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  • More Americans say government should ensure health care coverage

    01/17/2017 8:28:53 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 37 replies
    Pew Research ^ | January 13, 2017 | Kristen Bialik
    As the debate continues over repeal of the Affordable Care Act and what might replace it, a growing share of Americans believe that the federal government has a responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. ... The belief that the government has a responsibility to ensure health coverage has increased across many groups over the past year, but the rise has been particularly striking among lower- and middle-income Republicans. Currently, 52% of Republicans with family incomes below $30,000 say the federal government has a responsibility to ensure health coverage...
  • What Comes After Repeal? How to Fix American Health Care, Part 2

    01/16/2017 8:57:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 13, 2017 | Jim DeMint
    Thursday, I laid out the case for why Obamacare should be repealed, instead of propped up and tinkered on by additional top-down, boardroom thinking. It’s clear that whatever replaces Obamacare must focus on quality and incremental local solutions, not one-size-fits-all government mandates.In this respect, the federal government’s biggest task for replacing Obamacare is to get out of the way and let state policymakers and health care providers innovate.First off, let’s get clear what Americans want: They’d like many choices of affordable health insurance plans that allow them to choose their doctors. They want to buy a plan when they are...
  • Sergeant York and The Affordable Care Act

    01/16/2017 4:15:41 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 7 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 16, 2017 AD | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on Enemies, Warriors, and Duty… As I write these words, hundreds of Republican, libertarian, and independent politicians, civil servants, and think tank analysts on Capitol Hill are working to finally overturn the monstrous law called the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. And just as many Democrats are working just as feverishly to thwart the effort. Now, before we get into the details, we should first begin by considering a crucial issue: Obamacare is a misnomer: it's not REALLY Obama's program. Barack Obama didn't write the bill (in all his years as a legislator, he’s never written a...
  • Trump vows to provide ‘insurance for everybody’ in Republican health care replacement plan

    01/16/2017 6:29:08 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 130 replies
    Blaze ^ | 1/16/2017 | Blaze
    Speaking with the Washington Post over the weekend, President-elect Donald Trump promised that every American will have health insurance under his Obamacare replacement plan, which is set to be introduced in the openings months of his presidency. Though he didn’t provide the Post with many details about his plan, Trump said the plan will provide “less expensive and much better” coverage to Americans that Obamacare has “in a much simplified form.” “We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump told the Post. “There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it....
  • Repealing Obamacare Is Just the Start: How to Fix American Health Care, Part 1

    01/13/2017 12:28:08 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 12, 2017 | Jim DeMint
    Obamacare, the left’s grand attempt to create a national government-run health care system, has failed. They promised lower health insurance premiums, but delivered higher ones. They promised more choice and competition, but delivered less. They promised continuity and better access to care, but delivered disruption and dislocation. Despite promises that people could keep their plans and doctors, thousands of Americans were forced into more expensive insurance with higher deductibles and plans that didn’t include their doctors. After spending billions in tax dollars, Obamacare managed to increase the number of people with health insurance by much less than predicted—with over 80...
  • Senate Takes First Step To Repeal Obamacare With 51-48 Vote

    01/12/2017 4:32:24 AM PST · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | January 12, 2017
    Early on Thursday morning, in a 51-48 vote, the Senate took the first concrete step toward dismantling Obamacare, when it voted to instruct key committees to draft legislation repealing Barack Obama's signature health insurance program. Republicans needed a simple majority to clear the repeal rules, instructing committees to begin drafting repeal legislation, through the upper chamber, with the vote falling largely along party lines. Rand Paul was the lone Republican to vote against the budget resolution because it didn’t balance. Paul said in a statement after the vote that while he supports nixing ObamaCare "putting nearly $10 trillion more in...
  • Trump, Hill GOP fret about fallout from repealing Obamacare so quickly

