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  • Soaring cost estimate prompts health law doubts (Only idiots didn't see this coming)

    03/04/2012 10:10:29 AM PST · by tobyhill · 26 replies
    boston herald ^ | 3/4/2012 | ap
    Cost estimates for a key portion of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law have ballooned by $111 billion from last year’s budget, and a senior Republican lawmaker today demanded an explanation. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., wants to know by Monday why the estimated cost of helping millions of middle-class Americans buy health insurance has jumped by about 30 percent for an eight-year period, from 2014-2021. Administration officials say the explanation lies in budget technicalities and that there are no significant changes in the program that would raise concerns. Cost estimates for new government programs...
  • Obamacare: Pay No Attention to Mandate Behind Curtain of Spin

    02/29/2012 1:35:08 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 6 replies · 3+ views
    Heritage.org ^ | February 25, 2012 | Sarah Torre
    In yet another slight to rule of law, the Obama Administration has asked a federal court to put a press conference pronouncement above official regulation. Last week, the Department of Justice filed a legal response to one of numerous lawsuits currently challenging the constitutionality of the Obamacare anti-conscience mandate. The Administration submitted its response to the legal complaint of Belmont Abbey College, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, to the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia. In what the Becket Fund is calling a “remarkable” stance, the Obama Administration argues that the court should dismiss Belmont...
  • Obama Cabinet Secretary: 'The Private Market is in a Death Spiral'

    02/29/2012 10:19:34 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies · 4+ views
    Obama Cabinet Secretary: 'The Private Market is in a Death Spiral' By Fred Lucas February 29, 2012 (CNSNews.com) – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday that the days of private health insurance are coming to an end in the United States. “The private market is in a death spiral,” Sebelius said, contending this would be the case whether or not President Barack Obama's health care law had been enacted. At the Ways and Means hearing, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) asked Sebelius about the administration’s assurances that people who liked their...
  • Nearly 3 out of 4 Americans think ObamaCare’s unconstitutional

    02/27/2012 10:30:25 AM PST · by Mark Landsbaum · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Gee, who knew? Gallup says 72 percent of Americans think ObamaCare’s diktat that you must buy health insurance or pay a fine is unconstitutional. Perhaps more stunning is that 28 percent of Americans don’t think so...
  • 25 Signs That The Nazification Of America Is Almost Complete

    02/19/2012 5:36:22 AM PST · by IbJensen · 113 replies · 3+ views
    Right Side News ^ | 2/19/2012 | Staff
    The United States of America is becoming more like Nazi Germany every single day. In fact, the Nazification of America is almost complete. The parallels between Nazi Germany and the United States of today are going to absolutely shock many of you. Most Americans simply have never learned what life was really like back in Nazi Germany. Under Adolf Hitler, Germany was a Big Brother totalitarian police state that ruthlessly repressed freedom and individual liberty. Under Adolf Hitler, Germany adopted socialism, dramatically increased government spending and raised taxes to astronomical levels. Under Adolf Hitler, abortion became legal in Germany, the...
  • OMB director undercuts legal case for Obamacare

    02/15/2012 1:03:54 PM PST · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 2/15/12 | Philip Klein
    Testifying before Congress this morning, President Obama's acting budget director Jeffrey Zients directly undercut one of the administration's key legal defenses of its national health care law as it nears a hearing before the Supreme Court. In a hearing of the House Budget Committee Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., pressed Zients on whether the penalty that the health care law imposes on individuals who do not purchase health insurance constitutes a tax. Eventually, Zients said it did not. Snip Now the administration is making both arguments simultaneously. Before Congress, Zients is arguing that it is not a tax. But before the...
  • 12 state attorneys general: we will file lawsuit against Obama mandate ‘in weeks, not months’

    WASHINGTON, D.C., February 13, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Within weeks, the top lawyers in a dozen states may file a federal lawsuit against the Obama administration’s controversial requirement that all insurance plans include access to abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization, the attorney general of Nebraska told LifeSiteNews. Jon Bruning told LifeSiteNews.com that 12 states had signed onto a scathing critique of the mandate and were preparing to take more serious action. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning On Friday, ten state attorneys general addressed a scathing letter to President Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis....
  • OBAMACARE ARCHITECT: Expect STEEP INCREASE In Health Care PREMIUMS

