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  • Optum, Inc. Makes Big Moves Since Rising from the Ashes of UnitedHealth Group’s Infamous Ingenix

    06/23/2015 2:50:52 PM PDT · by Rona Badger
    The American Medical Money Machine ^ | June 23, 2015 | TAMMM Staff
    UnitedHealth cured the Ingenix stigma by simply changing its name to OptumInsight. It’s as though they made a deal with a witness protection program. Like other large medical insurers, over the years, they sustain fines for federal racketeering, skirt state laws by systematically reducing, denying and delaying payments owed to doctors for medical care and pay fines in the billions and still they continue on! Who dispenses Medicare and ACA money? Who controls the prices that the exchanges charge? And who is operating the very workings of the exchanges? That would be the leaders of the pack, UnitedHealth and Optum....
  • CEOs representing over 200 major American companies threatening to pull their support of Obamacare

    11/29/2014 12:35:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    * Many CEOs are angry with the Obama administration thanks to three new cases challenging parts of his 'wellness program' * In order to participate in the 'wellness program' and receive a low health care rate under Obamacare, employees must take a physical * Now it is being argued in three cases that forcing someone to take a physical for work violates the Americans with Disabilities Act * The CEOs now have a number of ways they can undermine Obama because of this developmentLeading U.S. CEOs, angered by the Obama administration's challenge to certain 'workplace wellness' programs, are threatening to...
  • More Uninsured Will Resist Obamacare This Year (Will pay the increased fines, instead)

    11/13/2014 11:14:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 13, 2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Next year, 35 percent of uninsured people would rather pay the upped fine for not having health insurance than buy Obamacare coverage — up 6 points from this time last year, when the penalty was hundreds of dollars lower. According to a Gallup poll released Thursday, 55 percent of the uninsured said they’re planning on getting coverage in 2015, but 35 percent are fine with just paying the individual mandate’s tax on going uninsured. In November 2013, just 29 percent of the uninsured said they were willing to pay the $95 fine in 2014 for remaining uninsured. But in 2015,...
  • Supremes Let Little Sisters Have Their Way During Appeal;

    01/25/2014 1:41:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | January 24, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    On Friday, the Supreme Court issued a one-paragraph order in Little Sisters of the Poor et al v. Sebeluis et al. It told the Sisters that for the case to continue with no enforcement of the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, they need only to inform the government in writing "that they are non-profit organizations that hold themselves out as religious and have religious objections to providing coverage for contraceptive services." That's easy, because that's what they are, and that's their position. As a result, the government has been "enjoined from enforcing against the applicants the challenged provisions of the...
  • Wildly Spins: 'Obama Approval Ratings Turn Around'

    01/09/2014 5:55:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | January 9, 2014 | Ken Shepherd
    "Obama approval ratings turn around," exulted the landing page headline for Traci G. Lee's January 9 story, "Positive start to 2014 for Obama: poll." Lee set about spinning the results of the latest Quinnipiac Poll, which shows President Obama sitting atop a 41 percent approval rating, up from a low of 38 percent in December, but still a net negative approval rating. Lee used the slight uptick in approval as a springboard to forecast that the president's economically liberal spending agenda could change his and his party's fortunes (emphasis mine): Obama is likely to use his upcoming State of...
  • As Feds Say to Stop Using Paper Obamacare Apps, AP Again 'Forgets' That Is Not Secure

    12/07/2013 8:30:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | December 8. 2013 | Tom Blumer
    So it's come to this. During the past week, the Associated Press reported today, "Federal health officials," meaning "the Obama administration," began "urging" (i.e., "telling") counselors and navigators around the country to stop using paper applications for Obamacare coverage, "because of concerns those applications would not be processed in time." It seems that either Team Obama or AP (my money is on AP) doesn't mind risking criticism for waiting to let this news out until a weather- and sports-dominated Saturday. It's apparently okay to keep those who don't know any better, i.e., those who went to the trouble of printing...
  • Fox's Jim Angle: Wouldn't Talk to Me, Knew I Was in the Media

    11/02/2013 3:40:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | November 2, 2013 | Tom Blumer
    Maybe the folks running the call centers don't have an enemies list. Instead, based on the experience of Fox News's Jim Angle, it might be an enemies directory, with anyone they're aware of in the media and perhaps other organizations included therein. That's what one almost has to think based on the experience Angle relayed via Twitter Friday (HT Twitchy; individual Angle tweets are here, here, and here): The body of Angle's report was also important, because it showed how another aspect of President Obama's core promise to the Americans people — this time, it was "If you like...
  • Freep a Poll! (Do you support the Affordable Care Act?AKA obozocare)

