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  • What the News Isn’t Saying About Vaccine-Autism Studies ( Sharyl Attkisson )

    04/25/2015 6:37:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 75 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | April 25, 2015 | Sharyl Attkisson
    A new study this week found no link between vaccines and autism. It instantly made headlines on TV news and popular media everywhere. Many billed it as the final word, “once again,” disproving the notion that vaccines could have anything to do with autism. What you didn’t learn on the news was that the study was from a consulting firm that lists major vaccine makers among its clients: The Lewin Group. That potential conflict of interest was not disclosed in the paper published in The New England Journal of Medicine; the study authors simply declare “The Lewin Group operates with...
  • Ted Cruz Campaign Battles 'Intolerant' Boycott of Gay Donors ... (Brilliance of Cruz!)

    04/24/2015 3:03:25 PM PDT · by VinL · 56 replies
    Bloomberg | 4/24/2015 | DavidWeigel
    Bloomberg - link and title only. Sub-title... "A culture war blows up, and Cruz intends to win it!" politics/articles/2015-04-24/ted-cruz-campaiA culture war blows up, and Cruz intends to win it.
  • Cruz, 145,000 pastors lead millions praying Supreme Court keeps traditional marriage

    04/24/2015 8:40:31 AM PDT · by VinL · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/24/2015 | Paul Beford
    Millions of Americans are turning to prayer over the next seven days in a bid to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold traditional marriage between a man and a woman when it considers whether states can ban gay marriage during oral arguments April 28. The effort hits Washington Saturday when a "March for Marriage" takes place featuring speeches from leaders of several religions. In addition, networks of at least 145,000 pastors, many with enormous followings, several Evangelical and pro-marriage groups and Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz are leading the effort. While an easy decision for groups opposed to...
  • End The Personal Bribes Members Of Congress Are Getting Not To Reopen ObamaCare

    04/24/2015 9:00:42 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 23, 2015 | Michael Cannon
    The U.S. Constitution vests the legislative, executive, and judicial powers in separate branches of the government that are supposed to police each other. But what if one of those branches violates the law in a manner that personally benefits the members of another branch? That’s what has been happening since the day ObamaCare became law in 2010. For more than five years, the executive branch has been issuing illegal subsidies that personally benefit the most powerful interest group in the nation’s capital: members of Congress and their staffs. When congressional Democrats passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA),...
  • Senate GOP leadership wants to restore federal ObamaCare subsidies through 2017 if SCOTUS strikes...

    04/24/2015 5:58:08 AM PDT · by Bratch · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 23, 2015 | AllahPundit
    Full title: Senate GOP leadership wants to restore federal ObamaCare subsidies through 2017 if SCOTUS strikes them down Remember the Halbig case? There’s a part of the ObamaCare statute that says you’re eligible for money from Uncle Sam to pay the premiums on your new health insurance plan provided that you bought your plan on “an exchange established by the State.” The left says that phrase includes the federal exchange; the right says nope, it means only the exchanges established by individual states. The whole point of the subsidies, in theory, was to create a financial incentive for state governments...
  • Evangelical leader: Vote for Hillary Clinton, she’ll cut abortion rate in half

    04/23/2015 7:27:08 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 66 replies
    LifeSite ^ | Tue Apr 21, 2015 | Ben Johnson
    A national evangelical Christian leader has written that his fellow believers should vote for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, because she will radically reduce the abortion rate. Hillary, in whose campaign abortion industry lobbyists play a conspicuous role, favors abortion-on-demand throughout pregnancy. Yet Tony Campolo believes a second Clinton presidency will halve the number of abortions nationwide. “Hillary Clinton is one of the few candidates on the political stage who has a plan for cutting the abortion rate in America by at least 50 percent,” Campolo, a sociology professor emeritus at Eastern University, wrote in a debate on Religion News...
  • Obamacare Causing Parkway Schools to Cut Subs

    04/23/2015 1:59:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    CBS Local - St. Louis ^ | April 23, 2015 | by Michael Calhoun
    ST. LOUIS – The Parkway School District says Obamacare is forcing it to outsource the employment of its substitute teachers. It’s that or face a $4 million penalty for not offering heathcare to the part-time employees. Nancy Buchannan, a substitute teacher in the district, says she doesn’t need insurance, and says subs already feel unappreciated by the district.
  • IRS: Obamacare Cheapest Plan $20,000 Per Family in 2016

