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  • AMD Publishes Open-Source Linux HSA Kernel Driver

    07/11/2014 2:35:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    phoronix.com ^ | 10 July 2014 06:23 PM EDT | by Michael Larabel
    AMD has just published a massive patch-set for the Linux kernel that finally implements a HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) in open-source. The set of 83 patches implement a Linux HSA driver for Radeon family GPUs and serves too as a sample driver for other HSA-compatible devices. This big driver in part is what well known Phoronix contributor John Bridgman has been working on at AMD.********************** Heterogeneous System Architecture has been talked up for a while now by AMD as well as ARM vendors and now finally for open-source enthusiasts we can finally start seeing the advantages of the CPU and...
  • Better Than Obamacare: Health Savings Accounts Would Be Free From Government Control

    07/09/2014 6:37:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    It's fortunate the Supreme Court of the United States saw it fit last week to rule that corporations could not be coerced into covering religiously objectionable forms of birth control for their employees. This was a critical ruling, because it indicates that the majority of the Court still thinks religious beliefs and personal choice have a valid place in American society. The margin of the split decision, however, is alarming, because it reminds us of how close we are to having a government that will subject moral convictions to its bureaucratically directed control. People have legitimate differences of opinion about...
  • Microsoft adopts Mantle but calls it DX12

    03/18/2014 2:12:48 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Semiaccurate ^ | March 18, 2014 | by Charlie Demerjian
    GDC 2014: Completely different because it is not called Mantle, just ask MS PR Just as SemiAccurate predicted months ago, Microsoft has adopted AMD’s Mantle but are now calling it DX12. The way they did it manages to pull stupidity from the jaws of defeat by breaking compatibility in the name of lock-in. The impetus for all of this mess is the dire situation the XBox One is in. You might recall that it is woefully underpowered compared to the Sony PS4, has roughly 50% less shader performance, far lower memory bandwidth, significantly harder to program for, and tools described...
  • A Simple Alternative to the ObamaCare Mandate

    01/25/2014 6:47:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    The health reform law is trying to force $15 an hour workers and their employers to buy more than a million dollars of coverage when they don't have anything like a million dollars in assets to protect. Further, some of these families are being forced to give up "mini-med" plans that paid the first $2,000 or $3,000 of medical bills and enroll in plans with deductibles of $10,000 or more. Why do we need to force a family at this income level need to pay the first $10,000 of medical costs? We don't. I can think of only two reasons...
  • Colbeck ( MI ) offers patient-centered solution in place of Medicaid Expansion

    07/17/2013 4:08:32 PM PDT · by taildragger · 24 replies
    Sen. Patrick Colbeck's Homepage ^ | Wednesday, July 17, 2013 | Colbeck Staff
    LANSING, Mich. – Today Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, introduced the first of two bills to enact a patient-centered healthcare plan to provide a free market alternative that expands access to quality care without expanding government. SB 459 provides the regulatory infrastructure that would enable a low cost, high quality care, free market environment within the confines of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The second bill, which will be introduced shortly, would convert current Medicaid enrollees to low cost, high quality Qualified Health Plans featuring Direct Primary Care Services and High Deductible Health Plans wrapped within a Health Savings Account. The...
  • Obamacare Sticker Shock: Taxing Over 15,000 Medicines

    10/14/2010 6:42:43 AM PDT · by kristinn · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Human Events ^ | Thursday, October 14, 2010 | Connie Hair
    Nancy Pelosi warned us we’d have to pass Obamacare to find out what’s in it. And what we’re finding we don’t like at all. Higher insurance premiums are hitting families hard. Medicare Advantage has been decimated. Millions will be forced into government-run Medicaid where long lines and rationing await. If we like our insurance -- too bad. Beginning January 1, 2011, more than 15,000 over-the-counter (OTC) health care items will require a prescription (and that means a doctor’s visit) for tax-free reimbursement. Under Obamacare, OTC drugs cannot be reimbursed tax-free from Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)...
  • Colorado State Police And Homeland Security Target Christians As Anti-patriots

    04/09/2013 4:32:47 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 41 replies
    Surviving Global Recession ^ | April 6, 2013 | Steven Ahle
    I recently received a letter from one of law enforcement’s finest. He had attended a seminar in which he was told to be on the lookout for Christians. The letter was written by an attendee, Ron Trowbridge, Undersheriff in Prowers County, Colorado. I would like to thank Sheriff Trowbridge for the letter and the 25 years he has spent protecting the public in his county. Fear of reprisals from either the Colorado State Police and Homeland Security, fail to stop this patriot from exposing what our law officers are being subjected to. Because of his bravery, we are able to...
  • AMD Fusion: How It Started, Where It’s Going, And What It Means (What is HSA?)

