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  • THUNE: Another broccoli mandate?

    08/06/2011 6:28:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 5, 2011 | Senator John Thune
    When Congress was debating the Obamacare law last year, I raised many concerns about the size and scope of the law and the outrageous amount of new federal taxes and spending it created. Like many people, I also have grown concerned about the law’s impact on Americans’ personal freedoms. My concern stems not only from its controversial mandate that every American buy health insurance, but also from other federal mandates that could follow. In challenging Obamacare’s individual mandate, the law’s critics have pointed out that if Congress can force Americans to buy health insurance, federal power would be nearly unlimited....
  • Sorting Through Debt Deal Fallout (The ramifications of this thing are now becoming known.)

    08/04/2011 3:16:34 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 3 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 8/4/11 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Here's a story from The Politico -- and I'm suspicious. I think every story from The Politico comes from the White House. No, I really do. You may interpret that as old Rush trying to be funny -- and I know, I know; I'm a funny guy -- but I'm saying this with all sincerity. I think most everything on the Politico comes from the White House. I think it's a steno pool. "The debt ceiling..." Well, here's the headline: "Debt Deal Could Endanger the Health Care Law," and, by the way, folks, I have a whole...
  • Book disputes Obama on mother’s deathbed fight (Obama lies about his own mother)

    07/14/2011 7:11:12 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 26 replies
    msnbc ^ | 7/14/2011 | Kevin Sack/NY TIMES
    The White House on Wednesday declined to challenge an account in a new book that suggests that President Obama, in his campaign to overhaul American health care, mischaracterized a central anecdote about his mother’s deathbed dispute with her insurance company. During his presidential campaign and subsequent battle over a health care law, Mr. Obama quieted crowds with the story of his mother’s fight with her insurer over whether her cancer was a pre-existing condition that disqualified her from coverage. In offering the story as an argument for ending pre-existing condition exclusions by health insurers, the president left the clear impression...
  • Doc holiday : Behind the coming physician shortage

    05/02/2011 10:29:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 62 replies
    NEW YORK POST ^ | May. 1, 2011 | Michael Tanner
    The United States already faces a growing physician shortage. As our population ages, we require more and more intensive health care. At the same time, enrollment in medical schools has been essentially flat, meaning we are not producing new physicians at anywhere near the rate we need to. In fact, according to the American Association of Medical Colleges, we face a shortfall of more than 150,000 doctors over the next 15 years. And it could get a whole lot worse. The health reform bill signed into law last year is expected to significantly increase the number of Americans with health...
  • Mass House votes to limit public employee unions' bargaining rights on health insurance plans

    04/27/2011 2:38:36 PM PDT · by matt04 · 11 replies · 1+ views
    BOSTON — The Massachusetts House voted Tuesday to dramatically strengthen the power of city and town leaders to change health insurance plans for municipal employees over the objections of unions. The 111-42 vote late Tuesday came after House leaders agreed to modify their original plan in the hopes of heading off labor opposition. The modified plan would add a 30-day negotiating window between city and town leaders and unions to work out disagreements. If no agreement is reached, municipalities would be allowed to impose changes in co-payments, deductibles and other aspects of health care plans. In that case, however, municipalities...
  • Public employee unions balk at Massachusetts House plan to strip health-plan bargaining rights

    04/14/2011 12:04:42 PM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies
    The Republican ^ | April 13, 2011 | Dan Ring
    BOSTON – Leaders of the Massachusetts House of Representatives released an annual budget that proposes to allow communities to unilaterally pass on certain costs of health insurance to municipal workers, sparking an outcry from representatives of public employee unions. The $30.5 billion budget approved by the Committee on House Ways and Means cuts $94 million more than the budget unveiled by Gov. Deval L. Patrick in January. House leaders said their budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 would close a $1.9 billion budget gap, partly by matching the governor’s proposal to withdraw $200 million from the state’s...
  • Should there be a 'fat tax'? Offering incentives for lifestyle choices likely to cut medical...

    04/11/2011 11:29:32 AM PDT · by neverdem · 42 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 11, 2011 | Masthead Editorial
    Offering incentives for lifestyle choices likely to cut medical costs is an idea worth considering. If an individual's body mass index isn't a purely personal matter, what is? We have the right to choose between healthy food or junk food, even if the latter is more likely to result in obesity and related health problems. But once our choices affect others, there's a natural conflict between individual freedom and social responsibility. In a nation where rising healthcare costs and diminished access to medical care are issues of grave concern, personal decisions are no longer strictly private. The treatment of obesity-...
  • VANITY - Health Insurance; What's the best choice?

