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  • More health care cancellations coming just before election day

    09/30/2014 3:06:27 PM PDT · by Zenjitsuman · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/30/14 | The Hill
    Thousands of Americans will see their health plans cancelled before the November elections in a development that could boost critics of ObamaCare. The Morning Consult, a Washington-based policy publication, reported that nearly 50,000 people will lose their current health coverage in the coming weeks.
  • Landslide Vote against Single-Payer Confirms Switzerland Is an Outpost of Rationality

    09/30/2014 2:45:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m a huge fan of Switzerland, largely because its voters approved a spending cap that should be a role model for other nations.It’s called the “debt brake” and it has helped reduce the burden of government spending in Switzerland at a time when most nations in Europe have been moving in the wrong direction.But that’s not the only reason I like Switzerland.I also appreciate the fact that Swiss voters seem to be much more sensible than voters in other nations.Every so often I see polls, for instance, suggesting that French voters overwhelmingly want less government spending. But then they go...
  • Swiss reject switch from private to state health insurance

    09/28/2014 6:45:57 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 31 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9-28-14 | Jonathan FOWLER
    Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a plan for a seismic shift from the country's all-private health insurance system to a state-run scheme. Referendum results showed that almost 62 percent of voters had shot down a reform pushed by left-leaning parties which say the current private system is busting the budgets of ordinary residents. The results also underlined the national divisions over the hotly-contested issue as the country's German-speaking regions voted against the plan, while their French-speaking counterparts were in favour. Switzerland's private insurance lobby hailed the vote.
  • Underinsured ACA enrollees strain community health centers

    09/26/2014 11:47:02 AM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies
    Modern Health Care ^ | Sept. 25, 2014 | Virgil Dickson
    Obamacare enrollees are straining the finances of community health centers around the country, some health center leaders say. The issue is that many lower-income patients with insurance coverage through the federal and state exchanges bought bronze-tier plans with lower premiums but high deductibles, coinsurance and copayments and no federal cost-sharing subsidies. When these patients face high out-of-pocket costs for care that falls below the deductible, they can't afford it. So the centers are subsidizing that care by offering them means-tested sliding-scale fees. When the centers, which are not allowed to turn away patients for inability to pay, try to get...
  • The 15 Most Shocking Statements in ObamaCare Architect's 'Die at 75' Article

    09/23/2014 4:06:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 73 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 9-22-14 | John Nolte
    Last week, esteemed doctor and one of our ObamaCare Architect Overlords penned a column for the Atlantic that should win a Pulitzer Prize for passive-aggressive shaming. Although Emanuel claims that *he* doesn't want to live past the age of 75, the article itself could have been a listicle titled, "Top 15 Reasons No One Over 75 Should Receive Healthcare." Emanuel even includes a monstrous but brightly colored graph that is meant to tell anyone over 75 that their "last contribution" to society likely occurred more than a decade ago. Good God. The phrase "the banality of evil" gets bandied about...
  • Scouter's Updated Ebola Model (Vanity)

    09/19/2014 8:46:26 AM PDT · by scouter · 86 replies
    Self | September 19, 2014 | Scouter
    NOTES Before starting, let me say that I do NOT believe the Ebola epidemic will get as bad as these projections indicate. I believe it will get pretty bad, especially for those in Africa, but not as bad as the current numbers say. I think there will be a number of factors that will significantly mitigate these numbers. How much? I don't know. But no one else does, either. I am not predicting the end of humanity. I'm simply showing where the current numbers lead, should nothing change. But of course, things will change. In any case, I do believe...
  • ObamaCare's Numbers Game

    09/19/2014 3:28:52 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/18/2014 | IBD Staff
    Health Reform: It seems the administration had been exaggerating the number of people enrolled in ObamaCare to the tune of about 700,000. We're shocked! Shocked! At a hearing Thursday, Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, finally confessed that 7.3 million were enrolled in ObamaCare plans as of mid-August. In other words, the administration had been inflating the "enrollment" number nearly 10% by counting anyone who had completed the application process, not those who paid their premiums. Now, they say it's no big deal, because everyone expected some attrition. But even this new, lower number is...
  • Don't Credit ObamaCare Exchanges For Uninsured Drop

