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  • Government Is Forcing Doctors to Spend More Time on Data Entry and Less with Their Patients

    05/29/2015 8:28:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/29/2015 | Charles Krauthhammer
    About a decade ago, a doctor friend was lamenting the increasingly frustrating conditions of clinical practice. “How did you know to get out of medicine in 1978?” he asked with a smile. “I didn’t,” I replied. “I had no idea what was coming. I just felt I’d chosen the wrong vocation.” I was reminded of this exchange upon receiving my med-school class’s 40th-reunion report and reading some of the entries. In general, my classmates felt fulfilled by family, friends, and the considerable achievements of their professional lives. But there was an undercurrent of deep disappointment, almost demoralization, with what medical...
  • Charles Krauthammer: Doctors quitting under weight of electronic data requirements

    05/29/2015 11:42:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    GazetteXtra ^ | May 28, 2015 | Charles Krauthammer
    WASHINGTON -- About a decade ago, a doctor friend was lamenting the increasingly frustrating conditions of clinical practice.
  • Coach is Right, Friday Short Stories

    05/29/2015 9:59:52 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/29/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    1.) Michelle Obama: Global Warming Is The New Civil Rights Movement Fighting global warming is this generation’s “revolution,” said Michelle Obama to students at Oberlin College during the Memorial Day weekend, just like Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights struggle during the 1960s. “Climate change, economic inequality, human rights, criminal justice -– these are the revolutions of your time.” “And you have as much responsibility and just as much power to wake up and play your part in our great American story. Because it is absolutely still possible to make a difference. The great moments of our history are not...
  • Federal Judge Not Impressed With DOJ Attempts to Get Lawsuit Against Obamacare Thrown Out

    05/29/2015 7:56:45 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 5/29/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Since Obamacare was passed in 2010, dozens of changes have been made to the legislation by executive fiat, not through Congress. One of those changes includes the Obama administration going around Congress to issue payments from the Treasury Department directly to health insurance companies. Another change is President Obama's February 2014 action to delay the Obamacare employer mandate, which requires companies with more than 50 employees to provide health insurance under the law. By implementing the delay, the administration effectively altered the law without a vote from Congress. In November 2014, the House of Representatives sued over the changes coming...
  • Herman Cain mocks Santorum's 'doomed presidential bid'

    05/28/2015 11:54:11 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/28/2015 | Adam Lerner
    Failed Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain decried former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) for entering a presidential race he is unlikely to win. The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO tweeted about Santorum’s “doomed presidential bid” and lobbed another bomb at ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, mocking Santorum for making his announcement in an interview with the “pretend journalist.” (Stephanopolous’ standing among Republicans has fallen considerably since POLITICO reported that he had given $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation.) The tweet linked to a blog post published by columnist Robert Laurie on the Cain TV website on Thursday, questioning “why every GOP throwback candidate feels they...
  • Abortionists Have Killed More Americans Than Lived in U.S. in 1880

    05/28/2015 11:14:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 28, 2015 | 10:12 AM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The number of American babies who have been aborted in the years since the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision has already exceeded the entire population of the United States as recorded in the 1880 Census. This is according to numbers published by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Guttmacher Institute. In 1880, according to the Census Bureau, there were 50,189,209 people in the United States. These included, the Census Bureau notes, Mark Twain, who had not yet written The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Thomas Edison, who would start his electrical company two years later; and Booker T. Washington,...
  • Bill to extend Medi-Cal to undocumented immigrants advances, is narrowed

    05/28/2015 4:25:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 28, 2015 | By Melody Gutierrez
    SACRAMENTO - A lawmaker's proposal to offer Medi-Cal coverage to immigrants living in the country without documentation made it through a key legislative committee Thursday, although the bill was significantly scaled back to benefit primarily those aged 19 and under. SB4 by state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens (LA County) was narrowed to reduce the cost by allowing older immigrants to enroll in the medical system for low-income people each year only as state funds are available to cover them. The bill would also authorize the state to seek a federal waiver so it could extend health insurance under its...
  • One Step Closer to Government-Run Health Care -- And You Pay for All of It

    05/28/2015 3:27:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I told you, folks. You know, I hate to come here with this know-it-all attitude. I don't mean to portray that. But, I mean, this is a giant nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah, see, I told you so. And it's not something difficult to predict. All it took was the courage to do so. In fact, the first time I made this prediction goes all the way back to Hillarycare. Back in 1993-1994, I made the prediction, a prediction based on what the whole purpose, the real long-term purpose of Hillarycare was, and I made the same prediction again once Obamacare surfaced. And...
  • Federal judge hammers White House lawyer over argument in Obamacare lawsuit...

