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  • Fact check: 'Obamacare' hasn't yet reduced health insurance costs (Obama's a LIAR!)

    10/04/2012 4:18:55 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 4 replies
    la times ^ | 10/3/2012 | Noam N. Levey
    President Obama reiterated a claim that his healthcare law will reduce costs, a promise he made when he started pushing for an overhaul as a candidate four years ago. Then, Obama said he would cut family health insurance premiums by $2,500 by the end of his first term. Today, this stands as one of the president’s biggest unfulfilled promises. In fact, the average employee share of an employer-provided health plan jumped from $3,515 in 2009 to $4,316 in 2012, an increase of more than 22%, according to a survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational...
  • Obama Adviser Admits That Obamacare’s Death Panels Are “Inevitable”

    10/03/2012 7:48:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Restoring Liberty ^ | 10/02/2012 | Joe Miller
    A top Democrat strategist and donor who served as President Obama’s lead auto-industry adviser recently conceded that the rationing of heath services under Obamacare is “inevitable.” Steven Rattner advocated that such rationing should target elderly patients, while stating, “We need death panels.” Rattner serves on the board the New America Foundation, or NAF, a George Soros-funded think tank that was instrumental in supporting Obamacare in 2010. Soros’ son, financier Jonathan Soros, is also a member of the foundation’s board. Rattner was the so-called “car czar,” the lead auto adviser to the Treasury Department under Obama. Last month, Rattner penned an...
  • Joe's Middle Class Family out $1294+ Next Year

    10/03/2012 4:23:49 AM PDT · by sr4402 · 20 replies
    Self | October 3, 2012 | Self
    Joe's middle class family has a taxable income of a meager $17,399 and he barely gets by. So he was dismayed to find out he was getting a 50% Federal Tax rate increase. On top of this, he learned there was to be a 30% increase in his social security tax payments. But he really began to cry when he saw his bare bones medical insurance premium skyrocket due to Obama's "Affordable" Care Act" (PPACA). Joe really wants everyone to let the Democrats know how he feels this November.
  • Doctor seeking Illinois Senate seat offers brutal diagnosis of ObamaCare in viral video

    10/02/2012 5:40:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 2, 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    She's a former nun, an Army major, a lawyer, a college professor and a physician. Now Dr. Barbara Bellar wants to be a state senator from Illinois, and she has one question about ObamaCare. “What the blank could possibly go wrong?” Bellar asks, tongue in cheek, after delivering a one-sentence indictment of President Obama's health care law. Bellar, a Republican candidate running for office in the state’s 18th district, gave the extended one-liner while warming up the crowd at a recent event for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Someone captured it on video, and now the doctor's diagnosis of the...
  • Romney should expose IRS as enforcer for Obamacare

    10/02/2012 1:41:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/02/2012 | Byron York
    As Mitt Romney campaigns on the promise to repeal Obamacare, some Republicans on Capitol Hill are trying to learn more about what the national health care law will actually do when it is fully implemented in 2014. Romney would do well to take a look at what they've discovered. Specifically, Romney might want to focus on the new and expanded role that the Internal Revenue Service will play in Americans' lives as a result of the Affordable Care Act. The nation's widely reviled tax collector will also become its health care enforcer. Once the law goes fully into effect, all...
  • The 60th Vote Regrets

    10/02/2012 1:05:57 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 13 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/2/12 | Staff
    One of the tragedies of the Obama Administration is the historic political accident that it had 60 Senate Democratic votes in 2009. The ability to break a filibuster without Republican votes empowered the left to think it could pass anything, and so it steamrolled ahead with ObamaCare, which needed every one of those 60 votes to pass. Now a couple of those Senators are expressing regrets about those votes after the fact. In our pages last week, former Indiana Democrat Evan Bayh rehearsed the looming economic damage from ObamaCare's medical-device tax. He described, as some of us predicted in 2009...
  • Supreme Court Opens Door to Another Challenge to ObamaCare

