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  • How Obamacare subsidies could impact your tax refund

    08/25/2014 9:10:45 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    cbs news ^ | 8-25-2014
    Taxpayers accustomed to filing a simplified 1040EZ will not be able to do so if they received health insurance tax credits this year. Some highlights: -- You may have heard that the IRS cannot use liens and levies to collect the law's penalty on people who remain uninsured. But there is no limitation on collection efforts in cases where consumers got too big a tax credit. If your refund isn't large enough to cover the repayment, you will have to write the IRS a check. "They are not messing around," Brandes said. For families, the cap is double the amount...
  • Health-care fears loom large in gay marriage cases

    08/25/2014 2:30:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 25, 2014 12:59 AM EDT | Rick Callahan
    When Niki Quasney felt a piercing pain in her ribcage in March, the oncologist treating her advanced ovarian cancer told her to get to an emergency room immediately. But instead of making the short drive to a hospital near her home in Munster, Indiana, she drove alone for more than 40 minutes to one in neighboring Illinois. Quasney said she was “terrified” her local hospital might not allow her and her partner of more than 13 years, whom she wed last year in another state, to be together if she suffered a health emergency. Quasney and her partner, Amy Sandler,...
  • Half of all New Mexicans now on Medicaid and Medicare

    08/23/2014 5:47:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Albuquerque Business First ^ | Aug 22, 2014 | Dennis Domrzalski
    Since October, 155,000 New Mexico residents have joined the state’s Medicaid rolls, pushing total enrollment to more than 630,000, or nearly a third of the state’s population. On top of that, 410,000 New Mexicans are enrolled in Medicare, the federal health care program for the elderly. Together, total enrollment in those two federal programs are more than 1 million, or half of the state’s 2.1 million population. ... “It’s shocking, and when you add that to the outmigration of people and the lack of economic growth, it’s almost an incentive to stay poor,” said retired University of New Mexico economics...
  • Let’s Privatize Medicare

    08/23/2014 5:39:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 23, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Paul Ryan proposed a private health insurance alternative to Medicare for future retirees, liberal critics pounced. It’s another scheme to undermine health care for the elderly by “privatizing” and “voucher-izing” the program, they said.Yet, almost one third of seniors are already in private health insurance plans. They are called Medicare Part C, or Medicare Advantage, plans. And you would be hard pressed to find any Democratic office holder who wants to abolish them. The reason? Seniors choose to be in these plans because they like them better than traditional Medicare.Not only do seniors like them, but they appear to provide...
  • Are Republicans Abandoning the Obamacare Issue? Doubtful

    08/22/2014 10:53:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    In a bit of dubious cherry-picking, a new Bloomberg article concludes that the Affordable Care Act is losing its effectiveness as a political issue for Republicans and is diminishing as a major issue. How do we know the end is near-ish? Well, so many Americans are "benefiting from the law," theorizes Heidi Przybyla, that political ads are simply not doing the job anymore. This news is somewhat unexpected -- and unpersuasive -- when you consider that a Kaiser Family Foundation poll recently found that only 15 percent of Americans believe Obamacare has directly helped them, whereas 28 percent say it...
  • Why Is Obama Hiding ObamaCare Enrollment Data?

    08/20/2014 3:38:04 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 8/19/2014 | IBD Staff
    Cooking The Books: It's been 110 days since the last "monthly" report on ObamaCare enrollment, when the president bragged that 8 million had signed up. What are they hiding? Since then, the administration's claim that 8 million enrolled for health care through an ObamaCare exchange has looked increasingly dubious. A Government Accountability Office report found that the enrollment numbers were unreliable because they haven't been reconciled with industry data. Insurers say that as many as one in five of those who signed up didn't pay their first premiums...
  • First study shows inhaled bacteria in your shower could trigger Crohn's disease

    08/19/2014 3:30:59 PM PDT · by Armen Hareyan · 4 replies
    EmaxHealth.com ^ | 2014-08-16 | Kathleen Blanchard
    ISIS has posted a video, claiming that they have beheaded American journalist James Foley of Rochester, New Hampshire. They say that he was beheaded by the terror group in order to dissuade the United States from its involvement in Iraq. Foley has been missing since 2012. A Middle Eastern radio station’s reporter, Zaid Benjamin, has posted pictures to Twitter. Reportedly, the photos are from the video that ISIS posted. Zaid Benjamin, the Washington correspondent for Radio Sawa, said that the location of the beheading is unknown, but he did say that he thought the accent of the man in the...
  • [Virginia] Gov. McAuliffe’s Healthcare Plan May Push Budget to $2.4B Shortfall