    (CNSNews.com) – In a final regulation issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assumed that under Obamacare the cheapest health insurance plan available in 2016 for a family will cost $20,000 for the year. Under Obamacare, Americans will be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS. The IRS's assumption that the cheapest plan for a family will cost $20,000 per year is found in examples the IRS gives to help people understand how to calculate the penalty they will need to pay the government if they do not buy a mandated health plan. The examples...
  • ObamaCare Tax Penalties to Affect Millions — Illegal Aliens Exempted

    02/05/2015 4:52:41 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 8 replies
    The New American ^ | 2/4/2015 | Kurt Hyde
    An estimated three to six million taxpayers will get a nasty surprise when they fill out their federal income returns this year. They will be subject to the ObamaCare tax penalty, or as it is expressed in governmentese, a “shared responsibility payment.” Just calculating one’s “shared responsibility payment” can be quite a chore. There is an online worksheet posted here. It is remarkable that ObamaCare, a bill that was promoted by former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as one that should be passed so that people could learn what's in it, would have a tax penalty that would require...
  • Sen. David Vitter’s Obamacare subpoena bid doomed by five GOP defections

    04/23/2015 1:46:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2015 | By Tom Howell Jr.
    Republican Sen. David Vitter’s bid to subpoena details about Congress’s treatment under Obamacare bitterly divided his own party Thursday, with five GOP senators balking at his attempt to force the D.C. health exchange to name who signed off on Capitol Hill’s use of the city’s insurance portal. Mr. Vitter, of Louisiana and chairman of the Small Business Committee, swiftly condemned his colleagues for voting with committee Democrats to reject his maneuver, 5 to 14. He said Congress’s arrangement with the city’s small-business exchange, or “SHOP,” provides lawmakers and staff with financial perks above and beyond what regular Obamacare customers can...
  • Democratic lawmakers reject switching their health coverage to Obamacare

    04/23/2015 1:12:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 23, 2015 | By PATRICK MCGREEVY
    Democratic state lawmakers on Thursday shot down a proposal that would have required all California state legislators to get their health insurance from Covered California, the benefits exchange set up to implement Obamacare in the state. The Assembly Rules Committee split along party lines, with seven Democrats opposing AB 1109 and three Republicans in support of the bill by Assemblyman Scott Wilk. The measure would have forced lawmakers to give up the taxpayer-subsidized health plans provided by the Legislature and individually sign up for Covered California. Wilk introduced the measure after hearing complaints from several constituents about difficulties in signing...
  • Obamacare and Obama will be popular in 2020

    04/23/2015 1:03:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 23, 2015 | By Jonathan Bernstein
    Good news for Obamacare supporters: It's quite a bit less unpopular than it was a few months ago. The uptick leads to the question: Will the Affordable Care Act ever actually be popular? Looking at the long run, Republicans may have done the law a favor by naming it Obamacare. Former presidents usually bask in a nostalgic glow after they leave office. While events could still make a difference, Obama is well-positioned to take advantage of that effect: To date, at least, he has no major wars to regret, and the nation hasn't plunged into a new recession. If long-term...
  • Senate GOP Leaders Endorse Bill To Extend Obamacare Subsidies To 2017

    04/23/2015 9:53:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 04/23/2015 | BySahil Kapur
    WASHINGTON — The Senate's top five Republican leaders have cosponsored legislation to extend until 2017 the Obamacare insurance subsidies that may be struck down by the Supreme Court this summer. The legislation, offered by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), one of the most politically vulnerable Senate incumbents in 2016, would maintain the federal HealthCare.gov subsidies at stake in King v. Burwell through the end of August 2017. The bill was unveiled this week with 29 other cosponsors, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his four top deputies, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), John Thune (R-SD), John Barrasso (R-WY) and Roy...
  • Systemic Breakdown: Government Healthcare Forces Hospital Closure

