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  • Neanderthal healthcare practices crucial to survival

    10/13/2018 2:32:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | October 4, 2018 | University of York
    "We have evidence of healthcare dating back 1.6 million years ago, but we think it probably goes further back than this. We wanted to investigate whether healthcare in Neanderthals was more than a cultural practice; was it something they just did or was it more fundamental to their strategies for survival? "The high level of injury and recovery from serious conditions, such as a broken leg, suggests that others must have collaborated in their care and helped not only to ease pain, but to fight for their survival in such a way that they could regain health and actively participate...
  • GOP complaint targets Polis’ investment in medical tourism ( Colorado )

    10/11/2018 11:59:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Colorado Politics ^ | October 10, 2018 | Joey Bunch
    A Republican allegation that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis invested in a company benefited by his work as a congressman is now a formal complaint. Former Secretary of State Gessler, a GOP candidate for governor in 2014, filed the complaint Tuesday with the Secretary of State’s Office on behalf of Kristina Cook, a Denver County Republican Party official and conservative radio personality. She and Gessler allege that Polis failed to disclose in his official paperwork that he had invested between $5 million and $25 million in BridgeHealth Medical Inc. “This failure to report his interest in BridgeHealth is not a...
  • Thanks to Republican Tax Cuts, Obamacare is No Longer Constitutional

    In one of its most controversial decisions, the Supreme Court in 2012 upheld the constitutionality of a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandating individuals purchase qualifying health insurance or else pay a fine, with Chief Justice John Roberts casting the deciding vote in favor of the law. However, nearly six years later, a provision included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed mostly along party lines in December 2017, may soon force Roberts to reevaluate his decision, potentially ending the health care law without a single vote being cast in Congress.In Roberts’ majority opinion, which saved the...
  • Botched Obamacare forecasts have CBO on the hot seat

    01/26/2018 11:46:37 AM PST · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | By David Sherfinski
    Congress’ chief scorekeeper said Wednesday it botched some of its original Obamacare estimates, and its employees have to make “trade-offs” as they confront the heavy workload from lawmakers. Keith Hall, director of the Congressional Budget Office, said they were off in their guess for enrollment in Obamacare’s exchanges, though he said so were other analysts. “Sometimes it’s really hard to estimate these things,” Mr. Hall said Wednesday. “Certainly with the exchanges, we were off — we weren’t as far off on things like the actual spending, some other things — but everybody else was as well. We can be off...
  • Republicans Seek to Reform Medicaid by Changing How It’s Funded

    05/21/2017 12:14:19 PM PDT · by Epoch Times · 6 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | May 18, 2017 | Stephen Gregory
    The success of any reform of U.S. health care will stand or fall with the provisions made for Medicaid. It has the most beneficiaries of any U.S health program, takes a sizable and increasing portion of federal and state budgets, and serves the most vulnerable among us—the indigent and the disabled. A few numbers give an idea of the size and cost of this giant program. Medicaid’s enrollment, at 71.6 million, is larger than the population of France and includes about 22 percent of the U.S. population. Combined federal and state spending on Medicaid in fiscal 2016 was $574.2 billion.
  • Who Will Be Hit Hardest by Trump's Policies? Trump Voters. (Desperate Media)

    02/06/2017 3:52:18 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 20 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 6, 2017 | Martha C. White
    Donald Trump made it an early priority to dismantle the top domestic and economic achievements of his predecessor's administration, pushing for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) and eschewing global trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But his most ardent supporters might have a surprise coming: Many Americans who would bear the brunt of Trump-administration policies are the same people who chose the GOP candidate for president in November. "I think you're going to get a disproportionate impact on people who supported Donald Trump but maybe don't realize that his policies may end up hurting them instead...
  • The British National Health Service Is in Crisis: What Else Is New?