    04/01/2013 9:50:44 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    tom'sHARDWARE ^ | August 14, 2012 | by William Van Winkle
    Table of contents 1. The Story Of Fusion Begins 2. Looking For The Other Half 3. Merger And Mayhem 4. Scaling The Brick Wall 5. Up From The Ashes 6. Fusion Ignites 7. Heterogeneous Roots 8. OpenCL And HSA 9. Focus On The Programmer 10. HSA's Big Picture 11. More About The Big Picture 12. HSA Tomorrow You've already read about APUs, and maybe you're even using them now. But the road to creating APUs was paved with a number of struggles and unsung breakthroughs. This is the story of how hybrid chips came to be at AMD and where...
  • TSA Sealed $50-Million Sequester-Eve Deal to Buy New Uniforms

    03/05/2013 7:40:57 AM PST · by george76 · 49 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 5, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The impending sequester did not prevent the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from acting in late February to seal a $50-million deal to purchase new uniforms for its agents--uniforms that will be partly manufactured in Mexico. Soon after this new investment in TSA uniforms, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned Americans that the lines are already lengthening at airports due to the sequester. ... the TSA said the uniforms will be "manufactured in the U.S. and Mexico." Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the TSA is required to procure uniforms made in the United States. However, uniform products made in...
  • Health Savings Accounts Under Attack

    07/06/2012 7:42:29 PM PDT · by 54fighting · 15 replies
    Red State ^ | 7/6/12 | Darling
    Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are an oasis in the desert of government-run health care. That is why President Obama’s health care bureaucrats are intent on killing HSAs. According to a recent Wall Street Journal piece by 2021, health care spending will be almost one fifth of the whole U.S. economy. In nine years, the government share will be about half. By 2021, health-care spending is likely to be nearly a fifth of the U.S. economy, at 19.6% of gross domestic product, up from 17.9%, or roughly a sixth, in 2010. The government share of the spending also would be greater,...
  • Obama and HHS Target Our Health Savings Accounts!

    07/04/2012 11:20:03 AM PDT · by hiram569 · 28 replies
    A Return To Common Sense ^ | 7/4/2012 | LibertyLover
    The regulation in question is called Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) and it appears to have been written as to punish individual and small business Health Savings Account policyholders. It is complicated but the impact of the proposed rule is crystal clear, it discriminates against certain HSA policyholders by making them ineligible for the ObamaCare exchanges that are frantically being put into place. Health Savings Accounts are the true alternative to government-run health care allowing individuals to opt out of the government-run system being promulgated by the bureaucrats in Washington, DC. HSAs allow users to set aside money tax-free into a...
  • ObamaCare Rule May Bar HSAs, Low-Cost Health Plans

    12/08/2011 8:41:30 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/7/2011 | David Hogberg
    A new Obama administration rule could drive out of the market the low-cost, high deductible plans that are supposed to be available under ObamaCare. That would likely mean a sharp jump in taxpayer subsidies. The problem stems in large part from contradictions in the hastily written health care overhaul.
  • Rice seed yields blood protein - Human serum albumin from transgenic rice could ease...

    10/31/2011 10:52:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    Nature News ^ | 31 October 2011 | Lauren Gravitz
    Human serum albumin from transgenic rice could ease shortages of donated blood. One can't squeeze blood from a turnip, but new research suggests that a bit of transgenic tweaking may make it possible to squeeze blood — or at least blood protein — from a grain of rice. In a study published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers describe rice seeds that can produce substantial quantities of a blood protein called human serum albumin, or HSA1. HSA is in high demand around the world, both for its role in drug and vaccine production and...
  • Changes to HSAs are nothing to sneeze at

    07/09/2010 11:08:36 AM PDT · by HushTX · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Vex ^ | 07/09/2010 | Devon W
    The economic benefits Health Savings Accounts (HSA) have on society as a whole are very complicated and outside the scope of this blog. What really matters to the average person is that you can have part of your paycheck deposited into your HSA without it being taxed. That means more money for medical expenses, a reliable and secure means of covering medical treatments, and the confidence that comes with such stability. Many people who use HSAs do so in order to save up for future medical procedures. It is not uncommon for a family to put money into an HSA...
  • Health Care HSA Changes Result In Higher Taxes For All

