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  • Fox News: The End of Employer-Provided Health Plans Is Near

    09/06/2014 6:33:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 2, 2014 - 4:00 PM | Katherine Rodriguez
    Fox News is reporting that employer-provided health care plans may be a thing of the past. Former Obama health adviser Zeke Emanuel predicted that Obamacare will replace 80 percent of employer-provided health plans will disappear in 10 years. “It’s going to actually be better for people. They’ll have more choice,” Emanuel said. “Most people who work for an employer and get their coverage through an employer do not have choice.” …
  • Another Stunning Admission in Gruber's Speech: The Public Option Was Single Payer

    07/25/2014 8:07:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | July 25, 2014 | John Sexton
    As I was watching the video clip of Jonathan Gruber talking about state-based exchanges and subsidies last night I came across another admission which deserves some attention. A few minutes later in the Q&A following his January 18, 2012 speech, Gruber admits that the public option was an attempt to slip single-payer into the Affordable Care Act.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)So I like the public option. The public option is actually the brainchild of another academic, a guy named Jacob Hacker who's at Yale. And the public option, basically it was a clever idea. He said look, the left wants single-payer, the right wants...
  • What Kind Of Health Care System Do You Want?

    07/08/2014 8:44:38 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/8/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    Reforming health care is a signature issue with the current administration, but even the most ardent proponents of Obamacare would be reluctant to call it a success. Notwithstanding the well-publicized problems, of the countless billions spent on this program, precious little has gone into actual patient care. But really, what should we expect from a system designed by soulless bureaucrats such as “bioethicist” Ezekiel Emanuel and Donald Berwick, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services? Emanuel infamously suggested that doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously, while Berwick intoned that the federal government must step in between...
  • VA: A Window Into Liberals’ Single-Payer System Sean Noble

    06/19/2014 6:25:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 19, 2014 | Sean Noble
    This week the Associated Press reported that an audit of the Department of Veterans Affairs showed that more than 57,000 patients are still waiting for initial appointments more than 90 days after requesting them. An additional 64,000 are enrolled, but have never seen a doctor. The audit also found that 13 percent of VA schedulers said their supervisors told them to lie about wait times so they seemed shorter. One veteran told CBS News, "It's always poor service. I think I've gotten better service at the DMV." For anyone still doubting how seriously the situation at the VA has...
  • Obama Official: The Obamacare "Bailout" Of Insurers Will Be Financed By A New Tax On Everyone's Plan

    06/19/2014 6:39:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 19, 2014 | By Dr. Scott Gottlieb
    For months, there have been assertions that the mechanisms embedded in Obamacare, designed to offset losses that insurance companies will take this year on their exchange business, amount to a bailout of the insurance industry. At the same time, it wasn’t clear where the money to pay for these “risk adjustments” would come from in the first place. Now we know where the “bailout” money is going to come from. It will be paid for by a new tax levied on the insurance companies. Since Obamacare health plans were prevented from pricing products to reflect true risk, they were always...
  • Now application 'inconsistencies' vex health law (over 2 million who signed up for Husseincare)

    06/04/2014 3:29:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    MSN ^ | 6/04/14 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A huge new paperwork headache for the government could also be jeopardizing coverage for some of the millions of people who just got health insurance under President Barack Obama's law. A government document provided to The Associated Press indicates that at least 2 million people enrolled for taxpayer-subsidized private health insurance have data discrepancies in their applications that, if unresolved, could affect what they pay for coverage, or even their legal right to benefits. The final number affected could well be higher. According to the administration the 2 million figure reflects only consumers who signed up through...
  • Nancy Pelosi explains how to fix Obamacare: Single-payer (VIDEO)

    05/27/2014 7:03:49 PM PDT · by kingattax · 33 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | May 27, 2014
    Nancy Pelosi says that she’d like to see Obamacare improved by moving to a public option or a single-payer system:
  • Free preventive care can still cost

    05/20/2014 4:21:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | May 19, 2014 | By BRETT NORMAN
    “Free” preventive health care is one of Obamacare’s chief selling points. But as millions of newly covered people begin to seek that benefit, some are still getting stuck with bills. The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to pay the full cost of services like cholesterol checks, women’s birth control, immunizations, colonoscopy screenings and a host of other items. It also covers “well visits” for children and adults — periodic checkups not triggered by a particular health complaint. But does a free colonoscopy cover just the screening or the immediate removal of polyps, too? Does the smoking-cessation benefit include counseling, medication...
  • Federal health-care subsidies may be too high or too low for more than 1 million Americans

