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  • Californians Rally for Single-Payer Health Care System

    02/24/2017 7:57:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    MRC TV ^ | February 23, 2017 | Eric Scheiner
    KTXL reports that a rally was held in Sacramento, California Wednesday by proponents of a bill that would create a one payer health care system. Participants included health care unions and patients. Dr. Paul Song told KTXL, “If we make the system more efficient by having one payer, we can save billions of billions of dollars a year. Plus, we don’t really need to put any more money in - the money is there.” Bill co-author Senator Toni Atkins of San Diego says Californians shouldn’t have Washington dictate how healthcare is provided to its citizens. She tells KTXL, now that Californians...
  • Record numbers of cancer patients using crowdfunding to pay for private treatment not ...

    02/03/2017 7:46:15 PM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    The number of cancer patients turning to crowdfunding to pay for treatments not available on the NHS has soared, online donation platform JustGiving said. Cancer patients and their loved ones launched 2,348 appeals on the website last year compared to 304 in 2015 - a seven-fold increase, the figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 live reveal. The fundraisers generated 4,670,143 to help pay for private medical treatment at clinics in the UK and abroad, a significant rise from the 530,519 raised in 2015. Consultant oncologist Dr Clive Peedell described the number of patients bypassing the NHS as "very worrying" and...
  • Don't call pregnant patients 'mothers': Doctors are banned from using the word over fears it will up

    01/29/2017 9:57:17 PM PST · by Morgana · 39 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | January 28, 2017 | Stephen Adams and Sanchez Manning for The Mail on Sunday
    FULL TITLE: Don't call pregnant patients 'mothers': Doctors are banned from using the word over fears it will upset those who are transgender NHS doctors have been told not to call pregnant women expectant mothers because it might offend transgender people, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. The astonishing warning comes in official guidelines issued by the British Medical Association to its 160,000 members, which says mothers-to-be should be referred to as pregnant people instead. The controversial advice to doctors in hospitals and general practice comes just weeks after it emerged that a Briton who was born a girl but...
  • The British National Health Service Is in Crisis: What Else Is New?

    01/15/2017 1:56:50 PM PST · by rey · 14 replies
    Liberty law Site ^ | 13 Jan 2017 | Theodore Dalrymple
    One of the most curious political phenomena of the western world is the indestructible affection in which the British hold their National Health Service. No argument, no criticism, no evidence can diminish, let alone destroy, it. The only permissible criticism of it is that the government does not spend enough on it, a meanness (with other peoples money) to which all the services shortcomings are attributable. In effect, the NHS is the national religion. Yet again, however, the NHS is in crisis. The British Red Cross has called the present situation an incipient humanitarian crisis, as if the country were...
  • Germans go to doctor WAY too much, says insurer

    09/14/2016 11:16:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 14 Sep 2016 15:34 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    A health insurance company has said that Germans are going to the doctor twice as much as they actually need to. But doctors disagree. We dont have too few doctors, but actually too much contact with doctors, KKH CEO Ingo Kailuweit told Bild on Tuesday. Half of all doctor visits are unnecessary. The OECDs Health Statistics report for this year showed that Germans went to the doctor on average more than 18 times in 2008, while another OECD report showed that Germans visited the doctor about ten times each in 2013. This made Germans one of the top ten countries...
  • Obese patients and smokers banned from routine surgery in 'most severe ever' rationing in the NHS

    09/03/2016 9:39:13 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 115 replies
    Obese people will be routinely refused operations across the NHS, health service bosses have warned, after one authority said it would limit procedures on an unprecedented scale. Hospital leaders in North Yorkshire said that patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above as well as smokers will be barred from most surgery for up to a year amid increasingly desperate measures to plug a funding black hole. The restrictions will apply to standard hip and knee operations.
  • Canadian couple forced to live apart after 62 years

    08/26/2016 7:32:41 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 Aug 2016
    An elderly Canadian couple who have been married for 62 years have been forced to live in separate care homes... The couple, who have lived apart for eight months, cry every time they are able to see each other, she added. "We want everyone's focus to be on fixing the system rather than raising money and putting a band-aid on the issue."
  • NHS crisis plan to cancel operations and appointments as winter draws in

    08/22/2016 7:15:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 8/22/16 | Laura Donnelly and Henry Bodkin
    Hospitals are to cancel thousands of operations and appointments in a desperate bid to stop the NHS "buckling" this winter, under Government plans. Health officials are drawing up contingency measures to attempt to safeguard emergency care by diverting senior doctors from operating theatres into wards and Accident & Emergency departments as winter sets in. The national plan, detailed in evidence to the Commons health select committee, comes amid concern that the NHS is already in the grip of the worst bed-blocking crisis on record. Last night, Britains most senior A&E doctor said hospitals were under such strain that a bad...
  • Cataracts? Just wear dark glasses, grandmother is told: Elderly patients being refused [tr]