    02/11/2012 9:01:36 AM PST · by nicmarlo · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/11/2012 | Myles Miller
    Medical insurance premiums in the United States are on the rise, the chief architect of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul has told The Daily Caller.Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Jonathan Gruber, who also devised former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s statewide health care reforms, is backtracking on an analysis he provided the White House in support of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, informing officials in three states that the price of insurance premiums will dramatically increase under the reforms. In an email to The Daily Caller, Gruber framed this new reality in terms of the same human self-interest that some...
  • Obama Didn't Cave on the HHS Mandate; He's Making an Unprecedented Power Grab

    02/10/2012 11:13:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 10, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Everybody's reporting that Obama's caving on this mandate that the Catholic services provide abortion and all. There's not a cave here! There may be an accommodation, but there's no big cave-in here. It's still the government mandating this stuff happen. They're just changing the provider. It's not done by the church. He says he gave them a way out of it by mandating the insurance companies do it, but that's not the point here. Great to have you. It's Friday. Let's go to! JOHNNY DONOVAN: Live from the Left Coast at our satellite studios in Los Angeles,...
  • What is at stake in the mandate debate (Another Obama lackey gets fleas)

    02/09/2012 11:54:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | February 9, 2012 | Archbishop José H. Gomez (of LA)
    The federal government’s new mandate — requiring Catholic charities, schools, universities and hospitals to supply employees with health insurance that covers birth control, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs — has become maybe the most controversial issue of our day. I’ve been inspired by the unified reaction from our Catholic community. The bishops of almost every diocese in the country have spoken out. So have our largest Catholic institutions. Many individual Catholics — of every political opinion — have united in opposition.
  • Obama's war on the Catholic Church isn't just insensitive – it's un-American

    02/09/2012 11:46:23 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 32 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | February 9th, 2012 | Tim Stanley
    No Democratic president ever picked a fight with the Catholic Church in quite the way that Barack Obama has. One of the first things that Jimmy Carter did when he came into office was to scrap federal funding for abortions,... Even Bill Clinton – the “sex president” – supported some limits on partial birth abortion [snip] Yet Obama’s attempt to force Catholic employees to provide contraception coverage in employee healthcare plans has united the entire Church establishment – Left and Right – against him. And this is the establishment that garlanded him with honours three years ago at Notre Dame...
  • Evangelical Leader: Jail Over Obamacare Mandate

    02/09/2012 9:45:57 AM PST · by ezfindit · 100 replies
    OrthodoxNet (via LifeSiteNews) ^ | 2/9/2012 | Ben Johnson
    One of the most influential evangelical leaders in the United States says Christians should go to jail rather than comply with the Obama administration’s mandate to provide all contraception, including abortion-inducing drugs, in their health care plans. Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), told LifeSiteNews.com “we will not comply” with the Dept. of Health and Human Services’ mandate requiring religious institutions to cover abortifacient products such as Plan B, Ella, and the IUD. “We want the law changed, or else we’re going to write our letters from the Nashville jail, just...
  • Pelosi on Unemployment Benefits Extension: I’d rather not pay for it

    02/06/2012 11:48:21 AM PST · by Pacothecat · 25 replies
    Pelosi: 'I Don't Want To Pay For It...Surcharge' The Rich For Doctors Visits and Unemployment Benefits http://www.breitbart.tv/pelosi-on-unemployment-benefits-extension-id-rather-not-pay-for-it/
  • Hey Rush! Here's why Romney will not distance himself from RomneyCare! Click here!

    01/30/2012 10:31:54 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 91 replies
    Jim Robinson
    Romney will not distance himself from RomneyCare. Here's why: Romney wants to impose RomneyCare on all 50 states!! That is absolutely correct. He's already recruited Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi as his healthcare czar to get it done. Romney claims that he wants to repeal ObamaCare, but he's already lined up Pam Bondi to head up his national healthcare task force to push RomneyCare on all 50 states. After all that has been said and written about socialized healthcare and individual mandates, Romney and Bondi, still LOVE RomneyCare and should he become president will attempt to impose it on ALL...
  • IRS Releases Revised Health Care Reporting Guidance

