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  • Some families to be priced out of health overhaul (Obama's hands tied by how law was written)

    01/31/2013 12:42:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    WTOP ^ | 01/31/2013 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Some families could get priced out of health insurance due to what's being called a glitch in President Barack Obama's overhaul law. IRS regulations issued Wednesday failed to fix the problem as liberal backers of the president's plan had hoped. As a result, some families that can't afford the employer coverage that they are offered on the job will not be able to get financial assistance from the government to buy private health insurance on their own. How many people will be affected is unclear. The Obama administration says its hands were tied by the way Congress...
  • DHS revamping immigrant welcome materials, set to include Obamacare

    01/31/2013 10:33:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/31/13 | Caroline May
    The welcome materials the federal government directs new immigrants to read — which detail, among other facets of American life, how and where to get government benefits — are in the process of getting a bit of a makeover to increase accessibility for newcomers. The WelcometoUSA.gov website, which bills itself as “the U.S. Government’s official web portal for new immigrants,” maintained by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), will soon feature information about President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation, USCIS spokesman Chris Bentley told The Daily Caller.
  • Obamacare Glitch: Some Families to be Priced out of Health Coverage

    01/31/2013 9:52:27 AM PST · by lowbridge · 41 replies
    newsmax ^ | january 30, 2013
    Some families could get priced out of health insurance due to what's being called a glitch in President Barack Obama's overhaul law. IRS regulations issued Wednesday failed to fix the problem as liberal backers of the president's plan had hoped. As a result, some families that can't afford the employer coverage that they are offered on the job will not be able to get financial assistance from the government to buy private health insurance on their own. How many people will be affected is unclear. The Obama administration says its hands were tied by the way Congress wrote the law....
  • Lessons From the Ancient Mayans

    01/31/2013 7:32:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Emmett Tyrrell
    Guatemala -- Where is that, you ask? Generally this column comes to you from Washington, D.C. or New York City. Occasionally it comes from London or Paris. Today it carries the dateline of a seaport in Guatemala, and if it were written a day ago or two days hence it would carry the dateline of Belize. It is freezing up north. The inclement weather has driven me to tropical parts. Global warming sounds more and more agreeable to me and, frankly, if you have your wits about you, to you, too. The frozen remains of palm trees have supposedly...
  • Some Unions Grow Wary of Health Law They Backed [Schadenfreude]

    01/31/2013 3:34:23 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    <p>Labor unions enthusiastically backed the Obama administration's health-care overhaul when it was up for debate. Now that the law is rolling out, some are turning sour.</p> <p>Union leaders say many of the law's requirements will drive up the costs for their health-care plans and make unionized workers less competitive. Among other things, the law eliminates the caps on medical benefits and prescription drugs used as cost-containment measures in many health-care plans. It also allows children to stay on their parents' plans until they turn 26.</p>
  • Journalists Instructed to Report on Benefits of Obamacare: "There's Only Upside"

    01/30/2013 5:46:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 30, 2013 | Rusty Weiss
    rlier this month, FreedomWorks covered a suspect symposium being sponsored by a pro-Obamacare organization, designed to provide journalists with "specialized education in health care reporting”. The anticipation of media bias was palpable. The symposium, sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund, hosted by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), held at Reuters headquarters in New York City, and with a featured student body of 17 mainstream reporters - including the Dallas Morning News, Reuters, and Money Magazine - has since come to pass, and the concerns of blatant media bias should be even more heightened in the aftermath. The SABEW has posted...
  • Exclusive: U.S. bishops say they’re willing to ‘go to jail’ over HHS mandate

    01/30/2013 5:26:02 AM PST · by NYer · 113 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 29, 2013 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    Archbishop-elect Alexander Sample speaks with John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews' editor-in-chief WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 29, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - As the Obama administration and the U.S. Bishops remain locked in battle over the HHS mandate, the question on the minds of many observers is: what lengths are the bishops willing to go to to oppose the mandate? The prelates LifeSiteNews spoke to after the Vigil Mass for Life in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 24th indicated that they intend to do everything they can to oppose the mandate, including risking imprisonment if necessary. "I would be willing to go to jail in defense of religious...
  • FRIDAY HEARING ON DATA-SHARING | OBAMA'S EXCHANGE (MN)

