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  • CNN Allows Left-Wing Guest to Accuse Trump of Creating 'Cancer of Anti-Semitism'

    02/21/2017 3:48:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 66 replies ^ | February 21, 2017 | Jackson Richman
    During a softball interview on CNN Tuesday afternoon, Steven Goldstein, director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect bashed and lambasted President Donald Trump for his statement this morning denouncing bigotry, espcially anti-Semitism, and pinned recent Jew hatred on Trump's campaign, and now, administration. Beforehand, a panel on the network's Inside Politics discussed Trump's campaign and presidency's possible affect on hate crimes against Jews. On CNN Newsroom With Brooke Baldwin Goldstein said, "Our president is creating an incubator of hatred. When you don't respond to anti-Semitism as well as Islamophobia and racism in a real time, when you wait days and sometimes week to respond to attacks, you are sending a signal to the haters...
  • Obamacare (And Single-Payer) Can Go Straight To Hell

    02/20/2017 11:03:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | February 20, 2017 | Arthur Schaper
    It was September 2013. Obamacare was coming in full force. The law was written in such a way that if the program failed, it would not jeopardize Obama’s re-election bid. Democrats sponsored town halls to prepare constituents for the health insurance exchanges in their states, or on the federal exchange if that state had opted out. Covered California was advertised as the gold standard for state exchanges. Congresswoman Maxine Waters stepped up as one of its most vocal promoters. She hosted a town hall in St. John the Evangelist Church in Gardena, CA, hoping that she would whip up sentiment...
  • Court Rules Doctors Can Ask Patients About Gun Ownership

    02/18/2017 10:51:05 AM PST · by kevcol · 128 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | February 17, 2017 | Sarah Hurtubise
    A federal appeals court has ruled that a Florida law restricting doctors from asking patients whether they own guns restricts the right to free speech. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the law violated doctors First Amendment right to free speech, and concluded that the state failed to prove that physicians were infringing on patients Second Amendment rights. A previous decision by a three-judge panel by the 11th Circuit upheld the law, but those suing the state asked for the full circuit court to re-consider the case. ... The Republican-controlled Florida state legislature passed a law in...
  • Fixing Health Care

    02/19/2017 6:54:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | February 19, 2017 | Bruce Bialosky
    Twenty million. That is the number foisted upon us by the Obama administration and all of its believers as to how many people got health insurance because of his signature health care program and how many will lose it if the evil Republicans tinker with the program; i.e., repeal and replace. Have you ever seen the figures behind that 20 million number? No you have not because it is a phantom number. Like the 97% of scientists believing in global warming sorry, climate change. Or that the day of the Super Bowl has the highest number of domestic violence...
  • Ding, Dong: The Individual Mandate is Dead ( Obama Care : IRS )

    02/15/2017 3:35:36 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 15, 2017 | Daniel Greenfield
    No part of ObamaCare was more hated by the average person or more illegal than the individual mandate. The mandate was one of ObamaCare's corrupt bargains. This one delivered a captive audience to insurance companies in returning for insuring those they didn't want to insure. Obama claimed to want to help the uninsured, yet he also smeared them as "free riders" when what he was really doing was forcing healthy young people to buy useless insurance they couldn't afford as a bribe to companies for taking on his base. Meanwhile the forced signups would be reported as proof that ObamaCare...
  • Aetna chief executive says Obamacare is in a 'death spiral'

    02/15/2017 8:53:26 AM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 15, 2017 | Carolyn Y. Johnson
    Aetna chief executive Mark Bertolini said Wednesday that the Affordable Care Act's exchanges - the marketplaces where consumers can buy individual health coverage under President Barack Obama's signature health-care law - are in a "death spiral." [Snip] "My anticipation would be that in '18, we'll see a lot of markets without any coverage at all," Bertolini said. Representatives of the Health and Human Services Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
  • Conservatives Take A Hard Line On Obamacare Repeal, Putting GOP In A Bind