    10/02/2012 1:01:24 PM PDT · by Southnsoul · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/2/2012
    Tucked inside the Supreme Court's lengthy list of orders on Monday was an indication that the fight over President Obama's health care law soon could be back before the high court. Since the court's June decision upholding the law's individual mandate to buy insurance, one of the first Obamacare plaintiffs has been fighting for a new hearing on challenges to other portions of the law. Liberty University, a Christian college in Virginia, has been fighting the employer mandate since the law was enacted, while challenging the law on other constitutional grounds. The school got as far as the 4th Circuit...
  • Property Owners Face a New Surtax [ObamaCare tax]

    10/02/2012 11:30:20 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 9 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 29, 2012 | Investing Basics
    The housing market may indeed be recovering, as many experts suggest, but investors are still struggling to understand what, if any, taxes they'll owe upon selling their homes. At issue is how the new "Medicare tax" will apply to real-estate transactions. Passed in 2010 to help fund the health-care overhaul, this 3.8% surtax kicks in next year on many forms of investment income—including some interest, dividends, rents and capital gains. While its effect on home sales won't be as far-reaching as many fear, the Medicare tax could pack a punch for certain investors. It is not a sales tax. And...
  • Obama Advisor Admits "We Need Death Panels"

    10/02/2012 11:03:28 AM PDT · by GVnana · 35 replies
    world net daily ^ | 10/2/2012 | Aaron Klein
    A top Democrat strategist and donor who served as President Obama’s lead auto-industry adviser recently conceded that the rationing of heath services under Obamacare is “inevitable.” Steven Rattner advocated that such rationing should target elderly patients, while stating, “We need death panels.” Rattner serves on the board the New America Foundation, or NAF, a George Soros-funded think tank that was instrumental in supporting Obamacare in 2010. Soros’ son, financier Jonathan Soros, is also a member of the foundation’s board. Rattner was the so-called “car czar,” the lead auto adviser to the Treasury Department under Obama. Last month, Rattner penned an...
  • Advance Information on President Obama's Wednesday Debate Remarks

    10/02/2012 10:22:00 AM PDT · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | October 2, 2012 | Dan Miller
    Due to his great appreciation of things foreign, President Obama will channel a famous German on Wednesday. It unknown whether he intends thereafter to ask German Chancellor Merkel for foreign aid. The Very Honorable I.M. Totus, the former Teleprompter of the United States who has provided much useful and occasionally even valid information about goings on at the White House, today gave me a copy of the old Edison cylinder that President Obama has been studying intensely during his debate preparation. Mr. Totus assured me that it will provide the basic thrust of the President's remarks during the Wednesday debate....
  • The Supreme Court Ruling on Federal Government's Police Powers: The Good, the Bad, the Fig Leaf

    10/02/2012 9:18:48 AM PDT · by american_steve · 1 replies
    www.prlog.org ^ | October 1, 2012 | David B. Rivkin, Jr
    The Supreme Court ObamaCare ruling is the topic at a Federalist Society forum on October 4 at Florida International University College of Law. David Rivkin, who led the 26-state case against the US government, and Prof. Elizabeth Foley will present.
  • Survey: Doctors choose Romney over Obama

    10/02/2012 4:22:08 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 7 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/1/12 | Betsi Fores
    A new survey shows Mitt Romney with a commanding lead over President Barack Obama among doctors, with Obamacare helping to sway their votes. If the election were held today, 55 percent of physicians reported they would vote for Romney while just 36 percent support Obama, according to a survey released by Jackson & Coker, a division of Jackson Healthcare, the third largest health care staffing company in the United States Fifteen percent of respondents said they were switching their vote from Obama in 2008 to Romney in 2012. The top reasons cited for this change was the Affordable Care Act...
  • Contraception Mandate Suit Dismissed in Missouri

