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  • Republicans Seek to Reform Medicaid by Changing How It’s Funded

    05/21/2017 12:14:19 PM PDT · by Epoch Times · 5 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | May 18, 2017 | Stephen Gregory
    The success of any reform of U.S. health care will stand or fall with the provisions made for Medicaid. It has the most beneficiaries of any U.S health program, takes a sizable and increasing portion of federal and state budgets, and serves the most vulnerable among us—the indigent and the disabled. A few numbers give an idea of the size and cost of this giant program. Medicaid’s enrollment, at 71.6 million, is larger than the population of France and includes about 22 percent of the U.S. population. Combined federal and state spending on Medicaid in fiscal 2016 was $574.2 billion.
  • NY Times: Trump, Shouting 'Death Spiral,' Has Nudged Affordable Care Act Downward

    05/21/2017 5:10:23 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 20, 2017 | Robert Pear
    When Aetna, the health insurance giant, announced this month that it was pulling out of the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchange in Virginia in 2018, President Trump responded on Twitter: "Death spiral!" When Humana announced plans to leave all the health law's marketplaces next year, the president chimed in, "Obamacare continues to fail." Left unremarked on was a big reason for the instability: The Trump administration and Congress are rattling the markets. The administration's refusal to guarantee payment of subsidies to health insurance companies, the murky outlook for the Affordable Care Act in Congress and doubts about enforcement of the...
  • Obamacare -- You Would Think It is Working Boffo

    05/21/2017 5:03:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | May 21, 2017 | Bruce Bialosky
    Now that House Republicans have passed a revision/repeal of Obamacare, the Left has turned convulsive.  Predictions of bodies strewn on the streets and picked up on oxen-driven carts have been offered by elected officials who want us to take them seriously.  Let us review the current state of health insurance in America.What Obamacare did was six basic things: 1.     Provide that your child can be on your health insurance until the age of 26.  I am not sure why this is so wildly popular, if it truly is.  This is not Italy where young men live at home until they...
  • Tom Perez Bombs Speech, California Dem Chair Tells Protesters ‘Shut the [bleep] Up’

    05/20/2017 6:21:25 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 45 replies ^ | 05/20/17 | Michael Sainato
    <p>The rift within the Democratic Party was on full display at the California Democratic Party Convention on May 19 in Sacramento, California. Progressives joined members of National Nurses United, protesting the Democratic Party establishment’s refusal to support single payer healthcare system. Rather than follow through with Democratic rhetoric that healthcare is a human right, establishment Democrats have responded to voters by scolding and attacking them.</p>
  • Planned Parenthood Closing Facilities Because Customers are Going Elsewhere

    05/20/2017 6:03:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | May 20, 2017 | Kristan Hawkins
    While headlines blared today that four of IowaÂ’s 12 Planned Parenthoods are closing due to state cuts, thereÂ’s another story about the abortion giant shutting their doors in the Rocky Mountain region for an entirely other reason: lack of customers. Half of the Planned Parenthood facilities in New Mexico are closing plus the last facility in Wyoming, for a total of five throughout the Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains region. And the decision was not completely financial, like the Iowa closings claim to be.Meet Adrienne Mansanares, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains Chief Experience Officer, who unexpectedly is honest...
  • How Did This Happen?

    05/15/2017 5:17:03 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-15-17 | MOTUS
    Making America Great Again, Miss USA version:  The new Miss USA is a scientist at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and she knows a thing or two about dropping a bomb.Pageant winner Kara McCullough sent heads shaking Sunday night when she said affordable health care in America is a “privilege” instead of a “right.”McCullough, 25, who started the day as Miss District of Columbia, linked health care access to job creation, leaving the impression that people without a job are not entitled to coverage. - NY Daily News And she does NOT consider herself a feminist! She prefers the term “equalist,”...
  • The Bill To Permanently Fix Health Care For All

    05/14/2017 3:12:29 PM PDT · by upchuck · 51 replies
    The Market Ticker ^ | March 30, 2017 | Karl Denninger
    Let's lay out the parameters for a bill, a fairly-modest update to my two previous missives on this point here and here (note the dates) and which can be easily turned into formal legislative language: All providers must post, in their offices and on a public web site without any requirement to sign in or otherwise identify oneself to access it, a full and complete price list which shall apply to every person.  This instantly allows customers to compare pricing between providers for services and products in the medical realm. All customers must be billed for actual charges at the same price on...
  • Woman Attempts to Drive GOP Congressman Off Road Over Health Care Vote: Cops