    01/30/2013 9:17:51 AM PST · by TurboZamboni
    email/CCHF ^ | 1-30-13 | twila brase
    Section 7 of House File 5 reads: Sec. 7. [62V.06] DATA. (a) The definitions in section 13.02 apply to this section. (b) Government data of the Minnesota Insurance Marketplace on individuals, employees of employers, and employers using the Minnesota Insurance Marketplace are private data on individuals or nonpublic data. The Minnesota Insurance Marketplace may share not public data with state and federal agencies and other entities if the exchange of the data is reasonably necessary to carry out the functions of the Minnesota Insurance Marketplace. State agencies shall share not public data with the Minnesota Insurance Marketplace if the exchange...
  • Money Matters: Boston Scientific job cuts (1,000 job cuts due to Obamacare medical device tax, etc.)

    01/30/2013 7:24:12 AM PST · by Qbert · 4 replies
    NECN.com ^ | 1/30/2013 | NECN/AP
    (NECN/AP) - Here's a rundown of the morning's developing business stories, which may impact stock performance: - Boston Scientific cutting 1,000 jobs Boston Scientific is cutting up to 1,000 more jobs as it deals with a new medical device tax from the U.S. health care overhaul, limited growth prospects in certain markets and pressure to cut prices on its products in other countries.
  • Do penalties for smokers and the obese make sense?

    01/29/2013 7:10:13 PM PST · by walford · 65 replies
    AP ^ | January 26, 2013 | MIKE STOBBE
    Faced with the high cost of caring for smokers and overeaters, experts say society must grapple with a blunt question: Instead of trying to penalize them and change their ways, why not just let these health sinners die prematurely from their unhealthy habits? Annual health care costs are roughly $96 billion for smokers and $147 billion for the obese, the government says. These costs accompany sometimes heroic attempts to prolong lives, including surgery, chemotherapy and other measures.
  • (Now Hiring) Who Wants To Be A ‘Death Panelist’?

    01/29/2013 5:20:26 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies
    WaPo ^ | January 28, 2013 | Sarah Kliff
    Who wants to be a ‘death panelist’? Jonathan Gruber was one of the Obama administration’s key advisers during the health-care reform debate. As the economist who conceived the ideas at the heart of the Massachusetts health-care law, he is arguably the intellectual godfather of the Affordable Care Act. All of which would make him a natural fit for the Independent Payment Advisory Board, the new, 15-member panel that has the authority to reduce Medicare doctors’ reimbursements and pilot new ways to deliver high quality care for less. There’s just one tiny problem: Gruber has absolutely no interest in serving on...
  • Guess What: Obama’s Having a Hard Time Finding Anyone to Serve on That So-Called ‘Death Panel’

    01/29/2013 4:11:27 PM PST · by lowbridge · 26 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Becket Adams
    The 15-member Independent Payment Advisory Board (i.e. the so-called “death panel”) included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) has run into a bit of problem: Very few want to join. Jonathan Gruber, for example, helped lay the groundwork for Massachusetts’ health-care law and played an important role in making “Obamacare” the law of the land. So you’d think he’d be an obvious choice for the panel, right? “No way,” he said, according to the Washington Post. “Maybe if it was a part-time gig. But full time? I can’t see it.” And he’s not alone. “It is supposed...
  • WPS Health Insurance files notice of 451 layoffs in Monona, Madison and Wausau

    01/29/2013 4:03:59 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 7 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 1/29/2013 | KAREN RIVEDAL
    Hundreds of job cuts stemming largely from the pending loss of two major federal contracts will begin soon at Monona-based WPS Health Insurance. WPS filed notice with the state Monday that 451 employees in Monona, Madison and Wausau would likely lose their jobs starting March 29. That includes 250 people in Madison and Monona, and 201 in Wausau, where about 300 work now. And there could be more job cuts coming. Founded in 1946, WPS is Wisconsin's leading nonprofit health insurer. It currently employs about 3,600 people, including some 2,500 in the Madison area. Read more: http://host.madison.com/business/wps-health-insurance-files-notice-of-layoffs-in-monona-madison/article_f0188544-69ad-11e2-96de-0019bb2963f4.html#ixzz2JPbqF3Hl
  • To Outsmart ObamaCare, Go Protean ( Small Business )