    01/13/2012 12:48:28 PM PST · by mdittmar · 31 replies
    JD Supra ^ | 1/13/2012 | Reed Smith
    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 requires employers to report the cost of employer-sponsored group health plan coverage on Forms W-2. The Internal Revenue Service (the "IRS") issued interim guidance regarding this informational reporting requirement in Notice 2011-28. In response to comments on Notice 2011-28, the IRS, on January 3, 2012, released an advance copy of Notice 2012-9, which supersedes Notice 2011-28. In general, Notice 2012-9 retains much of the original guidance set forth in Notice 2011-28, but with certain notable changes and additions, including the following: • Clarifies that the requirement to report the cost of...
  • Woman, 23, died of cervical cancer 'because doctors said she was too young for a smear test'

    01/12/2012 1:12:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/12/12 | Emma Reynolds
    A 23-year-old died of cervical cancer because doctors said she was too young for a smear test, her devastated family have claimed. Mercedes Curnow, from Cornwall, first went to her GP at 20 years old but her mother says her symptoms were 'ignored' because of her age. After a year of doctors visits, Ms Curnow was taken to A&E by a family member and diagnosed with cervical cancer in April 2010. But by then it was too late and, after 33 radiotherapy sessions and nine months of chemotherapy, she died at home in her mother's arms on December 14 last
  • Another Horror Story about Government-Run Healthcare that Can’t Possibly Be True

    01/01/2012 8:20:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2011 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Paul Krugman has told us that awful stories about government-run healthcare in Britain “are false.” I guess this means that the media must be dominated by conservative liars, since we keep getting reports about substandard care and needless deaths (see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here). And the Boston Globe and Associated Press must be part of this vast right-wing conspiracy, because the Globe just ran an AP report exposing more problems in England. Here is an excerpt. When David Evans needed a hernia operation, the 69-year-old farmer became so alarmed by the long wait that he used an ultrasound machine for pregnant sheep on...
  • Chief Justice Roberts Defends Kagan, Thomas Hearing Health Care Case

    12/31/2011 8:24:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 73 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 12/31/11 | New York Times
    In the face of a growing controversy over whether two Supreme Court justices should disqualify themselves from the challenge to the 2010 health care overhaul law, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on Saturday defended the court’s ethical standards. The chief justice’s comments came in his annual report on the state of the federal judiciary. In it, he made what amounted to a vigorous defense of Justices Clarence Thomas and Elena Kagan, who are facing calls to disqualify themselves from hearing the health care case, which will be argued over three days in late March. He did not, however, mention...
  • HHS Says “Units” Over 70 Will Receive “Comfort Care” Instead Of Actual Neurological Care

    12/30/2011 7:31:33 AM PST · by NYer · 74 replies
    Somewhat Reasonable ^ | December 29, 2011 | Kendall Antekeier
    Those who have implied that the President’s health care law will establish “death panels,” have encountered excessive criticism. Yet, more and more information is being released identifying that rationing of care will in fact occur, and that it will be done by government bureaucracies.For example, a phone call into The Mark Levin Show on WLS 890 from a Chicago neurosurgeon last month revealed that a Health and Human Services (HHS) document, associated with the Obama Administration’s federal health law, will inhibit patients over the age of 70 from receiving neurological care. Instead of receiving “advanced neurosurgical care,” “units,” (meaning patients),...
  • ObamaCare Flatlines...Taxes Home Sales (4% Federal Tax on Houses)

    12/20/2011 1:24:23 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 84 replies · 1+ views
    GOP.gov ^ | 4/8/10
    “I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes,” President Obama, September 12, 2008 Beginning January 1, 2013, ObamaCare imposes a 3.8% Medicare tax on unearned income of “high-income” taxpayers which could apply to proceeds from the sale of single family homes, townhouses, co-ops, condominiums, and even rental income, depending on your individual circumstances and any capital gains tax exclusions. Importantly, the “high income” thresholds are not...
  • Supreme Court sets Obama healthcare arguments

    12/19/2011 11:43:56 AM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 12/19/11 | James Vicini
    Oral arguments on President Barack Obama's sweeping U.S. healthcare overhaul will last 5-1/2 hours spread over three days from March 26-28, the Supreme Court said on Monday. The Supreme Court last month agreed to hear the 5-1/2 hours of oral arguments, one of the lengthiest arguments in recent years. There have been similar marathon sessions in a handful of big cases dating back over the past 70 years. The court said it would hear one hour of arguments on March 26 on whether the legal challenges to the requirement that all Americans buy insurance must wait until after that part...
  • Supreme Court sets aside three days for healthcare arguments (decision before 2014?)