    01/15/2017 1:56:50 PM PST · by rey · 14 replies
    Liberty law Site ^ | 13 Jan 2017 | Theodore Dalrymple
    One of the most curious political phenomena of the western world is the indestructible affection in which the British hold their National Health Service. No argument, no criticism, no evidence can diminish, let alone destroy, it. The only permissible criticism of it is that the government does not spend enough on it, a ‘meanness’ (with other people’s money) to which all the service’s shortcomings are attributable. In effect, the NHS is the national religion. Yet again, however, the NHS is in ‘crisis.’ The British Red Cross has called the present situation an incipient humanitarian crisis, as if the country were...
  • Make America Sick Again.....(Really Democrats)

    01/04/2017 7:58:14 AM PST · by Dog · 9 replies
    Fox News | Dog
    While awaiting the Democrat press conference on the repeal of Obamacare Fox Business points out the Dems slogan going forward... on a sign at the podium which states MAKE AMERICA SICK AGAIN. Didnt take long to go back to the old 80s DNC playbook.Stay stupid Democrats stay stupid.
  • In 2017, GOP Congress sees mandate to undo Obama's agenda

    12/31/2016 8:54:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2016 11:35 AM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Republicans’ grip on all levers of power stands as a mandate to the GOP-led Congress, which will move swiftly to try to undo eight years of outgoing President Barack Obama’s agenda. With Republican President-elect Donald Trump weeks away from assuming office, GOP lawmakers plan to open the 115th Congress on Tuesday and immediately take steps to repeal Obama’s health care law. Beyond that, they’ll look at a tax overhaul, reversing Obama-era environmental regulations and other conservative priorities. Republicans will face some obstacles. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Democrats “stand ready to fight vigorously” to protect health care and other...
  • Tom Price, Obamacare Critic, Is Trump’s Choice for Health Secretary

    11/28/2016 7:04:58 PM PST · by usafa92 · 90 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/28/2016 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Representative Tom Price, a six-term Republican congressman from Georgia who has led opposition to the Affordable Care Act, to be secretary of health and human services, according to a transition team official. Mr. Price, an orthopedic surgeon, has been a severe critic of the health law, saying it interferes with the ability of patients and doctors to make medical decisions. And he says that events have borne out his warnings. “Premiums have gone up, not down,” Mr. Price said recently. “Many Americans lost the health coverage they were told time and time...
  • With insurers pulling out of markets, some Obamacare users "really nervous"

    11/02/2016 11:04:07 AM PDT · by tekrat · 9 replies
    CBS News ^ | 11/2/2016
    Open enrollment for Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, begins today. Problems with the law mean consumers could face significant rate hikes in some parts of the country. There will also be fewer health plans to choose from. Starting today, the administration will make a major enrollment push -- but that may be a tough sell in states like Tennessee, which has seen premiums spike more than 50 percent, reports CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan. For songwriter Wendy Jans and her husband, Eric, life was sailing along until health insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield pulled out of the Obamacare market in Nashville.
  • Obamacare premiums to go up by double digits

    10/24/2016 2:22:59 PM PDT · by tekrat · 16 replies
    Star-Telegram / Associated Press ^ | 10/24/2016 | Andrew Harnik
    The Obama administration said Monday premiums for Obamacare will increase by an average of 25 percent next year. The Department of Health and Human Services said each of the 39 states currently served by the federally run online insurance exchanges will experience different price hikes. Three large insurers have decreased participation in the Obamacare marketplace, which will leave one in five consumers with only one insurance plan to chose from.
  • WikiLeaks: Hillary Wants Obamacare to ‘Unravel’

    10/18/2016 10:10:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    www.lifezette.com ^ | Updated 18 Oct 2016 at 11:00 AM | by Edmund Kozak
    Leaked email suggests Clinton rooting for Affordable Care Act to collapse An email leaked by WikiLeaks Tuesday appears to suggest that Hillary Clinton wants the Affordable Care Act to fail — presumably as a pretense for implementing single-payer, government-controlled health care. In a chain between Clinton and her senior policy adviser Ann O’Leary titled “Memo on Cadillac Tax for HRC,” Clinton said she’s open to changing her position on the Cadillac Tax — but that the Republican plan to repeal it must pass. "Given the politics now w bipartisan support including Schumer, I'll support repeal w 'sense of the Senate'...
  • Next president faces possible ObamaCare meltdown

