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  • MNsure Monthly Premiums Likely to Increase Significantly

    07/10/2014 7:22:08 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    KSTP ^ | 7-9-14 | Jay Kolls
    The head of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans gave a hint of what might come soon to those who pay for health insurance coverage through MNsure, Minnesota's health care exchange. Julie Brunner is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, which is the professional association for the HMOs that offer health coverage through MNsure. Brunner recently told a University of Minnesota symposium that she would "not be surprised if the health plans increased their rates by 8, 10, or even 12 percent." Gov. Mark Dayton tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he would be disappointed by such a...
  • WARNING: Eight EHR Hazards (electronic health records)

    07/09/2014 3:15:22 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    CCHFREEDOM.ORG ^ | 7-9-14 | Twila Brase
    There's triple trouble with electronic health records: patient safety, medical privacy, and data security. And there are at least eight hazards. But much taxpayer money has been thrown at the highly speculative, untested EHR for political and profit purposes. And there are at least eight hazards. But much taxpayer money has been thrown at the highly speculative, untested EHR for political and profit purposes. England has already tried and failed. The National Health Service, which serves a population of 53 million, began building a national EHR system in 2002. By 2007, it missed key deadlines. In 2011, the $20 billion...
  • Hospitals at Increasing Risk of Overheating Due to Climate Change (Yeah, Right)

    07/09/2014 2:02:17 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 34 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | July 9, 2014 06:00 GMT | Emily Gosden
    Nine out of ten hospital wards may be at risk of overheating, increasing the dangers for vulnerable patients who are left sweltering in temperatures of more than 26C (78.8F), government advisers have warned. Poor ventilation, thin walls, low ceilings and big windows that can barely be opened are contributing to temperatures far exceeding acceptable levels during hot weather, according to the Committee on Climate Change. One fifth of domestic properties could also already be overheating, with flats especially vulnerable, it finds. The number of people dying prematurely from overheating could triple to 7,000 per year by the 2050s as global...
  • Hospitals buy special fridges to store overweight bodies as obesity crisis escalates (UK)

    06/16/2014 2:21:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:04PM BST 15 Jun 2014 | Claire Carter
    Britain’s obesity crisis is so serious that hospitals are buying specialist equipment to keep bodies cool because they are too large to fit into mortuary fridges. Hospitals are also having to widen corridors, buy reinforced beds and lifting equipment in order to cope with the growing numbers of obese patients coming though their doors. Figures obtained by The Telegraph show that hospitals have spent at least £5.5 million over the past three years to adapt allow them to treat larger patients. Experts now warn the cost of treating overweight and obese patients could rise to at least £10 million a...
  • Ted Cruz calls to repeal ‘every blessed word of Obamacare’

    06/06/2014 4:21:49 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 50 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 6 Jun 2014 | Emma Margolin
    “Today, liberty is under assault,” declared conservative firebrand Ted Cruz before an adoring audience Friday at the Republican Party of Texas State Convention. The GOP senator and Tea Party darling left virtually no red meat unthrown, calling for a return to the Constitution – “the most extraordinary document crafted in history” – a resurrection of American leadership abroad – where “bullies and tyrants are laughing at [us]” – and a rebuilding of jobs and economic growth at home, through adhering to free market principles, supporting “the American energy renaissance,” abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and repealing “every blessed word of...
  • Bernie Sanders blocked VA Accountability Act [apparently, he refused to read the 3 page bill]

    06/02/2014 6:49:08 PM PDT · by grundle · 10 replies
    azcentral.com (link only) | May 26, 2014 | Charles Lopresto
    link only: http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/letters/2014/05/26/bernie-sanders-blocked-va-accountability-act/9614547/
  • Nancy Pelosi: VA Wait List Manipulation Isn't a Scandal

    05/30/2014 8:12:02 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 37 replies
    Imagine the press letting a Republican or conservative try to get away with trying to avoid uncondtionally calling something as infuriating and outrageous as the Veterans Administration waiting list scandal a real scandal. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did that on Monday (HT Patterico and Real Clear Politics) in an interview with Vox's Ezra Klein, who naturally let it slide right on by:
  • Does The Government Treat Illegal Aliens Better Than Military Vets?

