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  • Obamacare on Track to Beat Enrollment Targets

    12/23/2014 3:17:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 23, 2014 | BY SAM BAKER
    Obamacare is easily on track to beat the administration's enrollment targets, with more than 6 million people already signed up for coverage. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said Tuesday that 6.4 million people have either selected new plans or automatically renewed their coverage. The 6.4 million people who selected plans through the federally run exchanges include about 1.9 million new customers. The rest are current customers who either automatically renewed their coverage or shopped for a new plan. People who automatically renew their policies are at risk for some of the biggest out-of-pocket premium increases anywhere in...
  • D.C. Mayor, Attorney General: New Abortion Mandate Likely Unconstitutional

    12/19/2014 5:23:49 PM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | December 18, 2014, | cns staff
    Yesterday’s vote by the Council of the District of Columbia to approve a bill banning even religious organizations from discriminating against employees for their “reproductive health” practices—including abortion—likely violates the Constitution and federal law, warned the D.C. mayor and attorney general weeks before the final vote. The Council’s disregard for Mayor Vincent Gray’s “significant legal concerns” increases the possibility that he may veto the legislation, which also may be halted by Congress if it can get President Obama’s signature on the repeal. “Today’s approval of this draconian bill confirms the D.C. Council’s intentional persecution of religious educators and other employers...
  • Washington D.C. Passes Bill to Force Pro-Life Groups to Hire Abortion Activists

    12/18/2014 9:10:31 AM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 12/18/14 | Sarah Torre
    Yesterday, the Council of the District of Columbia passed a bill that could force employers in the nation’s capital to cover elective abortions in their health plans and require even pro-life organizations to hire individuals who oppose their views on abortion. The bill will now go to Mayor Vincent Gray for approval. This latest attempt to violate the freedom of individuals in the District should spur Congress to better protect the conscience rights for all Americans. The “Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act,” specifically prohibits employers from discriminating in “compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment” on the basis of an individual’s...
  • D.C. Considers Bill That Could Force Pro-Life Organizations to Pay for Abortion Coverage

    12/17/2014 11:37:39 AM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    daily signal ^ | December 17, 2014 | Sarah Torre
    oday, the Council of the District of Columbia will consider a bill that could force employers in the nation’s capital to cover elective abortions in their health plans and require even pro-life organizations to hire individuals who oppose their views on abortion. This latest attempt to violate the freedom of individuals in the District should spur Congress to better protect the conscience rights for all Americans. The “Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act,” would specifically prohibit employers from discriminating in “compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment” on the basis of an individual’s “reproductive health decision making” – including the “termination of...
  • Obamacare and Eugenics

    12/16/2014 8:52:36 AM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 12.15.14 | David Catron
    he scariest words uttered during Jonathan Gruber’s recent appearance before the House Oversight Committee were “positive selection.” They were read aloud by Republican Rep. Thomas Massie, from a 1997 paper the professor co-authored concerning abortion. The opus in question made the Congressman uneasy because of the following passage: “By 1993 all cohorts under the age 19 were born under legalized abortion and we estimate steady state savings of $1.6 billion per year from positive selection.” Rep. Massie asked the professor what was meant by “positive selection.” This question was evidently not anticipated in Gruber’s pre-testimony coaching, so he became evasive....
  • Pro-Life Advocates Skeptical That Spending Bill Will Lead to Obamacare Abortion Transparency

    12/15/2014 1:38:41 PM PST · by Morgana
    Christian Post ^ | December 12, 2014 | Samuel Smith
    Protesters against President Obama's HHS mandate requiring religious institutions provide contraception and abortion related services through health insurance hold signs outside City Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio, March 23, 2012. Although a federal funding bill the House passed on Thursday includes language urging the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure Obamacare's federal health exchange provides consumers with transparency on which plans include a separate elective abortion surcharge, pro-life advocates are skeptical that HHS will actually listen to Congress. Pro-lifers in the House sought to include in the CRomnibus appropriations bill, which would keep the federal government funded through next...
  • GRUBER'S HHS CONTRACT (factcheck.org excerpt)

