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  • In Florida, Obamacare to Cause 27% of Doctors to Stop Accepting Medicare Patients

    10/30/2012 6:43:58 PM PDT · by Fred · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | 103012 | Avik Roy
    With the Presidential election one week away, it’s worth reviewing how Obamacare will impact the residents of key swing states. A new survey of physicians has found that 30 percent of doctors in Florida intend to place new or additional limits on accepting Medicare patients, with 27 percent altogether refusing to accept new Medicare patients, because of Obamacare’s impact on the fees that Medicare pays to providers of health-care services. In addition, Obamacare will deeply cut Medicare Advantage for 1.2 million Florida seniors who are enrolled in the program, and drive up the cost of private health coverage, especially for...

    10/30/2012 3:11:09 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 11 replies
    breitbart ^ | 9/25/2012 | by JOEL B. POLLAK
    President Barack Obama promised that Obamacare would cut family health insurance premiums by $2,500 by the end of the first term--but instead they have risen by $3,000, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation study cited by Investor’s Business Daily. The cost of health insurance today is more than 50% higher than Obama promised it would be--and the costs are expected to continue to rise as Obamacare is impemented. John Merline of Investor's Business Daily notes the rising costs specifically contradict a campaign promise Obama reiterated several times, including in debates with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and at events along...
  • Real War on Women: Obamacare Reduces Women’s Health Coverage

    10/30/2012 2:49:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Life News ^ | October 30, 2012 | Susan Michelle Tyrrell
    President Obama himself says the government has no business being involved in women’s health and what we do with our bodies ought to be our choice, but now conveniently timed “guidelines” from doctors, in partnership with the government run Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued guidelines that expand coverage for sexual behavior while reducing real women’s health care coverage, proving where the real “warn on women” lies.Under Obamacare regulations women now only have a PAP smear covered every three years. In case you aren’t a woman, which the president isn’t, by the way, PAP smears are generally—were...
  • Why Catholics Can’t Comply with the HHS Mandate

    10/30/2012 2:04:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    First Things ^ | October 30, 2012 | Michael Gorman
    The Department of Health and Human Services has mandated that most large employers include in their health plans, at no cost, pharmaceutical contraceptives, sterilization procedures, and certain forms of so-called “emergency contraception.” Catholic philosophers and theologians have been debating whether complying with the mandate would be morally acceptable. They usually begin by asking whether complying would be “formal” or “material” cooperation with evil. If formal, then complying with the mandate is ruled out. But if complying with the HHS mandate is only material cooperation, then complying might be acceptable, depending on a number of considerations: whether the cooperation is mediate,...
  • The IRS Tax Form for Obamacare Individual Mandate

    10/30/2012 1:15:19 PM PDT · by 92nina · 28 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-10-29 | [Staff]
    As a service to the public, Americans for Tax Reform has released a projected tax form to help families and tax specialists prepare for the additional filing requirement required by the Affordable Healthcare Act's individual mandate. Starting in 2014, all Americans who file income tax returns must complete an additional IRS tax form. The new form requires disclosure of a taxpayer’s personal identifying health information in order to determine compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. As confirmed by IRS testimony to the tax-writing House Committee on Ways and Means, “taxpayers will file their tax returns reporting their health...
  • Cardinal Dolan Implies That Obama Lied to Him

    10/29/2012 11:47:43 PM PDT · by Slyfox · 26 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | October 29, 2012 | Cardinal Timothy Dolan
    Over the last six months or so, the Catholic Church in the United States has found itself in some tension with the executive branch of the federal government over a very grave issue: religious freedom. Can a government bureau, in this case the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), define for us or any faith community what is ministry and how it can be exercised? Can government also coerce the church to violate its conscience? Obama had personally assured me that he would do nothing to impede the good work of the Church in health care, education, and charity,...
  • Obama to cut medical benefits for active, retired military, not union workers

    10/29/2012 9:22:12 PM PDT · by GodfearingTexan · 18 replies
    Wash Examiner ^ | Joe Newby
    In an effort to cut defense spending, the Obama Administration plans to cut health benefits for active duty and retired military personnel and their families while not touching the benefits enjoyed by unionized civilian defense workers. The move, congressional aides suggested, is to force those individuals into Obamacare, Bill Gertz reported at the Washington Beacon.
  • Obamacare Is Even More Unpopular Now than in 2010