    05/24/2014 5:09:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | May 24, 2014 | Robert Jonathan
    On the eve of Memorial Day, and against the backdrop of the rapidly growing Veterans Affairs hospital scandal, do illegal aliens get better treatment than US military veterans? Sarah Palin seems to think so. On Wednesday, President Obama broke his silence on the Veterans Affairs scandal, vowing to hold the military hospitals that falsified records accountable but also claiming that VA problems are anomalies. The president’s remarks come as revelations have emerged in the media about long wait times for veterans seeking medical treatment, and vets who have died while waiting for doctor’s appointments at the military facilities. Originally the...
  • Political Observers: VA Scandal Differs From Other Obama Debacles (Most people have a vet in family)

    05/24/2014 5:21:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    NewsMax ^ | May 23, 2014 | Todd Beamon
    The spiraling scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs over deadly treatment delays and falsified waiting lists is setting itself apart from the other controversies that have plagued the Obama administration, Republicans and political observers tell Newsmax. "The VA scandal is different because it is one that every American can relate to," said Democratic pollster and analyst Doug Schoen. "Everyone has a relative who has been a veteran who've put themselves in harm's way to protect this country. "Every American can relate to the horrific nature of the abuses that are alleged to have gone on at VA hospitals —...
  • Californians gripe about Obamacare enrollment snags, lack of doctors

    05/24/2014 3:09:45 PM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 23, 2014 | Chad Terhune
    Nearly 1,500 Californians have complained to state regulators in the last four months about their Obamacare coverage purchased through California's insurance exchange. Many consumers have also encountered difficulty finding a doctor who accepts their new coverage...
  • Blame Socialism, Not Shinseki (for VA scandal)

    05/24/2014 7:41:56 AM PDT · by Innovative · 24 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 24, 2014 | Larry Kudlow
    The VA problem is not Shinseki; it's socialism. The Veterans Affairs health care system is completely government run. It is a pure single-payer program. National Review Editor Rich Lowry calls it "an island of socialism in American health care." He is right. I've been arguing this all week. For years, President Obama has been talking about fixing the VA. But he never stayed with it. And now he says he's angry and wants accountability. But he will never understand that the single-payer government-run system is the real problem. This VA scandal is a reminder that government-run single-payer health care does...
  • Obama, Shinseki stories on VA medical care don't add up

    05/22/2014 4:11:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | May 22, 2014 | by David Rodham-Gergan
    ... In 2010 -- four years ago! -- the deputy undersecretary of the VA wrote a nine-page memo saying that in order to cover up their continued delays, various parts of the VA system were engaged in "gaming strategies" -- in effect, lying. The General Accounting Office and VA inspector generals wrote reports saying the practice was widespread. One would have thought that would have set off alarm bells at both the VA and the White House. Where was the anger then? There were some internal investigations, but they never went anywhere and there was little apparent sense of urgency....
  • S.C. Woman Denied Vital Medicine Due to Obamacare Glitch (They have her down as a man)

    05/22/2014 2:04:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 21, 2014 | Staff
    A family who was forced to buy healthcare is distraught after their daughter was denied medication because of an Obamacare error. Shelby Higdon needs her medication, but has been repeatedly denied it because the information in her BlueCross BlueShield health insurance account lists her as a male, not a female. “When it was time to get my medicine, they told that they couldn’t give it to me because on my insurance I was registered as a man,” Shelby told WLOS. Her mother, Kris Hitt Hidgon, shares her daughter’s frustration. She has called healthcare.gov “probably about eight times.” Each time Kris...
  • Exclusive: VA Scandal Hits New Hospital

    05/19/2014 9:05:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 18, 2014 | Jacob Siegel
    Veterans with serious heart conditions, gangrene, and even brain tumors waited months for care at the Albuquerque VA hospital, a whistleblowing doctor tells The Daily Beast. Add Albuquerque, New Mexico’s to the growing list of VA hospitals accused of keeping secret waiting lists to hide delays for veterans seeking medical care. And it may already be too late to get to the truth and find out what harm, if any, was done to veterans there—VA officials are already destroying records to cover their tracks, a whistleblower inside the hospital tells The Daily Beast. Last month, word broke that the Department...
  • Apology from AHS for five-day wait after boy assaulted in Grande Prairie (Knockout Game)