    02/14/2017 1:29:16 PM PST · by mikelets456 · 11 replies
    HP ^ | 2/14/2017 | HP
    WASHINGTON ― Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus voted among themselves Monday night to band together and support only an Obamacare repeal that is at least as aggressive as a bill the House and Senate passed in 2015, putting GOP leaders in a bind with their conference and perhaps even threatening the possibility of passing a repeal. The group of roughly 35 to 40 House conservatives voted to take this official position ― meaning it received the support of at least 80 percent of the members and is therefore supposed to be the position of all lawmakers in the group...
  • Reflections on the CNN Healthcare Debate

    02/13/2017 1:37:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | February 13, 2017 | Hal Scherz
    The CNN healthcare debate between Senators Ted Cruz & Bernie Sanders on February 7 was dubbed a success by the network, ranking first in its cable time slot. With healthcare once again thrust into the headlines, and with two big personalities squaring off, this was certainly the marquee event, as was advertised. It turned out to be what one would have expected; a clash of ideologies, but a deeper look into what was said, and specifically what wasnt, turned out to be most revealing. Senator Sanders positions contained very little substance as he clung to his talking points which reflected...
  • Texas Salon Owner Tells Bernie Her Business Can't Afford Obamacare. His Response Stops Viewers Cold

    02/08/2017 1:18:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    IJR ^ | 02/08/2017 | Jason Howerton
    During the Sanders-Cruz debate on the future of Obamacare, A small business from Texas confronted Bernie Sanders about exploding health care costs under Obamacare, telling him she simply can’t afford to provide insurance for all of her employees.During CNN's Ted Cruz-Bernie Sanders debate on Tuesday, the business owner, who operates several hair salons in Texas, asked Sanders how she can comply with Obamacare without passing on costs to customers or lowering her employees’ wages. She said she has just under 50 employees. WATCH: Sanders and a small business owner go back and forth in a fascinating exchange. #CNNDebateNight—
  • Sanders To Cruz: Health Care Access Doesnt Mean A Damn Thing If You Cant Afford It

    02/08/2017 7:36:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 02/08/2017 | Chris D'Angelo
    On the issue of health care, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) agree on very little. At a town hall debate Tuesday night hosted by CNN, the two former presidential candidates clashed on the future of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, which President Donald Trump and Republican members of Congress have vowed to repeal. One of the more spirited exchanges came after Sanders asked Cruz if he believes, as Sanders does, that every American is entitled to health care as a right. What is a right is access to health care, Cruz said. What is...
  • Trump: ObamaCare plan could take until next year

    02/05/2017 7:13:44 PM PST · by Read Write Repeat · 103 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/05/17 | PETER SULLIVAN
    President Trump said Sunday that it could take sometime into next year until his ObamaCare replacement plan is ready, a slower timetable than he and other Republicans have put forward in the past. Fox Newss Bill OReilly asked Trump in an interview before the Super Bowl if Americans can expect a new healthcare plan rolled out by the Trump Administration this year. Yes, in the process and maybe itll take till sometime into next year but were certainly going to be in the process, Trump replied. You have to remember Obamacare doesnt work so we are putting in a wonderful...
  • Could California adopt universal healthcare for 39 million people?

    02/05/2017 2:16:38 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 63 replies
    sacbee ^ | February 4, 2017 | Dan Walters
    State Sen. Ed Hernandez, chair of the Senate Health Committee, warns of a major financial hit on millions of Californians if Obamacare is repealed. Claudia Buck The Sacramento Bee BY DAN WALTERS Eric Bauman, a registered nurse who aspires to become the next chairman of the California Democratic Party, says its time for California to become a healthcare sanctuary by providing universal, state-operated medical coverage. Citing efforts by a Republican-controlled federal government to repeal Obamacare, Bauman wrote in an op-ed article, we cannot miss the historic opportunity the moment presents us: enacting single-payer healthcare into California. Lets take that...
  • ObamaCare Replacement - The Rand Paul Plan

    02/01/2017 10:16:43 AM PST · by grundle · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 31, 2017 | Ted Noel
  • "What Happens When Doctors Only Take Cash"? Everybody, Especially Patients, Wins

