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  • “They don’t call them patients, they call them units” (Sarah was right, again)

    11/24/2011 6:59:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies · 1+ views
    Wizbang ^ | November 24, 2011 | Rick Rice
    Remember when they laughed off, ridiculed and otherwise denied Sarah Palin’s assertion that Obamacare would usher in death panels? Listen to this neurosurgeon, fresh from a seminar in Washington DC, tell about what it is that the HHS has in store for seniors: (AUDIO AT LINK) The Anchoress calls it what it is. Evil: So if you are a 70 year-old Nancy Pelosi, or Paul Krugman — with a potent private health insurance plan such as the one enjoyed by Members of Congress and other bureaucrats — you will get every appropriate surgery and treatment applicable. But if you are...
  • The portrait of a health care reformer (Mitt loves him some Romneycare!)

    10/10/2011 2:41:12 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 10-10-2011 | Ben Smith
    The portrait of a health care reformerBen SmithOctober 10, 2011 Governor Mitt Romney's official portrait in the Massachusetts State House — unveiled in 2009 — pictures him seated with various meaningful objects, including a folder on the desk behind him. That folder, the AP wrote at the time, is "a leather bill binder emblazoned with a medical seal, symbolizing the first-in-the-nation universal health care law he signed in April 2006."It is, a reader reminds me, rather strong evidence that Romney considered the law his crowning policy achievement.
  • 11-year-old Swedish girl denied ambulance

    06/24/2011 1:01:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Local ^ | 6/24/11 | Staff
    After sustaining an open chest wound of 10cm long while trimming her horse’s mane, Sweden’s emergency response services refused to send an ambulance, suggesting the 11-year-old girl take aspirin instead. (Snip) The resulting gash to her ribs measured 10cm long, and according to the girl’s mother, was substantially open, reported Sweden’s national newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD). The mother phoned SOS Alarm, the government-backed primary emergency response service, and described the child as shaking because she was in so much pain. She requested an ambulance because she did not have immediate access to a car. The responding nurse refused the dispatch.
  • With Obamacare Back In The News

    06/16/2011 4:15:53 AM PDT · by billflax · 8 replies
    RealClearMarkets ^ | 03/03/2010 | Bill Flax
    Modern Medical Care is a Blessing Not a Right As last year’s health reform bill again permeates our public discourse many pundits have highlighted how socializing medicine will exacerbate our already precarious budget concerns. Much was also written regarding the evasion of public sentiment when Congress employed especially repugnant procedural tactics. While these aspects ridicule the hypocrisy of our elected representatives, they are secondary. Healthcare is not a right. It's a blessing. Medical treatment or more specifically how we finance it, cannot be considered an unalienable right. It’s a form of consumption. Your right to own a car does not...
  • Unions Are Major Recipients of Obama Health Care Waivers

    05/27/2011 2:39:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | May 26, 2011 | Carl Horowitz
        When President Obama in March 2010 signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148), the nation's most expensive social legislation in decades, he announced, "The bill I'm signing will set in motion reforms that generations of Americans have fought for and marched for and hungered to see." Yet what the law seems to have set in motion is a rush to obtain exemptions from group coverage requirements. New data show nearly 1,400 insurers, employers, unions and other organizations thus far have received waivers from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from a requirement that forces...
  • Yes, ObamaCare Still Worse Than You Thought

    12/13/2010 4:38:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2010 | Bruce Bialosky
    This is second in a three-part series on what the new Congress should set as its priorities.While most Republicans ran on repealing the Health Care Act of 2010, Democrats kept saying that Americans would eventually embrace the features of the bill and that Republicans would never be able to overturn such a major piece of legislation. A new analysis of the bill – by the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) – would make any common-sense individual an enthusiastic devotee of the total obliteration of this monstrosity. The rules established in this massive bill would set anyone back on their...
  • McDonald's, 29 other firms get health care coverage waivers

    10/07/2010 4:09:38 AM PDT · by safetysign · 47 replies · 1+ views
    timesnewsnet ^ | 10/10/2010 | staff
    USA Today is reporting that nearly a million workers won't get a consumer protection in the U.S. health reform law meant to cap insurance costs because the government exempted their employers. Thirty companies and organizations, including McDonald's and Jack in the Box won't be required to raise the minimum annual benefit included in low-cost health plans, which are often used to cover part-time or low-wage employees. The Department of Health and Human Services, which provided a list of exemptions, said it granted waivers in late September so workers with such plans wouldn't lose coverage from employers who might choose instead...
  • White House allows big firms to dodge health reforms (Obama makes exceptions in following the law)

