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  • ObamaCare is an even bigger mess now than ever.

    07/03/2012 4:52:46 AM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | 6/3/2012 | Michael Tanner
    If the new health care law wasn’t enough of a mess before last week’s Supreme Court decision, that ruling actually added another layer of cost, complexity and political contentiousness to the bill. By striking down part of the law that required states to expand their Medicaid programs, the court tossed a very hot potato into the laps of state lawmakers everywhere. ObamaCare required states to increase eligibility for Medicaid to 133 percent of the poverty line, or roughly $30,000 per year for a family of four. The expansion would also make childless single men (a notoriously high-cost group) eligible for...
  • Sarah Palin Thank you, SCOTUS.

    06/28/2012 11:19:15 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 245 replies
    Facebook ^ | 19 minutes ago | Sarah Palin
    Thank you, SCOTUS. This Obamacare ruling fires up the troops as America’s eyes are opened! Thank God. This proves to be such an unsettling time in America as we undergo the fundamental transformation that Barack Obama promised he would do to us if elected. Obamacare was dealt in deception and confusion by flooding the public with an overwhelming amount of conflicting “rationale” via thousands of pages of unread legislative detail, which is the radical left’s M.O. Obama promised the American people this wasn’t a tax and that he’d never raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000. We now see...
  • Organ transplants could be in illegal immigrants' future

    06/24/2012 7:21:36 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 25, 2012 | Jeff Danna
    Two illegal immigrants initially denied potentially lifesaving organ transplants could eventually receive the procedures at two area hospitals, according to a source close to the men. The University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center last week agreed to begin evaluating Lorenzo Arroyo, 36, for a liver transplant, while Loyola University Medical Center agreed to evaluate Jorge Mariscal, 23, for a kidney transplant, said the Rev. Jose Landaverde of Our Lady of Guadalupe Anglican Catholic Mission in Little Village. The two men have been previously treated for their conditions at those respective institutions. In a statement, UIC confirmed a transplant evaluation...
  • The Conservative Case For Single Payer Health Care (Its the Competitiveness, Stupid)

    06/16/2012 7:50:50 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 57 replies
    Harry's Place ^ | 06/16/2012 | Andrew McMurphy
    On the surface, the title of this article seems paradoxical. How can any conservative in the USA even contemplate the concept of the government creating a single-payer health insurance system covering all Americans and, in effect, ending private major medical health insurance? In this post I hope to make the conservative case for a single payer incontrovertible for those occupying the centre-right politically. Conservatives are supposed to be the defenders of business. Yet our current health care system works as an albatross around the neck of American business. Likewise, the piecemeal reforms of ObamaCare seem only to make some problems...
  • Romney Adviser Norm Coleman Goes Off Message on Health Care

    01/25/2012 11:44:54 AM PST · by true believer forever · 23 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | January 24, 2012 | W. James Antle, III
    Former Sen. Norm Coleman is advising Mitt Romney. He has also advised us not to get our hopes up about Obamacare repeal. "You will not repeal the act in its entirety, but you will see major changes, particularly if there is a Republican president," Coleman told BioCentury This Week television in an interview that aired on Sunday. "You can't whole-cloth throw it out. But you can substantially change what's been done."
  • Why the Doctor Won’t See You

    01/07/2012 5:34:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 69 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2012 | John C. Goodman
    Are you having difficulty finding a doctor who will see you? If you are, brace yourself. Things are about to get a whole lot worse. Right now, the biggest problems are in Massachusetts. If you live in Boston and are trying to see a new family doctor, get prepared to wait more than two months before you ever get a foot in the door. For the state as a whole, the average wait to see a new family doctor is one month. More than half of all family doctors and more than half of all internists are not accepting new...
  • AP Wrongly Claims Palin's Figurative 'Death Panels' Contention 'Now Widely Debunked'

