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  • US employers to see biggest healthcare cost jump in a decade in 2024

    09/20/2023 10:56:13 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 14 replies ^ | September 20, 2023 | By Leroy Leo and Khushi Mandowara
    U.S. employers are bracing for the largest increase in health insurance costs in a decade next year, according forecasts from healthcare consultants, but workers may be somewhat spared this time around in a tight labor market. Benefit consultants from Mercer, Aon (AON.N) and Willis Towers Watson (WTW.O) see employer healthcare costs jumping 5.4% to 8.5% in 2024 due to medical inflation, soaring demand for costly weight-loss drugs and wider availability of high-priced gene therapies. Advertisement · Scroll to continue A survey conducted by Mercer, a unit of Marsh McLennan (MMC.N), found over two thirds of employers either do not plan...
  • I helped Democrats pass ObamaCare. Now my husband's brain tumor has me worrying about these surprises

    06/13/2023 4:33:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 13, 2023 10:00am EDT | Andrea Riccio
    For over a decade, I’ve been helping politicians talk about health care and the Affordable Care Act. But in the past weeks the health care system hit me like an avalanche consuming a mountain. In the blink of an eye, I went from someone who thought they understood the minutiae to realizing all the Beltway smarts in the world couldn’t prepare me for this journey. In 2010, as a staffer working for House Democrats, I crafted messaging as we attempted to make some of the most expansive changes to our health care system in a generation. There was hand-wringing, whipping,...
  • Healthcare Job Growth Brings Death-by-Queueing to U.S.

    02/21/2023 4:39:58 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 21 Feb, 2023 | Deane Waldman, M.D.
    The cost of "free" healthcare? Human collateral. Based on a January 2023 jobs report, President Biden touted what he called the “strongest job growth in history.” The two sectors with greatest growth were hospitality and healthcare. Biden failed to mention though, that increasing the number of “healthcare” jobs harms, in fact kills, Americans. The primary function of any healthcare system is medical care. Job growth that helps Americans get care would be care providers, i.e., doctors and nurses. Some other jobs facilitate providers’ delivery of care such as technicians and pharmacists. Then, there are the middlemen. Which jobs grew in...
  • Had to cancel an MD appointment today. After 15 minutes on hold, was told next available reschedule date would be 17 weeks from now.

    01/30/2023 1:40:51 PM PST · by 4Runner · 73 replies
    Weeks. Not days. Woman who picked up had an unpronounceable first name. It went downhill from there. Am I the only white American experiencing this kind of dissonance, with gargantuan demand and scarce supply? How many of your MD's patients are now illegal aliens and their extended families, armed with free govt health care benefits which the good docs just can't seem to get enough of?
  • Gallup: Costs deter more Americans than ever from seeking healthcare

    01/17/2023 12:35:08 PM PST · by grundle · 19 replies
    UPI ^ | January 17, 2023 | Paul Godfrey
    Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A record number of Americans postponed getting medical treatment in 2022 due to prohibitive costs, with lower-income, younger adults and women the worst affected, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday. Overall, 38% of those surveyed reported that they or a family member had put off seeking medical care because of the high bills they would incur. That's the highest such response in the 22 years Gallup has been tracking the trend. The 12-point increase from 2021 marked the steepest year-over-year increase so far, Gallup said in a news release. Those putting off treatment for "very"...
  • Study: Medicaid providers mostly can’t be reached by phone

    12/13/2022 10:13:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | December 13, 2022 | By MORGAN LEE
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A “secret shopper” accountability study shows that medical patients can’t readily schedule appointments by phone through Medicaid providers in New Mexico, even as the state and federal government spend $8.8 billion annually on the health care program that serves nearly half of state residents. When primary health care providers were reached by phone, more than one-quarter were either not accepting new patients or had left the listed medical practice. The study found that patients who were able to connect with Medicaid care providers confronted waiting lists or appointment times that exceeded contractual requirements. The consumer-protection...
  • Huge Wave of Liberal Men are Getting Vasectomies to Protest Overturning Roe

    12/06/2022 8:49:06 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 121 replies
    Life ^ | 12/6/2022 | Micaiah Bilger
    A large Planned Parenthood affiliate has been doing more sterilizations on men this fall since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. Dr. Grace Shih, director of vasectomy services for Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, told KIRO 7 News that they have seen a 34-percent increase since the June abortion ruling, according to Fox News. Shih said one man told her that he believed having a vasectomy was an “act of love.” Others apparently never want to have children. “Men are interested in learning about contraception and learning about a vasectomy. I think the change in our...
  • Obamacare enrollment sign ups jump by 40 percent in 2022

    11/18/2022 5:29:11 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 16 replies
    The hill ^ | 11/18/2022 | Joseph Choi
    The number of people who signed up for health insurance through jumped by 40 percent compared to last year, President Biden said on Friday. “Right now, four out of five folks who sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act can get healthcare coverage for $10 a month or less. These lower rates were set to expire on Jan. 1 of this coming year, but instead we were able to extend them,” Biden said during remarks addressing business and labor leaders.
  • Americans give health care system failing mark: AP-NORC poll

    09/11/2022 10:20:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 12, 2022 | Amanda Seitz
    When Emmanuel Obeng-Dankwa is worried about making rent on his New York City apartment, he sometimes holds off on filling his blood pressure medication. “If there’s no money, I prefer to skip the medication to being homeless,” said Obeng-Dankwa, a 58-year-old security guard. He is among a majority of adults in the U.S. who say that health care is not handled well in the country, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The poll reveals that public satisfaction with the U.S. health care system is remarkably low, with fewer than half of Americans...
  • 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 ^ | 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 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? 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...