    10/01/2012 8:27:06 PM PDT · by Qbert · 19 replies
    AP via CBS St. Louis ^ | October 1, 2012 | AP
    ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal judge in St. Louis has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the contraception mandate of the federal health care law, one of nearly three dozen similar lawsuits filed across the country. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Frank O’Brien and his company, O’Brien Industrial Holdings LLC of St. Louis, challenges the constitutionality of regulations in the health care law. Among other things, O’Brien, a devout Catholic, claimed the requirement that workplace health plans cover birth control infringes on his religious beliefs. U.S. District Judge Carole Jackson, in a ruling late Friday, disagreed. “This Court rejects the proposition...
  • Supreme Court opens door to another challenge to Obamacare

    10/01/2012 5:43:22 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 2 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | October 01, 2012 | unattributed
    Tucked inside the Supreme Court's lengthy list of orders on Monday was an indication that the fight over President Obama's health care law soon could be back before the high court. *** On Monday, the Supreme Court noted the university's renewed request and gave the administration 30 days to respond to the request, suggesting that the justices are taking the Liberty request seriously. "I think they've got very good arguments that they're entitled to their day in court," says former senior Justice Department official Thomas Dupree Jr. As an attorney and well-respected court-watcher, Dupree thinks the government will have a...
  • Supreme Court possibilities if Obama is reelected

    10/01/2012 4:33:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | October 1, 2012 | Bill Mears, Supreme Court Producer
    Here is an unofficial list of potential nominees for the Supreme Court if President Barack Obama is reelected. This list was compiled from a number of legal and political sources, including government officials deeply involved in the selections of Justices Sonia Sotomayor (2009) and Elena Kagan (2010). The Obama administration, like those before, keeps an informal list of possible high court nominees to consider in the event of a sudden vacancy. But serious vetting only begins when such a vacancy occurs or is announced in advance by the retiring justice. Kamala Harris, California attorney general Born 1964. She was elected...
  • Change: ObamaCare To Cause DC Hospitals To Lose Millions In Medicare

    10/01/2012 2:07:45 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 9 replies
    http://www.libertynews.com ^ | october 1, 2012 | Duane Lester
    The readmission penalty, authorized by the 2010 health-care law, is one of the first examples of the incentives Medicare, the single largest payer of hospital services, is using to try to lower costs and improve care. Some of the hardest-hit facilities are inner-city hospitals that tend to treat sicker, poorer patients. These patients sometimes end up being readmitted because they have a harder time getting medication and follow-up doctors’ appointments, often because they lack transportation, hospital officials said. “Not only do we have the very sick patients, they also have very significant social needs,” said Kamaljit Sethi, who heads quality...
  • New look at health care? [Supreme Court re-review of Obamacare?]

    10/01/2012 9:53:46 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 37 replies
    SCOTUSblog ^ | Mon, October 1st, 2012 9:41 am | Lyle Denniston
    The Supreme Court opened its new Term on Monday by asking the federal government to offer its views on whether the way should be cleared for new constitutional challenges to the federal health care law — including a new protest against the individual mandate that the Court had upheld last June. The request for the government’s views came in response to a rehearing request by a religious-oriented institution, Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. The university’s earlier petition was simply denied in June, so it asked the Court to reconsider and wipe out a lower court ruling in order to revive...
  • ObamaCare: The Kiss of Death

    10/01/2012 4:35:15 AM PDT · by radioone · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 1, 2012 | J.T. Hatter
    Obama Lied: Health Care DiedIn 2009, Obama addressed a joint session of Congress to lay out his program for health care. He unflinchingly told the assembled elected officials one whopper after another, amid a rising chorus of boos and loud grumbling. It got to be too much for Congressman Joe Wilson, of South Carolina, who shouted, "You lie!" to the president as the latter was speaking. Both political parties roundly condemned Wilson for his outburst. He was called a racist, of course, among other things, and he later apologized for his indiscretion. But Joe Wilson was right on the...
  • Paul Ryan at the AARP