    05/16/2014 4:54:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 16, 2014 | By Amy Goldstein and Sandhya Somashekhar
    The government may be paying incorrect subsidies to more than 1 million Americans for their health plans in the new federal insurance marketplace and has been unable so far to fix the errors, according to internal documents and three people familiar with the situation. The problem means that potentially hundreds of thousands of people are receiving bigger subsidies than they deserve. They are part of a large group of Americans who listed incomes on their insurance applications that differ significantly — either too low or too high — from those on file with the Internal Revenue Service, documents show. So...
  • Ralph Nader's America: Impeach Obama, decriminalize drugs, libertarians & progressives unite!

    04/29/2014 9:57:54 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 48 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 29, 2014 | Jeff Zeleny
    What if Washington politics were no longer defined by partisan gridlock but instead by a cross-party alliance that forged solutions? The alliance would be unstoppable. - snip - Ralph Nader contends that such a left-right alliance is not just the stuff of imagination but is actually emerging.
  • Obamacare has us hearing, “I’m sorry, we are no longer accepting that kind of insurance”

    04/17/2014 9:24:25 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/17/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The captives who have been dumped by their healthcare insurance companies on Barack Obama’s orders are beginning to feel the pain Obama meant them to experience. Obamacare was and always will be nothing more than a stick with which to flog Americans into lining up and marching into a single payer system. Single payer is a system that involves the government paying healthcare providers what the government thinks their services are worth. The details that we have been able to dig out of Obamacare include the fact that doctors’ salaries will be determined by the government. Moreover there will be...
  • Vermont embarks on single-payer health care plan [set to begin in 2017]

    04/12/2014 7:13:34 PM PDT · by grundle · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 12, 2017 | Thomas Lifson
    I actually applaud this experiment. Let’s see how it works out. Vermont, as it happens, shares a long border with New Hampshire, which prides itself on having no income tax or sales tax. Let’s watch how people vote with their feet.
  • The Left’s Pro-Single Payer Health Care Graphic: Right Diagnosis, Wrong Prescription

    04/11/2014 11:52:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The new leftist website, Vox, has an article by Sarah Kliff on Vermont’s experiment with a single-payer healthcare system. But I don’t really have much to say about what’s happening in the Green Mountain State, other than to declare that I much prefer healthcare experiments to occur at the state level. Indeed, we should reform Medicaid and Medicare and also fix the tax code so that Washington has no role in healthcare. Then the states can experiment and compete to see what works best. But that’s a topic for another day. The real reason I cite Kliff’s article is that...
  • Ezekiel Emanuel Further Explains His Prediction That Employers Will Drop Health Insurance

    04/08/2014 11:05:38 AM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 7, 2014 | ROBB MANDELBAUM
    Our recent interview with Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel about his provocative prediction that most employers will abandon health coverage by 2025 struck a nerve with You’re The Boss readers. It came as no surprise that Dr. Emanuel’s claim, first made in his new book, “Reinventing American Health Care,” would be swept up in the broader political and ideological debate about the Affordable Care Act. But in their many comments, readers raised interesting questions, and we took some of them back to Dr. Emanuel in another conversation that appears, edited and condensed, below. It’s worth noting that among those readers who...
  • Shumlin: 'Don't Quit' On Single Payer Before Work Begins (Vermont RATS are nervous)

    03/30/2014 6:54:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    VPR ^ | 3/27/14 | Bob Kinzel
    **SNIP** A number of Democrats are reluctant to commit to a single payer plan before there’s a comprehensive review of the $2 billion financing system that will be needed to pay for it. Some Democratic lawmakers worry that moving to a single payer health care system in several years could be a political liability. They also want to know the details of the benefit package that will be part of a single payer program. When Senate President John Campbell raised concerns about the financing plan earlier this week, he said out loud what a number of Democrats are saying privately...
  • Hospitals Plot the End of Insurance Companies