    05/13/2017 8:22:05 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 33 replies ^ | May 12, 2017 | PHIL MCCAUSLAND
    A Tennessee woman, furious over a congressman's vote in support of the Republican health care bill, allegedly followed the lawmaker and then screamed at him and attacked his vehicle when he stopped driving, police said. Wendi Wright, a 35-year-old resident of Obion County, was charged with felony reckless endangerment after she purportedly tailed a car that Rep. David Kustoff, a Republican, and his aide Marianne Dunavant had taken from a town hall event Monday at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She was allegedly outraged over Kustoff's vote in support of the American Health Care Act. Her dogged pursuit of...
  • Andrew Sullivan: Defining Decency Down

    05/12/2017 8:55:34 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 6 replies
    Trevor Grant ^ | 5/11/2017 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    A word on Andrew Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan—a fake conservative—recently penned his displeasure with the GOP bill that (barely) repeals and replaces Obamacare. I know. No one should be surprised that an HIV-positive unrepentant homosexual who’s “married” to another man, and who once advertised for multiple-partner unprotected sex, is displeased with republican legislation on health care. Sullivan’s criticisms aren’t anything new, but he does provide an interesting look into the liberal mindset when it comes to the role of government and what is “decent.” Sullivan—in spite of living a life that is quite contradictory to both—has long claimed to be a...
  • Changing the Channel on Congress

    05/12/2017 5:01:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | May 12, 2017 | Michael Reagan
    I give up. Ten minutes after I started watching the Senate intelligence committee hearings Thursday morning, I got so frustrated I started looking for a good cartoon show. What's so aggravating about these staged Congressional hearings is that you know what the Republicans and the Democrats are going to say before you even turn on the TV. If it's healthcare reform, the right side says it's going to replace Obamacare with something that works - but then they can't sell their conservative ideas to the public and they don't have the courage to really try. Meanwhile, the left side says...
  • The 10 Most Important Players in Senate Health Care Reform

    05/12/2017 1:50:50 AM PDT · by davikkm · 7 replies
    breitbart ^ | SEAN MORAN
    The Senate will take up health care reform; here are some of the ten most influential players in the battle to reform health care: 10. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Mitch McConnell, as leader of the Senate, will have to balance the competing interests between the moderate and conservative wings of the chamber. Republicans enjoy a 52-seat majority in the Senate, meaning that McConnell could lose two votes and still let Vice President Mike Pence break the tie and pass the bill. McConnell convened a working group of 13 senators to write a Senate health care bill, rather than...
  • See Ya: Aetna To Completely Withdraw From Obamacare Markets Next Year

    05/11/2017 6:46:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 5/10/2017 | Matt Vespa
    Guy has written extensively on the death spiral of Obamacare. From rising premiums, loss of insurance, and health care companies feeling the financial squeeze, President Obama’s health care overhaul is crumbling. In North Carolina, Blue Cross Blue Shield, which is the state’s largest insurer that offers Obamacare plans to all of its 100 counties, says the financial losses have been immense. CEO Brad Wilson told The News and Observer in February of 2016: “In year one [2014], five percent of our ACA customers consumed $830 million in health care costs. That’s how much money went out of our door to...
  • American Healthcare: The Vexing Question of ‘Preexisting Conditions’

    05/11/2017 6:54:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/11/2017 | by MICHAEL TANNER
    As Senate Republicans prepare for their turn in the health-care meat grinder, it increasingly appears that the question of preexisting conditions will be toughest to address. This is an issue so fraught with emotion as to cry out for some straight talk. First, let’s be clear about whom we’re talking about when the conversation turns to preexisting conditions: people who are already sick or at high risk of becoming sick. Insurance is — or should be — about managing risk. We buy coverage to protect us against events that are unlikely to happen but would carry a catastrophic cost...
  • Is Australia’s Health Care Better than Ours? Let's Take a Peek Under the Hood

