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  • Health insurance provider Colorado Access cutting Medicare coverage for coming year

    10/03/2015 7:29:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    NYC Today ^ | 10/02/2015 | Diane Hoffman
    Health insurance provider Colorado Access is going to cut Medicare coverage for the coming year. As a result of the move around 5,500 senior and disabled customers will have to look for alternatives. Chief operating officer of Colorado Access, Matt Case has said that the Denver-based nonprofit will also let go 83 employees who were a part of Colorado Access Medicare and its subsidiary Access Health Colorado. Besides this, extra 40 openings will remain unfilled. Case said that Colorado Access has also drawn down administrative expenses, cutting down the salaries of its executive teams. Case said, “While it's never easy...
  • Medicare paid $30 million for mystery ambulance rides

    09/29/2015 4:55:03 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 29, 2015
    Medicare paid $30 million for ambulance rides for which no record exists that patients got medical care at their destination, the place where they were picked up or other critical information.
  • Earth to Paul Krugman and The New York Times: Debt Is Not Good

    08/29/2015 5:05:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | August 29, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    Source: Source information located at the bottom of column. First the good news. The federal governmentÂ’s tax receipts are coming in at a rate somewhat higher than what was expected a few months ago. That means a shut-down-the-government debt limit stalemate will be pushed back until November or December. It also means that the federal debt will actually decline a bit this year. Now for the bad news. We are experiencing the calm before the storm. The Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday that although our fiscal situation is improving, by 2018 we will snap back to swelling deficits and unsustainable...
  • Why Jeb’s Not Catching Fire — And Probably Never Will

    08/23/2015 6:52:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Center For Individual Freedom ^ | August 20, 2015 | Troy Senik
    The good news for Jeb Bush is that he’s the perfect candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. The bad news is that he’s the perfect candidate in the year 2000. That’s the counterfactual scenario that most Bush-watchers have spun over the years. Had Jeb won the 1994 race in which he first pursued Florida’s governorship, the theory goes, it would have been him rather than his older brother who became the GOP’s standard-bearer in 2000. Instead, Jeb narrowly lost the ’94 race to Democrat Lawton Chiles, George W. won his contest in Texas in the same year and the younger...
  • Top Boehner health aide leaving for lobbying firm (sister of StemExpress CEO—PP baby parts merchant)

    08/22/2015 1:26:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/05/15 11:57 AM EDT | Peter Sullivan
    Charlotte Ivancic, Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) top health policy aide, is leaving his office to join the lobbying firm Tarplin, Downs & Young, the firm announced Wednesday. Ivancic led the negotiations for Boehner on the repeal of Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate this year. The elimination of the annual Washington headache of automatic cuts to doctors under Medicare, after negotiations with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was a significant achievement. […] Tarplin, Downs & Young was founded in 2006 by former Republican healthcare staffers in the Bush administration and on Capitol Hill. It also has former Democratic staffers. …
  • Boehner Aide, Sister of CEO Aborted Baby Parts, Resigns to Join Lobbying Firm

    08/22/2015 1:23:56 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    CNS ^ | August 22, 2015 | Michael W. Chapman
    Charlotte Ivancic -- the older sister of Cate Dyer who runs the biotech company StemExpress, and who discussed and laughed about shipping “intact” aborted baby parts in an undercover video released on Friday – is leaving her position as the health policy adviser to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to go to work for the lobbying firm Tarplin, Downs & Young. The resignation of Ivancic--who worked for Boehner and as legal counsel to the House Budget Committee–was announced on August 5, as reported in The Hill. In late July, StemExpress and its founder and CEO, Cate Dyer, were mentioned in...
  • Big Price Hikes Coming For Medicare Premiums In 2016

    08/16/2015 8:52:26 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 25 replies ^ | 14 August 2015 | Martha Lynn Craver
    The actual rates for Part B (which covers the costs of doctor visits and outpatient care) will be announced in October and take effect Jan. 1. The boost may be 15% for all participants [$105/month to $121] or a whopping 52% for some [$105/month to $159], depending on whether Social Security recipients see a cost-of-living raise for 2016.
  • Obama: Medicare and Medicaid ‘Aren’t In Crisis’