    05/15/2014 11:49:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    CTV News Edmonton ^ | May 15, 2014 | Karyn Mulcahy and Julia Parrish
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Grande Prairie RCMP are investigating after a 12-year-old boy was assaulted over the weekend – and the boy’s family is speaking out against the provincial health system, as the boy’s most serious injuries went untreated for several days. The victim, Thomas Seidel, was allegedly attacked by a group of teens late last week. He suffered a broken jaw and underwent surgery on Wednesday. The boy’s family told CTV News the boy was put on a list for surgery Monday. His grandmother has issued a letter to Alberta's Health Minister Fred Horne, expressing her concerns over how long it took for...
  • VA Health Scandals Foreshadow Life Under ObamaCare

    05/07/2014 6:50:11 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/06/2014 | IBD Staff
    Rationing: Government-run VA health clinics have been caught falsifying records to hide obscenely long and sometimes deadly delays in treating veterans. Welcome to the future of health care under ObamaCare. The VA recently decided to investigate one of its Colorado outpatient clinics to see how it handled patient delays. What it found was shocking, but not surprising. While delays for many of the 6,300 veterans treated at the clinic stretched out for months, clerks there were told to falsify dates so it appeared that everyone was being seen in a timely fashion. Those who didn't play along ended up on...
  • GOP: Health signups lagging

    04/30/2014 4:57:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 30, 2014 6:49 PM EDT | Erica Werner
    House Republicans issued a report Wednesday saying that one-third of people who signed up for health insurance through new federal exchanges hadn’t paid their first month’s premium as of mid-April, which could undermine the Obama administration’s claims of robust enrollment under the new health law. […] The report by House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans said 67 percent of people who had signed up for health insurance through federal marketplaces had paid their first month’s premiums as of April 15. That was far lower than the numbers emerging from individual insurance companies, which have been reporting payment numbers in the...
  • “If Obamacare Dies, Sarah Palin Killed It”

    04/22/2014 3:48:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 22, 2013 | Wesley J. Smith
    Several weeks ago the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia sponsored a debate–more a discussion–between me and Thaddeus Mason Pope about end of life care under the Affordable Care Act. He supports medical futility. I oppose it. We went from there. I began my presentation with the quote in the headline above–asserting that Palin’s term “death panels” may have put a spear through the heart of Obamacare. I then said: People are afraid of centralized bureaucrats dictating whether Craig’s [the moderator’s terminally ill babies) children can have medical care, whether my 96-year-old mother can have medical care, whether people with disabilities...
  • Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal to join forces in ad

    04/04/2014 7:29:44 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/04/2014 | JAMES HOHMANN
    Jeb Bush and Bobby Jindal appear in a commercial that will air Sunday to promote NewRepublican.org, a project focused on outlining a positive GOP agenda for the future. The former Florida governor and the current Louisiana governor, both potential 2016 presidential candidates, support a super PAC that is the brainchild of Republican strategist Alex Castellanos. “If you believe that every parent ought to be able to choose their child’s school, and that the economy should be driven from the bottom up, not the top down from Washington, then you’re thinking like a New Republican,” Bush says to the camera at...
  • 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...
  • The High Costs of Obamacare

    03/16/2014 11:38:15 AM PDT · by Innovative · 12 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 16, 2014 | Jack Kelly
    Obamacare will reduce the earnings of its 300,000 members by up to $5 an hour by requiring them to buy health insurance, according to a report by Unite Here, a union which represents chiefly lower-wage workers in service industries. The union said it “threatens the middle class with higher premiums, loss of hours and a shift to part-time work and less comprehensive coverage.” Americans who says they’ve been hurt by Obamacare outnumber those who say they’ve benefited from it by more than 2 to 1, according to recent polls by both Rasmussen and Gallup.
  • In Healthcare, Choice Is Overrated