    07/26/2013 3:48:23 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 21 replies ^ | 7-26-13 | LA Daily News
    Friday's Poll Do you support the Affordable Care Act? Yes No
  • Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

    02/22/2013 9:44:29 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 43 replies
    Time (Special Report) ^ | February 20, 2013 | Steven Brill
    When Sean Recchi, a 42-year-old from Lancaster, Ohio, was told last March that he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his wife Stephanie knew she had to get him to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Stephanie’s father had been treated there 10 years earlier, and she and her family credited the doctors and nurses at MD Anderson with extending his life by at least eight years. Stephanie was then told by a billing clerk that the estimated cost of Sean’s visit — just to be examined for six days so a treatment plan could be devised — would be $48,900, due in...
  • Doctor as renegade -- accepts cash, checks, eggs or pie, not insurance

    06/25/2011 4:04:24 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 44 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | June 20, 2011 | Jennifer Vogel
    Dr. Susan Rutten Wasson sits on the corner of a bed in the cramped bedroom of Alice Johnson, a 91-year-old Osakis resident everyone calls "Grandma Alice." She's examining Johnson's arm, which is swollen, she's determined, because of a tight sleeve cuff. Also in the room are Alice's daughter, Ione, and granddaughter, Anne, who lives downstairs in the farmhouse Johnson has occupied for decades. A Rottweiler mix as big as a Shetland licks the face of 18-month-old Sarah, Rutten Wasson's daughter, who sits on the doctor's lap. It's more a scene from the days of frontier medicine than from the modern...
  • Surgeon Who Removed Wrong Organ Had "Bad Luck"

    06/07/2010 10:46:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies · 61+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Mon, Jun 7, 2010 | TODD WRIGHT
    The doctor was the victim of "bad luck," medical board saysThe state Board of Medicine has ruled a South Florida surgeon, who took out a healthy kidney instead of a gallbladder during an operation, wasn't inept or careless. The board said Bernard Zaragoza is a good doctor, but he had bad luck. We'd say it was the patient who had the worst luck. The unidentified man died of heart failure three weeks after the surgery. In 2007, Zaragoza operated on an 83-year-old patient who was having some internal issues in Miramar. The patient's kidney was located where his gallbladder should...
  • Statement from the President on Health Care Reform

    07/07/2009 10:51:31 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 307+ views ^ | July 7, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ______________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 7, 2009 Statement from the President on Health Care Reform "I am pleased by the progress we're making on health care reform and still believe, as I've said before, that one of the best ways to bring down costs, provide more choices, and assure quality is a public option that will force the insurance companies to compete and keep them honest. I look forward to a final product that achieves these very important goals." ###
  • Senate Finance Chairman Calls for Mandatory Health Insurance

    11/13/2008 4:03:56 AM PST · by tobyhill · 24 replies · 823+ views
    cns news ^ | 11/13/2008 | Tiffany Gabbay
    The Democratic chairman of the Senate Finance Committee unveiled a health-care reform plan Wednesday that incorporates many of the provisions of President-elect Barack Obama’s plan, but goes one step further -- it would require everyone to eventually buy insurance coverage. Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) proposes that medical insurance cover pre-existing conditions, as Obama’s plan does, and would set up an insurance exchange to help people and businesses find insurance if they need -- but don’t have -- coverage. “Americans are acutely aware of problems in the country’s health care system and they are ready for change,” Baucus said at a...
  • Children’s Health Plan Focus of New Struggle (Socialist-Dem Bias Alert)

    08/01/2007 9:59:37 AM PDT · by hocndoc · 11 replies · 405+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 1, 2007 | Robert Pear
    August 1, 2007 Children’s Health Plan Focus of New Struggle By ROBERT PEAR WASHINGTON, July 31 — The Children’s Health Insurance Program has suddenly become a vehicle for an ideological struggle between President Bush and Congress over the future of the health care system. But in the short term, members of both parties say, the broader outline of that struggle is likely to be reduced to a simple question: “Are you for or against children?”
  • Cuba enjoys publicity from Moore's "SiCKO"

    07/18/2007 12:12:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 580+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | July 16, 2007 | Anthony Boadle
    HAVANA - Michael Moore's new documentary film "SiCKO" has given Cuba's free health system its best publicity since Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution, a Cuban doctor who hosted the filmmaker's visit said on Monday. Moore took eight Americans sickened after volunteering for the September 11, 2001, rescue efforts for free treatment in Cuba in March in order to extol the Communist state's universal care in his film, which attacks the U.S. health system for being driven by profits and leaving millions uninsured. "SiCKO" has stirred heated debate in the United States since opening in June due to its scathing indictment of...
  • Health Care Costs Money, So Buy It! (Dr. Rush Limbaugh Slams "The Give It To Me" Mentality Alert)