    08/17/2014 3:32:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 03:00 AM | Kathryn Watson
    Virginia’s bleak financial outlook just got gloomier. Gov. Terry McAuliffe told members of the joint state House and Senate money committees on Friday that Virginia is projected to rake in $2.4 billion less than it’s budgeted to spend during a three-year period. […] Even as he emphasized that cuts need to be made, however, he also made another thing clear—he’s going to find a way to expand healthcare options for Virginia’s poor, and he’s ready to use the power of his executive office to do so. …
  • While Vets Died, VA Wasted $400 Million on Green Energy

    08/15/2014 11:11:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Front page ^ | August 15, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    the insane ways that the VA focused on solar energy and wind towers over vets. Three years before Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki would be forced out of his job because of the veterans who had died under him, he visited the Massachusetts National Cemetery. He wasn’t there to see the men and women who had died because of him. While vets were dying, Obama and Shinseki had turned their attention to something truly important; seeing to it that all the cemeteries where they were being buried had wind or solar power. ... The cemetery turbine had cost $533,000....
  • Fox News poll: Slim (?!) majority (52% to 41%) continues to oppose ObamaCare

    08/14/2014 4:51:41 PM PDT · by Innovative · 25 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Dan Blanton
    the latest Fox News national poll finds voters oppose the law by a 52-41 percent margin. As in the past, the new poll shows that most Democrats favor Obamacare (74 percent), while most Republicans (84 percent) and independents (61 percent) are against it. Voters in every age group are more likely to oppose the law than favor it, with one exception: those ages 65 and over. And that group only favors it by two percentage points. President Obama receives higher job approval ratings on health care than on almost any other issue: 42 percent of voters approve, while 53 percent...
  • Electronic Health Records Becoming More Widespread, HHS Says

    08/14/2014 12:19:30 PM PDT · by briankoe · 9 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 8/14/14 | Brian Koenig
    According to two new studies published Wednesday by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. physicians and hospitals are rapidly increasing the use of electronic health records (EHRs). The two studies found that in 2013: •Nearly 78 percent of office-based physicians acknowledged they had implemented some form of EHR system. •About half of all physicians had an EHR system with advanced functionalities, nearly double the rate of four years before. •About 59 percent of hospitals had an EHR system with advanced functionalities, nearly quadruple the rate of two years before. The HHS claims that...
  • Australian Hospital Accidentally Declares 200 Patients Dead (Future of ACA?)

    08/14/2014 10:16:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Aug 14, 2014
    An Australian hospital apologized on Thursday after mistakenly sending out death notices for 200 of its - very much alive - patients. Austin Hospital, in Australia's second most populous city of Melbourne, erroneously killed off the patients when it faxed death notices to their family doctors.
  • A Direct Marketer Gags on Obamacare

    08/12/2014 8:58:12 AM PDT · by Sgt_Schultze · 6 replies
    Target Marketing Magazine ^ | 12 august 2014 | Denny Hatch
    - snip - • In order to be successful, the Affordable Care Act must tie into Social Security and operate under the hugely efficient Medicare model. • You cannot expect consumers to make informed buying decisions based on 60 pages of choices presented in legalese gobbledygook. My bet: The nerds and analysts who ran the numbers on Obamacare never had experience with attrition. • For universal health care to work, Medicare.gov must take over all operations. Despite the built-in quagmire, 8 million scared consumers rolled the dice and signed on to Obamacare. • A majority in Congress wants Obamacare repealed...
  • British Smokers Being Denied Treatment by State-Run Healthcare Service

    08/11/2014 3:20:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 91 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 8/11/2014 | David Atherton
    Scotland's second largest health board, NHS Lothian, will not be giving further treatment to smokers for non-urgent cases, with referrals from GPs being refused. Dr. Zahid Raza said: "In Edinburgh, we will not see patients at the clinic that are still smoking. Evidence shows that they would not do well with the treatment." He also went onto say: "We try to avoid intervention and, in around 80 percent of cases, a smoker’s condition will improve just simply by stopping smoking and smoking other lifestyle changes."Dr Jean Turner of the Scotland Patients Association said that she was "extremely disappointed", adding: "I'm...
  • ObamaCare Enrollment Is Shrinking, Top Insurers Say

