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  • DEMOCRAT LEGISLATORS ORDERED TO STEER CLEAR OF SOCIALIZED MEDICINE HEALTH CARE DEBATE

    06/10/2016 6:40:38 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 27 replies
    Compass Colorado ^ | 9 Jun, 2016
    DENVER ó A Colorado state representative and candidate for the state Senate recently revealed to The Denver Post that she and her colleagues are under strict orders not to take a public stance on the increasingly contentious debate on Amendment 69, the socialized medicine ballot measure that would double the stateís budget and drastically increase taxes. Rep. Lois Court, D-Denver, a candidate for Senate District 31, recently participated in The Denver Postís Voter Guide, a biannual question-and-answer platform that the newspaper offers to all candidates running for state and federal offices in Colorado. In her answers, Court revealed a stunning...
  • John Oliver Buys $15M In Medical Debt, Then Forgives It

    06/06/2016 2:08:03 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 32 replies
    Consumerist ^ | June 6, 2016
    "We can tell you about the growing problem of medical debt and how hospitals are suing thousands of patients for having the gall to be both sick and poor, or how debt collectors screw-up and use illegal tactics to get paid for debts they often canít even prove that anyone owes. But thatís nothing compared to the site of a goofy English guy forgiving $15 million in medical debt he bought for pennies on the dollar. On Sundayís Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver took a long, multifaceted look at the messy, shady world of debt collection and debt buying."...
  • Obamacare redistribution and the disincentive to work

    06/03/2016 9:40:23 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Mish Talk ^ | 01 June 2016 | Mike ďMishĒ Shedlock
    Reader WC Varones emailed an article he wrote on Obamacare and the Disincentive to Work. At the heart of the matter is a redistribution scheme that punishes the middle class the most, and the wealthy the least, for the benefit of the poor. ďAs awful as Obamacare has been at its purported goal of making health care affordable, it has been unquestionably successful at one of Obamaís other primary goals: the redistribution of wealth. Unfortunately, the poor design of the redistribution function is one of the reasons Obamacare is failing. As the Economist points out in ďHealthy Dose of Redistributionď,...
  • VA Waits for Ailing Vets ďNot So BadĒ [semi-satire]

    05/28/2016 11:20:54 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 29 May 2016 | John Semmens
    This week, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald rebuffed critics of the agencyís long queues for medical treatment of ailing veterans, comparing them to the long lines to get on rides at Disneyland. ďNo one is on the Disney Corporationís case for the lengthy wait-times at their theme parks,Ē McDonald asserted. ďWhy should we get worked up over wait-times at VA hospitals?Ē ďYou know, if people can tolerate waiting an hour for something as frivolous as a roller coaster ride shouldnít they be willing to wait a reasonable amount of time for something as crucial as medical care?Ē the Secretary...
  • No, The Public Doesnít Suddenly Support Socialized Medicine

    05/18/2016 4:59:45 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/17/2016 | John Merline
    A new Gallup survey seems to suggest that majority of Americans now back government-run health care. That, at least, is what Gallupís headline about its poll says: ďMajority in U.S. Support Idea of Fed-Funded Healthcare System.Ē The mainstream press eagerly ran with the story. The Washington Post, for example, headlined its piece: ďPoll: Most Americans want to replace ObamaCare with single-payer ó including many Republicans.Ē The ABC News headline blared ďPoll Says Majority of Americans Prefer ĎMedicare For Allí Health Care,Ē and the story led by saying that ďA growing number of Americans now support the idea of federally funded...
  • Obama Health Care Regulators Are In A Last-Minute Frenzy To Do More Damage

    05/12/2016 4:11:32 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/11/2016 | Staff
    Regulations: Hereís a headline that should scare anyone who has been following ObamaCare: ďAs time runs out, the Obama administration races to reshape health care.Ē Hasnít it done enough damage reshaping health care already?
  • 10 Myths About Canadian Health Care, Busted

    04/28/2016 4:37:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 112 replies
    PNHP ^ | Sara Robinson
    Conservatives are rumbling around the talk show circuit bellowing about the socialist threat to the (literal) American body politic. And, as usual, Canada is once again getting dragged into the fracas, shoved around by both sides as either an exemplar or a warning ó and, along the way, getting coated with the obfuscating dust of so many willful misconceptions that the actual facts about How Canada Does It are completely lost in the melee. Iím both a health-care-card-carrying Canadian resident and an uninsured American citizen who regularly sees doctors on both sides of the border. As such, Iím in a...
  • Vets Are Still Waiting For Those ĎUrgentí VA Reforms Obama Promised Two Years Ag

