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  • Red-state Democrats flirt with a brief government shutdown over coal miners’ health care

    12/09/2016 2:46:13 PM PST · by VanShuyten · 9 replies
    WaShington Post ^ | 12/9/2016 | Kelsey Snell
    Senate Democrats are appealing to the working-class white voters they lost to President-elect Donald Trump by threatening a short government shutdown over issues important to them. Red-state Democrats up for reelection in 2018 are forcing the standoff over the year-end spending bill to keep the government open — insisting on health-care benefits for retired coal miners and requiring the use of American steel in infrastructure projects.
  • Slavitt: 'no pride of authorship' with healthcare reform

    12/07/2016 4:38:55 PM PST · by spintreebob · 19 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | 2/7/2016 | Shelby Livingston
    Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt on Wednesday urged all lawmakers to improve on the progress made by the Affordable Care Act, rather than plunge the healthcare industry into chaos if the ACA is repealed and inadequately replaced, or isn't replaced at all. “There should be no pride of authorship,” Slavitt said. “If we can improve upon the things that were started in the ACA, we should do it. It doesn't matter if that comes from a Democrat. It doesn't matter if it comes from a Republican. I would encourage people on both sides of the aisle to say, 'Let's take...
  • Obama: We’ve Made Health Care ‘More Affordable for All Americans’

    12/03/2016 7:07:48 PM PST · by Rockitz · 125 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 3 Dec 2016 | Ian Hanchett
    During Saturday’s Weekly Address, President Obama touted the 21st Century Cures Act, and stated that over the last eight years we’ve made health care “more affordable for all Americans.” Transcript as Follows: “Hi, everybody. On the first day of my administration, I promised to restore science to its rightful place. I told you we would unleash American innovation and technology to tackle the health challenges of our time. Over the last eight years, we’ve delivered on that promise in many ways, both big and small — including, of course, providing health coverage to 20 million more Americans, and making health...
  • The return of the insurance company bailout (and this time it’s the GOP considering it)

    12/02/2016 12:21:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/02/2016 | John Sexton
    Republicans have a problem. Their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare won’t work unless they repeal first because Democrats will not be motivated to work on a replacement. However, since Republicans don’t have a replacement bill ready, it could be some time before a replacement, especially one that requires Democratic support, is in place. The current plan to solve this problem is being called repeal and delay, i.e. repeal Obamacare but phase it out over several years so Congress can work on the replacement.As Ed highlighted earlier today, repeal and delay has a big problem. Specifically, once the GOP...
  • How Cubans Live as Long as Americans at a Tenth of the Cost

    11/30/2016 8:26:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 11/30/2016 | James Hamblin
    On public-access TV in 1985, Bernie Sanders defended an element of Fidel Castro’s regime: It was rarely mentioned that Castro provided health care to his country. Sanders grumbled that the same could not be said of then-President Reagan. The comment came back to haunt Sanders in the wake of Castro’s death. On Sunday on ABC’s This Week, host Martha Raddatz played the old clip and then asked Sanders if he was aware that “this was a brutal dictatorship despite the romanticized version that some Americans have of Cuba.” She reminded Sanders that Castro rationed food and punished dissidents, then hit...
  • A solution for healthcare for all.

    11/30/2016 5:24:18 PM PST · by WENDLE · 36 replies
    Vanity ^ | 11/30/2016 | self
    I would like to put forward a comprehensive solution to heath care in this country. I invite fierce peer review because I'm just a Freeper like you. I have no apparition of truth. And, from this, many smarter than I, can build. I just see this working.
  • Trump Picks Anti-ObamaCare Tom Price to Head HHS

    11/29/2016 8:22:52 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 4 replies
    The New American ^ | 29 November 2016 | Warren Mass
    President-elect Donald Trump announced on November 29 that he will nominate Representative Tom Price (shown, R-Ga.) to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. Dr. Price, who has represented Georgia’s sixth district in the House since 2004, worked in private practice as an orthopedic surgeon for nearly 20 years before being elected to the Georgia State Senate.In announcing his selection, Trump said in a statement:[House Committee on the Budget] Chairman Price, a renowned physician, has earned a reputation for being a tireless problem solver and the go-to expert on healthcare policy, making him the ideal choice to serve in this...
  • A Battle to Change Medicare Is Brewing, Whether Trump Wants It or Not