    04/23/2015 9:01:18 AM PDT · by Baynative · 14 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 4/21/15 | Michael Strickland
    Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo, CA is closing its doors today. The Bay Area facility has been serving the community for 50 years, but has been losing approximately $18 Million a year for the past several years. The West Contra Costa Healthcare District board voted in March to begin the closing process, which included selling off land and nearby buildings that were part of the campus. The city, of course, picked up that tab. The reason for the closure? 80-90% of the patients are on the dole. More specifically, Medicare and Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. As the bureaucracies...
  • Refusals: Tale of 3 Gov't Health Care Programs

    04/22/2015 6:46:11 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Refusals are common in government programs. The only question is who refuses and who gets refused. Find below three tales of refusals and who’s being impacted – for good or for bad. First, many Americans REFUSED to enroll in Obamacare, forcing the Obama administration to drop its enrollment projections. And now Enroll America (EA), which got oodles and caboodles of dollars to enroll Americans in Obamacare, is cutting its staff in half. Politico reports a “precipitous drop in funding.” Perhaps with enrollment refusals widespread, donors are refusing to provide the dollars EA needs to fully continue the program. I’d like...
  • Amazing Afrezza – Non-Invasive Insulin That Works!

    04/22/2015 10:16:03 AM PDT · by ncfool · 14 replies
    healthline.com ^ | April 22, 2015 | Amy Tenderich
    I can’t wait to get my next A1C test done (who says that?! but it’s true). I am now two-plus months into my use of new inhaled insulin Afrezza, and frankly I’m blown away by how well it performs (ooh, pun!) I’ve been hesitant to be too much of a cheerleader for Afrezza, because I thought maybe I was experiencing beginner’s luck – the thrill of any shiny new diabetes treatment can wear off pretty quickly – and given how controversial this drug is, I didn’t want to stir the pot unnecessarily. But sorry Naysayers, Afrezza is the bomb. At...
  • California Points To ObamaCare's Grim Future

    04/22/2015 4:11:27 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/21/2015 | Staff
    Health Reform: Back in 2013, ObamaCare supporters couldn't talk enough about how California was a showcase for how the law would succeed. Isn't it funny that nobody is making such claims any more?
  • Tea Party will never understand the Constitution: What the right misses about its favorite document

    04/21/2015 1:28:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 160 replies
    Salon ^ | April 21, 2015 | Elias Isquith
    GOP candidates constantly invoke the Constitution. A Yale Law professor reveals what they all fail to understand. With the 2016 election cycle having kicked into first-gear already, any American who hasn’t inured themselves to the monotonous (and often ultimately meaningless) repetition of the word “Constitution” is advised to get to self-desensitizing — and quick. Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have already made a fetishized version of the U.S.’s supreme governing document central to their campaign rhetoric; and even politicians less beloved by the supposedly Constitution-crazy Tea Party, like Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton, are likely to soon follow suit....
  • Kill or get out of medicine!

    04/21/2015 9:02:49 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 13 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/20/15 | Wesley J. Smith
    April 20, 2015 (NationalReview.com) -- Medical martyrdom is coming, a term I coined to describe doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other such professionals being forced (soon) to choose between their callings and participating in the intentional taking of human life.That is already the law of Victoria, Australia, where doctors must perform abortions when asked or refer to a colleague they know will do the deed. Some doctors I met there moved across the country to escape the Draconian diktat.Canada’s Supreme Court recently imposed euthanasia across the country, including for “psychological pain” caused by a diagnosable medical condition. The question now posed is whether doctors...
  • The Covert Relationship between AARP and UnitedHealth Group Now Out of the Bag

    04/21/2015 9:23:45 AM PDT · by Rona_Badger · 19 replies
    The American Medical Money Machine ^ | April 20, 2015 | James R. Goldberg
    Many doctors are blacklisted and now deemed personae non gratae. Since I revealed the covert relationship between AARP and UnitedHealth Group in my article on 16 October 2012, the duo has now proudly and publicly announced their badly kept secret. Who AARP really is and what drives UnitedHealth Group is a dirty story the public needs to know. AARP derives over 80 percent of its revenue from commissions/royalties from the sale of UnitedHealthcare Group products. This cozy relationship by these fascinating bed mates is being litigated in Texas—in a class action suit, no less—by Dr. John Milton Peacock and Robbie...
  • Poll: Just as Many Americans Like Obamacare as Dislike It