    03/30/2010 7:40:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies · 647+ views
    http://www.radioviceonline.com/ ^ | March 30, 2010 | Steve McGough
    So much for the promise that Americans making $200,000 or less would not pay one single dime in extra taxes. Just another promise that reached it’s expiration date, but at this point can we just call every Obama promise a lie? In November, I wrote about proposed Flexible Savings Account (FSA) changes in the House health care legislation. Those terrible changes are now law (Sec. 9005 of H.R. 3590). Today, let’s take a look at the Health Savings Account (HSA) changes and the new tax on drug companies.
  • Health Savings Accounts Survive ObamaCare

    03/28/2010 6:39:47 AM PDT · by GVnana · 19 replies · 1,026+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 3/26/2010 | Ron Lieber
    The health care bill that passed this week offers subsidies to people with low income so they can afford health insurance. To help pay for those subsidies, people with large incomes will have higher tax bills. It sounds like a rout for Robin Hood, but President Obama and Congress ultimately spared one big tax break — the health savings account — that Republicans love and senior members of George W. Bush’s administration had championed. In fact, the legislation makes it likely that many more people will take advantage of the accounts by the middle of the decade, keeping even more...
  • Health care HSA changes result in higher taxes for all

    03/25/2010 6:02:30 PM PDT · by Steve495 · 13 replies · 741+ views
    Radio Vice Online ^ | March 25,2010 | Steve McGough
    HSAs - before ObamaCare – allowed individuals to put aside money to pay for qualified medical expenses – including over-the-counter (OTC) medications – on a tax free basis. Frequently, companies match or at least contribute to an employee’s HSA. (Unlike FSAs, you are able to keep the money year to year and even invest the money!) This benefit has changed.
  • HOOSIERS AND HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS

    03/01/2010 12:53:15 PM PST · by greeneyes · 14 replies · 645+ views
    WSJ Opinion Journal ^ | 3/01/2010 | greeneyes
    As Washington prepares to revisit the subject of health-care reform, perhaps some fresh experience from Middle America would be of value.
  • Health Savings Accounts Are The Answer

    02/22/2010 7:15:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies · 539+ views
    With this week’s “health care summit” between President Obama and the Republicans, one hopes that the GOP will do a better job than they have done thus far in promoting the benefits of Health Savings Accounts. If they had done so in the past, ObamaCare would likely never have come into consideration. While structured differently than traditional health insurance plans, it is precisely this structural difference that holds the key to reigning in runaway health care inflation. Health Savings Accounts should also have a nearly universal appeal to a particularly vital population in this debate, namely, doctors. Our present system...
  • Dems Double Down

    01/20/2010 4:11:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 995+ views
    Investors.com ^ | January 20, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Health Care: Will the administration seize the moment of Scott Brown's victory to work out real solutions, or will it follow Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid over the cliff? Or is it just about government control? Before Sen.-elect Brown became the Scott heard 'round the world, House Speaker Pelosi was asked what his victory in the bluest of blue states would mean. "Certainly the dynamic will change depending on what happens in Massachusetts," she replied in a bit of an understatement. The dynamic has changed, yet the Democrats, as the country song goes, apparently don't know when to hold them...
  • The End of HSAs: Harry Reid wants to kill consumer-driven health care

    11/21/2009 7:59:39 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies · 1,131+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 21, 2009 | editorial board
    [T]oday let's focus on the damage the [Senate health care] bill would do to consumer-driven health plans—the kind that give individuals more control over their health dollars and insurance choices. The 2,074-page bill crushes them with malice-aforethought. ... Start with its attack on flexible spending accounts that are an important part of many employer plans. Flex accounts let employees set aside some portion of their pre-tax pay for out-of-pocket costs or medical services that their insurance plan doesn't cover, such as a child's orthodontics or testing supplies for diabetics. The Reid bill caps these now-unlimited accounts at $2,500 per year...
  • KY-Sen. 2010: (Rand) Paul plans health care town hall (kill Fedzilla, more HSAs, more free market)

    11/09/2009 12:25:28 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 4 replies · 347+ views
    The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky. | 2009-11-06 | Joseph Gerth
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  • (Harris County) Sports Authority may need taxpayer rescue - Houston

