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  • California regulator assails Obamacare cancellations

    12/25/2014 3:52:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 24, 2014 | Chad Terhune
    California's health exchange is violating the law by canceling private coverage for up to 95,000 people because they might qualify for Medi-Cal, the state's insurance commissioner says. At issue is health insurance for some of the poorest Californians whose incomes aren't high enough to even qualify for subsidized policies in the Covered California exchange. The state marketplace is notifying thousands of policyholders that their federal premium subsidies for Obamacare coverage will end Dec. 31 and their private health plan won't be renewed starting in January. Instead, these people will be put into Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program for low-income residents....
  • Many Conservatives Were Happy to Watch Republicans Grill Obamacare Architect — but Mark Levin ...

    12/23/2014 5:43:12 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec 9th, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    So-called Obamacare “architect” Jonathan Gruber was called to testify at a Tuesday House regarding his past controversial remarks about the creation and passage of the health care law. While many of the testy exchanges that occurred during the hearing were covered and even trumpeted by conservative media, a furious Mark Levin said the exercise was pointless. “The very Republicans grilling this guy don’t plan to do a damn thing about Obamacare! They’re not going to use the power of the purse to control any piece of it!” Levin shouted on the air. “So, what is the point of a hearing?...
  • Obamacare’s Christmas surprise

    12/20/2014 8:00:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2014 | Rep. Mark Meadows
    If you like your health care plan, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has a Christmas surprise for you! When will this new present arrive? December 25th. In an ongoing effort to keep Obamacare numbers elevated, CMS has embarked on the next step of its government takeover of healthcare. It seems CMS is taking a page from Jonathan Gruber’s book; rather than allowing the “stupid” masses to make a decision on their own health plan, CMS has proposed a new rule that includes an overly reaching provision allowing CMS to re-enroll anyone who has not made the annual...
  • As Vermont Goes ... Warning to Obama, the State's Liberal Governor Pulled the Plug on Single-payer

    12/20/2014 5:13:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/20/2014 | John Fund
    The one state that not only embraced Obamacare but insisted on going beyond it to a full single-payer system was Vermont, the haven of hippies and expatriate New Yorkers, which has become one of the most liberal states in the nation. In 2011, it adopted a form of neighboring Canada’s government-financed health care and promised to implement it by 2017. (And Jonathan Gruber was a key architect of this plan as well as of Obamacare.) This week, however, Governor Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, admitted the state couldn’t afford the plan’s $2 billion price tag and consequent sky-high taxes, and pulled...
  • In Vermont, single-payer healthcare quietly disappears

    12/19/2014 7:13:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    If you’re looking for a state with a reliable Leftward tilt, you’d be hard pressed to do better than Vermont. After all, this is the place which has repeatedly elected Bernie Sanders – a man who considers the Democrat Party too conservative for his tastes – to statewide office since 1991. So in terms of socialist experimental laboratories, this is the spot where you’d want to launch progressive initiatives and take them for a test spin. That was the plan for Governor Peter Shumlin, who had promised his constituents that they would soon be enjoying the first in the...
  • CBS poll showing health-care cost pressures increasing on Americans

    12/19/2014 5:38:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s been almost five years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act and its promise to “bend the cost curve downward” for Americans and their health care. More than five years have passed since the technical start of the recovery and the Obama administration’s bragging about jobs and economic expansion. The two combined should produce noticeable improvement in the lives of Americans, yes? According to the latest CBS News poll, no (via Jeff Dunetz): Fifty-two percent of Americans say they find basic medical care affordable, but that’s down from 61 percent last December. Today, for 46 percent of...
  • Father accidentally slices off his 18-month-old daughter's foot with a lawnmower

    12/18/2014 4:26:09 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/18/2014 | MailOnline Reporter
    A toddler's father has accidentally sliced off one of her feet with a lawnmower. Eighteen-month-old Roseanne Mendez was playing in her family's garden in North Fresno, California on December 7 as her father, Reyes Mendez, trimmed the edges of the grass. The youngster was climbing on a swing set with her siblings and she came off the slide, the lawnmower cut off her foot, KMPH reported. Mr Mendez ran to a nearby house and frantically asked neighbor Lisa Bertelsen to call 911. snip McQuay personally delivered the money to the family in San Francisco on Sunday, and although the parents...
  • Vermont Democrats chicken out and abandon their plan for single payer health care