    09/17/2014 5:06:59 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/16/2014 | John Merline
    The uninsured rate fell 1.3% in the first three months of this year to the lowest point since the Centers for Disease Control began tracking it in 1997. The CDC's survey, on top of others by Gallup, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute, appears to show that ObamaCare is succeeding in its main goal of cutting the ranks of the uninsured. But the picture is far murkier than these surveys suggest. In fact, it's not entirely clear what impact ObamaCare is having on the uninsured, or what part of the law deserves credit if it is.
  • NHS 'postcode lottery' denies Welsh nurse 70,000 treatment for rare stomach cancer

    09/16/2014 11:33:37 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9-15-2014 | LIZZIE PARRY
    A Welsh nurse has been forced to wait for potentially life-saving treatment after local health bosses refused to fund her care in England. Beth Prout, from Pembroke, West Wales, has been diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer. There are two hospitals in the UK able to provide the treatment the 57-year-old needs. But NHS chiefs in Wales have refused to cover the cost of sending her to England for therapy. A hospital in Manchester has agreed to provide the care, which could save Ms Prout's life. Welsh NHS bosses have agreed to pay 1,000 for an assessment, but...
  • Another ObamaCare Cancellation Wave Approaches

    09/16/2014 3:38:59 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/16/2014 | IBD Staff
    Last week, Virginia lawmakers learned that 250,000 residents will see their health plans canceled this year, due to ObamaCare. The president's second "keep your plan" promise was as worthless as the first.
  • Colorado man sues jail after losing toes

    09/13/2014 5:12:28 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | September 13, 2014 | Fred Lambert
    CENTENNIAL, Colo., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A man is suing the Arapahoe County jail and its contracted health care company after most of his right foot was amputated due to infected blisters.
  • In the Toilet' -- British NHS Today; U.S. Healthcare Tomorrow

    09/13/2014 11:18:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/13/2014 | Deane Waldman
    A September 6, 2014 headline in Great Britain’s Daily Mail announced, “Now NHS lets you jump the queue for routine surgery... if you'll pay What is happening in Great Britain’s vaunted in NHS (National Health Service) is of vital interest to Americans. Dr. Donald Berwick, one of the prime designers of the Affordable Care Act, proudly said in 2010 that the NHS was his model for our ACA. By seeing where the NHS is today, we can foresee where U.S. healthcare is headed tomorrow. To reduce the escalating costs of their healthcare system, the NHS has been rationing care, either...
  • Emanuel socks city retirees with 40 percent health insurance hike ( Chicago )

    09/13/2014 11:09:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 09/12/2014 | Fran Spielman
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday dropped another financial bombshell on Chicagos 25,000 retired city workers and their dependents: their monthly health insurance premiums will be going up by a whopping 40 percent in spite of a pending lawsuit and a precedent-setting Illinois Supreme Court ruling. Last year, Emanuel announced plans to save $108.7 million a year by phasing out the citys 55 percent subsidy for retiree health care and forcing retirees to make the switch to Obamacare. For the city, the Year One savings was $25 million. For retirees, that translated into an increase in monthly health insurance premiums...
  • America, 2014: The Land of Entitlements

    09/12/2014 10:06:47 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12 September 2014 | David Long
    Earlier this week I had lunch with a CPA client of mine to talk with him about increasing the number of his small business clients who provide medical insurance plans to their employees. Everything I recount herein is from him; I am not making this up. His answer and the reasoning behind his answer were stunning to me. In my naivety, I hadnt even dreamed that I would hear anything like what he was about to tell me.
  • Video: 250,000 Virginians cant keep their plans in 2015

    09/11/2014 1:26:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/11/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Plus ça change, plus c’est le même chose. The fruits of the Barack Obama promise that PolitiFact named its Lie of the Year for 2013 will keep coming in 2015, as a quarter-million Virginians will lose their existing health-care plans as more of ObamaCare’s mandates come into force. NBC’s affiliate WVIR reports that not only will 250,000 Virginians have to choose a new plan, they’ll also be paying much higher deductibles as well: “Nearly a quarter million Virginians will have their current insurance plans cut this fall,” said the local anchor. “That is because many of them did not–are...
  • Obamacare Costs 250K Virginians Their Healthcare (video)