    01/29/2013 2:04:31 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    WSJ ^ | January 28, 2013, 7:03 p.m. ET | By PAUL CHRISTIANSEN
    How big can a company get with just 50 employees? We're about to find out.Thousands of small businesses across the U.S. are desperately looking for a way to escape their own fiscal cliff. That's because ObamaCare is forcing them to cover their employees' health care or pay a fine—either of which will cut into profits and stymie future investment and growth. We've already seen many of America's biggest companies respond to the new law by laying off employees, putting them on part-time, or raising prices. But those are short-term solutions. Ultimately, these corporations will have to innovate and restructure to...
  • Papa John’s pizza firm implores bloggers: Stop the misquotes

    01/29/2013 12:29:52 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 29, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Papa John’s pizza has been hounded by the media for comments supposedly made in response to Obamacare — that food prices were on the rise, that franchises would face closure due to escalating health care costs, that workers’ hours and positions would be sliced. Only problem: The comments, attributed to CEO John Schnatter, were never made. That’s according to a Politico report about the efforts of Papa John public relations firm Sitrick and Co. to track down bloggers who’ve covered the supposed comments and ask for edits.
  • Twin Cities doctors bypass insurers; patients charged directly for care

    01/29/2013 5:40:41 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-28-13 | Christopher Snowbeck
    Starting in April, the practice will ask patients to pay doctors directly for their care and no longer will accept payments from insurance companies except for Medicare. "We believe that insurance companies are making it increasingly difficult to practice patient-centered medicine," the doctors in the practice wrote to patients this month. The doctors are joining the small but growing number of physicians who since the late 1990s have tried going the "direct pay" or "concierge" route, where doctors typically care for a smaller group of patients who are willing to pay for easier access to their physician. It's a trend...
  • Judge tosses former Congressman’s lawsuit against pro-life group

    01/29/2013 5:02:10 AM PST · by IbJensen · 3 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 1/28/2013 | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., January 28, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A former Congressman who sued the Susan B. Anthony List for losing his election in 2010 has lost his case. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black, an Obama appointee, admitted in his seven-page ruling that he could not “see the forest for the trees” when he originally allowed Driehaus' defamation lawsuit to go forward. The former Cincinnati congressman, who identified as a “pro-life Democrat,” filed suit after SBA List threatened to take out billboards saying: “Shame on Steve Driehaus! Driehaus voted FOR taxpayer-funded abortion.” Although the signs never went up, Driehaus said the...
  • Aurora [Health Care] CEO cites Obamacare as partial cause of job cutbacks

    01/27/2013 7:52:43 PM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Journal Times ^ | 26 January 2013 | Michael Burke
    RACINE COUNTY — Partly in response to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare — as well as other forces — Aurora Health Care expects $13 million less in government reimbursements this year and has begun cutting some positions. Earlier this month Aurora President and CEO Dr. Nick Turkal laid out the financial situation in a 1,020-word letter to all system employees. He warned of position eliminations and discontinuations to come. Turkal said there are several causes of the projected $13 million or more decline in reimbursements. He cited the economy, cost reductions dictated by the Affordable Care Act and the...
  • (30 November 2012) Hospitals will see massive layoffs, decline in 2013

    01/27/2013 7:55:23 PM PST · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    One News Now ^ | 30 November 2012 | Russ Jones
    Hospitals are expected to cut some 93,000 jobs in 2013 in anticipation of ObamaCare. A former presidential candidate and conservative advocate says America needs to prepare for major changes in the medical industry. Orlando Health, a not-for-profit network of community and specialty hospitals, is just one example of the massive layoffs expected in the coming year. Officials with the Central Florida-based healthcare services provider announced on Monday that the largest staff reduction in its nearly 100-year history will result in cutting up to 400 jobs, starting immediately. Gary Bauer, president of Washington DC-based American Values, warns that this is only...
  • Immigration reform could add millions of people under Obama health law

    01/27/2013 5:01:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 26, 2013 | Elise Viebeck
    Comprehensive immigration reform could make millions of people suddenly eligible for assistance under President Obama's healthcare law, assuming a final deal paves the way for undocumented immigrants to receive papers. Illegal aliens are now prohibited from purchasing coverage through the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges, which will launch next year. They are also ineligible for Medicaid under most circumstances, making the law's expansion of the program fruitless for people without documents. Even young illegal immigrants with "deferred action" status, known as "DREAMers," cannot access the law's benefits. But the picture could change completely if Hispanic lawmakers get their wish —...
  • Obamacare supporters are shocked that its opponents’ predictions of job destruction are coming true