    12/18/2014 12:29:14 PM PST · by grundle · 11 replies
    wordpress ^ | December 18, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Vermont Democrats chicken out and abandon their plan for single payer health care In this previous post, I wrote: (the bolding is new, and was not in my original post)Vermont plans to start single payer health care in 2017April 27, 2014Vermont is planning to start a single payer health care system in 2017.I support states’ rights, and I don’t live in Vermont, so I don’t have anything against Vermont doing this.I view this the way a scientist views an experiment. I’m curious to see how it turns out.Will Vermont stick to its plan, or will they...
  • Governor abandons single-payer health care plan

    12/17/2014 6:43:25 PM PST · by tobyhill · 39 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/17/2014 | ap
    Calling it the biggest disappointment of his career, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he was abandoning plans to make Vermont the first state in the country with a universal, publicly funded health care system. Going forward with a project four years in the making would require tax increases too big for the state to absorb, Shumlin said. The measure had been the centerpiece of the Democratic governor's agenda and was watched and rooted for by single-payer health care supporters around the country. "I am not going (to) undermine the hope of achieving critically important health care reforms for this state...
  • PELOSI: 13 Million Americans' Health Security at Risk in Baseless Lawsuit Over (Husseincare)

    12/16/2014 4:22:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Insurance News Net ^ | 12/16/14 | Drew Hammill
    San Francisco - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released the following statement on a new report from Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats revealing that 13 million could lose tax credits to help pay for insurance coverage should the Supreme Court rule against the Obama Administration in the politically-motivated lawsuit of King v Burwell. "Today's report verifies what American families already know: the Affordable Care Act is working and helping families afford the coverage they need and deserve. Yet, Republicans and other opponents of the law want to strip some 13 million Americans of the premium tax credits that keep their...
  • Small businesses dropping insurance coverage due to Obamacare

    12/16/2014 6:29:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/16/2014 | Rick Moran
    Another unintended - but not unexpected - consequence of Obamacare is being felt as the program enters its second year. More than 20 million Americans who work for small businesses with less than 50 employees are covered by employer insurance. The 50 employee number is significant because if you work for a small business with more than 50 workers, your employer is mandated to cover your health insurance. But with insurance rates rising, many small businesses of less than 50 employees are opting to drop their coverage and have workers purchase their insurance through the Obamacare website. Daily Signal:...
  • Ted Cruz Was Right, Again

    12/16/2014 1:56:31 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 16, 2014 | Matthew Vadum
    The usual suspects are attacking Ted Cruz for doing his job.Republicans and a chorus of conservative commentators are dumping on the sole conservative Republican senator from Texas because–the horror!–he dared to force his Senate colleagues to publicly take sides on President Obama's shameful extralegal unilateral immigration amnesty.Apologists for Republican cowardice claim to be upset with Cruz because, as they claim, his parliamentary maneuvers to stymie the amnesty somehow allowed some objectionable Obama nominees to move forward in the confirmation process.Of course, they're lying. All Obama nominees are objectionable–remember, our president is a red diaper baby–yet the Senate eventually caves to...
  • Idaho A Medical Destination For Canadian Boomers

    12/15/2014 3:12:05 PM PST · by Theoria · 8 replies
    NW News Network ^ | 28 Nov 2014 | Jessica Robinson
    A hospital in North Idaho is marketing itself to Canadian tourists -- medical tourists, that is. Most of the patients who come into Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls, Idaho, are from the local area -- plus a few from Washington and Montana.But hospital CEO Rick Rasmussen is thinking big -- Canada big. A little Canadian flag was recently added in the upper right of the hospital’s website.Medical tourism boomThe link goes to a list of procedures with some of the longest wait times north of the border. Total knee, total hip, total shoulder, ACL repair -- all with the...
  • Two Mystery Illnesses Linked to 12 Child Deaths; 94 Paralysis Cases Since August

