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  • Obesity might affect how well a coronavirus vaccine works

    08/08/2020 5:20:16 PM PDT · by Not_Who_U_Think · 40 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | August 5, 2020 | Nancy Clanton
    When a vaccine is found, it might not work for everyone, Sarah Varney writes for Kaiser Health News. In the United States, the promise of a vaccine “is hampered by a vexing epidemic that long preceded Covid-19: obesity,” she wrote. Studies have shown that flu, hepatitis B, tetanus and rabies vaccines can be less effective in obese adults than in the general population, and there’s no reason to believe a coronavirus vaccine will be any different. “Will it still work in the obese? Our prediction is no.”
  • In win for Trump, Supreme Court allows plan for religious limits to Obamacare contraceptive coverage [7-2]

    07/08/2020 8:38:24 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    NBC ^ | July 8, 2020, 9:14 AM CDT / Updated July 8, 2020, 9:59 AM CDT | By Pete Williams
    The ruling greatly expands the kinds of employers that can cite religious or moral objections in declining to include birth control in their health care plans. WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for the Trump administration to give the nation's employers more leeway in refusing to provide free birth control for their workers under the Affordable Care Act. The ruling is a victory for the administration's plan to greatly expand the kinds of employers who can cite religious or moral objections in declining to include contraceptives in their health care plans. Up to 126,000 women...
  • Barr urges Trump administration to back off call to fully strike down Obamacare

    05/05/2020 9:03:42 AM PDT · by Skywise · 94 replies
    Wishtv.com ^ | May 5, 2020 | Kaitlan Collins, Joan Biskupic, Evan Perez and Tami Luhby, CNN
    Attorney General William Barr made a last-minute push Monday to persuade the administration to modify its position in the Obamacare dispute that will be heard at the Supreme Court this fall, arguing that the administration should pull back from its insistence that the entire law be struck down. ... Barr and other top advisers have argued against the hard-line position for some time, warning it could have major political implications if the comprehensive health care law appears in jeopardy as voters head to the polls in November. According to four sources familiar with the meeting, Barr argued for modifying the...
  • Supreme Court will decide the fate of Obama health care law

    03/02/2020 8:14:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 2, 2020 | Mark Sherman
    The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide a lawsuit that threatens the Obama-era health care law, but the decision is not likely until after the 2020 election. The court said it would hear an appeal by 20 mainly Democratic states of a lower-court ruling that declared part of the statute unconstitutional and cast a cloud over the rest. Defenders of the Affordable Care Act argued that the issues raised by the case are too important to let the litigation drag on for months or years in lower courts and that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New...
  • Governors warn Trump rule could lead to big Medicaid cuts

    02/06/2020 9:10:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 6, 2020 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Governors of both major political parties are warning that a little-noticed regulation proposed by President Donald Trump’s administration could lead to big cuts in Medicaid, reducing access to health care for low-income Americans. The arcane fiscal accountability rule proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, would tighten federal oversight and approval over complex financing strategies states have long used to help pay for their share of the $600 billion program. Also targeted are certain payments to hospitals that treat many low-income patients. Public comments closed last week amid a chorus of criticism from hospitals, nursing homes,...
  • Paul Ryan moving his family to Washington from Wisconsin

    02/02/2020 1:52:20 PM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 100 replies
    Politico Democrat Propaganda ^ | 08/20/2019 | NATASHA KORECKI and JAKE SHERMAN
    Paul Ryan is moving his family to the city he was always giddy to leave. The former speaker of the House and onetime GOP vice presidential nominee is leaving his longtime home of Janesville, Wis., and will rent a house in the Maryland suburbs of Washington. "Now in the private sector, Paul and his family are temporarily renting a house in Maryland, and he’ll be spending time there as well as their family home in Janesville," a Ryan aide told POLITICO.
  • Widespread glitches occur on 1st day of ‘Obamacare’ sign-ups

    11/02/2019 1:47:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 2, 2019
    Trump administration officials say they’re working to resolve problems with HealthCare.gov following reports of widespread technical glitches on the first day of “Obamacare” sign-ups. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in a statement Friday that it’s aware that some consumers trying to sign up for health insurance have received error messages from the online system. The agency said its “highest priority” is to fix the issues quickly to provide a “seamless consumer experience.” …
  • Republicans Have No Plan If Obamacare Is Struck Down. Some Don’t Think It’s Even Possible.

