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  • House approves 'right to try,' sends bill to Trump's desk [147 Dems vote no]

    05/22/2018 8:24:44 PM PDT · by catnipman · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/22/2018 | Rachel Roubein
    The House sent “right to try” legislation on experimental drugs to President Trump’s desk Tuesday — a measure Trump, Vice President Pence and groups backed by mega-donors Charles and David Koch have repeatedly urged Congress to pass. The House passed the bill largely along party lines by a 250-169 [actually 267-149] vote.
  • Uninsured Rate Stays Flat at Nearly 30 Million

    05/22/2018 5:37:28 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 12 replies
    MedPage ^ | 5-22-2018 | Joyce Frieden
    A total of 29.3 million Americans (9.1%) were uninsured in 2017 -- not a big change from 2016, but down by 19.3 million from 2010, the year the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law, a government survey found. Among ethnic groups, Hispanic adults made up the large percentage of the uninsured, at 27.2%, followed by black at 14.1%, non-Hispanic whites at 8.5%, and Asians at 7.6%. All four of these groups had significant drops in their uninsured populations from 2013 through 2017, the survey found. Of those adults under age 65 with private health insurance, 3.7% were covered by plans...
  • Plastic surgeon (...) filmed videos of herself dancing and singing during surgeries (edited to fit)

    05/22/2018 7:16:26 AM PDT · by Moltke · 51 replies
    The UK Daily Mail ^ | 05/21/2018 | DM Reporter
    An Atlanta plastic surgeon is facing a slew of lawsuits after it was revealed she had filmed herself singing and dancing over her exposed patients during surgeries. Dozens of videos have been found that show Dr Windell Boutte cavorting in the operating room, even while making incisions on her patients. In one video Boutte sings the to the rap lyric 'I'm 'bout to cut it', from an OT Genasis rap song, before slicing into one of her patients.
  • Woman left Brain Damaged after Cosmetic Surgery

    05/21/2018 4:25:10 PM PDT · by Cecily · 51 replies
    The Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | May 21, 2018 | Carrie Teegardin
    With her wedding just two months away, Icilma Cornelius arrived at the Lilburn office of Dr. Windell Boutte to prepare for her special day. The 54-year-old bride-to-be came to the doctor’s full-service medical spa and cosmetic surgery center for Botox and another anti-wrinkle treatment. While there, the staff recommended cosmetic surgery that could give her a flat stomach before she married. Cornelius agreed to the surgical makeover by Boutte, whose website promotes the doctor as “nationally and internationally known” and a “doctor to the stars!”
  • With the individual mandate dead, the rest of Obamacare is unconstitutional.........

    05/19/2018 1:19:57 PM PDT · by caww · 22 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 5/19/2018 | Justin Haskins
    The only basis for the mandate’s constitutionality, according to Roberts, is that it’s a tax — not a fine, penalty, or anything else... This is a vital point, because when Republicans passed their tax reform legislation in December 2017, they included a provision in the law that lowers the individual mandate penalty to $0 beginning in January 2019, effectively eliminating any hope the individual mandate could still be considered a “tax.” .....even if the remaining provisions can operate as Congress designed them to operate, the Court must determine if Congress would have enacted them standing alone and without the unconstitutional...
  • Trump denounces ‘middlemen,’ largely spares pharma in drug pricing speech

    05/14/2018 6:05:40 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 21 replies
    http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20180511/NEWS/180519968 https://www.statnews.com/2018/05/11/trump-drug-pricing-speech/ https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/trump-denounces-middlemen-and-largely-spares-pharma-in-drug-pricing-speech/ http://www.bipc.com/trump-condemns-middlemen-in-drug-pricing-speech-modern-healthcare https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-health-202/2018/05/14/the-health-202-health-industry-appears-unfazed-by-trump-s-drug-pricing-speech/5af4ac5530fb042588799464/ http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/health-plans/eliminating-middlemen-trump-takes-aim-pbms-drug-pricing-speech http://www.bipc.com/trump-condemns-middlemen-in-drug-pricing-speech-modern-healthcare
  • Thanks to Republican Tax Cuts, Obamacare is No Longer Constitutional

    In one of its most controversial decisions, the Supreme Court in 2012 upheld the constitutionality of a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandating individuals purchase qualifying health insurance or else pay a fine, with Chief Justice John Roberts casting the deciding vote in favor of the law. However, nearly six years later, a provision included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed mostly along party lines in December 2017, may soon force Roberts to reevaluate his decision, potentially ending the health care law without a single vote being cast in Congress.In Roberts’ majority opinion, which saved the...
  • Most physicians: social determinants of health isn't their job

