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  • Evan Bayh: ObamaCare's Tax Raid on Medical Devices

    09/29/2012 11:21:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/27/2012 | Evan Bayh
    The Supreme Court decision in June upholding the Affordable Care Act leaves in place a tax on medical devices that threatens thousands of American jobs and our global competitiveness. It will also stifle critical medical innovation in the industry that gave us defibrillators, pacemakers, artificial joints, stents, chemotherapy delivery systems and almost every device we depend on to save lives. The 2.3% tax will be charged to manufacturers on each sale and takes effect in January. Many U.S. device companies, in response, have already announced layoffs, canceled plans for domestic expansion and slashed research-and-development budgets. This month, Welch Allyn—a maker...
  • British health care: Up to 500,000 people have to share one doctor after office hours.

    09/29/2012 2:12:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | September 29, 2012 | Rosa Silverman
    A third of primary care trusts(PCTs) have reduced their spending on night and weekend services in the past year, leaving family doctors responsible for areas spanning hundreds of square miles. In Cornwall there have been occasions when one GP has been providing cover for 535,000 people, while in Mid Essex one doctor is available for 370,000 people between 7pm and 8am. After getting rid of one of its two doctors, North East Essex has the same cover for its 325,000-strong population. A survey of 90 PCTs found that 35 had cut their budget for out-of-hours GP care,.... The results, released...
  • AARP IN COLLUSION W/ OBAMACARE TO HIDE COST/THEFT FROM MEDICARE (MITTandPAUL ALERT)

    09/28/2012 4:47:27 PM PDT · by Be Careful · 10 replies
    AARP endorses the AARP® Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans......These fees are used for the general purposes of AARP. AARP and its affiliates are not insurers."
  • Rise in Medicare Rates - True or False?

    09/28/2012 3:22:47 PM PDT · by yetidog · 21 replies
    Septemeber 28, 2012 | Vanity
    Received this email and if true, needs to be forwarded to everyone you know.
  • Biden promotes free colonoscopies to seniors in Florida

    09/28/2012 1:54:37 PM PDT · by DFG · 66 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/28/12 | Charlie Spiering
    In Florida this afternoon, Vice President Joe Biden reminded them that thanks to President Obama, they could now get colonoscopies without a co-pay. During his speech, Biden reminded the audience that some of their Republican friends would distort Obama’s record on Medicare. “Everyone knows, everyone in this room knows that President Obama has increased the benefits available to people on Medicare by the action he took,” Biden said. “You are now able to go get a wellness exam, and guys, if you conclude you need a colonoscopy because of the feeling you had or you need a breast health examination,...
  • The One Word Answer To The Next Time Obama Says He'll Be President For All Americans

    09/28/2012 1:44:40 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 6 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 9-28-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • Big Firms Overhaul Health Coverage [Giving money to employees to buy own coverage]

    09/28/2012 8:24:43 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 45 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 26 September 2012 | Anna Wilde Mathews
    Two big employers are planning a radical change in the way they provide health benefits to their workers, giving employees a fixed sum of money and allowing them to choose their medical coverage and insurer from an online marketplace. Sears Holdings Corp. and Darden Restaurants Inc. say the change isn't designed to make workers pay a higher share of health-coverage costs. Instead they say it is supposed to put more control over health benefits in the hands of employees. The approach will be closely watched by firms around the U.S. If it eventually takes hold widely, it might parallel the...
  • 60% of firms to kill health insurance, charge more under Obamacare

    09/28/2012 7:55:31 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 26, 2012 | Paul Bedard
    A majority of small business owners and manufacturers are mulling drastic changes to comply with Obamacare, with 21 percent set to drop health insurance to workers altogether and 38 percent planning to make employees pay much more. In a poll done for the National Association of Manufacturers and National Federation of Independent Businesses, 59 percent said that they will have to consider changes once the full law kicks in because increased costs will jeopardize their operations. According to the poll, 67 percent expect Obamacare to raise healthcare costs.
  • Catholic Ethicists: Immoral For Catholic Business Owners to Obey Obamacare

    09/26/2012 8:46:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | September 26, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The National Catholic Bioethics Center has published an analysis saying that it will be immoral for a Catholic who owns a private business to purchase health insurance for his or her workers under Obamacare and its implementing regulations--which mandate that insurance plans bought by businesses and individuals must cover sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including those that can cause abortions. “Dropping all coverage appears to be the most morally sound approach,” the Catholic ethicists concluded.They further said that Catholics have an affirmative duty to oppose the Obamacare mandate.“Most importantly,” they wrote, “we are impelled to recall the...
  • Poll: Four in 10 believe in Obama healthcare law ‘death panels’

    09/26/2012 3:29:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/25/2012 | Elise Viebeck
    About four in 10 U.S. adults believe that President Obama's healthcare reform law will create "death panels" to decide patients' fitness for care, according to a new Associated Press-GfK survey. Support for the widely challenged claim has remained steady since 2010, when 39 percent believed "death panels" would result from the healthcare law. Today, 41 percent say the same is true. Overall, most people believe the law will go into effect in spite of Republican pledges to repeal it. About seven in 10 adults said the law will be implemented with some changes, while 11 percent believe it will be...
  • Bill Frist Goes Liberal