    09/30/2012 4:59:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/24/2012 | Editorial
    The headlines this weekend were all about the boos Paul Ryan elicited on Friday when he addressed the AARP, the self-styled seniors' lobby. The herd of independent media minds missed the real story, which is that the Republican Vice Presidential nominee went into the heart of the entitlement culture, told some hard truths, and even won applause for doing so. Mr. Ryan deserves credit merely for showing up at an organization that portrays itself as nonpartisan but whose leadership is dominated by long-time liberals who consistently pursue the Democratic Party's entitlement agenda. On Friday, our Kimberley Strassel reported on the...
  • Insurance spending soars :2011 study: Medical care costs push rise

    09/30/2012 4:34:24 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 13 replies
    Monterey Herald ^ | Updated: 09/29/2012 04:16:43 PM PDT | SARAH KLIFF
    U.S. spending on health insurance grew at an accelerated rate in 2011, breaking a two-year trend of smaller cost increases. The culprit, a new study suggests, is not Americans seeking more treatment but rather rapid growth in the price of medical care. Spending for private health insurance surged by 4.6 percent in 2011, according to a report from the Health Care Cost Institute. That growth rate is faster than the rest of the economy and higher than the previous year, which had 3.8 percent growth. Average spending on a private insurance patient rose to $4,547 in 2011, compared with $4,349...
  • Medicare fines over hospitals' readmitted patients

    09/30/2012 4:20:05 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 64 replies
    Google AP ^ | Sept 30, 2012 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — If you or an elderly relative have been hospitalized recently and noticed extra attention when the time came to be discharged, there's more to it than good customer service. As of Monday, Medicare will start fining hospitals that have too many patients readmitted within 30 days of discharge due to complications. The penalties are part of a broader push under President Barack Obama's health care law to improve quality while also trying to save taxpayers money. About two-thirds of the hospitals serving Medicare patients, or some 2,200 facilities, will be hit with penalties averaging around $125,000 per...
  • IN EFFECT, PHASE #1 OF OBAMACARE DEATH PANELS FOR SENIORS!

    09/30/2012 3:56:18 PM PDT · by Aleya2Fairlie · 31 replies
    vanity | Aleya2Fairlie
    A new phase of Obamacare will penalize hospitals if they re-admit Medicare patients at a rate that the government oversight panel deems excessive. Their premise,a strictly financially based one, is that this will minimize waste and fraud. In reality, it will minimize the survival rate of many seniors in the waning years of life. I'm sure that will indeed make for huge savings in overall Medicare liability. I cared for both my parents for eight years before their deaths. Their health problems, common to many seniors, required more numerous doctor visits, more medications and increasingly more numerous hospital stays as...
  • It's the day after Election Day...

    09/30/2012 3:12:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 30, 2012 | Solomon Shaffer
    Dear liberty voter, It’s the day after Election Day. Mitt Romney lost. The media praise band is playing “O Hail, King Obama.” The gloating anchors and pundits relay the news with giddiness: “Conservatism lost. The tea party died. Liberalism has triumphed – permanently.” Welcome to a world where taking the life of the unborn is celebrated, traditional family values trounced and socialized health care and phones for everybody are the rallying cries. Sky high taxes, another 6 trillion in spending and an ever weakening military are the future. Bailouts, insults to business owners, an EPA out of control and $6...
  • Beyond Obamacare

    09/30/2012 2:59:44 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | Published: September 16, 2012 | By STEVEN RATTNER
    We need death panels...unless we start allocating health care resources more prudently — rationing, by its proper name — the exploding cost of Medicare will swamp the federal budget. But in the pantheon of toxic issues — the famous “third rails” of American politics — none stands taller than overtly acknowledging that elderly Americans are not entitled to every conceivable medical procedure or pharmaceutical.... Take Britain, which provides universal coverage with spending at proportionately almost half of American levels. Its National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence uses a complex quality-adjusted life year system to put an explicit value (up...
  • GOP outrage over Obamacare has fizzled out (Commentary)