    10/29/2012 7:26:08 PM PDT · by Snuph · 8 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | OCT 29, 2012 | JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
    One week before the election that will likely determine Obamacare’s fate, Americans support its repeal by an even wider margin than they did in the immediate aftermath of its highly unpopular passage. According to newly released polling from Rasmussen Reports, by a margin of 15 percentage points (54 to 39 percent), likely voters now support the repeal of President Obama’s centerpiece legislation. In the first three polls taken in the wake of the House’s passage of Obamacare (on March 21, 2010), Rasmussen showed that likely voters then favored repeal by margins of 13 points (55 to 42 percent), 12 points...
  • Pro-Obama Ad Features Children Singing About America Where 'Sick People Just Die'

    10/29/2012 12:37:37 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 10.29.2012 | noel sheppard
    The rabid Left has no limits to indecency. Jeff Goodby and Rich Silverstein, the founders of the advertising agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, have just released a pro-Obama commercial eerily reminiscent of Lyndon Johnson's controversial Daisy ad featuring children singing about a variety of horrors including an America - supposedly under President Romney - where "sick people just die" and "oil fills the sea" (video follows with full lyrics and commentary):
  • Anti-ObamaCare movie hits Ohio

    10/28/2012 2:16:01 PM PDT · by Freestar · 6 replies
    Freestar Media ^ | October 28, 2012 | Logan Darrow Clements
    Ohio activists and groups opposed to ObamaCare can now screen the anti-ObamaCare movie SICK & SICKER in public from today (10/28/2012) until November 6, 2012. An anonymous donor has sponsored an open screening license for the entire state of Ohio. Ohio freedom activists that want to screen the movie before the election can visit and click the Instant Download link to download the movie to their laptop computer. They can then connect their laptop to a digital projector and show the movie in public.
  • ‘A One-Termer Who Gambled and Lost on Universal Health Care’?

    10/28/2012 5:54:50 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Oct 27, 2012 | JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
    “[The] health-care act is key because, unlike challenger Mitt Romney’s tax reform plan or Obama’s deficit-reduction plan, voters can truly count on it…. “If Obama is reelected … we will see the first iteration of a uniquely American universal health-care system. If history is any guide, it will become effectively permanent soon after it is introduced…. “If Romney wins, the Affordable Care Act will probably be fully or largely repealed....[If he] wins and Democrats still hold the Senate, they’re unlikely to have a cushion of more than a vote or two. It’s possible that [even] the Senate’s most conservative, endangered...
  • Health Premiums Up $3,065; Obama Vowed $2,500 Cut (Another Obama lie!)

    10/28/2012 4:49:07 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 8 replies
    yahoo ^ | 9/24/2012 | ibd
    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...
  • U.S. Set to Sponsor Health Insurance

    10/27/2012 3:21:30 PM PDT · by machman · 28 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/27/12 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will soon take on a new role as the sponsor of at least two nationwide health insurance plans to be operated under contract with the federal government and offered to consumers in every state. .....Under the Affordable Care Act, at least one of the nationwide plans must be offered by a nonprofit entity. Insurance experts see an obvious candidate for that role: the Government Employees Health Association, a nonprofit group that covers more than 900,000 federal employees, retirees and dependents, making it the second-largest plan for federal workers, after the Blue Cross and Blue Shield...
  • Tina Fey Blasts Todd Akin for "Legitimate Rape" Remark [She stays we/Morgan after "gay" rant]

    10/26/2012 5:23:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies ^ | October 25, 2012
    We wish Tina Fey would weigh in on politics more often! The 30 Rock creator, who rocked the 2008 Presidential election with her dead-on SNL impression of Sarah Palin, hasn't been so vocal about this year's race. But at a Wednesday night benefit for women's health, the comedian had some withering remarks for Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin... "Todd Akin claims that women can't really get pregnant from a legitimate rape because the body secretes hormones," Fey told the audience. "Now I can't even finish this sentence without getting dumber; it's making me dumber when I say it -- but...
  • Coach is Right PREDICTED African American backlash against Obama

    10/26/2012 11:16:00 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/26/2012 | Doug Book
    A 10/22, Survey USA poll of Ohio voters shows Barack Obama laying claim to just 70% of the black vote heading into the November 6th election while Mitt Romney earns a surprising 22%. (4) Obama collected a 95% share of a record black turnout in 2008. And Coach is Right predicted Obama’s problem with black voters 5 months ago! In a May 29th piece, Coach Kevin Collins noted that “black pastors reacted with strong condemnation” to Obama’s ill-advised support of Gay Marriage! (1) And that condemnation in the pulpit translated into condemnation by black voters at the primary polls. Just...
  • Mass Firings Soar at Fastest Pace Since 2010

