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  • Oklahoma Doctors vs. Obamacare; How one surgery center offers high quality healthcare at low prices

    04/28/2016 9:18:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04/28/2016
    Three years ago, Dr. Keith Smith, co-founder and managing partner of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, took an initiative that would only be considered radical in the health care industry: He posted online a list of prices for 112 common surgical procedures. The 51-year-old Smith, a self-described libertarian, and his business partner, Dr. Steve Lantier, founded the Surgery Center 15 years ago, after they became disillusioned with the way patients were treated at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, where the two men worked as anesthesiologists. In 1997, Smith and Lantier bought the shell of a former surgical center with...
  • 10 Myths About Canadian Health Care, Busted

    04/28/2016 4:37:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 110 replies
    PNHP ^ | Sara Robinson
    Conservatives are rumbling around the talk show circuit bellowing about the socialist threat to the (literal) American body politic. And, as usual, Canada is once again getting dragged into the fracas, shoved around by both sides as either an exemplar or a warning — and, along the way, getting coated with the obfuscating dust of so many willful misconceptions that the actual facts about How Canada Does It are completely lost in the melee. I’m both a health-care-card-carrying Canadian resident and an uninsured American citizen who regularly sees doctors on both sides of the border. As such, I’m in a...
  • Hospitals braced for first all-out doctors' strike (UK)

    04/25/2016 4:02:57 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    Bbc ^ | April 25, 2016 | Nick Triggle
    Hospitals in England are braced for the first all-out doctors' strike in the NHS's history on Tuesday. Junior doctors will walk out of both routine and emergency care from 08:00 to 17:00 BST in the contract row. It is the first time services such as A&E, maternity and intensive care have been hit in the long-running dispute. NHS bosses believe plans are in place to ensure care will be safe, but say the situation will be monitored closely during the stoppage. A second strike is due to take place on Wednesday, between the same hours. -snip NHS England said "military...
  • Is Obamacare making Americans healthier?

    04/22/2016 7:51:24 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 23 replies
    CBS News ^ | 4-20-16 | Karen Pallarito
    State Medicaid expansions under Obamacare have improved low-income Americans' insurance coverage, increased their doctor visits and enhanced detection of chronic health conditions, which could lead to improvements in health, a new study suggests. researchers were unable to show that low-income people were any healthier as a result of the Medicaid expansions
  • Woman who ran Obamacare warns of BIG insurance prices hikes

    04/22/2016 3:31:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    CNBC ^ | 4/22/2016 | Dan Mangan
    Marilyn Tavenner's crystal ball didn't foresee the initial epic flop of HealthCare.gov when she actually ran the agency in charge of the website. Now, as an insurance lobbyist, she sees big jumps in Obamacare insurance premiums next year. ... HealthCare.gov was a disaster when it launched in the fall of 2013, and was essentially unable to sign up meaningful numbers of customers ... customers, and new ones, could be hit with sticker shock when it comes to enrolling in 2017 plans, which go on sale next fall. ... Tavenner also noted that there has been "churn" among plan customers, with...
  • Hospital

    04/20/2016 5:03:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 74 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2016 | John Stossel
    I write this from the hospital. Seems I have lung cancer. My doctors tell me my growth was caught early and I'll be fine. Soon I will barely notice that a fifth of my lung is gone. I believe them. After all, I'm at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. U.S. News & World Report ranked it No. 1 in New York. I get excellent medical care here. But as a consumer reporter, I have to say, the hospital's customer service stinks. Doctors keep me waiting for hours, and no one bothers to call or email to say, "I'm running late." Few doctors give...
  • United Health dropping out of most Obamacare exchanges after losing $1.1 billion

    04/19/2016 12:34:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/19/2016 | John Sexton
    The nation’s largest insurer announced Tuesday it will be dropping out of the Obamacare exchanges in all but a handful of states. The decision comes after the company lost nearly half-a-billion dollars on the exchange business last year and expectations it will lose even more this year. The AP reports: UnitedHealth Group Inc. said it now expects to lose $650 million this year on its exchange business, up from its previous projection for $525 million. The insurer lost $475 million in 2015, a spokesman said.UnitedHealth has already decided to pull out of Arkansas, Georgia and Michigan in 2017, and...
  • Even as Prescription Drug Volume Stagnates, Prices Soar.