    09/30/2012 9:22:59 AM PDT · by Qbert · 101 replies
    WaPo via SILive.com ^ | September 30, 2012 | Juan Williams
    <p>What ever happened to the political power of Republican anger over President Obama’s health-care reform?</p> <p>GOP candidates used anxiety over changes to the nation’s health-care system - which they derisively called “Obamacare“ - to win big in the 2010 midterm elections. Earlier this year, it was conventional wisdom that Obama could not withstand the political rage against health-care reform in a general election.</p>
  • Hospitals Face Fines On Readmitted Patients

    09/30/2012 4:53:23 AM PDT · by srmorton · 37 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | September 30, 2012 | Ricardo Alonzo-Zaldivar
    If you or an elderly relative have been hospitalized recently and noticed extra attention when the time came to be discharged, there's more to it than good customer service. Starting Monday, Medicare will fine hospitals that have too many patients readmitted within 30 days of discharge due to complications. The penalties are part of a broader push under President Barack Obama's health care law to improve quality while also trying to cut costs.
  • Bailing Out Obamacare: Sarah Palin Was Right

    09/29/2012 5:55:40 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 4 replies
    Powerline ^ | September 29, 2012 | Steven Hayward
    I missed this piece from Steven Rattner (who was a key figure in the Obama auto bailout) when it appeared in the NY Times a couple weeks ago. Tacitly acknowledging that costs are going to soar out of sight, Rattner opens with this frank admission: “We need death panels.” Jonah Goldberg wonders: When can Sarah Palin expect her letter of apology?” Rattner goes on to back away from “death panels,” but instead uses the R-word: rationing. Well, maybe not death panels, exactly, but unless we start allocating health care resources more prudently — rationing, by its proper name — the...
  • Former Obama czar: ‘We need death panels’; Conservatives: So, Palin was right?

    09/29/2012 1:44:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Twitchy ^ | September 29, 2012 | Staff
    John Hayward@Doc_0 How dare Sarah Palin talk about those "death panels," which are awesome and desperately needed? #IReadItInTheNYTimes 29 Sep 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Remember when Sarah Palin was ridiculed as an alarmist nut job for suggesting Obamacare would usher in “death panels”? The New York Times called the “false ‘death panel’ rumor” a “boogey-man spell” that “resonated with some impressionable folk.” Steven Rattner@SteveRattner #NYT today: I argue that to truly contain Medicare costs, we need a better way of allocating (rationing) health care: nyti.ms/StypQE 17 Sep 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Impressionable folk like Obama’s former “Car Czar” Steven Rattner?...
  • NYT's Jackie Calmes Defends Obama, Again Claims ObamaCare Will Cut Deficit

    09/29/2012 1:23:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    NewBusters.org ^ | September 29, 2012 | Clay Waters
    New York Times White House correspondent Jackie Calmes off lead in Wednesday's edition on Obama's struggle with the federal deficit, "Test for Obama As Deficit Stays Over $1 Trillion." Credit Calmes for the premise and the Times for the prominent placement, but as usual, Calmes waved the blame away from Obama and again clung to the dubious idea that ObamaCare would actually reduce the deficit. "Four years ago, Barack Obama campaigned for president on a promise to cut annual federal budget deficits in half by the end of his term. Then came financial calamity, $1.4 trillion in stimulus measures and...
  • Evan Bayh: ObamaCare's Tax Raid on Medical Devices

    09/29/2012 11:21:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/27/2012 | Evan Bayh
    The Supreme Court decision in June upholding the Affordable Care Act leaves in place a tax on medical devices that threatens thousands of American jobs and our global competitiveness. It will also stifle critical medical innovation in the industry that gave us defibrillators, pacemakers, artificial joints, stents, chemotherapy delivery systems and almost every device we depend on to save lives. The 2.3% tax will be charged to manufacturers on each sale and takes effect in January. Many U.S. device companies, in response, have already announced layoffs, canceled plans for domestic expansion and slashed research-and-development budgets. This month, Welch Allyn—a maker...
  • British health care: Up to 500,000 people have to share one doctor after office hours.