    09/10/2014 6:24:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/10/14 | staff
    Obamacares nuances have made several healthcare plans in Virginia obsolete, hence depriving nearly a quarter million Virginias of their heath coverage according to NBC Richmond. That adds to the already over 800,000 Virginians whove been forced away from their current plans and had to enroll under more expensive plans that are Obamacare-approved.
  • HHS chief: Obamacare is 'clearly working'

    09/08/2014 2:27:05 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 8, 2014 | Brian Hughes
    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell insisted Monday that Obamacare is clearly working, trying to move past the rocky rollout of President Obama's signature health law by insisting that her agency was not concerned with fighting last year's battles. Burwell in a speech at George Washington University said that the verdict was in on Obama's signature domestic initiative. The Affordable Care Act is clearly working, the HHS chief said. Healthcare is more affordable for families, businesses and for our economy as [a] whole. Coverage and services are more widely available to more people. Doctors and hospitals are delivering...
  • Could taxing packaged foods reduce obesity?

    09/07/2014 3:57:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 87 replies
    FOX News ^ | September 5, 2014 | Christopher Wanjek
    If most foods created by the food industry are unhealthy, why not place a stiff tax on all of them and use the revenue to subsidize healthier food? This bold proposal, from Boston-area researchers, appears as commentary in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The researchers from Tufts University, Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital wrote that their plan would surely meet strong opposition from both the food and restaurant industries but that it could help people make meaningful dietary changes and substantially reduce health care costs. At issue is the higher cost of...
  • Another Brutally Disturbing Example of Government-Run Healthcare

    09/06/2014 10:43:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 6, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    It’s time to add to our collection of horror stories from the U.K.’s government-run healthcare system (previous examples can be found here,here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here,here, here, here, here,here,and here).What makes today’s story different, though, is that the bureaucracy not only is denying care to a small child, but also seeking to prevent the family from seeking treatment elsewhere.Check out these excerpts from a blood-chilling story in USA Today. The parents of a child suffering from a severe brain tumor signaled Monday they would defy efforts to force them to return to Britain, days after their...
  • National health survey coming to York County

    09/05/2014 11:59:39 AM PDT · by lightman · 8 replies
    York Daily Record ^ | 29 August AD 2014 | Gary Haber
    National health survey coming to York County By Gary Haber York Daily Record/Sunday News Updated: 08/29/2014 11:40:52 AM EDT Workers from the U.S. government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be in York County from Sept. 2 through Nov. 3 to gather data for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Workers from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics will select 515 York County residents to take part in the ongoing survey of Americans' health and eating habits. York County is one of 15 counties across the country in which about 5,000 people will be asked about their health...
  • Foreigners hacked Obamacare website on July 8 but HHS only discovered it 10 days ago

    09/05/2014 7:14:44 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | September 4, 2014 | David Martosko
    Malicious code was inserted into an Obamacare server and lay dormant, waiting for a command to attack other computers Obama administration claims there's no evidence attack was sponsored by an unfriendly country or exposed Americans' personal information Vulnerable server was left with its default password and wasn't supposed to be accessible from the Internet House Republicans have subpoenaed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services chief for a September 18 grilling A computer server hosting information for Healthcare.gov, the flagship Obamacare website that millions of Americans have trusted with their social security numbers, income totals and other sensitive personal...
  • Federal Court Throws Out Obamacare Subsidies Ruling

    09/04/2014 9:41:07 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 47 replies
    NBCNews.com ^ | 09/04/2014 | Pete Williams
    In a victory for the Obama administration, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. Thursday threw out an earlier ruling that said financial subsidies are not available for people who bought health insurance on the federal exchange. A three-judge panel of the D.C. Court of Appeals reached that conclusion in late July. On the same day, a federal appeals court in Richmond reached the opposite conclusion and said the subsidies are available. But Thursday, the full D.C. Court of Appeals said it will re-hear the case, which erases the lower court ruling that went against the subsidies. This greatly diminishes...
  • LA Restaurants Enact 3% Surcharge For Healthcare Costs