    12/31/2011 12:26:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 31, 2011 | Tom Blumer
    There are quite a few problems with Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar's December 28 coverage ("New fee coming for medical effectiveness research") concerning a new fee (i.e., tax) which will imposed on health insurance companies for each person they cover starting tomorrow. Several times (twice in the body and once as seen above in the headline), the story refers to the assessment as a "medical effectiveness research" fee (without quotes). Just once, in the eleventh paragraph, does Alonso-Zaldivar call it by its far more widely-known name (written as indicated): "comparative effectiveness" research. But the item which stuck out like a sore thumb with...
  • “They don’t call them patients, they call them units” (Sarah was right, again)

    11/24/2011 6:59:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies · 1+ views
    Wizbang ^ | November 24, 2011 | Rick Rice
    Remember when they laughed off, ridiculed and otherwise denied Sarah Palin’s assertion that Obamacare would usher in death panels? Listen to this neurosurgeon, fresh from a seminar in Washington DC, tell about what it is that the HHS has in store for seniors: (AUDIO AT LINK) The Anchoress calls it what it is. Evil: So if you are a 70 year-old Nancy Pelosi, or Paul Krugman — with a potent private health insurance plan such as the one enjoyed by Members of Congress and other bureaucrats — you will get every appropriate surgery and treatment applicable. But if you are...
  • Medical help for illegal immigrants could haunt Mitt Romney

    10/23/2011 8:25:37 PM PDT · by South40 · 28 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10/23/2011 | Noam N. Levey
    On the Republican campaign trail, he derides any such public aid. But the healthcare law he signed as Massachusetts governor allows it. Reporting from Washington— The Massachusetts healthcare law that then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed in 2006 includes a program known as the Health Safety Net, which allows undocumented immigrants to get needed medical care along with others who lack insurance. Uninsured, poor immigrants can walk into a health clinic or hospital in the state and get publicly subsidized care at virtually no cost to them, regardless of their immigration status.
  • State mum on latest ‘Romneycare’ fines (Romney's legacy of taxes, socialism)

    10/22/2011 9:03:08 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 2011-10-20 | Hillary Chabot
    State officials refused to say yesterday how many families they’ve fined this year for buying too little health insurance under former Gov. Mitt Romney’s controversial health-care reform after blistering criticism from GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich thrust the issue into the national spotlight. “We are releasing the 2009 report at the end of the year,” Health Insurance Connector Authority spokesman Richard Powers said. He said officials haven’t sorted the data to identify why the 2010 and 2011 fines were handed out but said between 46,000 to 49,000 people were fined in 2009 for having no insurance or having less insurance...
  • The portrait of a health care reformer (Mitt loves him some Romneycare!)

    10/10/2011 2:41:12 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 10-10-2011 | Ben Smith
    The portrait of a health care reformerBen SmithOctober 10, 2011 Governor Mitt Romney's official portrait in the Massachusetts State House — unveiled in 2009 — pictures him seated with various meaningful objects, including a folder on the desk behind him. That folder, the AP wrote at the time, is "a leather bill binder emblazoned with a medical seal, symbolizing the first-in-the-nation universal health care law he signed in April 2006."It is, a reader reminds me, rather strong evidence that Romney considered the law his crowning policy achievement.
  • Hospitals in Mass. feel fiscal squeeze; 16 reported losses; service cuts feared [RomneyCARE at work]

    07/10/2011 5:58:31 AM PDT · by Diogenesis · 28 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 10, 2011 | Robert Weisman
    Hospitals in Mass. feel fiscal squeeze 16 reported losses; service cuts feared [RomneyCARE at work] "Massachusetts hospitals are buckling under growing financial strains, with 16 - nearly a quarter of them - losing money last year ... Thirteen hospitals in the state also suffered losses in 2009, but the deficits at many of them widened in 2010 ... Health care professionals say the financial squeeze is likely to tighten ... So far, few have resorted to cutting medical services, but there are concerns that could happen." "Hard-pressed hospitals have done away with thousands of jobs over the past few years....
  • With Obamacare Back In The News

    06/16/2011 4:15:53 AM PDT · by billflax · 8 replies
    RealClearMarkets ^ | 03/03/2010 | Bill Flax
    Modern Medical Care is a Blessing Not a Right As last year’s health reform bill again permeates our public discourse many pundits have highlighted how socializing medicine will exacerbate our already precarious budget concerns. Much was also written regarding the evasion of public sentiment when Congress employed especially repugnant procedural tactics. While these aspects ridicule the hypocrisy of our elected representatives, they are secondary. Healthcare is not a right. It's a blessing. Medical treatment or more specifically how we finance it, cannot be considered an unalienable right. It’s a form of consumption. Your right to own a car does not...
  • The Future of ObamaCare Is Now: MA Planning "Global Payment" System.