    12/15/2014 8:21:50 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | December 14, 2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    In the span of four months, at least 94 children in 33 U.S. states have developed a devastating form of paralysis with symptoms similar to polio. Some require a ventilator to breathe. And some of the greatest government health minds in the country say they have no idea what’s causing it. At the same time, during the past four months, at least 12 children have died after falling ill with a respiratory virus called Enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68). Again, federal health officials are at a loss to explain the origin of the epidemic. Are the mysterious outbreaks linked? The Centers for...
  • Affordable Care Excise Tax, Part I

    12/13/2014 6:19:48 PM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 6 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | December 13, 2014 | Larry Walker II
    What the Individual Mandate means for you and your family:: By: Larry Walker II ::Under the Affordable Care Act, beginning in 2014, State governments, insurers, employers, and selected individuals are supposed to share in the responsibility of providing health insurance coverage. The Act’s shared responsibility provision, also known as the individual mandate, requires you and each member of your family to either: Have minimum essential coverage; or An exemption from the responsibility to have minimum essential coverage; or Pay an Excise Tax. You will report minimum essential coverage, claim an exemption therefrom, or make an excise tax payment when...
  • Gruber model errs in Colorado as Vermont prepares to rely on data

    12/13/2014 7:30:05 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Vermont Watchdog ^ | December 12, 2014 | Bruce Parker
    Jonathan Gruber’s health care forecasting is failing in Colorado as Vermont’s Gov. Peter Shumlin prepares to use the economist’s math for single-payer health care. As Vermonters anxiously await a Gruber-modeled financing plan for Green Mountain Care, modeling done for Colorado’s health exchange by Jonathan Gruber Associates has proven wildly erroneous. In 2011, following Colorado’s decision to set up a state health exchange for Obamacare, the state hired Gruber to forecast enrollment trends from which the state and federal government could estimate costs. According to a presentation delivered to the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Board on Sept. 16, 2011, and provided...
  • Jonathan Gruber: Honest Liberal

    12/12/2014 7:06:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Brought before a House inquisition, MIT professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber burbled a recantation of his beliefs about how that triumph of liberalism had been achieved. Yet, something needs to be said in defense of Gruber. For while he groveled and confessed to the sin of arrogance, what this Ivy League con artist boasted about rings true. Here, Gruber explained, is how we got Obamacare passed: "This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure [the Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. OK?...
  • Hospitals struggling as winter hits

    12/12/2014 6:47:20 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | December 12, 2014 | By Nick Triggle, Health correspondent
    Demands on the NHS tend to increase during the colder months because of illnesses like flu and norovirus. But with winter just getting under way, pressures are already reaching record levels. Extra money is being invested in each nation, but the four-hour A&E waiting time target is still being missed everywhere. The mounting problems come as the BBC launches its NHS Winter project, which tracks how the health service is performing down to individual hospital trust level. In England weekly figures are released. The latest, for the first week of December, show 91.8% of patients were seen in four hours...
  • ObamaCare Supporters Should Be Very Worried, Experts Say

    12/12/2014 4:03:26 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 34 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/11/2014 | John Merline
    What would happen if the Supreme Court rules that ObamaCare doesn't allow subsidies through the federal exchange? There's plenty of speculation, ranging from no big deal to absolute, total catastrophe. An article published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine tries to answer the question with a little bit more precision. It's conclusion, however, is that disallowing those subsidies would be a devastating blow to ObamaCare.
  • HERE I GO AGAIN, NO DOCTOR

    12/09/2014 3:19:18 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 68 replies
    ME | Dec 9, 2014 | ME
    I never got around to posting about my October trip to the hospital, I was out in four days, just another lung bug, and things were popping here on the forum and I just dug in.I had already fired the doctor who screwed up, almost fried my kidneys and caused a case of gout with too many diuretics. The insurance plan assigned a new doctor anyway so when I landed in the ER I gave his name. He never showed up, but the one I fired did. I told him to go away and 10 minutes later his sidekick showed...
  • Federal Health IT Strategic Plan open for 60-day comment period

    12/09/2014 9:22:16 AM PST · by Jumper
    HHS.Gov ^ | 12/9/2014 | self
    The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 can be found at http://www.healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/health-it-strategic-planning. The period to comment on the Strategic Plan ends Feb. 6, 2015.
  • Civil War Erupting Among Democrats Over Obamacare