    10/07/2010 4:09:07 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 35 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 10/6/2010 | REED ABELSON/NY Times
    As Obama administration officials put into place the first major wave of changes under the health care legislation, they have tried to defuse stiffening resistance — from companies like McDonald’s and some insurers — by granting dozens of waivers to maintain even minimal coverage far below the new law’s standards. The waivers have been issued in the last several weeks as part of a broader strategic effort to stave off threats by some health insurers to abandon markets, drop out of the business altogether or refuse to sell certain policies. Among those that administration officials hoped to mollify with waivers...
  • Conservatives and RomneyCare

    10/06/2010 5:55:18 PM PDT · by Leisler · 17 replies · 1+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 10.6.10 | Philip Klein
    Piggybacking off of this Politico article on conservatives attacking RomneyCare, Jon Chait asks why in 2008, "nearly all (conservatives) were fine with Romney's health care plan." If you were reading the National Review -- which had a soft spot for Mitt -- I can see why you would have that impression, but the reality is a lot more complicated. For starters, there were a lot of conservatives who did raise issues about his health care plan, and we published a lot of them here at the Spectator. I was a frequent critic of both Romney and his health care plan,...
  • Graham Continues Push for Repeal and Replace of Obamacare

    WASHINGTON - Continuing his commitment to the repeal and replace of Obamacare, United States Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) has introduced legislation to repeal another major provision of the recently-passed health care law - the Community Living Assistance Services and Support (CLASS) Act. "The CLASS Act is a Ponzi scheme that would make Bernie Madoff blush," said Graham. "It's billed as an insurance program for long-term care, but really it's just a huge and very costly government accounting trick." Graham said: * Under the CLASS Act, the government can begin collecting long-term care ‘insurance' premiums in 2011. * The CLASS...
  • The Pledge To Repeal ObamaCare

    09/23/2010 8:22:31 AM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 3 replies
    The Silent Majority ^ | 09-22-10 | J. D. Longstreet
    Will Republicans take the pledge? I mean the Pledge to repeal ObamaCare. The Independent Women’s Voice is promoting the pledge. They are asking members of Congress and candidates for Congress to sign the pledge. So, who, or what, is the Independent Women’s Voice? According to their website: “The Independent Women’s Voice is a 501(c)(4) nonpartisan, nonprofit organization for mainstream women, men and families. IWV is the sister organization of the Independent Women’s Forum. Like IWF, IWV is dedicated to promoting limited government, free markets, and personal responsibility. IWV believes that too often the media assumes that all women are represented...
  • GOP divided on how to replace new health law

    09/20/2010 8:06:54 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 50 replies
    AP via msnbc.com ^ | September 20, 2010 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON — Republicans are promising to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care overhaul if they win control of Congress. But with what? Not even they know. Some have proposed major changes to workplace coverage, even turning Medicare into a voucher plan. Many prefer small steps that tiptoe around political land mines. Others want a clean start. "During the health care debate there was just as much division within Republicans as there was between the parties," said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a leading adviser to 2008 GOP presidential candidate John McCain. "It will be more visible now that Republicans may be...
  • Are Amish and Muslims exempt from Obamacare mandates?

    09/11/2010 11:48:57 AM PDT · by Undocumented_capitalist · 22 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 09/11/2010 | Drew Zahn
    The recent health-care reform legislation carries a controversial mandate that all Americans obtain health insurance, but careful study of the passed law reveals there are some groups – the Amish, for example – that can obtain an exemption. For devout Muslims, however, whose religious beliefs forbid purchasing insurance...
  • Obamacare Is Here to Stay