    04/20/2016 4:15:02 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/19/2016 | Staff
    Health Care: In the summer of 2014, President Obama promised swift changes to resolve chronic delays and cover-ups at the Veterans Health Administration. Today, veterans are still waiting months to see doctors and the VHA is still doctoring wait times, an audit finds.
  • Americaís million-doctor shortage is right around the corner

    The doctor is disappearing in America. And by most projections, itís only going to get worse ó the U.S. could lose as many as 1 million doctors by 2025, according to a Association of American Medical Colleges report. Primary-care physicians will account for as much as one-third of that shortage, meaning the doctor you likely interact with most often is also becoming much more difficult to see.
  • China is forced to clamp down on ticket toutsÖselling access to DOCTORS: 'Scalpers' buy upÖ(tr)

    03/03/2016 2:54:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11:36 EST, 3 March 2016 | Thomas Burrows
    China has vowed to clamp down on 'scalpers' selling tickets for hospital appointments at hugely inflated prices. Most hospitals in the country require patients to purchase registration tickets to see a doctor or receive treatment but the system is widely abused. Scalpers buy up tickets for around £30 and can resell them for as much as £450, with those most in need of hospital treatment the biggest victims of the scandal. They mainly operate in the largest cities, such as Beijing and Shanghai. ...
  • WATCH: Cruz Demonstrates How Trump is Bold-Face Lying on Healthcare

    02/26/2016 9:07:23 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 110 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | February 26, 2016
    Either Donald Trump suffers from memory loss or he is completely lying about his healthcare plans. During Thursday night's debate Ted Cruz simply asked Trump, "True or false, you said the government should pay for everyone's healthcare?" Trump emphatically denied, claiming the accusation was completely false. To those watching who have been keeping up with this election cycle, the claim seemed dubious. After the debate, Cruz's campaign helped Trump and the rest of America understand the truth behind the spar: ...
  • Trump: 'Part of the Problem with Republicans' Is Opposition to National Health Care

    02/21/2016 7:29:45 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 470 replies
    The National Review ^ | February 21, 2016 | Tom S. Elliott
    Donald Trump attacked Republicans this morning for their opposition to government-provided health care. Appearing on Meet the Press, Trump told host Chuck Todd, "We're not going to let people die in squalor because we are Republicans, okay?" "That's part of the problem with the Republicans, somehow they got fed into this horrible position," Trump said. "We're going to take care of people." Trump also said he didn't mean to express support for Obamacare's individual mandate during Thursday night's CNN town hall when he told Anderson Cooper, "I like the mandate." "We had a situation where we were Anderson Cooper, who's...
  • Donald Trump Just Publicly Embraced the WORST Part of Obamacare [VIDEO] [Ind. Mandate]

    02/19/2016 12:18:37 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 265 replies
    PoliStick ^ | February 19, 2016 | Matthew K. Burke
    Donald Trump: ‚ÄúI like the mandate.‚ÄĚ Donald Trump has often promised to repeal the ‚Äúdisaster‚ÄĚ that is Obamacare and he‚Äôs right, it is a disaster.But at Thursday night‚Äôs CNN Republican Presidential Town Hall in South Carolina, Donald Trump embraced what is easily the worst part of Obamacare, the anti-free market ‚Äúindividual mandate‚ÄĚ which forces Americans to buy only government-approved health care insurance, whether they want to or not.To justify his support for the Obamacare mandate, Donald Trump uses leftist talking points of not wanting people to ‚Äúdie in the streets,‚ÄĚ as if they has ever happened in America ‚ÄĒ before...
  • 2015 FLASHBACK: Donald J. Trump says doctors make too much money (video)

    02/19/2016 9:14:14 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 85 replies
    New Zeal ^ | February 18, 2016 | Renee Nal
    Is there anybody more "all over the map" on healthcare than Donald Trump?...
  • Operations hit as doctors strike again (UK‚Äôs NHS)

    02/10/2016 5:08:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10 February 2016 | Nick Triggle
    Nearly 3,000 operations have been canceled as junior doctors in England take part in a second 24-hour strike over pay and conditions. Checkups, appointments and tests are also set to be disrupted as a result of the walkout, which began at 08:00 GMT. Formal talks broke down in January and there is mounting speculation ministers may soon seek to impose a new contract, potentially inflaming the row further. The key sticking point appears to be payments for working on Saturdays. ...
  • Friends of girl, 18, with leukemia sign her casket with loving messages in a final goodbye