    03/06/2014 5:32:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 6, 2014 | Ezekiel J. Emanuel
    "....As more people enter the A.C.A.’s new insurance exchanges, they will get to choose between a bronze plan with a narrow network and lower premiums and a platinum plan with a broader network and higher premiums. Inevitably,some insurance plans will offer narrow networks with poor-quality providers.However,there are four ways that we could reassure Americans that they are getting high-quality care despite choosing a narrow network.First,the exchanges should require that networks meet a minimum level of adequacy—meaning there are sufficient numbers of each type of practitioner in every geographic area. The National Committee for Quality Assurance, a nonprofit group, has already...
  • Protect Privacy or Accept Government Control

    03/06/2014 5:12:37 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    He who holds the data makes the rules. If you haven't figured this out, it's almost too late. Obama knows it. In 2009, his team mandated electronic medical records and $27 billion to make it happen as a "foundation" for health care reform. If you wonder whether medical privacy is important, check out Minnesota, where the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Democrat-controlled legislature plan to eliminate all medical privacy rights. Bills being fast-tracked include: GENETIC GRAB: Repeal of hard-won parent consent requirements for government storage, use, and sharing of Baby DNA and newborn (genetic) screening test results for...
  • Video: ObamaCare enrollee can’t get doctor to see her

    02/20/2014 5:13:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 20, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    CBS affiliates bring us two updates on the ongoing disaster of Covered California, the ObamaCare exchange in the Golden State that has begun to look a lot more like Uncovered Californians. In Sacramento, Nick Janes reports on the plight of Katherine Cadman, who eagerly signed up for an insurance policy through the state’s exchange — and then tried to use it to see a doctor. Doctors, however, are not anxious to see customers from ObamaCare plans, thanks to the lousy reimbursement rates:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) One viewer said she did months of research before picking the plan that Blue Cross recommended. But it’s...
  • Remember Obama Saying People With Pre-Existing Conditions Shouldn't Pay More? Yeah, Well...

    02/16/2014 8:59:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | February 15, 2014 | Mike Miller
    Along with Barack Obama’s promise of “if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan,” was his declaration that “people with pre-existing conditions shouldn’t be penalized.” Yeah, well, that was then and this is now. People with serious pre-existing diseases, precisely those Obama said the “Affordable Care Act” would help, could find themselves paying for expensive drug treatments with no help from the healthcare exchanges. Those with expensive diseases such as lupus or multiple sclerosis face something called a “closed drug formulary.” Dr. Scott Gottlieb of the American Enterprise Institute explains: “If the medicine that you need...
  • An Oversold Weapon Against Breast Cancer

    02/16/2014 12:50:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 81 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    In 1999, newspaper columnist Molly Ivins was diagnosed with breast cancer and promptly exhorted her readers: "Go. Get. The. Damn. Mammogram. Done." She also quoted a friend, columnist Marlyn Schwartz, who lamented, "If you have ever wondered what it would feel like to sit in a doctor's office with a lump in your breast trying to remember when you last had a mammogram, I can tell you. You feel like a fool." Ivins' breast cancer killed her in 2007. She didn't say whether she had gotten regular mammograms before her diagnosis. If so, she was spared something many a dying...
  • Unable to guarantee medical care, the Quebec government turns to euthanasia

    02/15/2014 9:10:00 AM PST · by Innovative · 13 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Feb 12, 2014 | Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice
    Unable to guarantee adequate medical care for its citizens, the Quebec Government is turning to euthanasia. The law would allow 14 year olds to refuse treatment without the consent of their parents. Also in the French version, other witnesses including Luc describe the potential abuses by politicians, hospital administrators, the medical profession and families in a money driven society where certain lives would be deemed less worthy to live because of financial pressures.
  • Terminally sick children have been secretly given deadly overdoses by British doctors....