    08/11/2014 2:15:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    IBD ^ | 08/11/2014 | Jed Graham
    Aetna's (NYSE:AET) ObamaCare exchange statistics should clear up any doubt as to why the Obama Administration has been tight-lipped about enrollment since celebrating 8 million sign-ups in mid-April. Reality, evidence suggests, could require quite a come-down from those lofty claims. The nation's third-largest health insurer had 720,000 people sign up for exchange coverage as of May 20, a spokesman confirmed to IBD. At the end of June, it had fewer than 600,000 paying customers. Aetna expects that to fall to "just over 500,000" by the end of the year. That would leave Aetna's paid enrollment down as much as 30%...
  • What Kind Of Health Care System Do You Want?

    08/08/2014 9:19:40 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/8/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    Reforming health care is a signature issue with the current administration, but even the most ardent proponents of Obamacare would be reluctant to call it a success. Notwithstanding the well-publicized problems, of the countless billions spent on this program, precious little has gone into actual patient care. But really, what should we expect from a system designed by soulless bureaucrats such as “bioethicist” Ezekiel Emanuel and Donald Berwick, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services? Emanuel infamously suggested that doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously, while Berwick intoned that the federal government must step in between...
  • 7 months later, many still can't use Washington health coverage (ongoing Obamacare disaster alert)

    08/07/2014 8:16:48 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 9 replies
    AP ^ | August 6, 2014 | Donna Gordon Blankinship
    Seven months after major glitches in the Washington health exchange were discovered, authorities acknowledge that thousands of state residents still don't have insurance they can use to go to the doctor or fill a prescription. [Snip] Some people aren't being properly credited by the exchange for their insurance payments. In some cases, money and information has been lost somewhere between the exchange and the insurance companies. And some people have been told by their doctors that the insurance company has no record of their coverage.
  • ObamaCare's Inconvenient Truth

    08/07/2014 7:05:48 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 08/06/2014 | IBD Staff
    Care Deniers: A news story from National Public Radio — of all places — shows the danger of equating health care insurance with health care access, as doctors start to turn away patients bearing ObamaCare cards. The article quotes Connecticut internist Dr. Doug Gerard explaining why he's refusing to take patients enrolled in two of the three ObamaCare plans. "I cannot accept a plan," he says, where he is "going to be reimbursed at Medicare rates." The NPR story goes on to note that "if reimbursement rates to doctors stay low in ObamaCare plans, more doctors could reject those plans."...
  • FRAMING INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND U.S. PUBLIC OPINION

    08/06/2014 9:46:32 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 25 replies
    Doctoral Dissertation ^ | 2011 | Mita Saksena
    ... To influence American public opinion and enlist support for related domestic and foreign policies, both domestic agencies and international organizations have framed infectious diseases as security threats, human rights disasters, economic risks, and as medical dangers. This study investigates whether American attitudes and opinions about infectious diseases are influenced by how the issue is framed. It also asks which issue frame has been most influential in shaping public opinion about global infectious diseases when people are exposed to multiple frames. The impact of media frames on public perception of infectious diseases is examined through content analysis of newspaper reports....
  • More ObamaCare Chaos

    08/06/2014 9:00:24 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/06/14 | Arnold Ahlert
    Americans who automatically renew their policies are in for an unpleasant surprise. The Affordable Healthcare Act is apparently the gift that keeps on giving. A series of new revelations are highlighted by the idea that if you like your current ObamaCare plan you can keep it—but it will likely cost you more, and you may have trouble finding a doctor who will treat you.
  • VA Healthcare System: Your Opinion.

    08/05/2014 5:35:09 PM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    vanity
    I' m an old Freeper just getting into the VA healthcare system in Eugene, Oregon. Today's first appt went great. Met my PCP, she gave me a free blood pressure monitor to keep a log. And my monthly prescriptions prices are lower (I don't have any other insurance). I am impressed so far. Look forward to future visits.
  • Doctors Begin To Refuse Obamacare Patients [Duh!]