    03/08/2011 11:07:29 PM PST · by PeteePie · 39 replies
    March 9, 2011 | PeteePie
    Hello everyone - I'm starting my own business. I won't pimp it here as that would be in bad taste, among other things. What I am looking for are sources for cost-effective health insurance. I'm otherwise healthy, active, and don't anticipate any issues but one never knows. There are so many enterprising Freepers that it would be a waste not to tap this place as a reliable resource for something like this. Any helpful info would be greatly appreciated.
  • Jeffrey Sachs: "We Have To Go After The Private Health Insurers" (video)

    02/16/2011 3:58:36 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 8 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 16, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Economist Jeffrey Sachs: "I think if we're going to really get at these issues we have to go after the private health insurers. We have to reform things, not just slash things and not just slash things on the poor. That's where we're heading right now. The public doesn't want it. The republicans will really walk into a buzz saw."
  • Obama Care Advocate, advocates making people wear gold stars who refuse Obamacare

    02/09/2011 10:12:06 AM PST · by GraceG · 124 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | 2/8/2011 | Julie Rovner
    Len Nichols, a health economist who teaches at Virginia's George Mason University, says without a requirement for coverage, Congress might have to find another way to make the consequences of not having insurance even more dramatic. For example, he says, perhaps if people don't buy insurance when it is first available, "if you ever try to buy insurance again, you'll have to pay three times the market price, and we will put a gold sticker on your forehead and say to all hospitals, 'You do not have to treat this person; this person has forfeited their right to uncompensated care.'...
  • Why Can't My Health Insurance Be Like My Car Insurance?

    02/09/2011 7:49:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/09/2011 | Jon George, MD
    I have been driving a car since I was 16 years old, which was also when I got my auto insurance under my parents' plan. It was expensive when I first started out, but as I demonstrated good driving behavior -- avoiding accidents and speeding tickets, I was encouraged by cumulative discounts including safe driver, good student, and multiple car deductions. But when it came to my health insurance, I first started making payments on it with my first job after college. Of course, I took the cheapest plan with the fewest bells and whistles and the highest deductibles, but...
  • With Health Care Reform, Income Swings May Mean Loss of Coverage

    02/05/2011 1:31:24 AM PST · by Innovative · 7 replies
    Business Week ^ | Feb 3, 2011 | Amanda Gardner
    Up to 28 million Americans a year might have coverage disrupted at least once, study finds Under the new Affordable Care Act, the health reform package signed into law by President Barack Obama last March, millions of Americans whose income fluctuates during the year may lose health insurance for periods of time as their eligibility for different programs changes. The authors of a new study appearing in the February issue of Health Affairs estimated that as many as 28 million U.S. adults might "churn" in and out of health insurance programs during the course of a year, sometimes losing coverage...
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders: Get Rid of All Private Insurance Companies

    02/04/2011 8:32:17 AM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    the blaze ^ | 2/4/11 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    Bernie Sanders, the “independent” but self-described socialist senator from Vermont, told MSNBC yesterday he has a novel idea for reforming health care — get rid of all the private health insurance companies: "I hope to be able to get waivers from Congress and the White House to allow us to do so. At the end of the day, if you are going to provide health care to all of our people in a cost effective way, you have to get rid of the health insurance companies, not profiteering and bureaucracy,” he said.
  • The Coming Doctor Shortage (We can't insure 32 million more and cut funding to train doctors )

    01/26/2011 7:01:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/19/2011 | Herbert Pardes
    As they celebrate their 65th birthdays at the rate of 10,000 a day, Baby Boomers are now approaching the stage of their lives when they will need more medical care. But they—along with everyone else—are going to have a hard time getting appointments. The doctor shortage was fostered in 1996 when Congress capped the number of new doctors Medicare would pay to train, a practice that continues to this day. Teaching hospitals, which now make up about 10% of hospitals nationwide, depend on those Medicare funds to pay about two-thirds of the cost of doctor-training. (Training costs include residents' salaries,...
  • Most Americans Don't Want the Health Care Law That Was Passed and Efforts to Repeal It Must Continue