    09/04/2014 1:15:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | September 3, 2014 | Paul Bois
    On Tuesday, LA Weekly reported that several upscale restaurants in the City of Angels will be adding a 3 percent surcharge to cover their employees' healthcare costs, a trend that has been gaining steam since the Affordable Care Act launched nearly one year ago. Beginning on September 1, restaurants Lucques, Tavern, A.O.C, and a few offshoots all added a 3 percent surcharge to customers' checks, explicitly stating in a press release their decisions hinged on covering employee healthcare costs. Lucques Group, Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, owners of the restaurants, also named several other restaurant groups that will be duplicating...
  • Millions Qualify For ACA Exemptions (Christians and others)

    09/03/2014 3:24:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Insurance News Net / The Miami Herald ^ | August 26, 2014 | Nick Madigan, The Miami Herald
    When she was eight weeks old, Ashlyn Whitney suffered a severe respiratory-tract infection that put her in an intensive care unit for 12 days. "Because she was so young, she couldn't handle it," Ashlyn's mother, Nicole Whitney, recalled. "They had to give her oxygen." The baby, now a year old, recovered from her illness, known as respiratory syncytial virus.The bill for her treatment at the West Boca Medical Center in Palm Beach County came to about $100,000 -- a sum that included almost $4,000 in fees for her birth and pre- and post-natal care -- but every dime of the...
  • City pledges to provide health care for unaccompanied immigrant children

    09/02/2014 5:41:45 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | September 2, 2014 | CHRIS ROBERTS
    San Francisco is providing health care as well as education for the unaccompanied immigrant children seeking refuge in the United States. Since last year, more than 47,000 minors have crossed the border into the country unescorted by adults. As many as 500 youth refugees from conflicts in Central America are expected to arrive in San Francisco by the end of the year, the Department of Public Health estimates. And The City is solidly committed to providing them health care via San Francisco's public options, according to a resolution The City's Health Commission is expected to pass today. Under the Healthcare...
  • As newly insured seek care, rural doctor shortage worsens

    09/01/2014 9:37:59 PM PDT · by steve86 · 8 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 9/1/2014 | Lisa Stiffler
    In the shrub steppe of Grand Coulee on the banks of the Columbia River, the towns two family doctors practice at an unrelenting pace, working on call every other night and every other weekend. In the coastal town of Port Angeles, the doctor shortage is so acute that a clinic is turning away 250 callers a week seeking a physician. George and Lynne Rudesill are two of those people. Since learning earlier this summer that their primary-care doctor in Sequim was retiring, the couple have scrambled to find a replacement. Their calls are being met with waiting lists hundreds of...
  • parents arrested for seeking private medical treatment for terminally ill son

    09/01/2014 9:18:16 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 37 replies
    breitbart ^ | september 1, 2014 | andre walker
    The parents of a five-year-old who was denied lifesaving treatment on the National Health Service have been arrested for kidnap after desperately trying to get their son so the Czech Republic, where he could be treated privately. Ashya King has a brain tumour but doctors refused to use proton laser treatment that could save his life, which led the family to take him out of hospital in the effort to find the treatment abroad. Hampshire Police defended their decision to lead an international manhunt for his parents, Brett and Naghemeh, who are now in custody in Spain. They are reported...
  • Those with health coverage through Obama's law may face a challenge in getting tax-return form

    08/30/2014 1:12:37 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 2 replies
    Fox Business ^ | August 30, 2014
    If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring. Some tax professionals are worried that federal and state insurance marketplaces won't be able to get those forms out in time. That could lead to delayed tax refunds for millions of consumers.
  • How Obamacare subsidies could impact your tax refund

    08/25/2014 9:10:45 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    cbs news ^ | 8-25-2014
    Taxpayers accustomed to filing a simplified 1040EZ will not be able to do so if they received health insurance tax credits this year. Some highlights: -- You may have heard that the IRS cannot use liens and levies to collect the law's penalty on people who remain uninsured. But there is no limitation on collection efforts in cases where consumers got too big a tax credit. If your refund isn't large enough to cover the repayment, you will have to write the IRS a check. "They are not messing around," Brandes said. For families, the cap is double the amount...
  • Health-care fears loom large in gay marriage cases