    02/09/2016 7:02:14 AM PST · by lowbridge · 25 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | january 6, 2016 | Kalhan Rosenblatt
    A girl who died of leukemia was given a final send off after her friends signed her casket with loving messages on January 30. Laura Hillier got to experience a few normal childhood milestones like graduating high school and getting her senior year book signed before she died on January 20. Laura might have experienced a few more milestones if a Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, hospital had been able to accommodate a bone marrow transplant for the young woman. Numerous donors were a match with Laura and ready to donate, but Hamilton's Juravinski Hospital didn't have enough beds in high-air-pressure rooms...
  • ACA and Insurers Create More Barriers for Consumers

    02/06/2016 5:26:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2016 | Ken Blackwell
    When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, was enacted, Americans were promised a healthcare system in which insurance companies would be held accountable and patients would have access to affordable care. Six years later, however, the reality has proven to be quite different-a plan that was supposed to mend our nation's fractured healthcare system has driven up healthcare costs, decreased market competition, and ultimately harmed patients. Last week, UnitedHealth--the nation's largest health insurer--announced that it expects to lose more than $500 million through plans they offered under the ACA in 2016. Just yesterday, Anthem...
  • GPs criticize ‚Äėnationalization‚Äô of family doctor services [Ireland]

    01/30/2016 5:34:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 01/30/2016 | Paul Cullen
    Family doctors have criticized the Government for seeking to "nationalize" general practice with plans to extend free GP care to all children. Speakers at the National Association of GPs conference called for a campaign of resistance to plans for a progressive extension of GP medical cards to all children. The Government plans to extend the scheme to children aged under 12 years later this year and to all children shortly after. Limerick GP Charlie Gavin said he signed the contract out of fear. "My fear was my practice would not continue, I had a letter from the Government saying they...
  • Trump calls for Medicare to negotiate drug prices

    01/26/2016 6:37:47 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/26/2016 | Peter Sullivan
    Donald Trump is calling for Medicare to be able to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to lower drug prices, a policy long backed by Democrats and opposed by Republicans. The Republican presidential candidate told a crowd in Farmington, N.H., Monday night that the policy would save billions of dollars, but then took a shot at pharmaceutical companies, which strongly oppose the proposal. "We don't do it. Why? Because of the drug companies," Trump said, according to The Associated Press. Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, as well as President Obama, have called for the same policy of letting Medicare negotiate...
  • Trump is the best choice for NH Democrats

    01/17/2016 11:51:05 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 92 replies
    Union Leader ^ | December 14. 2015 10:55PM | Grant Bosse
    New Hampshire Democrats have an important choice to make on Feb. 9. And the choice is clear: Donald Trump for President. For decades, Trump has consistently supported bigger government, and ridiculed conservative principles.During his first - run for the Presidency in 1999, Trump told Larry King, ‚ÄúI believe in universal health care.‚ÄĚ He repeated that support in his 2000 book, backing a system like Canada‚Äôs single-payer system. And Trump has been consistent, praising Scotland‚Äôs single-payer health care system this year. Trump can carry the Democrat‚Äôs banner as a longtime advocate for government takeover of health care.Trump has a long history...
  • Bernie Sanders would likely raise taxes to pay for universal health care

    01/16/2016 2:24:04 PM PST · by Fasceto · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | January 16, 2016 | Tami Luhby
    Bernie Sanders likely wants to raise everyone's taxes to pay for universal health care, but promises it will be worth it. The Democratic presidential contender has long promoted a single payer health care system, which would eliminate the private insurance market in favor of a government-run program. He calls it 'Medicare for All. Sanders' plan for health insurance is now in the spotlight, with rival Hillary Clinton demanding that he reveal how he'd pay for it. Her campaign contends it would require raising taxes on the middle class by 9%. Sanders has waffled on whether he'd unveil details before the...
  • BAMACARE WEBSITE THREATENS ‚ÄėBIGGER FINES‚Äô IF YOU DON‚ÄôT SIGN UP