    05/28/2015 3:38:55 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 28, 2015 | AP
    GOP-led House sued the Obama administration, citing changes to the Affordable Care Act made without permission from Congress  Republicans' case also complains that the administration is spending money on the program that Congress never appropriatedFederal judge blasted the Justice Department attorney before her on Thursday who claimed Congress hadn't been harmed by those choices'You don't really believe that, do you?' she asked?  'I have a very hard time taking that statement seriously'Judge demanded to know how changing the Obamacare law without Congress isn't 'an insult to the Constitution, as the House believes' Obama administration attorneys urged a federal judge Thursday...
  • O’Malley’s Catholic values will propel potential 2016 run

    01/11/2015 5:23:32 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1-10-15 | Maryland State Sen. Jim Rosapepe (D)
    Governor Martin O'Malley (D) announced last week he will commute the sentences of Maryland's last four death row inmates. Given his leadership in repealing the state's death penalty two years ago, his decision was not a surprise. But, just weeks before he completes eight years as governor and a year before Iowa's presidential caucuses, it dramatizes O'Malley's values and skills. Soon after he was elected governor and I elected to the state senate, we met to discuss the 2007 legislative session. He discussed his priorities and I pitched my ideas for higher education. As we walked out of his office,...
  • Overhead costs exploding under ObamaCare, study finds

    05/28/2015 2:03:09 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 28, 2015 | By Sarah Ferris
    Five years after the passage of ObamaCare, there is one expense that’s still causing sticker shock across the healthcare industry: overhead costs. The administrative costs for healthcare plans are expected to explode by more than a quarter of a trillion dollars over the next decade, according to a new study published by the Health Affairs blog. The $270 billion in new costs, for both private insurance companies and government programs, will be “over and above what would have been expected had the law not been enacted,” one of the authors, David Himmelstein, wrote Wednesday. Those costs will be particularly high...
  • W.Va. joins list of states with abortion ban at 20 weeks

    05/28/2015 4:58:20 AM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    wvmetronews.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Shauna Johnson
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Abortions after 20 weeks into a pregnancy, in most cases, are now illegal in West Virginia. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act took effect on Tuesday, making the Mountain State one of nearly a dozen states with such a ban. “I’m proud of our folks here in the state for passing this legislation because I think the people of the state want it,” Dr. Wanda Franz, president of West Virginians for Life, one of the leading supporters of the legislation, said on Wednesday’s MetroNews “Talkline.” “This is very important legislation and a new step nationally for us...
  • More Trouble in the Fantasyland of Medical Tourism

    05/28/2015 10:17:00 AM PDT · by Rona_Badger · 11 replies
    The American Medical Money Machine ^ | May 28, 2015 | James R. Goldberg
    There is a strange expectation that Medical Tourism holds the answer to what is wrong with American medicine: long waits, shortages of doctors, costs that are completely out of control, poor treatment and a sharp decline in the number of doctors who are willing to go into medicine. It’s true. Doctors are leaving medicine in droves while the corporations make more money than ever at the expense of both the patient and the doctor. We have written about this extensively. There is plenty wrong with healthcare in America. Hardly surprising, the overhead costs under Obamacare are expected to explode by...
  • [NM] Blue Cross seeking 51 percent premium hike (Obamacare cost fallout)

    05/28/2015 9:23:09 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 20 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | May 28, 2015 | Jessica Dyer
    Citing higher-than-expected costs, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico wants to raise premiums by an average of 51.6 percent on individual Affordable Care Act plans in 2016. The company made the request in a preliminary rate proposal filed with New Mexico Insurance Superintendent John Franchini. Blue Cross and Blue Shield – which insures an estimated 600,000 people statewide – said the proposal affects an estimated 35,000 customers who signed up for qualified individual health plans through the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, but also those who bought the same plans off the exchange. Franchini has the final authority...
  • Treasury Rule Allows Taxpayer Subsidized Health Insurance For Illegal Immigrants

