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  • Obamacare, coming to a mall near you (going to try to sign you up on Black Friday)

    11/26/2014 12:46:11 PM PST · by Zakeet · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | November 26, 2014 | Rachana Pradhan
    HHS is hitting the malls this weekend to make sure that Obamacare is on the minds of consumers during the busiest shopping weekend of the year. The department on Wednesday will announce new partnerships it has made with retail stores, pharmacies and popular websites to spread the word about the current open enrollment season, which began on Nov. 15 and ends Feb. 15. On three key days after Thanksgiving — Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday — as well as dates beyond, Westfield Shopping Centers, the National Community Pharmacists Association and the XO Group will provide consumers with...
  • Off-the-shelf fix for veteran hospital waiting lines

    11/26/2014 11:17:18 AM PST · by 54fighting · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/26/14 | Todd Berkley
    Off-the-shelf fix for veteran hospital waiting lines “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and his widow and orphan”. This Abraham Lincoln quote on a plaque in front of the Veterans Administration building is a succinct mission for the VA. Our veterans have earned our best efforts toward this end. Congress recently acted in a rare bi-partisan fashion to ease the scandalous backlog. Nine million “Veterans Choice” cards allow access to care outside the VA for veterans living at least 40 miles from a VA facility or on very long wait lists. I applaud the efforts of...
  • Stent Placed in Heart of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    11/26/2014 7:49:57 AM PST · by Zakeet · 70 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 26, 2014 | Pete Williams
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent heart surgery Wednesday morning after experiencing discomfort during exercise, the court said. Ginsburg, 81, had a stent placed in her right coronary artery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She was resting comfortably and was expected to be discharged within 48 hours, the court said.
  • Schumer: Dems erred with ObamaCare

    11/25/2014 10:39:45 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 25, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Democrats made a strategic mistake by passing the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third-ranking member of the Senate Democratic leadership, said Tuesday. Schumer says Democrats “blew the opportunity the American people gave them” in the 2008 elections, a Democratic landslide, by focusing on healthcare reform instead of legislation to boost the middle class. “After passing the stimulus, Democrats should have continued to propose middle class-oriented programs and built on the partial success of the stimulus,” he said. He said the plight of uninsured Americans caused by “unfair insurance company practices” needed not be addressed but it wasn’t...
  • America, You’ve Been Grubered!

    11/24/2014 3:28:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    The most important effect of the revelations of the Administration’s flunkies’ history of cheesy lies about Obamacare is that liberals must now answer one threshold question before discussing the substance of any new socialist scheme: Why should we trust anything liberals say about anything? Grubergate is just one of the score of scandals, frauds, and failures that have destroyed any trust in this collection of creeps by anyone except the most leftist and the most stupid, two sets which, if graphed in a Venn diagram, would be represented by a single circle. IRS oppression. Executive amnesty. VA death lists. The...
  • Feds arrest eight Miami suspects in Medicare probe linked to Nicaragua, DR

    11/20/2014 2:56:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | November 19, 2014 | Jay Weaver
    As Medicare rackets go, authorities say, this one had no borders. Eleven people associated with a South Florida managed care company were charged Wednesday with fleecing Medicare for services provided to U.S. citizens while they were living in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, according to an indictment. Coral Gables-based Florida Healthcare Plus filed false bills for retired Medicare beneficiaries who claimed to be living in the state but were being treated by foreign doctors while they resided in the two Latin American countries. That is illegal under the federal taxpayer-funded program for senior citizens and the disabled, authorities said. Eight...
  • Colbeck Unveils Exploit then Repeal HealthCare Reform Strategy @ Nat. Profamily Leg. Conf.

