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  • Ohio State law school under microsope for reaction to pro-life column

    11/25/2015 6:39:22 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/25/15 | Valerie Richardson
    All Madison Gesiotto wanted to do when she met with the dean of her law school was report a threat prompted by a newspaper column she wrote pointing out the high abortion rate in the black community. She assumed the meeting would last 10 minutes. Instead, she said, she was there for about an hour as three deans at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law critiqued her on what they saw as problems with her Oct. 23 column in The Washington Times, “The number one killer of black Americans.”
  • 10 Things Americans Are Worried About More Than Global Warming

    11/25/2015 6:18:35 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Independent Journal ^ | October 2015 | Chris Martin
    Respondents were given a list of 88 things that could inspire fear. These entries ranged from world problems (like war, terrorism, nuclear attacks) to practical fears (murder, death, unemployment) to uncommon phobias (zombies, clowns, ghosts). ... Also on the list was global warming, which leading Democratic candidates have said is the biggest threat facing Americans today. But the American Fears survey revealed a much different opinion on the topic, with only 30.7% of respondents saying that global warming made them either afraid or very afraid. Global warming did not even make the top twenty. Here are some things Americans are...
  • Under Obamacare, Hospitals Merge, Doctors Merge, and Patients Pay More for Less

    11/25/2015 3:26:37 AM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/25/15 | Scott W. Atlas, MD
    Years after the initial rollout of the Affordable Care Act, the American people, the health-care industry, and the courts still struggle to navigate the law. Its heavy regulations and new tax burdens have generated numerous consequences, many of which are harmful to patients and families. Although supporters point to the millions of newly insured under the law, the truth is, that as many as 90 percent of those are estimated to have enrolled into Medicaid, second-class coverage that, according to a 2014 Merritt Hawkins report, most doctors do not even accept. Even worse, the government’s Department of Health and Human...
  • York: Obamacare troubles a gift to 2016 GOP candidates (Pelosi knew)

    11/24/2015 4:04:19 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Your Houston News ^ | 11/23/15 | Byron York
    There have been many articles in the last year with some variation of the headline "GOP Surrenders on Obamacare." The stories mostly concern a tendency among some Republican policy elites to adopt the Washington conventional wisdom that Obamacare cannot be repealed because it has already become deeply entrenched in American life. Those Republicans might want to reconsider. A series of developments in recent days suggests the Affordable Care Act is in perilous condition and could become even more troubled in months to come. **SNIP** That's an enrollment rate of about 35 percent of those eligible for subsidies. Think about it:...
  • Federal Court Rules Wisconsin Abortion Law Unconstitutional

    11/23/2015 7:18:55 PM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies
    ABC/AP ^ | 11/23/15 | todd richmond
    A Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court panel ruled Monday. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel's 2-1 decision doesn't put the question to rest. Nearly a dozen states have imposed similar requirements on abortion providers, and the U.S. Supreme Court agreed last week to hear a challenge to Texas' law in a case that could settle the issue nationally. The Wisconsin case centers on a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services. The groups argue that the 2013 law amounts to an unconstitutional...
  • Obamacare Endures the Death of a Thousand Facts

    11/23/2015 3:42:52 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 17 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11/23/2015 | David Catron
    Until the 19th century, the Chinese practiced a method of torture called lingchi. Better known as “death by a thousand cuts” it involved slicing small pieces of flesh from a victim’s body, one by one, so that death was both protracted and utterly excruciating. This is what the realities of economics are doing to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The authors of health care “reform” believed they could ignore the dismal science. The laws of economics have rewarded this hubris by ruthlessly inflicting fact after agonizing fact on Obamacare. And, like all lingchi victims, it will eventually succumb....
  • John Bel Edwards calls Medicaid expansion 'among the highest priorities'