    01/10/2017 10:38:05 PM PST · by Innovative · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan. 10. 2017 | Kelsey Snell, Sean Sullivan and Amy Goldstein
    After years of promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a growing number of Republicans are balking at the prospect of doing so quickly without a firm plan to replace it. As the Senate begins voting Wednesday on a path to eliminate the landmark health-care bill, some Republicans are worried about the political fallout and uncertainty of starting to roll back Obamacare without knowing how the process will end.
  • rush to throw out Obamacare could backfire

    01/09/2017 4:18:25 PM PST · by spintreebob · 52 replies
    georgia health news ^ | Jan 4, 2017 | Jack Bernard
    We are the most religious democracy in the world, and our Judeo-Christian ethic demands that we take care of the downtrodden. But we are also the only advanced democracy without universal health coverage. Are we confused . . . or just hypocrites? My bet is that we are very confused. The public’s reaction to Obamacare (also known as the Affordable Care Act, or ACA) is a prime example of our confusion. Most Americans are preoccupied with making a living and raising a family, and rightly so. They have no time to fully examine health care policy issues. Surveys show that...
  • NHS rejects claims of 'humanitarian crisis' in England's hospitals

    01/07/2017 1:56:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 01/07/2017
    One of NHS England's specialist directors said he thought the service was not "at that point" of crisis, but admitted demand was higher than ever. The Red Cross helps some hospitals with patient transport and provides care for patients who have returned home. Labour's Jeremy Corbyn urged Theresa May to tell MPs how she would fix the "national scandal" of the NHS. Mr Corbyn said: "The fact is, this government have repeatedly failed to put the necessary resources into our health service, while they have cut social care and wasted billions on a top-down reorganisation to accelerate privatisation." The Labour...
  • How to Make Sure Hospitals Are Ready for Obamacare Repeal

    01/07/2017 1:15:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2017 | Brian McNicoll
    You knew it wouldn’t take long, and it hasn’t. On the first day Congress was in session and still two weeks before Donald Trump is to be sworn in as president, one of his tweets already has made it to the floor of the Senate.It came from Bernie Sanders, socialist, failed presidential candidate and ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee. With the quote printed out and pasted to a larger paper on an easel behind him, Sanders was urging the president-elect to veto any legislation that cut Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. “Let me quote someone who I suspect...
  • Trump Team Making Lots of Obamacare 'Promises'

    01/07/2017 11:41:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2017 | Cortney O'Brien
    Donald Trump's team has admitted this past week that their plans to overhaul Obamacare will not happen immediately. Kellyanne Conway even said it could take years. Thursday on CNN, Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), who sits on Trump's transition team, echoed those remarks, noting that the Trump administration is not planning any significant changes for at least two years. Rep. Chris Collins says "there is no reason to worry the next two years" regarding Obamacare replacement -- on @Morning_Joe: pic.twitter.com/8BmoTFaeye— David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) January 5, 2017 Collins emphasized Speaker Paul Ryan’s pledge that they’re not going to “pull the rug out” from under...
  • You Broke It, We Own It (Saturbray)

    01/07/2017 7:16:00 AM PST · by bray · 4 replies
    www.brayincandy.com ^ | 1/7/17 | bray
    And it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this? That thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand the Lord brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage: Exodus 13:14 The Marxists are crying the old You Broke it, You Own It chant as they hold a handful of shattered splinters. Is there anything they do which does not come with a 60’s cliché? Time for the Repubs to put the nail in the coffin and say, You Broke it, We Own It. This election was won on two...
  • World-Renowned Texas Cancer Center Reducing Workforce by 1,000 (because of Obamacare)

    01/05/2017 10:57:44 PM PST · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 5, 2017 | Lana Shadwick
    The world-renown MD Anderson Cancer Center has announced a workforce reduction by 1,000, the CEO of the center said on Thursday. The cancer hospital has had $110 million in operating losses from September through November this year, reported the Houston Chronicle. [Snip] The local publication reported that the financial problems began in the spring when the hospital implemented a new electronic medical-record system. Doctors and staff members at the center spent a great deal of time getting up to speed in using the program and that took time away from their patients.
  • Dr. Manny: 3 Main Reasons Why ObamaCare Failed