    01/21/2011 3:51:07 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 21, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Americans are unhappy with ObamaCare. The House’s 245-189 vote to repeal ObamaCare on Wednesday was never really in doubt. In fact, The latest Rasmussen survey shows that 55 percent of Americans want ObamaCare repealed, the same number that showed up in polls when people voted in early November. Seventy five percent of Americans want the law changed. The repeal measure now goes to the Senate. But despite holding a majority in the Senate, Democrats are refusing to hold a vote and publicly support the law. The public opposition shouldn't come as a surprise as the health care law signed by...
  • VHI warns over adopting US (Style Health Insurance) system

    01/19/2011 2:46:38 PM PST · by Murtyo · 1 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 01/19/2011 | CONOR POPE, Consumer Affairs Correspondent
    The VHI has warned that if recommendations contained in a report into the way it manages claims were implemented, doctors would lose the right to determine the type of care patients required. Last summer, Minister for Health Mary Harney commissioned the US consultancy firm Milliman to examine the VHI’s claim costs and how they have increased over recent years. Last night, Ms Harney said the report had found the VHI was paying out too much to hospitals and could make savings of up to 10 per cent if it managed its dealings with them more aggressively. According to the VHI,...
  • California insurance commissioner to Blue Shield: Delay rate hike

    01/07/2011 4:47:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 7, 2011 | Duke Helfand
    California’s new insurance commissioner called Thursday for health insurer Blue Shield of California to delay controversial new rate hikes for 60 days, saying recent increases by the industry were alarming. On the job since Monday, Commissioner Dave Jones said he wants to take a closer look at the Blue Shield increases planned for nearly 200,000 individual policyholders, whose rates would rise for the third time since October -- some as much as 59% total. “I believe the premium increases are unsustainable,” Jones said in a meeting with The Times, referring to successive rate hikes in recent years by Blue Shield...
  • Premium power grab! Feds take control of insurance prices

    01/01/2011 5:11:09 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 30, 2010 | Gene Koprowski
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and her staff are implementing a new 136-page federal regulation which, for the first time ever, gives the federal government the power to set health insurance premium prices, a regulatory role traditionally reserved for the states, health policy experts are telling WND. The new price control rule centralizes regulation of insurance policy premiums – and coverage – in Washington, D.C., under the aegis of Sebelius, a longtime radical abortion advocate and instrumental player in President Obama's cabinet for the Obamacare agenda. Sebelius, a former Democratic governor of Kansas, has been a mover in...
  • Health plans for high-risk patients lag (costs higher than anticipated)

    12/27/2010 11:07:04 PM PST · by Innovative · 7 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Dec 28, 2010 | Amy Goldstein
    President Obama's administration and states are stepping up their efforts to motivate people to buy government - sponsored health plans for high-risk patients, as the new program continues to attract only a fraction of the projected customers. At the same time, since the high-risk insurance pools began in late summer and early fall, the medical bills have been much higher than anticipated in a few states, raising the question of whether the $5 billion that Congress has allocated for the program could run out even if relatively few people join. The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, as the program is officially...
  • Thank you?

    11/26/2010 8:29:21 AM PST · by bronkburnett · 8 replies
    Atlah Media Network ^ | 11/25.2010 | michael master
    The Kiplinger Letter of November 19, 2010 states that insurance premiums have increased 27% over the last 5 years (about 5% compounded per year). Because of this "insurance" legislation, insurance premiums paid by employees will increase 14% this year. The Kiplinger letter goes on to say that many companies are: 1. only offering health savings accounts. They are dropping their comprehensive insurance coverage and replacing it with only catastrophic insurance with health savings accounts for employees. 2. helping lower paid employees with payments and then charging more to those who make more. 3. "Dropping copays to 10% for those who...
  • Health reform's competition-crushers

    11/23/2010 2:58:07 AM PST · by Scanian · 4 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 22, 2010 | SCOTT GOTTLIEB
    Liberal consumer groups are aghast to learn that the Obama health team are really monopolists at heart, bent on handing hospitals a cartel in their local markets. Sunday's New York Times report on this horror confirms what I wrote about in these pages weeks ago ("Killing Marcus Welby," PostOpinion, Oct. 18). I warned that the creation of "accountable care organizations," which put hospitals in control of all the doctors in their outlying areas, would lead to concentrated power over the provision of medical care -- turning physicians into salaried employees and reducing consumer choices ACOs were invented as a way...
  • HHS falls short of pre-existing coverage prediction by … 97.8% (The Health Crisis that wasn't)