    Total US spending on prescription drugs in 2015, at the manufacturers’ level and as measured by “invoice pricing,” jumped by 12.2% to $424.8 billion, after having already soared 14.2% in 2014! A two-year increase of 28%! So you’d think we’d get some results for all this moolah. But no. This $424.8 billion in prescription drug spending at “invoice pricing” isn’t based on what Americans or their health insurers pay. According to IMS Health, which released the report, it reflects invoice pricing by drug companies to distributors. It includes neither price concessions by drug companies nor the “mark-ups and additional costs”...
  • Walter Williams: Rights Versus Wishes

    04/18/2016 2:45:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 20, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    Here is what presidential aspirant Sen. Bernie Sanders said: "I believe that health care is a right of all people." President Barack Obama declared that health care "should be a right for every American." The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: "Every person has a right to adequate health care." President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his January 1944 message to Congress, called for "the right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health." And it is not just a health care right that people claim. There are rights to decent housing, good food and a...
  • 'Super-gonorrhoea' is spreading across Britain and will become untreatable, doctors fear

    04/17/2016 2:43:02 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    (UK) Telegraph ^ | April 17, 2016 | Danny Boyle
    An outbreak of highly drug-resistant "super-gonorrhoea" is sweeping across Britain and could become untreatable, medics fear. A national alert was triggered by Public Health England last September after the rare strain of the sexually transmitted superbug was detected in 15 people. The number of confirmed cases has now risen to 34 and, according to reports, there is "huge concern" among doctors that it is spreading across the UK. And experts said it is at risk of becoming untreatable if the only fully effective antibiotic remaining fails.
  • Insurers signaling major ObamaCare premium hikes for 2017 — or taking a hike altogether

    04/15/2016 7:33:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/15/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember how the last big increases in ObamaCare premiums took place last fall? Good times, good times. The Hill reports that insurers have begun warning that the financial model of ObamaCare remains unstable. Either they need to get approval from state regulators for another round of large premium increases, or they may bail out altogether. Even the pro-ObamaCare Kaiser Family Foundation says, “Something has to give”: Health insurance companies are amplifying their warnings about the financial sustainability of the ObamaCare marketplaces as they seek approval for premium increases next year.Insurers say they are losing money on their ObamaCare plans...
  • In US, rich may outlive poor by nearly 15 years: study

    04/11/2016 10:57:32 AM PDT · by PROCON · 31 replies
    AFP ^ | April 11, 2016
    Miami (AFP) - The richest Americans tend to outlive the poorest by almost 15 years, and that gap has grown since 2001, said a major study of income and life expectancy this week. The findings, published Sunday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, were based on more than one billion tax records from 1999 to 2014, as well as government mortality statistics. The gap in life expectancy between the richest one percent and the poorest one percent was 14.6 years for men and 10.1 years for women, said the study led by Raj Chetty, an economics researcher at...
  • In Texas, health care workers quit jobs to work at McDonald’s (video in the link)

    04/10/2016 4:04:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | April 10, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    Here’s an unusual story out of Texas which seems to defy all the conventional wisdom about employment trends and wages. The local press has noticed that nursing homes are having trouble filling the health care jobs at their facilities these days. That’s particularly curious when you consider that healthcare has consistently been one of the fastest growing job markets in the country for several years now. So where are all of the trained healthcare workers who would normally fill those jobs? It seems that an increasing number of them have packed it in and left for jobs flipping burgers. (KXAN...
  • Inside the Plot to Destroy Veterans' Health Care

    04/08/2016 6:10:07 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 40 replies
    AFGE (fed employee union) ^ | April 1, 2016 | N/A
    Veterans earned their VA health care when they signed the dotted line to serve our country. So when American Legion Commander Dale Barnett saw that a commission that is top-heavy with private hospital executives was trying to dismantle it, he had to be blunt. “I don’t understand how commissions paid by the federal government are able to break ranks, create an unapproved report and try to advance self-serving agendas while operating as congressional appointees,” Barnett said. He's talking about the congressionally-mandated Commission on Care, an entity dominated by private hospital executives and Koch Brothers-affiliated "policy experts." The commission's charge under...
  • Obamacare Fails to Meet Obama’s 2009 Promises