    05/11/2018 5:11:32 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 13 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | 5/9/18 | Maria Castellucci
    Most physicians don't think it's their responsibility to address patients' social determinants of health, according to a new survey from Leavitt Partners. Nearly half of doctors reported that their patients would benefit from food assistance, affordable housing and transportation to appointments. Yet well over 50% of doctors didn't think they or insurers have a role in providing that help. Physicians' resistance to address social determinants comes as providers are increasingly responsible for patients' well-being with the transition to value-based payment models. Research indicates an individual's health status is tied to their social environment, so providers are currently rethinking—and debating—the services...
  • Finding out too late that you have cancer — thanks to ObamaCareIt's t

    05/11/2018 2:38:40 PM PDT · by TBP · 90 replies
    The New York Post ^ | Betsy McCaughey
    Beware: Many breast- and prostate-cancer patients are getting diagnosed late in the game because of ObamaCare’s skimpy cancer-screening regulations. Remember when President Barack Obama repeatedly told Americans that greedy doctors were over-testing and over-treating them, and federal rules were needed to stop it? Now the evidence is in: Some of those rules are killing us. Inadequate cancer screening is forcing women to undergo mastectomies and men to endure aggressive treatments with side effects. Many could have avoided these outcomes, as well as an increased risk of death, if they’d been diagnosed earlier. Last Friday, Dr. Elisa Port, chief of breast...
  • Escape from Obamacare: Coming soon to a health insurance plan near you

    05/10/2018 10:49:33 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 4 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 10, 2018 | Sally Pipes
    Millions of Americans could soon enjoy lower health insurance premiums, thanks to a new Trump administration rule. The rule, which was proposed in January and will likely be finalized by early summer, would make it easier for self-employed individuals and small businesses to band together and purchase coverage through association health plans. AHPs offer small businesses and sole proprietors an alternative to overpriced plans sold through the Obamacare exchanges. In 2018, average individual premiums on the healthcare.gov exchanges were nearly twice as high ($444 per month) as average individual-market premiums in 2013, the year before most of Obamacare took effect....
  • John McCain: Obama thanked me for my vote killing Obamacare repeal

    05/10/2018 8:06:19 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 79 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 10, 2018 | Caitlin Yilek
    Republican Sen. John McCain says former President Obama called to thank him after his dramatic vote against his party’s Obamacare repeal bill last year. In a copy of his forthcoming book, “The Restless Wave,” obtained by the Daily Beast, McCain said he appreciated the call from Obama. The two ran against each other in the 2008 presidential election. “Among the people who called to thank me was President Obama,” McCain writes. “I appreciated the call, but, as I said, my purpose hadn’t been to preserve his signature accomplishment but to insist on a better alternative, and to give the Senate...
  • venture capital to focus on serving poor, high-needs patients

    05/09/2018 4:22:18 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 5 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | 5/8/28 | Modern Healthcare
    A new venture capital firm co-led by former CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt will seek to invest in healthcare technology and service companies that deliver innovative care to low-income, high-needs populations. Town Hall Ventures will focus on building companies that provide higher-quality and lower-cost care for poor, underserved communities, particularly involving Medicare, Medicaid, risk-based care, complex care and the social determinants of health. Its leaders see a big opportunity to improve care for the 120 million people in Medicare and Medicaid through innovations such as better models for delivering care at home or in other comfortable and low-cost settings. "We are...
  • Maryland Obamacare insurers ask for rate increases up to 91 percent

    05/08/2018 4:11:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 07, 2018 04:35 PM | Robert King
    Maryland’s Obamacare insurers are asking for a 30 percent average rate increase for 2019, with some plans seeking hikes as high as 91 percent. The proposals Monday come a few days after Virginia insurers also called for double-digit rate increases. Democrats have pounced on the rate hikes to say they are examples of how President Trump’s health policies are leading to high premiums. Maryland Obamacare insurers CareFirst, BlueCross, and BlueShield plan to raise rates for an HMO plan on the law’s exchanges by 18 percent, and 91 percent for an extended network, or PPO, plan. Kaiser Permanente, the state’s other...
  • ‘Damn this president!’ Maxine Waters fails to serve Teamsters red meat in unleashed tirade

    05/08/2018 9:46:20 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 54 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | May 8, 2018 | BPR staff writer
    Sadly it’s becoming clear that Democrats believe their own ridiculous lies. While Speaking to the Teamsters Union Local 630 in Los Angeles this weekend, Maxine Waters had another public meltdown as she laughably claimed that “It has not been Republicans, it is always Democrats. We’ve been there for you. We’re gonna stay there for you. And damn this president!” Waters went on rambling tirade as she tried to convince the group that the Democrat Party is on the side of working class Americans, as she simultaneously admitted many middle-class Americans have felt abandoned by their representatives in D.C. “We’re in...
  • Obama Called McCain to Thank Him for Vote against Obamacare Repeal

