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  • 10 Things Americans Are Worried About More Than Global Warming

    11/25/2015 6:18:35 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    Independent Journal ^ | October 2015 | Chris Martin
    Respondents were given a list of 88 things that could inspire fear. These entries ranged from world problems (like war, terrorism, nuclear attacks) to practical fears (murder, death, unemployment) to uncommon phobias (zombies, clowns, ghosts). ... Also on the list was global warming, which leading Democratic candidates have said is the biggest threat facing Americans today. But the American Fears survey revealed a much different opinion on the topic, with only 30.7% of respondents saying that global warming made them either afraid or very afraid. Global warming did not even make the top twenty. Here are some things Americans are...
  • World View: Obamacare in Death Spiral as UnitedHealth Announces Pullout

    11/21/2015 11:13:13 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/20/2015 | John J. Xenakis
    UnitedHealth Group, the country’s largest health insurer, announced on Thursday that it was expecting to lose $600 million on Obamacare policies in 2016 from the health insurance exchange websites, and may terminate its Obamacare business by 2017. This was a sudden turnabout for the company. It was just a month ago that the company had said in an earnings call that they expected to expand their Obamacare coverage in 2017. According to Dave Wichmann, president and CFO, on October 15: The annual care ratio is being modestly affected by the performance of our new [Obamacare] public exchange benefit programs which...
  • HHS: Bailing out Obamacare insurers an 'obligation' of the federal government

    11/21/2015 4:19:33 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 68 replies
    Washtington Examiner ^ | 20 Nov 15 | Philip Klein
    The Department of Health and Human Services attempted to reassure private insurers on Thursday that they'll be able to recover losses from participating in Obamacare by claiming it was an "obligation" of the U.S. government to bail them out. At issue is a provision within the law known as the risk corridors program. Under the program, which runs from 2014 through 2016, the federal government is to collect money from health insurers doing better than expected and use those funds to provide a federal backstop to other insurers who incur larger than expected losses from rising medical claims. The idea...
  • Marco Rubio has killed ObamaCare

    11/20/2015 7:47:05 AM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 26 replies ^ | 11/20/15 | Ed Lasky
    Marco Rubio conceived and pushed a plan that will all but kill ObamaCare -- and he did it years ago. Thank you. United Health Care, the nation’s largest HMO, delivered bad news to shareholders but good news for ObamaCare opponents yesterday. The company announced their earnings would take a big hit since ObamaCare and the associated marketplaces have not delivered the customers and the profits that starry-eyed fabulists had projected years ago. People are not signing up in droves as Barack Obama and all the Democrats and journalists who peddled ObamaCare promised. Expenses are sky-high because among those people who...
  • New ObamaCare angst as top insurer threatens to bail - payout to insurers is .13 on every $1.00

    11/20/2015 3:56:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 20, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    A threat by the nation's largest health insurer to pull out of ObamaCare is a sign of the industry's growing angst about the viability of the federal exchanges, sources close to the industry say. UnitedHealthcare's warning sent new shockwaves across the healthcare sector after weeks of mounting anxiety among private insurers whose participation in the exchanges is critical to the viability of the president's signature law. In the last month alone, insurers have learned that the Obama administration has significantly lowered its expectations for new customers and will have far fewer federal dollars to help cushion insurer losses. "We've been...
  • Stocks panic as United Healthcare merely THINKS about dropping out of Obamacare.