    04/07/2016 10:40:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2016 | Justin Haskins
    In September 2009, President Barack Obama released a highly touted report on the state of health insurance prices in the United States, titled The Burden of Health Insurance Premium Increases on American Families. The report, which was published by the Executive Office of the President (EOP), painted a grim picture of health care costs.“Health insurance premiums continue to rise for American families,” wrote the authors of the EOP report. “Premiums are rising in all states and far in excess of wage growth or inflation. If we do nothing, the soaring rise of health insurance premiums will mean that millions of...
  • Service Members Deserve Better Health Care Options

    04/06/2016 10:53:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2016 | Allen West
    Editor's note: This piece was co-authored by NCPA Executive Director Allen West and Veterans Coalition of North Central Texas President Nekima Horton.In 2014, the four year old daughter of a serviceman stationed in Iraq nearly drowned in her family pool. She spent three and a half minutes under water before her mother found her and called an ambulance. After arriving at the hospital on the military post, the doctors realized the little girl needed to be air lifted to the nearest trauma center in Dallas, Texas, where she stayed for the next six weeks. A traumatic event for any family,...
  • IRS Could Help Find Many Uninsured People, But Doesn't

    04/05/2016 6:26:48 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 3 replies
    NPR ^ | 4/5/2016 | Phil Galewitz
    Nearly a third of people without health insurance, about 10 million, live in families that received a federal earned income tax credit in 2014, according to a new study. But the Internal Revenue Service doesn't tell those tax filers that their low and moderate incomes likely mean their households qualify for Medicaid or subsidies to buy coverage on the insurance exchanges. That's a lost opportunity to identify people who are eligible but not receiving government assistance to gain health coverage, the researchers say. More
  • Is the Rise of Socialized Medicine Unstoppable?

    04/05/2016 12:03:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2016 | Justin Haskins
    In August 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama expressed his hope for the growth of socialized medicine in the United States. “[Health care] is a $2 trillion part of our economy, and it is my belief that it’s not just politically, but economically, it is better for us to start getting a system in place—a universal health care system signed into law by the end of my first term as president and build off that system to further to make it more rational … By the way, Canada did not start immediately with a single-payer system. They had a similar transition step.”...
  • Former NHS director dies after operation is cancelled four times at her own hospital

    04/04/2016 1:23:40 AM PDT · by FreedomPoster · 40 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 06:32 EST, 31 March 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A former NHS director died after waiting for nine months for an operation - at her own hospital. Margaret Hutchon, a former mayor, had been waiting since last June for a follow-up stomach operation at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex. But her appointments to go under the knife were cancelled four times and she barely regained consciousness after finally having surgery. Her devastated husband, Jim, is now demanding answers from Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust - the organisation where his wife had served as a non-executive member of the board of directors.
  • America’s million-doctor shortage is right around the corner

    04/02/2016 6:36:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Apr 1, 2016 | Emma Court
    Primary-care shortage is growing especially acute in rural areas and in parts of some cities. The doctor is disappearing in America. And by most projections, it’s only going to get worse — the U.S. could lose as many as 1 million doctors by 2025, according to a Association of American Medical Colleges report. Primary-care physicians will account for as much as one-third of that shortage, meaning the doctor you likely interact with most often is also becoming much more difficult to see. Tasked with checkups and referring more complicated health problems to specialists, these doctors have the most consistent contact...
  • New Jersey hospital emergency room becomes first in U.S. to end use of opioid painkillers

    03/31/2016 6:02:17 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 182 replies
    PIX11 ^ | March 30,2016
    New Jersey hospital emergency room becomes first in U.S. to end use of opioid painkillers PATERSON, N.J. -- St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center announced it has become the first hospital in the country to implement a program that will manage patients' pain in the emergency room without the use of opioid painkillers. Painkillers most frequently used in the emergency room in the past were oxycodone, vicodin and percocet, according to Dr. Mark Rosenberg, the Emergency Department chair. “Our job here together is to look at the whole equation and understand how we can stop people from going from a prescription,...
  • Trump names health care and education, security, as the top functions of the federal government

