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  • Nearly 9 million people signed up for ObamaCare

    12/21/2017 11:59:49 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/21/2017 | Nathaniel Weixel
    Nearly 9 million people signed up for coverage through the federal ObamaCare exchanges, according to a top administration official. Last year, 9.2 million people signed up for coverage during an open enrollment period that was twice as long. Approximately 8.8 million people enrolled during the six week open enrollment period, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid administrator Seema Verma tweeted Thursday.
  • Why Congress Shouldn’t Wait For Medicare Reform

    12/21/2017 10:39:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 21, 2017 | Christopher Jacobs
    If Congress fails to comprehensively reform Medicare, seniors will miss out on significant savings, and taxpayers will miss out on the opportunity to slow the program’s cost growth.In an interview with “Good Morning America” on Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) cast doubt on the prospect for comprehensive Medicare reform on the congressional agenda in 2018: “There are some provider issues that we may be addressing as you know. Some providers in the Medicare field in some cases are getting overpaid. We want to make sure that’s being dealt with. But as far as you’re talking about beneficiaries, we’re not...
  • Republicans Will Cut Social Security And Medicare After Tax Plan Passes, Says Marco Rubio

    12/02/2017 7:19:50 AM PST · by Mariner · 182 replies
    Newsweak via Yahoo ^ | December 2nd, 2017 | Nicole Goodkind
    Florida Senator Marco Rubio admits that the Republican tax cut plan to aid corporations and the wealthy will require cuts to Social Security and Medicare to pay for it. Rubio told reporters this week that in order to address the federal deficit, which will grow by at least $1 trillion if the tax plan passes, Congress will need to cut entitlement programs such as Social Security. Advocates for the elderly and the poor have warned that entitlement programs would be on the chopping block, but this is the first time a prominent Republican has backed their claims. “We have to...
  • ObamaCare’s Death Payments: A program to reduce hospital admissions may have led to more deaths.

    11/24/2017 12:37:43 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 23, 2017
    ObamaCare has caused hard-to-quantify economic damage, but some of the law’s regulations may be lethal—literally. Consider a Medicare hospital payment initiative, which a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association Cardiology suggests may have contributed to an increase in deaths. Readers are likely familiar with ObamaCare’s mandate and subsidies to impel individuals to obtain health insurance. But the law also included monetary incentives and penalties aimed at inducing changes in health-care delivery and spending reductions. The government rolled out these payment models nationally without careful study, and they are having unintended side effects. A case in point...
  • Hospital-employed physicians drain Medicare

    11/20/2017 5:21:23 PM PST · by spintreebob · 19 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | 11-14-2017 | Alex Kacik
    Healthcare costs for four common procedures are rising as hospitals and health systems employ more physicians, according to a new study. A 49% increase in hospital-employed physicians between 2012 and 2015 led to a $3.1 billion increase in Medicare costs related to four specific procedures in cardiology, orthopedics and gastroenterology, according to analysis from consulting firm Avalere Health. Medicare paid $2.7 billion more for diagnostic cardiac catheterizations, echocardiograms, arthrocentesis and colonoscopies delivered in hospital outpatient settings than it would for treatment in independent facilities, while beneficiaries footed a $411 million higher bill. Hospital-employed physicians performed more services in costlier hospital...
  • Reform Medicare, Don’t Cut Necessary Benefits

    10/29/2017 7:58:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 29, 2017 | Brian Darling
    Conservatives have always advocated the idea of keeping the safety net intact, while reforming the big three entitlement programs: Medicare; Medicaid; and, Social Security. Reform is different from cutting programs. The left constantly accuses the right of advocating deep cuts to entitlement programs that benefit low income Americans. The correct position for conservatives is to advocate strong reform to attack waste, fraud and abuse without cutting essential services that people rely upon – especially the elderly. One plan that falls into the category of a “cut” and not a “reform” is a current plan to cut home health benefits provided...
  • Medicare information

    10/16/2017 10:22:54 AM PDT · by knarf · 30 replies
    self, old age ^ | October 16, 2017 | knarf
    All the calls trying to get me to use a particular service have stopped.
  • How BernieCare slams working people: Be Careful What you Wish for with Medicare-For-All