    10/26/2012 7:00:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | October 26, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    In precisely the kind of news president Obama does not want heading into the election, Ford (F), Dow Chemical (DOW), DuPont (DD), and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) all announced mass layoffs this past week as Firings Reach Highest Since 2010. North American companies have announced plans to eliminate 62,600 positions at home and abroad since Sept. 1, the biggest two-month drop since the start of 2010, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Firings total 158,100 so far this year, more than the 129,000 job cuts in the same period in 2011. "Companies are saying, ‘Let's not build up inventories, let's...
  • New York City Council launches abortion clinic ‘escort’ program [Tax $ Keep Women from pro-lifers]

    10/26/2012 3:14:43 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 10/22/12 | KIRSTEN ANDERSEN
    New York City will now recruit and train “escorts” to volunteer at abortion facilities throughout the city. New York City will recruit and train “escorts” to volunteer at abortion facilities throughout the city, New York City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn announced Friday. Starting November 1, the escorts will guide women past protesters at abortion centers, making it easier for them to access abortion. “Offensive actions against a woman’s right to choose will not be tolerated in our city in any borough or any neighborhood,” said Quinn, who announced the city-backed escort initiative at a City Hall press...
  • Parks and Recreation: Obamacare Pitch Tonight

    10/25/2012 8:37:55 PM PDT · by SquarePants · 15 replies
    Vanuty | 24 Oct 2012 | Square Pants
    I'm watching Parks and Recreation tonight, and the plot's nothing more than an end-around for Obamacare. Man suffers heart attack. Man goes to hospital. Friends need to throw a benefit to help man pay for healthcare - because, as a municipal employee he has bad healthcare. How absurd is that? I've always thought municipal employees have pretty darn good healthcare, btw. Has anyone else noticed sneaky Obamacare pitches popping up in TV shows?
  • Obama: Politicians should stay out of women's health

    10/25/2012 8:20:50 PM PDT · by Livin_large · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | October 25, 2012 | Byron Tau
    President Obama launched into a defense of women being allowed to make their own health care and reproductive choices.
  • Obama’s Plan for Jobs Leaves Out Housing, Obamacare Taxes and Other Disturbing Facts

    10/25/2012 4:59:13 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 4 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/25/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    President Obama has released a pre-election beautiful color brochure entitled “A Plan for Jobs & Middle-Class Security.” Here is the “plan”: jobs.plan.booklet Nearly 500,000 new manufacturing jobs since January 2010. While 500,000 manufacturing jobs were created since January 2010, approximately 5.4 million people went on food stamps 2.8 million went on disability since June 2010. Not to mention the millions who are discouraged and dropped out of the labor force. And unemployment has not decreased as Christina Romer predicted. i wouldn’t brag about 500,000 new manufacturing jobs while millions have gone on disability and food stamps. A Tax Plan That...
  • Obama Slashes Four Hours Off Definition of “Full-Time” Employment

    10/24/2012 6:17:10 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Financial Sense ^ | 24 October 2012 | Michael Shedlock
    The BLS Glossary defines full-time workers as "Persons who work 35 hours or more per week". For monthly reporting, the BLS defines part-time as "those who worked 1 to 34 hours during the survey reference week". With that wording, I am not precisely sure where 34.1 or 34.5 hours fit. Interestingly, the Obamacare mandate says Anyone Who Works 30-Hour Week Is Now 'Full-Time' Lookback Period Three Months To One Year The IRS has a publication on Determining Full-Time Status for Purposes of Shared Responsibility for Health Coverage. The key to explaining the recent jump in part-time employment is found in...
  • Vanity: We must win the senate (personal plea)

    10/23/2012 10:37:00 PM PDT · by Kolath · 54 replies
    Kolath | 10/24/2012 | Kolath
    What needs to be hammered is the SENATE! We need to take it back!!! If Romney wins, the GOP holds the House but we fail to retake the Senate, it will be a hollow victory. I know everyone is focusing on the POTUS election but the Senate is extremely critical. If we fail to retake the Senate: 1. Obamacare will be impossible to reconcile or remove 2. You can forget about a national budget (continuing resolutions galore or "compromises") 3. Reid will continue to block House bills 4. Getting judicial nominees will be hard to impossible. 5. Controlling big gov't...
  • Obamacare Mandate: Anyone Who Works 30-Hour Week Is Now 'Full-Time' (hiring effects)