    02/15/2014 8:59:41 AM PST · by Morgana · 34 replies
    mail online ^ | Damien Gayle
    FULL TITLE: Terminally sick children have been secretly given deadly overdoses by British doctors in illegal mercy killings, claims retired GP British doctors have secretly killed terminally sick children by giving them 'huge' overdoses of painkillers, it was claimed yesterday. Hours after Belgium became the first country in the world to allow the euthanasia of children, a retired GP suggested it was already happening, informally, in Britain. Dr Michael Irwin told an LBC Radio debate: 'It has happened in this country, very quietly. I know of one or two children over the last few years.'
  • Emilie's Story: ObamaCare is hurting people like me

    02/12/2014 10:50:17 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 9 replies
    AFP via Youtube ^ | 1/28/2014 | AFP
    Listen to Emilie, from Tennessee tell her experiences with ObamaCare.
  • Colorado Health-Care Exchange Director Indicted in Montana Housing (Fraud & Theft) Case

    02/12/2014 6:55:11 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies
    SF Gate ^ | Wednesday, February 12, 2014 | SF Gate
    Colorado health-exchange director on paid leave DENVER — A director with Colorado's health-care exchange is on paid leave after it was discovered she has been accused of stealing from a nonprofit housing organization she oversaw in Montana. Christa McClure is the director of partner engagement for Connect for Health Colorado, the state program that implements the Affordable Care Act. According to the Denver Post, program spokesman Ben Davis says in her Colorado job, McClure does not have access to any of exchange's finances. The eight-count indictment against McClure was filed in U.S. District Court in Billings, Mont., in January.
  • Obama Fans Can't Believe Their President Wanted This to Happen

    02/06/2014 6:29:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Excellence in Broadcasting Network ^ | February 6, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: It was an LA Times story on Obamacare, and these are popping up more and more. An Obamacare fan says, "Now I can't sleep at night. I can't imagine this is how President Obama wanted it to happen." No matter what problems that they've had at the website or the exchanges, you can find some Obamacare supporters who've touted the relative success of some of the state exchanges. One of the ones they point to is Covered California, as a success. But now, people who have been able to sign up with Covered California, are discovering that...
  • Obamacare enrollees hit snags at doctor's offices

    02/05/2014 6:38:16 AM PST · by Innovative · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | Feb 4, 2014 | Chad Terhune
    Aliso Viejo resident Danielle Nelson said Anthem Blue Cross promised half a dozen times that her oncologists would be covered under her new policy. But when she went to her oncologist's office, she promptly encountered a bright orange sign saying that Covered California plans are not accepted. "I'm a complete fan of the Affordable Care Act, but now I can't sleep at night," Nelson said. "I can't imagine this is how President Obama wanted it to happen." "There are a lot of economic incentives for health insurers to narrow their networks, but if they go too far, people won't have...
  • Obamacare remakes the economy -- and it's not all that bad

    02/04/2014 6:51:03 PM PST · by Innovative · 24 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | FEb 4, 2014 | Rick Newman
    ...CBO says Obamacare, as the law is known, could cut the size of the U.S. workforce by 2 million people within 3 years... That’s roughly double the CBO’s prior estimate... Those 2 million jobs don’t represent people who will be fired or denied work because of Obamacare. They represent people who hold a job primarily for the healthcare benefits provided by their employer, and might choose not to work it they could get coverage some other way. “The ACA will reduce the total number of hours worked,” the CBO explained in its report, “almost entirely because workers will choose to...
  • A Few More Reasons To Repeal ObamaCare

    02/01/2014 2:33:58 PM PST · by Innovative · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Jan 31, 2014 | BETSY MCCAUGHEY
    Moody's rating agency has lowered the outlook for health insurers from stable to negative, blaming ObamaCare. Section 1342 of the Affordable Care Act forces taxpayers to make insurers whole for most of the losses incurred selling ObamaCare exchange plans through 2016. The bailout is designed to conceal the failure of the president's signature health law until he is out of office. No one in the Obama administration talked up the advantages of bailing out insurers. It was kept under wraps until the fall of 2013. As any business owner will tell you, a temporary bailout is no substitute for the...
  • Veterans dying because of health care delays