    07/11/2019 5:42:55 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 117 replies
    Huffpo ^ | 7/10/19 | Igor Bobic
    The threat to do away with Obamacare is once again on the rise nearly 10 years after it was passed, as a major challenge to the health care law got a sympathetic-sounding hearing in a federal appeals court this week. If the case does ultimately reach the Supreme Court, and five justices agree to strike down the Affordable Care Act, experts say it would upend the U.S. health care system and strip health insurance from an estimated 20 million people. Many millions more would lose crucial protections they might need in case of catastrophic medical issues ― including coverage for...
  • WOW!… NY Senator Admits “We All Knew” Prez Was Lying About ObamaCare (Video)

    11/17/2013 9:20:03 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 86 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November17,2013 | Jim Hoft
    Gillibrand admitted to Martha Raddatz today on This Week, “We all knew,” Obama was not being honest when he told Americans they could keep their insurance. Raddatz: Do you feel misled by Obama? Gillibrand: He should have been more specific… Raddatz: So were you misled? http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/11/wow-ny-senator-admits-we-all-knew-obama-was-lying-about-o-care-video/ Gillibrand: No, we all knew. The whole point of the plan is to cover things people need.
  • Trump Administration Proposes Rollback of Transgender Protections

    05/24/2019 8:23:11 AM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 24, 2019 | Erica L. Green and Abby Goodnough
    The Trump administration has formally proposed to revise Obama-era civil rights for transgender people in the nation’s health care system, eliminating “gender identity” as a factor in health care and leaning government policy toward recognizing only characteristics of sex at birth. The Department of Health and Human Services published its proposed regulation Friday, which eliminates a 2016 regulation inserted by the Obama administration that redefined discrimination “on the basis of sex” to include gender identity.
  • Washington to offer first ‘public option’ insurance in US

    05/12/2019 10:02:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 12, 2019 | Tom James
    Washington is set to become the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option. A set of tiered public plans will cover standard services and are expected to be up to 10% cheaper than comparable private insurance, thanks in part to savings from a cap on rates paid to providers. But unlike existing government-managed plans, Washington’s public plans are set to be available to all residents regardless of income by 2021. The Legislature approved the plan last month, and Gov. Jay Inslee is scheduled to sign it into law Monday. The move thrusts...
  • Trump Retreats on Health Care, Saying Republican Plan Will Appear After the 2020 Election

    04/02/2019 6:55:14 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 52 replies
    NY Times ^ | 04/02/2019 | Eileen Sullivan and Maggie Haberman
    President Trump announced that Republicans would not present a health care overhaul proposal until after the 2020 election, punting on coming up with a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, which the administration is currently fighting in court to invalidate. The issue now will dominate presidential campaigns in the months leading up to the 2020 election. Mr. Trump announced his new timetable in a thread of Twitter posts late Monday, putting off one of his biggest campaign promises until, the president hopes, he is re-elected. “Everybody agrees that ObamaCare doesn’t work,” began Mr. Trump, who went on to add that...
  • Outraged Democrats vow to challenge court ruling undercutting Obamacare

    12/16/2018 5:25:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Outraged Democrats vowed to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that could undo the US health care law known as Obamacare, saying on Saturday that they will use their new power in Congress to hold Republicans responsible and “expose their lies.” US District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled late Friday that the health insurance reform, officially known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is unconstitutional. The White House said it expects the ruling to be appealed to the Supreme Court. For now, it said in a statement, “the law remains in place.” But Democrats, who have seen the law survive scores of...
  • US appeals court blocks Trump birth control coverage rules