    03/30/2016 8:13:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 144 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/30/2016 | Thomas Lifson
    In a moment that seemed to stun even moderator Anderson Cooper, Donald Trump named federal involvement in education and health care as top functions of the federal government, along with national security, at the Milwaukee candidates forum in Milwaukee last night. Apparently unaware that conservatives believe that a federal role in education is unjustified, and that many, including Ted Cruz, want to abolish the Department of Education, and that federal involvement in health care is anathema to his party’s base, Trump spoke of both as among the top three priorities for the feds. Putting on his surprised face, Cooper...
  • Donald Trump Lists Top Three Functions of Government: ‘Security, Security, Security,’

    03/30/2016 6:09:40 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 141 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/30/16 | Alex Swoyer
    GOP frontrunner Donald Trump said the top three functions of the United States government are security, healthcare, and education. During CNN’s town hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Tuesday night, an audience member asked Trump, “What are the top three functions of the United States government?”“Security for our nation,” Trump responded. “I would also say healthcare… [and] education.”“The top three are security, security, security,” Trump stressed, saying America needs security “so we can continue to exist as a country.”“Thousands and thousands of people are infiltrating our country,” the real estate mogul explained. “We don’t know who they are.”On top of security,...
  • Idaho’s Last-Minute, Backdoor Obamacare Expansion Would Be A Mistake

    03/25/2016 10:13:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2016 | Nicholas Horton
    For the past several years, Idaho lawmakers have rejected every attempt to bring Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion to the Gem State. Earlier this year, they rejected two expansion plans that were so unpopular, they failed to even earn a committee vote. But with the legislative session winding down, there’s another last-minute, backdoor attempt to expand Medicaid on the horizon. The latest plan, dubbed the “Idaho Accountable Care Waiver Act,” would require the state to “provide for managed Medicaid services” to a new class of able-bodied adults. Although the legislation nominally limits its Medicaid expansion to able-bodied adults below the poverty line,...
  • Delaware prohibits limits on transgender health coverage

    03/25/2016 8:01:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 25, 2016 10:04 AM EDT
    Insurance companies in Delaware will be prohibited from limiting health care coverage for transgender individuals. […] Additionally, companies will not be allowed to impose different premiums or rates based on a person’s identity. The policy also applies if a person is undergoing a gender transition. …
  • Navy makes something positive out of Chicago violence

    03/24/2016 5:52:11 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 5 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 03/19/2016 | Mark Brown
    Chicago Brown: Navy makes something positive out of Chicago violence Mark Brown This is a good news story, but underlying it is a bleak reality. The volume of gunshot wounds and other trauma cases treated at Stroger Hospital is so high that the U.S. Navy has teamed up the past two years with the hospital’s prestigious trauma unit to keep its medical personnel better prepared for their next deployment. The Navy guys might see as much action in a typical night at Stroger as they would if they were in a combat setting. Let that sink in for a minute....
  • Trump is right about one thing. We get the dregs from Mexico

    03/21/2016 4:25:03 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 1 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-21-16 | DrJohn
    And from most places South of our border. Donald Trump took a lot of heat for making some statements about illegal immigrants from South of the border. Thank you. It's true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. WaPo immediately launched into a tirade about "rates" of crimes which is entirely...
  • Strange Bedfellows Defending Obamacare

    03/21/2016 10:39:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2016 | Devon Herrick
    The primary component of GOP presidential candidates’ health policy proposals is to repeal Obamacare. Once GOP frontrunner Trump released his plan, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget took notice and did an analysis of the likely fiscal effects from Trump’s plan. Presumably, these fiscal effects would also apply to the other Republican candidates who also support repealing Obamacare. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) is a budget watchdog group that began 35 years ago. For the past few years it has been housed with the neo-Democratic think tank, New America. The two organizations parted ways over the...
  • Vote for Cruz, screw your parents

    03/21/2016 10:05:26 AM PDT · by Dana1960 · 29 replies
    Market Ticker ^ | 3/21/16 | Karl Denninger
    Let me remind you that Medicare and Medicaid are the entire problem space within our federal budget, and that same issue -- retiree health care costs -- are the entire issue with state and local budgets, along with private pensions. There is only one candidate from either major political party that has put forward any sort of cogent plan of any kind of deal with the Medicare and Medicaid mess -- along with the mess of health care in private industry. This, as I've written about pretty-much since The Market Ticker began publication, is the intermediate and longer-term issue that...
  • Where Are All The Obamacare Jobs?