    10/27/2009 1:14:54 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 23 replies · 1,119+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Oct. 26, 2009, 11:07PM | BRADLEY OLSON
    Harris County taxpayers may have to inject up to $7 million a year into the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority for the next two years due to a financial crisis sparked by the souring of bonds used to build Minute Maid Park, Reliant Stadium and the Toyota Center. Facing balloon payments on $117 million in variable-rate bonds, the authority now is obliged to pay off the debt in five years instead of 23 years. That would require $24 million a year — a figure that, together with more than $30 million in additional obligations, would push the authority to the brink...
  • Mopping Up After Obama - HSA's and Energy Credits

    09/17/2009 3:12:50 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 2 replies · 400+ views
    Natural Born Conservative Blog ^ | 09/07/2009 | Larry Walker Jr
    (click image to enlarge) More Honest Debate Can the Federal Government outsmart itself? Health Savings Accounts (H.S.A.'s) either work, or they don't work. The government came up with a great plan, but failed to promote it. That's what our government does. They solve a problem, and then come back in a couple of years and solve it again. We are seeing it with health care, as well as with energy policy. Health Savings Accounts are a great idea. I have had one for over three years and have been satisfied with the program. Since I am in control of the...
  • Land Of The Fee

    09/10/2009 10:07:07 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 5 replies · 418+ views
    National Center For Policy Analysis ^ | September 10, 2009 | Staff
    The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee wants levies on insurers to pay for Obamacare and fines for families who don't sign up. To keep Obamacare alive, Baucus has proposed a Rube Goldberg scheme of fees and fines on insurers and the uninsured designed to forcibly bring everyone into the loving and protective arms of the nanny state...
  • Land Of The Fee (IBD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For Failure)

    09/09/2009 5:23:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 667+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 9, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Reform: The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee wants levies on insurers to pay for ObamaCare and fines for families who don't sign up. We can cut costs and expand coverage without sacrificing freedom.To keep ObamaCare alive, Montana Democrat Max Baucus has proposed a Rube Goldberg scheme of fees and fines on insurers and the uninsured designed to forcibly bring everyone into the loving and protective arms of the nanny state. To help finance his Plan B, Baucus would impose annual fees of $6 billion on health insurers, $4 billion on medical-device makers, $2.3 billion on drug manufacturers and $750...
  • GOP'S BEST MEDICINE: REPUBLICANS ALREADY HAVE A BETTER SOLUTION TO HEALTH CARE THAN OBAMA

    08/16/2009 3:22:32 AM PDT · by Scanian · 52 replies · 2,450+ views
    NY Post ^ | August 16, 2009 | Randall Hoven
    "The health care system in America is broken. Costs are rising at an unacceptable rate -- more than doubling over the last 10 years, which is nearly four times the rate of wage growth. Too many patients feel trapped by healthcare decisions dictated by HMOs. Too many doctors are torn between practicing medicine and practicing insurance. And 47 million Americans worry what will happen to them or their children if they get sick." Who do you think said that? President Obama? Actually, those words were written by Republicans. They are part of the summary of the Patients' Choice Act, introduced...
  • Obama Czar Has Socialist Ties

    01/13/2009 12:13:30 PM PST · by chuck_the_tv_out · 15 replies · 1,290+ views
    Fox News ^ | Jan 12 2009 | Brit Hume
    Incoming Global Warming Czar Carol Browner was — until last week — listed as one of 14 leaders of a socialist group that advocates what's called "global governance" and says rich countries must shrink their economies to address climate change. The Washington Times reports Browner's name and biography were listed on the Web page for Socialist International . Mr. Obama's transition team says Browner's membership in the organization is not a problem and that it brings experience in policymaking to her new role. But House Minority Leader John Boehner’s spokeswoman Antonia Ferrier asks, “Does she agree with the group's positions...
  • Consumer Driven Health Plans Save 21%

    06/22/2009 9:20:50 AM PDT · by nateriver · 28 replies · 515+ views
    The American Academy of Actuaries published a study on Consumer Driven Health Plans that not only showed savings but also care was received in equal or greater degrees to traditional plans.
  • The Phantom Uninsured

    06/16/2009 5:23:02 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 9 replies · 1,099+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 17, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Health Care: The administration uses the "46 million uninsured" as a reason to nationalize health care. But the Census Bureau says about a fifth of those aren't U.S. citizens. In fact, a goodly number are illegal aliens.At a town hall meeting in Green Bay, Wis., last week, President Obama spoke of the need to cover the "46 million people who don't have health insurance." At another point he simply referred to the "46 million uninsured." At neither point did he refer to them as "Americans." That was wise, because not all them are, the Census Bureau says.According to "Income, Poverty,...
  • The Republican Alternative to “Obamacare” Has Flaws