    11/19/2014 4:17:06 AM PST · by taildragger · 6 replies
    insurancenewsnet ^ | 11/17/2014 | Targeted News Service
    LANSING, Mich., Nov. 17 -- The Michigan State Senate Republicans issued the following news on the behalf of Michigan State Sen. Patrick Colbeck: On Saturday, November 15, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, spoke at the national ProFamily Legislators Conference in Dallas on potential health care changes in Michigan that would lower prices, provide better care and reduce bureaucracy.
  • Forced vaccinations for medical providers

    11/18/2014 2:34:08 PM PST · by grumpygresh · 29 replies
    e-mail | 07/17/14 | Juli Kotke
    November 17, 2014 Dear Physician, Each year, influenza results in an estimated 226,000 hospital admissions and 36,000 deaths. As you know, unimmunized individuals infected with influenza may be asymptomatic but still contagious and able to infect others. Health care personnel who are not immunized can unintentionally expose patients to seasonal influenza. Reducing influenza transmission from health care personnel to patients is a top priority both nationally and in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Healthcare Influenza Prevention Coalition, a group comprised of the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA), Wisconsin Medical Society (the Society), LeadingAge Wisconsin, Wisconsin Health Care Association (WHCA)/Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living...
  • Think Obamacare's Affordable? You're Stupid

    11/18/2014 12:02:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    Before he became the Obama administration's least favorite overpaid expert, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber was its darling. He appeared in an Obama campaign ad saying, "I helped (Massachusetts) Gov. (Mitt) Romney develop his health care reform, or Romneycare, before going down to Washington to help President Obama develop his national version of that law." The false portrayal of Romneycare and Obamacare as practically identical fueled the Democratic delusion that Congress had drafted the Affordable Care Act to appeal to rascally Republicans. Now Gruber is in the doghouse because he was captured on video being brutally honest. In 2010, Gruber told...
  • Hispanic Assistants in south Florida doc's office hate Obamacare

    11/18/2014 11:11:33 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    11/18/14 | sff
    Have been sitting, waiting to see my good doctor in south Florida. I can hear the Hispanic women who run the office....assistants AND the chief nurse....on the phone with prospective and in examining rooms with current patients. Bottom line? They are taking Obamacare to the woodshed. By name...."He is controlling it all" and "the Obamacare is crazy"....."the different insurances you can get is all controlled by Obamacare".... They don't say it with anger, just very matter of fact...but the message is clear to the patients. Happening right now.
  • State of Michigan Paid Jonathan Gruber $481,050

    11/17/2014 9:35:50 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Michigan Capital Confidential ^ | November 17, 2014 | Tom Gantert.
    A consultant considered an architect to the federal health care law who said a “lack of transparency” and “stupidity of the American voter” were critical to getting it passed reportedly received $481,050 from the state of Michigan, and a recently elected state representative said he wants an investigation. Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who created an econometric model intended to project health care spending and costs under different assumptions, along with his team, was granted a $481,050 contract by the state of Michigan, according to the Washington Post. He was paid that to help set up state...
  • Schumer to Obama: Reimburse NYC for $20M Ebola treatment

    11/17/2014 9:14:45 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 16, 2014 | Chris Perez
    Senator Charles Schumer wants President Obama to pick up New York City’s more than $20 million tab for treating its first Ebola patient. Since the Big Apple and Bellevue Hospital treated and cured Dr. Craig Spencer of the “infectious disease that is a threat to the nation,” the New York lawmaker believes the government should pony up and reimburse the city. “Last week, Dr. Spencer thankfully returned home healthy and free of Ebola,” Schumer said Sunday. “But the world-class response mounted by New York City and Bellevue HHC was not free, and the bottom line is local communities and local...
  • Obamacare repeal is more likely, and now GOP needs an alternative

    11/17/2014 9:08:26 AM PST · by PROCON · 132 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | Nov. 17, 2014 | Philip Klein
    This month, two developments have shaken the conventional wisdom that repealing President Obama’s healthcare law is an impossibility. First, Republicans scored a historic election victory, not only taking control of the Senate but likely winning the most House seats since 1928 — the year before Ernest Hemingway published A Farewell to Arms. Second, the Supreme Court took up another case on Obamacare, and if the justices rule against the administration, it would force a re-opening of the law. This doesn’t even account for the recently released videos of one of Obamacare’s main architects, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, conceding that Democrats...
  • Gallup: As New Enrollment Period Starts, ACA (Obamacare) Approval at 37% (and disapproval is at 56%)

    11/17/2014 8:18:48 AM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Gallup ^ | November 17, 2014 | Justin McCarthy
    As the Affordable Care Act's second open enrollment period begins, 37% of Americans say they approve of the law, one percentage point below the previous low in January. Fifty-six percent disapprove, the high in disapproval by one point. [Snip] Approval of the law continues to diverge sharply by party, with 74% of Democrats and 8% of Republicans approving of it. Independents have never been particularly positive toward the law, with approval ranging between 31% and 41%. Currently, 33% of independents approve.
  • A Cuban Brain Drain, Courtesy of the U.S.