    05/28/2015 8:58:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 28, 2015 | by Grace-Marie Turner
    New research about implementation of the Affordable Care Act finds that Obama administration regulations are allowing taxpayer subsidized health insurance for some people earning less than the statutory income floor and also for unlawful immigrants. A new study by Andy S. Grewal, an associate professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, explains that the ACA provides tax credits to U.S. citizens with incomes between 100 and 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). However, IRS regulations were written to extend credits to citizens below 100% FPL in some cases. Also, Section 36B of the ACA grants credits to...
  • Obamacare: Republicans Can’t Win For Losing?

    05/27/2015 7:55:29 PM PDT · by upchuck · 29 replies
    sharylattkisson.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Sharyl Attkisson
    If the plaintiffs win the current Affordable Care Act (ACA) case before the U.S. Supreme Court, King v. Burwell, millions of Americans who bought health insurance through the federal marketplace or “exchange” will lose the federal tax dollars they’re getting to help buy their policies. That’s because the Court would have ruled the ACA only allowed subsidies to be given to those buying policies on state-established exchanges; not the federal website.It would theoretically be a victory for Republicans who oppose Obamacare: Americans would likely find the health care law less palatable if tax money isn’t helping pay for their mandatory...
  • As ObamaCare Premiums Spiral, Dems Push Costly New Mandates

    05/28/2015 6:16:25 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/27/2015 | Staff
    Health Reform: Looks like ObamaCare premiums will skyrocket for many next year. So what do Democrats propose? New insurance mandates that will drive premiums up even higher. Which one is the stupid party again?
  • Secret Ohio Department of Health Documents Reveal 47 Horrific Botched Abortions

    05/27/2015 9:26:01 PM PDT · by kathsua · 3 replies
    Life News ^ | May 26, 2015 | Cheryl Sullenger
    Ohio recently made headlines with reports that half the abortion clinics in that state have closed and several others have curtailed services, reducing abortion numbers to the lowest since 1976. “When abortion clinics close, abortions decline and lives are saved. It’s as simple as that,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and co-author of the book Abortion Free. “We have worked in Ohio on a number of projects in cooperation with local leaders that, in part, contributed to this decline.” While some refuse to acknowledge that abortion clinic closures contribute to lower abortion numbers, Newman explains that the evidence...
  • Liberals Fear Courts Could Overturn Obama's Legacy

    05/27/2015 2:59:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Got these two stories here. One is in the Washington Post, and the other is in The Politico, and they're almost identical. "Supreme Court Ruling Puts Obama's Immigration Legacy in Jeopardy." That's The Politico. The Washington Post: "President Obama's Legacy is Increasingly in Legal Jeopardy." Is this not amazing? Two wholly different, separate news companies have lead stories with almost identical headlines and the same premise. Sorry, narrative. And the narrative is that that hayseed judge in Texas, that Hanen, and these three judges at it Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals who upheld that stupid hayseed judge in Texas,...
  • Greta: Obama Playing Terrible Game With Your Health Care

    05/27/2015 8:56:40 PM PDT · by lbryce · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 27, 2015 | Greta
    Greta:Off the Record By the end of June, the US Supreme Court could make a ruling that impacts 8 million people on ObamaCare - and the Obama administration has no contingency plan
  • Cruz Threatens to Subpoena Treasury Officials to Testify About Obamacare Rules

    05/27/2015 2:54:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    CQ Roll Call ^ | May 27, 2015 | Niels Lesniewski
    Sen. Ted Cruz is warning he might seek to compel testimony from the Treasury Department about the Affordable Care Act. The Texas Republican presidential candidate, who has the gavel of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, said his staff had been informed by the Obama administration that witnesses would not be available to testify about the rule-making process for providing subsidies under Obamacare because of ongoing litigation. “For two main reasons, this excuse is entirely invalid,” Cruz wrote in a new letter to Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew. “First, Congress retains its right to...
  • Abortion ban based on heartbeat rejected by appeals court (AR)