    05/28/2009 12:48:55 PM PDT · by nateriver · 7 replies · 348+ views
    “The Pain Caucus Republicans who are pushing the Patients’ Choice Act are making the same mistake as the Nixon Republican budget cutter/tax hikers of yore: pain loses at the polls. Instead, we need to put forward a bold, positive, and forward-thinking “Yes-And” plan in the tradition of Jack Kemp and Ronald Reagan. “
  • When Government Plays Doctor [Ron Paul]

    05/04/2009 8:51:55 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 1,601+ views
    This week, concerns about swine flu have dominated the media and many government officials. While the American people should be made aware of infectious diseases and common sense preventative measures, much of the hysterical reaction from government only serves to remind us how detrimental to your health it can be when government plays doctor. As a physician, I have yet to see any evidence that justifies the current level of alarm. Influenza typically kills around 36,000 people every year in this country and hospitalizes a couple hundred thousand. So far there are only a handful of confirmed deaths attributable to...
  • Excuse Me Homeland Security Department, How Do You Lose Two Forklifts?

    03/03/2009 8:46:05 AM PST · by george76 · 20 replies · 1,297+ views
    Independence Institute ^ | March 3rd, 2009 | Jon Caldara
    One small federal agency "lost" over 2,000 items at an average cost of $3,128 per item in just one year... The Customs and Border Patrol agency is tasked with tracking things as diverse as goods coming into the country, as well as the entry of persons (both legal and illegal) into the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has a difficult time keeping possession of the very assets that enable them to do their job, items like computers, digital cameras, and night-vision goggles... The compilation of items extends up to 58 pages, and totals $7.1 million. No fewer than 171...
  • Singapore's Health Care System: A Free Lunch You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

    11/22/2008 1:46:23 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 42 replies · 1,251+ views
    Library of Economics and Liberty ^ | january 13th | bryan kaplan
    In The Undercover Economist, Tim Harford highly praised the health care policies of Singapore. But it wasn't until I read the section on health care in Ghesquiere's Singapore's Success that I realized how amazing the official numbers are. If the following is true, all the comparisons showing that the U.S. greatly outspends Europe without getting better health are beside the point, because Singapore makes Europe look like the U.S.: The Singapore government spent only 1.3 percent of GDP on healthcare in 2002, whereas the combined public and private expenditure on healthcare amounted to a low 4.3 percent of GDP. By...
  • Top 5 Reasons You Need to Use Your Health Care Flexible Spending Account (surviving socialism)

    11/10/2008 6:16:43 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 29 replies · 240+ views
    Associated Content ^ | 10-23-08 | Sophie Stilwell
    Many companies these days offer what are commonly called either health care or dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSA). Surprisingly, very few employees take advantage of this fantastic benefit. According to a survey published by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans in 2008, less than 40% of eligible employees who had the option available to them used a health care FSA, and less than 10% of eligible employees utilized a dependent care FSA if it was available.
  • Fair Care

    06/18/2008 12:00:32 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 43+ views
    Campus Report ^ | June 18, 2008 | Emily Miller
    Fair Care by: Emily Miller, June 18, 2008 Solutions to fix the problem of the estimated 47 million Americans without health insurance usually entail the creation of yet another cumbersome government bureaucracy riddled with red tape. Authors J. Patrick Rooney and Dan Perrin take a different approach in their new book America’s Health Crisis Solved: Money-Saving Solutions, Coverage for Everyone. Rooney, famed for creating the first health savings account (HSA) and former chief executive of Golden Rule Insurance Company, and Perrin, President of HSA Coalition, proposed a health care insurance plan they dubbed “Fair Care” that focuses on fixing the...
  • HSAs offer a strategic advantage

    04/29/2008 1:48:54 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 9 replies · 105+ views
    Investment News ^ | 4-28-08 | Dennis Triplett
    Do your clients have health savings accounts? If you can't answer that question or if you aren't interested enough to concern yourself with HSAs, then you and your clients are missing an opportunity and an investment advantage. Since 2003 when President Bush signed them into law, HSAs have been touted as the 401(k)s or individual retirement accounts with a health twist. Tax-deferred, these accounts are consumer-driven health plans, which promise to help employers control health-care costs by placing some health-care responsibility and accountability with employees. Last year, there were 1.9 million HSAs, according to an estimate from Celent Communications LLC...
  • DEMS DON'T WANT YOU TO BE SELF-RELIANT