    11/25/2016 5:14:55 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 36 replies
    NY Times ^ | Nov 25 2016 | NY Times
    WASHINGTON — Donald J. Trump once declared that campaigning for “substantial” changes to Medicare would be a political death wish. But with Election Day behind them, emboldened House Republicans say they will move forward on a years-old effort to shift Medicare away from its open-ended commitment to pay for medical services and toward a fixed government contribution for each beneficiary. The idea rarely came up during Mr. Trump’s march toward the White House, but a battle over the future of Medicare could roil Washington during his first year in office, whether he wants it or not.
  • Wood-selling US man, 80, inspires thousands

    11/23/2016 3:38:19 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 11 replies
    BBC News ^ | 23rd November | BBC news
    An online campaign to raise money for a US man trying to pay his late wife's medical bills by selling wood on the side of the road has raised almost $20,000 (Ł16,136) in just three days. Kenneth Smith, 80, spends hours a day standing on the roadside in Mississippi, selling bags of kindling. Last year, he was joined by Helen, his wife of more than 30 years, as they struggled to pay her medical expenses. After she died in October Mr Smith was left to raise the money by himself. Her two-year battle with lung cancer not only took large...
  • 1 million sign up for Obamacare for 2017 so far

    11/17/2016 6:48:15 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/16/16 | T Luhby
    Americans are still signing up for Obamacare, despite President-elect Trump's promise to repeal it soon after he takes office. More than one million people selected plans for 2017 on the federal exchange in the first 12 days of open enrollment, which began November 1, according to the Department of Health & Human Services. That is 53,000 more than in the comparable period a year ago. Administration officials are using enrollment data to promote the importance of Obamacare to Americans, trying to counter Republicans' assertions that it is pricey and broken.
  • Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes is a victim, venture capitalist Tim Draper says

    11/16/2016 1:02:01 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 6 replies
    CNBC ^ | November 15 2016 | Michelle Fox | @MFoxCNBC
    Embattled Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes is a victim who has been "totally attacked," venture capitalist Tim Draper told CNBC on Tuesday. Holmes has been under fire since a series of reports by The Wall Street Journal suggested the blood-testing start-up's testing devices were flawed. "Elizabeth Holmes is a great example of maybe why the women are so frustrated. She is a woman entrepreneur who built a fabulous company, did great things for consumers and she got attacked," the founding partner of Draper Associates and Draper Fisher Jurvetson said in an interview with "Closing Bell." "This is a great entrepreneur who...
  • GOP pushing budget limits on ObamaCare(It's going down)

    11/12/2016 1:15:31 PM PST · by conservativepoet · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/12/16 | Sarah Ferris
    Republicans are pushing the limits of Congress’s complex budget process to finish up an ObamaCare repeal bill in time for Donald Trump’s inauguration. The House Budget Committee could bring back its budget resolution from April – which never made it to the chamber floor – to deal an immediate blow to the president’s healthcare law after he leaves office. The unusual move is among several strategies under consideration to speed up legislation to repeal ObamaCare, which has been a central GOP campaign promise since 2010.
  • Paul Ryan wants Donald Trump to let him privatize Medicare, gut Obamacare

    11/11/2016 12:17:01 PM PST · by tekrat · 91 replies
    Salon ^ | 11/11/2016 | TAYLOR LINK
    House Speaker Paul Ryan has his eyes on privatizing Medicare. The Wisconsin Republican leader, who has long expressed his disapproval of the Affordable Care Act, will also be the leading voice in health-care reform. “What people don’t realize is that Medicare is going broke, that Medicare is going to have price controls. Because of Obamacare, Medicaid is in fiscal straits,” Ryan said in an interview with Fox News Thursday. “So you have to deal with those issues if you’re going to repeal and replace Obamacare. Medicare has got some serious problems because of Obamacare. Those things are part of our plan to replace Obamacare.”
  • Franken: Americans Should Blame Republicans for Rising Obamacare Premiums

    11/10/2016 8:04:47 PM PST · by kevcol · 63 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 10, 2016 | Madeleine Weast
    Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.) blamed Republicans for the major premiums hikes under Obamacare set to hit next year while speaking with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday. . . . “The people they should be mad at, really, are Republican officeholders who refused to do anything other than vote to repeal the [Affordable Care Act],” he said.
  • With ObamaCare Collapsing, What Do We Do Next?

