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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....
  • Health Premiums Up $3,000; Obama Vowed $2,500 Cut

    09/25/2012 4:01:55 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/24/2012 | John Merline
    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. [snip] And ObamaCare will continue to fuel health premium inflation.
  • Who Should Americans Trust as the Medicare Messenger?

    09/25/2012 3:24:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2012 | Allen West
    Candidates running for election who love to use fear mongering and scare tactics to persuade voters are usually hiding their incompetency. This election cycle is no exception, and it has never been more apparent than when it comes to debating the issue of Medicare. President Barack Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill are constantly telling Americans that Republicans want to “End Medicare as we know it.” However, just by saying it does not make it true. Republicans understand that America has a responsibility to its seniors to preserve and protect Medicare and we are committed to our future generations...
  • Obama Thanks Military for Service by Tripling Tricare Premiums

    09/24/2012 10:27:24 PM PDT · by plsjr · 21 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Tue, Feb 28, 2012.. | Patricia Campion
    COMMENTARY | President Barack Obama began and ended his State of the Union address in January by heaping lavish praise upon the men and women of the military. He used words like "courage, selflessness and teamwork" to describe their ability to bravely accomplish each mission he set for them. The war in Iraq is over. Osama bin Laden is dead. Troops are coming home from Afghanistan. So now -- in a show of thanks -- the president wants to gradually triple their Tricare premiums. Tricare, according to its website, "is the health care program serving Uniformed Service members, retirees and...
  • GOP lawmakers reject Beshear's executive order creating health exchange as Democrats walk out

    09/24/2012 1:51:58 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    CN 2 Pure Politics ^ | 09/19/2012 | Nick Storm
    UPDATED — Republican House and Senate lawmakers on Wednesday voted to call Gov. Steve Beshear out of bounds for his executive order creating a health exchange — an outgrowth of the U.S. Affordable Care Act. Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, offered a motion at the interim legislative health and welfare committee declaring that Beshear does not have the authority to create a new agency — in this case, the Kentucky Health Exchange — by executive order. Instead, the governor by law can only rearrange existing agencies and still must get the legislature’s ultimate approval, Givens said, citing state statute . The...
  • Beshear: GOP playing "politicial games" with health exchange, says he has authority to create it

    09/24/2012 1:38:25 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 7 replies
    CN2 Pure Politics ^ | 09/20/2012 | Nick Storm
    Governor Steve Beshear said the actions of Republican lawmakers at Wednesday’s interim joint committee on Health and Welfare, “don’t mean anything,” and he will continue to implement the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange. Beshear, who is fresh off an economic development trip to India, said he has the authority to create the exchange through executive order. And he said it was prudent for Kentucky to do so because the Affordable Care Act, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in June, calls for some type of system to match the uninsured with health coverage. If Kentucky’s government didn’t set up...
  • Obama's AARP Speech Broke My BS Detector

    09/24/2012 3:55:47 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 4 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 9/24/12 | David Catron
    President Obama spoke via satellite to the AARP "Life@50+" convention last Friday morning and I was foolish enough to turn on my patented BS Detector during the event. Unlike the "fact checkers" employed by the MSM, its special BUNK software was written such that it could recognize White House talking points and separate such input from actual facts. It turns out, however, to have had a fatal design flaw. Although I had successfully tested it on several pathological liars, and even a couple of lawyers, it simply didn't have the capacity to process the volume of BS contained in a...
  • How the AARP Made $2.8 Billion By Supporting Obamacare's Cuts to Medicare

    09/23/2012 7:59:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    forbes ^ | 9/22/12 | avik roy
    As you know if you’ve been reading this blog, Obamacare cuts $716 billion from Medicare in order to pay for its $1.9 trillion expansion of coverage to low-income Americans. It’s one of the reasons why seniors are more opposed to the new health law than any other age group. So why is it that the group that purports to speak for seniors, the American Association of Retired Persons, so strongly supports a law that most seniors oppose? According to an explosive new report from Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.), it’s because those very same Medicare cuts will give the AARP...
  • My Premiums Increase Directly due to Obamacare

    09/24/2012 5:38:43 AM PDT · by sr4402 · 35 replies
    Self | Sept. 24, 2012 | Sr4402
    A notice of our open healthcare enrollment had this statement through it repeatedly: "Increased due to the requirements in the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act..."
  • The Achilles Heel of Obamacare