    01/27/2013 2:10:59 PM PST · by grundle · 24 replies
    wordpress ^ | January 27, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Obamacare supporters are shocked that its opponents’ predictions of job destruction are coming true One interesting thing about Obamacare is that even though it became law in March 2010, its main provisions were written so as not to take effect until after the 2012 Presidential election. This was no accident. Long before Obamacare was passed, its opponents were predicting that it would reduce employment, and that this would be especially harmful to low wage workers. For example, in September 2009, the Heritage Foundation wrote:“Mandates Kill Jobs and Lower Wages: The result of such a tax penalty...
  • Liberal Fascists: Two DC Protests, Two pictures

    01/26/2013 2:57:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 January, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    The coverage of two recent events in the District of Columbia shows how the old media in this country has dropped all pretence of impartiality. The first image is from yesterday, 25 January, in Washington, D.C. Please consider how much media coverage you have heard about it. It was a pro-life protest. The second image is from the next day, today, the 26th of January. It was from a protest against the the people's right to keep and bear arms: Consider how much media coverage that you have heard of this event. The camera shots are completely different. The first...
  • The coming collapse of the abortion lobby

    01/26/2013 3:10:33 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 25, 2013 | Dr. Charmaine Yoest
    Forty years after Roe v. Wade, a powerful shift is taking place within Big Abortion. What abortion advocates could not win through choice, they intend to impose through coercion. Even Time magazine recently acknowledged on their cover that, for those so inclined to celebrate Roe’s anniversary, the rejoicing over abortion on demand should be tinged with concern.  On January 14th Time asked “What Choice?” and then answered their own question:  “40 years ago, abortion rights activists won an epic victory with Roe v. Wade,” the cover noted and then concluded: “They’ve been losing ever since.” When viewed through the lens...
  • AP, NBC Ask: Time to Publicly Shame the Obese, Let Smokers Die?

    01/26/2013 6:18:04 PM PST · by Bratch · 46 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | January 26, 2013 | John Nolte
    Biases upfront: I'm a 46 year-old health nut obsessed with exercise and eating right. I don’t smoke or drink, and there are supermodels who worry less about their weight. However, I do admire those who don't live like that; who might not live as long as I do, but will probably enjoy their overall quality of life more than my somewhat Spartan one. Oh, and I also realize that this is America. And if people want to pursue happiness through a double cheeseburger and a pack of Newports, any joyless, left-wing bossy-pants who has a problem with that can go...
  • The Truth About Obamacare

    01/26/2013 5:29:41 PM PST · by Noumenon · 24 replies
    1/26/2013 | Ward Dorrity
    The Truth About Obamacare “Obamacare” is neither about health nor care. It is ultimately about control, the devaluation and the elimination of human life. Here is the Vulcan mind-meld translation of the core premise of the Left: you have no right to live. By their lights, you are no more than a thing, or an animal, or a machine. Therefore, you have no right to the fruits of your labors. You are a ‘resource’ at best, a fungible, and ultimately disposable asset of the State. Or you are in their way and must be eliminated. There are the last 200...
  • Do penalties for smokers and the obese make sense?

    01/26/2013 7:50:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 26, 2013 10:03 AM EST | Mike Stobbe
    Faced with the high cost of caring for smokers and overeaters, experts say society must grapple with a blunt question: Instead of trying to penalize them and change their ways, why not just let these health sinners die? Annual health care costs are roughly $96 billion for smokers and $147 billion for the obese, the government says. These costs accompany sometimes heroic attempts to prolong lives, including surgery, chemotherapy and other measures. But despite these rescue attempts, smokers tend to die 10 years earlier on average, and the obese die five to 12 years prematurely, according to various researchers’ estimates....
  • Do penalties for smokers and the obese make sense?

    01/26/2013 12:59:43 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 69 replies
    Record Online ^ | Jan 26, 2013 | Mike Stobbe
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Faced with the high cost of caring for smokers and overeaters, experts say society must grapple with a blunt question: Instead of trying to penalize them and change their ways, why not just let these health sinners die?
  • Democrats Crank Up Death Panel Talk Following Obama Win