    08/05/2014 10:55:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 54 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 08-05-2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Obamacare plans have shrunk payments to physicians so much that some doctors say they won’t be able to afford to accept Obamacare coverage, NPR reports. Many of the eight million sign-ups in Obamacare exchanges nationwide already face more limited choices for physicians and hospitals than those in the private insurance market. But with low physician reimbursement rates, the problem could get even worse. For a typical quick patient visit, Dr. Doug Gerard, a Connecticut internist, told NPR a private insurer would pay $100 while Medicare would pay around $80. But Obamacare plans are more likely to pay closer to $80,...
  • How Medicare’s Home Health Cuts Disproportionately Affect Women

    08/04/2014 12:45:49 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 7 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 4, 2014 05:14 GMT | Melissa Quinn
    The Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, authorized the Department of Health and Human Services to cut or increase categories of Medicare spending. Last year, former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced home health care funding would be slashed by 3.5 percent annually until 2017. According to industry analysts, these cuts disproportionately affect women—the majority of whom serve as home health care beneficiaries, caregivers and professionals in the home health care sector. See linked report: http://dailysignal.com/2014/07/16/this-bill-would-undo-medicare-home-health-cuts-under-obamacare/
  • Newly Insured, Many Now Face Learning Curve

    08/03/2014 12:08:19 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 46 replies
    New York Times ^ | 2 Aug 14 | ABBY GOODNOUGH
    <p>Advocates of the Affordable Care Act, focused until now on persuading people to buy health insurance, have moved to a crucial new phase: making sure the eight million Americans who did so understand their often complicated policies and use them properly.</p>
  • Democrats Fudge Truth about Subsidies on Health Care Exchanges

    08/03/2014 8:41:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    Some people want you to suspend your imagination and your memory regarding what the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) actually states in terms of who can receive subsidies for their health insurance. Of course, as usual, when you have right on your side, truth does not matter. But we will explain why the subsidies disbursed from the federal exchange fails the test of what is right. As you know by now, there were two rulings issued in a Court of Appeals that were diametrically opposed to each other. The issue revolves around whether the federal exchange (operating in 36 states)...
  • Leading Dem calls those who lost healthcare coverage ‘whiners’

    08/02/2014 8:24:14 PM PDT · by GilGil · 26 replies
    HumanEvents ^ | 7/30/2014 | Staff
    Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) labeled people who have lost their healthcare coverage as a result of Obamacare “whiners.” Reps. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) rebuked Eshoo’s comments today, and offered support for an Employee Healthcare Protection Act:
  • Off the Radar, Obamacare Festers Away: This law is still a disaster—and it only gets worse.

    08/01/2014 7:23:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/01/2014 | Deroy Murdock
    Thanks to rockets rising over Gaza, jet debris falling onto Ukraine, and children wading across the Rio Grande, Americans barely have had time to focus on Obamacare. Mounting global and domestic chaos, however, cannot mask forever the deep and severe flaws in Obama’s pet program. From insurance cancellations to premium increases to gross ineptness, Obamacare likely will roar back into the news, just in time to stymie Democrats at the midterm election. Just the other day, I opened an envelope from Easy Choice Health Insurance. “IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING YOUR POLICY,” the letter trumpeted. “We are writing to let you...
  • Why Did NHS Give Josie Cunningham Boob Job But Not Reece Hawley His Cancer Drugs? (ACA Preview)

    07/31/2014 2:22:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Mirror ^ | 7/30
    Alison Phillips says the Health Service MUST put life before cosmetic surgery after 21-year-old Reece was told he’ll have to fund his own cancer treatmentLast year the NHS spent Ł52.5million on boob jobs. This month 21-year-old Reece Hawley was told he’ll have to fund his own cancer treatment which could let him live another two years. Don’t think we need any more figures or facts, or justifications or explanations. Those two facts say everything we need to know about the muddle-headed madness that is destroying our National Health Service. We know, because we read about it daily, that the health...
  • ObamaCare caused some premiums to nearly double in California