    04/21/2015 9:12:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | 04/21/2015 | CAITLIN OWENS
    Just as many Americans like Obamacare as dislike it, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Tuesday morning. The poll found that those in favor of the law have a minuscule edge over those who don't—43 percent see it favorably versus 42 percent unfavorably—but the difference falls within the survey's margin of sampling error. Opinion still is sharply divided by party, with 70 percents of Democrats viewing the law favorably and 75 percent of Republicans viewing it unfavorably. Independents fall in the middle; 42 percent like it and 46 percent don't. Last month, 43 percent of Americans viewed the...
  • Incompetence, Mismanagement Plague California’s Obamacare Insurance Exchange

    04/20/2015 10:10:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 4/20/15 | Sharyl Attkisson
    California’s health insurance exchange, established under the Affordable Care Act, has been held out as a national model for Obamacare. In some ways—not all of them good—it is. Whether it’s falling far short of 2015 enrollment goals or sending out 100,000 inaccurate tax forms, Covered California is struggling with its share of challenges. Now, several senior-level officials integral to the launch of Covered California—who enthusiastically support the Affordable Care Act—are speaking about what they view as gross incompetence and mismanagement involving some of the $1 billion federal tax dollars poured into the state effort. ‘Somebody Must Have Been Smoking Something’...
  • ObamaCare court fight escalates

    04/20/2015 5:33:25 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4-20-2015 | Peter Sullivan
    The fight over ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion escalated Monday, as Texas’s Republican governor backed a lawsuit from Florida against the Obama administration. "When the federal government exceeds its constitutional authority, the States must take action,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement. “[I] commend Governor Rick Scott’s decision to take legal action to protect these important constitutional principles.” Last week, Scott announced he would sue the Obama administration over what he called an effort to illegally force Florida into expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. “It is appalling that President Obama would cut off federal healthcare dollars to Florida...
  • The Iran nuclear deal is unwritten, but it's the best we can do, Obama assures

    04/20/2015 2:58:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    IBD ^ | 4 - 20 - 2015 | Andrew Malcolm
    Remember the hundreds of thousands of new jobs certain to erupt by 2010 thanks to $1 trillion in extra Obama administration spending? Remember how resident Obama vowed swift justice to the murderers of four helpless Americans in Benghazi? Remember how you can keep your doctor and health insurance under ObamaCare? Remember how Obama promised to halt Iran's development of nuclear weapons because they would launch a nuclear arms race in the world's most volatile region and allow Iran to attempt its avowed erasure of Israel? Well, folks, your favorite incumbent president is morphing again right before your disbelieving eyes. Here's...
  • 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...
  • Hey, that GOP Obamacare alternative sure looks a lot like Obamacare

    04/20/2015 9:25:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/20/2015 | Noah Rothman
    Republicans have a plan if the Supreme Court guts Obamacare this summer by stripping the government of the ability to provide to the states that declined to set up insurance exchanges with federal subsidiesÂ… and it looks quite a bit like Obamacare. If the Court does interpret the Affordable Care Act literally, then it will compel the federal government to withdraw subsidies from millions of Obamacare beneficiaries. That will make the health coverage those individuals obtained through the ACA in recent years prohibitively expensive, and many will find themselves once again uninsured. This is a double-edged sword for Republicans....
  • Administration Remains Undaunted by Obamacare [semi-satire]

    04/20/2015 9:16:44 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 April 2015 | John Semmens
    The Obama Administration remained undaunted by yet another court ruling against its attempts to compel religious groups to fund abortion coverage in their health insurance plans. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued an order preventing the Obama Administration from forcing religious groups in Pennsylvania to pay for abortion-causing drugs mandated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Supreme Court had previously blocked HHS from imposing similar mandates on the Little Sisters of the Poor, Hobby Lobby, Wheaton College, and the University of Notre Dame. That the Administration would repeatedly attempt this type of coercion caused Lori Windham,...
  • What Part of ´No´ Does HHS Not Get?

