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  • WHO chief reverses Mugabe ambassador appointment

    10/22/2017 8:03:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    AFP via TheLocal.ch ^ | 22 October 2017 15:33 CEST+02:00
    The head of the World Health Organization on Sunday reversed his decision to name Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador, following widespread uproar. “Over the last few days, I have reflected on my appointment of H.E. President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for (Non-communicable diseases) in Africa. As a result, I have decided to rescind the appointment,” the head of the UN agency, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said in a statement. […] Tedros had announced the appointment earlier this week during a speech in Uruguay, where he praised Zimbabwe as “a country that places universal health coverage and...
  • Radical-in-Chief

    02/23/2015 8:08:47 AM PST · by Ray76 · 13 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | January 13, 2011 | Stanley Kurtz
    [I begin] with the story of a series of Socialist scholars conferences that Barack Obama attended when he lived in New York City between the years 1983 and 1985. And when I finally reconstructed what had gone on at these Socialist conferences that Barack Obama attended, I truly was amazed because what I saw was a kind of map of Barack Obama’s entire subsequent political career. It was at this Socialist conferences in New York in the mid-’80s that Barack Obama encountered the groups, the strategies, and the mentors who would guide him throughout his entire political career. [T]hese Socialist...
  • IRS to block, suspend tax returns that lack Obamacare disclosures

    10/20/2017 6:34:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 134 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/20/2017 | Dan Mangan
    The IRS says it will not accept electronic tax returns that do not disclose whether the filer had health insurance coverage during the year. It also says it will suspend paper returns that do not have the disclosure. The IRS' move, which will bolster compliance with Affordable Care Act rules, comes as the Trump administration takes other steps to undercut the law. The IRS is warning tax professionals that it will block or suspend processing of 2017 income tax returns that do not comply with Obamacare rules requiring filers to disclose their health insurance status. The new move to tighten...
  • Free at Last!

    10/18/2017 3:05:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 18, 2017 | Betsy McCaughey
    Free at last! Free at last! That's the message for millions who don't get health coverage at work and, until now, faced two dismal options: going without insurance or paying Obamacare's soaring premiums. Last week, President Donald Trump announced regulatory changes that will potentially allow consumers to choose coverage options costing half what Obamacare's cheapest bronze plans cost. Democrats are already accusing the president of kneecapping Obamacare, but in fact these changes will actually reduce the number of uninsured -- something Democrats claim is their goal. The Affordable Care Act requires everyone to buy the one-size-fits-all Washington-designed benefit package....
  • St. Charles Health System eliminates 102 positions, cuts executives' pay to recoup finances (OR)

    10/17/2017 3:40:43 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 8 replies
    Becker's Hospital Review ^ | October 17, 2017 | Alyssa Rege
    Bend, Ore.-based St. Charles Health System announced a series of actions Tuesday — including layoffs and pay cuts to the health system's executive leadership team — to compensate for an operating income deficit of up to $35 million during the coming year, according to NewsChannel-21. In an announcement to NewsChannel-21, St. Charles officials said the health system is "working to close a $25 [million] to $35 million gap in operating income for 2018." The gap, officials said, is the result of "flat to declining revenue[s], inflation on labor and medical supply expenses and reimbursement impacts due to decisions made by...
  • Constitutional Lawyer: Yes, Obama’s Affordable Care Act Subsidy Provision Was Illegal

    10/17/2017 1:23:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    There’s are a lot of liberals frothing at the mouth over the Trump administration’s decision to end the unconstitutional subsidies to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act last week. The subsidies were given to insurance companies to help offset costs from lower-income individuals concerning deductibles and other out-of-pocket expenses. It's meant to prevent premium spikes. And the termination of this subsidy is not just a conservative view or action item, by the way. It’s the opinion of the courts, as the LA Times reported back in May of 2016–it’s unconstitutional: House Republicans won Round 2 in a potentially historic...
  • Trump to end key ACA subsidies, a move that will threaten the law’s marketplaces