    09/29/2012 2:12:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | September 29, 2012 | Rosa Silverman
    A third of primary care trusts(PCTs) have reduced their spending on night and weekend services in the past year, leaving family doctors responsible for areas spanning hundreds of square miles. In Cornwall there have been occasions when one GP has been providing cover for 535,000 people, while in Mid Essex one doctor is available for 370,000 people between 7pm and 8am. After getting rid of one of its two doctors, North East Essex has the same cover for its 325,000-strong population. A survey of 90 PCTs found that 35 had cut their budget for out-of-hours GP care,.... The results, released...
  • AARP IN COLLUSION W/ OBAMACARE TO HIDE COST/THEFT FROM MEDICARE (MITTandPAUL ALERT)

    09/28/2012 4:47:27 PM PDT · by Be Careful · 10 replies
    AARP endorses the AARP® Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans......These fees are used for the general purposes of AARP. AARP and its affiliates are not insurers."
  • Rise in Medicare Rates - True or False?

    09/28/2012 3:22:47 PM PDT · by yetidog · 21 replies
    Septemeber 28, 2012 | Vanity
    Received this email and if true, needs to be forwarded to everyone you know.
  • Biden promotes free colonoscopies to seniors in Florida

    09/28/2012 1:54:37 PM PDT · by DFG · 66 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/28/12 | Charlie Spiering
    In Florida this afternoon, Vice President Joe Biden reminded them that thanks to President Obama, they could now get colonoscopies without a co-pay. During his speech, Biden reminded the audience that some of their Republican friends would distort Obama’s record on Medicare. “Everyone knows, everyone in this room knows that President Obama has increased the benefits available to people on Medicare by the action he took,” Biden said. “You are now able to go get a wellness exam, and guys, if you conclude you need a colonoscopy because of the feeling you had or you need a breast health examination,...
  • The One Word Answer To The Next Time Obama Says He'll Be President For All Americans

    09/28/2012 1:44:40 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 6 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 9-28-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • Big Firms Overhaul Health Coverage [Giving money to employees to buy own coverage]

    09/28/2012 8:24:43 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 45 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 26 September 2012 | Anna Wilde Mathews
    Two big employers are planning a radical change in the way they provide health benefits to their workers, giving employees a fixed sum of money and allowing them to choose their medical coverage and insurer from an online marketplace. Sears Holdings Corp. and Darden Restaurants Inc. say the change isn't designed to make workers pay a higher share of health-coverage costs. Instead they say it is supposed to put more control over health benefits in the hands of employees. The approach will be closely watched by firms around the U.S. If it eventually takes hold widely, it might parallel the...
  • 60% of firms to kill health insurance, charge more under Obamacare

    09/28/2012 7:55:31 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 26, 2012 | Paul Bedard
    A majority of small business owners and manufacturers are mulling drastic changes to comply with Obamacare, with 21 percent set to drop health insurance to workers altogether and 38 percent planning to make employees pay much more. In a poll done for the National Association of Manufacturers and National Federation of Independent Businesses, 59 percent said that they will have to consider changes once the full law kicks in because increased costs will jeopardize their operations. According to the poll, 67 percent expect Obamacare to raise healthcare costs.
  • Catholic Ethicists: Immoral For Catholic Business Owners to Obey Obamacare