    03/27/2014 10:13:38 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 100 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | Thursday, March 27, 2014 | Rob Garver
    The problems with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act may be masking another major change in the way health care is delivered to U.S. consumers, experts believe. At a conference in Washington on Thursday, health care and business professionals said that there’s an increasing trend in the industry toward cutting insurance companies out of the process entirely, as large, regional hospital systems move into the insurance business. Dr. Kenneth L. Davis, CEO and president of Mount Sinai Health System, the largest health care provider in the state of New York, said that starting next year, Mt. Sinai will begin...
  • Senate President Wants Health Reform Contingency If Single Payer Falters (Vermont)

    03/26/2014 2:18:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    VPR ^ | 3/25/14 | Peter Hirschfeld
    Since winning the governor’s seat in 2010, Peter Shumlin has pledged to make Vermont the first state in the country with a single-payer health care system. But a key legislative ally now says the proposal might not be as politically viable as Shumlin seems to believe. And Senate President John Campbell says it’s time to start putting together a contingency plan. Shumlin has backed off on his promise to deliver a publicly funded plan by January of 2017. But while the timeline may have moved back, Shumlin says he’ll still reach the goal. Campbell, however, isn’t so sure. And he...
  • Obamacare architect: Law will cause 'the end of employer-sponsored insurance'

    03/20/2014 4:43:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/20/14 | Patrick Howley
    Obamacare architect Zeke Emanuel claims in his new book that the health care reform law will result in “the end of employer-sponsored insurance.” Despite President Barack Obama’s claim that “if you like your plan, you can keep it” — a talking point developed in his first 100 days in office by a tiny but influential left-wing messaging group called the Herndon Alliance — his administration has long planned to disassemble the current U.S. insurance industry as well as alter health care reform. The Daily Caller reported last June that the Obama administration was making moves to squash self-funded insurance plans,...
  • So you want single payer? Medicare has 375,000 case appeals backlog (And rising...)

    03/19/2014 3:31:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/19/2014 | Bruce McQuain
    And that sort of a backlog has Democrats worried. POLITICO brings us up to date: Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) is sounding the alarm this morning about a massive backlog within the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals. The 357,000-appeal clog delays providers from having their cases heard for longer than two years, McDermott noted in a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. ” “The agencies must review their administrative procedures and act now to protect seniors who are struggling to get Medicare payment appeals addressed,” he wrote. He argued that problems with recovery auditors have been identified as the leading...
  • Vermont Democrats Labeling State's Single-Payer Health Plan a Failure

    03/18/2014 11:20:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    In 2011, Vermont passed the nation's first single-payer healthcare system, "Green Mountain Care." While the law was supposed to be fully enacted by 2017, it has become apparent that there's no solid plan in place to actually pay for the healthcare of all Vermont residents. Democratic lawmakers, citing missed deadlines and past failures, have begun to call for Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin to "shelve" the plan. “The deadlines for proposing financing have been missed two years in a row now, so to me that’s very disappointing. It’s becoming clearer and clearer that there is no financing plan,” Condon told...
  • Vermont: The First US Single Payer State Health System Would Require Doubling Taxes

    03/18/2014 7:23:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/18/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    No, no it can’t Vermont Health Connect is a disaster. It’s a disaster even by the standards of other troubled state health care websites. And Green Mountain Care, its attempt at single payer, is an even bigger disaster. (via Ace) Al Gobeille, the chair of the Green Mountain Care Board, says additional tax revenue will be needed in order to make a publicly-financed health care system affordable for all Vermonters.And Gobeille says he won’t shy away from the challenge.“That’s the question that everybody runs from, but I’ve never run from it,” said Gobeille. “It’s going to come from a...
  • Insurers wary of Obamacare unknowns as they plan for 2015

    03/11/2014 4:18:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 11, 2014 | BY CAROLINE HUMER
    U.S. health insurers are struggling to set prices for their Obamacare plans in 2015 and decide which regions to return to before the deadlines for submitting those plans to regulators. --SNIP-- The result, industry executives and experts say, is that some of the larger insurers may pull out of individual markets where they already know they can't make money. Otherwise they will try to hold steady until 2016, when the number of people on Obamacare plans is expected to surge as high as 22 million. Some smaller insurers offering health plans in 2014 may back out altogether if they can't...
  • Obamacare Architect Warns ‘Kiss Your Insurance Company Good-Bye Forever’