    11/10/2016 10:09:15 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 79 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 10, 2016 | By Steve Forbes
    WITH THE OBAMACARE exchanges collapsing and millions of people being battered by ghastly increases in health insurance premiums, what’s to be done? Forgetting that socialism doesn’t work–never mind that it’s deeply immoral–Democrats are addicted to the idea of government-dominated health care. They see ObamaCare’s terminal crisis as the perfect opportunity to realize their age-old ambition of socialized medicine, hence the current mouthing of such slogans as “a single-payer system,” “Medicare for all” and the offer to consumers of “a public option,” i.e., subsidized policies from a health insurance company run by Uncle Sam. Republicans should be ready with proposals that...
  • One-Third of Veterans’ Calls to VA Suicide Hotline Go Unanswered [lazy feds can't be fired]

    11/07/2016 1:41:50 PM PST · by grundle · 20 replies
    Law Firm Newswire ^ | November 7, 2016
    Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) - Frontline staff are failing to answer more than one-third of calls to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) suicide hotline. Former hotline director Greg Hughes pointed out that poor work habits, low productivity and other departmental issues were to blame. Several weeks prior to leaving his job in June, Hughes sent an internal email saying workers “spend very little time on the phone or engaged in assigned productive activity.” Some Veterans Crisis Line employees answer under five calls per day. They also end their shifts early despite the sharp rise in the volume of...
  • CNN: Obamacare Unaffordable For The Middle Class

    11/06/2016 8:48:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    Guy has written extensively on the policy trainwreck that is the Affordable Care Act. It is a complete nightmare, with double-digit premium spikes about to hit the nation (on average) next year. ThatÂ’s a Tomahawk missile strike to most home budgets, especially those in AmericaÂ’s middle class. An ironic twist since Obamacare was supposed to help this economic demographic, which now finds itself being more squeezed by this law. Even CNN Money noted that Obamacare is turning into another government program that helps predominantly lower income Americans. Simply put, the law isnÂ’t affordable. Republicans have known this. Minnesota Democratic Gov....
  • The Single Issue on Which You Should Cast Your Vote - Obamacare

    10/30/2016 7:45:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 30, 2016 | Bruce Bialosky
    We are almost there, folks! November 8th will end this miserable election cycle and determine our fate for the next four years. If you have not already voted and are still thinking about which presidential candidate or party to support, you should focus like a laser on the one issue of the many important ones in this election: Obamacare. Unfortunately, as this election focused more on personal characteristics and irrelevant comments, the principal legislation of the past eight years has been largely ignored as an election issue. While the plan continues to alter the healthcare landscape in a major...
  • Schneider: Obamacare fans want you to pay to fix their mistakes

    10/30/2016 6:42:40 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 1 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 30 oct 2016 | Christian Schneider
    On a new episode of Netflix’s futuristic sci-fi show “Black Mirror,” (warning: mild spoilers ahead) the British government devises a way to mitigate the environmental damage done when bees become extinct. A secret department creates tiny mechanical, self-replicating bees that distribute pollen, allowing flowers to flourish and the ecosystem to continue on unimpeded. That is, until a devious programmer learns to hack the bees, wreaking havoc and terror on the public. “The government is a (expletive),” says the episode’s protagonist, played by the wonderful Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald. “We knew that already.” Of course, in real life, we have not...
  • Ebola Czar Vanishes from Democracy Alliance Website Ron Klain no longer listed as a trustee

    10/20/2014 3:08:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/20/14
    Third Way, a progressive think tank with ties to the Democracy Alliance, has removed newly appointed Ebola czar Ron Klain from its website, following a Washington Free Beacon report. The Free Beacon reported Friday on Klain’s status as a trustee for Third Way, and his past experience lobbying on behalf of a drug company that was accused of denying life-saving drugs to dying cancer patients. The choice of Klain to head the administration’s emergency response to Ebola was criticized as a political move. Klain is a political operative with no medical experience and a former advisor to former Vice President...
  • WH Press Secretary: You Can Avoid Paying Penalties If You

    10/30/2016 1:27:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 29, 2019 | Matt Vespa
    Obamacare premiums are going through the roof, which is one of the main problems plaguing President ObamaÂ’s heath care law. Donald Trump has taken a swipe at the deductibles from the plans offered under the bill, saying theyÂ’re so high that youÂ’d need to get hit by a Komatsu tractor in order benefit from the law. With Obamacare falling apart, more Americans are opting to pay the penalty to remain uninsured since itÂ’s more economical to take a risk than pay monthly premiums that are simply torpedoing home budgets. Health insurance companies werenÂ’t expecting to cover this many claims and...
  • Overnight Healthcare: (Gruber) Calls for stiffer ObamaCare penalties