    04/21/2008 6:38:18 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 8 replies · 71+ views
    NEALZ NUZE ^ | Monday, April 21, 2008 | NEAL BOORTZ
    Just in case you haven't already noticed, whenever a policy proposal is made that would increase self-reliance and decrease dependency on government you will find the Democrats lined up against it ... every single time. These people believe that America is great because of government .. not because of the hard work, perseverance and determination of the American people. Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama try to make you believe that they actually care about your healthcare. That's horsecrap. The truth of the matter is: they don't. They care about power. Democrats want to provide government healthcare or insurance...
  • Health Savings Sabotage

    04/19/2008 12:36:39 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 21 replies · 164+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 19 apr 08
    Democrats have made affordable health care a mainstay of their election agenda, but apparently only if you're willing to get insurance through the government. Witness their stealthy assault on Americans who prefer the private-sector option of Health Savings Accounts. This week, the House passed legislation that included a provision to require every HSA transaction be reviewed and verified as a legitimate medical expense. Democrats say this is to ensure that consumers are using their tax-free withdrawals for a knee replacement, rather than a new iPod. In reality it adds a layer of bureaucracy that could sharply reduce the appeal and...
  • (Houston steps closer to new Dynamo stadium) City signs letter of intent for soccer stadium land

    01/10/2008 1:34:32 PM PST · by weegee · 55 replies · 1,164+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 10, 2008, 10:33AM | City signs letter of intent for soccer stadium land
    As negotiations on a proposed soccer stadium drag into the new year, the city of Houston and the Dynamo can now at least agree on where such a venue would be built. Earlier this week, city officials signed letters of intent to buy parcels of land just east of U.S. 59 and the downtown business district, a move Mayor Bill White described Wednesday as a major step toward acquiring property for a possible home for the back-to-back Major League Soccer champions. City officials declined to identify the location, but a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed reports that the...
  • Townsend’s Forgotten Legacy: Blocking Investigations Into Hamas’ U.S. Fundraising Activities

    11/20/2007 10:15:46 AM PST · by khnyny · 8 replies · 120+ views
    Counterterrorism Blog ^ | November 19, 2007 | Brian Hecht
    Bush Homeland Security Advisor Frances Fragos Townsend resigned today, after more than 4 years in that role. As is customary, President Bush praised his long term aide, stating that Townsend “has ably guided the Homeland Security Council. She has played an integral role in the formation of the key strategies and policies my administration has used to combat terror and protect Americans.” The Associated Press described just such an instance: When Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold called on Bush to refrain from using the phrase "Islamic fascists" on grounds it was offensive to Muslims, Townsend explained the president's use of the...
  • Homeland Security to test anti-missile system

    04/11/2007 4:06:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies · 480+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Monday, April 9, 2007. | ALLISON GATLIN
    PALMDALE - The Department of Homeland Security plans to evaluate unmanned, high-altitude vehicles as a platform for a counter-missile defense system for commercial airliners in answer to the threat of shoulder-fired missiles being used to attack aircraft as they take off or land. While seeking bids for development of such a system, the department plans to conduct trials using the Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Global Hawk and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems' Predator B aircraft. Both are built and tested in the Antelope Valley; Global Hawk at Northrop's facility at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale and Predator B at General Atomics'...
  • President Bush Signs Bill to Make Health Care more Affordable, Accessible

    01/09/2007 6:29:46 AM PST · by oblomov · 27 replies · 859+ views
    US Treasury Press Release ^ | 12/20/2006 | US Treasury
    President Bush Signs Bill to Make Health Care more Affordable, Accessible Washington, DC- President George W. Bush signed the Health Opportunity Patient Empowerment Act of 2006 today, enhancing Americans' access to tax-advantaged health care savings. The law, part of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, provides new opportunities for health savings account (HSA) participants' to build their funds. "Health savings accounts are improving the way Americans obtain the care they need. This bill makes HSAs more flexible and makes it easier for participants to put money aside for their personal health care," said Treasury Assistant Secretary for...
  • Get ready for the Medicare crunch