    08/25/2014 2:30:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 25, 2014 12:59 AM EDT | Rick Callahan
    When Niki Quasney felt a piercing pain in her ribcage in March, the oncologist treating her advanced ovarian cancer told her to get to an emergency room immediately. But instead of making the short drive to a hospital near her home in Munster, Indiana, she drove alone for more than 40 minutes to one in neighboring Illinois. Quasney said she was terrified her local hospital might not allow her and her partner of more than 13 years, whom she wed last year in another state, to be together if she suffered a health emergency. Quasney and her partner, Amy Sandler,...
  • Half of all New Mexicans now on Medicaid and Medicare

    08/23/2014 5:47:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    Albuquerque Business First ^ | Aug 22, 2014 | Dennis Domrzalski
    Since October, 155,000 New Mexico residents have joined the states Medicaid rolls, pushing total enrollment to more than 630,000, or nearly a third of the states population. On top of that, 410,000 New Mexicans are enrolled in Medicare, the federal health care program for the elderly. Together, total enrollment in those two federal programs are more than 1 million, or half of the states 2.1 million population. ... Its shocking, and when you add that to the outmigration of people and the lack of economic growth, its almost an incentive to stay poor, said retired University of New Mexico economics...
  • Lets Privatize Medicare

    08/23/2014 5:39:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 23, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Paul Ryan proposed a private health insurance alternative to Medicare for future retirees, liberal critics pounced. It’s another scheme to undermine health care for the elderly by “privatizing” and “voucher-izing” the program, they said.Yet, almost one third of seniors are already in private health insurance plans. They are called Medicare Part C, or Medicare Advantage, plans. And you would be hard pressed to find any Democratic office holder who wants to abolish them. The reason? Seniors choose to be in these plans because they like them better than traditional Medicare.Not only do seniors like them, but they appear to provide...
  • Are Republicans Abandoning the Obamacare Issue? Doubtful

    08/22/2014 10:53:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    In a bit of dubious cherry-picking, a new Bloomberg article concludes that the Affordable Care Act is losing its effectiveness as a political issue for Republicans and is diminishing as a major issue. How do we know the end is near-ish? Well, so many Americans are "benefiting from the law," theorizes Heidi Przybyla, that political ads are simply not doing the job anymore. This news is somewhat unexpected -- and unpersuasive -- when you consider that a Kaiser Family Foundation poll recently found that only 15 percent of Americans believe Obamacare has directly helped them, whereas 28 percent say it...
  • Why Is Obama Hiding ObamaCare Enrollment Data?

    08/20/2014 3:38:04 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 8/19/2014 | IBD Staff
    Cooking The Books: It's been 110 days since the last "monthly" report on ObamaCare enrollment, when the president bragged that 8 million had signed up. What are they hiding? Since then, the administration's claim that 8 million enrolled for health care through an ObamaCare exchange has looked increasingly dubious. A Government Accountability Office report found that the enrollment numbers were unreliable because they haven't been reconciled with industry data. Insurers say that as many as one in five of those who signed up didn't pay their first premiums...
  • First study shows inhaled bacteria in your shower could trigger Crohn's disease

    08/19/2014 3:30:59 PM PDT · by Armen Hareyan · 4 replies
    EmaxHealth.com ^ | 2014-08-16 | Kathleen Blanchard
    ISIS has posted a video, claiming that they have beheaded American journalist James Foley of Rochester, New Hampshire. They say that he was beheaded by the terror group in order to dissuade the United States from its involvement in Iraq. Foley has been missing since 2012. A Middle Eastern radio stations reporter, Zaid Benjamin, has posted pictures to Twitter. Reportedly, the photos are from the video that ISIS posted. Zaid Benjamin, the Washington correspondent for Radio Sawa, said that the location of the beheading is unknown, but he did say that he thought the accent of the man in the...
  • [Virginia] Gov. McAuliffes Healthcare Plan May Push Budget to $2.4B Shortfall

    08/17/2014 3:32:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 03:00 AM | Kathryn Watson
    Virginias bleak financial outlook just got gloomier. Gov. Terry McAuliffe told members of the joint state House and Senate money committees on Friday that Virginia is projected to rake in $2.4 billion less than its budgeted to spend during a three-year period. [] Even as he emphasized that cuts need to be made, however, he also made another thing clearhes going to find a way to expand healthcare options for Virginias poor, and hes ready to use the power of his executive office to do so.
  • While Vets Died, VA Wasted $400 Million on Green Energy