    12/07/2014 12:14:48 PM PST · by Zakeet · 67 replies
    Brietbart ^ | December 7, 2014 | Winton Hall
    A civil war has opened up inside the Democratic Party over Obamacare. With half of all Senate Democrats who voted for Obamacare no longer in office, top Senate Democrats Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and outgoing Tom Harkin (D-IA) have begun trashing Democrats' decision to embrace the deeply unpopular Obamacare program. Indeed, even progressive New York Times columnist Tom Edsall now concedes that Obamacare is partly to blame for working-class Americans' all-time low 27% approval rating of Democrats, which Edsall says has now nosedived to "dangerous levels." [Snip] "If more Democrats had been willing to defend the best thing they've done in...
  • Egg Freezing and the Indentured Woman

    12/06/2014 11:18:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2014 | Arina Grossu
    Egg freezing is being marketed as the new and hip thing to do among New York and Silicon Valley socialites. Freezing one’s eggs is touted as a means of delaying motherhood for the sake of one’s career. Yet this is anything but empowering to the modern woman. The Washington Post tells of women who freeze their eggs after painful divorces so they can bear children at a later date. Then there’s Aimee Eyvazzadeh, a self-proclaimed “egg whisperer,” whose mission it is to promote and host high-end "egg-freezing parties" at expensive bars. Some companies are even providing egg-freezing “benefits” to encourage...
  • Oversight Needed on New VA Law

    12/05/2014 10:29:54 AM PST · by April29 · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/5/2014 | David Vitter and Charles Boustany
    http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/226014-oversight-needed-on-new-va-law “The average person would expect better customer service and professionalism from the local Department of Motor Vehicles. Whether it’s incompetence or indifference, why should we tolerate such behavior in VISN 16 when we’re dealing with veterans’ life-saving medical care?” “By tolerating inappropriate denials, his organization needlessly forces thousands of Louisiana veterans into a lengthy appeals process that can last more than two years.”
  • GOP asks Supreme Court to take on another ObamaCare case

    12/04/2014 9:45:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 4, 2014 | sarah Ferris
    Members of the GOP are asking the Supreme Court to take up another case against ObamaCare, this time challenging a controversial medical board that the party has called “a death panel.” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and several other Republicans will file an amicus brief Thursday urging the court to reconsider a case against a piece of the healthcare law called the Independent Payment Advisory Board. “Because the law frees [the board] of any checks and balances, waiting could be dangerous. The Supreme Court should hold that the time to answer these constitutional questions is now, not...
  • Memo to Liberals: ObamaCare Has Been A Boon To Insurers, Not Patients

    12/03/2014 5:05:42 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/2/2014 | IBD Staff
    Imagine a health reform plan that gives a boost to big insurance companies while leaving patients less able to pay their medical bills. Think progressives would cheer about it? They will if it's called ObamaCare.
  • The 6 Biggest Whoppers In Gruber's ObamaCare Comic Book

    12/02/2014 5:10:27 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/1/2014 | IBD Staff
    Before ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber got famous for calling Americans stupid, he wrote an "ObamaCare for Dummies"-style comic book. The only dummies are those who believe its many fictions.
  • The Many Failures of Single Payer: From Vermont to Britain, it’s not working out.

    12/01/2014 6:43:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/01/2014 | Sally C. Pipes
    Vermont’s incumbent governor, Peter Shumlin, wants his state to become the first to launch a government takeover of its health-care system. But the results of last month’s election could give him pause. He was unable to secure a majority of votes this November — after winning 58 percent of the vote two years ago. Now the state legislature will determine whether to send Shumlin back for another term. What happened in between? Vermont botched the launch of its state-run insurance exchange. By 2017, the exchange is supposed to serve as the “infrastructure” for a single-payer system, with the state picking...
  • Obamacare, coming to a mall near you (going to try to sign you up on Black Friday)