    09/24/2012 5:32:44 AM PDT · by rlmorel · 15 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 9/24/2012 | Joe Herring
    "...The exchange is the "front door" of ObamaCare. It is designed to look like a marketplace, where folks can shop for health insurance from a group of approved insurers. In reality, it is a carefully orchestrated faux market, where people will all buy the same federally approved product, albeit with different-colored wrapping paper..." "...With the requirement of a federal imprimatur for any state-established model, the "threat" of instituting a federally run exchange means simply that should we choose not to set up an exchange, the feds will do for us precisely what they would have required of us -- except...
  • Employer healthcare premiums outpace inflation, wages (This is what Obama calls "better off".)

    09/23/2012 6:58:42 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    CNBC ^ | 9/11/2012 | reuters
    U.S. health insurance premiums have climbed faster than wages and inflation this year, and look poised to accelerate in 2013, adding to voter concerns about soaring healthcare costs ahead of national elections in November. A study released on Tuesday showed that premiums for employer-sponsored health plans, which cover about 149 million Americans, grew a modest 4 percent to $15,745 in 2012. It was a substantially slower rate of growth than in past years, including 2011, when premiums jumped 9 percent. But the study's authors, at the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust, said higher costs...
  • Housing and the Three Waves of the Tax Tsunami – The Biggest Increase in Taxes in American History

    09/23/2012 3:42:22 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 5 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 09/23/2012 | Confounded Interest
    There has been numerous headwinds to a housing (and commercial real estate) recovery. One is doggedly slow economic growth. Another is doggedly high unemployment rates. But there is another headwind that is not talked about for housing and real estate in general: taxmageddon or the upcoming single largest tax increase in American history. Simply put, housing consumption will be reduced in Federal taxes increase. But this is occurring just as housing is beginning to stabilize in many parts of the country. Americans for Tax Reform provide a nice summary of the tax tsunami that is about to hit (unless Congress...
  • I Am Obamacare

    09/23/2012 3:42:06 PM PDT · by RolandTignor · 16 replies
    Given Eyes To See ^ | Oct 2011 | Miss M
    Has anyone seen this. I searched for it here on FR but didn't find any info.
  • Age could become a factor in kidney transplants(death panels in motion)

    09/23/2012 6:50:15 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 37 replies
    WFAA.com ^ | 9/20/12 | Teresa Woodard
    "The new system would take 20 percent of the 'best' kidneys or kidneys that have the potential to last the longest, and give them to the 20 percent of patients that could last the longest," Cutler explained. "So, a simple example would be a young donor going into a young patient." And the reverse would be true, too. "Older kidneys would go to older patients," he said. He said the current system of matching donors and recipients is based on how long someone has been waiting, how close the match is, and how likely it is another match could be...
  • Ryan at the AARP (Not convincing AARP does not mean not convincing Seniors)

    09/22/2012 7:53:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/22/2012 | Yuval Levin
    Be sure to read Paul Ryan's speech to the AARP's national convention today --- a clear and forthright elucidation of the case for saving Medicare and the federal budget through market-based reforms and against doubling down on failed central planning and price controls through Obamacare.   As he surely knew he would be, Ryan was met with some opposition (though also some support) in the audience, and boos could be heard at various points --- particularly during his criticisms of Obamacare. That's hardly surprising. The AARP sometimes presents itself as a kind of membership organization consisting of senior citizens,...
  • Paul Ryan Booed By AARP Crowd For Promising To Repeal ‘Obamacare’

    09/21/2012 10:17:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 132 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 9/21/2012 | Noah Rothman
    Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)was not well received at a gathering held by the American Association of Retired Peoples on Friday. After Ryan said the first step to strengthening Medicare is to repeal President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the crowd erupted into boos. After promising to repeal “Obamacare,” the crowd jeered. “I had a feeling there would be mixed reactions,” said Ryan amid the chorus of booing. “It weakens Medicare for today’s seniors and puts it at risk for the next generation,” said Ryan to more booing. “You may not have heard this side of the...
  • Obama HHS Mandate Could Sterilize Teen Girls Without Parental Consent