    11/23/2015 2:06:46 AM PST · by abb · 21 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times Picayune ^ | November 22, 2015 | Kevin Litten
    Governor-elect John Bel Edwards called expanding Medicaid "among the highest priorities" of his new administration, though he said Sunday (Nov. 22) he may not be able to approve an expanded program on Day One. Edwards has said for months that he would accept the expansion of Medicaid, which requires executive approval, in the early days of his administration. But he said new questions have been raised about a funding mechanism the Legislature finished building in the spring. There is "a difference of opinion" in interpretations of how the bill was drafted and passed, Edwards said. But he did not appear...
  • The Thrill Is Gone for Obamacare as Health-Care Approval (Pelosi knew)

    11/22/2015 2:56:31 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    www.msn.com ^ | 11/22/15 | Eric Pianin
    Troubling signs about the Affordable Care Act and the state of health care in the U.S. have bubbled up in the last few weeks. The administration's Obamacare enrollment projections for the coming year are down, the projected cost of premiums and out of pocket costs are up, nearly half of the insurance co-ops associated with the program are going out of business, and UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health insurer, said it may withdraw from the government marketplaces in 2017. Now comes a new survey by Gallup showing growing discontent with Obamacare and the U.S. health-care industry more generally after...
  • A new taxpayer bailout to cover up ObamaCare’s failure? (Make Pelosi pay for it all?)

    11/22/2015 11:44:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/20/15 | Betsy McCaughey
    How dare the Obama administration bail out insurance companies with our money in order to hide ObamaCare's failures. Thursday, just hours after giant insurer UnitedHealthcare said it's losing money selling ObamaCare plans and will likely exit the health exchanges next year, the Obama administration quietly promised to bail out insurers for their losses - using your money. Nearly all insurers are bleeding red ink trying to sell the unworkable plans. Without a bailout, more insurers will abandon ObamaCare, pushing it closer to its demise. A bailout would benefit insurers and the Democratic Party, which is desperate to cover up the...
  • The Black Lives Matter Movement Is About To Jump Into The 2016 Marijuana Battle

    11/17/2015 8:44:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Buzz Feed News ^ | November 17, 2015 | Darren Sands
    Marijuana legalization advocates want the support of Black Lives Matter activists in 2016. But a debate on tactics is brewing legalization groups and Black Lives Matter activists who worry people of color are being left out of the burgeoning legal marijuana industry. WASHINGTON — Leading up to his meeting with the Black Lives Matter group Campaign Zero at the Frederick Douglass House in September, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders steeled himself for an argument. He’d only previously come face-to-face with Black Lives Matter protesters who wanted to interrupt him. But over the course of the meeting, the activists spoke authoritatively...
  • ABC's Scandal: Kerry Washington Aborts Baby to 'Silent Night'

    11/21/2015 1:07:37 PM PST · by xzins · 26 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 11.20.2015 | Paul Bois
    There really is no other way to put this story than to let out a sigh of wounded disbelief. News 51 7519 No one may ever accuse actress Kerry Washington of being merely a leftist poser in terms of abortion rights, certainly not after last night's episode of ABC's Scandal, which featured her alter-ego Olivia Pope – the show's main character – having an abortion while the beloved Christmas tune "Silent Night" played in the background. You read that correctly. Kerry Washington and the producers of Scandal actually had the nerve to show the main character abort her and the...
  • World View: Obamacare in Death Spiral as UnitedHealth Announces Pullout

    11/21/2015 11:13:13 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/20/2015 | John J. Xenakis
    UnitedHealth Group, the country’s largest health insurer, announced on Thursday that it was expecting to lose $600 million on Obamacare policies in 2016 from the health insurance exchange websites, and may terminate its Obamacare business by 2017. This was a sudden turnabout for the company. It was just a month ago that the company had said in an earnings call that they expected to expand their Obamacare coverage in 2017. According to Dave Wichmann, president and CFO, on October 15: The annual care ratio is being modestly affected by the performance of our new [Obamacare] public exchange benefit programs which...
  • A Nation of Pill Zombies