    09/26/2012 8:46:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | September 26, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The National Catholic Bioethics Center has published an analysis saying that it will be immoral for a Catholic who owns a private business to purchase health insurance for his or her workers under Obamacare and its implementing regulations--which mandate that insurance plans bought by businesses and individuals must cover sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including those that can cause abortions. “Dropping all coverage appears to be the most morally sound approach,” the Catholic ethicists concluded.They further said that Catholics have an affirmative duty to oppose the Obamacare mandate.“Most importantly,” they wrote, “we are impelled to recall the...
  • Poll: Four in 10 believe in Obama healthcare law ‘death panels’

    09/26/2012 3:29:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/25/2012 | Elise Viebeck
    About four in 10 U.S. adults believe that President Obama's healthcare reform law will create "death panels" to decide patients' fitness for care, according to a new Associated Press-GfK survey. Support for the widely challenged claim has remained steady since 2010, when 39 percent believed "death panels" would result from the healthcare law. Today, 41 percent say the same is true. Overall, most people believe the law will go into effect in spite of Republican pledges to repeal it. About seven in 10 adults said the law will be implemented with some changes, while 11 percent believe it will be...
  • Bill Frist Goes Liberal

    09/26/2012 2:24:03 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    Citizens Council on Health Freedom ^ | 9-26-12 | twila brase
    Current GOP members of Congress are not impressed. A week ago, former U.S. Senator and former Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) told POLITICO, "I am supportive of exchanges and 'Obamacare' generally." In a commentary in The Week, he asserts, "As a doctor, I strongly believe that people without health insurance die sooner...State exchanges are the solution. They represent the federalist ideal of states as 'laboratories for democracy.'...I love the diversity and the innovation." Frist is talking the talk of the Left. Lack of insurance kills no one. And like many of his former colleagues, Frist must not have read the...
  • Beyond Obamacare [former Obama official says we NEED death panels]

    09/26/2012 9:16:09 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 31 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 16, 2012 | Steven Rattner
    WE need death panels. Well, maybe not death panels, exactly, but unless we start allocating health care resources more prudently — rationing, by its proper name — the exploding cost of Medicare will swamp the federal budget. But in the pantheon of toxic issues — the famous “third rails” of American politics — none stands taller than overtly acknowledging that elderly Americans are not entitled to every conceivable medical procedure or pharmaceutical. Most notably, President Obama’s estimable Affordable Care Act regrettably includes severe restrictions on any reduction in Medicare services or increase in fees to beneficiaries. In 2009, Sarah Palin’s...
  • 60% of firms to kill health insurance or charge more under Obamacare

    09/26/2012 6:49:07 AM PDT · by Qbert · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 25, 2012 | Paul Bedard
    A majority of small business owners and manufacturers are mulling drastic changes to comply with Obamacare, with 21 percent set to drop health insurance to workers altogether and 38 percent planning to make employees pay much more. In a poll done for the National Association of Manufacturers and National Federation of Independent Businesses, 59 percent said that they will have to consider changes once the full law kicks in because increased costs will jeopardize their operations. According to the poll, 67 percent expect Obamacare to raise healthcare costs. The fears about spending more on health care are adding to growing...
  • What Has Obama Learned? (What A Question)

    09/26/2012 5:22:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    The Oval Office isn't the place to learn on the job. That was the line from both Hillary Clinton and John McCain in 2008. In fairness, that's always the argument the more experienced candidate uses against the less experienced candidate (just ask Mitt Romney). But Barack Obama seemed a special case, easily among the least experienced major-party nominees in U.S. history. A Pew poll in August 2008 found that the biggest concern voters had with Obama fell under the category of "personal abilities and experience." In a "change" year, Americans swallowed those concerns and voted for the change candidate. Four...
  • Romney, In Shift, Says Obama Has Not Raised Taxes [Romney Acting Like McCain?]