    10/29/2016 4:20:31 AM PDT · by Libloather · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/26/16 | Sarah Ferris
    The panic over ObamaCare premiums is putting new focus on the individual mandate and how much people should pay when they don't obey it. Under current law, the penalty for being uninsured is 2.5 percent of a person's taxable income or $695 -- whichever is greater. Jonathan Gruber, a key ObamaCare adviser, declared Wednesday that he thinks that penalty needs to be greater. In an interview with CNN, Gruber pointed directly to the penalties when asked what part of the law he would change if he could go back. "I think probably the most important thing experts would agree is...
  • (Vanity) 67% increase in my health insurance premium

    10/27/2016 4:28:40 PM PDT · by Former MSM Viewer · 37 replies
    10/27/2016 | Self
    Just got my renewal for Blue Cross here in Texas. A 67% increase and deductible raised from $6000 to $6500.
  • Question for Freepers about Christian Health Ministries

    10/27/2016 1:19:32 PM PDT · by Alberta's Child · 44 replies
    Alberta's Child | 10/27/16 | Self
    Sorry for the vanity, folks, but I'm looking for some input from Freepers who are members of one of the Christian health-sharing ministries I've heard advertised on the radio. I'm in the application process for an individual medical insurance plan, and I just learned that I'm not eligible for a mid-year enrollment because I don't have a "qualifying life event" under Federal law. At first I thought I would just need to cover a two-month gap in my insurance coverage between November 1st of this year and January 1st of next year when I'll be eligible through open enrollment, but...
  • Health Law Tax Penalty? I’ll Take It, Millions Say

    10/26/2016 9:11:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 82 replies
    New York Times ^ | OCT. 26, 2016 | ROBERT PEAR
    The architects of the Affordable Care Act thought they had a blunt instrument to force people — even young and healthy ones — to buy insurance through the law’s online marketplaces: a tax penalty for those who remain uninsured. It has not worked all that well, and that is at least partly to blame for soaring premiums next year on some of the health law’s insurance exchanges. The full weight of the penalty will not be felt until April, when those who have avoided buying insurance will face penalties of around $700 a person or more. But even then that...
  • The worst of ObamaCare is yet to come

    10/26/2016 3:32:58 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 25, 2016
    Word that ObamaCare premiums will soar 25 percent in the 39 states that operate off the federal healthcare.gov system is only the tip of the iceberg: The so-called Affordable Care Act is inflicting damage all across America's health-care sector - with no end in sight. Just as critics warned from the start. [Snip] Still ahead: Budget crises in the states that accepted temporary federal bribes to massively expand their Medicaid rolls. More premium hikes on the exchanges, as ever fewer healthy people sign up for coverage - prompting even lower enrollment, and more price hikes, in a sharp "death spiral."...
  • The truth about those rising health insurance premiums

    10/25/2016 7:03:01 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | October 25, 2016 | Timothy Jost
    (CNN) — On November 1, the Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplaces will open for their fourth open enrollment period. On Monday, Healthcare.gov, the federal marketplace serving 39 states, pulled back the curtains to allow consumers to window shop for 2017 plans. As it did so, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a report analyzing the premiums consumers will have to pay for 2017 marketplace coverage and the coverage choices they will have available. The HHS report documents what has already been widely reported -- that after two years of moderate premium increases (2% for 2015 and...
  • Hillary sang a different tune when the health care industry was paying her to speak

    10/25/2016 5:26:15 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/25/16 | Dan Calabrese
    It's almost as if her principles . . . can be bought Just a reminder: You can’t believe a word that comes out of Hillary’s mouth. You knew that, of course. Just about everyone has known that for a very long time. What I still can’t quite work out is why anyone would pay serious money to hear her say something thaat they have to know isn’t worth the index cards it’s written on. How dumb would you have to be to do that? Pro tip: Don’t get sick. The health care industry is chock full of geniuses who actually...
  • 2017 Healthcare.gov premiums up 25 pct

    10/25/2016 2:53:16 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 9 replies
    yahoo ^ | 10-24-2016 | Caroline Humer, Clarke, Grebler, Matthew Lewis
    Oct 24 (Reuters) - The average premium for benchmark 2017 Obamacare insurance plans sold on Healthcare.gov rose 25 percent compared with 2016, the U.S. government said on Monday, the biggest increase since the insurance first went on sale in 2013 for the following year. The average monthly premium for the benchmark plan is rising to $302 from $242 in 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services said. The agency attributed the large increase to insurers adjusting their premiums to reflect two years of cost data that became available.
  • ObamaCare Is About to Get Way, Way More Expensive

    10/24/2016 2:37:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 24, 2016
    Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That will stoke another “Obamacare” controversy days before a presidential election. Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Some states will see much bigger jumps, others less.
  • Obamacare Premiums Up When Does the Death Spiral Blow Up?