    03/17/2016 11:34:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 17, 2016 | Nicholas Horton
    For years, hospital lobbyists have promised that Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion would kick start states’ economies and produce thousands of new jobs. (Expanding welfare always stimulates the economy, right?) This piece of their Obamacare sales pitch is critical because, according to their calculations, these new jobs will generate the necessary revenue to pay for states’ share of the Obamacare expansion costs. The Arkansas Hospital Association, for example, made a similar guarantee, promising that most of the state’s share would be covered by new tax revenue generated by new jobs. But now that expansion has been up-and-running for more than two years,...
  • Where did Sanders stand on health care in the '90s? Behind Clinton

    03/13/2016 8:37:51 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 6 replies
    AOL ^ | Mar 13th 2016 | no author given
    During an event in St. Louis, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked where Bernie Sanders was in the '90s when she was fighting for health care reform. Things got awkward when a member of Sanders campaign tweeted a screenshot of Sanders literally standing right behind her as she spoke at Dartmouth College about health care reform in 1993.
  • Hillary Clinton forgets Bernie Sanders had her back on healthcare reform in the '90s

    03/13/2016 10:53:33 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 4 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 03/12/2016 | Eder Campuzano
    (Comments from the Bernie supporters are better than the article) Hillary Clinton wasn't on the debate stage Saturday when she tried to blast Bernie Sanders for his supposed lack of initiative on healthcare reform. But the principle still applies. During an event in St. Louis, Missouri, Clinton accused the senator from Vermont of being soft on healthcare reform before he made a single-payer system one of his main campaign promises. "Where was he when I was trying to get healthcare in '93 and '94?" she asked a crowd of supporters.
  • Blue Cross parent lost $1.5 billion on individual health plans last year (Illinois)

    03/11/2016 8:21:37 PM PST · by aimhigh · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 03/11/2016 | Ameet Sachdev
    Year 2 of the Affordable Care Act was another financial flop for the Chicago-based parent of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois but hints of a turnaround are emerging. Health Care Service Corp.'s financial losses in its individual business, which includes ACA plans, worsened in 2015. The company, which owns Blue Cross affiliates in Illinois and four other states, said it lost $1.5 billion in its individual business, up from $767 million in 2014, the first year of the health law's state exchanges for buying coverage.
  • Healthcare Reform to Make America Great Again

    03/07/2016 1:49:19 PM PST · by xzins · 31 replies
    DonaldJTrump.com ^ | current | Trump
    Healthcare Reform to Make America Great Again Since March of 2010, the American people have had to suffer under the incredible economic burden of the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare. This legislation, passed by totally partisan votes in the House and Senate and signed into law by the most divisive and partisan President in American history, has tragically but predictably resulted in runaway costs, websites that don’t work, greater rationing of care, higher premiums, less competition and fewer choices. Obamacare has raised the economic uncertainty of every single person residing in this country. As it appears Obamacare is certain to collapse of...
  • Trump's Medical Plan, By The Numbers

    03/06/2016 1:35:43 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 16 replies
    market-ticker.org ^ | 2016-03-06 | Karl Denninger
    Trump's Medical Plan, By The Numbers Let's update one of my Tickers from a few years ago. We're going to use official government figures here, ignoring, for now, the private sector. The figures of note are the following (figures to the nearest billion), out of a total of $3,688 billion. Military programs: $563 billion or 15% Social Security Old Age: $741 billion or 20% Social Security Disability: $146 billion or 4% Medicare and Medicaid: $1,297 billion or 35% (Medicaid amounts to $350 billion granted to the States (no breakdown on what part is drugs), Medicare Part D (drugs) is $75...
  • Trump Again Hearts Planned Parenthood

    03/03/2016 7:23:25 AM PST · by raptor22 · 98 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 3, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Shortly after he claimed to be a “unifier” during his Super Tuesday press conference, Donald Trump was at it again, lambasting “so-called conservatives” who don’t share his liberal position on Planned Parenthood, continuing to insist he applauds the group because it allegedly “does a lot of good of good things” for women’s health. Similar logic applies to his position on ObamaCare. He loves the coercive freedom- and job-killing individual mandate, which is the heart of ObamaCare, because he doesn’t want to see bodies in the street, a classic liberal rhetorical scare tactic. Planned Parenthood may do the occasional mammogram referral,...
  • Donald Trump Reveals Details of His Health Care Plan