    11/17/2014 6:35:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 16, 2014 | Editiorial Board
    "....There is much to criticize about Washington’s failed policies toward Cuba and the embargo it has imposed on the island for decades. But the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program, which in the last fiscal year enabled 1,278 Cubans to defect while on overseas assignments, a record number, is particularly hard to justify. It is incongruous for the United States to value the contributions of Cuban doctors who are sent by their government to assist in international crises like the 2010 Haiti earthquake while working to subvert that government by making defection so easy. American immigration policy should give priority to...
  • Voters Favor Putting Health Care Law On Hold Until Court Challenges End

    11/17/2014 5:27:31 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Rasmussem ^ | November 14, 2014
    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on November 12-13, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports: The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen to hear another legal challenge to the new national health care law, and nearly half of voters think it might be a good idea to put the brakes on Obamacare until all the court cases opposing it are through. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that a plurality (47%) of Likely U.S. Voters thinks implementation of Obamacare should be put on hold until all legal challenges are exhausted. Forty percent (40%) disagree, but 13% are not...
  • Obamacare architect’s “stupid” voter remarks create real problems (especially with a GOP Congress)

    11/16/2014 4:51:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    Daily Digest News ^ | November 16, 2014 | Dan Taylor
    The recent comments by an architect of Obamacare have created real problems for supporters of the act as Republicans win sweeping elections and pledge to hold hearings to roll back some of its measures. MIT economist and Affordable Care Act architect Jonathan Gruber created quite a stir recently when he attributed the success in pasting legislation for it to the “stupidity of the American voter.” The comments took place at an academic conference last year and is only just now becoming public, and Republicans are seizing on it as they seek to attack the ACA, according to the Boston Globe....
  • Jonathan Gruber: Getting the Facts Straight on Health Care Reform

    11/15/2014 5:10:06 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    New England Journal of Medicine ^ | December 24, 2009 | Jonathan Gruber
    The United States stands on the verge of the most significant change to our health care system since the 1965 introduction of Medicare. The bill that was passed by the House and a parallel bill before the Senate would cover most uninsured Americans, saving thousands of lives each year and putting an end to our status as the only developed country that places so many of its citizens at risk for medical bankruptcy. Moreover, the bills would accomplish this aim while reducing the federal deficit over the next decade and beyond. They would reform insurance markets, lower administrative costs, increase...
  • The "Prolific" Jon Gruber - 1993

    11/15/2014 4:39:05 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 12 replies
    CPAN ^ | 10 December 1993 | Anonymous
    Watch Gruber talk about Hillarycare as part of the Alliance for Health Reform!
  • Help! Jonathan Gruber Keeps Telling the Truth About ObamaCare

    11/14/2014 6:06:07 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/14/2014 | John Merline
    A fourth video emerged on Thursday of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber talking about how Democrats purposely misled the public about ObamaCare.
  • Report: 42 percent of new Medicaid signups are immigrants, their children

    11/14/2014 12:20:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 13, 2014 | Susan Ferrechio
    Immigrants and their U.S.-born children make up more than 40 percent of new Medicaid recipients at a cost of $4.6 billion, according to an analysis of government data. The Center for Immigration Studies, a low-immigration advocacy group, released a report early Thursday that found both legal and illegal immigrants and their minor children made up 42 percent of Medicaid growth from 2011 to last year. Part of the increased enrollment came as a result of the new healthcare law’s expansion of Medicaid to impoverished and low-income adults. [SNIP] According to CIS officials, most of the immigrants tallied in the report...
  • The American Public Gets Smart

    11/13/2014 11:15:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13 | Michael Reagan
    So Jonathan Gruber thinks the American people are stupid, does he? Gruber is a complete nobody to most Americans, but his face should be on a Most Wanted poster in every Post Office. He was one of the chief architects and cheerleaders for ObamaCare, aka the fraudulent Affordable Care Act that Republicans should be working overtime right now to repeal, not fix or reform. Gruber exploded into the news cycle this week because of some things he said publicly last year about how Democrats were able to slip ObamaCare past the trusting citizenry. In appearances in Philadelphia and St. Louis...
  • REPORT: IMMIGRANTS MAKE UP 42 PERCENT OF OBAMACARE MEDICAID EXPANSION