    11/21/2015 9:03:41 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/21/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    “I’m paid to dispense a little poison every day to people,” said a well-trained pharmacist recently. We began our conversation at a Treasure Coast GOP forum for candidates running for office. There was nothing new being said so I welcomed this conversation with a real American who was unafraid to tell the truth about a tragedy he sees every day. “Forty four out of every 100 middle aged white Americans are taking anti-depressants, more than 1 in 3,” he went on. When you multiply out his figure of 495 prescriptions for pills he fills every day at one corner, corporate...
  • HHS: Bailing out Obamacare insurers an 'obligation' of the federal government

    11/21/2015 4:19:33 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 68 replies
    Washtington Examiner ^ | 20 Nov 15 | Philip Klein
    The Department of Health and Human Services attempted to reassure private insurers on Thursday that they'll be able to recover losses from participating in Obamacare by claiming it was an "obligation" of the U.S. government to bail them out. At issue is a provision within the law known as the risk corridors program. Under the program, which runs from 2014 through 2016, the federal government is to collect money from health insurers doing better than expected and use those funds to provide a federal backstop to other insurers who incur larger than expected losses from rising medical claims. The idea...
  • Obamacare crumbling before our eyes (Pelosi knew?)

    11/20/2015 3:58:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    It wasn't very long ago that President Obama would jeer at Republicans for the many congressional votes they had taken to amend or repeal his healthcare law. But, much though he loves to jeer - his shameful and unpresidential fit of pique about GOP concerns on terrorists camouflaged as refugees, was a recent example - the president may soon beg them for a few more such votes. Because as its sixth birthday approaches, his health insurance law is in critical condition. The latest bad Obamacare news came on Thursday, when America's largest insurer had to tell Wall Street that it...
  • Marco Rubio has killed ObamaCare

    11/20/2015 7:47:05 AM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 26 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/20/15 | Ed Lasky
    Marco Rubio conceived and pushed a plan that will all but kill ObamaCare -- and he did it years ago. Thank you. United Health Care, the nation’s largest HMO, delivered bad news to shareholders but good news for ObamaCare opponents yesterday. The company announced their earnings would take a big hit since ObamaCare and the associated marketplaces have not delivered the customers and the profits that starry-eyed fabulists had projected years ago. People are not signing up in droves as Barack Obama and all the Democrats and journalists who peddled ObamaCare promised. Expenses are sky-high because among those people who...
  • New ObamaCare angst as top insurer threatens to bail - payout to insurers is .13 on every $1.00

    11/20/2015 3:56:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 20, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    A threat by the nation's largest health insurer to pull out of ObamaCare is a sign of the industry's growing angst about the viability of the federal exchanges, sources close to the industry say. UnitedHealthcare's warning sent new shockwaves across the healthcare sector after weeks of mounting anxiety among private insurers whose participation in the exchanges is critical to the viability of the president's signature law. In the last month alone, insurers have learned that the Obama administration has significantly lowered its expectations for new customers and will have far fewer federal dollars to help cushion insurer losses. "We've been...
  • Stocks panic as United Healthcare merely THINKS about dropping out of Obamacare.

    11/19/2015 9:32:13 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 20 replies
    Redstate ^ | November 19th, 2015 | Moe Lane
    The very short version: United HealthCare is the biggest health care insurance provider in the country (something like 70 million people, apparently). It is huge, it is influential, it is weighty. And UHC took a $425 million dollar haircut last year in the Obamacare exchanges, so now it’s thinking of stopping selling on the exchange by the end of next year. Note that UHC did not say that they would, merely that they might. They did this at a shareholders’ meeting, too; which suggests that a large part of that might have been due to UHC’s awareness that people were...
  • UnitedHealth's Warning Shows How Medicaid Is Taking Over Obamacare

