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  • Vermont adds extra ObamaCare period [public unaware of forced fines]

    02/19/2015 11:54:57 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 19, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    Vermont on Thursday became the third state to add an extra ObamaCare sign-up period through the end of tax season, adding pressure on federal health officials to take the same approach. While the official ObamaCare deadline passed on Sunday, about a quarter of all state exchanges have added a grace period to accommodate the millions of uninsured people who will be forced to pay a penalty for the first time this tax season. "It would be awful for a Vermont family to have to pay a fee of several hundred dollars or more, and then have to pay 100 percent...
  • As Docs Opt Out of Obamacare, a Two-Tiered System Is Born

    08/05/2014 10:03:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Fiscal Times - Kaiser Health News ^ | August 5, 2014 | Jeffrey Cohen
    On a recent afternoon at his office in Hartford, Conn., Dr. Doug Gerard examines a patient complaining of joint pain. Gerard, an internist, checks her out, asks her a few questions about her symptoms and then orders a few tests before sending her on her way. For a typical quick visit like this, Gerard could get reimbursed $100 or more from a private insurer. For the same visit, Medicare pays less — about $80. And now, with the new private plans under the Affordable Care Act, Gerard says he would get something in between, but closer to the lower Medicare...
  • CNN Poll: Heath care law support drops to all-time low

    12/23/2013 3:15:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/22/13 | Paul Steinhauser
    Washington (CNN) – Support for the country's new health care law has dropped to a record low, according to a new national poll. And a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday also indicates that most Americans predict that the Affordable Care Act will actually result in higher prices for their own medical care. Only 35% of those questioned in the poll say they support the health care law, a 5-point drop in less than a month. Sixty-two percent say they oppose the law, up four points from November.
  • Another Day on the Animal Farm.

    10/27/2013 7:10:33 AM PDT · by DEPcom · 10 replies
    Another day on the ACA (Animal) Farm (Plantation) The Affordable Care Act will automatically force people on Medicaid when they qualify. Affordable Care Act drops the asset test to qualify for Medicaid. Another side effect of the ACA private insurance is too expensive for the average American to afford. Where a lot of private insurance companies are dropping people now or increasing their rates due to the requirements of the ACA. If you are not effected yet, you will be in the next year or two. Sum it up, if you own a house, but qualify for subsidized health insurance...
  • Thousands get health insurance cancellation notices

    10/18/2013 6:31:44 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 64 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/18/2013 | Anna Gorman and Julie Appleby
    Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies. The main reason insurers offer is that the policies fall short of what the Affordable Care Act requires starting Jan. 1. Most are ending policies sold after the law passed in March 2010. At least a few are canceling plans sold to people with pre-existing medical conditions. By all accounts, the new policies will offer consumers better coverage, in some cases, for comparable cost --...
  • London hospitals are at breaking point, chief says

    10/13/2013 8:36:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Press TV ^ | October 13, 2013
    Andy Mitchell, medical director for National Health Service (NHS) England in London said, “At times, throughout the week, even throughout the day, services aren’t safe”. Mitchell’s admission comes after the NHS Confederation said the service will soon be “unsustainable” if radical reforms are not presented before the next general election. The top health officials said the NHS is currently facing "the most challenging period in its 65-year existence,” and that the service might not be able to provide free health care for all patients any more. “Demand continues to rise, drugs cost more, and NHS inflation is higher than general...
  • "Obamacare" Exchanges Start Up As Gov't Shuts Down

    10/01/2013 8:03:39 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    My Way ^ | October 1, 2013 | Josh Lederman
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's long-anticipated launch Tuesday of new insurance exchanges to provide health care to millions of uninsured Americans is coming under the cloud of a government shutdown that began the same day.
  • Wow: List of Over 300 Employers who have Cut Hours to Avoid Obamacare Tax

    09/28/2013 2:46:45 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 18 replies ^ | september 28, 2013 | David Rufful
    tate Employer Action Jobs with fewer hours, if specified Date of Action or Report Alabama Houston County Public Cut hours of part-time employees to fewer than 30 per week Sep-13 California Biola University Private Cut student work hours to a maximum of 25 per week; suspended limit due to employer mandate delay Sep-13 Florida Bealls Inc. (Department Stores) Private Restricted part-time hours to fewer than 30 per week Sep-13 Florida SeaWorld Entertainment Private Cut hours for part-time workers from a maximum of 32 to 28 per week Sep-13
  • Protesters claim Northwestern Memorial Hospital refuses organ transplants to undocumented immigrants