    07/31/2014 1:16:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/31/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The bad news in California: If you liked your plan and/or your doctor, many of you couldn’t keep either if you had an individual-market plan. The worse news in California: If you liked your premiums, you definitely couldn’t keep those. In the first year of ObamaCare, premiums rose in the Golden State anywhere from 22% to 88% from the previous year — even as insurer networks narrowed so much that consumers had a tough time finding a provider at all: The cost of health insurance for individuals skyrocketed this year in California, with some paying almost twice what they...
  • Case Against The D.C. Court's Halbig Ruling Crumbles

    07/31/2014 4:15:25 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/30/2014 | IBD Staff
    The more ObamaCare backers try to attack the D.C. Circuit Court's decision that limits subsidies to state-run exchanges, the more it looks like the two judges on that panel got it right.
  • Another ObamaCare Promise Flatlines

    07/30/2014 3:55:48 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 3 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/29/2014 | IBD Staff
    Health Care: Remember when ObamaCare backers said there was no way the law would push employers to drop their health plans? A new report calls the lie on that one, too. A big concern raised by critics of ObamaCare was that employers would shift their health costs onto taxpayers — dropping insurance benefits knowing workers could access guaranteed, often subsidized coverage in an ObamaCare exchange. Typical of the left's response was a Families USA "fact sheet" that called such worries a "myth." "Employers that offer coverage will continue to do so," it declared. The liberal Urban Institute likewise promised the...
  • Looking for Feedback on Christian Healthcare

    07/29/2014 3:54:24 PM PDT · by MarineBrat · 21 replies
    Vanity | 07/29/2014 | MarineBrat
    I'm seriously considering joining a Christian health care ministry in order to not be backstabbed by Obama's health care TAX next year. The three that I'm aware of are... Samaritan Ministries http://samaritanministries.org Christian Care Ministry’s Medi-Share http://mychristiancare.org/medi-share Christian Healthcare Ministries http://www.chministries.org/ Can any FReepers who have experience with these organizations please share their experience?
  • Halbig Is an Opportunity for Supreme Court To Rededicate Itself to Rule of Law

    07/29/2014 8:59:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 29, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    True, the Halbig case, if it makes its way to the Supreme Court, will present an opportunity for Chief Justice John Roberts to redeem himself from his abominably activist salvation of Obamacare. But more important, it will be an opportunity for the high court to reaffirm this nation's commitment to the rule of law. In Halbig v. Burwell, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals held that under the Affordable Care Act federal health insurance subsidies are available for policies purchased only on state exchanges and not those purchased on the federal exchange. If the Supreme Court takes the case, it...
  • Doctors respond to parents of Down syndrome newborns with cruelty and callousness

    07/24/2014 1:20:20 PM PDT · by Morgana · 137 replies
    Live Action ^ | Sarah Terzo
    LifeNews recently published an article by Mark Leach about what happened when his baby was born with Down syndrome. Leach describes how he and his wife felt abandoned by the medical establishment and how the hospital gave them outdated and scant information about Down syndrome. In response to his experience, and the experiences of many other Down syndrome parents, he has become the bioethics specialist at the National Center for Prenatal & Postnatal Down Syndrome Resources, and works to get positive, life-affirming information into the hands of new Down syndrome parents and those who go through prenatal testing for Down...
  • Armed Doctor Who Opened Fire on Active Shooter in Hospital Shooting Could Lose His Job

    07/25/2014 7:14:57 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 41 replies
    Guns Saves Lives ^ | July 25, 2014 | Dan Cannon
    Armed Doctor Who Opened Fire on Active Shooter in Hospital Shooting Could Lose His Job July 25 2014 by Dan Cannon Share This Post As we reported yesterday, it would seem that an armed doctor in Pennsylvania prevented a possible mass shooting at the hospital he was working at. The doctor managed to land several chest hits on the suspect after he had shot another person and wounded the doctor. However, despite his heroic, likely life saving acts, the doctor (identified as Lee Silverman), may end up unemployed as gratitude. According to the Employee Code of Conduct for Mercy Health...
  • Obamacare Tax Fine Caps Put in Place

    07/24/2014 5:26:47 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 13 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | July 24, 2014 | Dignitas News Service Team
    Federal officials have announced the structure and methodology for the amount of tax fines to be levied to individuals in non-compliance of federal Obamacare mandates. Under the plan announced today, the maximum tax/penalty an individual can be charged for failing to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) often referred to as "Obamacare" will be $2,448 per person, while a family of five could entail a levy of $12,240. The decision that was announced today would initially impose on the citizenry a first year additional tax fine of $95 per person and be raised as much as 1 percent of...
  • Help! Anyone know of a reputable online pharmacy?

