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  • California weighs huge health care remake - dumping insurers

    04/26/2017 1:51:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | April 26, 2017 | By JONATHAN J. COOPER
    A proposal considered by California lawmakers would substantially remake the health care system of the nation’s most populous state by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone. The idea known as single-payer health care has long been popular on the left and is getting a new look in California as President Donald Trump struggles to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law. The proposal, promoted by the state’s powerful nursing union and two Democratic senators, is a longshot. But supporters hope the time is right to persuade lawmakers in California, where Democrats like to push the...
  • Guardian to bring several hundred jobs to Bell Works (New Jersey)

    04/12/2017 6:08:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Asbury Park Press | April 12, 2017 | Michael L. Diamond
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  • Vanity Post; question about insurance

    04/11/2017 4:56:17 AM PDT · by MissEdie · 25 replies
    self | 4-11-2017 | MissEdie
    Need help from my Freeper friends with business and legal expertise. Have recently had my all of my insurance policies with State Farm go up with no explanation.
  • Instead of healthcare or medical insurance, let’s consider the Eaters Club

    04/06/2017 2:43:54 PM PDT · by molewhacka · 13 replies
    The Paris Post-Intelligencer ^ | Mar 31, 2017 | Paul Frownfelter
    If we get into a discussion about healthcare or insurance, it seems that emotions get in the way of understanding — especially when the immense costs are considered. So, let’s discuss something else — eating. Now, you decide how often you want to eat, where you will go for your meal and what you will eat. You judge the quality of your meal and whether the meal is priced fairly. All these decisions are yours because, whether it comes from the grocer or from a restaurant, you are the one paying for the food. The grocer and the restaurant manager...
  • This healthcare debate among the GOP factions is absolutely stupid and counterproductive

    03/26/2017 5:08:03 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 68 replies
    This is absolutely stupid. These long drawn out debates within the GOP struggling to settle on the nitty gritty about what and who should be covered and at what price is ridiculous. It's NOT your job, gentlemen. All you are doing is playing into the socialist democrats hands. Please consult your pocket constitutions and discover that the power to make these decisions regarding health care and insurance, etc, is not an enumerated power and is not delegated by the constitution to the congress or the federal government. It's reserved to the states and the people. Get OUT of it!! Conservatives...
  • Healthcare Economics in 8 Minutes (How To Really Make It Cheaper)

    03/25/2017 8:45:52 AM PDT · by M. Dodge Thomas · 46 replies
    Healthcare In America ^ | March 8th, 2017 | Joe Flower
    "Customers in healthcare ask a different question than customers in most markets. Whether hospitals (as customers of suppliers) or individuals needing an operation, healthcare customers mostly don’t ask, “Can we afford it?” Or even, “What’s the best value for the money?” They ask, “Is it covered? Can we get reimbursed for this?” And the reimbursement or coverage is set by complex non-market mechanisms that in most parts of the market are themselves opaque to the customer. So there is no real customer and no real price signal in most relationships throughout the market."
  • Study: Senate Can Repeal Obamacare’s Regulations through Reconciliation, with Only 51 Votes

    03/24/2017 8:18:32 AM PDT · by AJFavish · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner (via CATO Institute) ^ | March 22, 2017 | Michael F. Cannon
    President Trump pledged during the presidential campaign to deliver legislation that “fully repeals Obamacare.” By forcing the House to a vote on a bill that does not repeal the health insurance regulations that are the driving force behind the Affordable Care Act’s skyrocketing premiums and low-quality coverage, Republican leaders are abandoning the president’s pledge. The leadership bill would only modify those regulations. As a result, the Congressional Budget Office projects, it would increase premiums 15-20 percent above their already-high levels and leave more people uninsured than full repeal would. House leaders claim Senate rules require a 60-vote supermajority to repeal...
  • A Blood Boiler

    03/19/2017 12:11:20 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/19/17 | Bob Christie
    The rich eat better, drive better vehicles, and live in better homes in better neighborhoods, but purchasing better health care is somehow a sin to those who think you shouldn't have it An article in the March 18 issue of the Toronto Star, a left-leaning publication, got my blood boiling! It is titled “Buying their way to the front of the health-care line.” That is followed, in large bold lettering, by the question, “Should the wealthy be allowed to buy their way to faster health care at private clinics?” My question to the authors is: Who the hell are you...
  • How Has Our Health Care System Become Such a Mess?

    03/18/2017 7:21:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 64 replies
    NC Register ^ | March 17, 2017 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    SNIP As a result of this thinking, most of us have become part of a large system that is so complex that we don’t have any idea how much something costs or why it costs that much—and often don’t even bother to ask! So many things occur to me to ask, but there are few good answers. Should an ankle x-ray cost $700? Why? I know the machine is initially expensive, but so is my car. After driving my car for ten years, the three years of payments are a distant memory. Surely after the 10,000th x-ray the machine should be...
  • US health bill 'to leave 14m more uninsured'

    03/13/2017 3:44:17 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 42 replies
    BBC News ^ | 13th March 2017 | BBC News
    An estimated 14 million more people would lose insurance coverage in 2018 under the new Republican healthcare plan, according to a budget analysis. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a nonpartisan group of budget analysts and economists, released its assessment on the long-awaited Republican bill. It said the number of extra uninsured would jump to 24 million by 2026. The bill would also reduce the federal deficits by $337bn (£275bn) over the 10-year period, according to the CBO. Those savings could help House Republicans sell the legislation to some conservatives who remain sceptical about costs. President Donald Trump has backed the...
  • Healthcare Inseparable From Personal Responsibility