    01/31/2014 6:28:18 AM PST · by Innovative · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan 30, 2014 | Scott Bronstein, Nelli Black, and Drew Griffin
    U.S. veterans are dying because of delays in diagnosis and treatment at VA hospitals. At least 19 veterans have died because of delays in simple medical screenings like colonoscopies or endoscopies, at various VA hospitals or clinics, CNN has learned. The new document obtained by CNN shows a worse problem than has previously been made public by the VA. As CNN has previously reported, as many as 7,000 veterans were on a backlog list -- waiting too long for colonscopies or endoscopies -- at VA facilities in Columbia, South Carolina and Augusta, Georgia.
  • U.S. hospitals hit with shortage of intravenous saline

    01/29/2014 2:38:39 AM PST · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Yahoo news/Reuters ^ | Jan 28, 2014 | Susan Kelly
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it is working with the three manufacturers of intravenous saline solutions commonly used to hydrate hospital patients to address a shortage caused by a spike in demand. To cope with the shortage, healthcare providers are using substitute products such as oral hydration fluids or smaller IV saline bags with slower drip rates when appropriate, said Bona Benjamin, director of medication use quality improvement for the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. "We have heard from our members all over the country that the shortage is serious," Benjamin said. "People are able...
  • Obamacare's Dismal California Numbers

    01/27/2014 6:57:45 AM PST · by Innovative · 16 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 24, 2014 | John McCaormack
    900,000 Californians lost their health plans by January 1; only 500,000 signed up on the Obamacare exchange. Health care industry expert Bob Laszewski points out that that means at least 330,000 of the 500,000 people who signed up for Obamacare already had health insurance. "If you want to know how many uninsured bought it, subtract by at least" 330,000, Laszewski told THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
  • Out of health-care furor, satisfaction in New England

    01/26/2014 1:52:15 PM PST · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Jan 26, 2014 | Chelsea Conaboy
    The federal overhaul has had a bumpy start, but with insurance payments they can handle, many have stopped gambling on their future Lost amid all the fury, however, have been the success stories.
  • Funding cuts hurt cataract wait time

    01/26/2014 12:25:19 PM PST · by Innovative · 22 replies
    London Free Press ^ | Jan 22, 2014 | Jonathan Sher
    Wait times for cataract surgery in London jumped 50% last year, a disturbing trend officials expect will worsen unless Ontario’s health ministry restores funding. At the start of 2013, 90% of patients had surgery within 153 days. By November, that wait grew to 230 days. “It’s hurting patients,” said ophthalmologist Tim Hillson, chairperson of the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Patients forced to wait are at greater risk for falls, car crashes and depression, preventable calamities that cost our health-care system more in the long run, Hillson said, so making them wait longer is short-sighted.
  • Sleeper issue that could help Dems in 2014: Midterms starting to look a lot less favorable to GOP

    01/23/2014 12:36:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Week ^ | January 22, 2014 | Jon Terbush
    The GOP has made opposition to ObamaCare a central pillar of its 2014 campaign strategy. And even though the health care law has begun to turn around, that may not be such a bad idea given lingering public skepticism over the law. However, there is one crucial piece of ObamaCare that may well become a big winner for Democrats by the end of the year: The dramatic expansion of Medicaid. Unlike the overall law, the expansion of Medicaid is actually quite popular with voters of all political stripes. Even in the Deep South, more than six in ten support expanding...
  • Sebelius: Observe MLK Day by signing up for Obamacare

    01/20/2014 8:19:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 20, 2014 | Caroline May
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is using the memory of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to encourage Americans to sign up for the troubled Obamacare system. “As we celebrate the inspirational life of Dr. King, please join us in this historic effort by helping your friends, neighbors, and loved ones get covered through the Marketplace,” Sebelius said of the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Sebelius explained that King’s civil rights leadership extended to advocacy for the poor, and that he was concerned about health care inequality. “Dr. King memorably described inequality in health care as...
  • Computer Security Expert: Obamacare Website Security ‘Much Worse Off’ Than Before

    01/19/2014 3:24:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 19, 2014 | Staff
    The Obamacare website is even less secure than it was in November, David Kennedy, head of computer security consulting firm TrustedSec LLC, told Fox News Sunday. Kennedy testified before Congress Thursday that the site was “100 percent” insecure and personal information for consumers at healthcare.gov was at risk, Reuters reports: Before the hearing, Kennedy told Reuters the government has yet to plug more than 20 vulnerabilities that he and other security experts reported to the government shortly after HealthCare.gov went live on October 1. Hackers could steal personal information, modify data, attack the personal computers of website users and damage...
  • 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...
  • UK to Keep New Medicines from the Elderly?