    05/17/2011 4:42:21 AM PDT · by suspects · 13 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | May 17, 2011 | Michael Graham
    The good news for Mitt Romney is that we’ve finally found someone else who agrees that Romneycare has been a “resounding success.” The bad news? That person is this state’s liberal governor, Deval Patrick. As The Wall Street Journal noted in their devastating editorial take-down of Romneycare last week: “It’s no accident that [Romneycare’s] most vociferous defenders now are in the White House and left-wing media and think tanks.” And it’s also no accident that Romneycare’s out-of-control costs and soaring premiums have forced its defenders to reach for radical solutions. In Patrick’s case, it’s a “global payments” system. Under Patrick’s...
  • Martha Coakley( Mass AG ) backs President Obama's law with Mitt Romney's

    03/11/2011 5:50:49 PM PST · by Leisler · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/7/11 | Jennifer Haberkorn
    In a brief filed Monday in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, Coakley says the fact that Romney and the Massachusetts Legislature imposed an individual mandate as part of their health care law suggests that Congress had a "rational basis" for imposing a similar mandate in its law. “Obamacare is bad law constitutionally, bad policy, and it is bad for America’s families,” Romney said.
  • Mitch Daniels and Mitt Romney both want to run in 2012, but face health care roadblock

    03/04/2011 9:57:47 AM PST · by The Doctor · 24 replies
    What do Mitt Romney and Mitch Daniels have in common? Both are Republican governors who have presidential aspirations, and they are making the rounds on political talk shows to keep a high profile. Both men also face a common roadblock: Both have to explain how they can oppose ObamaCare while implementing programs in their state that are awfully close to the rules of Obama’s programs.
  • Health-care jabs bloody up Mitt Romney

    02/25/2011 11:02:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | February 26, 2011 | Hillary Chabot
    Former Gov. Mitt Romney came under new fire from all sides yesterday over his landmark Bay State health-care overhaul as potential 2012 Republican rivals and local Democrats took turns blasting the GOP presidential front-runner. “I’ve talked to residents of Massachusetts, and what I’ve gotten is that (health-care reform is) really not working well at all,” said former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who is believed to be considering a 2012 bid. Johnson declined to comment on whether health care will hurt Romney’s candidacy, saying, “whatever the criticism is about a candidate, everyone already knows it. I don’t (have to) say...
  • Aide: Romney 'Proud' of Massachusetts Health Care Overhaul

    02/25/2011 6:08:50 AM PST · by nhwingut · 35 replies
    National Journal ^ | 02/24/11 | Beth Reinhard
    Offering a sneak peak of the 2012 Republican primary, a spokesman for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Thursday defended the sweeping health insurance overhaul that Romney helped enact in Massachusetts in response to criticism from former and possibly future presidential rival Mike Huckabee. “Mitt Romney is proud of what he accomplished for Massachusetts in getting everyone covered,’’ said Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom. “What's important now is to return to the states the power to determine their own health care solutions by repealing Obamacare. A one-size-fits-all plan for the entire nation just doesn't work.''
  • Dem Rep Says Use of Term 'Obamacare' Violates House Rules

    02/18/2011 1:41:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02/18/2011 | Philip Klein
    Moments ago, Rep. Tom Graves was arguing that the amendment to defund the implementation of the national health care would stop the law dead in its tracks. ... "In two previous gentlemen’s statements on the amendment, both of them referred to the Affordable Care Act, which is the accurate title of the health care reform law, as ‘ObamaCare,’" Wasserman Schultz said. "That is a disparaging reference to the President of the United States. It is meant as a disparaging reference to the President of the United States. It is clearly in violation of the House rules."
  • Judge Vinson's Bittersweet ObamaCare Ruling