    05/07/2018 3:07:05 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    NR ^ | 05/04/18 | Jack Crowe
    President Barack Obama called Senator John McCain (R., Ariz.) last year to thank him for casting the decisive vote against legislation that would have effectively repealed Obamacare, according to an excerpt of McCain’s forthcoming memoir obtained by NBC. In McCain’s memoir, The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations, which he coauthored with longtime aide Mark Salter, he describes receiving a call from Obama in July after crushing Republican hopes of dismantling the former president’s signature domestic achievement. Obama called to say thank you and added that he was “counting on me to be an outspoken...
  • Mike Pence's doctor resigns in wake of Ronny Jackson fiasco

    05/04/2018 10:50:27 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 66 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 5/4/2018 | Anna Giaritelli
    Vice President Mike Pence's physician, Dr. Jen Pena, resigned Friday following the failure of President Trump's nomination of White House physician Ronny Jackson to become secretary of Veterans Affairs. “The vice president’s office was informed today by the White House Medical Unit of the resignation. Physicians assigned to the vice president report to the White House Medical Unit and thus any resignation would go entirely through the Medical Unit, not the vice president’s office,” Pence spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said. Pena had raised concerns about Jackson's conduct, which was reported this week. Trump nominated Jackson in April to take over the...
  • Vice President’s Physician Who Targeted Admiral Ronny Jackson Resigns

    05/04/2018 2:09:38 PM PDT · by bitt · 52 replies
    /saraacarter.com ^ | 5/4/2018 | Sara A. Carter
    Vice President Mike Pence’s physician, Army Dr. Jennifer Pena, resigned from the White House Wednesday according to several senior Administration officials. Pena’s resignation comes just as the allegations she brought against President Trump’s physician Adm. Ronny Jackson were proven to be unsubstantiated. The onslaught of unfounded allegations – also propagated by Montana Sen. Jon Tester – led to Jackson’s decision to withdraw his name from consideration after being nominated by Trump to lead the Veteran’s Affairs Administration. “This is a rift between two doctors. Really has nothing to do with the Vice President or, sadly, the second lady. The effort...
  • Vice President's Doctor Who Helped Derail Ronny Jackson's Confirmation Has Resigned

    05/04/2018 1:48:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 4, 2018 | Lauretta Brown
    Vice President Mike Pence's physician, Dr. Jennifer Peña, resigned after derailing the nomination of White House physician Admiral Ronny Jackson to become secretary of Veterans Affairs with unsubstantiated allegations of professional misconduct on his part.“The vice president’s office was informed today by the White House Medical Unit of the resignation,” Pence spokeswoman Alyssa Farah commented Friday. “Physicians assigned to the vice president report to the White House Medical Unit and thus any resignation would go entirely through the Medical Unit, not the vice president’s office.”Dr. Peña was among those who claimed professional misconduct by Jackson. In memos obtained by CNN,...
  • Exclusive: Pence's doctor alerted WH aides about Ronny Jackson concerns last fall

    04/30/2018 5:49:48 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | Mon April 30, 2018 | Manu Raju
    Vice President Mike Pence's physician privately raised alarms within the White House last fall that President Donald Trump's doctor may have violated federal privacy protections for a key patient -- Pence's wife, Karen -- and intimidated the vice president's doctor during angry confrontations over the episode. The previously unreported incident is the first sign that serious concerns about Ronny Jackson's conduct had reached the highest levels of the White House as far back as September -- months before White House aides furiously defended Jackson's professionalism, insisted he had been thoroughly vetted and argued allegations of misconduct amounted to unsubstantiated rumors....
  • The smearing of Ronny Jackson is a disgrace

    04/30/2018 8:27:16 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | April 30, 2018 | Scott Jennings
    Editor's note: Scott Jennings, a CNN contributor, is a former special assistant to President George W. Bush and former campaign adviser to Sen. Mitch McConnell. (CNN) The shameful smearing of Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician who was nominated by President Donald Trump to be Secretary of the Veterans Affairs Administration and has now withdrawn, is example #967 of why people hate Washington D.C. and were in a revolutionary mood at the 2016 ballot box. Montana Senator Jon Tester in particular ought to be ashamed of publicly airing unproven allegations against a Navy Admiral and doctor who has served...