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  • The time bomb in Obamacare?

    01/19/2013 5:31:15 PM PST · by Kolath · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/18/2012 | George Will
    A willow, not an oak. So said conservatives of Chief Justice John Roberts when he rescued the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — a.k.a. Obamacare — from being found unconstitutional. But the manner in which he did this may have made the ACA unworkable, thereby putting it on a path to ultimate extinction.
  • Health insurance exchange myth, fact (Idaho RINO Governor)

    01/18/2013 6:25:43 PM PST · by narses · 19 replies
    CDA Press ^ | Friday, January 18, 2013 10:49 am | Gov. Butch Otter
    From the office of Gov. Butch Otter: Myth - Rejecting a state-run health insurance exchange will ensure Idaho will not be part of any exchange. Fact – The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires every state to have a health insurance exchange. The question is not whether Idaho will have an exchange, but rather who will build and administer the system – the federal government or the state. Ignoring the law would invite increased federal involvement in our state affairs through regulation of our insurance markets, forfeiting the creation of jobs in Idaho to other states, adding to...
  • House Democrats Renew Push for Health Insurance Public Option

    01/17/2013 10:46:49 AM PST · by listenhillary · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/17/13 | William Bigelow
    On Tuesday, 44 House Democrats joined Rep Jan Schakowsky in her bid to submit H.R. 261, legislation supporting a “public option.” When ObamaCare was passed in 2010, the “public option” was removed, but like the seven-headed Hydra, another head has grown in its place. Schakowsky claimed, "Obamacare is already helping millions of Americans get the health care they need, but it can be made even better. The Public Option Deficit Reduction Act will give health care consumers more choice and lower their premiums."
  • 11 States Getting $1.5B to Set Up Obamacare Exchanges, But Half the States Won’t Do It

    01/18/2013 6:30:39 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 12 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1-18-2013 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is giving another $1.5 Billion in taxpayer money to eleven states to build their new health insurance exchanges. But it appears that half the states will let the federal government do it for them. The “Exchange Establishment Grants” announced on Thursday will go to California, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, and Vermont. “These states are working to implement the health care law, and we continue to support them as they build new affordable insurance marketplaces,” Secretary Sebelius said. “Starting in 2014, Americans in all states...
  • Will an outgoing democratic gov decision stand on Obamacare when it comes to exchanges? VANITY

    01/17/2013 9:02:38 PM PST · by God'sgrrl · 10 replies
    1-18-13 | God'sgrrl
    Will an outgoing democratic governor's decision stand on Obamacare when it comes to exchanges for a state? Can the incoming Republican governor overturn this, if a commitment was already made?
  • Republicans should execute 'Maneuver X'

    01/17/2013 5:33:54 PM PST · by upchuck · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | Phillip Klien
    ... Over the past two years, Republicans have ... viewed every potential crisis -- a possible government shutdown, the threat of a debt ceiling breach and the prospect of the nation sailing over the "fiscal cliff" -- as an opportunity to corner Obama into agreeing to tackle the nation's mounting debt problem. This strategy has created a dynamic in which Obama has successfully portrayed Republicans as reckless, incapable of governance and willing to put the economy at risk to make a political statement. He's been able to deflect questions about his own lack of action on deficits by blaming Republican...
  • Financially Unstable GAO Report highlights skyrocketing costs of entitlements, Obamacare’s

    01/17/2013 5:37:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/17/13 | Andrew Evans
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO)’s annual audit of the government, released Thursday, raises serious concerns about the federal government’s long-term financial stability and the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act’s cost-curbing measures. The report found “that—absent policy changes—the federal government continues to face an unsustainable fiscal path.” The GAO, which is an “independent, nonpartisan” government agency, released its annual report as Congress braces for a fight with President Barack Obama over the debt ceiling. Republicans are calling for spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. The president has vowed not to negotiate with Congress. The report notes that...
  • Courts cast skeptical eye on Obamacare contraception mandate

    01/17/2013 11:06:58 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 17, 2013 | Tom Howell Jr.
    President Obama’s mandate that most private companies provide health insurance plans that include free contraceptives has met with considerable headwinds in the legal system, where nine of the 14 federal courts to rule so far have sided with employers who say the mandate violates their beliefs and infringes on their religious liberties. While the broad scope of the president’s health law survived Supreme Court scrutiny last year, the challenges to the contraception mandate remain a major legal hurdle for the Obama administration, and the deep skepticism shown by a number of judges makes it likely the high court will be...
  • Pro-Obamacare group sponsoring symposium to train journalists how to report on Obamacare

    01/17/2013 10:40:34 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/17/13 | Patrick Howley
    A private organization that “helped lay the groundwork” for Obamacare is hosting a symposium to “offer specialized education in health care reporting” for mainstream reporters from outlets including Reuters and Money magazine. As reported by Rusty Weiss for FreedomWorks, the Commonwealth Fund is sponsoring a two-day symposium, hosted by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) entitled “The Business of Health Care” at Reuters headquarters in New York City. The symposium will “offer specialized education in health care reporting” and “boost knowledge of the Affordable Care Act.” “The goal over two days will be to introduce fellows to...
  • Southwestern Pennsylvania hospital to stop baby deliveries (obamacare)

    01/16/2013 8:44:16 PM PST · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    Pregnant women in one southwestern Pennsylvania town will soon need to look elsewhere to deliver their babies, after a local hospital announced it will end the practice in March -- blaming ObamaCare in part for the decision. The Windber Medical Center will stop delivering babies after March 31 because its obstetricians are either leaving or refocusing their practices, and because hospital officials believe they can't afford it based on projected reimbursements under looming federal health care reforms. In a lengthy statement posted to its website Wednesday, the hospital cited several reasons for the decision -- including a claim that the...
  • Express Scripts lays off 332