    01/26/2013 1:23:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Market Daily News ^ | January 1, 2013 | Kurt Nimmo
    Now that Obama has secured another four years in the White House, it is time for the administration to crank out more Obamacare propaganda, specifically arguments about the cost ineffectiveness of keeping old people alive. Enter the internet’s liberal bellwether, Salon.com. Earlier today, the website posted an article by Matthew Yglesias, a blogger and Democrat operative who spent time at the Soros’ project, ThinkProgress. According to Yglesias, old folks are “the key issue in the federal budget” and their welfare accounts “for the remarkable lack of apparent cost effectiveness of the American health care system.” “When the patient is already...
  • Through The Wire: Reuters Layoffs (up to 3,000)

    01/26/2013 10:00:21 AM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 15 replies
    New York Observer ^ | 1/22/2013 | Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke
    Last week was a bleak one at Thomson Reuters, the financial news and wire service giant. According to sources, as many as 3,000 people were let go, out of approximately 50,000 employees around the globe. Most of the layoffs came from the financial sector—the sales, training and analysts’ divisions—but some were on the editorial side. “Yes, I can confirm there have been layoffs across Thomson Reuters today, including editorial,” Barb Burg, vice president and global head of communications at Reuters, told Talking Biz News last week. “Similar to efforts across the company, the Reuters organization is focusing attention on our...
  • Immigration reform could add millions under Obama health law (illegal aliens are now prohibited)

    01/26/2013 6:37:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/26/13 | Elise Viebeck
    Comprehensive immigration reform could make millions of people suddenly eligible for assistance under President Obama's healthcare law, assuming a final deal paves the way for undocumented immigrants to receive papers. Illegal aliens are now prohibited from purchasing coverage through the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges, which will launch next year. They are also ineligible for Medicaid under most circumstances, making the law's expansion of the program fruitless for people without documents. Even young illegal immigrants with "deferred action" status, known as "DREAMers," cannot access the law's benefits. But the picture could change completely if Hispanic lawmakers get their wish —...
  • Penalty could keep smokers out of health overhaul

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Barack Obama's health care law, according to experts who are just now teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the massive legislation. The Affordable Care Act — "Obamacare" to its detractors — allows health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next Jan. 1. For a 55-year-old smoker, the penalty could reach nearly $4,250 a year. A 60-year-old could wind up paying nearly $5,100 on top of premiums. Younger smokers could...
  • Smokers may not be able to afford ‘Obamacare’

    01/24/2013 11:25:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    The Seattle Times / The Associated Press ^ | January 24, 2013 | Ricardo Alonzo-Zaldivar
    Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Obama’s health-care law, according to experts who are teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the massive legislation. The Affordable Care Act — or “Obamacare” — allows health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next Jan. 1. For a 55-year-old smoker, the penalty could reach nearly $4,250 a year...
  • Penalty could keep smokers out of health overhaul

    01/24/2013 7:48:02 PM PST · by kik5150 · 38 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 01/23/2013 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Barack Obama's health care law, according to experts who are just now teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the massive legislation. The Affordable Care Act — "Obamacare" to its detractors — allows health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next Jan. 1. For a 55-year-old smoker, the penalty could reach nearly $4,250 a year. A 60-year-old could wind up paying nearly $5,100 on top of premiums. Younger smokers could be charged lower...
  • Colleges Skirt Obamacare By Cutting Adjunct Faculty Hours

    01/24/2013 2:58:12 PM PST · by grundle · 18 replies
    adjunctnation.com ^ | December 10, 2012 | Brian McVicar
    With about a year left before major portions of the federal health reform law take effect, colleges around the country – including Grand Rapids Community College – are looking for more guidance about how new regulations will affect adjunct instructors. Specifically, the concern is over a provision in the act treating employees working 30 or more hours a week as full-time, thus requiring employer-assisted health care. Considering that many in academe “talk more about credit hours and course loads than hours worked, more clarification is needed,” Craig Smith, director of higher education for the American Federation of Teachers, recently told...
  • Immigration fallout from saying no to 'Obamacare' (Brewer opts in for Medicaid expansion in Arizona)

    01/24/2013 11:25:07 AM PST · by Wolfie · 7 replies
    AP ^ | Jan. 23, 2013
    Immigration fallout from saying no to 'Obamacare' WASHINGTON (AP) — Governors who reject health insurance for the poor under the federal health care overhaul could wind up in a politically awkward position on immigration: A quirk in the law means some U.S. citizens would be forced to go without coverage, while legal immigrants residing in the same state could still get it. It's an unintended consequence of how last year's Supreme Court decision changed the Medicaid provisions of President Barack Obama's health care law. The overhaul expanded the federal-state program for low-income and disabled people. The Supreme Court made the...
  • Obamacare Survival Guide Book Surges on BarnesAndNoble.com