    08/11/2013 7:00:23 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 26 replies ^ | Aug 11,2013 | WLS-TV/DT
    Protesters claim Northwestern Memorial Hospital refuses organ transplants to undocumented immigrants. August 11, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Dozens of people march to Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Sunday, claiming they refuse to add undocumented immigrants to organ transplant lists.
  • Obamacare Is a Nuclear Missile That Must Be Shot Down

    08/09/2013 11:00:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | August 9, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    It is painful to witness the expenditure of so much negative energy among people who all say they oppose the law. This law is so bad and so unpopular and its negative consequences so apparent that we would have to be complete incompetents not to be able to make this case to the American people, the majority of whom already agree. Why not rip a page right out of President Obama's political playbook and go directly to the people? It obviously works for Obama, even though he doesn't have the facts or history on his side; there has never been...
  • Illegal immigrant gets kidney

    12/08/2012 6:25:54 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 9, 2012 | Michael Holtz,
    As an illegal immigrant, Jorge Mariscal waited eight years for a kidney transplant he feared would never come. His persistence paid off Thursday when he underwent the procedure at Loyola University Medical Center. After years of uncertainties, Mariscal said he's excited about his future and grateful for the help he received. But he remains frustrated with a health care system that he worries might leave out an untold number of illegal immigrants in need of lifesaving treatments. "Why can't we be treated the same?" he asked while sitting in his hospital room. "Health care should be a human right, not...
  • Health insurance premiums for NC college students rise 51% under ObamaCare

    09/05/2012 11:53:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/05/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama and his campaign hoped to make ObamaCare their pitch to get younger voters more enthused about the election this year --- a perverse but not forlorn hope, as I'll explain in a minute. That may be even more true in North Carolina, where Democrats are holding their convention this week, and where Obama needs to generate the visible and noticeable excitement among college-age voters that was so apparent in 2008 and has been lacking in 2012. Peter Hamby at CNN reports why that may be a bigger problem for North Carolina college students in particular, as the costs...
  • Border Cities Are Burdened With Calls for Help

    08/26/2012 2:42:07 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    The New York times ^ | August 25, 2012 | IAN LOVETT
    CALEXICO, Calif. — The calls come in thick and fast from the border, just blocks from the fire station here. A woman suffered heatstroke in line at the port of entry. A person detained by customs officers complained of chest pain. An illegal immigrant broke his leg trying to hop the 20-foot wall that divides Calexico from its Mexican twin city, Mexicali. In each case, the Calexico Fire Department responded. All along the Southwest border, from San Diego to Brownsville, Tex., local fire departments respond to medical calls as they would to any emergencies within their city limits. But such...
  • Mitt Romney Lavishes Praise On Israel's Socialist, Government Controlled Healthcare System

    07/30/2012 9:43:55 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 31 replies
    Forbes ^ | 30 July 2012 | Rick Ungar
    Mitt Romney seems to be laboring under the impression that whatever he says in a foreign country will—like a weekend in Las Vegas—somehow stay in that foreign country. Either that or he figures nobody back home is paying any attention. Speaking today to a small group of Israeli contributors to his campaign, the GOP presidential candidate—and supposed sworn enemy of government controlled healthcare—had kind words for the success of Israel’s healthcare system. "When our health care costs are completely out of control. Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the GDP in Israel? 8 percent....
  • No Obamacare Exchanges (Whatever SCOTUS does, states should refuse to create exchanges.)

    04/12/2012 6:04:54 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 4-12-2012 | Michael F. Cannon
    April 12, 2012 No Obamacare Exchanges Whatever SCOTUS does, states should refuse to create exchanges. By Michael F. Cannon Obamacare had a bad couple of days before the Supreme Court — so bad that President Obama made some ill-considered comments about the Court from which he still hasn’t totally backpedaled. Though the oral arguments over the individual mandate and severability were encouraging, we cannot count on the Supremes to kill Obamacare. Opponents must keep fighting it on all fronts. The most important front right now is to ensure that states do not create the health-insurance exchanges Obamacare needs in order to...
  • From Brother to Brother, a Kidney, and a Life