    11/12/2010 9:19:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/12/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    255 million: The number of Americans with existing health insurance coverage.20 million: The number of Americans without any health coverage at all due to economic circumstances.375,000: The number of Americans with pre-existing conditions HHS said would apply for coverage in the first year of ObamaCare, one of the main political arguments for its implementation.8,011: The number that actually did. To judge by President Obama’s rhetoric, the insurance industry’s victims have been wandering the country like Okies in “The Grapes of Wrath.” Thus ObamaCare gave the Health and Human Services Department the power to design and sell its own insurance policies....
  • Fox: AARP admits supporting Obamacare was a mistake for its members

    11/05/2010 1:17:26 PM PDT · by pabianice · 95 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News Channel | 11/5/10
    Members' premiums up 8-13% for just next year. Spokesman on Fox twisting and squirming, admitting supporting ObamaCare might have been a mistake. AARP spokesman saying it might have been worse without Obamacare. Developing...
  • Citing health overhaul, AARP hikes employee costs

    11/05/2010 6:48:07 AM PDT · by justlurking · 23 replies · 1+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 2010-11-05 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    AARP's endorsement helped secure passage of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Now the seniors' lobby is telling its employees their insurance costs will rise partly as a result of the law. In an e-mail to employees, AARP says health care premiums will increase by 8 percent to 13 percent next year because of rapidly rising medical costs. And AARP adds that it's changing copayments and deductibles to avoid a 40 percent tax on high-cost health plans that takes effect in 2018 under the law. Aerospace giant Boeing also has cited the tax in asking its workers to pay more....
  • Should Handicapped Be "Driving" "Scooters" on Highways? (Vanity)

    11/01/2010 2:12:16 AM PDT · by REPANDPROUDOFIT · 85 replies
    I'm seeing more and more handicapped people driving their scooters on the road.
  • The creeping chill of ObamaCare

    10/26/2010 3:47:55 AM PDT · by Scanian · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 25, 2010 | MARK K. SIEGEL
    I Can feel ObamaCare closing in. It starts with small things. Consider a patient I'll call Jane, a corporate executive in her mid 40s. She's happy with her current health coverage -- a high-deductible policy paired with a Flexible Spending Account that can cover up to $3,000 a year in routine expenses, which she uses to pay for much of her medical care. Other than her yearly screening check-up, Jane doesn't come in to see me unless she's really sick. An occasional bout of bronchitis prompts a brief visit, where I prescribe her a short course of antibiotics. Otherwise she...
  • Hearing Date set for the Obamacare Class Action

    10/21/2010 7:31:53 PM PDT · by ForGod'sSake · 24 replies
    Email | Oct. 20, 2010 | Van Irion
    Good news! A Federal court has ruled that most Americans have standing to challenge the Constitutionality of Obamacare. The District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan recently ruled that Americans who “reorganize their affairs,” and “forego certain spending today, so they will have the funds to pay for health insurance when the individual mandate takes effect in 2014,” have standing. This is most Americans. The Obama administration filed a notice in our lawsuit last week acknowledging the Michigan court’s ruling and its relevance to our case. However, their notice reemphasized their assertion that Congress has authority to enact...
  • Citing health care law, Boeing pares employee plan

    10/18/2010 9:18:17 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 13 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON – Aerospace giant Boeing is joining the list of companies that say the new health care law could have a potential downside for their workers. In a letter mailed to employees late last week, the company cited the overhaul as part of the reason it is asking some 90,000 nonunion workers to pay significantly more for their health plan next year. A copy of the letter was obtained Monday by The Associated Press. "The newly enacted health care reform legislation, while intended to expand access to care for millions of uninsured Americans, is also adding cost pressure as requirements...
  • Add Boeing employees to the ObamaCare victims list, but just the nonunion ones