    09/04/2010 3:46:35 PM PDT · by thecabal · 93 replies
    NewsReal Blog ^ | Sep. 4, 2010 | Chris Rowan
    Hugh Hewitt interviewed Senate minority leader John Boehner a few days ago, and could not get Boehner to commit to a rapid legislative agenda to repeal and reverse the democrat’s leftist legislative cramdown after the midterms in November. Boehner hemmed and hawed, sounding every bit like the establishment inside-the-beltway career politicians that got us into the dire economic mess that we’re in now. To make matters worse, Bill Kristol related to Hewitt on yesterday’s podcast that he asked a “high-ranking GOP leader” what their plans were, what they intended to do should the GOP take control of one or both...
  • Pelosi pulled strings to let dying Dallas lawyer Baron try experimental cancer drug

    08/15/2010 9:54:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    dallas news ^ | 8/15/10 | TODD J. GILLMAN
    WASHINGTON – Dallas' top Democratic donors will cut big checks to share dinner later this month with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Most will be motivated by a desire to protect the party's congressional majority. Lisa Blue will have an extra reason: to say thanks for Pelosi's efforts when her husband, Fred Baron, was dying of bone marrow cancer. His only option was an experimental drug whose manufacturer refused to give permission to use it for Baron's condition. "He was a big fan of hers, and now I am as well," Blue said. Baron, the "King of Toxic Torts," built a...
  • Obama Rationing Czar Donald Berwick Asked to Detail His Lifetime Health Care

    07/30/2010 4:22:06 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 12 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/29/10 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Senator Charles Grassley, a pro-life Iowa Republican, has sent a letter to Donald Berwick, the rationing advocate who President Barack Obama appointed to become the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, asking him about his lifetime health care.Republican members of the Senate, who did not get a chance to hold a hearing or vote on Berwick thanks to the recess appointment, are concerned about Berwick's ties to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. The nonprofit organization received $12.2 million in contributions and grants in 2008, the Examiner indicates, and Berwick received $2.3 million that...
  • A Fair Exchange [Romney Aide explains Insurance Exchanges in RomneyCare]

    07/27/2010 10:40:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 28, 2010 | Frank Micciche
    GIVEN the continuing partisan rancor over the health care reform act signed in March, how can responsible policymakers in the White House and in state capitols move forward to expand access to health insurance and reduce health care costs, goals that both parties share? The answer is simple: health insurance exchanges, which have long had bipartisan support. These exchanges, which the health care act requires states to establish, allow individuals and groups to purchase coverage, under some form of risk pooling, from a network of insurers. The next step is for the White House to help state governments put these...
  • Dem Senator Criticizes Obama Appointment

    07/07/2010 11:08:36 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 11 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 07/07/10 | CaroleL
    Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana), one of President Barack Obama's point men in the health care reform debate, is the first Democrat to publicly criticize the president for his recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick to oversee Medicare and Medicaid. Calling Senate confirmation of presidential appointees "an essential process prescribed by the Constitution," the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said he was "troubled" that Mr. Obama chose to bypass the legislative branch of government.
  • Obama Recess Appoints Rationing Advocate Donald Berwick to Medicare Post

    07/07/2010 8:45:28 AM PDT · by julieee · 58 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | July 7, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Obama Recess Appoints Rationing Advocate Donald Berwick to Medicare Post Washington, DC -- President Barack Obama used a recess appointment today to name rationing advocate Donald Berwick to become the director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The office oversees government health care programs and that worries pro-life advocates because Berwick has praised British programs that ration care. http://LifeNews.com/bio3127.html
  • Democratic Senator: Health Care Law to Address Mal-Distribution of Income(Redistribution of Wealth)

    03/27/2010 7:41:33 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 68 replies · 1,336+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3/28/2010 | Fox News
    After the Senate passed a "fix-it" bill Thursday to make changes to the new health care law, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman of the influential Finance Committee, said the overhaul was an "income shift" to help the poor. As Democrats tout the moral underpinnings of the federal health care system overhaul -- ensuring health care coverage for nearly all Americans -- one senator appeared to go off message when he said the legislation would address the "mal-distribution of income in America." After the Senate passed a "fix-it" bill Thursday to make changes to the new health care law, Sen. Max...
  • 55% Favor Repeal of Health Care Bill