    09/21/2012 12:50:18 PM PDT · by drewh · 10 replies
    Life News.com ^ | 9/21/12 11:39 AM | by John Stonestreet
    CNS News broke the story late last month: At a recent press conference held to discuss the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a., “Obamacare”), a reporter asked former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a critical question: “One of the services that health care plans have to offer free of charge [under the HHS mandate] are sterilizations… do you agree with the federal government mandating—” At this point, Congresswoman Pelosi cut the reporter off and responded, “You know what, I told you before, let’s go to church and talk about our religion. Right here we’re talking about public policy as it...
  • AARP sells out seniors for 'Obamacare' [Jim DeMint Op-Ed]

    09/21/2012 10:31:07 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/21/12 12:27 AM EDT | SEN. JIM DEMINT
    President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak Friday via satellite to a convention sponsored by AARP. His speech will likely extol the virtues of “Obamacare,” and engage in scare tactics about conservative proposals to make Medicare sustainable. But here are five facts you’re unlikely to hear from the president, or AARP, about how each treats seniors: First, while AARP poses as a disinterested senior advocate, it functions as an insurance conglomerate, with a liberal lobbying arm on the side. AARP depends on profits, royalties and commissions to make up more than 50 percent of its annual revenues. Membership dues from...
  • Tax penalty to hit nearly 6M uninsured people

    09/20/2012 5:00:06 AM PDT · by ETL · 22 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | Sept 20, 2012 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 6 million Americans — significantly more than first estimated— will face a tax penalty under President Barack Obama's health overhaul for not getting insurance, congressional analysts said Wednesday. Most would be in the middle class. The new estimate amounts to an inconvenient fact for the administration, a reminder of what critics see as broken promises. The numbers from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office are 50 percent higher than a previous projection by the same office in 2010, shortly after the law passed. The earlier estimate found 4 million people would be affected in 2016, when the...
  • An ugly way to get insurance

    09/20/2012 3:29:09 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 1 replies
    NY Post ^ | september 19, 2012 | ROBERT GOLDBERG
    The good news: More Americans have health insurance. The bad news: It’s because they don’t have jobs. ObamaCare supporters hail the drop in the number of uninsured, announced by the Census Bureau last week, as a sign of the new law’s success. In fact, it’s a sign of continued job-market decline and of how many of us have to depend on government programs for far too long. Nearly 1.4 million more people had health insurance in 2011 than in 2010 — but that includes nearly 800,000 who gained coverage despite not working at all. In short, the rise comes mainly...
  • VANITY: Over 60% of America does not like ObamaCare, but they want to vote to preserve it????

    09/20/2012 9:37:44 AM PDT · by Anti-Hillary · 35 replies
    9-20-12 | me
    So a majority of America hates ObamaCare, but we are to believe from the polls that they want to vote to seal the deal once and for all?? I am NOT buying it! Think about it... GOP candidates need to beat the drums of war against ObamaCare and remind America that ANY hope of killing it rests with the results of this election. This is the LAST chance!!
  • Hobby shop chain faces backlash for stance against ObamaCare

    09/20/2012 11:58:42 AM PDT · by Ron H. · 4 replies
    FoxNEWS ^ | Sept 20, 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A Christian-owned chain of hobby shops is facing a bitter backlash after suing the Obama administration over new requirements to provide insured employees with contraceptive and abortion coverage. .....
  • New Humana program rewards purchase of healthy groceries

    09/19/2012 10:25:34 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/19/12 | Sarah Kliff
    As one of the country’s largest health-insurance companies, Humana regularly has a say in where its members seek care. Now it wants sway over what groceries they buy. Humana announced a new partnership with Wal-Mart on Wednesday that will give the more than 1 million members of its wellness program, HumanaVitality, a 5 percent discount on healthy groceries. The program, which will launch Oct. 15, is meant to steer customers toward healthier food choices and potentially push down health-care costs — while driving people into Wal-Mart stores. The unusual partnership between a major insurer and major retailer speaks to insurers’...
  • Mitt Romney: Barack Obama Sometimess Calls Me the GrandFather Of ObamaCare

    09/19/2012 5:19:27 PM PDT · by wrrock · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | 9/19/2012 | YouTube
    "I have experience in health care reform. Now and then the president says I'm the grandfather of Obamacare. I don't think he meant that as a compliment but I'll take it. This was during my primary, we thought it might not be helpful. But, um, I've actually been able to put in place a system that fit the needs of the people of my state, and I'm proud of the fact that in my state, after our plan was put in place, every child has insurance, 98 percent of adults have insurance, but we didn't have to cut Medicare by...
  • The Emerging Obamacare Truth Is Disarray (early results of implementation are dismal)