    12/13/2014 6:16:00 AM PST · by Liz · 23 replies
    factcheck.org ^ | November 21, 2014 | Lori Robertson
    EXCERPT Gruber was hired by the Department of Health and Human Services for a one-year contract to provide “technical assistance in evaluating options for national healthcare reform,” as a Feb. 25, 2009, federal job posting indicates. The posting said he was uniquely qualified for the position not only because of his expertise in health economics but his “proprietary statistically sophisticated micro-simulation model” that could determine the impact of changes in health care policy. Gruber’s consultancy work wasn’t made public until it was reported in early January 2010. Fox News then reported that Gruber was paid almost $400,000 for the contract,...
  • 7-Eleven to Serve up ObamaCare

    12/12/2014 1:55:35 PM PST · by Morgana · 22 replies
    Independent Women's Forum ^ | December 12 2014 | staff
    After grabbing a Slurpee and hot dog, 7-Eleven patrons may pick up some government-sponsored healthcare messages, too. The Administration just announced a partnership that allows them to promote ObamaCare on sales receipts. Building on partnerships with shopping malls and other hot spots for the young and uninsured, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a partnership with PayNearMe, an electronic payment processing system that allows businesses to process cash payments for those who don’t have access to banks. 7-Eleven is one such store that will now allow PayNearMe receipts to include a plug for healthcare.gov at the bottom of...
  • Gruber’s nemesis called his paper on abortion creepy

    12/12/2014 12:30:23 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    life dynamics ^ | December 12, 2014 | life dynamics
    Kentucky Representative Thomas Massie, who recently questioned ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber about a paper he wrote which discussed how the government had saved billions of dollars by targeting abortion to the poor, is calling the paper creepy and based in eugenics. Thomas Massie Gruber Nemesis In a December 9, 2014 hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, about enrollment issues with the Affordable Care Act, Jonathan Gruber, a former consultant and adviser during the lawÂ’s creation, apologized for comments he made in which he called voters stupid and said the controversial law was passed because voters did not...
  • This Pastor, Father of Four Adopted Children, is Being Forced to Pay for Abortions

    12/11/2014 8:23:07 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 12/11/14 | Kelsey Harkness
    For 36 years, Jim Garlow didn’t know his first adopted child was the result of a rape. But after his wife Carol lost a six-year battle with cancer last year, their daughter, Janie, went in search of her birth mother. In succeeding, Janie also discovered the horrific circumstances of her own conception. The story spurs Jim Garlow, a pastor in California, to fight a state mandate that his church’s employee health plan pay for elective abortions. When Janie’s birth mother was a freshman in high school, two senior boys asked her to go to the movies. Instead, they took her...
  • New Record: Poll Shows 58 Percent Want Obamacare Repealed

    12/11/2014 6:34:11 AM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    Townhall ^ | Dec 11, 2014 | Katie Pavlich |
    According to a brand new Fox News poll, a record 58 percent of Americans want to see Obamacare repealed. Further, Americans believe deception was used by Obama administration officials to pass the law in 2010. The poll includes a hypothetical vote question that asks people to choose between only two options: keeping ObamaCare in place and repealing it. A 58-percent majority would vote to repeal the law, while 38 percent would keep it. That’s up from 53 percent a year ago -- and a record high number backing repeal (and a record low number in favor of leaving it in...
  • ObamaCare Is Funneling Billions To Defense Contractors

    12/10/2014 4:16:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Investors.com ^ | December 10, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Health Overhaul: Jonathan Gruber isn't the only one who got rich off ObamaCare. Several big government contractors are raking in megabucks to help the government take over the nation's health care system. Gruber made news when it came to light that the Obama administration had paid the stupid-American-calling MIT economist roughly $400,000 to help build ObamaCare, and several states paid him big bucks as well to build their exchanges. But this is just the tip of the ObamaCare bonanza. In the last fiscal year, Health and Human Services spent $21 billion on contracts with private firms. That's more than it...
  • Gruber confirms eugenics plot of abortion detailed in Maafa21

    12/10/2014 12:08:52 PM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    life dynamics ^ | December 10, 2014 | Mark Crutcher
    Now we have not one, but two, radical, high-profile, godless abortion supporters, confirming what we documented in Maafa 21.” In 2009, we released Maafa 21 – a 2 hour documentary in which we proved that the legalization of abortion had nothing to do with women’s rights, or choice, or reproductive freedom or any of the other sales pitches you hear from the abortion lobby. The truth is, abortion was legalized as an instrument of eugenics and racial genocide. M21 New Business Cards 2013 Ironically, within a few months after we released Maafa21, the most radical abortion enthusiast on the U.S....
  • Little Sisters: Don't Let ObamaCare Stop Our Ministry