    08/11/2016 10:45:56 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 67 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 08/11/16 06:02 AM EDT | By Sarah Ferris
    The next president could be dealing with an ObamaCare insurer meltdown in his or her very first month. The incoming administration will take office just as the latest ObamaCare enrollment tally comes in, delivering a potentially crucial verdict about the still-shaky healthcare marketplaces. The fourth ObamaCare signup period begins about one week before Election Day, and it will end about one week before inauguration on Jan. 20. After mounting complaints from big insurers about losing money this year, the results could serve as a kind of judgment day for ObamaCare, experts say. “The next open enrollment period is key,” said...
  • Little Sisters' Religious Liberty Goes On Trial

    03/25/2016 7:02:54 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 25, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    This is the kind of case the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia liked to sink his judicial teeth into -- whether the federal government can compel a religious entity like the Little Sisters of the Poor to violate their religious beliefs and acquiesce to the ObamaCare contraceptive coverage mandate. As LifeSite News reported on Wednesday’s hearing: This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a 175-year-old religious order of women who have vowed their lives to care for the elderly poor.
  • What Obama didn’t mention at the Milwaukee Obamacare pep rally

    03/04/2016 6:06:42 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 3-4-16 | M. D. Kittle
    MILWAUKEE - President Barack Obama's Thursday pep rally for Obamacare came with lots of cheering, story-telling, and emotional testimonials - and that was just the mainstream media coverage. But Obama, not surprisingly, failed to mention some of flies in the ointment of his signature Affordable Care Act while congratulating Milwaukee for winning a national health insurance enrollment contest, the "Healthy Communities Challenge." The city beat 19 other cities, adding 38,000 new health insurance participants, out of about 51,000 uninsured people who were eligible to enroll. "I could not be prouder of you. God bless you Milwaukee," the president told an...
  • Shocka: People still think penalties are more affordable than Affordable Care Act coverage

    01/04/2016 9:49:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/04/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    <p>Let’s see. ObamaCare’s mandates on insurers have driven individual-market premiums into the stratosphere, and pushed deductibles even higher. For all but wellness checks, the average consumer would have to spend $12,000 out of pocket before benefits kick in and cover some health-care costs. On the other hand, going without insurance will cost $695 or 2.5% of one’s income, which would make the latter choice a better deal for everyone earning under $480,000.</p>
  • Despite Threats, Obamacare Still Winning

    12/18/2015 4:30:42 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 14 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | December 18, 2015 22:56 GMT | Not Listed
    Another year gone. Another year of the Affordable Care Act's opponents moving further from - not closer to - getting their way on health care. How so? This week's omnibus deal, which was approved Friday by the U.S. House and Senate, provided a clear view once again of the uphill climb Republicans face in repealing Obamacare. The omnibus negotiations never included talk of repeal, because that's a non-starter among Democrats and the White House. Instead, Republicans were left to chip away at the health law they hate. They did so by postponing two important Obamacare taxes - the Cadillac tax...
  • LONE PROFITABLE ACA INSURANCE CO-OP LOSING MILLIONS (Maine)

    12/10/2015 6:25:29 PM PST · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 12-10-15 | TOM MURPHY
    The lone health insurance cooperative to make money last year on the Affordable Care Act's public insurance exchanges is now losing millions and suspending individual enrollment for 2016. Maine's Community Health Options lost more than $17 million in the first nine months of this year, after making $10.9 million in the same period last year. A spokesman said higher-than-expected medical costs have hurt the cooperative.
  • What an Affordable Health Care System Would Look Like

    12/07/2015 10:43:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2015 | Devon Herrick
    As I explained in last week's column, the U.S. health care system is an unsustainable mess: One dollar of every five worth of economic activity is spent on someone's medical care; Medical costs are growing twice as fast as incomes; Medical prices are rising at three times the rate of consumer inflation. The Affordable Care Act was supposed to fix those problems and make health care "affordable." However, the method used required everyone to purchase overpriced health insurance. That's like throwing gasoline on a fire hoping to smother it. As a health economist, it's hard to imagine a policy agenda...