    12/13/2018 1:19:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 13, 2018 | Sudhin Thanawala
    A U.S. appeals court Thursday blocked rules by the Trump administration allowing more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control. States were likely to succeed on their claim that the changes to President Barack Obama’s health care law were made without required notice and public comment, a divided, three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. The panel upheld a preliminary injunction against the rules issued by a lower court judge last year. An email to the Justice Department seeking comment was not immediately returned. Obama’s health care law required most companies to...
  • Hackers breach HealthCare.gov system, get data on 75,000

    10/19/2018 4:00:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 19, 2018 6:47 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    A government computer system that interacts with HealthCare.gov was hacked earlier this month, compromising the sensitive personal data of some 75,000 people, officials said Friday. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made the announcement late in the afternoon ahead of a weekend, a time slot agencies often use to release unfavorable developments. Officials said the hacked system was shut down and technicians are working to restore it before sign-up season starts Nov. 1 for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. About 10 million people currently have private coverage under former President Barack Obama’s health care law. …
  • New strategy: Democrats go all-in on health care in midterms

    10/14/2018 7:32:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 14, 2018 1:57 PM EDT | Nicholas Riccardi
    In a windowless conference room, Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally was asking executives at a small crane manufacturing company how the GOP tax cut has helped their business when one woman said: “I want to ask you a question about health care.” Marylea Evans recounted how, decades ago, her husband had been unable to get health insurance after developing cancer, forcing the couple to sell some of their Texas ranch to pay for his treatment. Now she was worried about Democratic ads saying McSally, currently a congresswoman, supported legislation removing the requirement that insurers cover people with pre-existing medical conditions....
  • Thank goodness McCain had obamacare.....oh wait.

    08/25/2018 6:42:08 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 28 replies
    freerepublic.com ^ | 8/25/18 | coldone
    Thank goodness McCain had obamacare to keep him alive this long after he got brain cancer........oh wait.
  • Trump administration to dump Obama-era rule allowing unions to siphon Medicaid money

    07/10/2018 5:58:34 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 7/10/18 | Gregg Re
    The Trump administration announced Tuesday it planned to end what it suggested was an illegal Obama-era rule allowing unions to collect dues from state subsidies intended for home health workers -- including family caregivers. Federal law generally prohibits states from skimming money from Medicaid payments bound for independent in-home personal care workers. But in 2014, the Obama administration created an exception, saying that states could divert some of that Medicaid money to unions, on the theory that these workers effectively were public-sector employees. Eleven left-leaning states have used that provision to raise more than $200 million a year for unions...
  • Insurers warn of rising premiums after Trump axes Obamacare payments again [barf]

    07/08/2018 5:30:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 8, 2018 12:53 PM | Amanda Becker, Carl O’Donnell
    Health insurers warned that a move by the Trump administration on Saturday to temporarily suspend a program that was set to pay out $10.4 billion to insurers for covering high-risk individuals last year could drive up premium costs and create marketplace uncertainty. The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) “risk adjustment” program is intended to incentivize health insurers to cover individuals with pre-existing and chronic conditions by collecting money from insurers with relatively healthy enrollees to offset the costs of other insurers with sicker ones. President Donald Trump’s administration has used its regulatory powers to undermine the ACA on multiple fronts after...
  • Trustees report warns Medicare finances worsening

    06/05/2018 10:15:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 05, 2018 8:04 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Andrew Taylor
    Medicare will run out of money sooner than expected, and Social Security’s financial problems can’t be ignored either, the government said Tuesday in a sobering checkup on programs vital to the middle class. The report from program trustees says Medicare will become insolvent in 2026 — three years earlier than previously forecast. Its giant trust fund for inpatient care won’t be able to fully cover projected medical bills starting at that point. The report says Social Security will become insolvent in 2034 — no change from the projection last year. The warning serves as a reminder of major issues left...