    02/05/2011 3:39:52 AM PST · by Scanian · 7 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 05, 2011 | Monte Kuligowski
    Ruling that the ObamaCare insurance mandate is unconstitutional is like saying that water is wet. Of course it's an unconstitutional abuse of federal power. If the feds can force people to buy health insurance there is virtually no limit to the reach of federal meddling into the affairs of life. In a sense, it's fortunate that the unmitigated arrogance of Obama, Reid and Pelosi -- as witnessed in the healthcare "reform" debacle -- is pushing even postmodern constitutional jurisprudence to its very limits. Two federal district court judges have concluded that ObamaCare is constitutional. In doing so, they wandered into...
  • Don’t get sick - Health care costs are rising for those already insured (Thanks Rats! /sarc)

    12/28/2010 3:47:01 AM PST · by tobyhill · 52 replies · 5+ views
    Lake Stevens Journal ^ | 12/28/2010 | BY PAM STEVENS
    Frustration over the new Obamacare is rising as employers and employees are now seeing first-hand the actual costs to consumers for this “new and improved” health care system. I don’t know about the rest of you, but our family’s health care costs went up over $400 a month, and that’s with my husband’s company pitching in an additional $50 a month. Not only did our premiums go up, but so did our deductible—by $500 per year. The frustration of the cost of this new health care system is hitting even those who never had to pay for health insurance. Microsoft...
  • Mitt Romney’s Albatross–RomneyCare: An Appeal to Federalism Won’t Help His 2012 Presidential Bid

    12/13/2010 7:20:19 PM PST · by iowaguy1972 · 5 replies
    Caffeinated Theology ^ | 12/13/10 | Shane Vander Hart
    David Weinberger at The Daily Caller wrote an op/ed about how RomneyCare doesn’t need to hurt Mitt Romney’s presidential hopes. How? An appeal to federalism:
  • Yes, ObamaCare Still Worse Than You Thought

    12/13/2010 4:38:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2010 | Bruce Bialosky
    This is second in a three-part series on what the new Congress should set as its priorities.While most Republicans ran on repealing the Health Care Act of 2010, Democrats kept saying that Americans would eventually embrace the features of the bill and that Republicans would never be able to overturn such a major piece of legislation. A new analysis of the bill – by the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) – would make any common-sense individual an enthusiastic devotee of the total obliteration of this monstrosity. The rules established in this massive bill would set anyone back on their...
  • Patrick to push for in-state tuition for illegals

    11/16/2010 2:39:23 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies · 1+ views
    ap ^ | November 16, 2010 | RUSSELL CONTRERAS
    Gov. Deval Patrick says he’ll use his second term to try to implement the rest of an advisory panel’s recent recommendations on immigration reform, including in-state tuition for illegal immigrant students and more English classes. Patrick told immigrant advocates Tuesday that the moves will help better integrate the state’s immigrant population, seventh largest in the country. Last year, an advisory panel released a report on possible Massachusetts immigration reforms, and advocates have been pressing Patrick to push for dozens of recommendations in the report.
  • Governor’s 2nd Term To Focus On Helping Illegal Immigrants (MA)

    11/17/2010 10:44:06 AM PST · by La Lydia · 8 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 17, 2010
    The newly reelected governor who created a special council to help illegal immigrants integrate into society promises to spend his second term pushing for measures to benefit undocumented aliens in his state. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, former Clinton Administration official, assured open borders advocates this week that he’ll advance an ambitious agenda launched during his first term to assist illegal aliens... In all, the governor’s council offered 131 ideas aimed at integrating immigrants and refugees into the civic and economic life of the Commonwealth...Among the key recommendations is granting illegal immigrants drivers’ licenses and discounted in-state-tuition at public colleges and...
  • (MA) Health panel brings out big guns (residents can't and won't pay healthcare fines)