    05/27/2015 12:54:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2015 3:40 PM EDT | Allen Reed
    A federal appeals court struck down one of the nation’s toughest abortion restrictions on Wednesday, ruling that women would be unconstitutionally burdened by an Arkansas law that bans abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy if a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with doctors who challenged the law, ruling that abortion restrictions must be based on a fetus’ ability to live outside the womb, not the presence of a fetal heartbeat that can be detected weeks earlier. The court said that standard was established by previous U.S. Supreme Court rulings. The...
  • Obamacare's big overhead costs to top $270B

    05/27/2015 10:48:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 27, 2015 | by Dan Mangan
    That sure is a lot of paper clips. Obamacare is set to add more than a quarter-of-a-trillion—that's trillion—dollars in extra insurance administrative costs to the U.S. health-care system, according to a new report out Wednesday. The $273.6 billion in additional insurance overhead represents an average of of $1,375 per newly insured person, per year, from 2012 through 2022. The overhead cost equals a whopping 22.5 percent of the total estimated $2.76 trillion in all federal government spending for the Affordable Care Act programs during that time, the authors of the report in the journal Health Affairs noted. In contrast, the...
  • President Obama’s legacy is increasingly in legal jeopardy

    05/26/2015 10:00:50 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 41 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/27/2015 | Amber Phillips
    President Obama's second-term agenda, it seems, is in the hands of the courts. Same-sex marriage. Obamacare. Climate change. And now immigration. And in many cases, there is significant doubt about whether his signature initiatives will stand legal scrutiny. The latest blow to Obama's second-term plans came Tuesday when a federal appeals court in New Orleans denied the administration's request to move forward with implementing his expanded executive action on immigration to defer deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants. Texas and 25 other states have sued to have it shelved. The drama is sure to ensue for months, writes the Post's...
  • Obamacare advocates seek to fix problem they made worse

    05/26/2015 4:33:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 25, 2015 | Byron York
    Back in 2009, when Congress was debating the Affordable Care Act, many liberal Democrats felt it did not go far enough — that it should be even more sweeping, even more expansive, even more costly. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, one of the Senate's most liberal Democrats and a veteran of many legislative battles, urged his colleagues on the Left to go ahead and pass the bill. "The key to this is that this modest home, we can put additions onto it in the future," Harkin told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow in December 2009. "But if we don't have the starter home, we're...
  • The decline of Rand Paul

    05/26/2015 3:22:00 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 81 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Dana Milbank
    Rand Paul took a left turn on his journey to the Republican nomination, and now his hopes now seem to be headed south. The libertarian senator from Kentucky’s new book, “Taking a Stand,” came out Tuesday, and it is chock full of lines that would position Paul well — if he were running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. On the environment: “You’ll find I’m a tree hugger, literally…I’m a Republican who wants clean air, clean water, and the life-extending miracle of electricity. I compost.”
  • Obama Regime ignores Supreme Court, practices extortion against State of Florida

    05/26/2015 10:11:42 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/26/15 | Doug Book
    When Chief Justice John Roberts fractured the Constitution and prostituted his own integrity by rewriting the individual mandate in order to find the Affordable Care Act constitutional, it understandably drew both public and media attention away from the Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision that, although the Obama Administration’s Medicaid expansion plans were constitutional, the federal government would NOT be permitted to withhold Medicaid funding from states which refused to implement the expansion. In short, the Obama Regime is not allowed to extort state compliance with its massive increase in Medicaid outlays by refusing to pay the Medicaid funds legitimately owed each...
  • Court Rules New York May Not Issue Pro-Life License Plate

    05/26/2015 1:39:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 26, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Pro-adoption organizations should have the same speech rights as any other organization, said the attorney representing a group whose pro-life license plate has been denied for the past 13 or 14 years in New York. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday reversed a lower court ruling ordering the state to let an adoption advocacy group put the words "Choose Life" on its own plates. By a 2-1 vote, the court said the commissioner of the state Department of Motor Vehicles had "broad discretion" to decide which plates to permit, and did not violate the First Amendment free speech rights...
  • Jonathan Gruber Glaringly Absent From NYT Article on Obamacare Wording 'Mistake'