    08/23/2006 4:54:13 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 137 replies · 2,481+ views
    Rush ^ | 08/23/06 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Larry in Bourbonnais, Illinois, training location for the Chicago Bears. It's nice to have you on the program, sir. Welcome. CALLER: Hi, Rush, how you doing? Long-time listener, long time Republican, ever since Reagan was elected. RUSH: Thank you, sir. CALLER: But I have a confession to make. RUSH: Yeah? CALLER: If Hillary or any other Democrat runs for president this next time around and offers some sort of national health care, I'm voting for them. RUSH: You can't be serious. CALLER: Serious as a heart attack. You know, I'm tired -- I got the kids here at home...
  • Mandate Malpractice

    06/23/2006 11:44:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 548+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 6/23/2006 | David Hogberg
    Last week the American Medical Association endorsed a health insurance mandate that would require individuals and families in the United States who could afford health insurance to purchase it. Although the mandate is largely targeted at upper-income folks, it is likely a first step toward a mandate that would require all people to purchase health insurance. There is a one-word response to the AMA's recommendation: Whoa! It is premature to advocate a national health insurance mandate when the U.S. is blessed with a federal system. Under our system, state governments can act as "laboratories of democracy," testing new policies. This...
  • Parents Facing Sticker Shock Over Private School Tuitions

    02/28/2006 6:15:27 PM PST · by george76 · 170 replies · 2,908+ views
    The New YOrk Sun ^ | February 28, 2006 | DEBORAH KOLBEN
    Tuition and fees at some New York City private high schools will cost more than $30,000 for the school year ... New York already boasts the highest private school tuitions in the country, but prices at some schools will now surpass even the cost of sending a child to Harvard... Riverdale Country School, located on a leafy oasis in the Bronx, will charge $31,200 for tuition, lunch, and books for grades six through 12. Bus service from Manhattan costs an additional couple of thousand dollars. Parents are looking to spend about $400,000 before their children even get to college. Undergraduate...
  • Wachovia health-benefits premiums tiered in price, Higher the salary, the higher the employees' cost

    11/12/2004 2:16:04 PM PST · by Between the Lines · 84 replies · 2,808+ views
    Winston-Salem Journal ^ | November 12, 2004
    CHARLOTTE, NC -- Wachovia Corp., the nation's fourth-largest bank, is giving its lowest-paid employees a break on their health-insurance premiums while asking their higher-paid colleagues to fork over more cash for the same coverage. The new tiered pricing system replaces one in which employees earning the highest salaries paid the same premiums as lower-paid workers for the same benefit. Wachovia has nearly 100,000 employees. It's the latest twist in employers' struggles with skyrocketing healthcare costs. And it's surfacing at a time when employees are signing up for health benefits and learning about changes in their plan. Such a system can...
  • Tragic Trip

    10/04/2004 3:49:27 AM PDT · by television is just wrong · 83 replies · 1,818+ views ^ | Oct. 2, 2004 | Theresa Freed
    Tragic Trip Newton Theresa Freed Video Included Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004 After a fall of more than 40-feet, Mexican medical teams refuse to help a Kansas man. It was a trip to discover his heritage but instead turns tragic. The 23-year-old was going to Mexico to meet his birth father for the first time. He had been living with his adopted parents his entire life in Newton. Many people take for granted the quality of emergency medical care in the United States. It’s one mistake a Newton family will never make again. It’s a lesson about health care that 21-year-old...
  • A liberating solution (Q&A w/ Sen. Santorum re: Health Savings Accts)

    09/18/2004 5:22:50 AM PDT · by buzzyboop · 5 replies · 391+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | September 18, 2004 | Bill Steigerwald
    Health savings accounts are a clever way to let you control your own medical costs, choose your own doctors and save money, too. And they're coming soon to an employer near you. Much of the credit goes to Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania's junior U.S. senator. Santorum has been pushing HSAs and their older cousin, medical savings accounts, through Congress since 1991. Q: What exactly is a health savings account? A: It's similar to an IRA or an education savings account, which is a tax-free account. In other words, it's money you can divert from your paycheck, and your employer can put...
  • Some Doctors Letting Patients Skip Co-Payments

    12/26/2003 10:36:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 157 replies · 2,625+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 27, 2003 | MILT FREUDENHEIM
    For years, health plans have sought to control medical costs by negotiating fees with a group of preferred doctors and requiring patients to pay extra for going outside the network. But some doctors and clinics - eager to help hard-pressed patients or calculating that it can benefit their business - have begun to foil the cost-control efforts by waiving those extra charges. The move by these providers to dispense with collecting what are known as coinsurance payments comes as employers and insurers try to discourage overuse of health care by making patients pay more costs from their own pockets. But...
  • Syphilis increase sparks AIDS concerns