    10/19/2010 9:48:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Associated Press and liberty pundits Blog ^ | 10/19/10 | Clyde Middleton
    Deductibles, the share of medical costs that employees pay annually before their plan kicks in, will go up to $300 for individuals, an increase of $100. For families, the new deductible will be $900, an increase of $300. In addition, Boeing is instituting a copayment of 10 percent after the deductible has been met. The copayment will rise to 20 percent in 2012. But the most telling portion of the article is this snippet: In a letter mailed to employees late last week, the company cited the overhaul as part of the reason it is asking some 90,000 nonunion workers...
  • Kreidler orders Regence BlueShield to cover children (Washington Insurance Commissioner)

    10/17/2010 4:43:48 PM PDT · by epithermal · 17 replies
    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler ordered Regence BlueShield this morning to stop illegally denying insurance to children, effective immediately. “Regence is in clear violation of state law that prohibits insurers from denying insurance to people on the basis of age,” said Kreidler. “I was shocked and deeply disappointed when Regence announced its decision last week to stop selling insurance to kids.” The Affordable Care Act requires all health plans to cover kids with pre-existing conditions. However, to accommodate the insurance industry’s concerns that people would only enroll their children when they became sick, the federal government let states...
  • CT health insurance hikes up to 47%

    10/16/2010 3:30:29 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/16/10 | Rick Moran
    You will be able to keep the insurance you already have - as long as you auction off your first born: The state's largest insurer has been approved to raise health premium rates by 41 percent to 47 percent for some of its policies sold to individual buyers, in the largest price hikes yet seen in Connecticut since the adoption of national health care reform. For all of its individual market plans, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has received approval to raise rates by at least 19 percent -- including a range of 30 percent to 44 percent for...
  • CT health insurance hikes up to 47% (But hey, you'll still be able to keep your insurance !)

    10/16/2010 11:24:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/16/2010 | Rick Moran
    You will be able to keep the insurance you already have - as long as you auction off your first born: The state's largest insurer has been approved to raise health premium rates by 41 percent to 47 percent for some of its policies sold to individual buyers, in the largest price hikes yet seen in Connecticut since the adoption of national health care reform.For all of its individual market plans, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has received approval to raise rates by at least 19 percent -- including a range of 30 percent to 44 percent for...
  • Pence: Supreme Court Will Overturn Obamacare

    10/15/2010 5:06:53 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 53 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10/15/10
    Good news for opponents of the new healthcare law: The Supreme Court is likely to overturn key elements of it, says Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., the third-ranking House Republican, The Hill reports. "It's going to the Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court's going to decide whether or not the Constitution of the United States permits the government to order the American people to purchase goods or services, whether they want them or need them or not," says Pence, who opposes Obamacare, just like nearly all Republicans. Mike Pence, healthcare, Obamacare, Supreme CourtAnd what will the court decide? "I rather like...
  • Congress Can't Repeal Economics

    10/06/2010 9:41:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2010 | John Stossel
    It's raining! I don't like it! Why hasn't Congress passed the Good Weather Act and the Everybody Happy Act? Sound dumb? Why is it any dumber than a law called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which promised to cover more for less money? When Obamacare was debated, we free-market advocates insisted that no matter what the president promised, the laws of economics cannot be repealed. Our opponents in effect answered, "Yes, we can." Well, Obamacare has barely started taking effect, and the evidence is already rolling in. I hate to say we told them so, but ... we...
  • 3M Co. will drop retirees from health plans, steer to Medicare

    10/05/2010 8:46:17 AM PDT · by Qbert · 92 replies · 2+ views
    Bizjournals.com ^ | 10/4/2010 | Sam Black
    3M Co., citing new federal health laws, said Monday it won't cover retirees with its corporate health-insurance plan starting in 2013. Instead, the company will direct retirees to Medicare-backed insurance programs, and will provide reimbursement for that coverage. It'll also reimburse retirees who are too young for Medicare; the company didn't provide further details. The company made the changes known in a memo to employees Friday; news of the move was reported in The Wall Street Journal and confirmed Monday by 3M spokeswoman Jackie Berry. In its memo, the company said the new health-reform act would create new opportunities for...
  • Why the Personal Mandate to Buy Health Insurance Is Unprecedented and Unconstitutional