    11/06/2015 7:03:21 PM PST · by lbryce · 81 replies
    Breibart ^ | November 5, 2015 | Charles Spiering
    The Obama administration is sending a new message to people on the Obamacare e-mail list. Sign up for health insurance by December 15 or face big fines. ‚ÄúImportant,‚ÄĚ the new email warns subscribers. ‚ÄúThe penalty for not having health insurance is increasing. If you don‚Äôt sign up for coverage, you‚Äôll risk having to pay $695 per person or more for the year.‚ÄĚ Since the new enrollment period is in session, email messages from the Obamacare website have increased urging more people to sign up for coverage or face fines. When asked about the fines faced by Americans without insurance, White...
  • The Decline of ObamaCare

    10/25/2015 10:23:11 PM PDT · by 100American · 20 replies
    http://www.wsj.com/ ^ | Updated Oct. 25, 2015 9:52 p.m. ET | OPINION REVIEW & OUTLOOK
    http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-decline-of-obamacare-1445807092 ObamaCare will almost inevitably be reopened in 2017, whoever wins the election. The good news is the emerging consensus among Republican candidates about a credible, pragmatic and optimistic alternative. Jeb Bush was the latest to release a plan two weeks agoóand this is a debate that has always deserved to be litigated at the presidential level to create a mandate for reform.
  • The Living Nightmare of Socialized Medicine

    09/30/2015 7:16:24 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/30/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    There is no such thing as free care. Someone else must pay for it either through higher taxes, non-use of services, confiscatory premiums, writing-off costs, government subsidies, or denial of needed services, rationing When the government promises too much free medical care to too many people without making a significant investment in the medical infrastructure, its staff, and its professional delivery, innocent victims of a shortchanged, diluted, and inefficient service are likely to emerge. And the victims will suffer in silence physically or financially, paying for much reduced or unaffordable healthcare. Add to the poorly planned mix an enormously expensive...
  • Nuns on the Bus: Dispatches From a Papal Road Trip

    09/24/2015 7:39:05 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 9-24-2015 | TARA MURTHA
    When the nuns first hit the road in 2012, their mission was to collect stories of economic oppression in protest of the Paul Ryan budget ó in defiant response to Pope Benedict XVI's startling decision to launch an investigation into the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, an umbrella group that represents more than 80 percent of religious sisters in the United States. The investigation was an outright attack on women's role in the Church and was referred to as "a crackdown on American nuns." Their alleged transgression was spending too much time on social justice issues, and promoting "certain radical...
  • Costs derail Vermontís dream of a single-payer health plan (Flash Back of Epic Fail)

    09/23/2015 4:04:28 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 14 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 01/25/2015 | Jay Fitzgerald
    For decades, liberal activists yearned for a European-style, single-payer health system that they argued would lead to more affordable, efficient, and comprehensive medical coverage for all citizens. When Vermont four years ago enacted a landmark bill to establish the nationís first single-payer health care system, they saw their long-sought dream about to be fulfilled. But reality hit last month. Governor Peter Shumlin released a financial report that showed the cost of the program would nearly double the size of the stateís budget in the first year alone and require large tax increases for residents and businesses. Shumlin, a Democrat and...
  • Medicare's Birthday: A Failed Centralized Program Turns 50

    08/02/2015 3:18:02 PM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 26 replies
    IBDeditorials.com ^ | 7/28/15 | MERRILL MATTHEWS AND GRACE-MARIE TURNER
    Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson traveled to Independence, Mo., to sign legislation creating Medicare and Medicaid. Ronald Reagan warn[ed] it would lead to socialized medicine. Critics of the 1965 legislation warned that both [Medicare and Medicaid] programs would spend much more than supporters predicted, that price controls and rationing of care would follow and that the quality of care would eventually suffer. All of the warnings have proved correct. In 1965, the House Ways and Means Committee estimated that Medicare Part A, which covers hospital bills, would cost $9 billion a year by 1990. But the actual cost after...
  • Supreme Court renames Obamacare SCOTUScare: Court offers to write future legislation for Congress..