    12/19/2011 9:31:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/19/11 | Sam Baker
    Supreme Court sets aside three days for healthcare argumentsBy Sam Baker - 12/19/11 11:40 AM ET The Supreme Court will hear arguments on President Obama's healthcare law over a three-day span in late March. The schedule further confirms the universal expectation that the court will issue a ruling on the healthcare law next June, at the height of the 2012 campaign. The Supreme Court will begin on March 26 with one hour of arguments on whether it can reach a decision on the health law before 2014. There is a possibility that a separate federal law prevents the courts from...
  • House votes to repeal Obama’s CLASS Act (Part of health care legislation deemed unsustainable)

    11/30/2011 6:50:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 30, 2011 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    <p>Acting with bipartisan support, a House committee Wednesday voted to repeal the CLASS Act, part of President Obama’s health care law that the administration has said is unsustainable, but also said it didn’t want to see ended entirely.</p> <p>Three conservative-leaning Democrats - Reps. Mike Ross of Arkansas, Jim Matheson of Utah and John Barrow of Georgia - broke with their party to support the repeal, which passed the committee 33-17.</p>
  • Rep King: House Won't Defund Obamacare Because Leaders ‘Afraid' GOP Will be Blamed for Shutdown

    11/22/2011 5:09:20 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 105 replies · 1+ views
    CNS News ^ | November 21, 2011 | Pete Winn
    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) says that Congress is not going to cut off funding for Obamacare or Planned Parenthood because House Republican leadership is afraid of the threat of a showdown with Senate Democrats and the president – they’re afraid that Republicans would be blamed for a government shutdown. King said the House GOP leadership, if asked, would say that they did pass a repeal of Obamacare – and would blame the Senate, which didn’t take up the measure. But King also said House Republicans “didn’t use the leverage that we should have used.” “We didn’t bring up the maximum...
  • Another Obamacare Glitch (Huge! Hussein Trying To Re-Write Law With IRS--not Congress!)

    11/16/2011 10:53:53 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 67 replies
    Even if ObamaCare survives Supreme Court scrutiny next spring, its trials will be far from over. That's because the law has a major glitch that threatens its basic functioning. It's so problematic, in fact, that the Obama administration is now brazenly trying to rewrite the law without involving Congress. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act offers "premium assistance"—tax credits and subsidies—to households purchasing coverage through new health-insurance exchanges. This assistance was designed to hide a portion of the law's cost to individuals by reducing the premium hikes that individuals will face after ObamaCare goes into effect in 2014. (If...
  • Supreme Court to hear challenge to Obama’s health-care overhaul

    11/14/2011 7:20:33 AM PST · by markomalley · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/14/11 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a challenge to the health-care overhaul act passed in 2010, with a decision on President Obama’s most controversial domestic achievement likely to come in the summer of his reelection campaign. Opponents have called the massive new law, with its central mandate that almost all Americans have health insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty, an unprecedented expansion of the national government.
  • Supreme Court has agreed to hear legal challenges to Obama health care law

    11/14/2011 7:15:57 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 61 replies
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  • Paper (written by judicial expert) argues for Kagan's recusal in health care challenge

    11/10/2011 10:30:15 AM PST · by Qbert · 10 replies
    Legal Newsline ^ | 11/10/2011 | JESSICA M. KARMASEK
    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - An expert on judicial issues says U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan should recuse herself from the multistate challenge to President Barack Obama's health care reform. In a "white paper" released Wednesday, Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network argues that Kagan, as solicitor general, was directly involved in the defense of the new federal health care law and that she should therefore dismiss herself from any consideration of its legality before the nation's high court. Severino is chief counsel and policy director for the Judicial Crisis Network, a Washington-based group committed to upholding the Constitution...
  • New Documents Show Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s Comments on Obamacare Legislation While...