    01/16/2013 10:07:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager is cutting its payroll. St. Louis-based Express Scripts Holding Co. announced its laying off 332 employees nationwide, including 103 workers at the former Medco Health Solutions site in Franklin Lakes and 12 at its facility in Willingboro. The layoffs are the latest in a series that followed the company's $29.1 billion acquisition of Medco in April...
  • Sixty Percent of Young Americans Plan to Purchase Firearms, Study Reveals

    01/16/2013 6:58:15 PM PST · by lbryce · 41 replies
    Campus Reform.org ^ | Januar 16, 2013 | Scott Greer
    Sixty percent of high school and college students say they plan on owning guns at a later stage in life, an academic study from American University revealed on Monday. According to a brand new study, sixty percent of young Americans plan on purchasing firearms in the future. According to the study, about 40 percent of the American students surveyed said they definitely planned to own firearms once they had established their own households. Another 20 percent said they were “contemplating” owning guns. Those findings were part of a broader study conducted by American University professor Jennifer L. Lawless and Loyola...
  • IRS Threatens Employers

    01/16/2013 12:09:28 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 48 replies
    CCHF ^ | 1-16-13 | Twila Brase
    The gloves are coming off. We're 11 months from full implementation and the real-world impact of Obamacare is hitting the newswires. Taco Bell and Wendy's just cut the hours of hundreds of employees to avoid the Obamacare employer health insurance mandate. These workers will not only not have health insurance, they will have less money to pay for it and may be forced into Medicaid under the individual mandate. Now, the Internal Revenue Service is warning employers not to avoid the employer mandate. The IRS issued a 144-page notice which says they will soon issue proposed regulations with "anti-abuse rules."...
  • Whole Foods CEO says Obama healthcare law is 'more like fascism'

    01/16/2013 10:24:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/16/2013 | Elise Viebeck
    The CEO of Whole Foods Market said President Obama's healthcare law is more like "fascism" than "socialism," a parallel he drew in 2009, to some backlash. John Mackey made the remark in an interview Wednesday with NPR. "Technically speaking, it's more like fascism," Mackey said of the Affordable Care Act. "Socialism is where the government owns the means of production. In fascism, the government doesn't own the means of production, but they do control it, and that's what's happening with our healthcare programs and these reforms." The term "fascism" was first used to describe the right-wing regime of Italian leader...
  • Obama Asks Doctors to Help Deal With Guns

    01/16/2013 9:49:53 AM PST · by illiac · 87 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/16/13 | Daniel Halper
    According to a background briefer provided by the White House, President Barack Obama is asking doctors to help deal with guns. Here's the relevant passage: PRESERVE THE RIGHTS OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO PROTECT THEIR PATIENTS AND COMMUNITIES FROM GUN VIOLENCE: We should never ask doctors and other health care providers to turn a blind eye to the risks posed by guns in the wrong hands. ď‚· Clarify that no federal law prevents health care providers from warning law enforcement authorities about threats of violence: Doctors and other mental health professionals play an important role in protecting the safety of...
  • Why don't Dems shove gun control down America's throat--ObamaCare style?

    01/16/2013 9:14:53 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/16/13 | Doug Book
    Since the December 14th murder of 27 people prevented by law from defending themselves, the American left has worked overtime to intimidate, embarrass and harass 2nd Amendment supporters into relinquishing their God given right to keep and bear arms. Gun and accessory bans, sales by private citizens outlawed, imminent threats of confiscation, millions in new taxes and fees and countless, law abiding citizens menaced with being summarily pronounced felons—all of these threats have been brought to bear on the American public by self-righteous hypocrites. Yet a full month has gone by since the grisly, Sandy Hook killings and the far...
  • Switching To Generic HIV Drugs Could Save The U.S. Billions [BO will throw AIDS patients under bus]

    01/16/2013 3:01:42 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | 1/16/13 | Joseph Nordqvist
    The U.S health care system could save over $1 billion dollars a year if they replace current antiretroviral drugs for HIV infection with generic versions of the medications, a risky move that could seriously affect the efficacy of HIV treatment. The implications of such a change was explored in a study published in the January 15 edition of Annals of Internal Medicine.
  • Obamaphone Lady: "Öbama lied to us"

    01/15/2013 2:39:04 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 48 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=38nEispWqG8 How does it feel now sucker!
  • DNR Says Worker Improperly Accessed License Data

    01/15/2013 4:20:11 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    kstp ^ | 1-15-13 | Leslie Dyste
    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it's notifying about 5,000 people after an employee accessed their driving and motor vehicle records without authorization. The agency said in a statement Tuesday that the employee is no longer employed by the DNR. Spokesman Chris Niskanen says he can't elaborate on that. The DNR says it has asked the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate. No charges have been filed so far. The DNR says its own investigation found no indication the data was sold, disclosed to others or used for criminal purposes. But the agency is advising the 5,000 affected people...
  • ObamaCare's Health-Insurance Sticker Shock

    01/15/2013 5:47:00 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    wsj ^ | January 13, 2013 | MERRILL MATTHEWS AND MARK E. LITOW
    Thanks to mandates that take effect in 2014, premiums in individual markets will shoot up. Some may double. B Health-insurance premiums have been rising—and consumers will experience another series of price shocks later this year when some see their premiums skyrocket thanks to the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare. The reason: The congressional Democrats who crafted the legislation ignored virtually every actuarial principle governing rational insurance pricing. Premiums will soon reflect that disregard—indeed, premiums are already reflecting it. ... States won't experience equal increases in their premiums under ObamaCare. Ironically, citizens in states that have acted responsibly over the years...