    06/25/2015 7:22:53 PM PDT · by rhema · 30 replies
    Center of the American Experiment Blog ^ | June 25, 2015 | Kim Crockett
    Good news from the Supreme Court today: If you like your health care subsidies, you can keep them. If you like limited government and the separation of powers, you are out of luck. Now that Chief Justice Roberts and five of his colleagues found that the phrase ďExchange established by the StateĒ means ďExchange established by the State or the Federal Government,Ē we should henceforth follow Justice Scaliaís suggestion that this act of Congress, which had to be passed before the People knew what was in it and then had to be rescued not once, but twice, by a complicit...
  • SCOTUSCare And The Eric Cartman Presidency

    06/26/2015 1:18:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 25, 2015 | Ben Domenech, publisher
    So the Supreme Court has upheld the subsidies and taxes under Obamacare in states that did not establish exchanges, despite the text of the law requiring that those subsidies and taxes apply to states that established exchanges. This is not very surprising. We have not been publishing or writing much about the King v. Burwell because I was confident Ė I thought it was a 1 in 5 shot, and I believe Michael Cannon thought the same Ė that SCOTUS would uphold the law no matter the facts of the case. In the short run conservatives may feel depressed about...
  • BREAKING: Healthcare subsidies upheld by SCOTUS

    06/25/2015 7:09:40 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 614 replies
    SCOTUS Blog ^ | 06/25/2015 | SCOUTSBLOG
    Six are the Chief, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan.
  • Teen dies after doctors allegedly dismiss stomach cancer symptoms as desire to be thin

    05/29/2015 2:43:38 PM PDT · by lbryce · 60 replies
    Fox ^ | May 29, 2015 | Staff
    A British teen whose stomach cancer symptoms were allegedly dismissed by doctors as a desire to be skinny died after it spread to her eye and ovaries, the Telegraph reported. Georgia Marrison, 18, who was preparing to study English Literature at University of Sheffield, complained of tiredness and fatigue. But her mother, Joanne, said that doctors downplayed the symptoms to severe anemia and an overwhelming desire to be thin. ďI felt abandoned by doctors and had nowhere to turn,Ē Joanne told the Telegraph. ďThe doctor said to her, ĎGeorgia, you are looking very pale, and I know what you 18-year-old...
  • Report: The Chinese Government Is Stealing 10,000 Organs From Live Political Prisoners Every Year

    04/09/2015 6:26:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/9/15 | Josh Fatzick
    A Canadian documentary has alleged that the Chinese state is aware and approves of the removal of organs from live political prisoners, often without anesthetic. Some 10,000 political prisoners are reportedly killed each year, and at least one former worker is willing to testify to atrocities. The documentary, produced by Australiaís SBS Dateline, purports to show the gruesome details of the multi-billion dollar ďorgans-on-demandĒ transplant program, and how these Chinese hospitals remove organs from live patients, in some cases putting the people in incinerators before they had even died. The filmmaker, Leon Lee, in an interview with Australiaís News.com, described...
  • Nigeria election: Muhammadu Buhari wins

    03/31/2015 3:35:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    A spokesman for Gen Buhari's All Progressives Congress (APC) party praised Mr Jonathan, saying: "He will remain a hero for this move. The tension will go down dramatically." The APC issued a statement after the result was announced, calling for "calm, sober celebrations" and warning supporters not to attack opponents. "He or she is not with me, whoever does that," the new president said. ... It is the fourth time the former military ruler, 72, has sought the presidency. He ruled Nigeria from January 1984 until August 1985, taking charge after a military coup in December 1983. Mr Jonathan had...
  • Doctors say you should write your own sick note (Germany)

    02/17/2015 4:12:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 Feb 2015 11:25 GMT+01:00
    Researchers at the University of Magdeburg argue that workers should be able to excuse themselves from work for short periods to reduce the burden on family doctors. ďThe goal can be that employees should be able to report themselves sick for up to a week,Ē lead researcher Wolfram Hermann told Welt am Sonntag. Hermann said that workers needing sick notes accounted for a large proportion of short-notice visits to doctors, taking up too much of their time. Ö
  • "What ISIS Really Wants"

    02/16/2015 10:22:09 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 84 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 2015 | Graeme Wood
    "What is the Islamic State? Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic Stateís appeal. ďWe have not defeated the idea,Ē he said. ďWe do not even understand the idea.Ē In the past year, President Obama has referred to the Islamic State, variously, as...
  • IRS Seeks 9,000 New Employees as It Prepares to Enforce Obamacare

    02/05/2015 9:54:29 AM PST · by PapaNew · 43 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | February 05, 2015 | Melissa Quinn
    As millions of Americans brace for tax season, the Internal Revenue Service is requesting a $2 billion boost to its budget and 9,000 new employees as it prepares to enforce Obamacareís tax provisions. President Obama released his $4 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2016 this week, which includes $13.9 billion for the Internal Revenue Service. The agency asked Congress for close to $2 billion more for operations than last yearóa 16 percent increase. The billions of dollars will help the agency bolster its staff by adding more than 9,280 full-time employees. The proposed jump in employment at the IRS...
  • Now Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt gives ambulances even longer to get to seriously ill patients (UK)