    08/01/2015 8:38:48 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 19 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 8-1-2015 | Ian Hanchett
    President Obama argued “these programs aren’t in crisis” while discussing Medicare and Medicaid during his Weekly Address on Saturday. (transcript excerpt) "If one of the best measures of a country is how it treats its more vulnerable citizens — seniors, the poor, the sick — then America has a lot to be proud of. Think about it. Before Social Security, too many seniors lived in poverty. Before Medicare, only half had some form of health insurance. Before Medicaid, parents often had no help covering the cost of care for a child with a disability. But as Americans, we declared that...
  • Medicare and Medicaid At 50: One Is Going Bankrupt, the Other Is Bankrupting States

    07/30/2015 4:26:07 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/29/2015 | John Merline
    When President Johnson signed Medicare into law on June 30, 1965, he said , "If it has a few defects, I am confident those can be quickly remedied." Fifty years later, a Government Accountability Office report found that an eye-popping $60 billion — fully 10% of Medicare's budget — was lost to waste, fraud, abuse or improper payments last year. Among the glaring defects, the GAO found 23,400 fake or bad addresses on Medicare's list of providers. Between those two events, Medicare... Read More At Investor's Business Daily: Follow us: @IBDinvestors on Twitter | InvestorsBusinessDaily on Facebook
  • [Church of Scientology Press Release] Medicare at 50 - Still Flawed, After All These Years

    Medicare at 50--Still Flawed, After All These Years ST. PAUL, Minn.—This Thursday, Medicare will mark a milestone—50 years since it was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 30, 1965. Designed as part of LBJ’s “Great Society” initiative, Medicare was intended to provide low-cost hospitalization and medical insurance for the nation’s elderly. But the program has been in crisis for years and needs an escape plan, not a rescue plan, says Twila Brase, president and co-founder of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF,, a national organization dedicated to preserving patient-centered health care and protecting patient and...
  • Judgment Day in Washington: Why Andy Slavitt Must Not Run Medicare

    07/29/2015 10:31:44 AM PDT · by Rona Badger · 1 replies
    The American Medical Money Machine ^ | July 29, 2015 | TAMMM Staff
    Many of us cheered in January of this year when Marilyn Tavenner, the woman who headed the disastrous rollout of the website, announced she’d be stepping down from her position as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). At the time, we weren’t too focused on who would be replacing her. Waiting in the wings was Andrew M. Slavitt, now Acting Medicare Chief, who had been biding his time as CMS’ deputy administrator since July 2014. Even though he’s been accused of possible cronyism and conflicts of interest, Andy Slavitt has a special brand of insurance...
  • The Problem With Healthcare–Part 1

    07/24/2015 9:08:27 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/24/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    As we approach the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing the Medicare bill into law (July 30th), what better time to consider the seemingly intractable problem of healthcare? FDR tried to include a federal health insurance component into the Social Security Act of 1935, but backed off. Harry Truman, his successor, took up the cause again in 1945, 1947, and 1949. JFK would pick up the banner in 1961. During the 1965 signing, LBJ called the 81-year-old Truman “the real daddy of Medicare,” and presented him and his wife Bess with the first two Medicare cards. With the passage...
  • Medicare's Prognosis Is Far Worse Than Dr. Obama Says

    07/24/2015 5:28:55 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/23/2015 | Staff
    Entitlements: Medicare's latest annual report, issued days before its 50th anniversary, seems to show that, thanks to ObamaCare, it has a long and healthy future in front of it. But it's not true. Not by a long shot.
  • Absent Strong Action, Medicare Goes the Way of Greece

    07/23/2015 6:57:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    RCM ^ | 07/23/2015 | Joseph Antos
    Greece owes $320 billion to its creditors and cannot repay the loans. Like Greece, Medicare is also accumulating an unaffordable mountain of debt. And both Greece and Medicare are more likely to default on their debts than to adopt the highly unpopular reforms needed to pay them off. Wednesday's news from the Medicare Trustees may not seem that dire. The headline is comforting, but misleading. Medicare's Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund-also known as Part A-will run short of money, but not until 2030. Starting that year, Part A benefits can be paid out only to the extent that money comes...
  • Dems Talk About Expanding Social Security As It Careens Toward Insolvency

