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  • States fall for Medicaid trap

    02/16/2013 1:34:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | February 15, 2013 | Betsy McCaughey
    Last week, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform disclosed how state officials in New York scammed federal taxpayers out of billions of dollar by exploiting the Medicaid system. The federal government matches dollar for dollar what a state spends on Medicaid. New York spends $5,118 per day per patient in state facilities for the mentally disabled, equivalent to $1.9 million a year per patient. “Personal care” for the home bound is a New York Medicaid benefit that includes grocery shopping and housekeeping, and it costs as much as $150,000 a year per recipient. Overall, New York spends more...
  • WNY suffering from loss of doctors

    02/16/2013 11:47:27 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Buffalo Business ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | Tracey Drury
    New York needs more than 1,200 physicians across the state, especially in rural areas, and the shortage is only expected to get worse if the state is to meet the federal health reform requirements. That’s the gist of a new report by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), which Wednesday released the results of its 2012 physician advocacy survey, Doctor Shortage: Condition Critical. Not including New York City, the state will need 1,200 new physicians, with nearly a third of the demand coming for primary care doctors. That’s up from 2011, when the report said 18 percent the...
  • Rate Shock Threatens Young Americans

    02/16/2013 8:28:53 AM PST · by eagleye85 · 27 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | February 16, 2013 | Bethany Stotts
    Young Americans are faced with joblessness, skyrocketing school loans, and burdensome entitlement programs. Now, health care prices will be rising considerably, threatening “rate shock” on America’s consumers. Aetna is “cautioning that premiums for plans sold to individuals could rise as much as 50 percent on average and could more than double for particular groups such as the young and healthy,” according to the Washington Post’s N.C. Aizenman. For Aizenman, the question is not whether these hikes are justified, but whether young consumers will skip health insurance entirely–and take the penalty instead. “Most of the new rules that could push up...
  • Funds run low for health insurance in state ‘high-risk pools’ (ObamaCare)

    02/16/2013 2:30:26 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 15 2013 | N.C. Ainznman
    Tens of thousands of Americans who cannot get health insurance because of preexisting medical problems will be blocked from a program designed to help them because funding is running low. Obama administration officials said Friday that the state-based “high-risk pools” set up under the 2010 health-care law will be closed to new applicants as soon as Saturday and no later than March 2, depending on the state. But they stressed that coverage for about 100,000 people who are now enrolled in the high-risk pools will not be affected. “We’re being very careful stewards of the money that has been appropriated...
  • Bipartisan immigration reform plan will cost trillions

    02/15/2013 11:48:37 AM PST · by Pelham · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 31, 2013 | Caroline May
    Robert Rector, a senior research fellow with the Heritage Foundation, expects the bipartisan immigration reform proposal, which includes a path to citizenship, will end up costing taxpayers more overtime than the trillion-dollar calculations he testified to during debate over the 2007 immigration reform bill. “[The proposal] seems to be virtually identical to the 2007 bill and would be extremely costly to the U.S. taxpayers,” Rector told The Daily Caller in a Wednesday interview. “Granting amnesty or legal status to illegals will generate costs in Medicare and Social Security alone of $2.5 trillion above any taxes paid in.” According to Rector,...
  • Medicaid Helps Hospitals Pay For Illegal Immigrants’ Care

    02/15/2013 2:23:55 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | 02/12/2013 | Phil Galewitz
    Federal law generally bars illegal immigrants from being covered by Medicaid. But a little-known part of the state-federal health insurance program for the poor has long paid about $2 billion a year for emergency treatment for a group of patients who, according to hospitals, mostly comprise illegal immigrants. The lion's share goes to reimburse hospitals for delivering babies for women who show up in their emergency rooms, according to interviews with hospital officials and studies. Some groups say the services encourage people to cross the border for care, while advocates for immigrants say the funding is inadequate because it doesn't...
  • Obamacare undermines marriage