    04/06/2012 7:06:43 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 6, 2012 | NINA BERNSTEIN
    When restaurant customers learned that the waiter they called Angel was in the hospital with kidney failure, they stuffed bills into a collection jar to help support his family. His brother offered something more precious: a healthy kidney to restore his life. But for two years, the obstacles to the transplant seemed insuperable. Angel, the father of two American-born children, is an illegal immigrant. And a maze of conflicting health care and immigration policies meant that while the government would pay for a lifetime of dialysis, costing $75,000 yearly, it would not pay for a $100,000 transplant that would make...
  • Prenatal coverage would be available to illegal immigrants under bill (AUDIO)

    04/04/2012 12:27:54 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    Nebraska Radio Network ^ | April 4, 2012 | Brent Martin
    State lawmakers have advanced a bill that would restore prenatal care to mothers who lost Medicaid coverage two years ago, including illegal immigrants. Sen. Kathy Campbell of Lincoln sponsors LB 599, saying that Nebraska’s practice of funding prenatal care of the unborn child of poor women should return, including the unborn child of an illegal immigrant. “The child will be a U.S. citizen at its birth,” Campbell stated in her opening. “Would we not want that child to be healthy? Would we not want healthy babies?” Nebraska had provided prenatal care through Medicaid until 2010 when federal officials objected. Approximately...
  • Obamacare’s contract problem

    03/24/2012 11:41:18 AM PDT · by NCjim · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2012 | George Will
    On Monday the Supreme Court begins three days of oral arguments concerning possible — actually, probable and various — constitutional infirmities in Obamacare. The justices have received many amicus briefs, one of which merits special attention because of the elegant scholarship and logic with which it addresses an issue that has not been as central to the debate as it should be. Hitherto, most attention has been given to whether Congress, under its constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce, may coerce individuals into engaging in commerce by buying health insurance. Now the Institute for Justice (IJ), a libertarian public interest...
  • Transgender hormone treatments, abortion access for detained illegals irks congressman

    03/01/2012 8:01:32 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/01/2012 | Caroline May
    Hormone treatments for transgendered detainees, abortion services and extensive outlets for complaints — these are just a few of the reasons Texas Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith is not pleased with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) recently released Performance-Based National Detention Standards (PBNDS). In the spirit of detention reform, in 2011, for the first time since 2008, ICE finished its revision of detention standards for those being held for being in the country illegally. Those new standards were released this month. ICE has already started to implement the changes. “PBNDS 2011 is crafted to improve...
  • No transplant for dying dad who is illegal immigrant

    01/30/2012 4:47:10 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 30 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 01/30/2012 | By Hannah Dreier Contra Costa Times
    Without a new kidney, Jesus Navarro will die. Although the Oakland man has a willing donor and private insurance to pay for the transplant, he faces an additional hurdle in the race to save his life: He is an illegal immigrant. That fact prompted administrators at UC San Francisco Medical Center to refuse to transplant a kidney from Navarro's wife because they cannot be sure he will receive adequate follow-up care. Their decision taps into the tension between health care and immigration policies in the state and the role medical professionals should play in trying to save the lives of...
  • Illegal immigrant patient finds shelter after all

    12/24/2011 3:24:33 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 1 replies
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | December 23, 2011 | HARVEY RICE
    GALVESTON — Two months ago Francisco Martinez feared the University of Texas Medical Branch would ship him back to Mexico with a broken back and an uncertain fate because he is undocumented. Instead of going to Mexico, three days before Christmas he moved from his hospital bed at UTMB into temporary housing in Houston with his family.
  • Cain Shows He’s Savvy on Health-Care Policy

    11/20/2011 1:54:53 PM PST · by justsaynomore · 22 replies
    NRO ^ | 11/20/11 | Gracie-Marie Turner
    Herman Cain spoke with passion and conviction today before a Capitol Hill audience about the essential importance of repealing Obamacare and replacing it with “market-driven, patient-centered reform.” He spoke at a forum organized by the Congressional Health Care Caucus, chaired by Texas Rep. Michael Burgess, M.D., that was inundated with dozens of reporters and televisions cameras. They got a big dose of health reform when what they really wanted was to ask him about the National Restaurant Association sexual-harassment controversy. He didn’t take those questions. Instead, he talked about the destructive impact of Obamacare, which is driving up costs and...
  • Man's Medical Crisis Precedes Immigration Status