    09/26/2012 2:24:03 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    Citizens Council on Health Freedom ^ | 9-26-12 | twila brase
    Current GOP members of Congress are not impressed. A week ago, former U.S. Senator and former Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) told POLITICO, "I am supportive of exchanges and 'Obamacare' generally." In a commentary in The Week, he asserts, "As a doctor, I strongly believe that people without health insurance die sooner...State exchanges are the solution. They represent the federalist ideal of states as 'laboratories for democracy.'...I love the diversity and the innovation." Frist is talking the talk of the Left. Lack of insurance kills no one. And like many of his former colleagues, Frist must not have read the...
  • Beyond Obamacare [former Obama official says we NEED death panels]

    09/26/2012 9:16:09 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 31 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 16, 2012 | Steven Rattner
    WE need death panels. Well, maybe not death panels, exactly, but unless we start allocating health care resources more prudently — rationing, by its proper name — the exploding cost of Medicare will swamp the federal budget. But in the pantheon of toxic issues — the famous “third rails” of American politics — none stands taller than overtly acknowledging that elderly Americans are not entitled to every conceivable medical procedure or pharmaceutical. Most notably, President Obama’s estimable Affordable Care Act regrettably includes severe restrictions on any reduction in Medicare services or increase in fees to beneficiaries. In 2009, Sarah Palin’s...
  • 60% of firms to kill health insurance or charge more under Obamacare

    09/26/2012 6:49:07 AM PDT · by Qbert · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 25, 2012 | Paul Bedard
    A majority of small business owners and manufacturers are mulling drastic changes to comply with Obamacare, with 21 percent set to drop health insurance to workers altogether and 38 percent planning to make employees pay much more. In a poll done for the National Association of Manufacturers and National Federation of Independent Businesses, 59 percent said that they will have to consider changes once the full law kicks in because increased costs will jeopardize their operations. According to the poll, 67 percent expect Obamacare to raise healthcare costs. The fears about spending more on health care are adding to growing...
  • What Has Obama Learned? (What A Question)

    09/26/2012 5:22:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    The Oval Office isn't the place to learn on the job. That was the line from both Hillary Clinton and John McCain in 2008. In fairness, that's always the argument the more experienced candidate uses against the less experienced candidate (just ask Mitt Romney). But Barack Obama seemed a special case, easily among the least experienced major-party nominees in U.S. history. A Pew poll in August 2008 found that the biggest concern voters had with Obama fell under the category of "personal abilities and experience." In a "change" year, Americans swallowed those concerns and voted for the change candidate. Four...
  • Romney, In Shift, Says Obama Has Not Raised Taxes [Romney Acting Like McCain?]

    09/25/2012 10:40:00 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 55 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 25, 2012 | Seema Mehta
    Romney, In Shift, Says Obama Has Not Raised Taxes By Seema Mehta September 25 VANDALIA, Ohio — Mitt Romney said Tuesday that President Obama did not raise taxes during his first term, contradicting a constant attack he has leveled on Obama — that his healthcare plan was a tax increase. “I admit this, he has one thing he did not do in his first four years — he’s said he’s going to do in the next four years — which is to raise taxes. And is there anyone who thinks raising taxes will help grow the economy? No!” Romney told...
  • Peter Schiff: Affordable Care Act Will Backfire

    09/25/2012 7:24:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Capitalism Magazine ^ | September 11, 2012 | Peter Schiff
    Now that the Supreme Court has given its narrow blessing to the Affordable Care Act, the big question is whether it will deliver the benefits that its proponents promise. Unfortunately, as it is now constructed, the plan will backfire causing fewer healthy people to buy insurance, raise premiums for those who do, destroy employment opportunities, cripple the health insurance industry, and weaken the economy. In order to guarantee insurance to all, regardless of age, health or pre-existing conditions, the framers of the plan concede that it is essential that the young and healthy (who are less likely to be heavy...
  • Obamacare isn't reducing health care costs

    09/25/2012 5:48:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    "To say it as plainly as I can," President Obama told the American Medical Association in 2009. "Health care reform is the single most important thing we can do for America's long-term fiscal health. That is a fact." Considering that the explosive growth of Medicare and Medicaid spending are the driving forces behind our current deficits, Obama was dead right in that 2009 speech. But in 2010, on the eve of the passage of Obamacare, Obama told the House Democratic Caucus, "Everybody who's looked at it says that every single good idea to bend the cost curve and start actually...
  • Health Premiums Up $3,000; Obama Vowed $2,500 Cut

    09/25/2012 1:24:15 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 23 replies
    Arizona Newszap ^ | 9/25/2012 | staff
    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...
  • Economists Opposed to Taxmageddon

    09/25/2012 10:45:43 AM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-09-25 | Rhett Brooks
    The National Association for Business Economics (NABE) recently surveyed 236 business economists on fiscal policy issues, including the looming Taxmageddon and Obamacare. The results of the survey reflect a clear divide on taxes between economists and Democrats in Congress. According to the survey, a majority of respondents support the extension of “payroll tax cuts, current marginal income tax rates, and current tax rates for dividends and capital gains for most or all taxpayers through 2013.” Furthermore, between 35 and 45 percent favor the permanent extension of income, dividends, and capital gains at their current rate. On the issue of tax...
  • The Obama Press Votes Early

    09/25/2012 5:07:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2012 | Mona Charen
    "Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring." --Ann RomneyMrs. Romney's exasperation with conservative critics is understandable. The mainstream press has been like a school of piranhas swarming around her husband. To receive fire from her own side as well -- even constructive advice -- may seem too much to bear. Mitt Romney is facing perhaps the most corrupt and tendentious coverage in presidential history, as members of the fourth estate eschew any semblance of integrity in their attempt to skew interpretations in favor of their pinup, Mr. Obama. The examples would fill volumes....