    11/19/2015 9:32:13 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 20 replies
    Redstate ^ | November 19th, 2015 | Moe Lane
    The very short version: United HealthCare is the biggest health care insurance provider in the country (something like 70 million people, apparently). It is huge, it is influential, it is weighty. And UHC took a $425 million dollar haircut last year in the Obamacare exchanges, so now it’s thinking of stopping selling on the exchange by the end of next year. Note that UHC did not say that they would, merely that they might. They did this at a shareholders’ meeting, too; which suggests that a large part of that might have been due to UHC’s awareness that people were...
  • United Healthcare Considers Quitting Obamacare, Cites Unsustainable Conditions

    11/19/2015 7:27:31 PM PST · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    HNGN ^ | 19 November 2015 | Taylor Tyler
    "We cannot sustain these losses," UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley said in an investor call Thursday morning. "We can't really subsidize a marketplace that doesn't appear at the moment to be sustaining itself." UnitedHealthcare, the U.S.'s largest health insurer, says that it is considering quitting Obamacare in 2017, just a month after the company said that it planned to expand its presence in the Affordable Care Act's online marketplace. The company said that it is lowering its earnings forecast for the year and expects to make $425 million less than previously estimated, according to Fortune. UnitedHealthcare is also scaling back marketing...
  • UnitedHealth suggests Obamacare is being gamed (Knock me over with a feather!)

    11/19/2015 1:01:07 PM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 16 replies
    Market Watch ^ | Nov. 19,2015 | Steve Goldstein
    In a profit warning that sent its stock down as much as 7% Thursday, UnitedHealth Group Inc. said that not enough people are signing up under the exchanges set up by Obamacare and that it was considering withdrawing from them. But there was another factor behind the lowered outlook from the nation’s biggest health insurer: people signing up after the open-enrollment period that have higher claims. Or, less charitably—people are gaming Obamacare. In UnitedHealth’s UNH, -5.44% words: “We have identified higher levels of individuals coming in and out of the exchange system to use medical services.” This isn’t supposed to...
  • Bombshell: United Healthcare may exit individual insurance exchanges after 2016

    11/19/2015 11:38:36 AM PST · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11-19-15 | Ed Morrissey
    If you like your insurance carrier, you can keep your insurance carrier. The nation's largest provider of health insurance announced this morning that it may choose to stop offering individual coverage after 2016, and will "pull back on its marketing efforts" immediately in this market. If the losses continue and United pulls out of next year's exchanges, it will set up a very bad moment for ObamaCare -- and for Democrats just weeks before the election: UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) today reported revised expectations for 2015, reflecting a continuing deterioration in individual exchange-compliant product performance, and provided an initial outlook...
  • NY’s biggest Obamacare co-op goes broke, leaving hospitals holding the bag

    11/17/2015 10:52:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/17/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    When Health Republic came on the New York health insurance scene in 2014 it made a huge splash. Flush with Obamacare cash they offered bargain basement rates which attracted customers away from many other established insurance companies. It was simply the picture of success for the President’s new Affordable Care Act and the people rejoiced. ( Health Republic of New York made a big splash when it debuted in 2014 with rock-bottom health insurance prices that undercut its competitors across the state.Its premium rates were 30 percent below average in Onondaga County. The new company, backed with $265 million...
  • Employees Are Paying More - Much More - for Health Care

    11/13/2015 1:10:08 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 11 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | November 12, 2015 | Beth Braverman
    While wages have been stagnant over the past decade, the amount that workers pay for employer-sponsored health insurance has more than doubled. Average employees at mid-size and large companies paid $2,490 toward their premiums and $2,208 in out-of-pocket costs (including copayments and deductibles) last year, for a total cost of about $4,700, according to a new report from Aon. The data in the report combines both individual and family plans. In 2005, those employees' total healthcare costs were just $2,001. That translates to a 134 percent increase in employee's share of health care costs in 10 years. The rate of...
  • Vermont Regulator Who Killed Obamacare Co-Op Has No Regrets

    11/12/2015 11:39:46 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 13, 2015 | Richard Pollock
    .....Susan L. Donegan was commissioner for Vermont's Division of Insurance in 2013 when she refused to issue a license to the proposed Vermont Health CO-OP.....Today, she looks like a prescient state official who likely saved thousands of Vermonters from buying their health insurance from a doomed insurer. That's because 13 of the 24 co-ops set up under Obamacare have collapsed,costing the federal treasury $1.3 billion. More than 800,000 co-op customers now find themselves without health insurance coverage and are scrambling to find new policies...Turns out that some of the biggest problems she identified two years ago in her state also...
  • Ted Cruz calls for privatized treatment option for veterans

