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  • Democratic 2020 hopeful Warren still weighing Medicare for All financing options

    10/21/2019 5:36:58 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/21/19 | Amanda Becker
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House hopeful Elizabeth Warren is taking heat from her Democratic rivals for her demurrals when asked whether her Medicare for All healthcare plan would require raising taxes on middle-class households.
  • Wisconsin Is Putting Health Care Consumers Back in Driver’s Seat

    10/21/2019 12:43:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | October 21, 2019 | State Sen. Dale Kooyenga State Sen. Dale Kooyenga
    One of the most important challenges facing lawmakers today at both the state and federal levels is the rising cost of health care. In the great debate over how to reduce costs while increasing access and quality, some politicians seem to believe that more government involvement is the ticket to accomplishing these policy goals.I believe the opposite is true. In several ways, misguided government intervention is actually the cause of many of our problems, and the solution is to restore an arms-length relationship between government and the doctor-patient relationship.In Wisconsin, I’ve been part of a group of legislators who understand...
  • Senate Democrats want Warren to talk costs on 'Medicare for All'

    10/19/2019 10:07:39 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/19/19 | Alexander Bolton
    A growing number of Senate Democrats say Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) should be more explicit about how she plans to pay for her “Medicare for All” plan. They say the transparency will be rewarded, and that Warren is taking a risk by not being more open about the costs of Medicare for All. “There are pluses and minuses to Medicare for All. You have to be direct about the fact that there are certain consequences of it that will affect people differently. The more you can be transparent about it, I think it’s important,” said Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), who...
  • Bernie vs. Corey and the Socialist Nightmare of ‘Medicare for All’

    10/19/2019 9:19:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | October 19, 2019 | Andrew Mangione
    While campaigning in Las Vegas, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders experienced chest pains, his presidential campaign staff reports. What happened next is really quite remarkable.He was transported to a nearby hospital within an hour of presenting with symptoms, placed on a priority list due to his condition and then treated by the best physicians, nurses, technicians in the world using the most advanced equipment available. During the procedure, two stents were inserted into his cardiac arteries to relieve blockage. Best of all, his prognosis for recovery is excellent.Thank goodness his health scare did not happen in Cuba. Cuba does not have...
  • 3 Weeks In a Spanish Hospital

    10/18/2019 7:38:24 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 30 replies
    Vanity ^ | 18 Oct 2019 | Oshkalaboomboom
    My wife has just been released from the hospital after a 3 week stay. Since most FReepers have never sought health care under a socialist system I thought I would share my experience. As a requirement to emigrating to Spain, which we did in 2016, you have to buy health insurance good for at least one year. After that you can buy into the Spanish health care system for 150 Euros per month if you are under 65 and 165 Euros per month if you are over 65. My wife is a British citizen but wasn't retirement age at the...
  • Southern California Doctor Found Guilty in $12 Million Medicare Fraud and Device Adulteration Scheme

    10/17/2019 2:30:53 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 5 replies ^ | 10/17/19 | DOJ
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, October 17, 2019 Southern California Doctor Found Guilty in $12 Million Medicare Fraud and Device Adulteration Scheme A federal jury found a southern California doctor guilty yesterday for his role in a $12 million scheme to provide medically unnecessary procedures to Medicare beneficiaries, upcode claims submitted to Medicare, and re-package single-use catheters for reuse on patients.Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Nicola T. Hanna of the Central District of California, Assistant Director in Charge Paul Delacourt of the FBI’s Los...
  • Judge vacates Obamacare rule forcing doctors to perform sex change surgeries

    10/16/2019 8:45:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/16/2019 | Samuel Smith
    A judge in Texas has struck down an Obama-era federal regulation that would have required healthcare providers and insurers to perform gender-transition procedures and abortions even if they go against their medical judgment or violate religious convictions. U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor, an appointee of President George W. Bush, vacated a 2016 Obamacare mandate that critics feared could have forced faith-based doctors out of work if they refused to perform gender-transition procedures or abortions on patients referred to them. This was the second time that O’Connor ruled against the regulation, with the first coming in January 2017 when he...
  • North Carolina assisted living facility workers accused of running dementia resident fight club

