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  • ObamaCare guarantees "personal information" will CEASE to be personal. Yep, gun ownership info too

    02/04/2013 8:42:54 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/4/13 | Doug Book
    Being a good, Democrat-run state, Minnesota has decided to build an ObamaCare exchange, turning all healthcare rights and choices of its citizens over to the tender mercies of federal death panels and untrained, IT technicians in Washington, DC. But if anything, that’s the GOOD news for unsuspecting Minnesotans! For all information currently considered “personal” will, at the stroke of a keyboard, become known to countless bureaucracies throughout the State and federal governments. As the Citizen’s Council for Health Freedom explains it: “Buried in the text of the Minnesota Obamacare Exchange bill (MNHIX) [is] a tiny but controversial section allowing free-flow...
  • Obamacare’s Pressure Points: There are at least nine stumbling points in its implementation.

    02/04/2013 6:48:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/04/2013 | Thomas P. Miller
    President Obama's reelection, along with the Supreme Court’s ruling last June on his signature health-care reform, may seem to have guaranteed that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will remain the law of the land. But that could turn out to be the easy part of Obamacare. Implementing the ACA's main provisions by January 1, 2014 --- the date on which the law is to take full effect --- presents a more grueling and protracted set of tests.The next round of health-care-policy battles will play out not just before Congress but also in state capitals and health-care markets across the...
  • Cardinal Health restructuring to cost 180 jobs, including 20 in Dublin

    02/03/2013 1:55:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Columbus Business First ^ | January 30, 2013 | Carrie Ghose
    Cardinal Health Inc. said Wednesday it plans to cut about 180 jobs, including 20 at its Dublin headquarters, and take a pre-tax charge of $79 million as it restructures a unit in its medical supply division. The moves are meant to anticipate customer demand for greater efficiency and lower cost, spokeswoman Debbie Mitchell said in an email to Columbus Business First. The pharmaceutical and supply distributor outlined the costs in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, saying the charges will come from employee separations and an expected loss on selling real estate at its campus in Waukegan, Ill....
  • Big brother to log your drinking habits and waist size as GPs are forced to hand over

    02/03/2013 6:29:46 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 1 February 2013 | Jack Doyle
    GPs are to be forced to hand over confidential records on all their patients’ drinking habits, waist sizes and illnesses. The files will be stored in a giant information bank that privacy campaigners say represents the ‘biggest data grab in NHS history’. They warned the move would end patient confidentiality and hand personal information to third parties.
  • Will Christian Leaders Finally Compromise on ObamaCare?

    02/02/2013 7:04:02 PM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 12 replies
    CSTNEWS ^ | February 2, 2013 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    A response to my column, “Catholics Defy ObamaCare! What About Fundamentalist Churches and Universities?” reveals a lack of understanding many people have as to the responsibility of Christians in the face of government intrusion into their ministries. Most people obviously do not understand what all historians have known for two thousand years. The second century church leader, Tertullian observed, "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church." Pagans (all non-Christians) observed that Christians who willingly went to their deaths influenced numerous unbelievers to trust Christ who then themselves became martyrs. My critic sarcastically asked, "And how much...
  • Does the new HHS mandate resolve religious-liberty concerns?

    02/02/2013 1:55:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/02/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Actually, the answer is no, and it wasn’t intended to do so either, as I write in a new column for The Fiscal Times. The Obama administration was under a court order to modify the mandate regulation after a legal representation to a federal court that HHS never intended to enforce the mandate in its then-current form. The court ruled that a binding commitment and ordered HHS to submit a new regulation for their review by March 31st. Yesterday’s release of the new regulation is intended to win the court’s approval in dismissing a lawsuit brought by Belmont Abbey College...
  • IRS Estimates Cheapest Insurance Available under Obamacare

    02/02/2013 12:10:08 PM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 2 Jan 2013 | John Semmens
    This week the IRS issued its estimate for the projected annual cost of a “bronze” package of benefits when the system is fully implemented in 2016. The bronze package is the lowest level of benefits that will be allowed by law. It is expected to cost $20,000 per year. With the median family income around $50,000 per year, this health insurance bill may be out of reach for many. Not to worry says IRS Acting Commissioner Steven Miller, “families that can't afford to pay the $20,000 premium will have the option of going without insurance and paying an annual fine...
  • Nuns Must Have Birth Control Coverage