    11/12/2015 9:34:29 PM PST · by Isara · 6 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | November 12, 2015 | Anthony Mastracci
    <p>He made his comments Wednesday, following a September report by the VA’s Office of Inspector General that calculated more than 300,000 veterans died while waiting for treatment. Speaking to about 175 people at a VFW post, Cruz said that he believes every veteran should have a choice of where to seek medical treatment.</p>
  • Universal health care to appear on Colorado ballot in 2016

    11/10/2015 3:02:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | November 9, 2015 | The Associated Press and Staff
    Supporters of universal health care have gathered enough signatures to put on next year's ballot a plan to make Colorado the first state to opt out of the federal health law and replace it with taxpayer-funded coverage for all. Proponents submitted 158,831 qualified signatures, about 60,000 more than required to put the measure on the ballot, Secretary of State Wayne Williams said Monday. The question would make Colorado the first state to opt out of the federal Affordable Care Act and replace it with universal health care. The campaign is expected to face intense opposition and could make for a...
  • ObamaCare's Brutal Individual Mandate Test Begins

    11/08/2015 6:39:41 AM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/06/2015 | JED GRAHAM
    The just-started enrollment period for ObamaCare exchange plans in 2016 is likely to yield one of two dismal outcomes. In the first, enrollment soars as people sign up in droves for the cheapest plan available to avoid the individual mandate tax penalty, whose minimum bite will spike from $325 to $695. Although the law's strongest backers might celebrate this, it's not clear why: Millions of modest-income individuals who opt for bronze would get policies with deductibles as high as $6,850. Yet the Obama administration's own analysis reveals that among those still uninsured, 80% have less than $1,000 in savings. Thus,...
  • Germany: Migration Crisis Becomes Public Health Crisis

    11/08/2015 5:18:08 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    Gatestone Institute. ^ | November 8, 2015 | Soeren Kern
    German hospitals are increasing security to protect doctors and nurses from violent attacks by migrants who are unhappy with the medical treatment they are receiving. Critics are warning that German taxpayers will end up paying billions of euros to provide healthcare for a never-ending wave of asylum seekers. This is in addition to the billions of euros already being spent to provide newcomers with food, clothing and shelter. In addition to the massive economic and social costs, as well as the burden of increased crime, including a rape epidemic, Germans are now facing the risk of being exposed to exotic...
  • Doctors, Hospitals Say 'No' to Obamacare Plans

    11/04/2015 10:12:31 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 39 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | November 4, 2015 | By Kimberly Leonard
    Government health officials worked diligently this year to improve consumer experience on and make sure people know what they are getting for their money when they pick health insurance. But one thing is out of the government's control: whether doctors and hospitals will agree to accept patients who buy these plans. Surveys and data are limited, so it's difficult to gauge the extent of the issue, but anecdotal evidence from patients and providers show it is a struggle. Some newly insured patients wonder whether it's worth paying for coverage they can't actually use. Even when they do find a...
  • How Hillary Clinton and the left will move Obamacare into single-payer

    11/05/2015 8:06:19 PM PST · by TBP · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 4, 2015 | Monica Crowley
    If you loathe Obamacare, you’re going to hate what the Democrats have planned next. Their imminent assault on health care will go far beyond the quasi-socialized medicine of Obamacare. Mrs. Clinton is, of course, the grandmother of socialized medicine. She was pushing for it more than 20 years ago, when Mr. Sanders was an obscure local Vermont pol. And yet, she’s struggling match Mr. Sanders on the issue. Another irony: A single-payer system was tried — and went down in spectacular flames — in Mr. Sanders’ home state. That, of course, is immaterial to committed leftists, for whom ideological purity...
  • Kaminsky: "Free" health care costs too much