    07/23/2015 4:27:37 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/22/2015 | John Merline
    The Social Security Administration's latest annual report says what it has been saying for several years now — its disability insurance program will become insolvent in 2016.
  • Medicare Funds Totaling $60 Billion Improperly Paid, Report Finds

    07/22/2015 4:25:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 22, 2015 | By JIM AVILA & SERENA MARSHALL and GITIKA KAUL
    They are supposed to be doctor's offices, clinics or hospitals, not hamburger stands, vacant lots and mailbox shops, but that's what some of the 23,400 potentially fake or bad addresses on Medicare's list of health care providers are, according to a report released today to Congress from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The report says that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that administers Medicare, estimates that last year some $60 billion of American taxpayer money, or more than 10 percent of Medicare’s total budget, was lost to fraud, waste, abuse and improper payments....
  • My Debate With Paul Krugman [No Wonder He Didn't Want It Televised]

    07/16/2015 4:58:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    IBD via RCM ^ | 07/15/2015 | Stephen Moore
    Krugman is for a single-payer health care system and argues that socialist health care systems provide better health outcomes at cheaper cost around the world. My response was that third-party payer systems in education and health care are what's driving up costs and that health care premiums paid by families are rising way faster than Obama predicted. Where are the $2,500 in family savings? Medicare is apparently the glittering success story of government, yet it's running unfunded liabilities in the tens of trillions of dollars. Krugman was lamest in explaining the migration of a thousand people a day from blue...
  • 70 House Democrats Sponsor Bill Mandating Tax-Funding of Abortion

    07/10/2015 8:39:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 9, 2015 | 1:20 PM EDT | Brittany M. Hughes
    Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), along with about 70 other House Democrats, introduced a bill in Congress on Wednesday that would provide taxpayer-funded abortion coverage to all women who are covered by an insurance plan through the federal government—including federal workers, military members, women incarcerated in federal prisons, and low-income women covered by Medicaid. The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Coverage Act, or EACH Woman Act, states that “The Federal Government shall (1) ensure coverage for abortion care in public health insurance programs, including Medicaid, Medicare and the Children’s Health Insurance Program” and “in its role as an employer...
  • Medicare Plans to Pay Doctors for Counseling on End of Life

    07/08/2015 7:53:20 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 27 replies
    NYTimes ^ | July 8, 2015
    Medicare Plans to Pay Doctors for Counseling on End of Life By PAM BELLUCKJULY 8, 2015 Medicare, the federal program that insures 55 million older and disabled Americans, announced plans on Wednesday to reimburse doctors for conversations with patients about whether and how they would want to be kept alive if they became too sick to speak for themselves. The proposal would settle a debate that raged before the passage of the Affordable Care Act, when Sarah Palin labeled a similar plan as tantamount to setting up “death panels” that could cut off care for the sick. The new plan...
  • Medicare to cover end-of-life counseling

    07/08/2015 2:56:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 8, 2015 5:36 PM EDT | Matt Sedensky and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Medicare said Wednesday it plans to pay doctors to counsel patients about end-of-life care, the same idea that sparked accusations of “death panels” and fanned a political furor around President Barack Obama’s health care law six years ago. The policy change, to take effect Jan. 1, was tucked into a massive regulation on payments for doctors. It suggests that what many doctors regard as a common-sense option is no longer seen by the Obama administration as politically toxic. Counseling would be entirely voluntary for patients. Some doctors already have such conversations with their patients without billing extra. Certain private insurers...
  • The Choice AHEAD?! (Obamacare or Single-Payer)

    07/06/2015 2:35:21 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 13 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | July 6, 2015 | Karl Denninger
    What? The Supreme Court’s recent blessing of Obamacare has precipitated a rush among the nation’s biggest health insurers to consolidate into two or three behemoths. The result will be good for their shareholders and executives, but bad for the rest of us – who will pay through the nose for the health insurance we need. .... Insurers are seeking rate hikes of 20 to 40 percent for next year because they think they already have enough economic and political clout to get them. ... The alternative is a government-run single payer system – such as is in place in almost...
  • Medicare´s Victims