    11/20/2003 9:08:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 68 replies · 1,445+ views
    UPI ^ | Nov 20, 2003 | Steve Mitchell
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Syphilis rates rose dramatically for the second straight year in the United States, particularly among gay and bisexual men, a finding that has health officials worried about an increase in HIV/AIDS cases in the coming years. Overall, the U.S. syphilis rate rose by 9 percent between 2001 and 2002, the second consecutive increase from an all-time low in 2000, according to figures released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The bulk of the increase occurred among men, rising by about 27 percent overall, including a staggering increase of more than...
  • S.F. has nation's highest syphilis rate

    11/21/2003 10:48:53 AM PST · by Pikamax · 44 replies · 878+ views
    SFGATE ^ | 11/21/03 | Sabin Russell
    <p>With a top national ranking it could surely do without, San Francisco has surpassed Detroit as the city with the highest per-capita rate of syphilis in the United States.</p> <p>Driven by an increase in new cases among gay white men, the nation's syphilis rate rose 9.1 percent in 2002, the second consecutive increase after a decade of decline that had raised hopes the sexually transmitted disease could be eliminated in the country.</p>
  • Vice president's visit brings out protesters along East Beltline

    07/01/2003 11:57:59 AM PDT · by FourPeas · 20 replies · 236+ views
    The Grand Rapids Press ^ | Tuesday, July 01, 2003 | Joe Snapper
    Vice president's visit brings out protesters along East Beltline Tuesday, July 01, 2003By Joe SnapperThe Grand Rapids Press G.R. TOWNSHIP -- About 80 people sang, shouted, waved and threw insults at the Bush Administration on Monday outside Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in protest of a fund-raising luncheon featuring Vice President Dick Cheney. Cheney's noon date at the Grand Rapids Township gardens fetched $1,000 per plate -- a pretty hefty lunch bill, if you ask Sister Barbara Hansen. "A $1,000-a-plate dinner? When people are hungry?" Hansen, spokeswoman for Women in Black, an otherwise non-vocal, international peace movement, asked with...
  • Expert: Doctors must become politically involved

    05/06/2003 9:55:08 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 17 replies · 177+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Tuesday, May 6, 2003 | Richard Gazarik
    <p>When Dr. Albert Saloom, of Mt. Pleasant, began practicing medicine in 1961, he could purchase $100,000 in malpractice insurance for $30 a year.</p> <p>"In the '60s, we delivered babies and did surgery for $30," Saloom said.</p> <p>When the rate eventually increased to $104 a year, Saloom said he wrote a "tough letter" to the insurance company demanding to know why.</p>
  • Healthcare Socialism

    02/25/2003 8:12:41 AM PST · by RJCogburn · 4 replies · 184+ views
    The Future of Freedom Foundation ^ | February 21, 2003 | Scott McPherson
    Some ideas die hard. Among the most resilient is the utopian belief that health care could be cheap, free, and available to all, if only we’d let the government take care of it. It was in the spirit of reviving this tragically unwise socialist idea that former president Bill Clinton and Sen. John Breaux (D-La.) addressed separate audiences last week on the need for greater government control over medicine. Hoping to add greater impetus to the health-care issue for the 2004 presidential election, Clinton told the 2003 National Grassroots Meeting of Families USA, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.,...
  • Going uninsured can be a good bet - Other priorities for laid-off young people

    01/20/2003 12:43:27 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies · 537+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 20, 2003 | ALEX POLIER, AP
    Laid off from his job at a computer software company in Philadelphia, Andy Szamody wondered where he would find health coverage. His firm told him it would offer a temporary policy that would cost $212 a month. But "when you're not making any money, that seems like a lot of money," Szamody said. The local unemployment office informed him of other options, but jobless benefits disqualified Szamody for the cheapest, a basic plan that covered doctor visits but not prescriptions for $30 a month. In the end, he opted simply to do without. "I find the whole insurance thing totally...
  • Rise in Insurance Forces Hospitals to Shutter Wards

    08/25/2002 7:56:30 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 24 replies · 264+ views
    NY TIMES ^ | 8/25/02 | JOSEPH B. TREASTER
    Around the country this summer, at least half a dozen hospitals have closed obstetric wards, others have curtailed trauma services, and a string of rural clinics have been temporarily shuttered as a result of soaring costs for medical malpractice insurance. Mercy Hospital in West Philadelphia closed its maternity ward on Friday, and the Largo Medical Center, near Tampa, Fla., plans to do so in December. The roots of the crisis are complex. The insurance companies, President Bush and the American Medical Association largely fault the rising cost of awards in malpractice lawsuits. From 1995 to 2000, the average jury award...