    01/16/2015 10:51:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:55 EST, 16 January 2015 | Sophie Borland
    Ambulances will be allowed to take longer to reach seriously ill patients, under controversial plans announced by the Health Secretary. Jeremy Hunt yesterday unveiled a pilot scheme that will give operators an extra two minutes to assess 999 calls before dispatching paramedics. He said the added time will enable staff to establish if an ambulance is really needed, over concerns they are being sent out too readily to patients who are not seriously ill. But unions warned that the move would cost lives and dismissed the scheme as a ploy to meet targets ahead of the election. The ambulance service...
  • Why Your Plan Was Cancelled: Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act (video)

    01/02/2015 7:04:43 PM PST · by servo1969 · 20 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 9-22-2014 | Mercatus Center
    There's a bizarre reason why millions of Americans saw their health plans cancelled in 2013 and, as explained in a new video featuring Robert Graboyes of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, millions more will lose their plans in years to come.
  • ObamaCare closing down hospitals

    12/30/2014 9:42:16 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/30/14 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    If you might think the situation in Romania is bad because they have to overcome 44 years of communist totalitarian dictatorship, you would be right, however the socialized medical care in many EU countries is not much better. A remarkable photograph taken by Lazar Dinu in 1989 shows patients from a hospital in Bucharest, overjoyed that the communist dictator was gone and that they would be able to find drugs in pharmacies, doctors would treat them without bribes and would not kill them during simple surgeries, hospitals would be modernized and actually heal patients, and happiness would be restored. I...
  • Doctors to get Medicare pay cut if they don't 'meaningfully' use electronic medical records

    12/19/2014 6:18:33 PM PST · by nicmarlo · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 19, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The bullying of the nationís physicians continues apace, now turning to penalizing doctors who donít meet the administrationís one-size-fits-all approach to medical records. Bruce Japsen of Forbes reports: More than 250,000 physicians and other health professionals are being notified as early as today that their payments from Medicare and Medicaid will be cut because they arenít adequately using electronic health records in their practices, the Obama administration confirmed. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, known as CMS, is telling about 257,000 eligible medical care providers who are largely physicians that they will be paid 1 percent less in reimbursement...
  • Number of patients waiting on trolleys in A&E triples (UK NHS; ER mess)

    12/18/2014 2:28:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:15AM GMT 30 Dec 2014 | Laura Donnelly and Patrick Sawer
    The number of patients forced to endure Accident & Emergency trolley waits of up to 12 hours has tripled in four years. New figures from NHS England show that in November, 23,663 patients in England waited between four and 12 hours on a trolley in A&E. In November 2010, the figure was just 6,579. This month also saw 52 patients waiting in A&E for more than 12 hours, compared with just two in the same month four years ago. The figures show the problems are greatest in London, with 273 waits of between four and 12 hours at Barts Health...
  • Jonathan Gruber to MSNBC: My ĎStupidity of the American Voterí Remark was Inappropriate

    11/11/2014 12:53:38 PM PST · by SteveH · 140 replies
    mediaite ^ | Nov. 11, 2014 | Eddie Scarry
    On MSNBC Tuesday, Gruber told Ronan Farrow that he ďspoke inappropriatelyĒ when he made the comments, which surfaced this week in an online video. ďThe comments in the video were made at an academic conference,Ē Gruber said. ďI was speaking off the cuff and I basically spoke inappropriately and I regret having made those comments.Ē
  • Yes, the Republican Obamacare Strategy Will Kill People

    11/11/2014 6:12:16 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | November 10, 2014 | By Jonathan Chait
    There is a famous thought experiment called the trolley problem, and it goes like this: A runaway trolley is headed toward five people bound on the tracks. You are standing before the switch that could divert it onto another track, where it would kill only one person. Do you pull the switch? The trolley problem is the most flattering possible way to think about the conservative movementís fanatical commitment to repealing Obamacare. If they pull the switch and repeal Obamacare, or if they persuade five Republican Supreme Court justices to cripple it, they will spare America from the evils of...
  • ĎA mass sterilization exerciseí: Kenyan doctors find anti-fertility agent in UN tetanus vaccine