    11/19/2015 7:03:23 PM PST · by GilGil · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/19/2015 | Scott Gottlieb
    In short order, Obamacare is evolving into a Medicaid marketplace. Not only in terms of the design and quality of the narrow-network plans that are being offered, but in the actual carriers that sell those policies. Obamacare’s costly regulations mean that the mix of people who sign up are tending to be older and sicker. Many young and otherwise healthy individuals continue to be priced out of the exchanges, even after the benefit of federal subsidies are baked into their costs. Meanwhile, it’s the Medicaid managed care companies that are growing the number of plans they market on the exchanges....
  • Obama-Scare: Biggest US health insurer might leave exchanges

    11/19/2015 5:10:43 PM PST · by lbryce · 10 replies
    Fox ^ | November 19, 2015 | Staff
    The nation’s largest health insurer fired a shot across the bow of ObamaCare on Thursday, citing flagging enrollment and high-risk customers in suggesting it may have to pull out of the exchanges in 2017. UnitedHealth Group raised the alarm in an earnings update Thursday morning, with CEO Stephen J. Hemsley warning of dimming conditions in the market. He pointed to lower enrollment forecasts and a concern that the exchanges are increasingly taking on less healthy – and therefore more costly – customers. “In recent weeks, growth expectations for individual exchange participation have tempered industrywide, co-operatives have failed, and market data...
  • Divorced couple's frozen embryos must be 'thawed and discarded,' judge rules

    11/19/2015 1:41:01 PM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 18, 2015 | Maura Dolan
    A San Francisco judge ruled Wednesday that frozen embryos a woman wants to use over her ex-husband's objections must be “thawed and discarded.” Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo, in an 83-page decision, upheld a consent form the couple signed shortly after their marriage in 2010. The couple agreed on the form provided by the fertility clinic that the embryos should be destroyed if they divorced.
  • UnitedHealth Group May Leave Obamacare Exchanges By 2017

    11/19/2015 9:29:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | Nov 19, 2015 @ 06:28 AM | Bruce Japsen
    UnitedHealth Group, in a surprising announcement, said this morning it has revised its profit expectations for the rest of the year due to what it called a "deterioration" of its individual commercial insurance offerings on government-run exchanges under the Affordable Care Act and offered no commitment it would stay in the business beyond next year. The nation's largest health insurer said it was "evaluating the viability of the insurance exchange product segment," pulling back on its marketing efforts for individual exchange products for next year and "will determine during the first half of 2016 to what extent it can continue...
  • UnitedHealth Group: Nation's largest insurer may exit Obamacare due to losses

    11/19/2015 7:48:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/19/2015 | Philip Klein
    UnitedHealth Group, the largest insurance company in the U.S., on Thursday slashed its earnings outlook, citing new problems related to Obamacare, and told investors it may exit the program's exchanges. "In recent weeks, growth expectations for individual exchange participation have tempered industrywide, co-operatives have failed, and market data has signaled higher risks and more difficulties while our own claims experience has deteriorated," Stephen J. Hemsley, chief executive officer of UnitedHealth Group, explained in a press release. The release added that, "UnitedHealthcare has pulled back on its marketing efforts for individual exchange products in 2016. The company is evaluating the viability...
  • Health Care Still Unaffordable, Despite ObamaCare — Gallup Poll

    11/19/2015 3:52:40 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/18/2015 | John Merline
    The official name of ObamaCare is the "Affordable Care Act." So, as it enters its third year, how is it living up to its moniker? Not every well, according to a new Gallup poll
  • Dr. Kent Hovind Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

    11/18/2015 8:29:59 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 54 replies
    You Tube ^ | Nov 17, 2015
    Dr. Kent Hovind Endorses Hillary Clinton for President
  • Terri Schiavo case disqualifies Ben Carson and Jeb Bush for presidency: pro-life leader

    11/18/2015 6:54:12 AM PST · by wagglebee · 35 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/17/15 | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., November 17, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - The words of Dr. Ben Carson, and the actions of Gov. Jeb Bush, disqualify them both from serving as president of the United States, a leading pro-life leader said today. "We have seen what it is like to have a president who does not value every life equally, and we certainly do not need another," said Troy Newman, the president of Operation Rescue. "In my opinion, Ben Carson's statement dismissing Terri's life as 'nothing,' and Jeb Bush's failure to take action to save Terri, has disqualified them both from the office of president."...
  • Why Hillary Clinton Is Too Old And Sick To Be President