    09/21/2017 6:11:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    New York Post ^ | 09/20/2017 | Betsy McCaughey
    Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All Act, introduced last Wednesday, outlaws private health insurance. Curiously, not one of the Democratic presidential wannabes crowding around Sanders for photo ops mentioned this alarming fact. If Sanders has his way, 180 million Americans who currently have private coverage would have it ripped away and be automatically enrolled in public insurance. Kids would be enrolled at birth. Medicare for All doesn’t just offer government health insurance to the needy. It makes private coverage illegal, including the health coverage you get at your job. Employers are prohibited from covering workers, retirees and their families. Sanders’ bill...
  • The Democratic Push for Single-Payer Could Hand Trump a Second Term

    09/17/2017 9:25:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The National Review ^ | September 13, 2017 | David French
    Americans are not prepared to take big chunks out of their paychecks for socialized medicine, and they’re not keen to move far left. Today is single-payer day. Bernie Sanders is introducing the Medicare for All Act of 2017, and this time he’s no lone socialist crying in the progressive wilderness. A total of 15 Democratic senators are backing his bill, including most of the top Democratic contenders for the presidency. As the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake observed yesterday, “The dam is breaking.” The New Republic, among others, is even arguing that single-payer is becoming the newest “litmus test” for the...
  • Bernie Sanders in 1987: ‘Astronomical’ Cost of Single-Payer ‘Would Bankrupt the Nation’ (VIDEO)

    09/16/2017 3:14:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 09/16/2017 | BY: Paul Crookston
    A video from 1987 shows Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) has not always considered single-payer health care a slam dunk for progressive reformers. Sanders said Medicaid for every American "would bankrupt the nation" while he was mayor of Burlington, Vermont, in a clip posted by the NTK Network. Speaking with physician Milton Terris on his local television show "Bernie Speaks with the Community," Sanders discussed the possibility of implementing single-payer health care in the U.S. "You want to guarantee that all people have access to health care as you do in Canada," Sanders said. "But I think what we understand...
  • Medicaid for All Would 'Bankrupt the Nation,' Warns Bernie Sanders—In 1987

    09/15/2017 8:06:31 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 10 replies
    Reason ^ | Sep. 14, 2017 3:00 pm | Peter Suderman
    Back in 1987, a much younger Bernie Sanders ... warned that expanding Medicaid, the jointly run federal-state health care program for the poor and disabled, to everyone in the country would "bankrupt the nation." "If we expanded Medicaid [to] everybody. Give everybody a Medicaid card—we would be spending such an astronomical sum of money that, you know, we would bankrupt the nation." Medicaid, notably, is far less generous than Medicare, the health program for seniors that Sanders wants to expand. Medicaid's provider networks are narrower, and its benefits are generally more limited. It pays doctors quite a bit less than...
  • Bernie vs. Bernie: Single-payer utopia then & now

    09/14/2017 4:54:55 PM PDT · by DFG · 3 replies
    michellemalkin.com ^ | 09/14/2017 | Doug Powers
    A video from 1987 shows Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) has not always considered single-payer health care a slam dunk for progressive reformers. […] “You want to guarantee that all people have access to health care as you do in Canada,” Sanders said. “But I think what we understand is that unless we change the funding system and the control mechanism in this country to do that—for example, if we expanded Medicaid [to] everybody,” Sanders added. “Give everybody a Medicaid card—we would be spending such an astronomical sum of money that, you know, we would bankrupt the nation.”
  • Democrats' Newest Plan: Nationalized Health Care

    09/13/2017 5:18:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 13, 2017 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, two seemingly unrelated headlines made the news. The first: America's national debt had finally reached $20 trillion. The second: New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker had finally come out in favor of Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders' magical, mythical "Medicare-For-All" plan. Of course, the two aren't unrelated at all. Once again, the Democratic Party is signing checks the country can't cash. Sanders' Medicare-For-All scheme would add some $13.8 trillion in spending over the first decade alone. Medicare already carries $58 trillion in unfunded liabilities, according to National Review. How unrealistic is Medicare-For-All? It's so unrealistic that the state...
  • Democrat's death wish: Backing grows for 'Medicare for All'

    09/12/2017 7:26:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/12/2017 | Rick Moran
    Bernie Sanders' government plan to provide "Medicare for All" is getting increasing support from prominent Democrats and appears headed to become an important part of the party platform in the future. The idea to put the entire health care industry under government control for all 320 million Americans is not popular. A Pew survey from last June shows only 33% support the idea of single payer. More importantly, a large percentage of Americans strongly oppose the idea. In short, using Sanders' plan as a catalyst for a takeover by Democrats  of the House and Senate would cost more votes than...
  • The Swamp Is Incoherent on the Rule of Law, Thanks to Pharma