    02/02/2013 10:08:03 AM PST · by NYer · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | February 1, 2013 | Wesley J. Smith
    The Obama Administration has really pulled a fast one. In its proposed rule to supposedly provide greater protections to non house of worship religious organizations opposed to contraception, it actually ensures that contraception coverage will be provided to all religious employees–whether house of worship, convent, or school.  In other words, the proposed rule expands the government’s intrusion into religious affairs, rather than reduce it.Here’s how they plan to do it:1. From now on no distinction will be made in the rule between “house of worship” employers and general religious organization employers. In order to be exempted from the requirement of providing free...
  • Gallup: 61% of Small Business “Worried” Over Healthcare Costs—30% Not Hiring, Fear Going OOB

    02/02/2013 9:54:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 31, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    Sixty-one percent of U.S. small business owners said they were “worried about the potential cost of healthcare” and 56 percent said they were “worried about new government regulations,” according to the Wells Fargo/Gallup small business index released on Jan. 31, which also showed that 30 percent of small business owners are not hiring and fear going out of business within a year. “At the bottom of the list, but still at a surprisingly high level, 30% of owners say they are not hiring because they are worried they may no longer be in business in 12 months,” according to Gallup’s...
  • Catholic and Religious Liberty Leaders Denounce Latest Obamacare Contraceptive ‘Compromise’

    02/02/2013 9:44:20 AM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 1, 2013 | Michael W. Chapman
    (CNSNews.com) – Catholic, pro-life, and religious liberty leaders denounced the latest revised rule by the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) concerning mandated coverage for contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs, stating that it is an “accounting gimmick,” an “accounting shell game,” which will “do practically nothing to lessen President Obama’s attack on religious freedom.”The HHS mandate, as it stands under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), requires nearly all health insurance plans to offer sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs, such as “ella,” without co-pays. Strictly religious entities, such as a church or seminary, could exempt themselves from the mandate.In its...
  • Big brother to log your drinking habits and waist size.....

    02/02/2013 7:42:49 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 12 replies
    daily mail online ^ | 2/2/13 | Jack Doyle
    Data grab: Doctors will be forced to hand over sensitive information about patients as part of a new programme called Everyone Counts but campaigners have criticised the move The data includes weight, cholesterol levels, body mass index, pulse rate, family health history, alcohol consumption and smoking status. Diagnosis of everything from cancer to heart disease to mental illness would be covered. Family doctors will have to pass on dates of birth, postcodes and NHS numbers. . . .
  • Medical Company Blames ‘Obamacare’ For Layoffs Of Nearly 100 People

    02/02/2013 7:08:33 AM PST · by grundle · 7 replies
    washington.cbslocal.com ^ | February 1, 2013
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (CBSDC) — A medical company is blaming President Obama’s health care law for the layoffs of nearly 100 people. Smith & Nephew says a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices in the “Obamacare” law caused the layoffs in the Memphis and Andover, Mass., offices. “The nearly $30 billion tax on medical devices that took effect Jan. 1, 2013, has impacted a number of companies across the U.S.,” the company said in a statement to WHBQ-TV. Joe Metzger, senior vice president of corporate communications for the company, tells the Memphis Business Journal that they were “not immune” to...
  • Latest Obamacare casualty: 100 workers at Smith & Nephew

    02/01/2013 3:13:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Washington ^ | 2/1/13 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Global medical technology firm Smith & Nephew announced Thursday the layoff of almost 100 workers at its Tennessee and Massachusetts plants — and placed blame for the drawdown firmly at the feet of Obamacare. The London-based company makes orthopedic reconstruction products. It faces a 2.3 percent tax on its medical devices, due to Obamacare mandates, Fox News reports. In a statement, the company said: “Unfortunately, and in order to absorb this cost burden into or business, this has meant less than 100 positions have been made redundant across various departmental functions in our Tennessee and Massachusetts sites,” according to Fox...
  • New HHS Mandate Rules Force Hobby Lobby, Any Religious Biz to Comply