    07/06/2015 4:07:23 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 8 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 7/6/2015 | David Catron
    Despite the Supreme Court’s repeated attempts to prop it up, Obamacare is collapsing. This is obvious not merely to the majority of Americans who have always disapproved of the law, but also to an increasing number of progressives. Consequently, we are once again hearing calls for single-payer health care. Most advocates of this system, including Hillary Clinton’s main competitor for the 2016 Democrat presidential nomination, favor Medicare-for-All. They want, in other words, to put all Americans on the government program that covers the elderly and disabled. An excellent antidote for this simplistic solution is David Hogberg’s new book, Medicare’s Victims:...
  • Leaked: What's in Obama's trade deal [TPP's intellectual property - Big Pharma]

    07/01/2015 6:08:52 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/01/2015 | Michael Grunwald
    A recent draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal would give U.S. pharmaceutical firms unprecedented protections against competition from cheaper generic drugs, possibly transcending the patent protections in U.S. law. POLITICO has obtained a draft copy of TPP’s intellectual property chapter as it stood on May 11, at the start of the latest negotiating round in Guam. While U.S. trade officials would not confirm the authenticity of the document, they downplayed its importance, emphasizing that the terms of the deal are likely to change significantly as the talks enter their final stages. Those terms are still secret, but the public...
  • A Costly Medicare Surprise Awaits Retirees

    06/24/2015 8:14:41 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 33 replies
    Kiplingers ^ | 6/17/2015 | Susan B. Garland
    Days spent in the hospital as an outpatient, rather than being officially admitted, can leave Medicare patients with bigger bills. It's bad enough spending three or more days in a hospital -- undergoing a barrage of medical tests and procedures. Brace yourself for even more pain at discharge if the hospital tells you that you were actually never admitted but were on Medicare "observation status." That designation could cost you big time. Hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries who are under observation are considered outpatients, even if they spend many days in the hospital. If you find yourself in this boat, there's a...
  • However the Supreme Court Rules, ObamaCare Is In Deep Financial Trouble

    06/22/2015 6:26:04 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/22/2015 | John Merline
    Anyone who thinks ObamaCare will cut the deficit over the next decade should look at Page 11 of the latest Congressional Budget Office report. The table on that page shows how the trillions in ObamaCare subsidies are supposed to be "paid for" — by tax hikes or spending cuts. What it reveals, however, is that ObamaCare increasingly relies on dubious Medicare spending cuts to cover its growing subsidy costs.
  • Big Changes Coming for Medicare, Social Security

    06/17/2015 10:38:47 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 44 replies
    Kiplinger ^ | June 16, 2015 | Martha Lynn Craver,
    Republicans will risk political pushback to put entitlement programs on the agenda during the presidential election. Some changes are in the wind for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid—entitlement programs that account for 45% of the federal government’s payouts. Many of the changes are still years away. But some of them will start next year, smack in the middle of the presidential election campaign, forcing candidates to address issues that they and their advisers generally try to steer clear of when they’re running. Kicking off the rare election-year debate: a move to rescue the Social Security disability fund image: before...
  • John Kasich’s Quest for Glorious Martyrdom

    06/10/2015 6:58:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | June 10, 2015 | Jonathan Chait
    John Kasich is a highly popular governor of a vital swing state, possessed of national experience and long-standing ties to his party’s financial and ideological elite. He is launching a presidential campaign that stands virtually no chance of success, if you define “success” to mean acquiring the nomination. It looks increasingly likely, however, that Kasich defines success as something else altogether. Kasich began his career in a dissident role. As the Republican Party careened in the 1980s and 1990s toward militant supply-side economics, Kasich carved out an identity as an old-fashioned deficit hawk. Kasich was evangelical on the subject of...
  • Health Insurers Seek Hefty Rate Boosts

    05/22/2015 7:58:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 21, 2015 | Louise Radnofsky
    Proposals set the stage for debate over federal health law’s impact. Major insurers in some states are proposing hefty rate boosts for plans sold under the federal health law, setting the stage for an intense debate this summer over the law’s impact. In New Mexico, market leader Health Care Service Corp. is asking for an average jump of 51.6% in premiums for 2016. The biggest insurer in Tennessee, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, has requested an average 36.3% increase. In Maryland, market leader CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield wants to raise rates 30.4% across its products. Moda Health, the largest insurer on the...
  • Medicare Part B premiums increasing up to 30%