    10/23/2012 3:11:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    cnsnews ^ | October 18, 2012 | Matt Cover
    President Obama signs the Democrats’ health care bill into law in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. – A little-known section in the Obamacare health reform law defines “full-time” work as averaging only 30 hours per week, a definition that will affect some employers who utilize part-time workers to trim the cost of complying with the Obamacare rule that says businesses with 50 or more workers must provide health insurance or pay a fine.“The term ‘full-time employee’ means, with respect to any month, an employee who is employed on average at least 30...
  • You Just "Think" You Know What's In The New Healthcare Bill

    10/23/2012 12:31:00 PM PDT · by Triflinpup · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1NationUnder1God3in1
    Do you really know what's heading your way in the Obamacare bill? Here's a video that you really need to watch. Gives you the exact pages that these new rules appear. Want the government to have access to your bank account? What about your great new limit of $5,000.00 per individual per year of medical care. This is a very important video... watch it ... and pass it on.
  • PhillyDeals: Small-business owners plan to delay hiring process until after election

    10/23/2012 9:50:57 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 8 replies ^ | Oct. 23, 2012 | Joseph N. DiStefano
    Pennsylvania small-business owners are delaying hiring plans to see who wins the fall elections, Philadelphia-based accounting firm ParenteBeard says, after surveying 70 Pennsylvania small-business bosses. Four in 10 said they're waiting for the vote before executing their current plans to add staff, John Nealon, head of the firm's small-business accounting practice, told me. (Despite persistent high unemployment, one in eight employers said it's so tough to find "qualified, talented new hires" in today's market that this has become their biggest challenge, though larger groups cited economic uncertainty, health insurance costs and weak consumer spending.) These bosses were overwhelmingly pro-Romney -...
  • Wal-Mart boss Sam Walton funding Obama big time

    10/22/2012 3:47:27 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 77 replies
    Can we stop pretending that Barack Obama’s candidacy is some grass-roots uprising? Obama’s campaign has outspent Romney’s campaign. The Democratic National Committee has outspent the Republican National Committee. While Romney’s SuperPAC (Restore our Future), has outspent Obama’s SuperPAC (Priorities USA), that $40 million Romney SuperPAC edge doesn’t come close to making up for the Obama campaign’s $180 million edge. There is legally undisclosed spending going on here, and there’s reason to believe Romney benefits from more of it than Obama, but that’s not conclusive, and we don’t know how big Romney’s edge is in that category. Obama argues that his...
  • Issa subpoenas documents on Medicare demo

    10/22/2012 2:32:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    politico ^ | 10/22/12 | KYLE CHENEY
    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa subpoenaed the Obama administration Monday for documents he believes will expose Medicare malfeasance by Department of Health and Human Services officials. The move, confirmed by an aide to the California Republican, makes good on a threat Issa issued last week, when he demanded reams of data from HHS by 5 p.m. on Thursday. Although the agency dumped 1,300 pages at his doorstep just before the deadline, he contended that the information was garbled and unresponsive to his request. Issa is seeking documents and communications related to a pilot program initiated by...
  • ObamaCare's Death Panel target WWII vets

    10/22/2012 10:19:05 AM PDT · by eccentric · 26 replies
    vanity | October 22, 2012 | Linda Martinez
    According to my cousin, her father does not meet the ObamaCare requirements to receive supplied oxygen. He has been using the oxygen for several years, and now they expect him to just stop. My Uncle is a WWII hero, his name listed in the book "The Forgotten 500." He recently took one of the honor flights to DC. I guess these guys aren't dying off fast enough for Obama.
  • Death Panels Here, Doctors Plea for Help

    10/22/2012 7:17:09 AM PDT · by SumProVita · 49 replies
    The Patriot Post ^ | October 20, 2012 | Sharon Sebastian
    Doctors across America are sick. A new and desperate plight has surfaced in emergency rooms across the nation for both patients and doctors alike. The following blog by one valiant doctor speaks for thousands of doctors being forced to go against their natural instincts and abilities to allow further hospital care and re-admit patients. Effective October 2012, doctors at hospitals across the land are being forced by the Obama administration to break their Hippocratic Oath. Obama's revamped Medicare has now begun forcing doctors at hospitals to turn their backs on patients no matter how critical their need for re-admittance. Obamacare...
  • Another Obamacare surprise

    10/22/2012 6:57:24 AM PDT · by SumProVita · 5 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 22, 2012 | Scott Johnson
    Obamacare is a monumental house of horrors. Open a door and find another monster. Robert Samuelson opens the door on the law’s distinction between full-time and part-time workers. You think Obamacare might have something to do with suppressing the growth of full-time employment? Consider Samuelson’s observations.
  • Is Obamacare the runaway winner of the "America's Worst Idea" contest or what?