    07/24/2014 5:01:23 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 17 replies
    07/24/2014 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Please...any suggestions on good online pharmacies? Need long-term meds.
  • ObamaCare Is Wide Open To Fraud: Audit

    07/24/2014 4:39:01 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/23/2014 | IBD Staff
    Health Reform: An undercover operation disclosed on Wednesday shows just how easy it is to defraud ObamaCare. This is your health care on government. To test administration claims that it had strict controls in place to verify eligibility and subsidy amounts for ObamaCare applicants, the Government Accountability Office sent a dozen people out to try enrolling with made-up identities. All but one of the 12 succeeded in enrolling in a subsidized ObamaCare plan. [snip] The scale of the problem is potentially massive. According to the GAO, 4.3 million ObamaCare applications have known "inconsistencies" — most of which involve questions about...
  • Healthcare Premiums Would Absolutely Explode If Today's Obamacare Ruling Stands!

    07/22/2014 9:42:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/22/2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday dealt a setback to the Affordable Care Act, ruling that premium subsidies provided through the federal health exchange in 36 states are invalid under the writing of the law.Here's the practical effect of the ruling, if it withstands the rest of the legal process: More than 5 million, generally low-income Americans who received tax credits through the federal exchange to purchase health insurance would see their premiums explode.Avalere Health, an independent healthcare firm, released an analysis last week showing that individuals who received premium subsidies for health insurance would see a premium hike of about...
  • Obama’s Law Professor: "I Wouldn’t Bet" on Obamacare Surviving Next Legal Challenge

    07/22/2014 8:42:45 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 37 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 11, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama’s old Harvard Law professor, Laurence Tribe, said that he “wouldn’t bet the family farm” on Obamacare’s surviving the legal challenges to an IRS rule about who is eligible for subsidies that are currently working their way through the federal courts. “I don’t have a crystal ball,” Tribe told the Fiscal Times. “But I wouldn’t bet the family farm on this coming out in a way that preserves Obamacare.”
  • ObamaCare´s Shrinking Geography

    07/22/2014 3:39:50 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 4 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/21/2014 | IBD Staff
    Reform: Probably hoping no one would notice, regulators late last week exempted from ObamaCare five U.S. territories where it was failing. Will they do the same once it´s obvious ObamaCare is failing everywhere else? When the geniuses in Congress and the White House were writing the ObamaCare legislation, they made a slight mistake. The law imposed ObamaCare´s guaranteed issue and community rating insurance mandates on the five territories — which have a combined population of more than 4 million — but it exempted them from the individual mandate and didn´t offer any subsidies. Not surprisingly, the insurance markets quickly collapsed...
  • Some Good News: HIV rates decline in US but challenges remain

    07/21/2014 2:49:41 PM PDT · by Armen Hareyan · 14 replies
    EmaxHealth ^ | 2014-07-20 | Kathleen Blanchard
    Results of a new study show HIV rates have declined in the US. According to the report, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), from 2002 to 2011 there was a 30 percent decline in diagnosis of HIV nationwide. Despite the decrease in diagnosis, challenges still remain. Trends in HIV The study authors looked at trends in HIV during the time period among persons age 13 and older, finding 493,372 persons were diagnosed with HIV in the US. The results came from data that is part of the National HIV Surveillance System of the CDC. The biggest...
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital to pay $190 million to settle suits over pelvic exam photos

    07/21/2014 11:43:54 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 8 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | July 21, 2014 | AP
    Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to a $190 million settlement with more than 8,000 patients of a gynecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped women's bodies in the examining room with a pen-like camera he wore around his neck, lawyers said Monday. Dr. Nikita Levy was fired in February 2013, days after an employee alerted hospital authorities about her suspicions. Levy committed suicide 10 days later. Investigators discovered roughly 1,200 videos and 140 images in his home. "All of these women were brutalized by this," said the women's lead attorney, Jonathan Schochor. "Some of these women needed counseling, they were sleepless,...
  • Unions Putting the Squeeze on Home Health Care Workers

