Iowa Co-Op Failure Is Just The First

    08/07/2015 3:11:03 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 08/06/2015 | Staff
    Bankruptcy: A court filing this week shows that the first ObamaCare-created insurance co-op to fail will likely cost $147 million. How many more will have to go under before President Obama admits to this boondoggle?
  • ObamaCare Survey: Just 30% Like Their Plans

    08/07/2015 3:03:45 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 08/06/2015 | John Merline
    President Obama once said about ObamaCare that, "The health insurance that's being provided is good. It's high quality, and it's affordable." Consumers, apparently, have a different view.
  • ObamaCare Robbing the American People of Wealth, Health and Liberty

    08/06/2015 9:05:45 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/6/15 | Doug Book
    “What, then, is law? It is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense. Each of us has a natural right—from God—to defend his person, his liberty, and his property. … [I]t follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly…Thus, since an individual cannot lawfully use force against the person, liberty, or property of another individual, then the common force—for the same reason—cannot lawfully be used to destroy the person, liberty, or property of individuals or groups.” Frederic Bastiat 1801-1850 Coach is Right has written...
  • Inspector raps Emanuel's wellness program ( Chicago )

    08/05/2015 5:23:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | August 04, 2015 | Greg Hinz
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's signature wellness initiative may be just a 90-pound weakling, Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson is suggesting. In a report issued today,E the city's watchdog said there are "serious questions" about whether the much-promoted program, which aims to get city workers to shape up or pay more, actually has accomplished much except to spend money. ... despite a 19 percent decrease in its workforce between 2004 and 2013 (41,550 to 33,554 full-time equivalents), the city incurred a 43 percent increase in health care costs." The city's current $24 million contract with American Healthways Services,E a Tennessee firm that...
  • More than two-thirds of Obamacare enrollees unsatisfied with coverage(did any vote for Obama?)

    08/04/2015 9:37:21 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 08/03/15 | Tom Howell Junior
    Obamacare has offered insurance to millions of people, but they’re unhappy with the coverage they’re getting and are particularly upset about the costs, according to a survey released Monday that suggests the health care law continues to struggle to win over Americans. Just 30 percent of customers on Obamacare’s exchanges were satisfied with their coverage, the health care research arm of the Deloitte consulting firm said. Only a quarter of Obamacare customers in the survey were confident that they could get care when they needed it, and just 16 percent felt “financially prepared” to handle future health care costs, Deloitte...

    08/02/2015 10:28:39 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/2/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    I recently read about an ESPN commentator on CNN, stating that Obama had lied to the American People, but that it was not a problem because all Presidents lie. And besides, Bush was worse. This ESPN, politico wanna-be just couldn’t understand why the American people no longer trust Barack. Apparently it is perfectly acceptable to this individual that a dope smoking, foreign aid student like Obama should be placed in THE position of responsibility to the entire world. After all, other Presidents have lied. Of course with Obama it has been elevated to an art form. The major concern of...
  • Boehner’s Health Policy Director is Sister of StemExpress Founder

    07/31/2015 4:53:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 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?