    11/13/2014 7:45:12 AM PST · by ryan71 · 25 replies
    Breightbart ^ | 13 Nov 2014, 6:22 AM PDT | MATTHEW BOYLE
    People who weren’t even born in America are taking significant advantage of one of Obamacare’s single-most expensive benefits, the expansion of Medicaid, a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) shows. In fact, immigrants have accounted for 42 percent of the growth in Medicaid enrollment since Obamacare began being implemented in 2011, the report finds. “The high rate and significant growth in Medicaid associated with immigrants is mainly the result of a legal immigration system that admits large numbers of immigrants with relatively low-levels of education, many of whom end up poor and uninsured,” report co-author Steven Camarota...
  • Ted Cruz a Lone Voice in Calling for Swift Repeal of Obamacare

    11/12/2014 8:12:35 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 31 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 07:20 AM | Elliot Jager
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act in one fell swoop by starving it of funding, but many of his Republican colleagues, while saying they agree with his goal, prefer a less radical approach, Politico reported. The lawmakers would vote instead against individual planks of the president's signature healthcare program, such as the tax on medical devices and the redefinition of full-time work as 30-hours a week,  Politico said. It would take a simple 51-vote majority to take down Obamacare outright using a budget reconciliation measure. Each one of the new GOP senators campaigned on...
  • Maine Sen. Angus King: Who cares if ObamaCare architect Jon Gruber thinks voters were

    11/11/2014 1:11:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | November 11, 2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via Newsbusters, after yesterday’s unpleasantness and the Halbig “speak-o” fiasco of a few months ago, I see Democrats (plus independents in name only like King) have finally reached the “Jon who?” stage of their Gruber problem. This is the game we’re playing now, eh? KILMEADE: They just lied about a health plan to the American people, called the stupidity of the American voter and bragged about the lack of transparency. KING: This is one guy. I don’t know who this guy was. All I know is that it’s important for people to have health insurance. And if you guys are...
  • 5 Ways ObamaCare Hides Its Costs

    11/11/2014 5:17:24 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/11/2014 | John Merline
    "Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. Call it the stupidity of the American voter, or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass." That was MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, one of the key architects of ObamaCare, explaining how ObamaCare was purposefully designed to obfuscate how it was financed, how the subsidies worked and other unpleasant features of the law. [snip] Gruber's comments, made at a 2013 conference but just now making the rounds on the Internet, are the polar opposite of what Democrats promised the public.
  • VIDEO: Obamacare Architect Says Stupid Americans Helped It Pass

    11/10/2014 9:11:54 AM PST · by lulu16 · 23 replies
    KNST ^ | 11/ 10/14
    In a newly surfaced video, one of Obamacare’s architects admits a “lack of transparency” helped the Obama administration and congressional Democrats pass the Affordable Care Act. The conservative group American Commitment posted Jonathan Gruber’s remarks, reportedly from an Oct. 17, 2013, event, on YouTube. “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” says the MIT economist who helped write Obamacare. “And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.”
  • IRS to Close “Loophole” on “Sub-Standard” Plans (Title Shortened

    11/10/2014 8:47:20 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 19 replies
    Proskauer's ERISA Practice Center Blog ^ | November 6th, 2014 | By Paul M. Hamburger, Stacy Barrow and Tzvia Feiertag
    On November 4, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) announced that it intends to close a perceived “loophole” in health care reform. This so-called loophole allows employers to offer low cost health plans that don’t cover inpatient hospitalization services or physician services (or both). If that coverage were treated as “minimum value” coverage, then employers could avoid all pay-or-play penalties with low cost coverage and covered individuals would not be able to benefit from premium assistance or subsidies in the health insurance Marketplace. What does this IRS Notice Mean? Once this new rule is final, it means that Non-Hospital/Non-Physician Services...
  • (VANITY) What happens to the U.S. economy when so many are forced to pay much higher healthcare prem