    12/10/2014 11:00:37 AM PST · by raptor22 · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 10, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Law: If there really is a "war on women," it's being waged against a group of nuns who seek to honor their call to serve the dying poor without being compelled to provide contraception coverage to those who help them. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard oral arguments Monday in the lawsuit by the Little Sisters of the Poor challenging the ObamaCare abortion-inducing drug mandate that threatens religious liberty. The case of the feisty nuns challenges a bizarre "accommodation" offered by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS). Under its proposal, the Little Sisters can fill...
  • Congressman Slams Obamacare Architect for Saying Poor People Need Abortions to Save Money

    12/09/2014 2:11:11 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/9/14 | Steven Ertelt
    A pro-life Republican congressman grilled the architect of Obamacare today and questioned him over statements he made essentially saying that poor people need abortions in order to save money. gruber2Gruber once argued that abortion has helped improve our nation’s economy and social environment. In a paper he helped write in May 1997 for the National Bureau of Economic Research, Gruber and two fellow writers suggested that abortion has helped save the nation money and social woes. Here is one of their must infuriating excerpts: We find evidence of sizeable positive selection: the average living circumstances of cohorts of children born...
  • Little Sisters in court: Don't stop our ministry of serving the dying poor

    12/09/2014 10:00:11 AM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Angelus News ^ | December 9, 2014 | Mary Rezac
    Home » News » National Little Sisters in court: Don't stop our ministry of serving the dying poor By Mary Rezac December 9, 2014 - Catholic News Agency Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on pinterest_share Share on email Share on print More Sharing Services5 Mother Loraine Maguire and the Little Sisters of the Poor outside the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Credit: Mary Rezac/CNA. The Little Sisters of the Poor asked an appeals court Monday to shield them from the federal contraception mandate, saying that it threatens their 175 years of service to the poor and dying. “As...
  • Awkward: HuffPo realizes that maybe Obamacare causes doctor shortages after all

    12/08/2014 4:52:26 PM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies
    Twitcy ^ | December 8, 2014 | Twitchy Staff
    Earlier this year, the Huffington Post published a Kaiser Health News story scoffing at the notion that Obamacare could make it more difficult for patients to see primary care physicians: TWEETS ON LINK But, as tweeter @back_ttys has found, HuffPo should be feeling pretty foolish right about now: TWEETS ON LINK Whoops!
  • Little Sisters of the Poor Tell Court: Don’t Let Obama Force Us to Comply With Abortion Mandate

    12/08/2014 9:24:41 AM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    life news ^ | 12/8/14 | Steven Ertelt
    A Catholic religious order, the Little Sisters of the Poor, will appear before a federal appeals court today to tell it to protect their religious liberties and prevent the Obama administration from making them comply with Obamacare’s abortion mandate. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions. Without relief, the Little Sisters face millions of dollars in IRS fines because they cannot comply with the government’s mandate that they give their employees free access to contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs. Previously, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily protected the Little Sisters from the...
  • Obama Lawless Amnesty Costs Exposed (Weekly Update)

    12/06/2014 10:08:52 AM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 5, 2014 | Tom Fitton
    Obama Lawless Amnesty Costs Exposed – Congress AWOL? Exposed: Holder Uses Tax Dollars to Attack the Police Judicial Watch Fighting Against Disparate Impact Discrimination in Texas Obama Lawless Amnesty Costs Exposed – Congress AWOL? Despite all the budgetary pressure impacting vital programs of importance to the American people, the Obama administration apparently feels there’s still plenty of money to go around for illegal aliens. That’s what we learned back on September 9, 2014, when we obtained documents from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that showed the Obama Administration paid Baptist Children and Family Services (BCFS) $182,129,786...
  • DC Government Delays Vote on Bill Mandating Abortion Coverage

    12/03/2014 8:18:57 PM PST · by Morgana
    Christian Post ^ | December 3, 2014| | Michael Gryboski
    A Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive box is seen in New York, April 5, 2013. A federal judge on Friday ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make "morning-after" emergency contraception pills available without a prescription to all girls of reproductive age. The District of Columbia has delayed a vote on a bill mandating all businesses cover abortion in their insurance programs regardless of the business owner's moral objections. In a decision made on Tuesday afternoon, the Council of the District of Columbia pulled the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 off the agenda. Months after the D.C.-based...
  • Judicial Watch: Documents Reveal Obama HHS Paid Baptist Children and Family Services $182,129,786...