    11/05/2015 9:27:36 AM PST · by LibertysWordsmith · 13 replies Blog ^ | 10/31/2015 | Ross Kaminsky
    Last month, Colorado HealthOP, the state's largest non-profit health insurer, was removed from Colorado's Obamacare exchange, Connect for Health Colorado, because massive ongoing losses have rendered it financially unstable. As of next year, the co-op's 83,000 members will have to find new health coverage, while taxpayers are on the hook for more than $70 million in startup loans. The Denver Post reported earlier this year that Colorado HealthOP, which captured roughly 40 percent of all health insurance enrollments though the state exchange and was its largest carrier, garnered market share with an "aggressive price cut ... but analysts warn the...
  • Obamacare Is Dead: It Does Not Work Because It Could Not Work

    11/04/2015 7:04:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/04/2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Regardless of whether there is a President Cruz or a President Rubio in January 2017, regardless of the existence or size of a Republican majority in Congress, the so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has failed. The grand vision of an efficient pseudo-market in health insurance under enlightened federal management — the heart of Obamacare — is not coming to pass. Obamacare, meaning the operating model that undergirded the law that Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed with great fanfare — is dead, and it will not be revived. What remains is fitful chaos. A brief...
  • Donald Trump vows to take on ‘corrupt’ Veterans Affairs

    10/31/2015 3:57:50 PM PDT · by McGruff · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 31, 2015 | Christopher Snyder
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made a new pitch Saturday to veterans, promising them that he'll take on the "corrupt" and incompetent" Department of Veterans Affairs. Trump told a crowd of supporters in front of the U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk, Va., that the department is mismanaged and "not efficient." "We're going to replace them with more effective ones to get our veterans working, which is what they want to do," Trump said. "We're going to transform the VA to meet the needs of the current veterans. Exposing and addressing the VA's inefficiencies and shortcomings will be rewarded, not punished. We're...
  • GOP's Newtown bill stirs tensions

    10/30/2015 4:44:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 30, 2015 | Peter Sullivan
    Tensions are flaring in the House over a sweeping mental health reform bill that is slated to move forward next week. The legislation from Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), billed as the Republican response to the Newtown elementary school shooting in 2012, is finally set to get committee consideration on Wednesday at a markup in the Energy and Commerce Committee. But Democrats on the committee are objecting to several provisions in the bill, and say what was once cast as a bipartisan negotiation has been anything but. While the committee could advance the bill along party lines, a bipartisan vote would...
  • NO FIXING THEM: Dead enrolled in NY's health exchange

    10/29/2015 11:45:06 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 18 replies
    Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin | 1:44 p.m. EDT October 29, 2015 | Joseph Spector,
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  • Health Care Rationing Academically

    10/29/2015 7:21:58 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 29, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    It’s really dangerous, for patients anyway, when policy wonks decide what type of health care is necessary. “In popular understanding, rising health-care spending is often viewed as an inevitable consequence of advances in medical technology, increasing longevity, expanded access, and other mostly positive factors,” Johns Hopkins University lecturer Phillip Longman writes the Summer 2015 issue of The Family in American, a journal of public policy. “Many people also point to profiteering by health insurers, or to needless administrative costs, or to patients demanding treatments they do not need.” “Yet while all these factors play a role in driving up health-care...
  • Ben Carson's Quiet Health Care Revelation: Big Government Still Has a Role

    10/28/2015 7:53:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/28/2015 | By Ann Kane and M. Catharine Evans
    A huge chunk of the U.S. economy is tied up in health care ($3.8 trillion annually). Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson doesnt stray far from big governments role, and suggests taking the money thats already there and redistributing it into new programs. What is Carsons health reform plan? The presidential candidates position pivots on four main points: health savings accounts, catastrophic insurance, keeping Medicare and removing the middleman, aka bureaucrats and/or insurance companies. If you listen to Carson, you soon find his overall ideas havent changed much from many years ago, but he has fine-tuned details over time. For example,...
  • Walgreens to Buy Rite Aid for $9.4 Billion