    08/05/2016 5:49:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 5, 2016 | Sophie Borland and Emily Kent
    Elderly patients are being told by opticians to buy darker sunglasses as the NHS will not pay for life-changing cataract surgery Others have been informed they are not entitled just because they had laser treatment on their eyes 16 years ago.
  • Obama calls for 'public option' for Obamacare

    07/12/2016 10:44:25 AM PDT · by PROCON · 94 replies
    CNN ^ | July 11, 2016 | Tami Luhby
    President Obama joined the chorus of Democrats calling for the creation of a government run health insurance program as Obamacare is facing growing problems. In an article published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the president called for Congress to revisit the "public option" for Obamacare in areas where few insurers offer coverage. "Some parts of the country have struggled with limited insurance market competition for many years, which is one reason that, in the original debate over health reform, Congress considered and I supported including a Medicare-like public plan," Obama wrote in the piece. A public...
  • DEMOCRAT LEGISLATORS ORDERED TO STEER CLEAR OF SOCIALIZED MEDICINE HEALTH CARE DEBATE

    06/10/2016 6:40:38 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 30 replies
    Compass Colorado ^ | 9 Jun, 2016
    DENVER 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 states budget and drastically increase taxes. Rep. Lois Court, D-Denver, a candidate for Senate District 31, recently participated in The Denver Posts 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 cant even prove that anyone owes. But thats nothing compared to the site of a goofy English guy forgiving $15 million in medical debt he bought for pennies on the dollar. On Sundays 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 Mish 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. As awful as Obamacare has been at its purported goal of making health care affordable, it has been unquestionably successful at one of Obamas 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 Healthy Dose of Redistribution,...
  • VA Waits for Ailing Vets Not So Bad [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 agencys long queues for medical treatment of ailing veterans, comparing them to the long lines to get on rides at Disneyland. No one is on the Disney Corporations case for the lengthy wait-times at their theme parks, McDonald asserted. Why should we get worked up over wait-times at VA hospitals? You know, if people can tolerate waiting an hour for something as frivolous as a roller coaster ride shouldnt they be willing to wait a reasonable amount of time for something as crucial as medical care? the Secretary...
  • No, The Public Doesnt 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 Gallups headline about its poll says: Majority in U.S. Support Idea of Fed-Funded Healthcare System. The mainstream press eagerly ran with the story. The Washington Post, for example, headlined its piece: Poll: Most Americans want to replace ObamaCare with single-payer including many Republicans. The ABC News headline blared Poll Says Majority of Americans Prefer Medicare For All Health Care, and the story led by saying that A 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: Heres a headline that should scare anyone who has been following ObamaCare: As time runs out, the Obama administration races to reshape health care. Hasnt 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 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. Im 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, Im in a...
  • Vets Are Still Waiting For Those Urgent 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.
  • Americas million-doctor shortage is right around the corner

    The doctor is disappearing in America. And by most projections, its only going to get worse 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 toutsselling access to DOCTORS: 'Scalpers' buy up(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: “I like the mandate.” Donald Trump has often promised to repeal the “disaster” that is Obamacare and he’s right, it is a disaster.But at Thursday night’s CNN Republican Presidential Town Hall in South Carolina, Donald Trump embraced what is easily the worst part of Obamacare, the anti-free market “individual mandate” 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 “die in the streets,” as if they has ever happened in America — 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’s 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 ‘nationalization’ 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, “I believe in universal health care.” He repeated that support in his 2000 book, backing a system like Canada’s single-payer system. And Trump has been consistent, praising Scotland’s single-payer health care system this year. Trump can carry the Democrat’s 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 ‘BIGGER FINES’ IF YOU DON’T 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. “Important,” the new email warns subscribers. “The penalty for not having health insurance is increasing. If you don’t sign up for coverage, you’ll risk having to pay $695 per person or more for the year.” 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 agoand 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 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 Vermonts 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 nations 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 states 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 Exchange established by the State means Exchange established by the State or the Federal Government, we should henceforth follow Justice Scalias 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 I thought it was a 1 in 5 shot, and I believe Michael Cannon thought the same 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. I felt abandoned by doctors and had nowhere to turn, Joanne told the Telegraph. The doctor said to her, Georgia, 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 Australias SBS Dateline, purports to show the gruesome details of the multi-billion dollar organs-on-demand 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 Australias 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. The goal can be that employees should be able to report themselves sick for up to a week, 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.
  • "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 States appeal. We have not defeated the idea, he said. We do not even understand the idea. 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 Obamacares 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 yeara 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
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