    09/19/2012 4:57:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    RCM ^ | 09/19/2012 | By Scott Gottlieb
    A remarkable truth about Obamacare is how many aspects of its initial programs and initiatives are already in disarray. The Obama team is woefully behind its own schedule for implementing features of the legislation. The critical regulations outlining what the Obamacare insurance benefit will look like was supposed to be out more than six months ago. Now it looks like this regulation won't be dropped until after the election. This is just one key aspect of the program that is way behind the administration's own timeline. These facts alone should give proponents of the law pause. But the early experience...
  • Romney finds his message for the final sprint

    09/19/2012 2:07:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | September 19, 2012 | Jennifer Rubin
    The Romney-Ryan campaign is going all in with its critique of President Obama’s dependency society. In a rare memo from campaign manager Matt Rhodes, the campaign tells us: Mitt Romney’s vision for America is an opportunity society, where free people and free enterprise thrive and success is admired and emulated, not attacked. President Obama’s vision for America is a government-centered society, where government grows bigger and more active, occupying more of our everyday lives. In a newly-unearthed set of remarks, we can hear Barack Obama in his own words advocating for government as a means to redistribute wealth: “[T]he trick...
  • New Braunfels-based The Scooter Store Lays Off 220 Employees

    09/19/2012 1:19:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    KGNB-AM ^ | September 19, 2012
    New Braunfels-based The Scooter Store suffered through another round of layoffs yesterday, as company executives eliminated around 220 employees across all areas of the business. Scooter Store Senior Vice President Tim Zipp says the layoffs are part of a company-wide cost savings plan designed to restructure the company in the wake of continued changes in the Medicare industry. That includes fundamental changes in claims processing procedures and reductions in reimbursement amounts (both of which are key to the Scooter Store’s business model). The Scooter Store has gone through some other changes in recent months, including the exit of founder and...
  • Tax penalty to hit nearly 6M uninsured people (OBAMACARE)

    09/19/2012 1:13:23 PM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 18 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | September 19, 2012 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional budget analysts are now estimating that nearly 6 million Americans — most of them in the middle class — will have to pay a tax penalty for not getting health insurance once President Barack Obama's health care law is fully in place.
  • Obamacare Health Insurance Exchange - Minnesota

    09/19/2012 11:46:47 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    PUBLIC COMMENTS REQUESTED: The Minnesota Department of Commerce has issued a call for public comments on "a draft of proposed Guiding Principles for the Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange" (HIX). (see official draft below) DEADLINE: Monday, September 24, 2012 Let's deluge the Department of Commerce and Commissioner Mike Rothman with comments opposing the guiding principles of the Exchange --- which is being built under Governor Dayton's executive order. No law allows the Exchange, but the Governor doesn't care. He's happy to install the "centerpiece" of Obamacare in Minnesota at a taxpayer cost of $40 million - $80 million per year to...
  • 80 million hours needed to tackle Obamacare tax rules

    09/18/2012 11:02:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/18/12 | Paul Bedard
    80 million hours needed to tackle Obamacare tax rulesPaul Bedard - Washington Secrets September 18, 2012 | 10:02 am A week after small businesses warned that Obamacare taxes will eat up to half of their profits, a new government report reveals that simply complying with the new tax rules in the health care act will cost American families and businesses nearly 80 million hours--essentially a whole new tax. **SNIP** "So, what can be done in 79,229,503 hours? The Empire State building, which took 7 million man-hours to build, could be constructed 11 times. The Curiosity Lander could travel from Earth...
  • House Republicans pass bill funding Planned Parenthood, Obamacare

    09/18/2012 9:10:11 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 105 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 9-18-2012 | Catholic Online
    Bill requires all health plans to cover contraceptives, sterilizations A $1.047 trillion bill funding the federal government through March 2013 has been passed by House Republicans. The bill includes the regulation that took effect on August 1 that will require virtually all health plans in the U.S. to cover, without fees or co-pay, sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives -- including those that induce abortions. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The vote passed by a wide margin of 329-91. The bill now goes to the Senate for expected approval next week. The bill also funds the government for six months...