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  • Social Security and Medicare funds at risk even before virus

    04/22/2020 11:20:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 22, 2020 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and MARTIN CRUTSINGER
    WASHINGTON - The financial conditions of the government’s two biggest benefits programs remain shaky, with Medicare projected to become insolvent in six years and Social Security on track to no longer be able to pay full benefits starting in 2035. And that’s without accounting for the impact of the coronavirus, which is sure to impose further pressure on the two programs. For Social Security, the projected 2035 date for exhausting the trust fund reserves means that it would be able to pay only 79% of benefits at that time. The projected timetables, which remained unchanged from last year’s estimates, were...
  • COVID-19 was not the primary cause of death for Silverthorne man ( Colorado )

    04/18/2020 10:11:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Swift Communications ^ | 4/18/2020 | Sawyer D'Argonne
    The Summit County Coroner’s Office has determined that COVID-19 was not the primary cause of death for the Silverthorne man who died last weekend and later tested positive for the disease. On April 11, Summit County announced the death of a Silverthorne man in his 60s, who tested positive for the novel coronavirus after his death. On Friday, Summit County Coroner Regan Wood said the man had undiagnosed diabetes and suffered a diabetic ketoacidosis event that resulted in his death. The man also had coronary artery disease, which is related to the diabetes. While the new coronavirus was not the...
  • How Democrats Would Make Hospitals’ Corona Cash Crunch Worse

    04/17/2020 6:53:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 17, 2020 | Christopher Jacobs
    The types of financial shocks hospitals currently face illustrate the problems inherent in Democrats’ proposed expansions of government-run health care. The coronavirus pandemic has inflicted such vast damage on the American economy that one damaged sector has gone relatively unnoticed. Despite incurring a massive influx of new patients, the hospital industry faces what one executive called a “seismic financial shock” from the virus. The types of shocks hospitals currently face also illustrate the problems inherent in Democrats’ proposed expansions of government-run health care. Likewise, the pay and benefit cuts and furloughs that some hospitals have enacted in response to these...
  • Here's How Medicare for All Would Deal with the Coronavirus Pandemic; The British NHS Gives Us A Hint

    04/15/2020 7:35:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04/15/2020 | Jeff Reynolds
    Most of the field of candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination at one point signed on to the idea of Medicare for All, a compromise proposal by Bernie Sanders for universal health care coverage. In a pandemic, people panic, and seek security. Many may think that this event proves the need for universal, government-run coverage. What would that look like in reality? How would Medicare for All handle the coronavirus pandemic?Luckily, we have a real world example that is dealing with coronavirus today: Great Britain's National Health Service (NHS). NHS has long been known for its tradeoff between...
  • Congress Has Created the ‘Medicaid Perfect Storm’—But They Can Fix It

    04/08/2020 10:48:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | April 8, 2020 | Nicholas Horton
    Rahm Emanuel infamously said, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.” It seems some members of Congress have taken his advice. In a rush to help states that are financially struggling—or preparing for financial turmoil—as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) last month. Despite their best intentions, the fallout from this piece of legislation could be objectively catastrophic for states. Indeed, the bill worsens many of the problems it purports to solve, and Congress must act swiftly to fix it. The FFCRA offers states increased federal Medicaid dollars to help...
  • Biden says coronavirus’ impact on health system hasn’t changed his mind on single-payer

    03/31/2020 3:43:28 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    CNBC ^ | 3/30/20 | Tucker Higgins
    Former Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that he was not reconsidering his opposition to single-payer health care despite the strain that the coronavirus pandemic has put on the existing health-care system. “Single-payer will not solve that at all,” Biden said during an interview on MSNBC. **SNIP** “The thing that is needed is, for example, we have a whole number of hospitals that are being stretched, including rural hospitals, they are going to need more financing. That doesn’t come from a single-payer system,” Biden said. “That comes from the federal government stepping up and dealing with concerns that they have,”...
  • Trump Admin Lifts Limits on Telehealth Services for 62 Million Medicare Recipients