    04/20/2015 4:09:29 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 23 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4/20/2015 | David Catron
    The Supreme Court has again thwarted the Obama administration’s illegal crusade to coerce employers into violating their religious convictions. Late last Wednesday, Associate Justice Samuel Alito stayed an order secured by the administration in a lower court that would have forced several Catholic organizations to comply with Obamacare’s contraception mandate. Despite a high-profile Supreme Court defeat last June in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, President Obama’s HHS bureaucrats and lawyers have continued their attempts to bully obviously exempt entities into obeying the mandate. Justice Alito’s action constitutes the fifth time SCOTUS has been compelled to rein the government in. The Court...
  • Anti-Cordileone ad misrepresents Catholicism, archdiocese says

    04/18/2015 3:43:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    cna ^ | April 17, 2015
    Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone at a press conference for the 2012 USCCB Fall General Assembly, Nov 13. Credit: Michelle Bauman/CNA. San Francisco, Calif., Apr 17, 2015 / 04:13 am (CNA).- A group of Catholics promoting a full-page advertisement asking Pope Francis to remove Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone don’t represent San Francisco Catholics and misrepresent the facts, the archdiocese has said. “The advertisement is a misrepresentation of Catholic teaching, a misrepresentation of the nature of the (archdiocese’s) teacher contract, and a misrepresentation of the spirit of the archbishop,” the San Francisco archdiocese said April 15. “The greatest misrepresentation of all is that the...
  • Thank You Archbishop Cordileone For Your Courageous Leadership

    04/19/2015 10:37:46 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    CatholicVote.Org ^ | April 19, 2015
    Your Excellency, We’ve been monitoring the recent controversy surrounding your decision to insert morality clauses into teacher contracts in schools in your Archdiocese. Given the hostility to the teachings of the Church and growing attempts to coerce our institutions, your decision is perfectly reasonable. As you know, such clauses are nothing new and represent a commitment to fulfill a basic promise to those families who entrust their children to the care of the Church. We want you to know that we are praying for you and support you 100%. As the Archbishop of San Francisco, you are responsible for insuring...
  • Medical ID Theft Is Rampant: Are You at Risk? (Obamacare)

    04/19/2015 8:59:42 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    newsmax ^ | april 17, 2015 | nick tate
    Nearly everyone knows the dangers of identity theft, where someone steals your credit cards, bank information, or Social Security number to rip you off. But a new kind of crime is rising that could put you in even greater danger. It’s medical identity theft, and it’s on the rise in the U.S. According to report this month by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance, which tracks such crimes, 2.3 million Americans were victimized by medical ID thieves in 2014 — with total damages adding up to $20 billion. That represents a 22 percent increase in the number of cases in just...
  • Obamacare repeal falls off Republicans' to-do list as law takes hold

    04/18/2015 6:08:12 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 48 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4/18/15 | Noam N. Levey
    fter five years and more than 50 votes in Congress, the Republican campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act is essentially over. GOP congressional leaders, unable to roll back the law while President Obama remains in office and unwilling to again threaten a government shutdown to pressure him, are focused on other issues, including trade and tax reform. Less noted, senior Republican lawmakers have quietly incorporated many of the law's key protections into their own proposals, including guaranteeing coverage and providing government assistance to help consumers purchase insurance. And although the law remains very unpopular with GOP voters, more than...
  • HHS mandate loses again: Supreme Court order protects Pennsylvania Catholic groups

    04/18/2015 3:38:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | April 18, 2015
    U.S. Supreme Court. Washington D.C., Apr 18, 2015 / 04:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court has continued its trend of decisions stopping enforcement of a federal contraception mandate against religious employers with moral objections. On April 15, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued an order barring the federal government from enforcing the mandate against Catholic Charities affiliates, Catholic schools and social service organizations in the dioceses of Erie and Pittsburgh. “Every time a religious plaintiff has gone to the Supreme Court for protection from the government’s discriminatory mandate the Court has protected them,” Lori Windham, senior counsel for...
  • MEET THE OPPONENTS OF SAN FRANCISCO'S ARCHBISHOP

    04/18/2015 10:18:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    First Things ^ | April 17, 2015 | Matthew Schmitz
    San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s effort to ensure that Catholic schools are Catholic has led one-hundred San Franciscans who describe themselves as “committed Catholics inspired by Vatican II,” to take out a full page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle asking Pope Francis to force Cordileone's resignation and appoint in his place an archbishop committed to “our values and your teachings.” It is worth asking to what extent those “values” and “teachings” align. Francis, who has spoken strongly in the past against gay marriage and transgender ideology, has also called for a church that is “poor and for the poor.”...
  • If MinnesotaCare goes, here's what's at stake