    11/09/2014 7:42:21 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 74 replies
    VANITY Healthcare Act Implementation | 9 October 2014 | Mene
    We just finished enrolling our family in the healthcare plan provided by my wife's employer. The deductible is $3000 per individual and $6000 for family. Our oldest son, who works for a private company, has also been put on our plan because he could not afford to pay the health exchange prices nor his employer's healthcare plan. My wife was paying about $450 per month on the healthcare premiums to cover the family. Now, we are suddenly going to be paying $650 per month and there are NO choices - just one plan from which everyone can choose. It only...
  • Obamacare Exchange Subsidies Headed to U.S. Supreme Court

    11/07/2014 1:50:24 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 7 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-7-14 | Sean Riley
    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments against the availability of exchange subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. Today’s order from the Court granted review in King v. Burwell, one of several cases challenging IRS regulations extending tax-credit subsidies to the states with federal exchanges. Briefings will be submitted over the next few months, and a ruling is not expected until June.
  • A Look At Direct Primary Care

    11/07/2014 8:41:41 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/7/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    Let’s start with the doctor/patient relationship—the disappearance of which has been lamented by many. The pertinent definition of “relationship” in the Oxford Dictionaries deems it: “The way in which two or more people or organizations regard and behave toward each other.” In one sense, every patient wants to be treated well by his physician, and in many cases, so-called “continuity of care” is most desirable. Likewise, the physician may wish to spend more time with a particular patient, but is forced by economic realities to rush the process. Perhaps, some of this search for the ideal doctor/patient relationship is driven...
  • Federal Eye: More than 25,000 federal workers to lose their health plans next year

    11/06/2014 2:28:04 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/06/14
    More than 25,000 federal employees will lose their health plans next year as insurance providers drop out of the government’s coverage network, according to the Office of Personnel Management. Affected workers will have the option of switching to other plans within the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, but the number of disruptions will reach the highest level since more than 61,000 enrollees had to change plans in 2009. Insurance providers drop out of the federal workforce’s health program every year, so this year’s changes are nothing new. Companies generally leave the network because they have not attracted enough enrollees to...
  • Obama's Health Law: Who Was Helped Most [/barf alert]

    10/30/2014 11:44:27 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | 29 Oct 2014 | KEVIN QUEALY and MARGOT SANGER-KATZ NYT
    Headline: Obama’s Health Law: Who Was Helped Most Writers: By KEVIN QUEALY and MARGOT SANGER-KATZ Dated: OCT. 29, 2014 Tickler: A new data set provides a clearer picture of which people gained health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Excerpt: ... 10 million more people have insurance coverage this year... Now a large set of data ... The biggest winners from the law include... ... Overall change in uninsured Americans, 2013-14 ... Over all, about 10 million Americans who had no insurance in 2013 signed up for it this year,... ... several charts... People who live in states that... ......
  • The science on isolating health care workers

    10/29/2014 10:39:34 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Human Events ^ | October 29, 2014 | Betsy McCaughey
    On Monday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention head Thomas Frieden announced a new policy on health care workers returning from Ebola-plagued West Africa. Parroting President Obama’s Saturday radio address, Frieden cautioned that Americans must be “guided by the science,” not fear. Sorry. The Obama administration’s halfway approach is based on political correctness, not science. And it is a gamble. According to Frieden, about five health care workers fly back from West Africa to the U.S. every day, landing at Chicago, Newark, Atlanta, New York’s JFK or Dulles outside of Washington, D.C. For months, the CDC did almost nothing to...
  • Sorry, New York Times: ObamaCare Is Not Working

    Health Reform: The New York Times on Monday featured a huge news package claiming that ObamaCare is delivering on all its main promises. But the Bible of the liberal press has badly misled its flock. 'After a year fully in place," the Times story begins, "the Affordable Care Act has largely succeeded in delivering on President Obama's main promises." So case closed, right? After all, a team of New York Times "reporters and data researchers" came to that conclusion. In a word, no. To claim success, the Times gets things wrong or ignores the law's most glaring failures.
  • VA promotion for administrator stuns legislator