    11/17/2015 10:12:43 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 42 replies
    Red State ^ | 11/17/2015 | By: streiff (Diary)
    Ever since Hillary Clinton announced her run for the presidency concerns have been raised in many quarters, by people of all political persuasions, that she was simply too old to hold the office if she was elected. Hillary, if elected, would be the second oldest person to win the office after Ronald Reagan. But where Reagan was very active throughout his life, Hillary is a different story.    Hillary never participated in athletics when she was younger, something about being too ugly to participate. And now, as she approaches the BIG SEVEN-ZERO she is very out of shape. It is a safe...
  • NY hospitals, doctors fear Health Republic meltdown will cost them millions

    11/17/2015 2:12:53 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 49 replies
    Syracuse.com ^ | November 16, 2015 | By James T. Mulder
    Syracuse, N.Y. – New York hospitals and doctors are worried they may be left holding the bag for millions of dollars owed to them by Health Republic, the financially troubled health insurer regulators are shutting down Nov. 30. Hospitals are owed more than $160 million, according to the Healthcare Association of New York State -- HANYS for short, a hospital trade group. Syracuse's three hospitals are owed $2.2 million. The state Medical Society is surveying doctors to find out how much they are owed. It estimates the insurer owes doctors "tens of millions of dollars." The state has told Health...
  • How New York's biggest Obamacare health insurer went broke

    11/17/2015 2:18:10 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 15 replies
    Syracuse.com ^ | November 5, 2015 | By James T. Mulder
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Health Republic of New York made a big splash when it debuted in 2014 with rock-bottom health insurance prices that undercut its competitors across the state. Its premium rates were 30 percent below average in Onondaga County. The new company, backed with $265 million in federal loans, quickly captured the biggest share of new business on the state's health insurance exchange created by the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Now Health Republic is going broke because of those low prices, forcing its 200,000 members – including 4,060 in Central New York – to get...
  • NY’s biggest Obamacare co-op goes broke, leaving hospitals holding the bag

    11/17/2015 10:52:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/17/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    When Health Republic came on the New York health insurance scene in 2014 it made a huge splash. Flush with Obamacare cash they offered bargain basement rates which attracted customers away from many other established insurance companies. It was simply the picture of success for the President’s new Affordable Care Act and the people rejoiced. (Syracuse.com) Health Republic of New York made a big splash when it debuted in 2014 with rock-bottom health insurance prices that undercut its competitors across the state.Its premium rates were 30 percent below average in Onondaga County. The new company, backed with $265 million...
  • Economic and Religious Freedom are Inseparable

    11/16/2015 11:47:39 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 16, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Pundits and professors love to divide conservatives into camps, specifically, economic vs. religious. Like most of the dichotomies they concoct, it is a false one. At the Family Research Council last Thursday, Catholic University professor Jay Richards showed that there is an overwhelming overlap among countries that score highly on both the Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom and the Pew Research Center survey of religious liberty, outliers such as Singapore notwithstanding. Moreover, in this country alone, the lawsuit that the Little Sisters of the Poor brought against Obamacare shows the startling degree to which the interests of secular libertarians...
  • Little Sisters of the Poor vs. Government Almighty

    11/16/2015 3:25:58 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 1 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11/16/2015 | David Catron
    The Supreme Court decision to hear Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell means that another group of Christians bedeviled by Beltway bureaucrats must beg permission from nine unelected government officials to practice their faith unmolested. This is not about women’s health or reproductive rights. It is just another battle in the war on religious liberty waged by various manifestations of the state for two millennia. Whether it is President Obama ordering his HHS secretary to bring intransigent nuns to heel or the Emperor Trajan advising a provincial governor on the proper punishment of unrepentant Christians, it is all about...
  • John Tyler: The Obamacare cost explosion