    04/18/2015 11:33:06 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press | 4-16-15 | David Montgomery
    In 49 states, there are basically two options for public health insurance programs: Medicaid for the very poor, and subsidized private health insurance on the Affordable Care Act's exchanges for everyone else. Minnesota is the exception. Unlike every other state, it has a third option in the middle: MinnesotaCare. Created in the 1990s, MinnesotaCare covers people who earn too much money for Medical Assistance (Minnesota's Medicaid program) but not enough to qualify for MNsure, the state's health insurance exchange.
  • Fool Me

    04/18/2015 8:54:07 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-12-15 | Jerry Wynn
    Fool me once. We were told that the health care system was broken. As a result, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law with the promise that premiums would be lower, we could keep our doctors and our insurance. Fool me twice. When the IRS was accused of targeting conservative groups, the president said there was not even a "smidgen" of corruption. Of course the Department of Justice declined to investigate. Fool me thrice. When four Americans were killed in Benghazi, it was said the cause was an offensive video. Susan Rice went out on a Sunday morning and...
  • Under Intensified Attack, Archbishop Cordileone Enjoys Renewed Support from San Francisco Catholics

    04/18/2015 6:06:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/18/15 | Anne B. Hendershott
    A look at some of the signers of the open letter to Pope Francis.Escalating the attacks on Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco for continuing to uphold Catholic teachings, 100 self-described “Catholic leaders” have signed an open letter to Pope Francis, calling for the archbishop’s removal. In a full-page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday, the petitioners claim that Cordileone has “fostered an atmosphere of division and intolerance” by asking K–12 Catholic-school teachers in the Bay area to “violate their individual consciences by accepting a morality code” based on the Church’s teachings.“Instead of your famous words, ‘Whom am...
  • Did President Obama Just Accidentally Admit Unborn Babies are Alive in the Womb?

    04/17/2015 11:19:50 AM PDT · by don-o · 11 replies
    LifeNews ^ | April 17, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    There are few bigger champions of abortion in the United States than President Barack Obama. He has promoted abortion and abortion funding at every turn as president and worked hand in hand with pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL. Obama’s view on abortion is notorious — to the point that he once said he didn’t want to “punish” his daughters with a baby if they became pregnant and saying that accepting the scientific evidence that unborn children are human beings is “above my paygrade.” But, as CNS News reports, Obama may have accidentally admitted that unborn babies are alive...
  • Doctors are Becoming Government Agents

    04/17/2015 11:11:05 AM PDT · by Rona_Badger · 34 replies
    The American Medical Money Machine ^ | April 16, 2015 | James R. Goldberg
    Physicians are now required to care more about billing codes than your personal care. That’s right; over the last few years doctors have been forced into ignoring their sacred Hippocratic Oath. The US government and the insurance mafia have put their whips into the backs of physicians. Electronic medical records (EMRs) regulations, a key component of Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act), require doctors to quiz patients about matters which often have nothing to do with the care of their patients. The data which the government demands (but does not pay the doctors to collect) all merges into various government databases,...
  • Dems’ leader calls Rick Scott’s healthcare lawsuit “tea party gone wild

    04/17/2015 6:54:13 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Saint Peters Blog ^ | 4/16/15 | Peter Schorsch
    Gov. Rick Scott’s lawsuit against federal healthcare agency over hospital funding would be a “frivolous” would represent the “tea party gone wild,” House Democratic Leader Mark Pafford said Thursday...
  • Governor Rick Scott to Take Legal Action Against Obama for Stopping Federal Funds...

    04/16/2015 8:50:11 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    flgov.com ^ | 4/16/15
    Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that he will take legal action against President Obama’s federal healthcare agency for stopping Low Income Pool (LIP) healthcare funds to Florida in order to force the state to take Legislative action to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. Governor Rick Scott said, “It is appalling that President Obama would cut off federal healthcare dollars to Florida in an effort to force our state further into Obamacare. The President’s healthcare agency sent us a letter this week saying the ‘the future of LIP’ and ‘Medicaid expansion are linked.’ But, the Supreme Court has already ruled in NFIB...
  • Training Doctors for the System Medical schools are creating a new type of doctor.