    10/05/2010 7:36:52 AM PDT · by CapnJack · 15 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | December 9, 2009 | Randy Barnett , Nathaniel Stewart and Todd Gaziano
    Executive Summary A mandate requiring all individuals to purchase health insurance would be an unprecedented form of federal action. The government has never required people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States. An individual mandate would have two features that, in combination, would make it unique. First, it would impose a duty on individuals as members of society. Second, it would require people to purchase a specific service that would be heavily regulated by the federal government.[1] This statement from a 1994 Congressional Budget Office Memorandum remains true today. Yet, all...
  • How ObamaCare May Disrupt Your Health Plan

    10/03/2010 6:21:20 PM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | Sept. 29, 2010 | Avik Roy
    Imagine if you ran a business, and one day the government told you that you would be fined if you: (1) minimized unnecessary expenses; (2) hired workers to specialize in customer service; (3) invested resources in order to ensure you wouldn’t get victimized by fraud. What would you do? Think quickly: because three months from now, this very system will be the law of the land for our nation’s health insurers. Last Friday, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners—the association of the 50 state insurance commissioners—issued its draft guidelines for how insurers will need to calculate “medical-loss ratios,” or MLRs....
  • Schwarzenegger makes California the first state to form health insurance exchange

    10/01/2010 7:50:20 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/1/10 | Bobby Caina Calvan and Jim Sanders
    Amid appeals from the White House and consumer health care advocates, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed two key health bills Thursday that make California the first state to begin establishing its own health insurance exchange, which could widen medical coverage for small businesses and the millions of uninsured. Facing a deadline of midnight Thursday to act on bills, Schwarzenegger signed scores of new laws, ranging from requiring schools to provide fresh drinking water to extending foster-care benefits to young adults and rolling back the date by which kindergartners must turn 5 in order to start school. The health benefits exchange is...
  • No, You Can't Keep Your Current Health Coverage

    09/30/2010 2:59:20 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 23 replies · 1+ views
    There's a reason President Obama tries so hard to convince Americans not to watch Fox News. He keeps shamelessly lying about easily verifiable facts. Evidently he figures that left-leaning media outlets won't call him on it, so if he can only convince people not to watch FOX, he'll be OK. Unfortunately for the president, the American people simply have to look around them to see that he isn't being honest with them. Campaigning in Des Moines, Iowa, yesterday, the President repeated his biggest health care reform whopper: You can keep your current health insurance. Here is what he said: "There's...
  • McDonald’s: Obamacare regulations will cause 30,000 employees to lose insurance

    09/30/2010 6:31:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/30/2010 | Matthew Sheffield
    Back during the debate over the recently passed health care bill, President Obama repeatedly stated that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” This is proving to be increasingly as untrue as skeptics said it was. McDonald’s has become the latest company to state that increased regulations built into the bill are going to make it untenable for the company to continue offering partial health insurance plans to some 30,000 hourly employees: While many restaurants don’t offer health coverage, McDonald’s provides mini-med plans for workers at 10,500 U.S. locations, most of them franchised....
  • Sibelius defends the indefensible

    09/28/2010 3:23:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 28, 2010 | Aaron Gee
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius writes an utterly unconvincing retort to charges of thuggery in her threats to health insurance companies, in today's Wall Street Journal.  What is amazing about this display is that she doesn't use the space provided to defend her actions, but to attack and demonize the private health care insurance industry.  Sebelius's writing is entirely unconvincing and riddled with faulty logic. Sebelius: "Over the past decade, Americans have seen what happens when insurance companies have free rein" Currently insurance companies are regulated by both state and federal agencies.  Nearly 50% of every healthcare dollar...
  • MSNBC The Ed (Schultz) show Sept 21, 2010 (‘Big insurance just declared War on Sick Kids’)

    09/26/2010 6:46:39 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 28 replies
    the Ed Show video Archive ^ | Sept 21, 2010 | Ed Schultz
    FROM THE INTRO : And big insurance. Well, they are back at it. They are threatening your children. They are denying coverage for sick children to save a buck, and the Republicans are cheering them on from the sidelines.This story just has me fuming. We‘ll talk about it. (clip) SCHULTZ: Welcome back to THE ED SHOW, the Battleground story tonight? Well, as predicted, big insurance has declared war on sick kids and the Republicans, well, they have got their back. On Thursday, the health care reform law will go into effect, that‘s the day after tomorrow, making it illegal for...
  • Health Insurers' Move to Drop Child Policies Draws Criticism (Rat's running scared)