    09/09/2017 5:42:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2017 | Mytheos Holt
    The bipartisan Washington, DC “consensus” has so many blind spots, you’d think its exponents lived in a black box. Recently, it has become clear that one of the biggest of those blind spots is the federal government’s treatment of the pharmaceutical industry.This can be most clearly seen in the troubling continuity between the favored policy of pharma-friendly elements within the Trump administration, and the Obama administration’s own weakness on a critical policy in the battle over drug prices: namely, the 340B drug pricing program.As granular followers of pharmaceutical policy will already know, 340B is a program passed during the first...
  • #2020Vision: Dems' two 'Medicare for all' choices; Biden's quiet moves; Franken blocks Trump pick

    09/08/2017 2:24:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | September 8, 2017 | Eric Bradner
    Next week, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will introduce his long-awaited single-payer health care bill with a cadre of the Democratic 2020 prospects expected to sign on as co-sponsors. Not long afterward, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, another potential 2020 candidate, will propose an alternative: Allowing individuals and businesses to buy into Medicare. Both ideas have, at times, been labeled "Medicare for all." But their differences also offer a glimpse at what's likely to be a defining debate within the Democratic Party in its next nominating contest: A full shift to a government health insurance system versus a partial step away from...
  • Why We're Doomed: The point is the present system cannot endure

    09/01/2017 8:44:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 08/31/2017 | Charles Hugh Smith
    Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,The point is the present system cannot endure.Despite all the happy talk about "recovery" and higher growth, wages have gone nowhere since 2000--and for the bottom 20% of workers, they've gone nowhere since the 1970s.Gross domestic product (GDP) has risen smartly since 2000, but the share of GDP going to wages and salaries has plummeted: this is simply an extension of a 47-year downtrend.Last month I posted one reason Why We're Doomed: Our Economy's Toxic Inequality (August 16, 2017). The second half of why we're doomed is stagnant wages. Why do stagnating...
  • My Proposal for Hospital Medicare Pricing Discount Programs+Patient $+Private Catastrophic Coverage

    08/28/2017 10:57:19 AM PDT · by Brian Griffin
    08/28/2017 | Brian Griffin
    There has been a strong demand here and elsewhere for plans based on catastrophic insurance. Those plans are only suitable for those with substantial amounts of savings of at least $10,000. If you are thinking of $5,000, that would be a typical PPACA bronze plan. Healthy people often want catastrophic plans to get the potentially massive cost-savings of substantial self-insurance. Fortunately, the people most likely to have very high premiums, people aged 50 to 64, often have $10,000 or much more. Payment for hospital-billed care, in-patient and out-patient, would come from the patient, and if the case was expensive enough,...
  • Medicare Is in Deep Trouble: Here’s How to Rescue It

    08/23/2017 9:40:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Morning Consult ^ | August 23, 2017 | by Sally Pipes
    Medicare’s trust fund will run out of money in just over 10 years, according to a new report from the program’s trustees. Once that happens, the federal government won’t collect enough in payroll taxes to cover beneficiaries’ hospital bills. Congress could hike taxes to cover the shortfall. Or it could ration care to save money. Or it could modernize and restructure Medicare — by giving beneficiaries means-tested vouchers to buy private insurance. Doing so would protect taxpayers now, preserve the program for future generations and even provide higher-quality care to seniors. Medicare‘s spending isn’t sustainable. Congress can stave off massive...
  • Ellison Tells Dem Meeting That Pelosi Supports Medicare for All

    08/21/2017 9:39:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 21, 2017 | Charles Fain Lehman
    According to DNC Vice Chairman Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) secretly supports Medicare for all. The video of Ellison, first reported by the Daily Caller, shows him speaking before a local Democratic party meeting in Minnesota last Wednesday. "I’m signed onto H.R. 676 which is a single-payer health care act," Ellison said. "They call it Medicare for all. Yeah, universal health care. Real single-payer health care. I’m on that." Ellison stopped to explicitly ask if he was being recorded before explaining that Pelosi backed this bill as well. "You may have heard that...