    08/06/2006 8:04:54 PM PDT · by Flavius · 8 replies · 471+ views
    ap ^ | August 5 2006 | By Linda Stern
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite all the talk about the shaky future of Social Security, its potential shortfall isn't the biggest risk for future retirees. They should be worrying about Medicare instead. The government's health insurance plan for retirees is on a crash course with the realities of an aging population and an increasingly expensive medical system. It's projected to go bust in 2020. That's 20 years earlier than the Social Security fund is expected to become insolvent, and -- boomers: are you getting this? -- only 14 years away. The Employee Benefit Research Institute is reporting that today's typical Medicare-covered...
  • ISP Snooping Gaining Support

    04/14/2006 1:21:05 PM PDT · by steve-b · 68 replies · 1,548+ views
    CNet ^ | 4/14/06 | Declan McCullagh
    The explosive idea of forcing Internet providers to record their customers' online activities for future police access is gaining ground in state capitols and in Washington, D.C.... Mandatory data retention requirements worry privacy advocates because they permit police to obtain records of e-mail chatter, Web browsing or chat-room activity that normally would have been discarded after a few months. And some proposals would require providers to retain data that ordinarily never would have been kept at all.... Jim Harper, director of information policy studies at the free-market Cato Institute, was the member of the Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity...
  • Need Freeper Help on Healthcare Paper (Shameless Vanity)

    04/14/2006 9:55:03 AM PDT · by duckbutt · 28 replies · 510+ views
    Me | 4-14-06 | Duckbutt
    Freepers - - I'm working on my dissertation topics which is "Should the US institute a single-payer health care system similar to Great Britain and Canada" and the subtitle is something like "An Agenda for Solving America's Health Care Crisis using Health Savings Accounts". I'm in need of Freeper help. This is the last leg in this middle-aged Freeper's journey toward an MBA, so be gentle. I'm looking for Freeper inputs regarding your feelings about the health care system in America, as it stands today. I'm looking for Freepers from all walks of life; Doctors, small business owners, retirees, those...
  • Code Red On Health Savings Accounts

    02/28/2006 6:36:48 AM PST · by kiryandil · 135 replies · 2,484+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | February 12, 2006 | Froma Harrop
    Heads up, Americans. The Bush administration is now greasing the skids for employers to drop your health coverage. This is a biggie. Radical change was not the headline when the president unfurled his latest proposals for health savings accounts. It was presented mainly as a sensible-sounding way for people without medical insurance to buy it with pre-tax dollars, the same way companies do. George Bush's new HSA is actually a rocket-powered tax shelter dressed up as a sweet little program to help the uninsured. It would also undermine the traditional health coverage now offered by employers. (More on that in...
  • Dem talking points against HSA's

    02/09/2006 1:41:28 PM PST · by fifedom · 16 replies · 634+ views
    Knight Ridder Newspapers ^ | Feb. 07, 2006 | Kevin G. Hall
    President Bush's proposed expansion of Health Savings Accounts depends on a premise that research shows is questionable: that Americans want more financial choices in their lives.
  • Health Savings Accounts: The Ownership Society in Health Care

    09/26/2005 5:25:12 PM PDT · by MRMEAN · 12 replies · 573+ views
    The New England Journal of Medicine ^ | September 22, 2005 | James C. Robinson, Ph.D.
    When President George W. Bush, in his second inaugural address, described his vision of an "ownership society," he specified not only the ownership of homes, businesses, and retirement savings, but also that of health insurance. Today, the most visible embodiment of this goal in the health care sector is the health savings account (HSA), which reflects a philosophical shift in emphasis from collective to individual responsibility for the management and financing of care. HSAs form the core of the emerging "consumer-directed" insurance plans, imposing greater cost sharing on enrollees but permitting broader choices than the health maintenance organization (HMO) plans...
  • INCREASED POPULARITY OF HSAs -More than 1 million workers have enrolled in health savings accounts

    07/22/2005 11:35:20 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 22 replies · 650+ views
    ncpa.org ^ | Friday, July 22, 2005
    Health savings accounts (HSAs) and other health care payment options have seen an increase in popularity. They have begun to receive wider acceptance in the work place and represent a philosophical shift toward consumer-directed health care, says the New York Times. If successful, these accounts could dominate and become the exclusive option at some companies. According to the Times: Nearly 8 percent of large employers already offer HSAs, 18 percent plan to offer them in 2006 and 47 percent are considering them. But awareness of HSAs is quite low and confusion runs high, in part because health insurers, third-party administrators...