    12/03/2014 9:18:17 AM PST · by jazusamo · 105 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 3, 2014
    Full title: Judicial Watch: Documents Reveal Obama HHS Paid Baptist Children and Family Services $182,129,786 for Four Months Housing of Illegal Alien Children Taxpayer funds covered free laptops, big screen TVs, $75 per child per day for food, pregnancy tests, and “multicultural crayons” (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on September 9, 2014, it received documents from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing that the Obama administration paid Baptist Children and Family Services (BCFS) $182,129,786 to provide “basic shelter care” to 2,400 “unaccompanied alien children” (UAC) for four months in 2014. The BCFS budget included...
  • Report: HHS Spent More Than $182 Million for 'Basic Shelter Care' of 2,400 Illegal Immigrant Minors

    12/03/2014 8:52:19 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/03/2014 | Caroline May
    Documents obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch show that HHS paid the Baptist Children and Family Services (BCFS) $182,129,786 for the “basic shelter care” of 2,400 unaccompanied minors (UAC) over several months this year. Judicial Watch reported the group spent $104,215,608 on UACs at Fort Sill and $77,914,178 on UACs at Lackland Air Force Base. The charges, Judicial Watch noted, amount to about $86,846.34 per UAC at Fort Sill from June 12 to October 18. The charges for the remaining 1,200 UACs at Lackland AFB came out to a $64,928 cost per minor from May...
  • Congress aims to de-fund Medicare's spending on 'penis pumps' to pay for disabilities bill...

    12/02/2014 5:17:31 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 72 replies
    Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 2 December 2014 | David Martosko
    Congressional Republicans don't have anything against penis pumps. They just don't want Medicare paying for them unless cheaper prescription drugs are also on the list of taxpayer-funded therapies for men with problems they usually attribute to 'a friend.' As part of a plan to pay for a new initiative aimed at helping disabled Americans save tax-free for education, housing and transportation costs, a House bill unveiled Tuesday eliminates $444 million in Medicare funding for the 'vacuum erection systems.'
  • Priests for Life Loses HHS Court Battle, Will Appeal

    11/16/2014 6:35:54 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies
    Print PDF Local pro-life activist Bryan Kemper, youth outreach director for Priests for Life vows to go to prison rather than obey the HHS’s mandate. Photo courtesy Stand True Pro-Life Outreach.Plans to appeal case to Supreme Court: “We will not obey”Statement from Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, following Friday’s decision by the  U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit in Priests for Life et al. vs. US Dept. of HHS et al:As we have said from the beginning, Priests for Life will not obey the HHS mandate. To ask a group of priests to...
  • HHS Issues Special HIPAA Bulletin on Ebola Privacy

    11/10/2014 3:57:27 PM PST · by wtd · 7 replies
    Law360 ^ | 11/10/2014 | Erica Teichert
    HHS Issues Special HIPAA Bulletin on EbolaPrivacyLaw360, New York (November 10, 2014, 6:24 PM ET) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday issued a bulletin reminding health care centers and others about what information can and cannot be disclosed about Ebola patients...
  • HHS: No Reported Cases of Enterovirus Among 68,541 Unaccompanied Illegal Minors

    10/29/2014 2:02:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 73 replies
    cns news ^ | 10/29/14 | Melanie Hunter
    (CNSNews.com) – Of the 68,541 unaccompanied illegal alien children who entered the U.S. in fiscal year 2014, none were reported to have the enterovirus, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. CNSNews.com asked, “Just to clarify, you’re saying that none of the unaccompanied minors who have entered the U.S. had the enterovirus?” “There were none reported to the Office of Refugee Resettlement,” Kenneth Wolfe, spokesman for the Administration of Children and Families for the Department of Health and Human Services, told CNSNews.com in an emailed response. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the enterovirus 68...
  • HHS-Funded Study: Obamacare Will Suffer ‘Death Spiral’ If Subsidies Fail

    10/20/2014 9:47:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/21/14 | Sarah Hurtubise
    The Obama administration has funded a new study by top consulting firm RAND Health that startlingly finds that if taxpayer subsidies are eliminated, Obamacare exchanges will fall into a “death spiral.” The study comes in the wake of a number of lawsuits which are challenging the Obama administration’s implementation of Obamacare subsidies. Three lawsuits have made it to U.S. Circuit Courts, just one step from the Supreme Court, arguing that the text of the Affordable Care Act allows premium subsidies for state-run exchanges only. (RELATED: Second Court Strikes Down Obamacare Subsidies In Federal Exchanges) The report was sponsored by HHS’s...
  • Why Has Ebola Czar Nicole Lurie Been MIA?