    10/27/2015 3:40:20 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 58 replies
    Dow Jones Newswires ^ | October 27, 2015
    Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. agreed to buy Rite Aid Corp. for about $9.4 billion, in a move that would create a drugstore giant at a time when companies in nearly every corner of the health-care industry are seeking to gain advantage from bulking up. Walgreens agreed to pay $9 a share in cash for Rite Aid, offering a 48% premium to Rite Aid's closing price Monday. Rite Aid's stock rose 43% to $8.67 Tuesday after The Wall Street Journal reported on the deal talks.
  • O Canada: True cost of health care to average family is $11K per year: report

    10/27/2015 8:00:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    CTV News ^ | August 20, 2015 | Emily Chan
    While many Canadians proudly boast about our countrys "free" health care, a new study has broken down exactly how much money in many tax dollars go into the system each year. According to a new report by the right-leaning Fraser Institute, the average Canadian family will contribute $11,735 in taxes for public health insurance in 2015. Many Canadians underestimate the cost of health care for a number of reasons, says study co-author Bacchus Barua, a senior economist with the Fraser Institutes Centre for Health Policy Studies. First, people may wrongly assume health care is free because they are not charged...
  • My view: America's health care system will look worse in 2016 thanks to Obamacare (Pelosi knew)

    10/26/2015 3:49:45 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 10/26/15 | Sally Pipes
    **SNIP** Obamacare's employer mandate, which requires companies to provide affordable health insurance to their workers or pay fines, will take full effect next year. Currently, only firms with 100 or more workers had to comply with the rule. But starting Jan. 1, 2016, businesses with 50 or more full-time workers will have to furnish coverage for at least 95 percent of their employees. This mandate will cost companies dearly. It requires them to cover employees' adult children up to age 26. What's more, an employee's share of the premium can't amount to more than 9.5 percent of his or her...
  • Actually, Canada, health care isnt free

    10/26/2015 1:28:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | 10/26/2015 | Andre Picard
    At sporting matches, it is customary for fans of the home team to chant unflattering jabs at their opponents, and the Sunday night soccer friendly game between Canada and the U.S., played at Torontos BMO Field, was no exception. What was unusual though was one of the taunts chosen by the Canadian faithful: Free health care, free health care. If there is one thing that distinguishes the two neighbouring countries, it is their health care systems. Canadas state-funded insurance program, informally known as medicare, ensures a measure of universality and equity in health-care delivery. It is, for better or worse,...
  • Wisconsin Bill to Ban Cash

    10/25/2015 1:52:19 PM PDT · by grumpygresh · 48 replies
    AAPS ^ | 10/24/15
    AAPS Executive Director Jane Orient, MD points out that: The provision states that uninsured patients, and ONLY uninsured patients may use credit, a credit card, a check, or a draft (but not cash). This implies two things: (1) Insured patients cannot pay for pain treatment that their insurance supposedly covers but denies in their case. (2) Uninsured patients who are hard up and don't have a checking account or credit cannot buy this type of medical care. Why should they not be allowed to use currency that is legal tender (and does not involve paying fees to a bank)? And...
  • ObamaCare On The Ropes As Third Open Enrollment Looms

    10/24/2015 6:15:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    IBD ^ | 10/24/2015
    Open enrollment for ObamaCare plans starts in less than a week, and the administration is seriously downplaying what to expect. And for good reason, since the program is in worse shape than ever. When the administration announced that the enrollment in 2016 will end up being 10 million, it was an admission of failure. Just this March the administration was claiming 11.2 million were signed up, which means it expects an enrollment drop of nearly 11% by the end of next year. Ten million sign-ups is also less than half of what the Congressional Budget Office projected for 2016 in...
  • CO-OP FLOP: The Biggest Obamacare Disaster Youve Never Heard About