    01/04/2017 3:26:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | January 4, 2017 | Dr Manny Alvarez
    Vice President-elect Mike Pence met with GOP leadership today on the Hill and told the public that step one of Trump’s presidency will be to make good on a campaign promise to repeal President Obama’s flailing Affordable Care Act. While we have dissected the many strategies that Republicans can take in crafting their own plan, let’s take a look at three major reasons why ObamaCare failed the American people. 1. Skyrocketing costs: At no point in time did the $3-trillion-a-year ObamaCare plan work in favor of controlling the soaring health care costs in our country. While middle-class consumers were hit...
  • Democrats Pull Out Old Playbook, Accuse Republicans of Wanting to 'MAKE AMERICA SICK AGAIN'

    01/04/2017 10:54:00 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    Townhall ^ | 1-4-2017 | Katie Pavlich
    Shortly after meeting with President Obama on Capitol Hill Wednesday in a desperate effort to save Obamacare from repeal, Democrats pulled out their old political playbook and accused Republicans of wanting Americans to be sick.   "The Republican plan to cut healthcare wouldn't make America great again, it would make America sick again. " new Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. "They seek to rip healthcare away from millions of Americans, creating chaos in our entire economy."
  • Trump Prepares Executive Orders To Begin Obamacare Repeal On "Day One"

    01/04/2017 9:03:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 71 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | January 4, 2017
    With the Senate already having launched the process of repealing Obamacare when, as reported yesterday, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi released a 2017 budget resolution setting up the process to partially repeal Obamacare early in Donald Trump’s administration, on Wednesday vice president-elect Mike Pence met with Republican congressional leaders to plot the strategy of how to repeal Obama's signature healthcare law. Speaking to House republicans, Pence said Trump plans to take executive actions to start unwinding ObamaCare on day one: "Our first order of business will be to repeal and replace ObamaCare," Pence told reporters, adding the process would...
  • Federal judge orders state to provide Mumia Abu-Jamal with (expensive) hepatitis C treatment

    01/04/2017 6:02:52 AM PST · by Zakeet · 22 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | January 4, 2017 | Robert Moran
    A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that Mumia Abu-Jamal should be provided new medications by the state to treat his hepatitis C infection. [Snip] The state has about 7,000 inmates with hepatitis C, and treating them - at a cost of $84,000 to $90,000 per person - would cost $600 million. [Snip] Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther and sometime radio reporter, was found guilty of the Dec. 9, 1981, slaying [of a 25-year old police officer]. He was sentenced to death in 1982, but that sentence was overturned by a federal appeals court and reduced to life without parole.
  • Self-Driving Cars Will Make Organ Shortages Even Worse

    12/30/2016 11:39:26 AM PST · by Zakeet · 90 replies
    Slate ^ | December 30, 2016 | Ian Adams and Anne Hobson
    Much has been said about the ways we expect our oncoming fleet of driverless cars to change the way we live—remaking us all into passengers, rewiring our economy, retooling our views of ownership, and reshaping our cities and roads. They will also change the way we die. As technology takes the wheel, road deaths due to driver error will begin to diminish. It's a transformative advancement, but one that comes with consequences in an unexpected place: organ donation. [Snip] It's not difficult to do the math on how driverless cars could change the equation. An estimated 94 percent of motor-vehicle...
  • No, ObamaCare Is Not Suddenly On The Mend