    03/27/2010 7:23:10 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 19 replies · 521+ views
    Rsmussen ^ | March 25, 2010 | Rasmussen
    Representatives passed sweeping health care legislation last Sunday, 41% of voters nationwide favored the legislation while 54% were opposed. Now that President Obama has signed the legislation into law, most voters want to see it repealed. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, conducted on the first two nights after the president signed the bill, shows that 55% favor repealing the legislation. Forty-two percent (42%) oppose repeal. Those figures include 46% who Strongly Favor repeal and 35% who Strongly Oppose it. In terms of Election 2010, 52% say they’d vote for a candidate who favors repeal over one who does...
  • Muslims Exempt From Obamacare

    03/26/2010 2:37:51 PM PDT · by csd · 60 replies · 2,567+ views
    Liberty and Pride ^ | March 26, 2010 | Conservative American
    The new Obamacare legislation that was forced on unwilling Americans this week specifically mandates that we all purchase health insurance. That is, unless you don't believe in that sort of thing. That's right, the current health care bill contains a clause which exempts certain individuals form the requirements and penalties set forth in it. " EXEMPTIONS FROM INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS. —In the case of an individual who is seeking an exemption certificate under section 1311(d)(4)(H) from any requirement or penalty imposed by section 5000A, the following information: In the case of an individual seeking exemption based on the individual’s status...
  • Amish, Muslims to be excused from Obamacare mandate?

    03/25/2010 7:14:15 PM PDT · by TigerBait · 115 replies · 3,591+ views
    American Thinker ^ | March 26, 2010 | WordWayze
    EMAIL FRIEND | PRINT ARTICLE | 45 COMMENTS | SHARE March 24, 2010 Amish, Muslims to be excused from Obamacare mandate? WordWayze The Senate health care bill just signed contains some exemptions to the "pay-or-play" mandate requiring purchase of Obamacare-approved health insurance or payment of a penalty fine. As Fox News has pointed out, for instance, the Amish are excused from the mandate: So while most Americans would be required to sign up with insurance companies or government insurance plans, the church would serve as something of an informal insurance plan for the Amish. Law experts say that kind of...
  • Amish, Muslims to be excused from Obamacare mandate?

    03/24/2010 9:03:07 AM PDT · by Rashputin · 84 replies · 2,735+ views
    American Thinker ^ | March 24, 2010 | Wordwayze
    Apparently, this exemption will apply similarly to believers in Islam, which considers health insurance - and, for that matter, any form of risk insurance - to be haraam (forbidden).
  • No Obamacare for Obama -- Dems Exempt Themselves from Mandate

    03/24/2010 5:44:45 AM PDT · by pabianice · 25 replies · 1,603+ views
    President Obama declared that the new health care law "is going to be affecting every American family." Except his own, of course. The new health care law exempts the president from having to participate in it. Leadership and committee staffers in the House and Senate who wrote the bill are exempted as well. A weasel-worded definition of "staff" includes only the members' personal staff in the new system; the committee staff that drafted the legislation opted themselves out. Because they were more familiar with the contents of the law than anyone in the country, it says a lot that they...
  • Obamacare and Taxes, It Is a Big "Bleeping" Deal

    03/24/2010 5:36:25 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 5 replies · 173+ views
    The Lid/ATR ^ | 3/24/2010 | The Lid
    Our SCHMOTUS is right, this is a Big "F-ing" deal. With the President's signature on the Obamacare bill yesterday, your taxes went up by over $500 Billion. And if the reconciliation bill being debated in the Senate passes, taxes will go up even further. Despite the pledges of repealing the bill, and the cases filed yesterday by the stats, those brand new taxes are going to be around to hurt your pocket book and slow down the economy for a very long time. Each of those efforts to blunt the bill are long-shots at best and even if they are...
  • March 21st, 2010. The Day That America Died

    03/22/2010 8:41:51 AM PDT · by Texas Peartree · 22 replies · 744+ views
    The Voice of Reason ^ | March 22, 2010 | Texas Peartree
    It is difficult to overstate the ramifications of Obamacare. There is an economic component (i.e. insolvency for America). There is a political component (e.g. Republican gains in November, but difficulty in undoing Obamacare). There is a legal component (i.e. Attorneys General of multiple states suing the federal government and challenging the Constitutionality of Obamacare). There is a focus component (e.g. every election from here until Kingdom Come will revolve around Obamacare, how to steal more and mitigate the damage). The most profound component of Obamacare is how it changes the relationship of the American people to their government. In places...