    03/10/2014 4:28:35 PM PDT · by lbryce · 17 replies
    American Overlook ^ | March 10 ,2014 | Robert Winthrop
    The Obamacare architect is now warning “insurance companies as we know them are about to die,” and confirming the long-standing speculation that President Obama’s Affordable Care Act always aimed to put private health insurance companies out of business. According to Ezekial Emanuel, the architect of Obamacare, this is a positive change to health coverage. “[Obamacare exchanges] will force insurance companies to evolve or become extinct,” he said. SEE ALSO: Michelle Obama Acts Foolishly on Stage at White House> “Insurance companies as they are now will be going away. Indeed, they are already evolving. For the next few years insurance companies...
  • Hillary Clinton: Obamacare too important to turn back

    03/06/2014 1:35:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 5, 2014 | David Nather
    Hillary Clinton showed more signs of flexibility Wednesday on how Obamacare is implemented, but she insisted the law is too important to “turn the clock back.” In a question-and-answer session following a lecture at UCLA, Clinton suggested she’s open to different ways of achieving the health law’s goals. She praised Arkansas — the state where she and her husband rose to political fame — for carrying out a new approach to expanding Medicaid coverage, by using the federal money to buy private health insurance for more than 100,000 low-income residents. Clinton called the move, spearheaded by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe...
  • Memo Says Hillary Supports Single Payer Health System

    02/11/2014 10:48:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Investor’s Business Daily ^ | 02/10/2014 07:08 PM ET | (IBD Editorials)
    A 20-year-old memo says Hillary Clinton backed a single-payer socialist health system, believing ObamaCare-like mega-regulation to be “a crock.” As president, she’d double down on government control.It’s buried over 60 paragraphs into Alana Goodman’s investigative article in the Washington Free Beacon this week about unpublished documents exposing Clinton’s ruthlessness. […] The first lady had just launched her secretive health care task force pushing a “managed competition” approach to reform. Hillary commented “at length” to President Clinton, revealing she “thinks managed competition” is “a crock; single-payer necessary; maybe add to Medicare,” in the clipped wording of Blair's memo. …
  • NICE's new cost curb could make it more difficult for NHS patients to get vital drugs.

    01/25/2014 6:55:10 AM PST · by managusta · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 January 2014 | Jenny Hope
    Reforms to the formula used to ration expensive medicines will make it harder for NHS patients to get new life-saving drugs, warn campaigners. The rationing body, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), plans to lower the cost threshold for new treatments and end the priority given to patients who are dying. The reforms are a shift to a system which the Government pledged would allow patients to ‘access the drugs and treatments their doctors think they need’. It involves changes to a complex formula, known as quality adjusted life years (QALY). And some drugs approved under ‘end...
  • NHS patients should 'adopt American attitude'

    01/25/2014 5:06:46 AM PST · by managusta · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 January 2014 | Suzannah Hills
    British patients should adopt more 'pushy' American attitudes with their doctors to get drugs they are entitled to, the head of the NHS rationing body has said. Professor David Haslam, chairman of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice), said that patients need to see themselves as 'equal partners' with doctors to get the treatment they need. And he explained that after working as a doctor near an American air force base in Cambridgeshire, he noticed that U.S. patients had a less deferential approach than local residents. Earlier this week a Government report found that a third of...
  • Swedes buy insurance to skip long health queues

    01/22/2014 10:04:38 AM PST · by managusta · 16 replies
    The Local (Swedish) ^ | 17 Jan 2014 | Staff
    The Nordic model, known for high taxes and its cradle-to-grave welfare system, is getting a radical makeover as nations find themselves cash-strapped. During the post-war period, the Scandinavian economies became famous for a "softer" version of capitalism that placed more importance on social equality than other western nations, such as Britain and the United States, did. Sweden aims to make sure people can see their general practitioner within one week, which the organization said was a modest goal in and of itself. "The target for maximum wait in Sweden to see your primary care doctor (no more than seven days)...
  • Martin Luther King's personal physician in Chicago, longtime friend of Obama: Quentin Young

    01/21/2014 9:42:25 AM PST · by ETL · 11 replies
    The Obama File and Discover The Networks
    First, a tidbit from the far left Democracy Now:"Dr. Quentin Young, Longtime Obama Confidante and Physician to MLK" (Martin Luther King) ____________________________ And now from "The Obama File"...RE: QUENTIN YOUNGThe primary figure who delivered Obama to the single-payer camp was Quentin Young, an 86-year-old retired physician who was a longtime friend and neighbor of Obama in Chicago.  Young joined the Young Communist League as a teenager in the late 1930s.  From the mid-1940s through the mid-1970s, he was closely associated with the Communist Party.  In October 1968 he was called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee, which was probing...
  • White House reportedly delays ObamaCare equal coverage provision