    05/26/2015 11:40:01 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 25, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Say my name. ---Walter White aka Heisenberg in Breaking Bad.New York Times writer Robert Pear  knows his name but he didn't say it in his article about how four words in the Obamacare law was simply a mistake. Pear quotes a number of people involved in the law's writing process but fails to mention the one who was acknowledged as the architect of Obamacare...until it became politically inconvenient to do so---Jonathan Gruber. And the reason why Gruber's name went unmentioned in the article is because of his claim, recorded for all eternity on video, that only state based health exchanges would...
  • Senate GOP prepared to replace Obamacare subsidies

    05/26/2015 10:59:57 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 104 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/26/2015 | JENNIFER HABERKORN and RACHAEL BADE
    Preparing for a Supreme Court decision that could strike down Obamacare’s subsidies for nearly 7.5 million people this summer, Senate Republicans are coalescing around a plan to resurrect them — at a steep price for the White House. With several Senate Republicans facing tough reelections, and control of the chamber up for grabs, 31 senators have signed on to a bill written by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) that would restore the subsidies for current Obamacare enrollees through September 2017. But the administration would have to pay a heavy price — the bill would also repeal Obamacare’s individual and employer mandates...
  • Fraudulent Gay Marriage Study Dupes the Media

    05/26/2015 7:30:45 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 12 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 23, 2015 | Don Irvine
    The mainstream media have some egg on their face today after being forced to retract their reports on a gay-marriage study that was found to have been based on fraudulent research. IMG_0004The study, which appeared in the December 12, 2014 edition ofScience, claimed that support for same-sex marriage among voters increased with the use of door-to-door canvassing, especially if the canvasser was gay. Supporters of gay marriage, who were excited about the results, have now been brought back to reality after one of the authors of the study, Donald Green, a Columbia University political scientist, asked Science to retract the...
  • Voters Expect Problems Ahead from Obamacare

    05/26/2015 8:51:34 AM PDT · by fwdude · 12 replies
    RasmussenReports ^ | May 26, 2015 | Rasmussen Reports Staff
    Voters still tend to think the new national health care law isn't working and expect things to get even worse. (To see survey question wording, click here.) http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/may_2015/voters_expect_problems_ahead_from_obamacare
  • The Assisted-Suicide Movement Goes on Life Support

    05/26/2015 7:17:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 22, 2015 | Aaron Kheriaty
    [subtitle] A George Soros-backed effort in California has stalled, the latest sign of weak backing for the deadly practice. In the past 20 years, more than 100 campaigns to legalize assisted suicide have been introduced in various states. All but three have failed. In 2012 the same Massachusetts voters who elected Elizabeth Warren and re-elected Barack Obama gave the thumbs down to doctor-assisted suicide. Compassion & Choices -- the "death with dignity" organization formerly called the Hemlock Society -- saw a 40-point lead in Massachusetts polls evaporate on election day, despite millions of dollars in campaign spending. Bills this year...
  • Ready For Another Obamacare Price Hike?

    05/26/2015 4:19:25 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 8 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 5/26/2015 | David Catron
    In July of 2009, as the Obamacare debate was heating up, Gallup published a survey indicating that 83 percent of Americans wanted health care reform to make their health insurance more affordable. Now, more than five years after the President’s “signature domestic achievement” was passed, health insurance premiums are higher than ever. And it’s obvious that Obamacare is a major driver of the increase. The Wall Street Journal reports that insurers are proposing rate increases ranging from 25 to 51 percent for 2016. Why? “All of them cite high medical costs incurred by people newly enrolled under the Affordable Care....
  • GOP likely to feel the heat if court decision guts Obamacare [Who gave us this ACA mess?]

    05/26/2015 3:41:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 26, 2015 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans — not White House officials — who have been talking about damage control. [snip] BAD TIMING [snip] HOUSE OF CARDS [snip] STICKER SHOCK FOR SELF-PAY CUSTOMERS [snip] REPUBLICANS TO THE RESCUE? [snip]
  • ‘ObamaCare is penalizing me for pursuing my dreams!’