    05/12/2015 6:49:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Market Watch ^ | May 12, 2015 | By Robert Klein
    When the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, commonly known as the "doc-fix" legislation, becomes law, some Medicare participants will pay 30% more for their Part B premiums. The legislation, which was decisively passed by the House on March 26 and the Senate on April 14 is expected to be signed by President Obama soon. The bill replaces the current physician Medicare reimbursement schedule with payment increases for doctors for the next five years. It will be financed by higher Medicare Part B premiums for individuals whose income exceeds specified thresholds beginning in 2018.
  • 500 groups urge repeal of ObamaCare cost-cutting panel

    05/05/2015 7:11:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 5, 2015 | By Peter Sullivan
    Over 500 organizations are calling on Congress to repeal a Medicare cost-cutting board that is part of ObamaCare. The panel at issue is called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), and is charged with coming up with ways to cut Medicare spending. Legislation to repeal the board sponsored by Reps. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) has 222 co-sponsors, including 19 Democrats. While some opponents of ObamaCare have called the IPAB a “death panel,” the board is banned by law from recommending changes that would ration care or require seniors to pay a higher share of costs. Its reforms...
  • Mike Huckabee: Americans don’t want Social Security reform

    05/10/2015 12:21:05 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 10, 2015 | S.A. Miller
    Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Sunday that his opposition to reforming Social Security doesn’t make him sound like a Democrat — but like an American. The former Arkansas governor has broken with his party and his rivals for the nomination by opposing GOP proposals to cut benefits or raise the retirement age for Social Seucurity and transform Medicare into a voucher-style program, measures aimed at preventing the popular programs from going broke. Read more: Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
  • Trump: Huckabee can't protect entitlements like I can

    05/07/2015 8:41:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | May 7, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    New York real estate mogul Donald Trump said Thursday that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) could not prevent funding cuts to entitlement programs if elected president in 2016. “Huckabee is a nice guy but will never be able to bring in the funds so as not to cut Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid,” Trump tweeted. “I will.” Trump, a possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate, also argued Huckabee was stealing his potential campaign ideas. “Huckabee copied me,” Trump wrote. “I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare &...
  • Americans don't like big government - but like programs like SS & Medicare

    04/30/2015 2:45:36 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 85 replies ^ | 04/30/15 | Amanda Becker
    a new poll shows that Republican voters who rally to that cry still want to maintain many federal programs. The results, from an online poll of 4,770 adults from April 10 to 24, highlight a dilemma for Republican candidates such as Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas who have made reducing the size of government a top campaign theme.
  • Complaint Review: Matrix Medical Network [Rip off report/Queries]

    04/20/2015 2:35:01 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 9 replies
    Ripoff Report ^ | 6/20/2013 | Anonymous
    Please skip to comments. The headline explains it best.
  • Two Republicans Advocate Entitlement Reform: ‘Because We Have To,’ Christie Says

    04/20/2015 7:27:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 91 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 20, 2015 - 6:58 AM | Susan Jones
    Both Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are speaking bluntly about entitlement reform, advocating means-testing for Social Security retirement benefits as a way to save the system for those who need it. “These are real ideas,“ Christie said in New Hampshire on Friday. “And, you know, I’ve had a lot of people say, ‘Well, why would you possibly want to suggest those things?’ Because we have to. We have to. And if you want to start a national conversation, let’s start one that matters.” “We’re $18 trillion in debt,” Graham told Fox News Sunday. “Eighty million...
  • ObamaCare's Financial Crisis Is Fast Approaching

    04/16/2015 4:11:50 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 4 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/15/2015 | John Merline
    Earlier this month, the Obama administration reversed course on spending cuts to the popular Medicare Advantage program. Instead of a nearly 1% cut in payments, private health insurers that offer Advantage plans to seniors would get a 1.25% boost. The turnabout hardly made news, which isn't surprising since it was the third year in a row that the administration said it was planning to cut payments only to reverse course. It is, however, emblematic of the fiscal trouble ObamaCare has planted in the federal budget.
  • What the Medicare ‘Doc Fix’ Means for States