    10/21/2012 5:16:20 PM PDT · by FreeKeys · 29 replies ^ | 10/01/12 | various
    Okay, let's see if we got this straight ... Now that the Supreme Court has upheld most of Obamacare we're going to be "gifted" with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don't, which purportedly covers 10 to 30 million more people without adding a single new doctor (even causing established doctors to quit), but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents to make sure you have enough health insurance (and fine you and audit you if you don't), more than 180 new government agencies including 33 new government committees to make decisions for us...
  • Six out of ten doctors would retire today if given the opportunity (casualties of obamacare)

    10/21/2012 10:11:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | October 15, 2011 | Jonathan Ingram
    The Physicians Foundation has completed one of the largest and most comprehensive physician surveys ever conducted in the United States. The new survey covers a number of topics, ranging from what they think about ObamaCare to how satisfied they are in their careers, from whether they will continue to accept Medicare and Medicaid patients to what they think about the current state of the medical profession. The whole thing is worth reading, but here are a few highlights: A whopping 61 percent of doctors said they would retire today if they had the ability to do so. That's up...
  • Slums, drugs, and spousal abuse..The sordid tale of Claire McCaskill

    10/20/2012 7:19:56 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 30 replies
    Red State ^ | 10/20/2012 | Jeff Emanuel
    The domestic violence in Shepard’s past is both shocking and repulsive in detail. On February 15, 1998, police were called to then-Mrs. Shepard’s house (the couple had been separated since June of the previous year) by a girlfriend. According to the police report (.pdf file), Mrs. Shepard said of her husband: Read on. Joseph entered my home. I told him to leave. He came up to me looking angry. I put my hands up to protect my breasts as they are sore (cancer). He has hit me before in the breast. He grabbed my wrist and arm and pushed me...
  • Obama's Shocking Fallacies, America's Not-So-Shocking Failures

    10/20/2012 1:34:48 PM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/19/12 | Peter Ferrara
    The most shocking statement in the entire Obama/Romney debate earlier this week was this from President Obama: “You know a major difference in this campaign is that Governor Romney feels comfortable having politicians in Washington decide the health care choices that women are making. In my health care bill, I said insurance companies need to provide contraceptive coverage to everybody who is insured. Because this is just not a health issue. It’s an economic issue for women. It makes a difference. This is money out of that family’s pocket.”This is so shocking because it reveals the degree of fantasization Obama...
  • UCSF Medical Center to Trim 300 Jobs [Obamacare]

    10/20/2012 11:05:00 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 1 replies
    Becker's Hospital Review ^ | Oct 19, 2012 | Molly Gamble
    University of California San Francisco Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital are planning to cut 300 full-time jobs to lower healthcare costs, according to a San Francisco Business Times report. Officials said the layoffs are necessary to prepare for the onset of healthcare reform and other challenges. UCSF is still in the midst of building a new $1.5 billion hospital campus at Mission Bay. UCSF Medical Center CEO Mark Laret and COO Ken Jones sent a memo to employees this week regarding the workforce reduction. "As national healthcare leaders, [the medical centers] must strategically invest our dollars to improve...
  • Open Enrolment increase 833%

    10/19/2012 1:53:55 PM PDT · by CGASMIA68 · 17 replies
    T1 | ta-day | T1
    Got my open enrollment(att retire) today and the monthly premium went up 833%. Ya think thats got anything to do with 26 year olds on Mommie and Daddies plan along with all the other BS in the affordable health care act.
  • The 113th Congress Will Decide Nation’s Fiscal Future, Not the President