    10/26/2014 7:10:29 AM PDT · by cutty · 10 replies
    Tribune-Review ^ | Oct. 23, 2014 | Mike Wereschagin
    The Department of Veterans Affairs is promoting an administrator who advised against publicly disclosing a deadly Legionnaires' outbreak at its Pittsburgh hospital system, the agency told Congress. David Cord, deputy director of VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System since June 2012, will become director of the Erie VA Medical Center within 60 days, the VA informed Congress. The VA disclosed the Legionnaires' outbreak that killed at least six and sickened at least 16 others on Nov. 16, 2012 — two days after Cord told a VA spokesman not to alert the public about it, according to an internal email from the spokesman...
  • More insurers pressured to lower MNsure rates: Time to remove politics from rate-setting process

    10/25/2014 9:55:05 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Center for the American Experiment ^ | 10-24-14 | Peter J Nelson
    The Star Tribune reported yesterday that the Minnesota Department of Commerce “asked” PreferredOne to lower insurance rates in the MNsure exchange last year. The July 2013 letter referenced in the story reveals the company lowered rates twice in response to Commerce “objections.” PreferredOne ultimately agreed to lower rates by 37 percent from its initial proposal, which resulted in the company offering the lowest rates in the nation. Governor Dayton’s administration celebrated these low rates throughout the year, all of which helped dial down the political heat from MNsure’s botched rollout. “Now,” according to the Star Tribune, “those subscribers face an...
  • Obama administration considers mandatory quarantine

    10/24/2014 3:21:03 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 55 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 October 2014 | David Martosko
    The Obama administration is considering imposing a forced quarantine on healthcare workers who return to the United States from the Ebola hot zone of West Africa, after a New York doctor who treated patients there tested positive for the virus on Thursday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman Tom Skinner told Reuters on Friday that a mandatory quarantine is one possible plan under discussion by officials from across the administration. 'There are a number of options being discussed pertaining to the monitoring and mobility of healthcare workers who are returning to the United States from affected countries,' Skinner said.
  • Six in quarantine in Connecticut as U.S. steps up Ebola checks

    10/24/2014 5:23:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 23, 2014 | Richard Weizel
    Connecticut placed six West Africans who recently arrived in the United States under quarantine for possible Ebola exposure, a move that comes as the United States starts new restrictions on those coming from the countries hardest hit by the deadly virus. The family of six West Africans, who arrived Saturday and were planning to live in the United States, will be watched for 21 days, Connecticut state health authorities said Thursday. Officials have yet to say where the family came from. ... Ebola fears have also touched one of the world's most reclusive countries, North Korea, which will bar entry...
  • "Why I Will Not Submit To Medical Martial Law"

    10/23/2014 8:13:27 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 21 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 10/23/2014 | Tyler Durden, Brandon Smith
    Submitted by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market.com, One of the most dangerous philosophical contentions even amongst liberty movement activists is the conundrum of government force and prevention during times of imminent pandemic. All of us at one time or another have had this debate. If a legitimate viral threat existed and threatened to infect and kill millions of Americans, is it then acceptable for the government to step in, remove civil liberties, enforce quarantines, and stop people from spreading the disease? After all, during a viral event, the decisions of each individual can truly have a positive or negative effect on...
  • Official WHO Ebola toll near 5,000 with true number nearer 15,000

    10/23/2014 9:59:04 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu, Oct 23 00:08 AM BST | Tom Miles
    At least 4,877 people have died in the world's worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, and at least 9,936 cases of the disease had been recorded as of Oct. 19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, but the true toll may be three times as much. The WHO has said real numbers of cases are believed to be much higher than reported: by a factor of 1.5 in Guinea, 2 in Sierra Leone and 2.5 in Liberia, while the death rate is thought to be about 70 percent of all cases. That would suggest a toll of almost 15,000.
  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    08/10/2014 12:46:23 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 4,827 replies
    Free Republic Threads ^ | August 10, 2014 | Legion
    I have spent a little time compiling links to threads about the Ebola outbreak in the interest of having all the links in one thread for future reference. Please add links to new threads and articles of interest as the situation develops. Thank You all for you participation.
  • De Blasio forms task force on immigrant healthcare