    10/21/2016 7:47:03 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 6 replies
    Obamacare premiums are skyrocketing out of sight. A jump of a mere 30% looks like a good deal compared to jumps of over 50% in six states, and 93% in New Mexico. Congratulations are in order for those living in a handful of states whose premiums only rose 20%.
  • Obama Calls For Public Option, Which He Once Hedged Against

    10/21/2016 6:42:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 20, 2016 | Ali Rogin
    President Barack Obama pushed today to renew focus on a so-called “public option” in the insurance marketplace -- a popular item among progressives, but one Obama publicly hedged against during negotiations leading to the passage of his signature health care law. In a speech in Miami, Obama said the public option would “give folks more options in those places where there’s just not enough insurers to compete.” But the president did not mention how during the 2009 negotiations over what’s now known as Obamacare the White House used the public option as a bargaining chip -- dropping it as a...
  • Hillary’s Plot Against America

    10/21/2016 4:17:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 21, 2016 | Ed Lasky
    Recent news and leaks make it clear that a plot is afoot. A smoking gun has been found. Republicans are committing political malpractice by not making it clear they are the last line of defense. ObamaCare is imploding, as was widely predicted upon its passage by Republicans and a range of non-partisan experts. The ObamaCare meltdown is even worse than we thought. Bloomberg News recently: A growing number of people in Obamacare are finding out their health insurance plans will disappear from the program next year, forcing them to find new coverage even as options shrink and prices rise. At...
  • ObamaCare Enrollees Face A Rude Awakening In Two Weeks

    10/19/2016 4:10:13 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 49 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/18/2016 | Staff
    Health Care: President Obama once told the country that ObamaCare was a "great product." When open enrollment for ObamaCare begins on Nov. 1, millions of Americans will discover just how big a lie this was. Although the mainstream press has largely ignored it during this election in favor of wall-to-wall coverage of Donald Trump's alleged misdeeds, ObamaCare is absolutely coming unglued. When the exchanges open for business in two weeks, people looking for insurance there will find far fewer choices, sky-high premiums and lower-quality plans. A recent analysis by Bloomberg found that because insurance companies have bailed out of so...
  • Phila. area faces hefty increases in Affordable Care Act rates

    10/17/2016 4:09:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer via Philly.com ^ | October 17, 2016 — 6:06 PM EDT | Harold Brubaker
    Because of market turmoil and decisions by United Healthcare and Aetna to withdraw from Affordable Care Act exchanges in Pennsylvania for 2017, the remaining insurer in the Philadelphia area, Independence Blue Cross, has been granted bigger rate increase — 28 percent — than it requested in the spring, the state Insurance Department said Monday. Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller said additional companies beyond United and Aetna were considering ending their ACA individual-exchange businesses in Pennsylvania. If that happened, some counties might have been left without any offerings on the exchange, which is where individuals have to buy plans to qualify for...
  • Iranian grad student at Georgia Tech burns self with Molotov cocktail, media yawns

    02/28/2014 9:54:43 AM PST · by servo1969 · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2-28-2014 | Jim Treacher
    As you read the following, keep in mind that this happened three weeks ago. The only reason I know about it is because Glenn Reynolds linked to it this morning.WXIA in Atlanta, Feb. 5: The FBI says a Georgia Tech graduate student was burned by a Molotov cocktail at his apartment in the 200 block of 10th Street, not far from Piedmont Park. Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said Saamer Akhshabi suffered third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body. Lighter fluid and a charred pillow and mattress were found inside the apartment, along with the Molotov cocktail and several...
  • The Uninsured: Access to Medical Care Fact Sheet