    04/16/2015 5:55:11 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    National Public Radio recently discussed medical training in the 21st century: “Spurred by the need to train a different type of doctor, some top medical schools around the U.S. are tearing up the textbooks and starting from scratch.” The new doctor is system-focused. A University of Michigan Medical School instructor told NPR, “ We haven’t taught people how to be specific about working in teams, how to communicate with peers and colleagues and how to communicate to the general public about what’s going on in health care and medicine.” The new doctor is team-focused. A University of Michigan Medical School...
  • 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.
  • LETTERS: Candidate Ted Cruz; oil and gas interests

    04/15/2015 11:04:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | April 15, 2015 | Various
    Candidate Ted Cruz A declared presidential candidate has a proven track record that supports his promises to honor the Constitution and his Christian faith. He has the audacity to imagine smaller, less-intrusive government, healthcare between doctor and patient without government, a greatly simplified tax system with a flat tax, a strong military, our unabridged right to bear arms, a controlled southern border and education controlled by the states — not by the federal government or the United Nations. These positions synchronize with those of George Washington, the remainder of our Founding Fathers and Ronald Reagan. How refreshing! For these views...
  • IRS Commissioner: Obamacare Contributes to Longer Wait Times for Tax Help

    04/15/2015 6:10:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 15, 2015 - 1:16 PM | Brittany M. Hughes
    Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen told members of Congress Wednesday that taxpayers who call the IRS seeking help on their taxes this year face an average wait time of half an hour, and only about 40 percent of calls are actually answered. The situation, which Koskinen admitted is “abysmal,” is partly due to the agency’s forced role in implementing President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act (ACA), or Obamacare, he explained. “At this point, when you get through—if you get through—it on average would have taken you about 28 to 30 minutes,” Koskinen told members of the...
  • Obamacare rant

    04/15/2015 5:17:11 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 13 replies
    Self | April 15, 2015 | Not Hillary Clinton
    Obamacare (aka Obombacare) goes against the historical grain of America. Freedom of choice has long been an integral part of the American experience: In regard to an issue as personal and intimate as health care, especially so. Americans loathe the idea of the federal government and IRS commanding this important aspect of their lives and that of their children. Americans know how incompetent the federal government is at running things that are best left to the private sector. Look no further than a few bureaucratic monstrosities like DHS TSA, IRS, DoA, EPA, DoEd, DoC et al. Compare the bankrupt and...
  • Students being forced off school insurance by Obamacare

    04/15/2015 3:32:16 PM PDT · by yuffy · 17 replies
    campusreform.org ^ | Today at 11:19 AM EDT | Nick Pappas
    American college students are being forced off of their student health plans across the United States, and onto the state and federal exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Back in 2013, President Obama came under fire for claiming “if you like your plan, you can keep it” in regards to Obamacare’s new plans. This was taken by most Americans as a promise that new plans would not threaten the health insurance they already had. For more and more college students however, this promise seems to have been broken as schools stop offering insurance. According...
  • CRUZ: More of Americans’ hard-earned wages should be able to stay in their wallets

    04/15/2015 12:49:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Pearland Journal ^ | April 15, 2015 | Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement marking Tax Day: "Tax day is upon us again. But this year it’s different. This year, on top of the frustrating reminder that Americans are giving too much of their income to fund too many wasteful government programs, families are now being forced to pay the Obamacare tax for the first time. "Instead of government-run healthcare that increases taxes, limits options, and puts the government between patients and their doctors, imagine a free-market system that enables healthcare to be personal, portable and affordable. Instead of a tax code that crushes innovation...
  • 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...
  • How the IRS repeatedly rewrites Obamacare tax credit provisions

    04/15/2015 5:59:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 15, 2015 | By Jonathan H. Adler
    The plaintiffs in King v. Burwell argue that an IRS regulation unlawfully extends tax credit eligibility beyond what is expressly authorized under Section 1401 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). It appears that this sort of administrative rewrite of the PPACA may be more the rule than the exception. These IRS rewrites have potential consequences beyond the extension of tax credits beyond what Congress authorized. As with the regulatory change expanding tax credit eligibility to some unlawful aliens, the IRS cited no authority for making this change. Fairly administering this law requires implementing it as written, and...