    03/02/2016 8:46:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 395 replies
    NBC News ^ | 03/02/2016 | Ali Vitali
    Donald Trump released his health care plan Wednesday evening, finally detailing the way in which he would fulfill his campaign trail promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. In a seven-point plan posted to his website and publicized by a tweet, Trump says he will do away with the individual health insurance mandate, as well as allow competition over states lines for health care plans, and block grant Medicaid to the states, allowing them to follow through on his prescription to "eliminate fraud, waste and abuse to preserve our precious resources." The decision to go against the idea of an...
  • Hospitals Cutting Jobs While Obama Continues to Throw Away Billions to This Industry

    03/01/2016 6:48:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | March 1, 2016 | Dave Jolly
    During the 2008 presidential campaign, Sen. Barack Obama began peddling his national healthcare system. On more than one occasion, he pointed to Canada and the United Kingdom as examples of a workable national healthcare system. When I first heard him point to them, I instantly thought of Rachel, a work acquaintance who lived and worked in the United Kingdom. She was experiencing abdominal pains and having problems eating for months before England’s National Health Service doctors finally diagnosed the problem to be her gall bladder. The doctor said it needed to be removed. However, from the time they wrote the...
  • Official: 8 of 11 Remaining Obamacare Co-Ops on the Brink

    02/29/2016 7:02:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | February 29, 2016 | Ali Meyer
    An official with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told lawmakers last week that eight of the 11 remaining Obamacare co-ops have been selected for "corrective action plans" and "enhanced oversight." Twenty-three co-ops were created under the president's health care overhaul, and so far more than half have collapsed and are no longer selling plans in the marketplace. The 12 co-ops that went out of business operated in Arizona, Michigan, Utah, Kentucky, New York, Nevada, Louisiana, Oregon, Colorado, Tennessee, South Carolina and a co-op serving Iowa and Nebraska. The agency's chief operating officer, Dr. Mandy Cohen, told the House...
  • Poll: Only 15 percent say they have benefited from ObamaCare

    02/29/2016 5:30:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 29, 2016 | Sarah Ferris
    ust 15 percent of people say they have personally benefited from ObamaCare, although more than one-third believe it has helped the people of their state, according to a poll released Monday. Most Americans -- a total of 56 percent -- say they haven't felt directly affected by the Affordable Care Act. Among those who have felt affected, more people say the law has hurt them than helped them, according to polling by National Public Radio and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Twenty-six percent of U.S. adults say they have been personally harmed by the healthcare law since its passage --...
  • marco Rubio’s Health Plan Has an Individual Mandate

    02/26/2016 12:52:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/26/2016 | by MICHAEL F. CANNON
    When Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump momentarily embraced Obamacare's individual mandate before disavowing it, Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives caught the vapors. But where is conservative outrage over Marco Rubio's health plan, which actually contains an individual mandate? Rubio, unlike his opponents, has offered details on how he would replace Obamacare. (Trump merely promises "something terrific.") He builds his replacement plan around an individual mandate, and an expansion of Obamacare's spending. Rubio's plan is so similar to Obamacare, so disruptive, and so easily demagogued, you would think he was a Democratic mole. The centerpiece of Rubio's proposal would "provid[e] every...
  • VA hides failed hospital chief on the other side of the world

    02/24/2016 5:09:41 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 24, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    How many more of these stories are out there waiting to be told? The Daily Caller has struck again in their ongoing investigation of corruption at the VA, as well as the impossibility of getting rid of anyone who is failing at their job, incompetent or simply breaking the law. This time it’s a story which dates back to 2013. The head of the St. Louis Department of Veterans Affairs hospital at that time was one Rima Nelson. Things didn’t go so well with Rima in charge, and by “not so well” I mean that 1,800 patients were potentially exposed...
  • Swedes buy insurance to skip long health queues (Bernie's model for healthcare)

    02/23/2016 11:50:22 AM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 16 replies
    The Local ^ | 1/17/16
    More than half a million Swedes now have private health insurance, showed a new review from industry organization Swedish Insurance (Svensk Försäkring). In eight out of ten cases, the person's employer had offered them the private insurance deal. "It's quicker to get a colleague back to work if you have an operation in two weeks' time rather than having to wait for a year," privately insured Anna Norlander told Sveriges Radio on Friday. "It's terrible that I, as a young person, don't feel I can trust the health care system to take care of me." The insurance plan guarantees that...
  • Healthcare: Hillary Clinton revives the public option