    12/29/2016 5:33:49 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 33 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/28/2016 | Staff
    Health Reform: On the eve of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration and the looming repeal of ObamaCare, Democrats are making claims that the law is just now starting to work as promised. It's a convenient narrative for the left, but totally false. ObamaCare advocates point to a couple bits of news as evidence that after a rough year, the law appears to be stabilizing. Last week, the Obama administration celebrated what it called "a record" level of sign-ups, with enrollment up 400,000 from last year. "Today's enrollment numbers confirm that some of the doomsday predictions about the marketplace are not bearing...
  • Dems call for healthcare rallies

    12/28/2016 11:11:22 AM PST · by kevcol · 31 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 28, 2016 | Robert King
    Leading congressional Democrats want to hold a series of rallies on Jan. 15 to protest Republicans' plans to repeal Obamacare and other healthcare reforms. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., wrote a letter to potential organizers on Wednesday calling for the rallies.
  • Venezuelans pour into Colombia, desperate for medical care they can’t find at home

    12/24/2016 9:16:53 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 27 replies
    Mami Herals ^ | 23 Dec, 2016 | JIM WYSS
    CUCUTA, COLOMBIA Marili Gómez was eight months pregnant with twins in her hometown of Valencia, Venezuela, when her doctor gave her stark advice: She could either take an 18-hour bus ride and seek care in neighboring Colombia or lose the babies. As she sat in a bare, second-story walk-up in this Colombian border town feeding the newborns, Gómez said she didn’t have to think about the decision very long. Just weeks before that doctor’s visit, she’d lost her 16-year-old son to Venezuela’s violence — he was stabbed more than a dozen times in what police believe was a robbery. “I...
  • Trump won votes promising to protect veterans, but major veterans groups are rattled by his plans

    12/22/2016 4:08:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | December 22, 2016 | Evan Halper
    Donald Trump’s flair for connecting with veterans won him an overwhelming share of their votes, but the durability of the alliance is already being tested as Trump’s search for a Veterans Affairs secretary veers in a direction that has alarmed some of America’s most influential retired soldiers. Under pressure from conservative activists, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and organizations funded by the Koch Brothers, Trump is contemplating choosing an agency chief who would upend the entire veterans healthcare system. That would come over the protest of the country’s major veterans groups. An appointment like that could prove an early...
  • Medicaid Blew $26 Mil on Health Coverage for Dead People (Florida alone)

    12/16/2016 11:47:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 16, 2016
    The government spent a breathtaking $26 million to provide dead people—who were poor when they were alive—with health insurance in one state alone, according to a new federal audit. The benefit was administered through Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the needy and the astonishing multi-million-dollar figure applies to just Florida but similar atrocities are likely occurring in other states. American taxpayers may wonder how this could possibly happen, though fraud and corruption are rampant in government, especially in welfare programs. First let’s explain how Medicaid, jointly funded by federal and state governments, functions. The Centers for Medicare &...
  • Obama administration blocks states from cutting off grants to Planned Parenthood

    12/14/2016 12:46:16 PM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12/14/16 | Sandhya Somashekhar
    The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to block states from cutting off federal family planning grants to Planned Parenthood, finalizing a rule that is to take effect just days before the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. The rule stipulates that states may not prohibit an organization from participating in Title X — the state-federal program that gives out tens of millions of dollars for family planning — for any reason other than the organization’s ability to provide services. It is designed to undercut efforts in some states to withhold taxpayer money from Planned Parenthood, which offers a variety of health-care...
  • New push to replace Obamacare reignites old GOP tensions (fake news alert)

    12/12/2016 3:44:09 AM PST · by Zakeet · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 11, 2016 | Mike DeBonis and Kelsey Snell
    Republicans on Capitol Hill are already laying the groundwork for a rapid repeal of President Obama’s signature health-care law beginning on the first day of the new Congress, before President-elect Donald Trump is even sworn in. But the urgent efforts to make good on a Republican campaign promise six years in the making obscure major GOP divisions over what exactly to replace Obamacare with and how to go about it, and how long a transition period to allow before the law’s insurance would go away. Hard-liners are pushing to move as fast as possible, bolstered by a GOP base eager...
  • 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...