    10/15/2019 4:53:59 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 33 replies
    Three employees at a North Carolina assisted living facility were arrested after police said they ran a fight club with elderly residents with dementia battling it out against each other. The women were accused in court documents of watching, filming and even encouraging a fight between a 70-year-old woman and a 73-year-old woman at the Danby House assisted living and memory-care facility in Winston-Salem, Fox 8 High Point and other local media reported.
  • Grey No Matter What

    10/14/2019 3:44:07 PM PDT · by NotchJohnson · 2 replies
    Post & Courier ^ | 4/20/2019 | Mary Wildeman
    South Carolina hospitals are using a loophole in state law to scoop millions of dollars a year from the pockets of the poorest of patients. It mostly takes place outside the courts and the public eye. A law originally written to help state and local governments collect debts is being used to seize tax refunds from people with past-due medical bills. The S.C. Department of Revenue does the legwork, and the cash flows straight into the coffers of some of the region’s largest health care companies. The payoff is huge. Together, health organizations took at least $92.9 million in more...
  • Judge blocks Trump 'public charge' rule

    10/11/2019 12:20:03 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/11/19 | Nathaniel Weixel
    A federal judge in New York has temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule linking immigrants’ legal status to their use of public benefits. Judge George Daniels in the Southern District of New York issued a temporary nationwide injunction stopping the administration from enforcing the requirements, as well as a stay of the effective date. The rule was scheduled to take effect Oct. 15. The final rule, which was announced in August, targets immigrants trying to enter the United States or those already living here who are trying to obtain a green card. Under the rule, any immigrant who...
  • American Council on Science and Health

    10/11/2019 7:20:37 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 7 replies
    American Council on Science and Health ^ | 10/08/19 | Chuck Dinerstein
    Administrative complexity and failures of pricing, anywhere from 54% to 66% … And while physicians are the most easily squeezed, the waste that they are responsible for is not nearly as high as the waste from market failures, both pharmaceutical and administratively.
  • Rejecting Democrats' Socialist Healthcare Schemes

    10/11/2019 6:07:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin ^ | October 11, 2019 | Ken Blaxkwell
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently announced the details of her long-anticipated prescription drug reform plan. Not surprisingly, the plan is more of the same from the Democrat leadership – price controls, government meddling in the marketplace, and disincentives to invention and innovation. As the Democratic Party is engaged in a full march towards socialism with “Medicare for All,” free college, higher taxes, and government control over every industry - this drug plan fits right into that radical agenda. Some have suggested that prescription drug reform is one area where President Trump (and the GOP) can find common ground with the...
  • President Trump Is Saving Medicare — and Healthcare — For All

    10/11/2019 3:38:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | October 11, 2019 | Natalie Harp
    Few can forget the graphic television advertisement from the 2012 presidential election, in which a Paul Ryan look-alike tossed “Granny Off the Cliff” while the announcer quips, “Is America Beautiful without Medicare?” Well, just two presidential election cycles later, “Medicare for All” really is threatening to push Granny off the cliff. And America’s seniors are demanding answers. For decades, citizens have feared losing Medicare. Why? Because America’s seniors have endured half a century of the same all-talk, no-action politicians promising results and delivering consequences. Consider this: For 45 years, today’s retirees have witnessed their family and friends who wear the...
  • Medicare Executive Order Maximizing Freedom for Patients & Providers

    10/09/2019 12:31:52 PM PDT · by grumpygresh · 23 replies
    Citizens' Council for Health Freedom ^ | 10/09/19 | Twila Brase, RN
    It is estimated that 10,000 baby boomers enter Medicare every day. With Medicare six years from insolvency, seniors need the freedom to opt out of Medicare and into private coverage without losing their Social Security benefits.
  • President Donald J. Trump Is Protecting Healthcare Benefits for American Citizens