    10/23/2014 12:08:15 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 13 replies
    http://www.capitalnewyork.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Gloria Pazmino
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking his health policy team to formulate a plan for how the administration can better reach immigrant communities and connect them to health care. Led by Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, the deputy mayor for health and human services, the new working group will submit a list of recommendations in the coming months, outlining a plan to better reach immigrants—both documented and undocumented—who are not eligible for traditional health care options like Medicaid and Medicare, nor insurance plans available through the Affordable Care Act.
  • The Current Ebola Strain: It’s Airborne Folks

    08/05/2014 6:15:51 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 301 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 8-5-14 | sundance
    The empirical evidence of an airborne Ebola Strain is overwhelming Hat Tip GWP - Patrick Sawyer was the American businessman, who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia, then collapsed after he got off a plane to Nigeria and died July 25. He was the first patient in Nigeria with the Ebola virus. The Nigerian authorities have refused to release the names of other passengers on the plane with Mr. Sawyer, or notify the media of their status.
  • U.S. Army warns of potential 'airborne' Ebola

    10/16/2014 10:29:54 PM PDT · by RC one · 14 replies
    WND ^ | 10/16/14 | Jerome Corsi
    U.S. Army warns of potential 'airborne' Ebola Virus could be transmitted by means other than contact NEW YORK – While Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization officials continue to insist Ebola cannot be transmitted by air from one person to another, an Army manual clearly warns the virus could be an airborne threat in certain circumstances. The handbook published by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, USAMRID, titled “USAMRID’s Medical Management of Biological Casualties Handbook,” is now in its seventh edition. The most recent edition was published in 2011, with more than 100,000 copies distributed...
  • Why Ebola Probably Won't Go Airborne

    10/06/2014 2:26:07 PM PDT · by blam · 62 replies
    BI ^ | 10-6-2014 | Kevin Loria
    Kevin LoriaOctober 6, 2014 The idea that Ebola could go airborne is terrifying. Once you are infected, few diseases are more likely to kill you — and death by hemorrhagic fever, diarrhea and vomiting often accompanied by bleeding and organ failure, sounds particularly awful. At present it's hard to get infected — healthcare workers and family members caring for victims are at highest risk — but that would change if the virus were to mutate so that it could be transmitted through the air while keeping its present lethality. That's a nightmare scenario. But it's more the stuff of bad...
  • A Promising Experimental Ebola Drug Goes Overlooked

    10/21/2014 12:05:50 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 14 replies
    Bloomberg Businessweek | October 20, 2014 | Paul M. Barrett
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  • Muslim Burial Practices Blamed for Spread of Ebola Virus

    10/21/2014 12:48:55 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 36 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-21-2014 | Jim Hoft
    <p>Muslim burial practices are being blamed for the spread of Ebola.</p> <p>Remains of Secretary General of The Nigeria Supreme General for Islamic Affairs and Seriki of Egbaland, Alhaji Lateeef Adegbite at his burial in 2012.</p> <p>Islam requires family members to personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. This practise is putting more Africans at risk to catch the disease that is spread by body fluids.</p>
  • Dentists Want To See Studies On Pot-Cavity Link (Weed is rotting teeth alert)

    10/20/2014 7:32:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 17, 2014
    Pot smoking — and its stereotypical associations like munching on carbohydrates and other treats — seems like it’d be your teeth’s worst enemy. And now some Colorado dentists are saying more research needs to be done on how smoking pot can affect dental health, including causing an increase in cavities. “We’ve been finding more cavities in our patients who are smoking more than a few times a week,” dental hygienist Julie Baukus at LoDo Dental says. The journal of the American Dental Association finds smoking marijuana can lead to abnormal growths and lesions inside the mouth. Some Colorado dentists are...
  • Texas Health Resources’ CEO Apologizes For Ebola Response

    10/19/2014 1:54:44 PM PDT · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 39 replies
    cbs.dfw ^ | 10/19/20114 | CBSDFW.COM
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Texas Health Resources CEO Barclay Berdan had a letter published in both The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Sunday editions apologizing for some aspects of the response of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to the first U.S. case of the Ebola virus. While expressing gratitude to the caregivers for their “dedication, compassion and tireless work” in caring for Ebola patients Thomas Eric Duncan, and Texas Health Presbyterian nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, who both contracted the virus at the hospital, Berdan acknowledges Texas Health Resources “made mistakes in handling this very difficult challenge.” Read...