    11/17/2010 6:20:17 AM PST · by pabianice · 19 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 11/17/10 | McConville
    BOSTON, MA -- The state’s health insurance connector — the highly touted agency that aims to bring cheap medical care to the masses — has turned into a legal pit bull by aggressively going after a growing number of Bay Staters who say they can’t afford mandated insurance — or the penalties imposed for not having it. The Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority is cracking down on more than 3,000 residents who are fighting state fines, and has even hired a private law firm to force the health insurance scofflaws to pay penalties of up to $2,000 a year. All...
  • Tea Party Leader: Romney’s Healthcare Past Won’t Fly

    11/11/2010 10:13:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News' The Note ^ | November 11, 2010 | Arlette Saenz
    Mitt Romney could face strong resistance in a potential White House bid from Tea Partiers troubled by the healthcare plan he implemented as governor of Massachusetts. In an interview on CBN’s The Brody File Show, Amy Kremer, director of grassroots and coalitions for the Tea Party Express, one of the most public Tea Party groups in the country, was asked if Romney’s hand in the enactment of the Massachusetts healthcare plan would fly with the Tea Party movement. “I'm being honest here. You can't get away from that,” Kremer told host David Brody. “These people don't have short memories. They're...
  • Obama blames lack of Republican cooperation for failure of his healthcare bill

    11/08/2010 4:18:17 AM PST · by Suvroc10 · 48 replies
    Examiner ^ | November 8, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    Barack Obama blames the lack of Republican cooperation for the failure of his healthcare bill, according to comments he made on last night’s "60 Minutes" TV program. Sitting down with Steve Kroft two days after his self-described "shellacking" this past Tuesday, Obama attempted to make it appear as if he sort of, kind of understood what the American people were plainly communicating to him when they fired a whole heck of a lot of Democrats in the midterms. However, Obama’s insistence to still shift the blame to the Republicans even now, when it should be 100% clear to him that...
  • Obama compares his health care plan to Romney's on '60 Minutes.' "Wasn't that different...."

    11/07/2010 7:57:04 PM PST · by Right Wingnut 2 · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Right Speak ^ | 11/7/2010 | Right Wingnut
    President Obama sat down with Steve Kroft from 60 Minutes Sunday night to discuss the political earthquake that occurred on Tuesday. Not surprisingly, ObamaCare was discussed as a source of voter discontent. The President acknowledged the political consequences of ramming the government takeover of health care down our throats. However, in a likely preview of what is to come should Mitt Romney win the GOP nomination, he drew comparisons between his health care legislation and the one conceived and enacted by the former Governor of Massachusetts. Politico reports: [...] Obama sought in the interview to explain many of his policy...
  • ‘Illegals’ medical bills top $35.7M (in MA)

    10/26/2010 9:28:29 PM PDT · by GOPsterinMA · 48 replies · 1+ views
    www.bostonherald.com ^ | Wednesday, October 27, 2010 | Jessica Van Sack
    Beleaguered Bay State and U.S. taxpayers coughed up a staggering $35.7 million this year in free emergency health care for more than 52,000 illegal aliens in Massachusetts, sparking outrage from candidates and critics who back a tougher line on immigration. The figures — released by Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration under an order for the Secretary of State’s office and after more than a month of ducking questions — show illegal immigrants who belong to MassHealth Limited received $33.8 million in taxpayer-funded in-patient hospital care this year. They also made 6,160 visits to the state’s overburdened emergency rooms in the fiscal...
  • Conservatives and RomneyCare

    10/06/2010 5:55:18 PM PDT · by Leisler · 17 replies · 1+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 10.6.10 | Philip Klein
    Piggybacking off of this Politico article on conservatives attacking RomneyCare, Jon Chait asks why in 2008, "nearly all (conservatives) were fine with Romney's health care plan." If you were reading the National Review -- which had a soft spot for Mitt -- I can see why you would have that impression, but the reality is a lot more complicated. For starters, there were a lot of conservatives who did raise issues about his health care plan, and we published a lot of them here at the Spectator. I was a frequent critic of both Romney and his health care plan,...
  • Health care past clings to Mitt Romney