    10/04/2019 7:52:08 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 7 replies ^ | October 4, 2019 | Whitehouse
    To protect benefits for American citizens, immigrants must be financially self-sufficient. President Donald J. Trump ENSURING A STRONG HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: President Donald J. Trump wants to ensure immigrants do not financially burden our healthcare system. President Trump is issuing a proclamation to suspend the entry of immigrants who will financially burden the United States healthcare system.President Trump is taking this action to ensure we protect the availability of healthcare benefits for American citizens.Immigrant visa applicants will have to demonstrate that they will be covered by health insurance within thirty days of entering the country or have the financial resources...
  • Trump suspends entry for migrants who will 'financially burden the United States healthcare system'

    10/04/2019 7:10:36 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/04/19 | Rachel Frazin
    The White House on Friday issued a proclamation that would halt migrant entry into the U.S. if the person is pursuing a visa and "will financially burden the United States healthcare system." Migrants will be considered people who will burden the system if they are not covered by approved health insurance within 30 days of entering the country unless they have enough money to "pay for reasonably foreseeable medical costs." It does not affect people already holding a valid immigrant visa and does not affect migrants entering the U.S. through other ways including lawful permanent residents. The change also includes...
  • Maine hospital apologizes for 'wall of shame' displaying confidential patient info

    10/03/2019 3:14:05 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/03/19 | Zack Budryk
    A hospital in Maine is apologizing after the state's Human Rights Commission said workers had created a “wall of shame” ridiculing disabled patients and incorporating confidential medical information, according to CNN. MyKayla McCann, an employee who was treated at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, said that at least two co-workers looked at her medical records and that after she returned from a leave of absence she believed they were treating her differently. In September 2016, she reported her discomfort and the “wall of shame,” which included details of patients’ sexual activity, bodily functions and private parts, according to...
  • Targeting 'Medicare For All' Proposals, Trump Lays Out His Vision For Medicare

    10/03/2019 2:53:53 PM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    NPR ^ | Oct. 3, 2019 | Selena Simmons-Duffin
    President Trump gave a speech and signed an executive order on health care Thursday, casting the "Medicare for All" proposals from his Democratic rivals as harmful to seniors. His speech, which had been billed as a policy discussion, had the tone of a campaign rally. Trump spoke from The Villages, a huge retirement community in Florida outside Orlando, a deep-red part of a key swing state. His speech was marked by cheers, standing ovations and intermittent chants of "four more years" by an audience of mostly seniors. Trump spoke extensively about his administration's health care achievements and goals, as well...
  • Bernie Sanders Should Be Grateful We Don’t Have ‘Medicare for All’

    10/03/2019 5:30:32 AM PDT · by RockyTCB · 19 replies
    Issues & Insights ^ | The Editorial Board
    Within hours of suffering chest pains Tuesday night, Bernie Sanders had stents inserted to relieve the blockage in an artery. He’s lucky. Because if Sanders lived under “Medicare for All,” things likely would not have gone as well. Sanders, along with every other Democrat pushing “Medicare for All” and its variants, constantly bleat about how the U.S. spends far more on health care but gets worse results than countries such as Canada or the U.K. But the quality measures – infant mortality and longevity – are notoriously unreliable for international comparisons. Infant mortality rates depend on how countries measure them,...
  • Dems Vote To Enhance Med Care for Illegals Now, Vote Down Vets Waiting 10 Years for Same Service

    09/30/2019 12:21:35 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 13 replies
    Western Journal ^ | September 28, 2019 | Jack Davis
    House Democrats voted Thursday to fast-track an electronic medical records system that would serve illegal immigrants, something America’s veterans have been seeking for years. The House passed the bill on a largely party line vote of 230-184, American Military News reported. ... But critics wondered how adding more responsibilities to overworked Border Patrol officials would fix anything “I oppose this bill because it is poorly conceived, erroneously drafted and extremely risky,” Republican Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana said. ... Republican Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina said in a statement that the Democratic bill was wrong on multiple levels. “Earlier...