    10/18/2015 4:25:03 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 16 Oct 15 | Mark Tapscott
    Its an Obamacare story with every imaginable outrage blatant conflicts of interest, millions of tax dollars going to political cronies, thousands of Americans left without health insurance, lavish pay for incompetent executives, federal funds diverted illegally, multiple congressional investigations, insider trading convictions and big decisions made behind closed doors. Tragically, there is even a child abuser. But search the New York Times web site for Obamacare co-ops and nothing comes up. Just three entries appear for the same search on the Washington Post web site. Not so, Richard Pollock of the Daily Caller News Foundations Investigative Group. Pollock has...
  • Two more Obamacare health insurance plans collapse

    10/16/2015 4:11:27 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Oct. 16, 2015
    Nearly a third of the innovative health insurance plans created under the Affordable Care Act will be out of business at the end of 2015, following announcements Friday that plans in Oregon and Colorado are folding. In just the past week, four co-ops, as the nonprofit plans are known, have decided or been ordered to shut down. Their demise means that eight of the 23 co-ops in existence a year ago will be unavailable to consumers shopping for 2016 coverage through insurance marketplaces created under the ACA
  • After 15 months, Winston-Salem woman doesnt know cause of husband's death

    10/16/2015 11:05:41 AM PDT · by Soul of the South · 13 replies
    Winston-Salem Journal ^ | October 16, 2015 | Fred Clasen-Kelly McClatchy Regional News
    Since last year, when her husband died unexpectedly in a Davidson County hospital, Francine Braun Wolbergs grief has given way to anger over the long wait for answers. Her husband suffered from early onset Alzheimers, but he was otherwise healthy before going to the Thomasville Medical Center for mental health treatment. State Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Deborah Radisch performed an autopsy in Raleigh on June 12, 2014, the day after he died. But months later, there was still no death certificate listing the cause of death. That meant that Wolberg couldnt collect survivors annuity payments needed to pay college tuition...
  • Medicare Rates Set to Soar for Many Seniors

    10/16/2015 6:39:36 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 51 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 15 October 2015 | Stephanie Armour And Anne Tergesen
    About 30% of the roughly 52 million people enrolled in Part B could see a 52% rise in those premiums if Congress and the Obama administration dont find a way to freeze or reduce the increase. New beneficiaries, those with high incomes and Medicare recipients who dont get Social Security would be hit with the increase. For them, the standard Part B premium would rise about $55 a month, or about $650 a year.
  • Jebcare is still government-facilitated health care [Obamacare-lite]

    10/14/2015 11:21:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/14/2015 | Taylor Millard
    Jeb Bush is releasing what he calls “Jebcare,” his health care plan he thinks is the best replacement for Obamacare. It has some okay things in it, but a lot of it is just a “big government conservative” spin on health care. The plan also shows a propensity among the GOP to “go small” with their solutions, instead of thinking radically and trying something which could be considered revolutionary. Bush’s plan focuses on three things: Promoting innovation in health care, lowering costs, and taking health care out of the hands of DC and putting it into the hands of...
  • Enough Irony: Protect Americas Seniors, Not Illegal Aliens

    10/05/2015 9:11:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | October 5, 2015 | Dan Weber
    Sometimes life is almost too ironic for words. Average Americans look at the way the world is drifting, and just shake their heads. Among those who know better and ought to be heard more often are Americas seniors particularly those who still believe, as most do, in fiscal responsibility, national security, a comprehensible foreign policy, and a sense of moral compass. As the leader of an organization that proudly represents 1.3 million seniors who fall generally into that group, many veterans and most engaged in their communities, the latest irony is almost too much for a head shake. Here...
  • Health insurance provider Colorado Access cutting Medicare coverage for coming year

    10/03/2015 7:29:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    NYC Today ^ | 10/02/2015 | Diane Hoffman
    Health insurance provider Colorado Access is going to cut Medicare coverage for the coming year. As a result of the move around 5,500 senior and disabled customers will have to look for alternatives. Chief operating officer of Colorado Access, Matt Case has said that the Denver-based nonprofit will also let go 83 employees who were a part of Colorado Access Medicare and its subsidiary Access Health Colorado. Besides this, extra 40 openings will remain unfilled. Case said that Colorado Access has also drawn down administrative expenses, cutting down the salaries of its executive teams. Case said, While it's never easy...
  • Summary of the Health Care We Had BEFORE ObamaCare