    09/27/2011 1:56:39 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    MyFox Phoenix ^ | 26 Sep 2011 | MyFox Phoenix
    PHOENIX - He collapsed while playing soccer, and now he's on life support -- but his wife says the hospital wants to ship him to Mexico. A few days makes the difference between a man receiving state-assisted medical care and possibly being shipped off to Mexico on life support. When Jesus Cornelio collapsed and fell into a coma, he didn't have his papers. A few days later, they arrived in the mail. Jesus and Evelyn grew up on the same street, became friends, later high school sweethearts, and recently newlyweds. At 23, Evelyn is a non profit worker that cannot...
  • Undocumented immigrant and federal fugitive costs taxpayers $350,000 at Miami-Dade hospitals

    09/10/2011 10:26:08 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies ^ | Saturday, 09.10.11 | John Dorschner
    A longtime federal fugitive who was an undocumented immigrant cost taxpayers more than $350,000 in healthcare at Miami-Dade hospitals before he died last year, a county investigative report has revealed. The Miami-Dade Office of the Inspector General said the patient was a Colombian who fled the United States in 1983 after a cocaine smuggling conviction but returned under a false name. In 26 visits to the Jackson Health System from 2003 through 2010, his care cost $201,716 — $155,334 in charity care paid by Miami-Dade taxpayers and $46,382 paid by Medicaid, the state-federal program for the poor. The man also...
  • Atlanta providers reach deal on indigent dialysis

    09/07/2011 6:41:34 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    Seattle Post Intelligencer ^ | September 7, 2011 | KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press
    ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's safety net hospital on Wednesday reached an agreement with a private dialysis provider to continue treating a group of indigent patients, some of whom became critically ill after their life-sustaining treatment was cut off last week when a previous contract expired.
  • Dialysis patients lose access to treatments

    09/01/2011 5:17:03 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 20 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | September 1, 2011 | Misty Williams
    Twenty-two former Grady Memorial Hospital patients, many of them uninsured illegal immigrants, had potential life-saving dialysis treatments discontinued Thursday after a contract between the hospital and a national dialysis provider expired.Most of the patients, because they are in the country illegally, don’t qualify for Medicare, which covers dialysis for most Americans with end-stage renal disease. Without regular dialysis, experts say, people suffering from the disease can die within weeks. The emergency room is now the immigrants’ only option, said Dorothy Leone-Glasser, president of the nonprofit Advocates for Responsible Care. “These patients are left in a very dangerous situation,” she said....
  • Survey: 29% of firms may drop health insurance

    08/25/2011 10:17:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 25, 2011 | Conn Carroll
    A new survey of 368 midsize to large companies found that 29% of them are considering terminating their active employee health care plans when Obamacare is full implemented in 2014. Only 71% of employers surveyed said they did not expect to drop their health coverage, while 20% said they did not know and 9% said they were planning to exit.The latest survey, conducted by Towers Watson, echoes an ealier survey by McKinsey & Co. finding that 30% of private-sector employers were planning to drop their employee health insurance coverage by 2014. When the Congressional Budget Office crunched Obamacare's spending numbers,...
  • Say goodbye to cavities: New gel could help your teeth fix themselves

    08/24/2011 1:02:37 PM PDT · by shove_it · 27 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 24 Aug 2011 | Mike Wehner, Tecca
    Being told you have a cavity is one of the most cringe-worthy bits of information that could ever grace your ears. Going under the dentist's drill to have a pearly white repaired is expensive, time-consuming, and sometimes painful, but that may soon change thanks to researchers at the University of Leeds' School of Chemistry. A high-tech fluid is being developed there that could help your teeth repair themselves before they ever become a problem. [...]
  • NHS budget squeeze to blame for longer waiting times, say doctors ( UK )

    05/20/2011 11:39:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    guardian ^ | 19 May 2011 | James Ball and Denis Campbell
    Latest performance data reveal number of English patients waiting more than 18 weeks has risen by 26% in last year. New NHS performance data reveal that the number of people in England who are being forced to wait more than 18 weeks has risen by 26% in the last year, while the number who had to wait longer than six months has shot up by 43%. ... The British Medical Association said the longer waits and fewer treatments were inevitable: "Given the massive financial pressures on the NHS, it was always likely that hospital activity would decrease and waiting times...
  • O-H-H-H