    05/11/2017 6:25:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/11/2017 | Brian C. Joondeph
    President Donald Trump in a recent press briefing with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced, “Of course the Australians have better healthcare than we do - everybody does.” On the heels of the House narrowly passing the first in many steps toward Obamacare repeal and replace, President Trump’s comment caused a bit of a stir, to say the least. MSNBC was all over it. Chris Hayes interviewed fellow socialist Senator Bernie Sanders who was giddy over Trump’s comment. “Thank you Mr. Trump for admitting that universal healthcare is the better way to go,’’ he crowed. Bernie laughed out loud...
  • Buffett: 'Medical costs are the tapeworm of American economic competitiveness'

    05/11/2017 5:48:52 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 5, 2017 | Julia La Roche
    Legendary investor Warren Buffett said that rising health care costs, not the tax system, is the number one problem that American businesses face. “If you go back to 1960, or thereabouts, corporate taxes were about 4% of GDP, I mean they bounced around some. And now, they’re about 2% of GDP,” Buffett said during Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.A) (BRK.B) annual shareholders meeting. “At that time, health care was 5% of GDP, and now it’s about 17% of GDP.” In Buffett’s view, this says a lot of what’s playing a bigger role in hindering business activity in the economy. “When American business...
  • Vanity: What's Going On (Adventures in Modern Medicine)

    05/10/2017 4:30:49 PM PDT · by OddLane · 15 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | May 10, 2017 | Gerard Perry
    I’m not the type, and this usually isn’t the place, for personally revelatory observations. Beyond my stances on some controversial political subjects, most of my readers-outside of a small circle of friends-know very little about my interior life. That’s why this post is such a departure from this website’s usual fare. I intend to write about some of my health problems which have hobbled me recently. I hope our audience will indulge me, if only out of morbid curiosity. Several months ago I noticed a grinding fatigue, which prompted me to seek medical attention. Over the past month this condition...
  • OSU Wexner CEO resigns over faculty concerns about leadership

    05/10/2017 8:08:51 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 2 replies
    Becker's Hospital Review ^ | May 10, 2017 | Anuja Vaidya
    Columbus-based Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center CEO Sheldon Retchin, MD, has resigned, following complaints about his leadership from the faculty. He is also stepping down from his position as executive vice president of health sciences at the medical center. Twenty-five Columbus-based Ohio State University College of Medicine physicians and professors signed a letter of "no confidence" in Dr. Retchin and his executive team at the beginning of May. The letter notes that 100 faculty members from the college of medicine express the same sentiments as the letter; however, not all signed it due to fear of retaliation. Soon after,...
  • Jimmy Kimmel is everything that's wrong with America's healthcare debate

    05/10/2017 7:41:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 05/10/2017 | by Philip Klein
    Thanks to Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy, the healthcare policy pronouncements of late night comic Jimmy Kimmel are back in the headlines. This is terrible news, because Kimmel's statements represent everything that is wrong about this nation's healthcare debate. For those just catching up, Kimmel's entrance into the world of healthcare punditry started earlier this month, when he discussed in emotional terms the birth of a newborn son with a heart condition, and the medical intervention necessary to save him. Now, it should be said at the outset that I'm sure that what Kimmel and his family went through was incredibly...
  • Proof That Those International Health Care Comparisons Are Bogus

    05/10/2017 4:51:49 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/9/2017 | John Merline
    Life expectancy can vary widely in the United States, depending on where you live. That's the finding of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study also shows something else that wasn't necessarily intended by the authors — namely, that all those claims about how the U.S. spends more money on health care and gets worse outcomes than any other industrialized nation are nonsense. Overall, the life expectancy at birth in the U.S. is 79.1 years (76.7 for men and 81.5 years for women), the JAMA study says. That's the number that countless reports about...
  • Jimmy Kimmel ‘Apologizes’ for Using Son’s Medical Crisis to Score Political Points

    05/09/2017 7:34:50 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies
    Big Hollywood (Breitbart) ^ | May 9, 2017 | Jerome Hudson
    Jimmy Kimmel returned to his late-night show after a week-long absence Monday, where he used his monologue to update his audience on the health of his newborn son and confront those who criticized his widely-watched monologue on the subject during a broadcast last week. The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host unloaded on Republican lawmakers in his first monologue back Monday, and called on Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La) to explain why “the vast majority of Republican politicians” are against Americans having health care coverage. But before that, Kimmel addressed the reaction he received after he made an emotional plea last week for...