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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...