    01/19/2011 8:15:11 AM PST · by lakeprincess · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Jan. 19, 2010 | Jennifer Harper
    Uh-oh. "O: A Presidential Novel," written by Anonymous and published by Simon & Schuster — otherwise known as Simon & Sh-h-h-h — has journalists chafing to speculate on who or what is behind the cheeky fiction centered on the upcoming 2012 presidential election. The Democrat-blue-hued cover features a golden O and a pair of sky blue ears; the publisher already has confabulated reader polls that plumb opinion of President Obama and the political affiliation of the mysterious scribe, who could easily be, oh, White House adviser David Plouffe. Also included: a waggish list of those who did not write the...

    11/29/2010 7:37:16 AM PST · by Elderberry · 169 replies · 2+ views
    US. Supreme Court ^ | 11/29/2010
    (ORDER LIST: 562 U.S.) MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2010 CERTIORARI DENIED 10-446 KERCHNER, CHARLES, ET AL. V. OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF U.S., ET AL. The motion of Western Center for Journalism for leave to file a brief as amicus curiae is granted. The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.
  • Vile Huffington Post Puts Brisol & Willow Palins Private Facebook Comments Online

    11/16/2010 10:19:19 PM PST · by Retired Intelligence Officer · 104 replies · 1+ views
    This is breaking on Huffington Post. I looked at the comments and don't believe Palins kids said these things. The comments are private on facebook with Palins kids. Bristol supposedly commented on a comment from one of Willows classmate who posted on Facebook that Sarah Palins Alaska would fail. Willow then chimed in and called the guy a faggot and then went on a tirade back and forth as other people joined in the argument slandering Sarah and bringing up the Nailin Palin porn video and also calling Bristol fat. Again I personally believe all this Facebook page is fabricated...
  • Obama Didn't Lie II

    10/02/2010 2:12:15 PM PDT · by Shout Bits · 6 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 10/2/2010 | Shout Bits
    Two weeks ago Shout Bits discussed the perverse consequences of Obamacare – the elimination of health care options for individuals. Because of Obamacare’s many mandates, no private insurer can profitably offer new individual policies, so carriers are leaving the marketplace en masse. Further evidence that Obamacare will destroy private insurance and force individuals into a single payer system was delivered by Humana this week in a Letter outlining how Obamacare will limit choices for individual policy holders. A highlight of the letter is the new concept of ‘grandfathered’ plans. Essentially, Humana acknowledges that new policies will be much more expensive...
  • S.D. secretary of state: Obama's citizenship may be 'scam'

    05/10/2010 7:18:43 PM PDT · by pissant · 147 replies · 4,125+ views
    Wash Post ^ | 5/10/10 | David Maddow Weigel
    Chris Nelson, who's retiring after two terms as South Dakota's secretary of state to challenge Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.), gets asked by Kevin Woster whether he believes President Obama is a citizen of the United States. Nelson doesn't know. [M]eeting the constitutional qualifications to be President is a very important issue. If President Obama isn’t constitutionally qualified, it would be the biggest scam ever perpetuated on the American people. MANY people contacted me as Secretary of State prior to and after the election asking how Obama could be on our ballot given this controversy. Absent a court finding that...
  • Arnold Schwarzeneggar has his Birth Certificate and says he wants be President

    05/04/2010 6:32:39 AM PDT · by Retired Intelligence Officer · 87 replies · 1,840+ views
    Arnold Schwarzeneggar wishes that but he can't because he says the Constitution will not allow a foreign born person to become President unless the US Constitution is changed or amended to allow it to happen. As we all know no foreign born citizens, native born citizens or naturalized citizens can run for president. Only a Natural Born Citizen can be President. Amending the constitution so a foreign born citizen could run for president would seriously put this nation at risk from a person who was born with allegiances to another country. It would be a national security risk. John Jay...
  • Not a single dime more?