    10/17/2014 5:03:49 PM PDT · by yoe · 50 replies
    IBD ^ | October 15, 2014 | Editor
    Preparedness: Earlier this week, Sen. John McCain called for an Ebola czar, not knowing one already effectively exists. Why should he, since Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H., has been completely M.I.A. You have to wonder sometimes if anyone in a leadership position in the Obama administration bothers to show up to work these days. Case in point is Dr. Nicole Lurie, who arguably should be front and center in planning for and responding to the Ebola outbreak. After all, it's right there in her job title. She's the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, a position created in the wake of...
  • Why Has Ebola Czar Nicole Lurie Been MIA?

    10/16/2014 3:02:22 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 35 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/15/2014 | IBD Staff
    Preparedness: Earlier this week, Sen. John McCain called for an Ebola czar, not knowing one already effectively exists. Why should he, since Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H., has been completely M.I.A. You have to wonder sometimes if anyone in a leadership position in the Obama administration bothers to show up to work these days. Case in point is Dr. Nicole Lurie, who arguably should be front and center in planning for and responding to the Ebola outbreak. After all, it's right there in her job title.
  • HHS Secretary: ‘We Could Have Done Much Better’ Containing Ebola

    10/15/2014 11:13:34 AM PDT · by blam · 56 replies
    Bi- Washington Free Beacon ^ | 10-15-2014 | Washiungton Free Beacon
    The Washington Free Beacon October 15, 2014Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said the U.S. government did not sufficiently respond to the Ebola crisis in the United States. “We could have done much better [on] the oversight of the the implementation of the protocols,” Burwell told NBC’s Matt Lauer on Wednesday. Burwell said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent a “full team” to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where Thomas Eric Duncan was diagnosed and treated for Ebola. Burwell lamented that the implementation of protocols to treat Ebola patients and protect health care workers...
  • California Churches Fight Being Forced to Pay for Abortions

    10/10/2014 6:45:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    life news ^ | Alliance Defending Freedom
    Life Legal Defense Foundation and Alliance Defending Freedom filed a formal complaint Thursday with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Servicesover the California Department of Managed Health Care’s decision to force all employers, including churches, to pay for elective abortions in their health insurance plans. LLDF and ADF represent seven California churches that object to offering their employees insurance plans covering elective abortions and allege that DMHC’s coercion of abortion coverage violates federal law. pichealth54Last month, LLDF and ADF filed a separate complaint with HHS on behalf of employees at Loyola Marymount University that also do not want a...
  • HHS secretary: There may be other cases of Ebola in the U.S.

    10/09/2014 9:59:17 AM PDT · by illiac · 54 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/9/14 | Philip Klein
    Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell said that despite the best efforts of health officials, Americans have to prepare for the reality that there may be more cases of Ebola in the United States. Sign Up for the Politics Today newsletter! “We had one case and I think there may be other cases, and I think we have to recognize that as a nation,” Burwell said at a media breakfast hosted by the journal Health Affairs and held at the Washington, D.C. offices of the Kaiser Family Foundation. Burwell’s comments come as screening of travelers from Ebola-affected countries...
  • Names of 1,000+ insurance plans that fund elective abortion in ObamaCare released

    10/02/2014 1:22:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    LIVE ACTION ^ | Kristi Burton Brown
    According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), 1,036 insurance plans under ObamaCare fund elective abortions through taxpayer funds. This, despite President Obama’s promises (and executive order) to the contrary, and despite the Hyde Amendment itself. Now, taxpayers can check the released list of the 1,036 plans to see if their insurance plan is forcing them to cover others’ elective abortions. The Susan B. Anthony List’s Lozier Institute provides information on finding the plans here. According to the GAO: “…28 states (including the District of Columbia) [have] no such laws [restricting abortion coverage in insurance plans], in 5 states all QHPs...
  • Read 8 damning emails from behind the scenes of the Healthcare.gov meltdown

    09/18/2014 8:53:51 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 20 replies
    We all now know what happened with the federal healthcare marketplace, Healthcare.gov. The three-year development was complicated by changing specifications, and the government's convoluted procurement process meant entrenched companies were getting contracts over and over. But a wave of government accountability reports, concluded after months of investigations, is bringing new attention to the meltdown. The Government Office of Accountability released a report earlier this week detailing the security flaws in the site, but a report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released yesterday is even more damning.
  • News Nugget: Louisiana Voters Beware

    09/17/2014 9:41:49 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    CAIN TV ^ | Herman Cain
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  • Judicial Watch Uncovers HHS Documents Detailing “High Risk” Security Problems with Obamacare...