    01/19/2014 6:39:19 AM PST · by tobyhill · 45 replies
    fox news ^ | 1/19/2014 | staff
    The Obama administration is reportedly delaying enforcement of another aspect of ObamaCare, one that prohibits employers from providing better health benefits to top executives than those being offered to regular employees. According to The New York Times, tax officials said they would not enforce the provision in 2014 as they had not yet issued the appropriate regulations. The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare, says employer-sponsored health plans must not discriminate “in favor of highly compensated individuals” with respect to either eligibility or benefits, and provides a tax break for employer-sponsored insurance, while demanding employers not provide better coverage...
  • Tens of thousands fled socialized Canadian medicine in 2013

    01/17/2014 1:56:20 PM PST · by grundle · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 16, 2013 | Michael Bastasch
    Every year thousands of Canadian have no choice but to seek medical care outside of the country’s single-payer health care system, according a report from a Canadian free-market think tank. In 2013, nearly 42,000 Canucks left their homeland to avoid long wait times and inferior care that plagues their centralized health system. The report from the free-market Fraser Institute found that 41,838 Canadians became “medical tourists” in 2013 and sought care outside of their hockey-loving country. While there were slightly fewer people fleeing the Canadian health system in 2013 than the previous year, the number leaving still amounts to nearly...
  • Vt. lawmakers look at paying for single-payer (13% payroll tax!)

    01/17/2014 3:12:34 PM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 54 replies
    WCAX TV ^ | 1/16/14 | Kyle Midura
    MONTPELIER, Vt. -In a rare move, a Democratic senator held the floor for much of the Senate Republicans' caucus Thursday. "I know that I'm in a forum of skeptics and I want to emphasize that I am a supporter. I introduced a financing bill because I believe in it but I also think it's important to have an honest discussion about what this is going to cost and how to do it," said Sen. Peter Galbraith, D-Windham County. Act 48 required Gov. Peter Shumlin to explain how to pay for a single-payer system last January. He cited implementation delay for...
  • Single-Payer Is Not Dead

    01/14/2014 10:11:01 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | 1/14/14 | Froma Harrop
    The prospects for single-payer health care -- adored by many liberals, despised by private health insurers and looking better all the time to others -- did not die in the Affordable Care Act. It was thrown a lifeline through a little-known provision tucked in the famously long legislation. Single-payer groups in several states are now lining up to make use of Section 1332. Vermont is way ahead of the pack, but Hawaii, Oregon, New York, Washington, California, Colorado and Maryland have strong single-payer movements. First, some definitions. Single-payer is a system where the government pays all medical bills. Canada has...
  • Insurance-Company Bailouts: It's written into Obamacare and needs to be repealed

    01/14/2014 6:46:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/14/2014 | The Editors
    Among the many legitimate criticisms of the 2008–09 Wall Street bailout was that it created a situation in which profits are private but losses are public, being borne by taxpayers who extended liberal loans and outright subsidies to various firms in order to head off total paralysis in the credit markets. Critics right and left regarded the combination of private profits and public losses as inherently objectionable — but Barack Obama and congressional Democrats apparently saw in the Wall Street bailout a model for health-insurance reform. And, surprise: Buried deep within the Affordable Care Act are not one but two...
  • Bailing Out Health Insurers and Helping Obamacare (We all knew this was coming)

    01/13/2014 9:28:30 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 50 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/13/14 | JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
    Robert Laszewski—a prominent consultant to health insurance companies—recently wrote in a remarkably candid blog post that, while Obamacare is almost certain to cause insurance costs to skyrocket even higher than it already has, “insurers won’t be losing a lot of sleep over it.” How can this be? Because insurance companies won’t bear the cost of their own losses—at least not more than about a quarter of them. The other three-quarters will be borne by American taxpayers. For some reason, President Obama hasn’t talked about this particular feature of his signature legislation. Indeed, it’s bad enough that Obamacare is projected by...
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield: If Republicans kill a bailout for insurers under ObamaCare