    11/14/2015 8:38:09 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 35 replies
    Twin Cities Pioneer Press ^ | November 14, 2015 | By John Tyler
    It is time to come to grips with the inevitable health insurance price increases being caused by the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) known as "Obamacare." Obamacare's short-term sweeteners and phase-ins are behind us, and the fundamentally flawed structure of Obamacare and its true costs are exposed. The result: substantially increasing individual and small-group health insurance prices. Given the mandates required by the ACA law, these are not likely to recede any time soon. In Minnesota, small-group prices skyrocketed by up to 94 percent in 2014. Individual plans are up by an average 31 percent, and up to 60 percent...
  • Many say high deductibles make Obamacare all but useless

    11/14/2015 8:31:20 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 103 replies
    New York Times via CNBC ^ | November 14, 2015 | By Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — Obama administration officials, urging people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, have trumpeted the low premiums available on the law's new marketplaces. But for many consumers, the sticker shock is coming not on the front end, when they purchase the plans, but on the back end when they get sick: sky-high deductibles that are leaving some newly insured feeling nearly as vulnerable as they were before they had coverage. "The deductible, $3,000 a year, makes it impossible to actually go to the doctor," said David R. Reines, 60, of Jefferson Township, N.J., a...
  • Mass exodus! U.S. doctors fleeing medicine

    11/14/2015 4:59:44 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 70 replies
    WND.com ^ | 11/14/2015 | Greg Corombos
    Mountains of Obamacare-related paperwork and the threats of severe fines for the slightest errors are forcing many doctors to retire and others to shut down their practices and work under the protection of hospitals, andall of it spells bad news for patients.Galen Institute President Grace-Marie Turner says the exodus is alarming, as evidenced by aPhysicians Foundation reportshowing the number of doctors who say they run an independent practice has dropped from 62 percent in 2008 to 35 percent in 2014. The survey of 20,000 physicians also shows only 17 percent in solo practice. Eighty-onepercent of doctors are at full capacity...
  • Obamacare at 5: Sick and getting worse (Pelosi knew)

    11/14/2015 6:12:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    OC Register ^ | 11/14/15 | MARK LANDSBAUM
    **SNIP** If profiteering from the rigged system is bad, how much worse is it that the government itself reported twice since July that basic information to determine enrollment and subsidy eligibility was not verified by the federal Health Insurance Marketplace or insurance exchanges examined in California and Kentucky? To test the system, investigators submitted 10 fictitious applications. All 10 were approved. One study concluded the government "could not verify" $2.8 billion in financial assistance payments through April 2014. Central planners never can include enough protections and contingencies to thwart self-interested human behavior. Neither can Washington foresee how markets will behave...
  • How Senate GOP Leadership Stymied Ted Cruz on Defunding Planned Parenthood

    09/29/2015 7:39:49 PM PDT · by Isara · 27 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | September 29, 2015 | Rob Bluey
    Days after Sen. Ted Cruz criticized his partys leadership for preemptively surrendering to President Barack Obama, those GOP leaders exacted their revenge on Cruz. As the Senate voted Monday on a continuing resolution with taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, Cruz attempted to offer an amendment ending all federal funding for Americas largest abortion provider. The amendment also cut off money to implement the Iran nuclear deal. But in a departure from Senate custom, a quartet of Republican leaders blocked the Texas senator from even getting a vote on his amendment. Only one senator, Mike Lee of Utah, stood with Cruz...
  • Trump Stands By Past Support For Universal Health Care

    07/18/2015 6:25:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 07/18/2015 | Andrew Kaczynski, Ilan Ben-Meir
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is standing by his past support for universal health care. I want people taken care of in the country, okay? You can call it anything you want, but I want including people that dont have anything, The Donald told radio host John Fredericks in an interview Wednesday. We gotta do that. Trump said in 1999 when he was flirting with a presidential rub on the Reform Party ticket that the U.S. should make health care an entitlement and that coverage should be universal. I would put forward a comprehensive health care program...
  • Charity That Carly Fiorina Is Chairman Of Provided $18,000 In Goods To Abortion Group