    09/30/2015 5:21:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 34 replies
    Vanity ^ | 30 Sep 15 | Xzins
    There are a few major characteristics of health care before Obama Care. 1. It was quasi-private: most was funded by employers. 2. Some was directly paid private insurance. 3. Insurance could only be bought state by state. It could not be bought across state lines. It was non-competitive. 4. Those without insurance were covered by hospitals under Good Samaritan type laws. 5. Hospitals and doctors passed those costs on by increasing costs to insured patients and their insurance companies. 6. Those were passed on to the government by partial deductions by individuals on their tax forms. 7. The rest were...
  • BREAKING: Teamsters Withhold Endorsement for Hillary => Want to Meet With Donald Trump (Video)

    09/29/2015 4:23:21 PM PDT · by familyop · 144 replies
    Gateway Pundit, Fox News ^ | Sep 29th, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    TEAMSTERS OFFICIALS WANT TO MEET WITH DONALD TRUMP! Teamsters officials met behind closed doors today. The union refused to endorse Hillary Clinton for president. The officials told FOX News they want to meet with Donald Trump. James Rosen reported: "Union executives told me they want to sit down with Republican candidates, most notably, front-runner Donald Trump who has collaborated with unionized work forces across his real estate career." Via Special Report: BREAKING: Teamsters Withhold Endorsement for Hillary Want to Meet With Donald Trump
  • 33 Million Americans Still Dont Have Health Insurance {Here's Who the uninsured are]

    09/28/2015 1:41:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | 09/28/2015 | By ANNA MARIA BARRY-JESTER and BEN CASSELMAN
    Nearly 9 million people gained insurance last year, a win for “Obamacare” as the president’s signature health care law expanded Medicaid and opened health insurance exchanges. And yet, 33 million Americans, 10.4 percent of the U.S. population, still went without health insurance for the entirety of 2014. Millions more were uninsured for at least part of the year.1 New data released this month shows they were disproportionately poor, black and Hispanic; 4.5 million of them were children.It isn’t a surprise that some Americans still don’t have health insurance. Despite aiming to insure “everybody” in the U.S., the Affordable Care...
  • Trump Proposes Replacing Obamacare with Government-Funded Universal Healthcare

    09/28/2015 11:27:58 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 91 replies ^ | 09/28/2015 | Barry Donegan
    YoutTube Video: Donald Trump Endorses Universal Health Care - "The Government's Gonna Pay For It." On Sunday’s episode of 60 Minutes on CBS, Donald Trump said that “Obamacare is a disaster” and that he plans to repeal it and replace it with a government-funded universal healthcare plan.During the lengthy interview, CBS correspondent Scott Pelley asked billionaire real estate mogul and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump his position on healthcare reform. “Obamacare’s going to be repealed and replaced. Obamacare is a disaster if you look at what’s going on with premiums where they’re up 40, 50, 55 percent,” replied Trump.Pelley...
  • Donald Trump on healthcare: if you like your plan, you can keep it

    09/28/2015 7:45:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 115 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/28/2015 | Gabriel Malor
    Last night, Donald Trump sat down with Scott Pelley on ’60 Minutes’ and made a gloriously confused barrage of promises and wishcasting about taxes, Social Security, ISIL, trade, and immigration. There’s a lot in there, but for my money his most laughable comments were about repealing Obamacare. Here’s the key section: Scott Pelley: What’s your plan for Obamacare?Donald Trump: Obamacare’s going to be repealed and replaced. Obamacare is a disaster if you look at what’s going on with premiums where they’re up 40, 50, 55 percent.Scott Pelley: How do you fix it?Donald Trump: There’s many different ways, by the...
  • What Hillary Clinton Wont Tell You About Prescription Drugs