    02/01/2013 3:03:00 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Life News ^ | February 1, 2013 | Steven Ertelt
    The Obama administration released new HHS mandate rules today that attempt to expand the number of religious groups that can opt out of the pro-abortion mandate — but that leaves religiously-run companies like Hobby Lobby out in the cold. Pro-life advocates oppose the mandate because it forces religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.Thanks to a number of decisions in court related to lawsuits filed against the mandate by dozens of religious businesses and organizations, the Obama administration is under court order to revise the mandate. But the proposed changes don’t protect everyone who...
  • HHS offers minor revisions, clarifications on mandate

    02/01/2013 2:43:04 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | February 1, 2013 | Michelle Bauman
    Pres. Barack Obama with HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius announce the contraceptive mandate at the White House, Jan. 12, 2012. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza. Washington D.C., Feb 1, 2013 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Proposed changes to the federal contraception mandate would slightly expand an existing exemption, while defining the terms of an “accommodation” for many non-profit religious groups.  Employees of objecting non-profit religious organizations will receive “no-cost contraceptive coverage through separate individual health insurance policies” issued through insurance companies or a third party administrator, said the Obama administration. Insurance issuers will generally be able to offer...
  • EWTN says new (Obamacare HHS) mandate proposal likely brings no relief

    02/01/2013 2:37:14 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | February 1, 2013
    Michael P. Warsaw, President and CEO of EWTN. Washington D.C., Feb 1, 2013 / 01:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Eternal World Television Network said today that the new suggested rule on the federal contraception mandate is likely inadequate to protect its religious liberty. “We will continue to study this notice with our attorneys, but are highly doubtful it will provide EWTN with any relief from this immoral mandate,” said Michael P. Warsaw, president and CEO of EWTN Global Catholic Network. Last February, EWTN became the first Catholic organization to file a lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate on the grounds...
  • Obama Administration: We Will Still Force Christians to Act Against Their Faith

    02/01/2013 1:09:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    CNSNews ^ | February 1, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The Department of Health and Human Services on Friday set the stage for a massive showdown between the federal government of the United States and American Christians who believe the government has no right to force them to act against their faith by mandating that they buy, provide or facilitate health-care coverage that includes sterilizations, contraception, or abortion-inducing drugs. HHS released a new proposed regulation under the Obamacare law that the department presented as an accommodation to religious “organizations” that object to providing sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs in their health care plans. However, the proposal does not...
  • Smokers To Be Slapped With Huge Penalties Under Obamacare That Will Cost You Thousands Of Dollars

    02/01/2013 11:26:39 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 38 replies
    http://princevega.com ^ | January 26, 2013 | RT
    Smokers, beware: tobacco penalties under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act could subject millions of smokers to fees costing thousands of dollars, making healthcare more expensive for them than Americans with other unhealthy habits. The Affordable Care Act, which critics have also called “Obamacare”, could subject smokers to premiums that are 50 percent higher than usual, starting next Jan 1. Health insurers will be allowed to charge smokers penalties that overweight Americans or those with other health conditions would not be subjected to. A 60-year-old smoker could pay penalties as high as $5,100, in addition to the premiums, the Associated Press...
  • ObamaCare's Broken Promises: Every one of the law's main claims turning out to be false.

    02/01/2013 9:11:11 AM PST · by rhema · 31 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/1/13 | DANIEL P. KESSLER
    As the federal government moves forward to implement President Obama's Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services is slated to spend millions of dollars promoting the unpopular legislation. In the face of this publicity blitz, it is worth remembering that the law was originally sold largely on four grounds—all of which have become increasingly implausible. • Lower health-care costs. One key talking point for ObamaCare was that it would reduce the cost of insurance, especially for non-group insurance. The president, citing the work of several health-policy experts, claimed that improved care coordination, investments in information technology, and...
  • Obama administration offers faith groups new opt-out of health care birth control mandate

    02/01/2013 9:09:08 AM PST · by reegs · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/1/2013 | AP
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is announcing a broader opt-out for religious nonprofits that object to providing health insurance that covers birth control. The administration is allowing religious nonprofits to offer coverage that does not include contraception. In such a case, a third-party issuer will handle all business related to providing birth-control coverage for women, according to a source familiar with the changes who spoke only on condition of anonymity.