    11/26/2014 12:46:11 PM PST · by Zakeet · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | November 26, 2014 | Rachana Pradhan
    HHS is hitting the malls this weekend to make sure that Obamacare is on the minds of consumers during the busiest shopping weekend of the year. The department on Wednesday will announce new partnerships it has made with retail stores, pharmacies and popular websites to spread the word about the current open enrollment season, which began on Nov. 15 and ends Feb. 15. On three key days after Thanksgiving — Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday — as well as dates beyond, Westfield Shopping Centers, the National Community Pharmacists Association and the XO Group will provide consumers with...
  • Off-the-shelf fix for veteran hospital waiting lines

    11/26/2014 11:17:18 AM PST · by 54fighting · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/26/14 | Todd Berkley
    Off-the-shelf fix for veteran hospital waiting lines “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and his widow and orphan”. This Abraham Lincoln quote on a plaque in front of the Veterans Administration building is a succinct mission for the VA. Our veterans have earned our best efforts toward this end. Congress recently acted in a rare bi-partisan fashion to ease the scandalous backlog. Nine million “Veterans Choice” cards allow access to care outside the VA for veterans living at least 40 miles from a VA facility or on very long wait lists. I applaud the efforts of...
  • Stent Placed in Heart of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    11/26/2014 7:49:57 AM PST · by Zakeet · 70 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 26, 2014 | Pete Williams
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent heart surgery Wednesday morning after experiencing discomfort during exercise, the court said. Ginsburg, 81, had a stent placed in her right coronary artery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She was resting comfortably and was expected to be discharged within 48 hours, the court said.
  • Schumer: Dems erred with ObamaCare

    11/25/2014 10:39:45 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 25, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Democrats made a strategic mistake by passing the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third-ranking member of the Senate Democratic leadership, said Tuesday. Schumer says Democrats “blew the opportunity the American people gave them” in the 2008 elections, a Democratic landslide, by focusing on healthcare reform instead of legislation to boost the middle class. “After passing the stimulus, Democrats should have continued to propose middle class-oriented programs and built on the partial success of the stimulus,” he said. He said the plight of uninsured Americans caused by “unfair insurance company practices” needed not be addressed but it wasn’t...
  • America, You’ve Been Grubered!

    11/24/2014 3:28:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    The most important effect of the revelations of the Administration’s flunkies’ history of cheesy lies about Obamacare is that liberals must now answer one threshold question before discussing the substance of any new socialist scheme: Why should we trust anything liberals say about anything? Grubergate is just one of the score of scandals, frauds, and failures that have destroyed any trust in this collection of creeps by anyone except the most leftist and the most stupid, two sets which, if graphed in a Venn diagram, would be represented by a single circle. IRS oppression. Executive amnesty. VA death lists. The...
  • Feds arrest eight Miami suspects in Medicare probe linked to Nicaragua, DR

    11/20/2014 2:56:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | November 19, 2014 | Jay Weaver
    As Medicare rackets go, authorities say, this one had no borders. Eleven people associated with a South Florida managed care company were charged Wednesday with fleecing Medicare for services provided to U.S. citizens while they were living in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, according to an indictment. Coral Gables-based Florida Healthcare Plus filed false bills for retired Medicare beneficiaries who claimed to be living in the state but were being treated by foreign doctors while they resided in the two Latin American countries. That is illegal under the federal taxpayer-funded program for senior citizens and the disabled, authorities said. Eight...
  • Colbeck Unveils Exploit then Repeal HealthCare Reform Strategy @ Nat. Profamily Leg. Conf.

    11/19/2014 4:17:06 AM PST · by taildragger · 6 replies
    insurancenewsnet ^ | 11/17/2014 | Targeted News Service
    LANSING, Mich., Nov. 17 -- The Michigan State Senate Republicans issued the following news on the behalf of Michigan State Sen. Patrick Colbeck: On Saturday, November 15, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, spoke at the national ProFamily Legislators Conference in Dallas on potential health care changes in Michigan that would lower prices, provide better care and reduce bureaucracy.
  • Forced vaccinations for medical providers