    04/13/2010 3:37:27 AM PDT · by ICAB9USA · 15 replies · 688+ views
    Tribune Review ^ | 4/5/10 | Ralph R. Reiland
    President Obama's big promise is that the vast majority can get tons of free stuff from the government and it won't cost a single dime. They can just force "the rich" to pay. Here's how President Obama said it in his February 2009 State of the Union speech: "If your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased by a single dime. I repeat -- not one single dime." Since only 2 percent of American households earn $250,000 or more per year, Obama is saying that 98 percent can party like there's no tomorrow...
  • Unspun w/AnnaZ : Politically Inner Core Wrecked : Podcast live @ 3pmE

    03/26/2010 9:38:11 AM PDT · by AnnaZ · 9 replies · 288+ views
    And on it goes... Health Care Reform... the neverending topic. Castro says "yay". Enough said... almost. Texas, Jefferson, and Bastiat have their say too. Plus+Breitbart's $10,000 offer, and Bambi and Bibi and Zechariah... oh my. Live at 3pmE/2pmTX/NoonP Listen live here. Call-in number: 347-327-9710
  • Here Come the HCR Benefits...

    03/25/2010 8:36:26 AM PDT · by skimbell · 15 replies · 598+ views
    2010 News Releases and Information | March 25, 2010 | Deere & Company News Release
    2010 News Releases and Information Deere Says New Health Care Reform Law Will Increase 2010 Expense By $150 Million After-Tax MOLINE, Illinois (March 25, 2010) — Deere & Company announced today that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law this week will adversely impact its expenses for fiscal 2010. As a result of the legislation, the company's expenses are expected to be about $150 million higher on an after-tax basis, primarily in the second quarter. This impact was not included in the 2010 outlook for net income attributable to Deere & Company of approximately $1.3 billion disclosed...
  • They Still Don’t Have the Votes

    03/20/2010 1:02:50 PM PDT · by Uncledave · 206 replies · 12,402+ views
    NRO ^ | 3/20/2010 | Jeffrey Anderson
    They Still Don’t Have the Votes [Jeffrey H. Anderson] The most likely explanation for the breakdown of talks between Rep. Bart Stupak and Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not that Pelosi decided she didn’t need Stupak and his crew in order to have enough votes to pass Obamacare. Rather, it is that Stupak — who is increasingly emerging as this drama’s Jefferson Smith (Jimmy Stewart’s heroic character in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) — held firm in insisting on language that would truly prevent taxpayer-funded abortions, and in insisting that such language be passed by the Senate before the bill could...
  • New study is not going to make the President very happy (Obamacare a job-killer)

    03/17/2010 12:26:58 AM PDT · by jerry557 · 8 replies · 550+ views via ^ | 03/16/10 | Greta Van Susteren
    I was tipped off to a study done by the Beacon Hill Institute. I need to read the study to get a better understanding of it (it will be released tomorrow I am told) - but I was tipped off to the conclusion about jobs..and the conclusion is grim! Here is what I received: "...This bill will cost jobs using non-partisan numbers from CBO. This is executive summary of the study from Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University in Boston.." Executive Summary Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, has urged passage of the massive health reform plan...
  • Will Nancy Pelosi Find The Votes?

    03/16/2010 2:04:45 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies · 889+ views ^ | March 16, 2010 | Jay Cost
    The Hill has been keeping a pretty good whip count of the vote. It suggests Nancy Pelosi has a heck of a job on her hand. Here's how I see things breaking down.

    03/15/2010 1:06:18 PM PDT · by Edisto Joe · 1 replies · 135+ views
    The Edisto Joe Outlook ^ | 03/15/2010 | EJO
    Whatever it takes! That's the Democratic plan on passing health care, forcing it through Congress and on to the Presidents desk for signing into law. No obstacle is too big. If there is a question about Constitutional legality, ignore it! If you have a problem with congressional procedure, make new rules to pass it! If someone complains about special deals to certain states, offer it to all states! Pull out all the stops, cancel any overseas trips, find as many people as you can with tales of health coverage tragedy to use as props and display them for all America...
  • Senate Health Care Bill Dead on Arrival, Say Pro-Life House Democrats

    03/10/2010 3:29:11 PM PST · by Southnsoul · 90 replies · 4,633+ views
    FOX News ^ | March 10, 2010 | Carl Cameron
    The health care reform bill passed by the Senate on Christmas Eve appears to be dead on arrival in the House as seven Democratic opponents of abortion have joined a growing list of lawmakers who plan to vote against the legislation, Fox News has learned.
  • Physician Survey: Health Reform May Lead to Significant Reduction in Physician Workforce