    10/15/2016 2:08:02 PM PDT · by GilGil · 19 replies
    Newsroom.acep.org ^ | 10/15/2016 | Staff
    Main Points Emergency care is the safety net of the nation’s health care system, caring for everyone, regardless of ability to pay. [i] Emergency physicians provide the most uncompensated care for uninsured and underinsured patients of all physicians.[ii] America’s emergency departments are under severe stress, facing soaring demands. They are essential to every community and must have adequate resources. Having health insurance does not mean you have access to medical care... Q. How do undocumented immigrants in the U.S. who are uninsured affect emergency care? Most undocumented immigrants are unable to obtain health insurance and this means many are unable...
  • Democratic and Republican physicians provide different care on politicized health issues

    10/14/2016 3:14:12 PM PDT · by NelsTandberg · 6 replies
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ^ | 3 October, 2016 | Hersh & Goldenberg
    Significance Political beliefs have been shown to spill over into nonpolitical domains, such as consumer spending, choice of romantic partner, and job hiring. Our evidence suggests that political beliefs predict the professional decisions of primary care physicians. On politicized health issues, like marijuana and abortion, physicians' partisan identity is highly correlated with their treatment decisions. Because physicians regularly interact with patients on politically sensitive health issues and because the medical profession is increasingly politicized (e.g., state governments are regulating politicized aspects of medicine), it is necessary to understand how doctors’ own political worldviews may impact their actions in the medical...
  • Republican commentator David Frum loses job after criticizing GOP health-care strategy

    03/25/2010 3:08:38 PM PDT · by freespirited · 88 replies · 2,986+ views
    Wapo ^ | 03/25/10 | Howie Kurtz
    Three days after calling health-care reform a debacle for the Republicans, David Frum was forced out of his job at the American Enterprise Institute on Wednesday. The ouster also came one day after a harsh Wall Street Journal editorial about the former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, which said that he "now makes his living as the media's go-to basher of fellow Republicans" and accused him of "peddling bad revisionist history." Frum made clear in a letter to AEI President Arthur Brooks that his departure after seven years at the conservative think tank was not voluntary. "I have had...
  • Gov. Dayton Declares Affordable Care Act ‘No Longer Affordable’ [Dem. Gov.!!]

    10/12/2016 6:06:18 PM PDT · by Enchante · 20 replies
    AP via CBS Minnesota ^ | October 12, 2016 | AP Staff
    Wednesday that the Affordable Care Act is “no longer affordable” for many, a stinging critique from a state leader who strongly embraced the law and proudly proclaimed health reform was working in Minnesota just a few years ago.... ....The state scrambled to stop all seven companies that sell insurance directly to consumers or through the state exchange, MNsure, from fleeing for 2017, but the state’s largest insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, is still exiting. Health care insurance shoppers will see premium increases that range from 50 percent to 67 percent on their plans for next year.
  • Medicare Access CHIP Reauth Act MACRA

    10/11/2016 7:40:23 AM PDT · by spintreebob · 4 replies
    Fewer than half of physicians are aware of the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), and most of those who do know about it probably wish it would go away. Nevertheless, this law will determine how Medicare reimburses doctors, starting in 2019. ... CMS won’t release its final MACRA rule ... CMS recenty changed the timeline ...
  • Bank of America has a recession warning that's downright 'scary' (Wall St & MSM pivot on Hillary)

    10/10/2016 12:56:12 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 57 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 10/09/2016 | Stephanie Landsman
    <p>Bank of America has a recession warning that's downright 'scary'</p> <p>There's a chilling trend in the market, and it could wreak havoc on your portfolio, a top market watcher said.</p> <p>"We are seven years into a full-fledged, all out, central bankers doing everything they can to stimulate demand," Bank of America-Merrill Lynch's head of U.S. equity and quantitative strategy Savita Subramanian recently warned on CNBC's " Fast Money ."</p>
  • Cadavers Explode in Venezuela's Neglected Morgues

    10/10/2016 1:06:40 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 9 replies
    PanAm Post ^ | October 7, 2016 | Orlando Avendańo
    Wednesday October 5, several patients of the University Hospital Antonio Patricio de Alcalá (Huapa) had to evacuate after a body exploded in the morgue after two days of decomposition. The incident was reportedly caused by faulty storage facilities. “It’s not the first time that a body exploded,” said one worked. “It has already occurred two times since the middle of September. We don’t use formaldehyde here, so the preparation of the bodies is in the hand of the funerary. There are no disinfectants or chlorine either.”
  • Obama Administration Is Willing to Break the Law to Save Obamacare

    10/06/2016 1:22:28 AM PDT · by detective · 50 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | / October 04, 2016 | Paul Winfree
    President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is failing and his administration will go to seemingly any length to prop it up. You know the famous quote from “Animal Farm” that “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others?” This was George Orwell’s attempt to point out the hypocrisy that many politicians preach equality, but then give favors to only a few. Well, for the Obama administration, it turns out that the health insurance companies participating in Obamacare happen to be “more equal” than taxpayers—even to the point where the administration is willing to break the...
  • Amendment 69 will help Colorado Boom Economically. Vote Yes on amendment 69.