    09/25/2012 10:40:00 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 55 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 25, 2012 | Seema Mehta
    Romney, In Shift, Says Obama Has Not Raised Taxes By Seema Mehta September 25 VANDALIA, Ohio — Mitt Romney said Tuesday that President Obama did not raise taxes during his first term, contradicting a constant attack he has leveled on Obama — that his healthcare plan was a tax increase. “I admit this, he has one thing he did not do in his first four years — he’s said he’s going to do in the next four years — which is to raise taxes. And is there anyone who thinks raising taxes will help grow the economy? No!” Romney told...
  • Peter Schiff: Affordable Care Act Will Backfire

    09/25/2012 7:24:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Capitalism Magazine ^ | September 11, 2012 | Peter Schiff
    Now that the Supreme Court has given its narrow blessing to the Affordable Care Act, the big question is whether it will deliver the benefits that its proponents promise. Unfortunately, as it is now constructed, the plan will backfire causing fewer healthy people to buy insurance, raise premiums for those who do, destroy employment opportunities, cripple the health insurance industry, and weaken the economy. In order to guarantee insurance to all, regardless of age, health or pre-existing conditions, the framers of the plan concede that it is essential that the young and healthy (who are less likely to be heavy...
  • Obamacare isn't reducing health care costs

    09/25/2012 5:48:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    "To say it as plainly as I can," President Obama told the American Medical Association in 2009. "Health care reform is the single most important thing we can do for America's long-term fiscal health. That is a fact." Considering that the explosive growth of Medicare and Medicaid spending are the driving forces behind our current deficits, Obama was dead right in that 2009 speech. But in 2010, on the eve of the passage of Obamacare, Obama told the House Democratic Caucus, "Everybody who's looked at it says that every single good idea to bend the cost curve and start actually...
  • Health Premiums Up $3,000; Obama Vowed $2,500 Cut

    09/25/2012 1:24:15 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 23 replies
    Arizona Newszap ^ | 9/25/2012 | staff
    During his first run for president, Barack Obama made one very specific promise to voters: He would cut health insurance premiums for families by $2,500, and do so in his first term. But it turns out that family premiums have increased by more than $3,000 since Obama's vow, according to the latest annual Kaiser Family Foundation employee health benefits survey. Premiums for employer-provided family coverage rose $3,065 — 24% — from 2008 to 2012, the Kaiser survey found. Even if you start counting in 2009, premiums have climbed $2,370. What's more, premiums climbed faster in Obama's four years than they...
  • Economists Opposed to Taxmageddon

    09/25/2012 10:45:43 AM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-09-25 | Rhett Brooks
    The National Association for Business Economics (NABE) recently surveyed 236 business economists on fiscal policy issues, including the looming Taxmageddon and Obamacare. The results of the survey reflect a clear divide on taxes between economists and Democrats in Congress. According to the survey, a majority of respondents support the extension of “payroll tax cuts, current marginal income tax rates, and current tax rates for dividends and capital gains for most or all taxpayers through 2013.” Furthermore, between 35 and 45 percent favor the permanent extension of income, dividends, and capital gains at their current rate. On the issue of tax...
  • The Obama Press Votes Early

    09/25/2012 5:07:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2012 | Mona Charen
    "Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring." --Ann RomneyMrs. Romney's exasperation with conservative critics is understandable. The mainstream press has been like a school of piranhas swarming around her husband. To receive fire from her own side as well -- even constructive advice -- may seem too much to bear. Mitt Romney is facing perhaps the most corrupt and tendentious coverage in presidential history, as members of the fourth estate eschew any semblance of integrity in their attempt to skew interpretations in favor of their pinup, Mr. Obama. The examples would fill volumes....
  • Health Premiums Up $3,000; Obama Vowed $2,500 Cut

    09/25/2012 4:01:55 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/24/2012 | John Merline
    During his first run for president, Barack Obama made one very specific promise to voters: He would cut health insurance premiums for families by $2,500, and do so in his first term. But it turns out that family premiums have increased by more than $3,000 since Obama's vow, according to the latest annual Kaiser Family Foundation employee health benefits survey. [snip] And ObamaCare will continue to fuel health premium inflation.