    09/15/2014 9:38:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 15, 2014
    Full title: Judicial Watch Uncovers HHS Documents Detailing “High Risk” Security Problems with Obamacare Internet Site Less than one month before Healthcare.gov rollout, top Obama administration official highlights risks of malicious code being uploaded into the system through Excel macros; other “high risk” findings (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released 94 pages of documents obtained from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing that in the days leading up to the rollout of Obamacare, top Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officials knew of massive security risks with Healthcare.gov and chose to roll out the...
  • Obama Admin Renews Attempt to Force Little Sisters of the Poor to Obey HHS Mandate

    09/10/2014 6:49:44 AM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 16 replies
    Lifenews ^ | 09/09/14 | Steven Ertelt
    The Obama administration announced today it will continue its legal battle against the Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious order of nuns dedicated to serving the neediest elderly in society. This comes despite the fact that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and another company in their bid to stop the HHS mandate
  • HHS: Law does not prohibit pot purchases with welfare

    09/09/2014 1:17:01 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 9, 2014 | Susan Ferrechio
    <p>Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell told the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee that the federal government does not have the power to stop states from allowing people to use welfare benefits to buy marijuana.</p> <p>In a letter addressed to Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who asked Health and Human Services about the policy earlier this year, Burwell said the law simply excludes any mention of marijuana dispensaries in the list of places where people are prohibited from using welfare, formally known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF.</p>
  • HHS chief: Obamacare is 'clearly working'

    09/08/2014 2:27:05 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 8, 2014 | Brian Hughes
    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell insisted Monday that Obamacare is “clearly working,” trying to move past the rocky rollout of President Obama's signature health law by insisting that her agency was not concerned with fighting “last year's battles.” Burwell in a speech at George Washington University said that the verdict was in on Obama's signature domestic initiative. “The Affordable Care Act is clearly working,” the HHS chief said. “Healthcare is more affordable for families, businesses and for our economy as [a] whole. Coverage and services are more widely available to more people. Doctors and hospitals are delivering...
  • Politics: Oh good: ObamaCare now providing relief to those getting 'gender reassignment surgery'

    08/27/2014 7:53:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    Herman cain ^ | Herman Cain
    Use the correct term, friends. Don't be like Shaney B. and call it "The Forbidden Snip." That would be wrong. Who comes up with these terms? You and I think of it (well, if we think of it at all, which I'd rather not) as sex-change surgery. But no! We have to be politically correct with everything now, so it's "gender reassignment" surgery. My highly insensitive producer, Shaney B., wants to call it "The Forbidden Snip," but of course that is extremely insensitive and wrong and should not be said, so I will not say "The Forbidden Snip" and you...
  • Former HHS Cyber Security Director Convicted For Child Porn

    08/26/2014 10:48:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8-26-14 | Tristyn Bloom
    Former acting director of cyber security for the Department of Health and Human Services Timothy DeFoggi was convicted for a myriad of gruesome child pornography charges Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced. DeFoggi, who had top security clearance in his capacity as cyber security director, first joined the child pornography website PedoBook in March 2012. The Omaha World-Herald reported that he was arrested in April of last year, when law enforcement officials serving a search warrant found him downloading child pornography in his home. In addition to viewing and soliciting child pornography, reportedly asking another member of the site whether...
  • Disgraced HHS Cyber Security Director Convicted on Child Pornography

    08/26/2014 4:23:29 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 25 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | August 26, 2014 | Dignitas News Service Team
    Justice Department officials today announced that Timothy DeFoggi, former director of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Cyber Security division was convicted for his role in a child pornography ring. DeFoggi, 56, was convicted of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography, and accessing a computer with intent to view child pornography in connection with his membership in a child pornography website by a federal jury in Nebraska\, according to an official statement by officials with the FBI's Omaha Division. DeFoggi is the sixth individual associated with the child porn ring...
  • Obama Administration Revises HHS Mandate Yet Again