    09/25/2015 3:20:34 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 9/24/2015 | John Merline
    "It is time to deal with skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs and runaway prescription drug prices." That was what Hillary Clinton said when she announced her plan to rein in prescription drug costs, which would, among other things, put a $250 monthly cap on out-of-pocket spending for prescription medications. (snip) But is there any truth to her claims?
  • Health Premiums Have Climbed $4,865 Since Obama Promised to Cut Them $2,500

    09/24/2015 3:49:39 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 46 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 9/23/2015 | John Merline
    Employer-based health insurance premiums climbed 4.2% this year for family plans, according to an annual Kaiser Family Foundation report. That's up from 3% the year before. Since 2008, average family premiums have climbed a total of $4,865.
  • Costs derail Vermonts dream of a single-payer health plan (Flash Back of Epic Fail)

    09/23/2015 4:04:28 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 14 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 01/25/2015 | Jay Fitzgerald
    For decades, liberal activists yearned for a European-style, single-payer health system that they argued would lead to more affordable, efficient, and comprehensive medical coverage for all citizens. When Vermont four years ago enacted a landmark bill to establish the nations first single-payer health care system, they saw their long-sought dream about to be fulfilled. But reality hit last month. Governor Peter Shumlin released a financial report that showed the cost of the program would nearly double the size of the states budget in the first year alone and require large tax increases for residents and businesses. Shumlin, a Democrat and...
  • The Danger of the ObamaCare Agenda Exposed

    09/22/2015 5:23:03 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/22/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    The glaring unfairness of ObamaCare can be seen in the anonymous analysis done by a well salaried California engineer and his very low paid girlfriend, a part time mail clerk. The lady friend earns $18,000 per year to his yearly income of $60,000 to $ 125,000. For me, making $60,000 a year, under ObamaCare, the cheapest, lowest grade policy I can buy, with a $5,000 deductible, costs $482 a month. His gal friend, holding the exact same policy with the same deductible, pays $1.00 a month! Thats right, $1.00 per month. Im not making this up, he said. Can you...
  • Doctors Not Happy After Drug Goes From $13.50/Tablet To $750 Overnight

    09/21/2015 3:26:17 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 69 replies
    Consumerist ^ | September 21, 2015
    Gripe as we might, consumers understand that price increases do happen. Whats not as easily understood is how the price for something can go from $13.50 one day to $750 the next especially when its a generic drug used to save lives. For decades, Daraprim (pyrimethamine), an anti-parasitic used to treat malaria and toxoplasmosis, had been made by GlaxoSmithKline and sold for as little as $1/tablet until not that long ago. Then in 2010 GSK sold the drug to CorePharma, which began to raise the price. Within a year, revenue from Daraprim jumped nearly ten times even though the...
  • Half in U.S. Continue to Say Gov't Is an Immediate Threat

    09/21/2015 2:52:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Gallup ^ | SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 | Frank Newport
    Almost half of Americans, 49%, say the federal government poses "an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens," similar to what was found in previous surveys conducted over the last five years. When this question was first asked in 2003, less than a third of Americans held this attitude. ... Overall, Americans who agree that the government is an immediate threat tend to respond with very general complaints echoing the theme that the federal government is too big and too powerful, and that it has too many laws. They also cite nonspecific allegations that the government violates...
  • Hillary Clinton to Launch Socialized Medicine Tour in Louisiana

    09/21/2015 1:04:14 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 13 replies
    Bobby Jindal for President ^ | 9-21-15 | Bobby Jindal
    Jindal Challenges Secretary Clinton to Healthcare DebateBATON ROUGE According to a report in The Washington Post, Secretary Hillary Clinton is preparing to double down on her support for ObamaCare with a series of campaign events across the country.Secretary Clintons first stop on her socialized medicine tour is today in Louisiana, where Governor Bobby Jindal has rejected the expansion of ObamaCare in the state because it would put more people on a poorly-run government healthcare system, take away freedom from people, and bust the budget.Governor Jindal said, As Secretary Clinton seeks to distract the voters from her e-mail scandal, she...