    02/23/2016 10:26:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/23/2016 | John Sexton
    As Hillary tries to secure the nomination she has been forced to run left to counter the far-left proposals of Bernie Sanders. Sanders plan for health care is to move the U.S. to a full-fledged single-payer system like the one in Canada. Hillary isn’t willing to go that far but, as Politico notes, she is willing to propose Democrats revive the next best thing: Clinton’s campaign has updated its website to note her continued support for the government-run health plan that was dropped from Obamacare during the law’s drafting. The idea was popular among progressives who prefer a single-payer...
  • Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-For-All Plan Has Even Liberals Crying Foul

    02/23/2016 4:14:19 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 3 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2/22/2016 | Staff
    Health Care: Bernie Sanders has been winning the hearts and minds of Democrats everywhere with a health care plan that is so reckless, extreme and fanciful that even liberals are appalled.
  • Obama Administration Breaks Law to Enrich Health Insurers (Pelosi knew)

    02/23/2016 2:08:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Creators ^ | 2/24/16 | Betsy McCaughey
    **SNIP** Desperate to keep insurers on board, the administration scrambled to find another source of money. Unfortunately, a big part of that money pot belongs to the public. Disregarding that fact, the administration announced on Feb. 12 that the money will be handed out to insurers - a whopping $7.7 billion this year alone. That huge handout to the insurance industry violates the law. This is money you and everyone else who already has insurance is forced to pay, called a reinsurance fee. You pay the fee whether you buy your own plan or get covered at work, even if...
  • British Hospitals in the Red Send Strong Warning to the US

    02/22/2016 4:40:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2016 | Rachel Alexander
    Britain has "free" health care, which means it is run by the government and funded by taxpayers. Those on the left in the U.S. want to move to this model, which is often referred to as universal healthcare or single-payer since the government handles all the financing. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If health care doesn't cost anything, people are going to use more of it. They're not going to think prudently about which services they really need because they don't feel the immediate cost. Consequently, 131 out of the 138 hospital trusts in...
  • Obama is looting the Treasury to pay off insurers

    02/22/2016 4:49:03 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 15 replies
    The New York Post ^ | February 21, 2016 | Betsy McCaughey
    The Obama administration will tell any lie and break any law to prevent the president’s signature health-care program from collapsing. Insurance companies such as UnitedHealthcare and Aetna are losing billions trying to sell ObamaCare plans, and the risk is they’ll drop out at the end of 2016. No insurance companies means no ObamaCare. In 2014, the White House tried to avert that disaster by promising insurers a taxpayer-funded bailout, but public outrage and quick action by Sen. Marco Rubio put a stop to it. Now the administration is at it again. Desperate to keep insurers on board, the administration scrambled...
  • Top Cruz Team Member Speaks Out Against His Candidate's 'Repeated Lies'

    02/22/2016 1:46:57 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 125 replies
    Several Republican presidential campaigns have labeled Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's campaign as dishonest -- and now a Cruz supporter says he agrees. C. Steven Tucker, a member of Cruz's Illinois leadership team, told the Washington Examiner he could not stay silent about the falsehoods repeatedly uttered by the senator on the campaign trail. Specifically, Tucker takes issue with Cruz's comments about Donald Trump's ideas on healthcare. "Senator Cruz's quotes are very salacious and incorrect. He says if you vote for Donald Trump, you vote for Bernie Sanders-style socialized medicine; Trump, Clinton, Sanders have identical positions on healthcare," Tucker said. "That...
  • Who's advising Trump on health care? His ideas are as unorthodox as his candidacy.

    02/21/2016 12:14:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 118 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/21/2016 | Paul Demko
    Donald Trump has a plan to make America's health care great again. It's very simple, he says: Lock the best health care policy minds in a room -- and don't let them out until they've crafted a plan for providing terrific coverage for everyone. But the strategy, laid out in Trump's most recent book, begs the question: Who exactly would be locked in that room? And who is advising him on ideas which are as unorthodox for a GOP frontrunner as his candidacy? Trump has repeatedly said everyone should have access to health care -- going so far as to...