    10/05/2010 11:07:34 PM PDT · by pissant · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | Carrie Brown
    Six months ago, as the Republican base lined up against the Democratic health care overhaul, Mitt Romney stood by his signature achievement as Massachusetts governor, a comprehensive health care law that served as a model for the national program. That was then. Now, stopping “Obamacare” cold has become an article of faith on the right, and Romney is facing the prospect that his health care plan could be his undoing as a presidential contender. Conservatives, in turn, are increasingly blunt in their advice to Romney: Say you’re sorry. “I guarantee that, at the top of everyone’s list on how to...
  • Graham Continues Push for Repeal and Replace of Obamacare

    WASHINGTON - Continuing his commitment to the repeal and replace of Obamacare, United States Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) has introduced legislation to repeal another major provision of the recently-passed health care law - the Community Living Assistance Services and Support (CLASS) Act. "The CLASS Act is a Ponzi scheme that would make Bernie Madoff blush," said Graham. "It's billed as an insurance program for long-term care, but really it's just a huge and very costly government accounting trick." Graham said: * Under the CLASS Act, the government can begin collecting long-term care ‘insurance' premiums in 2011. * The CLASS...
  • The Pledge To Repeal ObamaCare

    09/23/2010 8:22:31 AM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 3 replies
    The Silent Majority ^ | 09-22-10 | J. D. Longstreet
    Will Republicans take the pledge? I mean the Pledge to repeal ObamaCare. The Independent Women’s Voice is promoting the pledge. They are asking members of Congress and candidates for Congress to sign the pledge. So, who, or what, is the Independent Women’s Voice? According to their website: “The Independent Women’s Voice is a 501(c)(4) nonpartisan, nonprofit organization for mainstream women, men and families. IWV is the sister organization of the Independent Women’s Forum. Like IWF, IWV is dedicated to promoting limited government, free markets, and personal responsibility. IWV believes that too often the media assumes that all women are represented...
  • The pain begins: First taste of ObamaCare

    09/23/2010 4:09:35 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 23, 2010 | Michael Tanner
    There's no such thing as a free lunch. If you're going to require insurers to cover more expensive customers and provide more benefits, it's going to cost more -- and those costs are going to be passed on to customers in the form of higher premiums. When New York implemented many of these same insurance rules in 1983, premiums rose by nearly $500 per policy -- resulting in nearly 500,000 New Yorkers dropping their insurance. Already this fall, we're seeing premiums jump as much as 9 percent nationally next year, especially in the individual and small-group markets. Some customers are...
  • Obama faults himself for not selling health law

    09/23/2010 4:11:01 AM PDT · by upchuck · 29 replies
    ASS press ^ | September 22, 2010 | ERICA WERNER
    Blaming himself for coolness to his health care overhaul, President Barack Obama is seeking to reintroduce the law to voters who don't much like or understand it six months after he signed it. [T]he president rolled up his sleeves to address them Wednesday in a sunny Virginia backyard, highlighting changes that take effect at the six-month mark on Thursday. These include a ban on lifetime coverage limits, as well as free coverage for preventive care and immunizations. Young adults will be able to stay on their parents' plans until they turn 26, and kids with pre-existing health conditions won't be...
  • GOP divided on how to replace new health law

    09/20/2010 8:06:54 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 50 replies
    AP via msnbc.com ^ | September 20, 2010 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON — Republicans are promising to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care overhaul if they win control of Congress. But with what? Not even they know. Some have proposed major changes to workplace coverage, even turning Medicare into a voucher plan. Many prefer small steps that tiptoe around political land mines. Others want a clean start. "During the health care debate there was just as much division within Republicans as there was between the parties," said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a leading adviser to 2008 GOP presidential candidate John McCain. "It will be more visible now that Republicans may be...
  • Regulations rise as VCs exit health care