    01/10/2014 7:02:57 PM PST · by lowbridge · 39 replies
    hot air ^ | january 10, 2014
    You remember the “risk corridor” provisions, right? If a new ObamaCare plan comes in under budget, the insurer pays the difference between the actual cost and projected cost to HHS. If it comes in over budget, HHS pays the difference to the insurance. It’s a way for insurers to spread risk among the industry with HHS as middleman. (The bit in the excerpt about the White House modifying the rules for its new “transitional policy” is a reference to this.) Problem is, there’s no cap on how much HHS might need to pay out if lots and lots of plans come in...
  • Single Payer: We´ve Been There, Done That

    01/13/2014 6:13:17 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 12 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1/13/2014 | David Catron
    Well, our progressive friends are once again calling for single payer health care. The ironic pretext this time is that Obamacare has collapsed into chaos … But the advocates of the “Affordable Care Act,” as these people stubbornly refer to it, refuse to accept that the crackup was caused by the inevitable incompetence of government bureaucrats. They believe the real problem was avaricious insurance executives. Thus, people like Michael Moore, Paul Krugman and even Colin Powell urge us to cast out the money changers and wholly surrender our health care to the tender mercies of the federal government.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield: If Republicans kill a bailout for insurers, it’ll lead to single-payer

    01/11/2014 4:37:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/11/2014 | AllahPundit
    They’re nervous. “We are becoming increasingly concerned about momentum that is quickly building among some leading conservatives for elimination of the risk corridor and reinsurance programs,” [Blue Cross Blue Shield Association CEO Scott] Serota wrote…“Their efforts, along with growing support for repealing the risk corridor and reinsurance programs, could combine to create a perfect storm to, at a minimum, dissuade the Administration from modifying risk corridor program rules to provide increased funding in light of the recent ‘transitional policy’ allowing insurers to offer consumers the option to renew their 2013 health plans for 2014,” Serota wrote.In attached talking points, seemingly...
  • Owning Up to the Obamacare Lies: Admitting, quietly, that conservatives were right all along

    01/07/2014 2:33:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The National Review ^ | January 7, 2014 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Those who have elected to keep close tabs on the reactions to Obamacare’s blotchy rollout will presumably have noticed that it has been marked by admissions of guilt. The latest such confession comes from The New Republic’s Noam Scheiber, who bluntly conceded yesterday that “Obamacare actually paves the way toward single payer.” Pushing back against Michael Moore’s unsettling criticisms of the law, Schreiber tweeted: Noam Scheiber @noamscheiber Dear liberals bummed about Obamacare: Don't sweat it. It's going to get us to a single-payer system before long. http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116105/obamacare-will-lead-single-payer-michael-moore … 11:42 AM - 6 Jan 2014 26 Retweets 12 favorites This, Scheiber...
  • New Md. health care delivery system will prioritize wellness ["when the dust settles......"]

    01/11/2014 1:38:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | January 11, 2014 | Gov Martin O'Malley
    "...That's why we're modernizing our unique system. Under the new approach—made possible by the Affordable Care Act and approved by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services—Maryland will implement a groundbreaking new system of health care delivery. Using the rate setting structure, the state will set global budgets and other alternative approaches to payment that reward clinical systems of care for providing improved outcomes at lower costs. Support for this new demonstration has come from a coalition of the hospitals, the insurance companies and the state all working together with a common vision....Under the new model, our hospitals have committed...
  • A Chaos-Driven Path to Single Payer? Strong indications have emerged that this may be the plan.

    01/08/2014 7:41:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/08/2014 | Tom Blumer
    Those who have resisted the idea that the HealthCare.gov web site and Obamacare in general may have been intentionally designed to create confusion and chaos [1] as a means for imposing a single-payer healthcare system on a currently unwilling populace are going to have a tough time explaining away yet another recently discovered “quirk.”To be clear, I’m not claiming, as some have inferred from previous columns, that there is a widely orchestrated chaos-creation plan, or that any attempt to capitalize on the current bedlam to impose single-payer is destined to succeed. What I am saying is that the evidence...
  • Vermont plots course for single-payer health care system

    01/07/2014 3:25:24 PM PST · by ColdOne · 22 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 1/7/14 | Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – While all eyes are on the ObamaCare rollout, an ambitious health care experiment is going forward in Vermont that would create a government-run alternative know as a "single-payer" system -- and it's starting to attract more attention from liberals frustrated with the Affordable Care Act's implementation. Democrats' faith in ObamaCare has been shaken by the technical failures of the federal and state insurance exchanges as well as, in some cases, premium increases. In Vermont, however, they see a potential first step toward the kind of national government-run health care system some have advocated for years. Filmmaker Michael Moore,...
  • TNR: Why, yes, ObamaCare is a trojan horse for single-payer