    10/12/2017 8:05:12 PM PDT · by NRx · 118 replies
    WaPo ^ | 10-12-2017 | Amy Goldstein
    President Trump is throwing a bomb into the insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act, choosing to end critical payments to health insurers that help millions of lower-income Americans afford coverage. The decision follows an executive order on Thursday to allow alternative health plans that skirt the law’s requirements. The White House confirmed late Thursday that it would halt federal payments for cost-sharing reductions, although a statement did not specify when. According to two people briefed on the decision, the cutoff will be as of November. The subsidies total about $7 billion this year. Trump has threatened for months...
  • Turley: Obama's Original Obamacare Order Was Unconstitutional, Also Violated Law Itself

    10/15/2017 7:03:30 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 33 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 10/14/17 | Ian Schwartz
    Legal eagle Jonathan Turley responds to Democrats that say President Trump's decision to reverse former President's order on Obamacare subsidies was unconstitutional. Turley said Obama's decision to order billions to fund subsidies would be analogous to Trump ordering money to build The Wall.
  • Nancy PelosiTrump's Policies Are Violent to America and the World

    10/13/2017 5:54:37 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 12 replies
    nbc think ^ | Oct.13.2017 | Nancy Pelosi
    What the president is doing, it's violent. His actions are violent. He does violence to what we want to do in health care. He does violence to the national debt by what he is adding to it. He does violence to the world, in terms of nuclear proliferation and the environment and our standing in the world, with his frivolity. What we want him to do is to calm down, get used to the job he has, know that his words weigh a ton, and that he really should know what he's talking about when he says something. For instance,...
  • I'm From Canada. Here's What It's Like to Live with Universal Health Care

    10/13/2017 10:15:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 92 replies
    Paste Magazine ^ | 07/21/2017 | By Rob Rousseau
    Shortly after my son was born, in late December 2015, he stopped breathing. Let me tell you: having the worst thing you could possibly imagine happen right after the most joyous, wonderful moment of your life is quite an emotional trip. It had already been a difficult pregnancy. My wife had developed gestational diabetes, which required weekly checkups where nurses could monitor our baby’s heartbeat for hours at a time, as well as regular consultations regarding her diet and caloric intake, so any potential harmful effects of the disease would be minimized. We also had to closely monitor her blood...
  • Sen. Rand Paul Writes Op-Ed Explaining New Executive Order

    10/12/2017 9:40:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2017 | Christine Rousselle
    In an op-ed penned for Breitbart, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) explained that President Donald Trump's upcoming executive order--which would legalize the sale of health insurance across state lines--would come at zero cost for the taxpayer and would enable 28 million people "left behind" by Obamacare to purchase insurance cheaply. According to Paul, the executive order will create "Health Associations," which would allow people to create groups similar to large corporations in order to get lower premiums on their plans. Paul said that these Association Health Plans will "be among the biggest-free market reforms" of the healthcare industry in decades, and is...
  • Trump clears way for ObamaCare 'alternatives' in new executive order, goes around stalled Congress

    10/12/2017 9:08:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 93 replies
    Fox News. com ^ | October 11, 2017
    The White House announced Thursday that President Trump is taking executive action on health care as Congress stalls on efforts to overhaul ObamaCare, calling for a plan that could let employers band together and offer coverage across state lines. An executive order Trump plans to sign Thursday morning aims to offer “alternatives” to ObamaCare plans and increase competition to bring down costs. “The time has come to give Americans the freedom to purchase health insurance across state lines, which will create a truly competitive national marketplace that will bring costs way down and provide far better care,” Trump said in...
  • The Poor Will Be Worse Off: It’s not possible to design a truly egalitarian health-care system

    10/11/2017 8:16:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/11/2017 | By Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    Editor’s Note: Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, a conservative writer and fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is writing a series of columns on uncomfortable truths about health care in America. Some will make conservatives more uncomfortable, others will make progressives more uncomfortable, but most should make everyone uncomfortable. ‘The poor you will always have with you,” says the Good Book. Jesus might as well have been speaking at a health-policy seminar. We don’t, mostly, speak about health-care policy in the cold language of efficiency, productivity, and resource allocation. We also use a moral language about fairness, justice, and righteousness....
  • NHS Die: Experts' Fears 'Crumbling' Health Service Is at Risk of Keeling Over as Early as Next Year