    09/24/2015 5:57:53 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 9/24/15 | Christopher Massie, Andrew Kaczynski
    Good360, which provides charities with goods from businesses, donated $18,022 in goods to an affiliate of the National Network of Abortion Funds, which calls abortion a fundamental human right. In 2013, a charity whose board is chaired by Carly Fiorina donated $18,022 of goods to an organization that provides financial assistance to women seeking abortions. Fiorina, the Republican presidential candidate, has served as the chair of Good360 since 2012. The organization facilitates donations from companies to nonprofits by allowing the companies to donate products, and the nonprofits to select the products they need on an online marketplace. Good360 then delivers...
  • Employees Are Paying More - Much More - for Health Care

    11/13/2015 1:10:08 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 11 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | November 12, 2015 | Beth Braverman
    While wages have been stagnant over the past decade, the amount that workers pay for employer-sponsored health insurance has more than doubled. Average employees at mid-size and large companies paid $2,490 toward their premiums and $2,208 in out-of-pocket costs (including copayments and deductibles) last year, for a total cost of about $4,700, according to a new report from Aon. The data in the report combines both individual and family plans. In 2005, those employees' total healthcare costs were just $2,001. That translates to a 134 percent increase in employee's share of health care costs in 10 years. The rate of...
  • Vermont Regulator Who Killed Obamacare Co-Op Has No Regrets

    11/12/2015 11:39:46 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 13, 2015 | Richard Pollock
    .....Susan L. Donegan was commissioner for Vermont's Division of Insurance in 2013 when she refused to issue a license to the proposed Vermont Health CO-OP.....Today, she looks like a prescient state official who likely saved thousands of Vermonters from buying their health insurance from a doomed insurer. That's because 13 of the 24 co-ops set up under Obamacare have collapsed,costing the federal treasury $1.3 billion. More than 800,000 co-op customers now find themselves without health insurance coverage and are scrambling to find new policies...Turns out that some of the biggest problems she identified two years ago in her state also...
  • De Blasio looks to fix ObamaCare flaw that left cancer patients without coverage (Pelosi knew)

    11/12/2015 2:40:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/12/15 | Yoav Gonen
    Mayor de Blasio is moving to clean up a state medical-insurance mess that blindsided thousands of New Yorkers, including 114 cancer patients in the city who were about to lose their doctors. Under a hastily drawn-up deal, the patients will continue to get coverage for treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center under the city's MetroPlus health plan. The patients had faced a tough choice: pay out of pocket or find new doctors because of the impending bankruptcy of Health Republic - one of the state's ObamaCare providers and the only one that covers treatment at Sloan Kettering.
  • Obamacare Grant Scandal: Congress Awakes!

    11/11/2015 4:00:33 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 14 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11/11/2015 | David Catron
    Last April, the HHS Office of Inspector General issued an alert concerning the misuse of Obamacare start-up grants by certain states. Congress yawned. Later, the Obama administration illegally rewrote the law’s limitations on how these funds could be spent. Our elected representatives remained inert. In August, a few Senators bestirred themselves enough to write to the Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning how he planned to recoup grants from failed exchanges. The House still snored. Even after state skullduggery involving the grants was reported in this space on September 14, and subsequently by other...
  • He Hasn't Been Sworn in Yet,

    11/10/2015 3:22:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 10, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: They're already after the Kentucky governor. Before the guy is even sworn in, predictably, this is a prediction that I made -- gee, I don't know, years ago. I'll just tell you this, you'll see what I mean. This is from the Washington Post: "Kentucky’s Newly Insured Worry About Their Health Under Next Governor." (laughing) We just had a Republican governor, a Tea Party guy, a staunch conservative win in a landslide in Kentucky, in part running against Obamacare, and here comes the Drive-By Media saying that the people in Kentucky are now getting scared and they're...
  • Jeb Bush Super PAC Attacks Rubio as Unelectably Pro-Life