    04/15/2015 11:45:30 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 1 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-15-15 | Sean Riley
    The U.S. Senate late Tuesday evening passed legislation containing a permanent ‘doc fix’ for calculating physician reimbursements under Medicare. By doing away with a decades old formula, the bill staves off an automatic 21 percent cut in payments that would have gone into effect at midnight. While much of the focus has been on Congress and the impact of the legislation on the federal Medicare program, the measure raises three important issues for the states. First, the measure also includes a two year extension of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the federal-state program extending coverage to low-income children...
  • Rand Splits With Rubio, Cruz To Vote For Deficit-Exploding Healthcare Bill

    04/15/2015 9:12:48 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | RACHEL STOLTZFOOS
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul split with senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to vote for a healthcare bill Tuesday night that will add about half a trillion dollars to the national debt over the next several decades.Paul sided with the overwhelming majority of senators and representatives who voted for the bill, in a decision almost certain to come up in the primary race, where he is currently joined by Cruz and Rubio.The “doc-fix” bill solves a recurring problem in the way Medicare payments are made to doctors, extends a children’s health insurance program, and requires higher-income seniors to pay higher...
  • Senate Approves a Bill on Changes to Medicare

    04/14/2015 7:06:20 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 108 replies
    New York Times ^ | Tuesday, April 14, 2014 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday approved sweeping changes in the way Medicare pays doctors, clearing the bill for President Obama and resolving an issue that has bedeviled Congress and the Medicare program for more than a decade. The 92-to-8 vote in the Senate, following passage in the House last month by an overwhelming vote of 392 to 37, was a major success for Republicans, who devised a solution to a complex policy problem that had frustrated lawmakers of both parties. Mr. Obama has endorsed the bill, saying it “could help slow health care cost growth.” The bill, drafted in...
  • A Bill That Actually Reforms Medicare

    04/13/2015 5:13:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/13/2015 | by RYAN ELLIS
    Tomorrow, the Senate will consider H.R. 2, a Medicare-reform bill that has already acquired a classic Beltway acronym, MACRA. Conservatives should give their full support: According to a report released last week, MACRA not only would pay for itself but would result in large net savings to the Medicare program over time, reducing unfunded liabilities and preventing massive new debt. To oversimplify it, MACRA does two things to Medicare. First, it replaces a 21 percent planned payment cut to doctors — known as the “sustainable growth rate” or SGR — with a more durable payment system. (This is the devastating...
  • Elder Care Costs Keep Climbing; Nursing Home Bill Now $91K

    04/10/2015 4:23:36 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 60 replies ^ | 4-9-15 | ap
    NEW YORK, NY - The cost of caring for the elderly continues to climb. An industry survey says the median bill for a private room in a nursing home is now $91,000 a year. The report says the cost has increased four percent every year over the last five years. The annual "Cost of Care" report comes from the insurance company Gemworth Financial, which sells policies to cover long-term care. It's a growing financial burden for families, governments and insurers. The head of long-term services at the National Council on Aging, Joe Caldwell, says, "Most people don't realize how expensive...
  • Ted Cruz accused of wanting to repeal the 20th Century

    04/05/2015 1:40:14 PM PDT · by Marcus · 51 replies
    Houston Politics Examiner ^ | April 5, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    With Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, the first major announced presidential candidate, surging in the polls and raking in campaign cash, it was inevitable that the push back would follow. The “Stop Ted Cruz” campaign got off to a roaring start in Salon, a magazine that has always disdained the man from Texas, with a Sunday article by Heather Cox Richardson, a college professor who teaches 19th century American history. Richardson’s indictment against Cruz is a beaut, accusing him of being part of a conspiracy started by the late William F. Buckley and furthered by the late Sen. Barry Goldwater to...
  • In Case You Missed It, Obamacare Just Logged a Major Victory at the Supreme Court

    04/04/2015 6:45:17 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 59 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | April 4, 2015 | Sean Williams
    ... Regardless of whether you're a supporter or opponent of Obamacare, you may have missed an important "ruling" from the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this week that resulted in Obamacare logging a key victory. The case, Coons vs. Lew, was initially brought to court in 2011 by business owner Nick Coons and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Eric Novack. The two, with the help of additional legal backing, alleged that the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB, would trim Medicare costs and potentially hurt their business by instituting reimbursement levels that wouldn't cover their own expenses. These allegations are where the term...
  • Harry Reid and the Chamber of Secrets