    11/18/2014 2:34:08 PM PST · by grumpygresh · 29 replies
    e-mail | 07/17/14 | Juli Kotke
    November 17, 2014 Dear Physician, Each year, influenza results in an estimated 226,000 hospital admissions and 36,000 deaths. As you know, unimmunized individuals infected with influenza may be asymptomatic but still contagious and able to infect others. Health care personnel who are not immunized can unintentionally expose patients to seasonal influenza. Reducing influenza transmission from health care personnel to patients is a top priority both nationally and in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Healthcare Influenza Prevention Coalition, a group comprised of the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA), Wisconsin Medical Society (the Society), LeadingAge Wisconsin, Wisconsin Health Care Association (WHCA)/Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living...
  • Think Obamacare's Affordable? You're Stupid

    11/18/2014 12:02:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    Before he became the Obama administration's least favorite overpaid expert, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber was its darling. He appeared in an Obama campaign ad saying, "I helped (Massachusetts) Gov. (Mitt) Romney develop his health care reform, or Romneycare, before going down to Washington to help President Obama develop his national version of that law." The false portrayal of Romneycare and Obamacare as practically identical fueled the Democratic delusion that Congress had drafted the Affordable Care Act to appeal to rascally Republicans. Now Gruber is in the doghouse because he was captured on video being brutally honest. In 2010, Gruber told...
  • Hispanic Assistants in south Florida doc's office hate Obamacare

    11/18/2014 11:11:33 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    11/18/14 | sff
    Have been sitting, waiting to see my good doctor in south Florida. I can hear the Hispanic women who run the office....assistants AND the chief nurse....on the phone with prospective and in examining rooms with current patients. Bottom line? They are taking Obamacare to the woodshed. By name...."He is controlling it all" and "the Obamacare is crazy"....."the different insurances you can get is all controlled by Obamacare".... They don't say it with anger, just very matter of fact...but the message is clear to the patients. Happening right now.
  • State of Michigan Paid Jonathan Gruber $481,050

    11/17/2014 9:35:50 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Michigan Capital Confidential ^ | November 17, 2014 | Tom Gantert.
    A consultant considered an architect to the federal health care law who said a “lack of transparency” and “stupidity of the American voter” were critical to getting it passed reportedly received $481,050 from the state of Michigan, and a recently elected state representative said he wants an investigation. Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who created an econometric model intended to project health care spending and costs under different assumptions, along with his team, was granted a $481,050 contract by the state of Michigan, according to the Washington Post. He was paid that to help set up state...
  • Schumer to Obama: Reimburse NYC for $20M Ebola treatment

    11/17/2014 9:14:45 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 16, 2014 | Chris Perez
    Senator Charles Schumer wants President Obama to pick up New York City’s more than $20 million tab for treating its first Ebola patient. Since the Big Apple and Bellevue Hospital treated and cured Dr. Craig Spencer of the “infectious disease that is a threat to the nation,” the New York lawmaker believes the government should pony up and reimburse the city. “Last week, Dr. Spencer thankfully returned home healthy and free of Ebola,” Schumer said Sunday. “But the world-class response mounted by New York City and Bellevue HHC was not free, and the bottom line is local communities and local...
  • Obamacare repeal is more likely, and now GOP needs an alternative

    11/17/2014 9:08:26 AM PST · by PROCON · 132 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | Nov. 17, 2014 | Philip Klein
    This month, two developments have shaken the conventional wisdom that repealing President Obama’s healthcare law is an impossibility. First, Republicans scored a historic election victory, not only taking control of the Senate but likely winning the most House seats since 1928 — the year before Ernest Hemingway published A Farewell to Arms. Second, the Supreme Court took up another case on Obamacare, and if the justices rule against the administration, it would force a re-opening of the law. This doesn’t even account for the recently released videos of one of Obamacare’s main architects, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, conceding that Democrats...
  • Gallup: As New Enrollment Period Starts, ACA (Obamacare) Approval at 37% (and disapproval is at 56%)

    11/17/2014 8:18:48 AM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Gallup ^ | November 17, 2014 | Justin McCarthy
    As the Affordable Care Act's second open enrollment period begins, 37% of Americans say they approve of the law, one percentage point below the previous low in January. Fifty-six percent disapprove, the high in disapproval by one point. [Snip] Approval of the law continues to diverge sharply by party, with 74% of Democrats and 8% of Republicans approving of it. Independents have never been particularly positive toward the law, with approval ranging between 31% and 41%. Currently, 33% of independents approve.
  • A Cuban Brain Drain, Courtesy of the U.S.