    07/19/2014 11:09:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) likes to present itself as the champion of the little guy. But officials of SEIU Healthcare—“the fastest-growing union of healthcare, child care, home care and nursing home workers in the Midwest”—aren’t averse to a little high-living. For example, in FY 2013 officials of SEIU’s Illinois-Indiana healthcare division (SEIU-HCII) chalked up more than $1.1 million in travel expenses—$13,000 of it on D.C. hotel expenses rung up at President Obama’s second inaugural. The union designated all that travel as “representation activity.” Also claimed as a “representation” expense: a $6,000 liquor store tab for “beverages for...
  • Colorado Obamacare Website Repeats ‘Lie of the Year’ Promising Patients Can Keep Healthcare

    07/19/2014 7:09:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | July 18, 2014 | Brad Richardson
    Much as Democrats would like to distance themselves from Obamacare, somehow the unpopular legislation keeps coming back to haunt them. On the official Colorado state website under healthcare, the discredited Obamacare talking point “If you like your plan, you can keep it” appears not once, but twice. ... As of January, nearly 340,000 Coloradans and more than five million people nationwide had lost their health insurance because of President Barack Obama’s signature law. The claim was popularized by the president in 2009 and rated the “Lie of the Year” by the left-leaning PolitiFact, and the Washington Post gave it one...
  • Obamacare’s Creepy Uncle Sam Strikes Again

    07/17/2014 1:39:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 17, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Last September, I shared a disconcerting video showing an unfortunate young woman getting her OB/GYN exam from a very creepy version of Uncle Sam. Well, you’ll be pleased to know that “Creepy Uncle Sam” does not discriminate. In this video, a young man faces the unpleasant experience of getting his prostate checked.
  • Acting head of VA says agency needs $17.6 billion to fix problems

    07/16/2014 8:20:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/16/2014 | REBECCA BRATEK
    The Department of Veterans Affairs needs $17.6 billion in additional funds over the next three years to meet patients’ needs and fix the troubled agency’s problems, its acting director said Wednesday. Testifying for the first time on Capitol Hill, interim VA Secretary Sloan Gibson told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee that the money would help VA medical centers decrease appointment waiting times and hire more doctors. But the request divided lawmakers. Democrats, including Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, supported the appeal, while Republicans, including Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska, questioned whether VA care would improve if it received additional funding....
  • HURT: Now that I have to pay for it, it is my business

    07/16/2014 5:46:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 15, 2014 | Charles Hurt
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Politicians here have not even figured out how yet to implement their new law requiring us to pay for everybody else’s health care, and already people are clamoring to legalize drugs that are, at the very least, hazardous to their health. The good people of Colorado and Washington state can now buy and smoke pot without violating state laws. The movement to do so is spreading among other states like a hot tropical virus through a detention facility on the Mexican border. I, for one, have never really cared one way or the other if people choose to smoke pot....
  • Horror! Dying NY Vets Denied Painkillers – Given Salt Water Instead

    07/16/2014 2:48:49 PM PDT · by blueyon · 54 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    Another day, another VA tragedy. An Albany nurse claims dying New York Veterans were denied painkillers. Instead they were given salt water mixtures. Valerie Riviello, a nurse at the Albany Stratton VA medical center, claims that fellow employees had reported to her that dying veterans were denied painkillers such as morphine to ease their pain. Instead, they were given salt water mixtures. Riviello told the Times Union: Among stories that nurse Valerie Riviello has heard from other employees at the Albany VA is one about dying patients who were supposed to receive morphine to alleviate pain, but instead got a...
  • Jesus Would Support Universal Healthcare, Say Most Americans

    07/16/2014 8:57:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/16/2014 | Morgan Lee
    A recent poll suggests that a majority of Americans believe Jesus would have backed universal healthcare. According to a YouGov survey released earlier in July, 55 percent of respondents believe that Christ would have endorsed the issue. Despite this majority, a slight minority of American Protestants believed that the Jesus they knew would have supported universal healthcare. Only 48 percent of Protestants suggested this, in contrast to the 57 percent of Catholics who argued that their religion's founder would have backed it. Aside from Jesus, 46 percent of Protestants and 55 percent of Catholics themselves backed the policy. In addition...