    09/18/2010 3:03:31 PM PDT · by GeorgeSaden · 9 replies
    PALO ALTO, Calif. – Medical electronics companies face increasing hurdles getting funding and regulatory approval to bring new technologies to market, according to executives at a medical device event here. "We're in a bit of a perfect storm right now with some of the worst things I've seen in 30 years," said Eamonn Hobbs, chief executive of DelCath Systems and chairman of the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA), host of the event. As many as three-quarters of venture capitalists are exiting the health care field as the total pool of venture capital decreases and regulatory hurdles increase, said Kevin Wasserstein,...
  • Get set for big premium hikes

    09/13/2010 3:26:50 AM PDT · by Scanian · 18 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 12, 2010 | Betsy McCaughey
    President Obama is boast ing that his new health law provides "free" preventive care, such as mammograms and colonoscopies. But when you open your mail, you'll find out that's untrue; all he's doing is making you pay for it in advance. The government isn't going to force you to get a colonoscopy, but being forced to pay for one feels almost the same. Millions of Americans are getting notices that their premiums are going up to pay for changes required under the ObamaCare law. Section 2713 of the law requires that those premiums include the full cost for such preventive...
  • ObamaCare's Fatal Flaw?

    09/13/2010 3:00:19 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 13, 2010 | Louis Case
    --snip--Virginia is asserting that certain portions (that is, personal mandate) of ObamaCare are unconstitutional. If Virginia prevails, it leaves the question of what happens to the rest of the ObamaCare statute? This is where the concept of severance comes in. Normally all comprehensive laws contain a boilerplate severance clause; it says that if any portion of the law is found to be unconstitutional that portion is severed from the rest of the law, that is, the rest of the law stands. But ObamaCare contains no severance clause...
  • ObamaCare extortion

    09/13/2010 3:30:42 AM PDT · by Scanian · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 13, 2010 | Michael Tanner
    The mobster walks into an of fice. "Mighty nice insurance company you have here," he muses. "Be a shame if anything happened to it." Shortly thereafter the business owner "voluntarily" hands over a payment for "protection." The Obama administration didn't quite pull a page from the Sopranos last week -- but it came awfully close. Faced with the fact that the new health-care law was driving up insurance premiums, Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius warned that the administration would have "zero tolerance" for anyone who blamed them for those price hikes. Insurance companies that persist in telling the...
  • Obamacare Is Here to Stay

    09/04/2010 3:46:35 PM PDT · by thecabal · 93 replies
    NewsReal Blog ^ | Sep. 4, 2010 | Chris Rowan
    Hugh Hewitt interviewed Senate minority leader John Boehner a few days ago, and could not get Boehner to commit to a rapid legislative agenda to repeal and reverse the democrat’s leftist legislative cramdown after the midterms in November. Boehner hemmed and hawed, sounding every bit like the establishment inside-the-beltway career politicians that got us into the dire economic mess that we’re in now. To make matters worse, Bill Kristol related to Hewitt on yesterday’s podcast that he asked a “high-ranking GOP leader” what their plans were, what they intended to do should the GOP take control of one or both...
  • Employers shifting health-care costs to workers, survey shows

    09/02/2010 3:14:14 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 26 replies
    washington post ^ | 9/2/2010 | David S. Hilzenrath
    Amid high unemployment and a weak economy, employers have been shifting health care costs to workers, according to a study released Thursday. The premiums that employees pay for employer-sponsored family coverage rose an average of 13.7 percent this year, while the amount that employers contribute fell by 0.9 percent, the survey found. For family coverage, workers are paying an average of $3,997, up $482 from last year, while employers are paying an average of $9,773, down $87, according to the survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust. With so many people out of work,...
  • Man without health care sues state over $2G fine (RomneyCare)

    08/10/2010 2:24:54 PM PDT · by GOPsterinMA · 27 replies
    www.bostonherald.com ^ | Tuesday, August 10, 2010 | Christine McConville
    Michael Merlina was fed up, frustrated and seemingly out of options when he walked into Middlesex Superior Court last week and plunked down $275 for court fees. With help from a few clerks, Merlina became his own lawyer and filed a lawsuit against the Massachusetts Health Insurance Connector Authority. The 29-year-old North Reading glazier is fighting the $2,000 state fine for not having health insurance. In 2009, the first year penalties were in place, Merlina paid a $400 fine for him his wife. This time, he balked. “It makes no sense to me,” Merlina told The Pulse. “I’m a hard-working,...
  • Sally Pipes: Seniors will suffer under Obamacare (Part 2)