    08/15/2014 11:11:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Front page ^ | August 15, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    the insane ways that the VA focused on solar energy and wind towers over vets. Three years before Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki would be forced out of his job because of the veterans who had died under him, he visited the Massachusetts National Cemetery. He wasnt there to see the men and women who had died because of him. While vets were dying, Obama and Shinseki had turned their attention to something truly important; seeing to it that all the cemeteries where they were being buried had wind or solar power. ... The cemetery turbine had cost $533,000....
  • Fox News poll: Slim (?!) majority (52% to 41%) continues to oppose ObamaCare

    08/14/2014 4:51:41 PM PDT · by Innovative · 25 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Dan Blanton
    the latest Fox News national poll finds voters oppose the law by a 52-41 percent margin. As in the past, the new poll shows that most Democrats favor Obamacare (74 percent), while most Republicans (84 percent) and independents (61 percent) are against it. Voters in every age group are more likely to oppose the law than favor it, with one exception: those ages 65 and over. And that group only favors it by two percentage points. President Obama receives higher job approval ratings on health care than on almost any other issue: 42 percent of voters approve, while 53 percent...
  • Electronic Health Records Becoming More Widespread, HHS Says

    08/14/2014 12:19:30 PM PDT · by briankoe · 9 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 8/14/14 | Brian Koenig
    According to two new studies published Wednesday by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. physicians and hospitals are rapidly increasing the use of electronic health records (EHRs). The two studies found that in 2013: Nearly 78 percent of office-based physicians acknowledged they had implemented some form of EHR system. About half of all physicians had an EHR system with advanced functionalities, nearly double the rate of four years before. About 59 percent of hospitals had an EHR system with advanced functionalities, nearly quadruple the rate of two years before. The HHS claims that...
  • Australian Hospital Accidentally Declares 200 Patients Dead (Future of ACA?)

    08/14/2014 10:16:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Aug 14, 2014
    An Australian hospital apologized on Thursday after mistakenly sending out death notices for 200 of its - very much alive - patients. Austin Hospital, in Australia's second most populous city of Melbourne, erroneously killed off the patients when it faxed death notices to their family doctors.
  • A Direct Marketer Gags on Obamacare

    08/12/2014 8:58:12 AM PDT · by Sgt_Schultze · 6 replies
    Target Marketing Magazine ^ | 12 august 2014 | Denny Hatch
    - snip - In order to be successful, the Affordable Care Act must tie into Social Security and operate under the hugely efficient Medicare model. You cannot expect consumers to make informed buying decisions based on 60 pages of choices presented in legalese gobbledygook. My bet: The nerds and analysts who ran the numbers on Obamacare never had experience with attrition. For universal health care to work, Medicare.gov must take over all operations. Despite the built-in quagmire, 8 million scared consumers rolled the dice and signed on to Obamacare. A majority in Congress wants Obamacare repealed...
  • British Smokers Being Denied Treatment by State-Run Healthcare Service

    08/11/2014 3:20:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 91 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 8/11/2014 | David Atherton
    Scotland's second largest health board, NHS Lothian, will not be giving further treatment to smokers for non-urgent cases, with referrals from GPs being refused. Dr. Zahid Raza said: "In Edinburgh, we will not see patients at the clinic that are still smoking. Evidence shows that they would not do well with the treatment." He also went onto say: "We try to avoid intervention and, in around 80 percent of cases, a smokers condition will improve just simply by stopping smoking and smoking other lifestyle changes."Dr Jean Turner of the Scotland Patients Association said that she was "extremely disappointed", adding: "I'm...
  • ObamaCare Enrollment Is Shrinking, Top Insurers Say

    08/11/2014 2:15:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    IBD ^ | 08/11/2014 | Jed Graham
    Aetna's (NYSE:AET) ObamaCare exchange statistics should clear up any doubt as to why the Obama Administration has been tight-lipped about enrollment since celebrating 8 million sign-ups in mid-April. Reality, evidence suggests, could require quite a come-down from those lofty claims. The nation's third-largest health insurer had 720,000 people sign up for exchange coverage as of May 20, a spokesman confirmed to IBD. At the end of June, it had fewer than 600,000 paying customers. Aetna expects that to fall to "just over 500,000" by the end of the year. That would leave Aetna's paid enrollment down as much as 30%...
  • What Kind Of Health Care System Do You Want?