    08/22/2014 2:18:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 8/22/14 | Lori Windham
    Washington, DC – Today, the Administration released its eighth revision to the Health and Human Service (HHS) Mandate. This is the latest step in the administration’s long retreat on the HHS Mandate. It is the eighth time in three years the government has retreated from its original, hard-line stance that only “houses of worship” that hire and serve fellow believers deserve religious freedom. We look forward to reviewing the new rule and its implications for the 102 cases, including religious charities like Little Sisters of the Poor (see video), Mother Angelica’s Eternal Word Television Network (see video), and religious colleges...
  • USCCB Pres. Archbp. Kurtz comments on Obama Admin’s slithery new HHS mandate rules

    08/22/2014 2:17:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 22, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The Obama Administration’s war on religion continues unabated.From Catholic News Agency: Obama administration announces new HHS mandate rulesWashington D.C., Aug 22, 2014 / 10:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Department of Health and Human Services issued on Friday new rules regarding its contraception mandate, after the Supreme Court ruled against its application to certain companies this summer.The rules create a new way for non-profit groups to state their objections to the required coverage, prompting their insurance company to pay for their employees’ contraceptives. For closely held for-profit companies such as Hobby Lobby, the federal department said it is asking for ideas...
  • HHS PROMOTES CASH ASSISTANCE AND OBAMACARE FOR FOREIGN REFUGEES

    08/14/2014 10:40:45 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 8 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | August 13,2014 | KRISTIN TATE
    HHS' Office of Refugee and Resettlement (ORR) provides funding and grants to various organizations that help refugees collect welfare. One such organization is ICF International, which claims that it helps foreign refugees develop "partnerships" with federal, state, and community-based programs--"especially related to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program." TANF is a mammoth federal welfare program that gives cash assistance to needy U.S. families. But refugees can collect the benefits as well. "Refugees qualify for mainstream federal public benefit programs, including TANF," HHS states on its website. In 2014 alone, taxpayer shelled out about $17.35 billion on TANF payments....
  • Republicans question HHS official’s instruction to ‘delete’ internal ObamaCare email

    08/15/2014 9:30:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 15, 2014 | Judson Berger
    A key official overseeing the ObamaCare launch last fall asked a subordinate to “delete” an email exchange on the matter, according to newly released records, fueling Republican concerns that the administration may be hiding internal discussions from Congress. “Time and again, the self-proclaimed 'most transparent administration' has been anything but,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., said in a statement. “And now we know that when HealthCare.gov was crashing, those in charge were hitting the delete button behind the scenes.” Upton and other GOP committee leaders on Friday released an email exchange from Oct. 5, 2013, shortly...
  • 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...
  • Health Law Funds New $10 Billion Effort To Search For Health Care's Next Big Ideas

    08/11/2014 9:09:16 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    huffington post ^ | 8-11-2014 | Jay Hancock | Kaiser Health News
    The law created the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to launch experiments in every state, changing the way doctors and hospitals are paid, building networks between caregivers and training them to intervene before chronic illness gets worse. The center’s ten-year, $10 billion budget is the largest ever devoted to transforming care. In several states the office is working to overhaul medicine for nearly all residents — not just those with government Medicare and Medicaid coverage. Hundreds of organizations have gotten money. More than $2 billion has been doled out or committed since 2011. One of the biggest experiments is...
  • HHS: Hey, some of our e-mails Congress wants are missing too

    08/08/2014 9:09:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/08/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s an epidemic! Or so it seems in the most transparent administration ever, anyway. Congress has been probing the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare, to find out exactly how the Department of Health and Human Services could have botched the job with three and a half years and nearly a billion dollars to spend. Once again, key records that are required to be retained have been deleted before investigators could see them: A top U.S. healthcare official involved in the botched rollout of the website HealthCare.gov may have deleted some emails that were later sought by Republican congressional investigators, administration...
  • Key ObamaCare official likely deleted emails now sought in House probe

    08/08/2014 3:36:59 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 8-8-2014 | FoxNews.com
    A key ObamaCare official involved in the rocky rollout of Healthcare.gov likely deleted some of her emails that are now being sought as part of an investigation into the problems by a House committee, Fox News confirmed Thursday. The Department of Health and Human Services informed House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa in a letter Thursday that some of the emails belonging to Marilyn Tavenner, who leads the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, may not be “retrievable.” The missing emails belonging to Tavenner, whose agency runs the ObamaCare exchanges, were first reported by msnbc.com. Issa, whose...