    05/25/2015 6:12:30 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda
    Ny Post ^ | 5/25/15 | By Gabrielle Gray
    ‘ObamaCare is penalizing me for pursuing my dreams!’ In a Midtown specialist’s office, I confessed the secret that’s been weighing on my mind. “My health insurance expires at the end of May,” I told the doctor. I had a lot of questions for him: How much does an uninsured visit cost? What is the fewest number of follow-ups we can do this year? Do you have payment plans available to patients paying cash? I’ve been down the uninsured path before, having spent my post-college years waiting tables and freelance writing. I know the risks involved, but I also know what...
  • 'ObamaCare Is Penalizing Me For Pursuing My Dreams!'

    05/25/2015 5:17:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    New York Post ^ | 5/35 | Gabrielle Gray
    In a Midtown specialist’s office, I confessed the secret that’s been weighing on my mind. “My health insurance expires at the end of May,” I told the doctor. I had a lot of questions for him: How much does an uninsured visit cost? What is the fewest number of follow-ups we can do this year? Do you have payment plans available to patients paying cash?
  • SeeBS: GOP Could Suffer Fallout If Supreme Court Rules To Eliminate Obamacare For Millions

    05/25/2015 10:41:24 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 56 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | May 25, 2015 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — A Supreme Court ruling due in late June could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by the president’s health care law. But it is Republicans — and not White House officials — who are talking about damage control. If that sounds wrong, check the math.
  • Kermit Gosnell Speaks from Prison

    05/24/2015 1:22:29 PM PDT · by don-o · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | May 22, 2015
    Ann McElhinney is one of the filmmakers at work on a movie about the case of Kermit Gosnell, who has been described as “the worst serial killer in America.” For this work, McElhinney has interviewed Gosnell, most recently in person. She talks about what that was like and what she’s learned. Kathryn Jean Lopez: How did your recent interview with Kermit Gosnell come about? How did you get in to see him in prison? Ann McElhinney: I have been interviewing Gosnell for a long time now, but always on the phone. I am writing a book about him, which is...
  • Baltimore's 'Peaceful Protestors' Destroyed This Disabled Little Boy's Everything

    05/24/2015 10:04:19 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 28 replies
    chicksontheright.com ^ | may 23, 2015 | red dawn
    Although the chaos in Baltimore has seemingly come to an end, the damage is done. Buildings are in shambles, and owners have to rebuild their businesses with nothing left of their livelihood except some garbage and burnt pieces of plastic. There are so many heartbreaking stories of individuals affected by the riots, but this one takes the cake. This mom is trying to figure out what steps to take after the “peaceful protestors” destroyed her severely disabled son’s medical equipment, leaving him with nothing. According to the Washington Post, Laporsha Lawson grabbed her disabled son Khai’Lee Sampson and fled to...
  • ISIS rises, the economy falters, and Obama’s legacy falls apart

    05/24/2015 8:36:44 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/23/15 | John Podhoretz
    Deep into the seventh year of his tenure, Barack Obama is thinking about his post-presidential legacy. We know this because he’s telling us so. In an interview this week with The Atlantic about the potential deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program, the president sought to use the fact of his relative youth and his consciousness about how history might judge him to his advantage: “Look, 20 years from now, I’m still going to be around, God willing. If Iran has a nuclear weapon, it’s my name on this. I think it’s fair to say that in addition to our...
  • No biggie: Your Obamacare premiums are going up. Way up in some cases.

    05/24/2015 6:24:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/23/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The “Affordable” Care Act may be looking for a new name in the near future. As Fox News and the Wall Street Journal are reporting, the next round of health care premium cost adjustments are coming down the pike, and you’ll never guess where things are heading. Okay… you probably guessed already. The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Obamacare rates are about to shoot up, in some cases as much as 40%. The rate increases requested by insurance carriers vary state by state, but the overall picture is bad.“In New Mexico, market leader Health Care Service Corp....
  • "Hell No You Can't!" (on backroom Obamacare deals)

    05/23/2015 6:14:23 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    youtube ^ | Mar 21, 2010 | John Boehner
    House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) speaking before voting on the Democrats' massive government takeover of health care: "... and look at how this bill was written. Can you say it was done openly? With transparency and accountability? Without backroom deals struck behind closed doors hidden from the people? Hell no you can't.
  • Survey finds 3 out of 4 satisfied with their ObamaCare plans