    03/10/2010 9:51:53 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 25 replies · 1,003+ views
    NEJM Career Center ^ | Mar. – Apr. 2010
    What if nearly half of all physicians in America stopped practicing medicine? While a sudden loss of half of the nations physicians seems unlikely, a very dramatic decrease in the physician workforce could become a reality as an unexpected side effect of health reform. The Medicus Firm, a national physician search firm based in Dallas and Atlanta, conducted a survey of over 1,000 physicians to determine their expectations as to the impact of health reform on their practices, income, job satisfaction, and future career plans. In discussing career plans as part of the recruitment process, physicians have increasingly expressed apprehension...
  • Arm Twisting Of The Worse Kind

    03/10/2010 1:12:55 PM PST · by Biggirl · 3 replies · 247+ views ^ | March 10, 2010 | annem040359
    What President Barak Obama is doing, is nothing short of arm twisting the likes that would make both the "Sopranos" and the Corleones of the "Godfather" look like "saints".
  • Alice in Health Care: Part III (Thomas Sowell)

    03/03/2010 4:36:46 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 560+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 3, 2010 | Thomas Sowell
    With all the controversies, charges, counter-charges and buzzwords swirling around the issue of medical care in the United States, there is a lot to be said for going back to square one and asking just what is the fundamental problem. The quality of the medical care itself is not the problem. Few— if any— countries can match American medical training, medical technology or the development of life-saving pharmaceutical drugs in the United States. Most countries with government-controlled medical care cannot come close to matching how fast an American can get medical treatment, particularly from specialists. Political hype is no reason...
  • Pelosi Struggles to Corral Votes for Health Care Bill

    02/27/2010 11:58:37 AM PST · by AlanD · 30 replies · 1,274+ views
    Mr. Skelton says he does not see any improvements in the measure that would cause him to vote in favor of it; like Mr. Kratovil, he favors a smaller, less ambitious bill. “It would be a lot easier,” he said, “if we cut this back to basics — take two or three or four issues on which everyone agrees and build on it.” Others, like Representative Jason Altmire, a Pennsylvania Democrat who also voted against the House bill, seem to wonder aloud why Mr. Obama is bothering. With so many Democrats feeling nervous about their past votes in favor of...
  • Democrats to Push Obamacare Next Monday: Are They Nuts?

    02/25/2010 8:46:21 AM PST · by Texas Peartree · 15 replies · 924+ views
    The Voice of Reason ^ | February 25, 2010 | Texas Peartree
    Today Politico reports that Congressional Democrats plan to push for the entire Obamacare monstrosity starting next week. The idea is to create a no-lose situation for the Democrats and stop the negative momentum and plummeting fortunes of the Democrats. How? Well, if Obamacare passes the Left will be re-energized. Rahm Emanuel believes that the reason the Dems are struggling is because they have not forced through health care "reform" with their large majorities in both Houses of Congress. It is inconceivable, to Rahm, that the issue is that Americans understand and hate this "reform" bill. If the bill does not...
  • Domingo to Undergo Surgery After Suffering Abdominal Pain [Healthcare observation]

    02/23/2010 6:18:10 AM PST · by ml/nj · 11 replies · 390+ views
    New York Times ^ | Feb 22, 2010 | DANIEL J. WAKIN
    Plácido Domingo, the peripatetic tenor, conductor and opera house impresario, suffered severe abdominal pain while performing in Tokyo last week and will undergo “preventive surgery,” his spokeswoman said on Monday . . . Mr. Domingo, 69, suffered “intense pain and discomfort” while singing and conducting in Tokyo, Ms. Seltzer said. The pain lasted for more than a week, she said in a statement. He traveled to New York for a medical examination, and doctors recommended the surgery. . . .
  • Pelosi 'Way Short' on Votes

    01/23/2010 11:14:06 AM PST · by opentalk · 7 replies · 947+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Daniel Stone and Eleanor Clift | Daniel Stone and Eleanor Clift
    The Senate approving the House's health-care bill would be the easiest way to pass a reform package without stepping back to more partisan bickering. So says New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, our colleague Sarah Kliff, and a growing drumbeat of angry and despondent progressive voters. Sort out the particulars later, they say. For now, just grow some cojones, bite the bullet, and git ‘er done. Speaker Pelosi said yesterday that she didn’t have the votes to do that ... just yet. How close is she? A senior Democratic aide tells NEWSWEEK that Pelosi et al. are “way short.” No...