    08/08/2014 9:19:40 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/8/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    Reforming health care is a signature issue with the current administration, but even the most ardent proponents of Obamacare would be reluctant to call it a success. Notwithstanding the well-publicized problems, of the countless billions spent on this program, precious little has gone into actual patient care. But really, what should we expect from a system designed by soulless bureaucrats such as bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel and Donald Berwick, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services? Emanuel infamously suggested that doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously, while Berwick intoned that the federal government must step in between...
  • 7 months later, many still can't use Washington health coverage (ongoing Obamacare disaster alert)

    08/07/2014 8:16:48 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 9 replies
    AP ^ | August 6, 2014 | Donna Gordon Blankinship
    Seven months after major glitches in the Washington health exchange were discovered, authorities acknowledge that thousands of state residents still don't have insurance they can use to go to the doctor or fill a prescription. [Snip] Some people aren't being properly credited by the exchange for their insurance payments. In some cases, money and information has been lost somewhere between the exchange and the insurance companies. And some people have been told by their doctors that the insurance company has no record of their coverage.
  • ObamaCare's Inconvenient Truth

    08/07/2014 7:05:48 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 08/06/2014 | IBD Staff
    Care Deniers: A news story from National Public Radio of all places shows the danger of equating health care insurance with health care access, as doctors start to turn away patients bearing ObamaCare cards. The article quotes Connecticut internist Dr. Doug Gerard explaining why he's refusing to take patients enrolled in two of the three ObamaCare plans. "I cannot accept a plan," he says, where he is "going to be reimbursed at Medicare rates." The NPR story goes on to note that "if reimbursement rates to doctors stay low in ObamaCare plans, more doctors could reject those plans."...
  • FRAMING INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND U.S. PUBLIC OPINION

    08/06/2014 9:46:32 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 25 replies
    Doctoral Dissertation ^ | 2011 | Mita Saksena
    ... To influence American public opinion and enlist support for related domestic and foreign policies, both domestic agencies and international organizations have framed infectious diseases as security threats, human rights disasters, economic risks, and as medical dangers. This study investigates whether American attitudes and opinions about infectious diseases are influenced by how the issue is framed. It also asks which issue frame has been most influential in shaping public opinion about global infectious diseases when people are exposed to multiple frames. The impact of media frames on public perception of infectious diseases is examined through content analysis of newspaper reports....
  • More ObamaCare Chaos

    08/06/2014 9:00:24 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/06/14 | Arnold Ahlert
    Americans who automatically renew their policies are in for an unpleasant surprise. The Affordable Healthcare Act is apparently the gift that keeps on giving. A series of new revelations are highlighted by the idea that if you like your current ObamaCare plan you can keep itbut it will likely cost you more, and you may have trouble finding a doctor who will treat you.
  • VA Healthcare System: Your Opinion.

    08/05/2014 5:35:09 PM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    vanity
    I' m an old Freeper just getting into the VA healthcare system in Eugene, Oregon. Today's first appt went great. Met my PCP, she gave me a free blood pressure monitor to keep a log. And my monthly prescriptions prices are lower (I don't have any other insurance). I am impressed so far. Look forward to future visits.
  • Doctors Begin To Refuse Obamacare Patients [Duh!]

    08/05/2014 10:55:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 54 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 08-05-2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Obamacare plans have shrunk payments to physicians so much that some doctors say they wont be able to afford to accept Obamacare coverage, NPR reports. Many of the eight million sign-ups in Obamacare exchanges nationwide already face more limited choices for physicians and hospitals than those in the private insurance market. But with low physician reimbursement rates, the problem could get even worse. For a typical quick patient visit, Dr. Doug Gerard, a Connecticut internist, told NPR a private insurer would pay $100 while Medicare would pay around $80. But Obamacare plans are more likely to pay closer to $80,...