    01/11/2014 2:37:12 PM PST · by kathsua · 23 replies
    National Right to Life News ^ | January 10, 2014 | Wesley J. Smith
    The UK may soon tighten its health care rationing to prevent new medicines from getting to the elderly. From the Telegraph story: “New drugs would only be licensed for the NHS [National Health Service] if they help those judged to be a benefit to wider society under proposals from the health watchdog. Pharmaceutical firms on Thursday night warned that the move could lead to new medicines being denied to the elderly. “A senior professor also said that the plans could threaten the well-being of older people and were ‘deeply suspect’, while charities questioned the ethics of the policy. The National...
  • 13,000 OBAMACARE APPLICANTS HAVE NO RECORDS WITH HEALTH INSURERS

    01/10/2014 12:21:53 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 10, 2014 | By TOM MURPHY and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    Record-keeping snags could complicate the start of insurance coverage this month as people begin using policies they purchased under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Insurance companies are still trying to sort out cases of so-called health insurance orphans, customers for whom the government has a record that they enrolled, but the insurer does not. Government officials say the problem is real but under control, with orphan records being among the roughly 13,000 problem cases they are trying to resolve with insurers. But insurance companies are worried the process will grow more cumbersome as they deal with the flood of...
  • 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...
  • Nancy Pelosi: Don’t call it Obamacare

    01/09/2014 11:18:22 AM PST · by jazusamo · 78 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 9, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi corrected a reporter Thursday who called Democrats’ health care law “Obamacare.” “First of all, it’s called the ‘Affordable Care Act,’ ” the California Democrat said after a reporter asked about House GOP efforts to try to tweak the law. Democrats, who just a couple of years ago were happy to call President Obama’s signature achievement Obamacare,...
  • How the Obama administration dismantled American government

    01/06/2014 8:40:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 5, 2014 | Ken Hoagland
    Obamacare is a flea bitten dog that never would have been enacted without wholesale and deliberate falsehoods said over and over again by Barack Obama and every Democrat cheerleader. It never would have been enacted without legislative sleights-of-hand and backroom bribes offered to key Democrats. It never would have been enacted and Barack Obama would likely not have won a second term without the willing negligence of a toothless “watchdog press” who refused to independently investigate or report obvious lies. Now we will be bitten by this dog and indeed, as many as five million people who have lost insurance...
  • Obamacare: Hundreds of thousands of Californians finally get health insurance

    01/04/2014 7:40:34 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 68 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 01/03/2014 | Tracy Seipel
    The last time John Nunnemacher had health insurance was 15 years ago, when his employer paid for his coverage. Since then, the freelance graphic artist hasn't been able to afford a policy. Luckily, he didn't get seriously ill or have a bad accident -- which could have left the San Jose man bankrupt. But as of New Year's Day, the 43-year-old Nunnemacher was once again insured. Nearly four years after Congress passed a controversial health care law, tens of thousands of Californians like Nunnemacher can now see a doctor without begging for charity care.
  • ObamaCare’s latest whopper (Here come the Deathpanels)

    01/01/2014 3:40:53 PM PST · by Innovative · 106 replies
    NY Post ^ | Jan 1, 2014 | Betsy McCaughey
    In 2013, the American people learned what whoppers the key promises of ObamaCare turned out to be. But the biggest whopper about the Affordable Care Act is yet to be exposed: the tightening grip the federal government will have over your doctor — even if you’re paying with private insurance. Section 1311(h)(1)(B) of the health law gives the secretary of Health and Human Services blanket authority to dictate how doctors treat patients. Not just patients in government programs like Medicare and Medicaid, but patients with private plans they pay for themselves. On Dec. 2, 2013, we learned from the Federal...