    09/21/2010 3:27:24 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 27 replies
    wall street journal ^ | 9/21/2010 | AVERY JOHNSON
    A move by insurance companies to stop selling child-only policies is drawing criticism ahead of Thursday, when the federal health overhaul will require insurers to cover sick children. Aetna Inc., Cigna Corp., WellPoint Inc., Humana Inc. and UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s Golden Rule subsidiary say they will no longer sell new child-only policies. The new law requires them to accept applications from sick children on insurance policies that they sell, but doesn't require them to sell a policy individually to children in the first place. Insurers said children with pre-existing conditions will be able to apply for coverage on their parents'...
  • Health insurers drop coverage for children ahead of new rules

    09/20/2010 6:43:09 PM PDT · by blueyon · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/20/10 | Julian Pecquet
    Health plans in at least four states have announced they're dropping children's coverage just days ahead of new rules created by the healthcare reform law, according to the liberal grassroots group Health Care for America Now (HCAN). The new healthcare law forbids insurers from turning down children with pre-existing conditions starting Thursday, one of several reforms Democrats are eager to highlight this week as they try to build support for the law ahead of the mid-term elections. But news of insurers dropping their plans as a result of the new law has thrown a damper on that strategy and prompted...
  • It's not working, O (Health 'reform' will haunt Dems)

    09/20/2010 11:07:37 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 20, 2010 | SCOTT GOTTLIEB
    President Obama promised that his health reform would "fix" our rising med ical costs and a growing legion of uninsured Americans priced out of coverage. Fix it in which direction? Data out last week shows that the price of insurance is rising even faster than before, the number of uninsured Americans is spiraling upward, and the choices people have of doctors and health plans are being sharply constrained as a result. Welcome to ObamaCare, Year One. This is the change we should start believing in. The Obama team blames the recession or the "greedy" insurance industry for these ills. But...
  • ObamaCare's thugs

    09/15/2010 4:06:28 AM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 15, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is just the latest keeper of the ObamaCare enemies list. Last week, she warned that insurers who dare to pass along to consumers the cost of new federal mandates would face "zero tolerance" from the administration. But the White House has been keeping tabs on critics of ObamaCare for more than a year. It started with the health czar's Internet Snitch Brigade: Last August, the White House Office of Health Reform called on its ground troops to report on fellow citizens who talked smack about the Democratic plan. The White House Web site...
  • Gangster Government Stifles Criticism of Obamacare

    09/13/2010 5:29:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 13, 2010 | Michael Barone
    "There will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases." That sounds like a stern headmistress dressing down some sophomores who have been misbehaving. But it's actually from a letter sent Thursday from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to Karen Ignagni, president of America's Health Insurance Plans -- the chief lobbyist for private health insurance companies. Sebelius objects to claims by health insurers that they are raising premiums because of increased costs imposed by the Obamacare law passed by Congress last March. She acknowledges that many of the law's "key protections" take effect later...
  • U.S. Rebukes Health Insurers

    09/10/2010 7:23:48 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 10, 2010 | JANET ADAMY
    The Obama administration on Thursday told health insurers that it will track those who enact "unjustified" rate increases linked to the health overhaul and may block those companies from a new marketplace for insurance coverage. Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, issued the warning in a letter to Karen Ignagni, the insurance industry's top lobbyist. Ms. Sebelius said some insurers were notifying enrollees that their insurance premiums will increase next year as a result of the law's new benefits. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that some carriers are asking for total premium hikes topping 20% starting this...
  • Health Care Reform to Cause Insurance Premium Hikes

    09/09/2010 3:54:32 AM PDT · by Marcus · 6 replies
    Associated Content ^ | September 8th, 2010 | Mark R. Whittington
    According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, those who buy health insurance as individuals or through a small business are about to be socked with huge premium increases, ironically as a result of efforts to make health care reform more palatable.
  • Reform We Can Use

    08/27/2010 5:50:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 27, 27, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Health Insurance: Forty percent of all individual policyholders in California will soon be stuck with higher premiums. They could shop around for a better deal, but government has severely limited their options. State regulators last week approved rate hikes for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California that had previously been blocked because they were considered too big. But when both carriers were able to show that 70% of their premiums after the increases would be spent on medical care, the California Department of Insurance could not stop the higher rates. More than 1 million individual policyholders out of...