    03/30/2015 5:47:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | March 30, 2015 | Katie Kieffer
    “Deeply and deceptively interesting,” is how New York Times Magazine described Sen. Harry Reid in January of 2010. Deceptive indeed. Five years later, Reid’s cache of secrets in the Senate chamber puts Harry Potter’s wizardry to shame. Two chambers—House and Senate—comprise the U.S. legislature. Our bicameral structure helps keep raw political power in check. Yet without term limits, a bicameral legislature is not enough to restrain the ambition of politicians like 75-year-old Reid who have held public office for decades. Grab your candle and follow me as I guide you through the backmost rooms of the Senate chamber, where Reid...
  • The Medicare Doc Fiction

    03/30/2015 5:08:02 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 1 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 3/30/2015 | David Catron
    When will John Boehner learn that a bill is bad news if Nancy Pelosi supports it, President Obama wants to sign it, and the press sings its praises? That’s precisely what he had on his hands with H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, a.k.a. the “Doc Fix.” Yet today we find him basking in the approbation of the Beltway establishment for getting this bill passed. This “fix” will add billions to the federal deficit, replace an unworkable price control system with a worse scheme that will dictate how doctors practice medicine and place financial burdens on seniors....
  • The Next Big Obamacare Case?

    03/28/2015 10:59:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | March 28, 2015 | Ilya Shapiro
    Medicaid, the entitlement program for low-income Americans jointly funded by the state and federal government, represents about 25 percent of state budgets. Federal funding represents more than half (57 percent) of that amount, and that funding is now being threatened by Obamacare. In what seems like déjŕ-vu all over again, Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is pursuing a lawsuit to prevent this sort of federal coercion. Here’s the scoop: In 2009, the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) offered states stimulus funds if they agreed to a maintenance-of-effort (“MOE”) provision that required them to maintain Medicaid-eligibility standards...
  • House passes Boehner-Pelosi Medicare deal in resounding vote

    03/26/2015 9:58:14 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/26/2015 | Peter Sullivan and Cristina Marcos
    The House on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to repeal automatic cuts to doctors under Medicare, endorsing a rare bipartisan deal that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) negotiated with Democrats. The bill, which passed by a vote of 392-37, puts Congress on the precipice of ending a nearly two-decade-long fight over a formula known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). Since 2003, lawmakers have put off cuts under the Medicare formula 17 times, perennially punting the solution through short-term “fixes” that, over time, ran up the cost of abolishing the formula to nearly $200 billion dollars.
  • Medicare Is Doomed -- Save the Patients

    03/24/2015 6:46:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/24/2015 | Deane Waldman
    Medicare “as we know it” is doomed. It never had a chance. What was originally intended as a vital safety net for seniors has become a massive boondoggle that is collapsing under its own weight. In 1965, Medicare started as a medical savings program for retirees. The government would take a small amount out of your paycheck each month for forty years. This would be placed in a virtual lockbox with your name on it, and would grow at some nominal but safe rate, say three percent. At retirement, the average American would have well over $100,000 in today’s dollars...
  • Boehner eyes 'doc fix' breakthrough

    03/23/2015 7:48:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 23, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The House is inching closer to a major deal on Medicare payments that could help cement a legacy for Speaker John Boehner.

 Boehner has spent two months quietly working with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to finally solve a Medicare payment problem that has eluded congressional leaders for more than 20 years.

 The House leaders are expected to unveil their $200 billion Medicare deal early next week. Facing little opposition so far, the proposal is bringing Boehner closer than ever to tackling his long-time goal of entitlement reform.

 "This could be one of the two or three accomplishments of the 114th...
  • Oh Look, Senate Democrats Now Causing Abortion Ruckus Over House Medicare Deal

    03/21/2015 5:42:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | March 21, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    What is it with this party? Senate Democrats have really personified the “you shall not pass” war cry for anything abortion-related as of late. First, they’re filibustering what was an extremely bipartisan bill to combat human trafficking until their staffs missed the non-controversial Hyde Amendment language, which was added as a rider (standard operating procedure for most spending bills) to the law. Democrats knew this language was going to be in the law because Republicans told them months in advance. Heck, Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-MN) aide found the language, but failed to inform the senator before the bill went to the judiciary committee...