    03/13/2017 11:10:34 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/13/17 | Arnold Ahlert
    America will always have a safety net for the genuinely needy--unless we bankrupt the nation catering to those who embrace personal irresponsibility Nothing about America’s ever-expanding welfare state has been more egregious than its unflinching cultivation of personal irresponsibility. From able-bodied people getting welfare or disability payments, to single women having illegitimate children, much of what we used to consider unacceptable or immoral behavior has been de-stigmatized. Our shame-free society must be kept in mind during the GOP’s effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare. That’s because the Left’s greatest weapon—one also embraced by several weak-kneed Republicans—is the idea that if...
  • White House spent $77 million in 2016 alone to promote ObamaCare

    03/13/2017 5:06:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | March 13, 2017
    The Obama administration doled out more than $77 million to promote the former president’s signature health-care legislation in what could be its final full year of existence, contracts obtained by The New York Post showed. They show the federal government contracted with Democratic-leaning public relations firm Weber Shandwick to spend $74.15 million on July 28, 2016, and another $3.69 million on Sept. 9, 2016, promoting the plan. The Weber Shandwick contract was signed by Pam Jenkins, president of the firm. Its chairman, Jack Leslie, was picked by Obama in 2009 to be chairman of the US African Development Foundation. Leslie...
  • Fix Obamacare

    03/12/2017 2:41:53 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 22 replies
    My Head | 12/3/2017 | Me
    My fix for Obamacare: 1 Repeal the Obamacare law 2 Allow interstate medical insurance sales 3 Tort reform to reduce liability costs for physicians and hospitals When I say repeal I mean all of it and now. Let the market float and over the same time period that was to be Obamacare's collapse the market will engineer a replacement. Reduce medical regulation and prices will drop.

    03/10/2017 12:20:21 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/10/17 | Bob Lunsford
    I’m also hoping that President Trump can see through the old political “bait and switch” that is pushing him to approve the present DC Solution to Obamacare I like to refer to Obamacare as ObamaScare. This seems to reflect the true meaning of the term, especially for those who resist/rebel against the [forced] use of Obamacare. But there is more to this today than previously. There is talk of repealing Obamacare. There is also talk of “repairing,” “Replacing,” and “Changing Obamacare” so, apparently, it will be more acceptable to the voter.
  • Health Insurance Reform and the American Entrepreneur

    03/08/2017 1:47:08 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 5 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | March 8, 2017 A.D. | John F Di Leo
    Part One of the House GOP’s official plan to repair/undo/fix/replace Obamacare was released this week, to utter shock and dismay. The authors say that everything America needs will be in the full packet, so it’s unfair to judge Part One without seeing the rest. That may be true, so here, let’s just look at the big picture, whether it’s one part, two parts, three or ten. America had a healthcare financing problem a decade ago. Conservative solutions, such as malpractice/tort reform, extending the tax-deductibility that employer-provided health insurance gets to individual policies too, and closing the borders to reduce the...
  • What happens when the doctors only take cash

    03/07/2017 7:18:50 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 64 replies
    Time ^ | 01/26/2017 | Haley Sweetland Edwards
    Sometimes called direct pay, and closely related to concierge care, this sort of business model was once seen as the perquisite of rich folks and medical tourists from foreign lands. But nowadays many of the people seeking cash-based care are middle-class Americans with high-deductible insurance plans. For a patient with an $11,000 family deductible, for example, it might make more sense to seek out a cash-based center like the Premier Medical Imaging facility in Minneapolis, which offers a basic MRI for $499, than to cough up the several thousand dollars that the same procedure generally costs at a traditional hospital....
  • Illegal aliens often get large insurance settlements when in wrecks or injured. Here's why.

    02/18/2017 10:05:20 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 15 replies
    Local sources of information | 18 February 2017 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Here's another important fact. Many Mexicans go to Mexico for medical care, including surgery and all kinds of major medical care. As a result, when one of them is in a wreck or injured, no medical records are available here to show previous injuries/conditions and they are able to claim it was because of the wreck/injury. As a result, lawyers argue that all injuries they have were a result of the incident which occurred here. Conversely, Americans whose records are available can not claim previous injuries were caused by the recent wreck/injury due to availability of records AND a different...
  • Humana says adios to ObamaCare. Implosion continues

    02/15/2017 9:31:10 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/15/17 | Robert Laurie
    Crumbling down around us Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the proposed merger between health insurance giants Aetna and Humana. It was big news throughout the last year. That plan has now disintegrated, and both companies are re-jiggering their plans as they move on separately. If you think ObamaCare is part of that scenario, think again. Last August, we learned of Aetna’s intentions for the ACA exchanges, and now we know Humana intends to follow suit.
  • Aetna chief executive says Obamacare is in a 'death spiral'

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

    02/07/2017 3:00:53 PM PST · by Brian Griffin · 20 replies
    Brian Griffin | 02/07/2017 | Brian Griffin
    Good Quality Health Coverage Employer Tax Credit [President Trump has promised to improve health coverage and lower employer tax burdens.] Employers who allow every qualified employee and normally on-site, employer-managed "contracted"/"self-employed" person with at least six months/$6,000 of employment to sign up for qualified care and drug coverage (in the following calendar year) may claim a tax credit of $3 against their federal corporate or personal income tax, but never both, for: 1. each qualified employee who received qualified care and drug coverage from the employer for a week and paid no more than $10 per week for it 2....