    10/06/2016 1:10:19 AM PDT · by benfranklinthomasjefferson · 23 replies
    Harvard Health Program ^ | 10/6/2016 | jim davis
    Dr. Hsiao has set up a lot of countries medical systems. He has spent his entire life studying health care. You can see the perverse economic incentives. A market system would have. 1- price competition 2- consumer sovereignty 3- free entry and exit of suppliers We currently have problems with 1- Insurance and adverse selection 2- Providers can induce demand One thing is clear, though: market competition engenders much higher transaction and administrative costs. Furthermore, genuine competition requires excess supply. Most people want a free market system. However, we have to be honest. There is real market failure. In healthcare,...
  • The real reason the Clintons - and the New York Times - are suddenly trashing ObamaCare

    10/04/2016 12:17:35 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/04/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Hint: They don't care about your healthcare in the least. • Impossible to argue otherwise • Pivot Toward Single Payer This morning, Dan discussed a recent Bill Clinton speech in which the former President trashed Obamacare as a “crazy” system which hurts small business. In case you haven’t seen the clips, seen below. So, if they’re admitting what conservatives said all along - that ObamaCare is an unworkable mess - you have to ask why. Here’s the answer:
  • JUST SAY “NO” IN NOVEMBER – AMENDMENT 69

    10/04/2016 10:01:22 AM PDT · by Sheapdog · 7 replies
    To Advance Freedom ^ | September 16, 2016 | By Richard D. Turnquist
    lead this series of commentaries on the nine initiatives to be decided. It’s A Terrible Idea Last year, when Amendment 69 was validated for the ballot, I heard anecdotal stories about how the proponents gathered signatures by asking people if they wanted to opt-out of Obamacare. Because Obamacare is loathed by all except progressive partisans, that seemed like an attractive alternative. Sadly, this was a misdirection because while Amendment 69 would be made possible through an Affordable Care Act waiver, it is opting out of a bad system in favor of a worse system. If passed, Amendment 69 would be...
  • Dems turn on ObamaCare amid premium hikes, Bill Clinton laments ‘crazy system’

    10/04/2016 9:12:00 AM PDT · by Arcy · 60 replies
    FoxNews ^ | October 4, 2016 | FoxNews
    Bill Clinton, on the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton, told voters in Michigan on Monday that the legislation has created a “crazy system” where millions more people have health care but those unable to qualify for subsidies are getting “killed.” “The people … out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half,” Clinton said. “It’s the craziest thing in the world.”
  • BILL CLINTON ON OBAMACARE: “IT’S THE CRAZIEST THING IN THE WORLD”

    10/04/2016 2:27:01 AM PDT · by Enchante · 22 replies
    Powerline ^ | October 3, 2016 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    BILL CLINTON ON OBAMACARE: “IT’S THE CRAZIEST THING IN THE WORLD” Bill Clinton ripped Obamacare during a campaign rally for his wife in Michigan today. Calling Obamacare, “a crazy system” and “the craziest thing in the world,” the former president said “it doesn’t many any sense; the insurance model doesn’t work here.” Clinton went on to say that Obamacare “works fine” for people with “modest” incomes or who are eligible for government subsidies, but “the people that are getting killed in this deal are small business people and individuals who make just a little too much to get any of...
  • Vaccines Regulators: Doctor concocts vaccines with cat saliva, vodka

    09/29/2016 7:14:42 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/29/2016
    Vaccines Regulators: Doctor concocts vaccines with cat saliva, vodka Published September 29, 2016 Associated Press Illinois regulators on Wednesday suspended the license of a suburban Chicago doctor who allegedly gave patients modified vaccinations containing cat saliva and vodka. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation ordered the emergency action in the interest of public safety, according to paperwork signed by Acting Director Jessica Baer. After hearing complaints from health care providers that children were getting unapproved oral versions of childhood shots from Dr. Ming Te Lin, investigators visited Lin's Flossmoor practice. They found a cluttered, unsterile office and "a...