    10/09/2017 4:32:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Mirror ^ | 10 OCT 2017 | Martin Baggot
    Don't let NHS die on its 70th birthday: Experts' fears 'crumbling' health service is at risk of keeling over as early as next yearA damning report says the 'crumbling' health service is straining at the seams and could keel over as early as next yearThe report adds the crisis in social care has led to con­tracts being handed back to local authorities by private firms that say funding is insufficient to provide safe care. Campaigners blame devastating Tory cuts for the staffing crisis that resulted in NHS doctor and dentist vacancies rising by 40% in the past two years. Doctors...
  • Guns are America's Blind spot. The NHS is ours. (Barf alert)

    10/08/2017 3:37:58 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 22 replies
    The Sunday Times ^ | 8th October 2017 | Niall Ferguson
    We live in a small world. There are two degrees of separation between you and someone who attended the concert in Las Vegas last Sunday at which Stephen Paddock killed 58 people. That is because you are reading my column and my son's nanny was there with a group of her friends.(luckily, she left before the shooting began, and none of her friends was hit. Spattered with the blood of others, but physically unscathed.) One of many pathologies of a small world is groupthink. I arrived in London shortly after the Las Vegas massacre. I encountered unanimity, right across the...
  • Critics see Trump sabotage on Obamacare

    10/07/2017 7:11:25 PM PDT · by Innovative · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | Oct. 7, 2017 | Peter Sullivan and Rachel Roubein
    The Trump administration is taking a hatchet to ObamaCare after failing to pass legislation through Congress repealing President Obama’s signature law. The administration has cut funding for advertising and outreach by 90 percent, raising the odds that fewer people will join the health-care exchanges during the fall enrollment period. It has slashed funds by 41 percent for outside groups that help reach and enroll likely ObamaCare consumers.
  • Schumer Says He Rebuffed Another Offer From Trump on Health Care

    10/07/2017 2:17:52 PM PDT · by Innovative · 35 replies
    NY Times ^ | Oct. 7, 2017 | MARK LANDLER
    President Trump reached out to the Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, on Friday to propose yet another effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but Mr. Schumer later said he had quickly shot down the offer. Mr. Trump’s phone call, which he announced in a tweet on Saturday morning, was his latest overture to Democrats, after reaching a bipartisan spending deal and forging an unexpected, if tentative, alliance on immigration with Mr. Schumer and the House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi. The president has vented frustration with the serial failure of Republicans in the Senate to strike down the...
  • Mr. Trump’s Attack on Birth Control(Barf Alert)

    10/07/2017 8:36:12 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 30 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 6th 201 | The Editorial Board
    Under the guise of protecting religious freedom and moral sensibilities, the Trump administration is making it harder for women to get access to birth control. On Friday, it rolled back an Obama-era rule requiring most employers to provide their employees with birth control coverage without co-payments. The mandate, established under the Affordable Care Act, has helped millions of women avoid unwanted pregnancy by eliminating out-of-pockets costs for contraception. Under new rules, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor will make it easier for employers to deny contraception coverage if they have a “religious or moral objection” to...
  • Survey: Majority of U.S. Physicians Now Support Single-Payer

    10/02/2017 9:28:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/02/2017 | Peter Barry Chowka
    For the past century, socialists, progressives, communists, statists, and an increasing number of Democrats have supported the imposition of a government-run socialized medical care system in the United States. Every Democrat president since FDR (except JFK and possibly Jimmy Carter) has spoken in favor of or introduced a plan for socialized medicine. Now, it finally appears that a critical mass has been achieved and the Rubicon has been crossed. A Quinnipiac University national poll on August 3, 2017 reported “Replacing the current health care system with a single payer system in which Medicare covers every American citizen is a...
  • Should You Switch to a Geriatrician?

    09/30/2017 7:51:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Assocation of Mature American Citizens ^ | September 29, 2017 | Andrea Rogers
    Approximately one in five Americans are over the age of 65, and that number is quickly growing. As baby boomers reach retirement, many decide to make the move from a primary care physician to a geriatrician – primary care doctors who have special training in offering health care to seniors. The health care needs of people change as they age, and many begin to experience new medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, renal failure, or heart disease. Some inevitable signs of aging take place over time, such as a slower metabolism, and lead to a decline in physical activity. Some...