    01/06/2014 5:11:58 PM PST · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1/6/2014 | Allahpundit
    Now it can be told. Emphasis on “now”:Precisely. ObamaCare will stumble along for the rest of the year, with a new wave of public irritation to come once small businesses start dumping employees onto the exchanges en masse, but the prospects for repeal will remain dim even if the GOP takes back the Senate. The numbers in Congress just aren’t there to beat an Obama veto, and by 2017 so many millions will have been assimilated into the program that some critical mass of GOP centrists will end up taking a “mend it, don’t end it” approach. Only an adverse-selection...
  • Trojan Horses: How Obamacare Actually Paves the Way Toward Single Payer

    01/06/2014 2:00:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The New Republic ^ | January 5, 2014 | Noam Scheiber
    Last week the liberal documentary-maker Michael Moore prompted indigestion across the progressive wonk community by pronouncing Obamacare “awful.” In a New York Times op-ed, he bemoaned the way the president’s law preserved the health insurance industry rather than replacing it with a Medicare-for-all style single-payer system. The good news, Moore conceded, is that the previously uninsured (and often previously uninsurable) can get finally get coverage. The bad news is that their coverage will often be lousy and pose an enormous financial burden. He ended by calling for activists to lean on state politicians in an effort to beef the law...
  • Michael Moore: The Obamacare We Deserve

    01/02/2014 7:56:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/31/2013 | Michael Moore, Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker
    <p>TODAY marks the beginning of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act’s new insurance exchanges, for which two million Americans have signed up. Now that the individual mandate is officially here, let me begin with an admission: Obamacare is awful.</p>
  • Michael Moore: 'ObamaCare Is Awful'

    01/01/2014 11:05:30 AM PST · by gooblah · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Jan 2014,
    Michael Moore calls ObamaCare "awful" in today's The New York Times, part of a blistering op-ed attacking the president from the far left.
  • Obama: "I happen to be a proponent of single payer universal health care."

    12/30/2013 1:15:12 PM PST · by grundle · 32 replies
    YouTube ^ | Barack Obama
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpAyan1fXCE
  • NBC Top Doc Snyderman A Single-Payer Fan, Made Kids Sign Up For Obamacare As 'Patriotic Duty'

    12/30/2013 6:57:15 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 32 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Let no one say that NBC/MSNBC are reluctant to criticize ObamaCare. A leading NBC light boldly did so today . . . from the left, of course. Appearing on Morning Joe, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC's chief medical editor, declared that there should be "a single-payer system" of health care. That is the left's preferred solution, but brings with it a host of problems, as the Heritage Foundation has detailed. For good measure, Snyderman said that she "made" her young-adult children sign up for Obamacare as their "patriotic duty." View the video here.
  • Should Democrats press the public option? (Here comes Single Payer!)

    12/24/2013 3:52:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Washington Post's Plum Line ^ | December 24, 2013 | George Zornick
    There’s no question that the Affordable Care Act’s rollout has been “rocky,” to borrow the common parlance of the Beltway. The Web site troubles and shifting health coverage for some Americans, despite over-assurances from President Obama during the 2010 political debate, have naturally turned off some people. A much-ballyhooed poll from CNN yesterday shows that support for “Obamacare” has dropped to an all-time low. But conservatives toasting the apparent turn in public opinion ought to look a little closer at the polling data. It’s true that only 35 percent of Americans favor the law, while 43 percent oppose it. But...
  • The Obamacare Chaos Strategy’s Outlines Begin to Emerge: De facto single-payer…

    12/21/2013 5:12:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 20, 2013 - 12:10 am | Tom Blumer
    On Christmas Eve, it will be three years and nine months since President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, into law. […] Chaos skeptics will have an especially difficult time explaining away the administration’s December 12 move. That day, it announced that it would “ask” insurance companies to cover virtually any patient who requests medical care in early 2014, whether or not there is any tangible evidence that they have paid their monthly premiums, or have even enrolled. […] It would appear that doctors, hospitals and other medical providers who have agreed to serve Obamacare patients will...