    10/19/2012 7:35:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | October 19, 2012 | Julie Barowsky
    Mitt Romney certainly wasn’t the first choice to be the Republican presidential nominee for most limited government activists. Some have reluctantly warmed to Romney in recent months because they find him preferable to Obama. Other liberty lovers, particularly those within the Ron Paul-inspired Liberty Movement, refuse to throw their support behind Romney or Obama. Regardless of whether a liberty-minded president is an option on the big ticket, the outcomes of the congressional races are far more important, as Congress will truly determine the fiscal policies coming out of Washington. If we really want to put an end to reckless spending,...
  • 11 Myths About Health Care Reform (AARP barf alert)

    10/18/2012 12:16:49 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 5 replies
    aarp ^ | september 2012 | beth howard
    MYTH 1: The new law cuts Medicare drastically, so I won't be able to get quality health care. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) in fact prohibits cuts to guaranteed Medicare benefits. There are provisions in the law to help curb the soaring costs of Medicare, but savings will come from reining in unreasonable payments to providers, taxing high-premium plans (beginning in the year 2018), cracking down on fraud and waste, and encouraging patient-centered, coordinated care, says Sara R. Collins, Ph.D., vice president of the Commonwealth Fund, a private research foundation focused on health care. The ACA also covers preventive care...
  • Issa threatens to subpoena Sebelius over Medicare slush fund

    10/18/2012 9:02:41 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 8 replies
    HumanEvents ^ | October 18, 2012 | John Hayward
    President Obama had a big political problem: Obamacare destroys the popular Medicare Advantage program, which offers private insurance plans to supplement Medicare. Something like a quarter of Medicare beneficiaries use this program. (It’s funny how free-market competition is both popular and effective when it’s actually tried, isn’t it?) Obamacare sucks over $200 billion out of Medicare Advantage, something that would have been very noticeable through price increases and benefit reductions during open enrollment… which began in October, right before the election. If you’re Barack Obama, you solve a problem like that by throwing huge amounts of other peoples’ money at...
  • Obama's Faulty Medicare Math And The Cost To Seniors

    10/18/2012 3:25:04 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 2 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 10/15/2012 | By AVIK ROY
    One of the primary ways by which President Obama's health law funded its dramatic increase in government spending was by making significant cuts to Medicare. But Obama insists otherwise. "ObamaCare actually strengthened Medicare," he told the AARP last week, by using the law's Medicare cuts "to lower prescription drug costs, and to offer seniors on Medicare new preventive services like cancer screenings and wellness services." But for every $500 that ObamaCare spends on prescription drugs and preventive services, the law cuts other Medicare spending by $7,500. Here's how the math works. According to the Congressional Budget Office's most recent estimates,...
  • Insuring Pre-Existing Conditions (Yo No Soy Marinero, Soy Capitan!)

    10/17/2012 11:46:04 PM PDT · by plsjr · 13 replies ^ | 17 October 2012 | Ann Barnhardt
    1. First, a FANTASTIC piece from wherein KD speaks the truth in no uncertain terms about insurance and this total, complete bee-ess about forcing insurance companies to sell policies to people with pre-existing conditions. This is just sublime: If you have a "pre-existing" condition then you're not buying insurance. Remember what insurance actually is: A small payment made to someone in order to obtain pooled risk against an unlikely but catastrophic event that one either cannot or chooses not to reserve against on one's own. By its very nature insurance is a negative-sum game. That is, if you take...
  • The Better Solution for 'Pre-Existing Conditions' (No need to turn the entire system upside down)

    10/17/2012 9:11:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/17/2012 | John Goodman
    <p>Do you remember the debates over the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare? Now that repeal of the law has become a major campaign issue, it may be helpful to remember why Congress passed it in the first place.</p> <p>Early in 2010, as the climactic votes neared, a parade of the legislation's defenders—from the House, Senate and Obama administration—appeared across the media. All had the same message: pre-existing conditions. They named the names of families "victimized" by companies that had refused to sell them insurance, had canceled their coverage or had refused to pay their medical bills.</p>
  • Hollywood's Hysterical "Cancer Screening" Lie for Obama

    10/17/2012 4:10:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | October 17, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    The Hollywood Women for Obama Club wants you to vote with your "lady parts." I want the women of America to vote with their lady smarts. The latest ad from a trio of Tinsel Town actresses spreads one of the stupidest lies about Mitt Romney this election cycle. Fantasyland needs a fact check. According to starlets Scarlett Johansson, Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington, the GOP presidential ticket wants to "end" funding for "cancer screenings." If you and your reproductive organs don't vote for Obama, the doe-eyed celebrities ominously imply, people will DIE, DIE, DIE! This scare-mongering falsehood has been repeated...
  • Your Job or Your Health Insurance (ObamaCare job killing spree will only continue and get worse)

    10/16/2012 12:38:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    The signature achievement of President Obama's four years of office was the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. "ObamaCare". Passed into law in 2010, and initially upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court in 2012, ObamaCare has had an ongoing negative effect upon the employment situation in the United States since it was crammed through the House of Representatives and the Senate solely by members of the Democratic party. Unfortunately for Americans, the ObamaCare job killing spree will only continue and get worse. The reason why has to do with a penalty tax that will...
  • What's a Christian business owner supposed to do?