    01/24/2013 10:11:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 24 Jan 2013 11:52 AM | Jim Meyers
    “ObamaCare Survival Guide” has now sold more than 100,000 copies and today ranks No. 4 on Barnes & Noble’s list of the Top 100 best-selling books. “ObamaCare Survival Guide: The Affordable Care Act and What It Means for You and Your Healthcare” is the first comprehensive but easy-to-understand road map of the 2,700-page law officially called the The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The book also ranks No. 4 on Amazon.com’s list of the best-selling books in the Politics & Government category, and No. 1 in the Health Policy category. …
  • Enjoy the schadenfreude!: College professors face layoffs because of Obamacare

    01/24/2013 8:25:16 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 31 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | January 24, 2012 | Derrick Hollenbeck, staff writer
    The excited grins we saw in the sea of faces at Barack Obama’s second Inauguration told us we lost and the socialists won. They made sure we understood that. Liberal talking heads on television and radio as well as in print and in the blogosphere have been taunting us since November and there is no reason to think they will stop any time soon. Their jobs are now safe for as far as the eye can see. “..segment of Obama supporters are learning that elections have consequences and being on the winning side doesn’t guarantee good times ahead. America’s college...
  • Health Insurance Brokers Prepare Clients For Obamacare Sticker Shock

    01/23/2013 3:21:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/23/2013 | By Dr. Scott Gottlieb, M.D.
    A California insurance broker, who sells health plans to individuals and small businesses, told me that she’s prepping her clients for a sticker shock. Her local carriers are hinting to her that premiums may triple this fall, when the plans unveil how they’ll billet the full brunt of Obamacare’s new regulations and mandates. California is hardly alone. Around the country, insurers are fixing to raise rates by double digits. They’re privately briefing politicians in Washington on what’s in store. Those briefings are leaving a lot of folks up and down Pennsylvania Avenue jumpy. What’s gives? President Obama, after all, said...
  • Four colleges to cut faculty hours to Part-time status, blames Obamacare

    01/22/2013 5:10:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Global Dispatch ^ | 1/17/13 | Brandon Jones
    Four public colleges and universities: Florida’s Palm Beach State College, Pennsylvania’s Community College of Allegheny County, Ohio’s Youngstown State University, and New Jersey’s Kean University, are all planning to move adjunct and “contingent” faculty members to part-time status in order to avoid an Obamacare provision requiring businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to provide health coverage for at least 95 percent of their workers. **SNIP** Teachers’ associations like AAUP and AFT are bracing for the shift. Next week, AFT will host a webinar for its members addressing “the implications of the Affordable Care Act for contingent faculty.” In the...
  • On the Necessity of Theological Courage in the Public Square

    01/22/2013 2:08:25 PM PST · by rhema · 2 replies
    First Things ^ | January 22, 2013 | Owen Strachan and Andrew Walker
    On the subject of religious controversy, 2013 started off with a bang, not a whimper. Hobby Lobby, the craft chain owned by a Christian couple, chose to defy the odious HHS mandate pioneered by the administration of President Barack Obama. This edict seeks to bring religious groups to heel by requiring all employers to cover contraception and abortifacients in their health-care plans. For its defiance, Hobby Lobby faces atmospheric fines of $1.3 million dollars per day. What could motivate such response from this company, traditionally associated less with political battles than knick-knacks and sewing kits? David and Barbara Green, the...
  • Universities Slash Teachers' Hours to Evade ObamaCare

    01/22/2013 8:06:59 AM PST · by NCjim · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 22, 2012 | John Nolte
    If you want someone to lie to you and tell you how troubling it is when anyone's income is cut in Obama's economy, you'll want to stop reading right about now. I'm only willing to go as far as to say that I wish ObamaCare wasn't the cause of all this. But it simply is a beautiful thing to see the very institutions that carry Obama's water and attempt to brainwash more of his minions, deal first-hand with the consequences of their thoughtless advocacy: A new piece in the Wall Street Journal reports that many colleges are cutting back on...
  • ObamaCare Strikes Again

    01/22/2013 7:37:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    "Nothing is so well calculated to produce a death-like torpor in the country as an extended system of taxation and a great national debt." --William Cobbett What is it with this administration -- a general envy and resentment of success ("You didn't build that!") or just a general incompetence at anything to do with basic economics? Like the old and bitter truth that the surest way to make something scarcer is to tax it. The administration's latest victim is the American medical-device industry -- the people who make everything from body-scanning machines to catheters to glucose meters, anything regulated by...
  • U.S. faces drug shortages in treating multidrug-resistant TB

    01/22/2013 7:36:19 AM PST · by redreno · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 17, 2013 | By David Beasley
    Reuters) - More than 80 percent of health departments in the United States that treat tuberculosis resistant to standard treatment have trouble obtaining the drugs they need to cure the disease, according to a national survey released on Thursday.
  • Is Obamacare Socialism or Fascism?