    The New York Times reports that the "cash-rich group aiding Jeb Bush’s White House run has filmed a provocative video casting his rival Marco Rubio as ultimately unelectable because of his hard-line stand against abortion." According to Times reporters Maggie Haberman and Michael Barbaro, the man running Bush's Right to Rise super PAC recently showed the video to a focus group of Republicans in New Hampshire. During the first GOP debate, Rubio had this exchange with Megyn Kelly: KELLY: If you believe that life begins at conception, as you say you do, how do you justify ending a life just...
  • Universal health care to appear on Colorado ballot in 2016

    11/10/2015 3:02:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | November 9, 2015 | The Associated Press and Staff
    Supporters of universal health care have gathered enough signatures to put on next year's ballot a plan to make Colorado the first state to opt out of the federal health law and replace it with taxpayer-funded coverage for all. Proponents submitted 158,831 qualified signatures, about 60,000 more than required to put the measure on the ballot, Secretary of State Wayne Williams said Monday. The question would make Colorado the first state to opt out of the federal Affordable Care Act and replace it with universal health care. The campaign is expected to face intense opposition and could make for a...
  • OBamaCare:Failed Co-Op Now Under Investigation for Underreporting Financial Straits

    11/10/2015 10:53:52 AM PST · by lbryce · 3 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | November 10, 2015 | Ali Meyer
    One of the 12 failed co-ops created under Obamacare is now under investigation by regulators after the co-op was found to have downplayed its poor financial condition in official filings, the Daily Caller reported. The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) found that the Health Republic of New York co-op’s “financial condition is substantially worse than the company previously reported in its filings.” “Among other issues, the investigation will examine the causes of the inaccurate representations to NYDFS regarding the company’s financial condition,” they said.
  • Why Darkness Has Descended on America Explained for Paul Krugman

    11/09/2015 3:43:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 9, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Right here in the New York Times, even today. Paul Krugman -- who hates everything conservative, hates everything Republican, and despises personally Ronald Reagan -- has a piece called, "Despair, American Style." "A couple of weeks ago President Obama mocked Republicans who are 'down on America,' and reinforced his message by doing a pretty good Grumpy Cat impression. He had a point: With job growth at rates not seen since the 1990s, with the percentage of Americans covered by health insurance hitting record highs, the doom-and-gloom predictions of his political enemies look ever more at odds with...
  • 3 ways taxpayers are funding abortion at Planned Parenthood

    11/09/2015 6:34:17 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies
    Its no secret thattaxpayers are footing the billfor abortion giant Planned Parenthood, despite claims that taxpayer dollars are not being used to subsidize the group and its activities.Here are threeways Planned Parenthoodis benefitingat the expense of the American taxpayer.1.StatefundingCurrently, 17 states directlyfund elective abortions under Medicaid, the federal health care program for low income Americans.The Guttmacher Institutereports that Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia, use public funding to pay forabortionprocedures.While the1976 Hyde Amendment prevents federal taxpayer dollars from funding abortionsthrough Medicaid—with the exception of...
  • Jeb Bush says "you gotta step up" and kill baby Hitler

    11/09/2015 1:09:16 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 65 replies
    Vox ^ | 11/9/15 | Dylan Matthews
    So this is the world we live in now. Asked by the Huffington Post whether he would go back in time and kill baby Hitler, Jeb Bush said, "Hell yeah, I would! You gotta step up, man." But do you? Should you? Given certain assumptions, killing baby Hitler isn't a hard question. Assume that going back in time merely eliminates Hitler, and that the sole effect of that is that the Nazi Party lacks a charismatic leader and never takes power in Germany, and World War II and the Holocaust are averted, and nothing worse than World War II transpires...