    01/31/2017 5:34:31 PM PST · by grundle · 18 replies
    Reason ^ | January 27, 2017 | Nick Gillespie
    Anyone who has ever tried to shop around for prices on medical care knows how dysfunctional the market is. It's not because huge amounts of money isn't changing hands; it's that nobody really knows what anything costs at any given moment in time. When I first moved to Los Angeles from Buffalo, my then-wife was pregnant with our first child and we were on a grad-student plan that didn't travel far beyond Western New York. Reason's benefits might not kick in until after our son was born, so I called around to area hospitals to try and find out what...
  • executive order could shake up heavily regulated healthcare

    01/30/2017 4:32:55 PM PST · by spintreebob · 2 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | Jan 30, 2017 | Adam Rubenfire
    Trump's executive order: remove at least two previously implemented regulations for every new one.The order could have major ramifications for healthcare, one of the most regulated industries in the U.S. Providers and vendors face a myriad of rules drafted by numerous agencies and departments, including CMS, Health Resources and Services Administration, Food and Drug Administration and Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Dozens of regulations leveled against the healthcare industry every year include licensing requirements; quality and safety inspections; and standards to adhere to payment policies. . . major ones last year: a rule that mandated the medical...
  • Climate change raises the stakes for affordable health care coverage (racism, enviro-wacko alert)

    01/30/2017 6:17:36 AM PST · by Zakeet · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 27, 2017 | Dr. Richard Allen Williams and Dr. Elena Rios
    Today, more than 100 million Americans depend on healthcare safety-net programs: Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But that safety net could be shredded if Dr. Tom Price - Trumps nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services - has his way. [Snip] There are many reasons to oppose these plans, but one of the most important is also the most overlooked: climate change. As physicians, we see our patients suffering as the planet warms. A 2014 survey by the National Medical Association found that a majority of African-American physicians - who often serve low-income communities and communities...
  • How would YOU fix health care?

    01/28/2017 9:15:41 AM PST · by Auntie Mame · 91 replies
    01-28-17 | Auntie Mame
    Freepers, lets put our heads together and figure out how to fix healthcare in the US. Ill never forget watching Bill Bradley give a speech many years ago where he spoke with great outrage, saying something like this: I was at the doctors office the other day and there was a woman who brought in her young child. And the child had to have a shot of penicillin. And I watched that poor mother as she was leaving have to pull out her checkbook and write the doctor a check for $60! he said with trembling voice. I believe that...
  • Gruber got Tuckerized

    01/25/2017 6:44:48 PM PST · by yetidog · 30 replies
    Fox News | January 25, 2017 | Vanity
    Gruber meets Tucker.
  • 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 · 23 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. Its 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 governments biggest task for replacing Obamacare is to get out of the way and let state policymakers and health care providers innovate.First off, lets get clear what Americans want: Theyd 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, hes 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 didnt 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. Were going to have insurance for everybody, Trump told the Post. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you cant pay for it, you dont 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 lefts 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 didnt include their doctors. After spending billions in tax dollars, Obamacare managed to increase the number of people with health insurance by much less than predictedwith 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 didnt 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 publics 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 ^ | January 7, 2017 | Brian McNicoll
    You knew it wouldnt take long, and it hasnt. 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 ^ | 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:— 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 ^ | 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 60s clich? 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 ^ | 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 Trumps presidency will be to make good on a campaign promise to repeal President Obamas flailing Affordable Care Act. While we have dissected the many strategies that Republicans can take in crafting their own plan, lets 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 Trumps 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 liveremaking 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 cant 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 Gmez 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, Gmez said she didnt have to think about the decision very long. Just weeks before that doctors visit, shed lost her 16-year-old son to Venezuelas 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 Trumps flair for connecting with veterans won him an overwhelming share of their votes, but the durability of the alliance is already being tested as Trumps search for a Veterans Affairs secretary veers in a direction that has alarmed some of Americas 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 countrys 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 peoplewho were poor when they were alivewith 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 lets 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 organizations 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 Obamas 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 laws 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: Weve Made Health Care More Affordable for All Americans

    12/03/2016 7:07:48 PM PST · by Rockitz · 125 replies ^ | 3 Dec 2016 | Ian Hanchett
    During Saturdays Weekly Address, President Obama touted the 21st Century Cures Act, and stated that over the last eight years weve 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, weve 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 its 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 Castros 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 Castros death. On Sunday on ABCs 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 Georgias 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...