    11/07/2014 9:16:21 AM PST · by wagglebee · 157 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/6/14 | Steve Weatherbe
    Kenyaís Catholic bishops are charging two United Nations organizations with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus inoculation program sponsored by the Kenyan government. According to a statement released Tuesday by the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, the organization has found an antigen that causes miscarriages in a vaccine being administered to 2.3 million girls and women by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Priests throughout Kenya reportedly are advising their congregations to refuse the vaccine. ďWe sent six samples from around Kenya to laboratories in South Africa. They tested positive for the HCG antigen,Ē Dr. Muhame...
  • As virus spreads, insurers exclude Ebola from new policies

    10/22/2014 1:10:22 PM PDT · by South40 · 31 replies
    Reuters (Yahoo) ^ | 10/22/2014 | Carolyn Cohn, Richa Naidu and Avik Das
    (Reuters) - As fear of Ebola infections spreads to developed economies, U.S. and British insurance companies have begun writing Ebola exclusions into standard policies to cover hospitals, event organizers and other businesses vulnerable to local disruptions. As a result, new policies and renewals will become costlier for companies opting to insure business travel to West Africa or to cover the risk of losses from quarantine shutdowns at home, industry officials told Reuters.
  • I want a sex change again: Transsexual who had £10,000 surgery on NHS wants to become a man again

    10/01/2014 5:36:07 AM PDT · by dead · 72 replies
    A transsexual who had a £10,000 sex change on the NHS to become a woman now wants the taxpayer to foot the bill for a further £14,000 of surgery so she can become a man again. Chelsea Attonley, 30, who was born a boy and called Matthew, said she now finds being a woman 'exhausting', is tired of putting on make-up and wearing heels, and now accepts that she should always have stayed a man... But now, seven years after surgery to become a woman, Chelsea wants to go back to being a man - and wants the taxpayer to...
  • Even the New York Times Fears Socialized Medicine

    09/17/2014 1:10:53 PM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 17, 2014 | Stephanie Wang
    The New York Times laid out some of the problems with socialized medicine in Britain in an article published Wednesday. The Times points to a case in which a five-year-old boy with a brain tumor set off an international hunt for the boy and his family. Critics of the National Health Service say Britain far overstepped its boundaries after it arrested the boyís parents. NHS denied five-year-old Ashya King an advanced cancer treatment known as proton team therapy for his brain tumor. In a desperate attempt to get treatment for their son, Ashyaís parents traveled to Madrid to sell their...
  • HHS chief: Obamacare is 'clearly working'

    09/08/2014 2:27:05 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 8, 2014 | Brian Hughes
    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell insisted Monday that Obamacare is ďclearly working,Ē trying to move past the rocky rollout of President Obama's signature health law by insisting that her agency was not concerned with fighting ďlast year's battles.Ē Burwell in a speech at George Washington University said that the verdict was in on Obama's signature domestic initiative. ďThe Affordable Care Act is clearly working,Ē the HHS chief said. ďHealthcare is more affordable for families, businesses and for our economy as [a] whole. Coverage and services are more widely available to more people. Doctors and hospitals are delivering...
  • Fox News poll: Slim (?!) majority (52% to 41%) continues to oppose ObamaCare

    08/14/2014 4:51:41 PM PDT · by Innovative · 25 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Dan Blanton
    the latest Fox News national poll finds voters oppose the law by a 52-41 percent margin. As in the past, the new poll shows that most Democrats favor Obamacare (74 percent), while most Republicans (84 percent) and independents (61 percent) are against it. Voters in every age group are more likely to oppose the law than favor it, with one exception: those ages 65 and over. And that group only favors it by two percentage points. President Obama receives higher job approval ratings on health care than on almost any other issue: 42 percent of voters approve, while 53 percent...
  • Report: Companies desperate to avoid ObamaCare 'Cadillac tax' shifting costs to workers

    08/14/2014 3:38:38 AM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Jim Angle
    A national business group representing the nationís large employers reported Wednesday that companies desperate to avoid a 40 percent ObamaCare ďCadillac taxĒ are finding ways to shift the costs to workers. The so-called ďCadillac tax,Ē now four years away, will affect health plans that spend more than $10,200 per worker. Meanwhile, employers are shifting workers into plans with higher deductibles, just as ObamaCare does in the health care exchanges, and using health savings accounts to help defray the costs.