    10/16/2012 9:47:10 AM PDT · by cdga5for4 · 12 replies
    World ^ | October 16, 2012 | Mark D. Taylor
    My parents founded Tyndale House Publishers 50 years ago as a Christian publishing company. From the very beginning we have published Bibles, and we also publish a wide range of other Christian books. Our corporate purpose is “to minister to the spiritual needs of people, primarily through literature consistent with biblical principles.” I’ve always thought—in a theoretical way—that I might someday face a situation where the government was asking or telling me to do something that was counter to God’s law as I understood it. If such a situation arose, I hoped I would have the backbone to stand tall...

    10/16/2012 9:46:20 AM PDT · by MichaelAsher54 · 7 replies
    Slackers for Obama ^ | 10/16/2012 | Brian Ross
    Because the group of drivers aged 21-24 accounts for the highest rate of alcohol related accidents and fatalities, the legal drinking age might have to be raised in order to hold down medical costs. Such is the dire prognosis by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a memo uncovered by two members of Slackers for Obama who had been hoping that all-you-can-drink beer and wine would be the next entitlement enacted by the Obama administration. Slackers Hugh Jorgan and Estelle Hertz found the memo while camping out by the Hubert H. Humphrey Building which houses the Health and...
  • U.S. Ties Hospital Payments to Making Patients Happy

    10/16/2012 8:19:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 14, 2012 | By JANET ADAMY
    Nearly $1 billion in payments to hospitals over the next year will be based in part on patient satisfaction, determined by a 27-question government survey administered to patients. Hospitals with high scores will get a bonus payment. Those with low ones will lose money. The program is part of a much broader pay-for-performance system built into President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul. Many medical professionals have balked at the questionnaires, saying they are unfair. Older hospitals in inner cities, or facilities that tend to accept patients through cramped and busy emergency rooms, say their scores automatically suffer through no fault of...
  • Elderly man died after 'doctors proclaimed him DNR without consulting family' (death panel notice)

    10/16/2012 3:14:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 10/16/12 | Hannah Furness and Jennifer O'Mahony
    A former Merchant Navy seaman died after doctors refused to resuscitate him because medics made him the subject of a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order without consulting him or his family. John Flockhart, 79, suffered a cardiac arrest and died in hospital despite his daughter begging medics to revive him, an inquest has heard. Doctors had previously ruled any attempt to revive him would be “futile”, despite the family claiming they had never been informed or consulted. Sharon Flockhart "begged" a nurse to try to resuscitate her father. She said: "It felt that I was pleading for my father's life,"...
  • Detail & The Donkey: Obama skates on specifics

    10/15/2012 5:23:22 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 4 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | October 15, 2012 | Daniel Clark
    Detail & The Donkey: Obama skates on specifics by Daniel Clark Since Mitt Romney announced his tax plan, the media have demanded that he provide more detail. In particular, they want to know exactly which deductions he wants to eliminate while cutting the rates. That’s a perfectly reasonable question, but why is only Romney expected to provide specifics, while President Obama continues to speak in puffy generalities? Nancy Pelosi, then Speaker of the House, famously said that Congress needed to pass Obamacare in order to find out what was in it. Even if the legislators had given themselves time to...
  • Catholic Bishops Call Biden A Liar On ObamaCare

    10/15/2012 4:09:35 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | October 15, 2012
    ObamaCare: The leaders of the vice president's church are calling him out for denying the Affordable Care Act's threat to religious liberty and the institutions that provide needed social services. As we noted in our post-debate analysis, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) were not amused with Joe Biden's other great debate lie — that ObamaCare doesn't threaten religious liberty or the ability of churches, particularly the Catholic Church, to put their faith in action. On Oct. 12, the USCCB denounced the VP's deceptive comments, noting that the so-called HHS exemption is a farce that unconstitutionally defines what a...