    02/15/2013 3:13:02 PM PST · by lowbridge · 2 replies
    daily caller ^ | february 14, 2013 | Phil Kerpen
    It was one of the biggest applause lines in President Obama’s State of the Union address, drawing cheers from both sides of the aisle. “We’ll work to strengthen families by removing the financial deterrents to marriage for low-income couples,” Obama said. “What makes you a man isn’t the ability to conceive a child; it’s having the courage to raise one. And we want to encourage that. We want to help that.” Wonderful sentiment, but Obama’s signature legislative achievement creates such a powerful “financial deterrent” to marriage that even one former Obama administration official warns that ObamaCare will increase the divorce...
  • More Than 30 States Rebuke Obamacare Exchanges

    02/15/2013 10:49:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 14 Feb 2013 01:10 PM | Lisa Barron
    There are less than two days to go before states have to decide whether they will go it alone or partner with the White House to set up Obamacare health insurance exchanges. Half of the states have already decided to let the federal government build the new online insurance marketplace for them, while a handful will work with the Department of Health and Human Services and handle limited parts of the exchanges, according to Politico. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, announced on Wednesday that he would be pushing more people into a federally run exchange. …
  • Medical Urgent care visit, can someone explain what happened today?

    02/14/2013 4:42:57 PM PST · by ropin71 · 72 replies
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    Central NJ- My significant other bashed her hand this morning, it swelled bad and lots of pain. Went to work and it got worse, so went to the urgent care facility for an x-ray. She works for J&J and has very good insurance. When she arrived, she asked if they were able to x-ray on site, and was told yes. After filling out many pages of forms and handing over a $20 co-pay, she was taken to a room where a 'nurse' incorrectly attempted to take her blood pressure several times, tried taking her pulse with her thumb instead of...
  • Obama's Big State Of The Union Lie

    02/14/2013 2:26:07 PM PST · by lowbridge · 7 replies
    http://news.investors.com ^ | february 13, 2013
    'Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health-care costs," the president claimed Tuesday. This ranks as one of the biggest State of the Union whoppers ever told. In fact, not only are health-care costs climbing, but employers are also shifting those costs onto the very "middle-class" families Obama spent much of his speech championing. Since ObamaCare was enacted, family health-insurance premiums on average have soared $3,000, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The president promised the law would slash premiums by an average of $2,500 per family. That means he's broken his word by $5,500....
  • God for Obamacare: Dr. Ben Carson's Heresy

    02/14/2013 2:18:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Paul Kengor
    Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator. Liberals are apoplectic over remarks by Dr. Ben Carson at the National Prayer Breakfast. Carson, a prominent pediatric surgeon from Johns Hopkins University, dared to weigh in on healthcare—something he knows something about. In the liberal mind, Carson committed a grave transgression; he disagreed with President Obama on healthcare at a faith venue, and in Obama’s presence.In discussing Carson’s moral effrontery, Candy Crowley, host of CNN’s “State of the Union,” asked panelists if they were offended by Carson’s comments. “He [Carson] was talking about the idea...
  • Obamacare Supporters Feel the Fear

    02/14/2013 9:13:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    American Interest ^ | 02/14/2013
    Obamacare supporters are unleashing a massive public relations campaign, turning to political networks and sports teams to help them sell the new law to a skeptical public. For the Affordable Care Act to succeed in expanding the ranks of the insured, many of the 30 million currently uninsured need to purchase an insurance plan in the new exchanges the law sets up. But advocates worry that it could be difficult to convince people to sign up for coverage. The WSJ reports: According to backers of the law, enrollment faces big obstacles as polls and focus groups suggest a majority...
  • WH COS Doesn't Know Why ObamaCare Doesn't Apply To WH

    02/13/2013 7:14:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/13/13 | goprapidresponse
    Jack Lew, White House Chief of Staff doesn't know why ObamaCared doesn't apply to the WH staff (February 13, 2013).
  • Medicaid Expansion: Beware of Obamacare 'Gifts'