    01/22/2013 6:48:38 AM PST · by Mozilla · 28 replies
    america spectator ^ | 1.18.13 | David carton
    It seemed that the grocery chain’s CEO, John Mackey, was that elusive creature for whom Diogenes searched so fruitlessly — an honest man. Mackey is currently promoting his new book, Conscious Capitalism, and has therefore subjected himself to a series of media interviews, including one recently broadcast on NPR. During that interview, he was asked if his opinion of Obamacare had changed since he wrote, in the Wall Street Journal, “All countries with socialized medicine ration health care by forcing their citizens to wait in lines to receive scarce treatments.” He answered as follows: “Technically speaking, it’s more like fascism....
  • Premiums set to rise this year in run-up to ObamaCare tax on insurance industry

    01/22/2013 3:35:58 AM PST · by tobyhill · 6 replies
    fox news ^ | 1/21/2013 | By Joseph Weber
    While the most sweeping provisions of the health care overhaul have not yet gone into effect, plenty of Americans will still be paying higher insurance premiums this year -- as insurance companies try to preemptively cover the cost of a tax increase included in President Obama's Affordable Care Act. That tax doesn't take effect until next year, when other major provisions like the so-called "individual mandate" and insurance subsidies also kick in. But that hasn't stopped insurance companies from charging higher premiums this year to cover the hike, as well as the cost of ObamaCare benefits such as free birth...
  • Cut state funding to terminal patients so they "can die quickly"

    01/21/2013 8:37:27 PM PST · by Rabin · 43 replies
    japantimes ^ | Jan. 22, 2013 | REIJI YOSHIDA
    Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso... on social security reforms, "the medical system should be changed so that the many terminal patients now using government money for expensive treatment, can quickly pass away. Such patients can keep living even if they wish to die...
  • (NY Governor) Cuomo’s extreme abortion bill creates a civil war with Democrats, Catholics

    01/21/2013 4:08:44 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 18, 2013 | KIRSTEN ANDERSEN
    ALBANY, January 18, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – By promoting one of the most expansive abortion bills in American history, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has opened a civil war on two fronts: with his church and with elements of his own party. Cuomo is pushing for a massive expansion of access to abortion in the state, including lifting restrictions on third-trimester abortions, allowing non-doctors to perform the procedure, and enshrining a fundamental right to “terminate a pregnancy” in New York state law. Democrats for Life of America deemed the proposed bill “the most sweeping abortion legislation in the nation.” The Democratic...
  • A Chart Demonstrating Democrats' Screwed Up Priorities For Protecting Children

    01/21/2013 4:17:50 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-21-13 | The Looking Spoon
  • We Told You So (Obamacare is making health care less affordable)

    01/20/2013 5:25:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    RCM ^ | 01/20/2013 | Robert Tracinski
    As the Affordable Care Act--otherwise known as ObamaCare--begins to be implemented, we are seeing its first big consequence: it is making care less affordable. The New York Times reports that "Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration's health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers." "Even though"? In fact, Obamacare is simply doing what a lot of people predicted it would. Critics of ObamaCare warned that it would produce precisely the kind of...
  • Changing America's course: An interview with Stanley Mack

    01/20/2013 2:48:38 PM PST · by SincerelyAmanda · 1 replies
    The Communities at The Washington Times ^ | January 20, 2013 | Amanda Read
    . . . "To this district and anybody who intends it harm, or anybody who wants to allow it to just exist and fester: This is a wake-up call for all conservatives, Republicans. This is a wake-up call for our nation," says Mack. "There is no other reason that we have allowed the issues to go this far, and to continue the dogma and lip service that we’re getting from some of our elected officials." In the midst of a challenging era, Mack won't be an ideologue bound by negative talking points. On the subject of making Alabama's budget more...