    08/10/2010 6:22:23 AM PDT · by GailA · 38 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/3/10 | Sally Pipes
    According to the Congressional Budget Office, Obamacare will cost at least $938 billion over the next decade. So here's the big question: Who is going to pay for it? The answer is ... drum roll please ... senior citizens. As it turns out, more than half this bill will be covered through cuts in Medicare spending. Medicare affects an enormous portion of the population. In 2008, it covered more than 45 million Americans. Roughly 38 million of them were 65 or older. The other 7 million were disabled. All told, the president's health care bill will cut Medicare by $575...
  • ObamaCare Decisions Will be Made by Sebelius

    08/05/2010 7:20:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2010 | Janice Shaw Crouse
    Already known for his flow charts illustrating the complexity of the monstrosity known as ObamaCare, Houston-area Congressman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) has just released another chart showing the disorganization and chaos inherent in the new health care legislation that the Democrats rammed through Congress. The flow chart — covering only about one-third of the bill ¬— is expected to provide ammunition for the already-overwhelming opposition to the nearly 3,000 word catastrophe that hands over America’s health care decisions to political appointee Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Rep. Brady, the ranking Republican on the Joint House-Senate Economic Committee,...
  • Networks Ignore Missouri Voters' Rejection of ObamaCare, Instead Celebrate Obama's Birthday

    08/05/2010 4:41:42 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 10 replies · 1+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | August 5, 2010 | Brent Baker
    In the first voter referendum on ObamaCare, Missourians on Tuesday overwhelmingly (by 71 to 29 percent) backed Proposition C which called upon the state to enact a statute to “deny the government authority to penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private health insurance,” an outcome the St. Louis Post-Dispatch described as “rebuking President Barack Obama's administration.” On Wednesday night, however, the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts skipped the bad news for President Obama – yet all found time to celebrate his 49th birthday. (The Missouri repudiation of a central tenet of ObamaCare came a day after another setback...
  • ObamaCare: A Tangled Knot Around America's Throat (SEE CHART!)

    08/03/2010 9:20:11 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 12 replies · 284+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | August 3, 2010 | Editorial
     View Enlarged ImageBureaucratic Web: Those who wondered what was in the health care overhaul bill now have a chance to look inside. What they see is a snarl of lines, arrows and geometric shapes that will do nothing to improve medical care. Republican Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, GOP Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas and the minority staff of the Joint Economic Committee have provided a priceless public service by creating a flow chart (below) of the federal health care system that is being created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The chart displays, in words we can't improve, "a...
  • A Fair Exchange [Romney Aide explains Insurance Exchanges in RomneyCare]

    07/27/2010 10:40:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 28, 2010 | Frank Micciche
    GIVEN the continuing partisan rancor over the health care reform act signed in March, how can responsible policymakers in the White House and in state capitols move forward to expand access to health insurance and reduce health care costs, goals that both parties share? The answer is simple: health insurance exchanges, which have long had bipartisan support. These exchanges, which the health care act requires states to establish, allow individuals and groups to purchase coverage, under some form of risk pooling, from a network of insurers. The next step is for the White House to help state governments put these...
  • If You Thought Health Care Was Expensive Before, Just Wait Until Democrats Get Done With It

    07/26/2010 10:19:18 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-26-10 | DrJohn
    Many of us know that the health care law forced upon us was only the beginning of the battle toward full government control of health care. Harry Reid once again provides confirmation : "We're going to have a public option," Reid said. "It's just a question of when." Let's fast forward to the future of the US health care system. Here are my predictions for the Obamacare of tomorrow: * Restrictions on some of the most basic and common operations, including hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery and orthodontic procedures. * Plans to cut hundreds of thousands of dollars from...