    03/17/2020 12:12:42 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 36 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | MMarch 17, 2020 Updated: March 17, 2020 | Ivan Pentchoukov
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 17 lifted all restrictions on telehealth services for Americans covered by Medicare to address the threat of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. President Donald Trump announced the lifting of the limits during a press conference at the White House, calling it a “historic breakthrough.” “This has not been done before either,” the president said. Previously Medicare only covered telehealth services for those living in rural areas and brief visits for established patients. With the restrictions lifted, all 62 million Medicare beneficiaries can call a doctor’s office and request to have their...
  • More Clinton Court Battles [Weekly Update]

    03/13/2020 4:17:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 13, 2020 | Tom Fitton
    Hillary Clinton Appeals Federal Court Order to Go Under Oath Where are Hillary Clinton’s Text Messages? FBI Cleared Extremists Who Carried Out Deadliest U.S. Attacks Since 9/11 U.S. Makes $175 Billion in Payments “That Should Not Have Been Made” Hillary Clinton Appeals Federal Court Order to Go Under Oath In another desperate attempt by the Clinton machine to delay truth and accountability for her email conduct and how it impacted the people’s “right to know” under FOIA, lawyers for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills have asked the Court of Appeals...
  • I will be addressing the Nation this evening at 9:00 P.M. (Eastern) from the Oval Office.

    03/11/2020 1:46:45 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 602 replies
    POTUS via Twitter ^ | 03/11/20 | Donald J. Trump
    I will be addressing the Nation this evening at 9:00 P.M. (Eastern) from the Oval Office.
  • Trump Administration to Delay April 15 Tax Deadline for Most Individuals

    The Trump administration plans to delay the April 15 tax deadline for most individual taxpayers as well as small businesses as part of an effort to mitigate the effects of the spread of the novel coronavirus, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday. Mr. Mnuchin said the delay would apply “to virtually all Americans, other than the super rich,” and said officials would likely announce a decision quickly...
  • Report: Trump Pitched 0% Payroll Tax For Rest of Year to Combat Coronavirus

    03/10/2020 6:17:34 PM PDT · by bitt · 111 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/10/2020 | john carney
    President Donald Trump proposed eliminating federal payroll taxes altogether for the rest of the year, according to a report from CNBC Tuesday. The proposal would include eliminating both the employer and employee payroll taxes on Social Security and Medicare, according to the report. “There was also discussion of making the payroll tax rollback permanent,” CNBC reported.
  • The Dangers of Medicare for All. It is pure fantasy to believe that the access and quality Americans enjoy today would hold if private insurance were abolished.

    03/09/2020 6:49:36 AM PDT · by karpov · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 9, 2020 | Scott W. Atlas
    It may seem counterintuitive, but single-payer health care proposals like Medicare for All could very well destroy Medicare as we know it and jeopardize medical care for seniors. It’s not just because single-payer systems like those in Britain and Canada hold down costs by limiting the availability of doctors and treatments, even for the most serious life-threatening diseases like cancer, brain tumors and heart disease. And it’s not just because single-payer systems restrict access to the newest drugs for cancer and other serious diseases, sometimes for years, compared with the United States system. Or that single-payer systems have shown to...
  • U.S. Weighs Paying Hospitals for Treating Uninsured Coronavirus Patients

    03/03/2020 1:56:44 PM PST · by Theoria · 23 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03 March 2020 | Stephanie Armour
    The Trump administration is considering using a national disaster program to pay hospitals and doctors for their care of uninsured people infected with the new coronavirus as concerns rise over costs of treating some of the 27 million Americans without health coverage, a person familiar with the conversations said. In natural disasters such as hurricanes, hospitals and medical facilities can be reimbursed under a federal program that pays them about 110% of Medicare rates for treating patients such as those evacuated from hard-hit areas. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been in discussions about using that program to...
  • Bernie Sanders' New Favorite Medicare for All Study Has Major Problems. Medicare for All would cost far, far more than he says.