    02/13/2013 11:46:25 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/10/2013 | Jack McHugh
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is recommending that the state undertake a huge expansion of Medicaid, something originally mandated by Obamacare but made optional by the Supreme Court's ruling on the law last June. Medicaid is a government welfare program that reimburses medical costs incurred by people below the poverty line, and is paid for by a combination of state and federal money. If Michigan expands the program, the feds will pick up 100 percent of the cost for the first three years, and then gradually reduce this until the state is on the hook for 10 percent starting in 2020....
  • IRS: Obamacare doesn’t require you [employers] to offer ‘affordable’ family coverage

    02/12/2013 9:13:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Human Resources Bernefits Alert ^ | January 3, 2013 | Jared Bilski
    After a barrage of guidance, the IRS finally published its proposed regs on the Affordable Care Act’s “Employer Shared Responsibility” provision, along with a practical Q&A with real-life examples for employers. Here’s help making sense of it all. At this point, virtually every organization knows that all “large” employers — those with 50 or more full-time employees — must provide all full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) with health insurance or pay a “shared-responsibility” penalty. Obamacare considers individuals who work at least 30 hours each week to be an FTE, However, many employers will be surprised by at least one clarification the...
  • *BREAKING* ObamaCare Vote Imminent!

    02/12/2013 10:52:51 AM PST · by jenk · 12 replies
    Grassroots in Michigan ^ | 2/12/13 | apackof2
    We have learned that the 30.9 million of Federal money being offered to Michigan to fund the Health Care Exchange (referenced in our Jan. 29th “2013 Obama Care in MI and More! article) could see a Committee vote anytime! Grassroots in Michigan joined with other activists from across the state has issued a Press Release on the Health Care Exchange and the expansion of Medicaid in Michigan This money is key to jump-starting the Health Care Exchange this year! We stopped it last year we can do it again! We MUST Do It! Stopping the funding of the Health Care...
  • Let Us Prey

    02/12/2013 10:12:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    Our politics have become so polarized and corrupted that a president of the United States cannot even attend an event devoted to drawing people closer to God and bridge partisan and cultural divides without being lectured about his policies. Last Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Dr. Ben Carson, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a 2008 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, broke with a 61-year-old tradition and publicly disagreed with some of the president's policies, such as "Obamacare," taxation and the national debt. Disclosure: I have attended this event...
  • ObamaCare: Christian Leaders Will Fraternize, Fall, or Fight!

    02/12/2013 3:58:25 AM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 11 replies
    CST News ^ | February 8, 2013 | Dr. Don Boys
    My column, “Catholics Defy ObamaCare! What About Fundamentalist Churches and Universities?” caused a stir in some circles. Will Christian leaders decide to fraternize with the enemy by killing innocent babies, or fall on their swords by closing their ministries, or fight to the very end by operating illegally in storefronts or darkened basements? They will do one of the three. The fraternizers will be promoted (but should be pitied); those who fall on their swords (seeking some credibility by not joining the enemy or identifying with the “fighters”) will be praised and those who fight and disobey the law and...
  • The Newly Released “ObamaCare Survival Guide” Rockets to No. 2 Spot on NYT Bestseller List.

    02/12/2013 6:20:40 AM PST · by lbryce · 7 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 10,2013 | David Patten
    Full Title:The newly released “ObamaCare Survival Guide” has rocketed to the No. 2 spot on The New York Times’ bestseller list for advice-giving paperbacks. This remarkable ascendance comes just one week after the book first made The New York Times bestseller list. The first comprehensive and easy-to-read road map on the 2,700-page, the “ObamaCare Survival Guide: The Affordable Care Act and What It Means for You and Your Healthcare," has already made Amazon #1 bestseller status in multiple categories with more than 150,000 copies sold.
  • Dr. Ben Carson On Criticizing Obamacare: "Somebody Has To Stand Up To The Bullies"

    02/12/2013 6:12:07 AM PST · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/ ^ | February 12, 2013 | Real Clear Politics Video
    DR. BENJAMIN CARSON: There are a group of people who would like to silence everybody and have everybody go along to get along, but that's not going to be very helpful for us in the long run, in terms of solving our problems. And somebody has to be courageous enough to actually stand up to, you know, the bullies.