    11/17/2014 6:35:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 16, 2014 | Editiorial Board
    "....There is much to criticize about Washington’s failed policies toward Cuba and the embargo it has imposed on the island for decades. But the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program, which in the last fiscal year enabled 1,278 Cubans to defect while on overseas assignments, a record number, is particularly hard to justify. It is incongruous for the United States to value the contributions of Cuban doctors who are sent by their government to assist in international crises like the 2010 Haiti earthquake while working to subvert that government by making defection so easy. American immigration policy should give priority to...
  • Voters Favor Putting Health Care Law On Hold Until Court Challenges End

    11/17/2014 5:27:31 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Rasmussem ^ | November 14, 2014
    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on November 12-13, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports: The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen to hear another legal challenge to the new national health care law, and nearly half of voters think it might be a good idea to put the brakes on Obamacare until all the court cases opposing it are through. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that a plurality (47%) of Likely U.S. Voters thinks implementation of Obamacare should be put on hold until all legal challenges are exhausted. Forty percent (40%) disagree, but 13% are not...
  • Obamacare architect’s “stupid” voter remarks create real problems (especially with a GOP Congress)

    11/16/2014 4:51:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    Daily Digest News ^ | November 16, 2014 | Dan Taylor
    The recent comments by an architect of Obamacare have created real problems for supporters of the act as Republicans win sweeping elections and pledge to hold hearings to roll back some of its measures. MIT economist and Affordable Care Act architect Jonathan Gruber created quite a stir recently when he attributed the success in pasting legislation for it to the “stupidity of the American voter.” The comments took place at an academic conference last year and is only just now becoming public, and Republicans are seizing on it as they seek to attack the ACA, according to the Boston Globe....
  • Jonathan Gruber: Getting the Facts Straight on Health Care Reform

    11/15/2014 5:10:06 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    New England Journal of Medicine ^ | December 24, 2009 | Jonathan Gruber
    The United States stands on the verge of the most significant change to our health care system since the 1965 introduction of Medicare. The bill that was passed by the House and a parallel bill before the Senate would cover most uninsured Americans, saving thousands of lives each year and putting an end to our status as the only developed country that places so many of its citizens at risk for medical bankruptcy. Moreover, the bills would accomplish this aim while reducing the federal deficit over the next decade and beyond. They would reform insurance markets, lower administrative costs, increase...
  • The "Prolific" Jon Gruber - 1993

    11/15/2014 4:39:05 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 12 replies
    CPAN ^ | 10 December 1993 | Anonymous
    Watch Gruber talk about Hillarycare as part of the Alliance for Health Reform!
  • Help! Jonathan Gruber Keeps Telling the Truth About ObamaCare

    11/14/2014 6:06:07 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/14/2014 | John Merline
    A fourth video emerged on Thursday of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber talking about how Democrats purposely misled the public about ObamaCare.
  • Report: 42 percent of new Medicaid signups are immigrants, their children

    11/14/2014 12:20:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 13, 2014 | Susan Ferrechio
    Immigrants and their U.S.-born children make up more than 40 percent of new Medicaid recipients at a cost of $4.6 billion, according to an analysis of government data. The Center for Immigration Studies, a low-immigration advocacy group, released a report early Thursday that found both legal and illegal immigrants and their minor children made up 42 percent of Medicaid growth from 2011 to last year. Part of the increased enrollment came as a result of the new healthcare law’s expansion of Medicaid to impoverished and low-income adults. [SNIP] According to CIS officials, most of the immigrants tallied in the report...
  • The American Public Gets Smart

    11/13/2014 11:15:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13 | Michael Reagan
    So Jonathan Gruber thinks the American people are stupid, does he? Gruber is a complete nobody to most Americans, but his face should be on a Most Wanted poster in every Post Office. He was one of the chief architects and cheerleaders for ObamaCare, aka the fraudulent Affordable Care Act that Republicans should be working overtime right now to repeal, not fix or reform. Gruber exploded into the news cycle this week because of some things he said publicly last year about how Democrats were able to slip ObamaCare past the trusting citizenry. In appearances in Philadelphia and St. Louis...