    02/27/2020 4:36:53 PM PST · by karpov · 6 replies
    Reason ^ | February 26, 2020 | Peter Suderman
    Has any question taken up more airtime at the Democratic debates than how to pay for Medicare for All? The question keeps being asked partly because multiple estimates have found that the single-payer plan, which would eliminate virtually all private health insurance, would require more than $30 trillion in additional government spending over a decade, a historically unprecedented sum. But it has also been a fixture because of the way it has caused candidates to stumble in revealing ways. No primary candidate is more closely associated with Medicare for All than the current front-runner and likely nominee Sen. Bernie Sanders...
  • Two Los Angeles Pharmacy Owners Sentenced for Multimillion-Dollar Scheme that Billed Medicare, Cigna $11.8 Million in Fraudulent Medication Claims

    02/27/2020 10:34:15 AM PST · by ransomnote · 14 replies ^ | February 26, 2020 | DOJ
    Two owners and operators of a Los Angeles pharmacy were both sentenced today to 144 months in prison for their roles in a health care fraud scheme where Medicare and CIGNA were billed more than $11.8 million in fraudulent claims for prescription drugs.Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Nicola T. Hanna of the Central District of California, Special Agent in Charge Timothy DeFrancesca of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Los Angeles Regional Office, Assistant Director in Charge Paul Delacourt of the FBI’s...
  • 'Block her in': Sanders supporters swarm Illinois Democratic congressional candidate's car

    02/27/2020 2:18:41 AM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/26/20 | Anthony Leonardi
    A group of Sen. Bernie Sanders supporters attempted to intimidate an Illinois Democratic congressional candidate into supporting the socialist's agenda. The Vermont senator's supporters on Monday live-streamed their activity on social media while Betsy Dirksen Londrigan concluded a campaign appearance in Champaign, Illinois. Following the event, the group challenged Londrigan to debate Illinois socialist candidate Stefanie Smith. "Where did she go?" one person in the video can be heard asking. "She's going out. Let's go." The Sanders supporters then surrounded Londrigan's vehicle, telling each other to "block her in" and to "get by her window!" One of the agitators can...
  • Medicare for Some ... Depending on Their Politics?

    02/20/2020 6:02:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | February 20, 2020 | Laura Hollis
    Twenty-three years ago, I was asked to give a talk to the New York City Bar Association as part of a symposium titled "Executioners, Jailers, Slave Trappers and the Law: What Role Should Morality Play in Judging?" I was charged with addressing what judges should do when faced with moral quandaries over issues like partial-birth abortion (also called "dilation and evacuation abortions," or "D&E abortions") and physician-assisted suicide. While I was discussing the present, the other panelists -- most of whom were judges -- were discussing the past (as in, "What should judges have done about slavery?" or "Should judges...
  • Harry Reid on 'Medicare for All': 'Not a chance in hell it would pass'

    02/19/2020 6:09:04 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/19/20 | Marty Johnson
    Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) criticized Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) signature "Medicare for All" health care plan ahead of Wednesday night's Democratic presidential primary debate in Las Vegas. While Reid said during an interview with ABC News's Rick Klein that he thinks "the world of Bernie Sanders," he called the progressive senator's health care plan "impractical." "There’s not a chance in hell it would pass," Reid said in the podcast interview. Reid has spoken out about Medicare for All in the past, telling Vice last year he didn't think the plan could pass and that Democrats should instead...
  • 'Medicare for All' will turn into health care for none

    02/16/2020 2:42:25 PM PST · by karpov · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 16, 2020 | Elizabeth O'Connor
    Whether we can use the results as legitimate or not, the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries showed one thing — progressive policies articulated by former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg are currently resonating with Democratic voters. But while he has surged in popularity over longtime Democrat party players, how would his policies play out nationally? Buttigieg has roughly outlined numerous platform policies, but the roughest right now is his health care plan: “Medicare for All Who Want It.” This idea is to offer a public option that will compete in the health care insurance market against employee sponsored...
  • AOC lowers expectations on Medicare for All, admitting Sanders 'can't wave a magic wand' to pass it

    02/15/2020 9:19:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Yahoo via MSN ^ | 2/14/20 | David Knowles
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Thursday that if Sen. Bernie Sanders were elected president, he still might not be able to get Medicare for All, his signature health plan, passed in Congress. “A president can’t wave a magic wand and pass any legislation they want,” Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., told HuffPost this week. While Ocasio-Cortez rarely tempers expectations when championing ideas like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal to fight climate change she helped author, she went on to suggest that under a President Sanders, a “compromise” might emerge on health care, even though she still considers Sanders’s bill the gold...