    05/23/2015 10:07:52 AM PDT · by upchuck · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 21, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The vast majority of people who bought health insurance through ObamaCare exchanges are satisfied with their plans, according to a new national survey.People overwhelmingly said they felt positively about their choices of doctors and hospitals and their copays for appointments and prescriptions, delivering good news for the Obama administration one year into the law's rollout.More surprisingly, that satisfaction also extended to people’s monthly premiums and annual deductibles, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.Sixty percent of ObamaCare customers said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their monthly premium costs — more than people who bought coverage before the...
  • Covered California to cap patient costs for high-priced specialty drugs

    05/23/2015 5:49:57 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 15 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 21, 2015 | Hudson Sangree
    Covered California board members voted Thursday to become the first state health care exchange in the nation to impose price caps on high-cost specialty drugs to treat conditions such as hepatitis C and HIV. The four board members unanimously agreed to impose $250 monthly limits on out-of-pocket prescription costs for most patients, creating a precedent that other government health exchanges could follow.
  • How L.A.’s New Minimum Wage Could Hurt the Poor [by earning too much to get food stamps]

    05/22/2015 9:21:24 PM PDT · by grundle · 41 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 22, 2015 | Monica Potts
    If someone’s pay suddenly doubles, she may lose rental assistance, child care subsidies, and more. In L.A., a worker who currently makes $9 an hour and works 40 hours a week (which is not a given, but that would be a full-time workload) will earn $360 a week, or about $1,440 a month and $18,720 a year, before taxes. If that worker is a mom with two children, she is below the poverty line. She qualifies for a bevy of federal and state programs like food stamps, rental assistance, child care subsidies, health care for her children, and Medicaid because...
  • Obamacare May Force Some Insurers to Boost Their Premiums an Alarming Amount

    05/22/2015 10:48:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    Slate ^ | May 22, 2015 | Mark Joseph Stern
    On the whole, the Affordable Care Act is working pretty well, getting more people insured and increasing the quality of insurance overall. But on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported an alarming development: Health insurers on many state exchanges are looking to boost their premiums a ridiculous amount in 2016. New Mexico's leading provider, for instance, is seeking a 51.6 percent hike, while Maryland's is seeking a 30.4 percent hike. (Insurers in other states, like Vermont and Indiana, are asking for minimal increases.) Libertarian and conservative outlets are, predictably, citing the rate hike as yet another Obamacare catastrophe. But it's...
  • For the Vatican, Climate Change Leads to ... Abortion?

    05/22/2015 3:46:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Reason.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Nick Gillespie
    Via Life Site News come some frankly bizarre statements from the Vatican official who put together last month's Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity conference. Two major speakers at the conference were Jeffrey Sachs, widely criticized for the abject failure of his Millennium Villages initiative, and Ban-Ki moon, current secretary general of the United Nations—both of whom are extremely pro-abortion. Which the Catholic Church is not. Stefano Gennarini asks Archbishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Science and Social Sciences, whether he knew about the pro-abortion and population control chops of his two big guests and whether that...
  • Got Obamacare? Your premiums are (probably) about to go way up

    05/22/2015 12:25:53 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    TIME ^ | May 22, 2015 | Chris Matthews
    Health insurers on many state exchanges are requesting the right to increase premiums by upwards of 50%. President Obama’s signature legislative achievement–the healthcare law popularly known as Obamacare–is facing a potentially existential fight in the Supreme Court in 2015. But it’s not just the courts that supporters of the program need to worry about. According to a report published Friday in the The Wall Street Journal, health insurers are requesting the right in many states to increase premiums by upwards of 50%. Health Care Service Corp.–the leading health insurer in New Mexico, has asked state regulators to allow it to...
  • 12 States Release Proposed Premium Increases

    05/22/2015 10:55:38 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 14 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 5-22-15 | Sean Riley
    While premium filings aren’t expected from the federal government until next month, a report from The Wall Street Journal released Thursday provides a snapshot of preliminary 2016 rate filings from health insurance market leaders in 11 states. The figures represent average increases in premiums proposed by the largest carriers in each state that has made requests public. A separate report from the Associated Press notes that the largest carrier in South Dakota has proposed a 42.9 percent increase in premiums in the individual market. Increases are subject to review by the states and will be finalized in the fall.