    11/10/2011 1:23:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 10, 2011
    Complete title: New Documents Show Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s Comments on Obamacare Legislation While Serving as Solicitor General Kagan: “I hear they have the votes!! Simply amazing.” Washington, DC -- November 10, 2011 Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained three new documents that provide additional information about Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) while she served as solicitor general. Justice Kagan has said she was not actively involved in the Department of Justice (DOJ) discussions regarding Obamacare. Moreover, the...
  • [Obama Disaster] Employers Consider Dropping Insurance Plans [once ObamaCare in place]

    11/01/2011 8:24:36 PM PDT · by topher · 25 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 11-1-2011 | By Jim Angle
    Three years before the new health care law takes full effect, a survey of employers has found 30 percent of them are thinking about dropping coverage, in part because most employees will have an alternative -- government-subsidized insurance exchanges. McKinsey & Company commissioned a survey of 1,329 private sector employers in February and found that three out of 10 respondents who said their companies offered employer-sponsored health insurance said they would "definitely" or "probably" drop coverage in the years following 2014, the year the Affordable Care Act takes full effect. "The employer knows there's no reason to provide private, expensive...
  • Hospital Limits Merely The Beginning Of Obamacare

    10/31/2011 12:46:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 31, 2011 | Bobby Schindler
    As a country whose laws show little respect for life at its most vulnerable stages, from the unborn to the elderly and disabled, it should come as no surprise that the government, in efforts to control costs, will begin to limit hospital stays for those covered by Medicaid. Indeed, with Medicaid increasing its roll significantly with the economic downturn, anyone should be able to see that this is merely the beginning of Obamacare. Under the new healthcare law, competition for health insurance will be finite as the government takes control of the market. Private insurance companies will be forced to...
  • Obama healthcare law issues before high court

    10/25/2011 3:03:54 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | James Vicini
    (Reuters) - Six cases involving President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul legislation are pending before the Supreme Court as part of the legal battle over the law's fate. The following key issues have emerged in the legal briefs recently filed in the cases stemming from Obama's signature and most controversial domestic achievement that involved the biggest reform of the healthcare system in nearly 50 years:INDIVIDUAL INSURANCE MANDATEThe most important issue involved whether the Congress exceeded its power by requiring that all Americans buy health insurance or pay a penalty. The law aims to provide more than 30 million uninsured Americans with...
  • How Obama could win if Obamacare loses

    09/29/2011 10:21:42 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Sept. 29, 2011 | Stephen G. Smith
    It may sound counterintuitive, but here’s betting that President Obama wouldn’t be at all upset if the high court rules that his health plan is unconstitutional. By urging an expedited review by the U.S. Supreme Court, the president knows that the politics cuts his way. If the court strikes down the plan, then Obama won’t have to defend it in the fall campaign, robbing the Republicans of one of their two lines of attack, the other being the moribund economy. He could rally his base by arguing that he had pushed through a great “progressive” reform only to be foiled...
  • Insurance costs spike, opening new GOP attacks on healthcare law

    09/27/2011 12:26:49 PM PDT · by maggief · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 27, 2011 | Julian Pecquet
    Republicans seized on a new report showing a spike in insurance premiums to argue President Obama’s healthcare law has failed to reduce cost. The report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, which found that the cost of employer-provided family plans increased by 9 percent to an average of $15,073 in 2011, put the White House on defense a day after it became more likely that the Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the law before the 2012 election. It showed healthcare costs are rising much faster than U.S. wages and salaries or the rate of inflation. The steep costs could...
  • Why Creating Health 'Exchange' Helps Entrench Obamacare

    09/27/2011 10:39:39 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/26/2011 | Jack McHugh
    Last week, Cato Institute health care policy expert Michael Cannon testified before the Missouri Senate’s Interim Committee on Health Insurance Exchanges on why that state should not create an Obamacare exchange. His arguments apply just as much to Michigan, including this excerpt describing how creating an exchange will help entrench Obamacare. From testimony delivered on Sept. 15, 2011 Some opponents of the law nevertheless argue for creating an exchange so that states can be prepared in case the law is not overturned or repealed. Yet creating an exchange would entrench the law and make it less likely to be repealed...
  • Scary truth about Obamacare keeps seeping out

    09/27/2011 10:49:05 AM PDT · by freespirited · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/25/11 | Editorial Board
    When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said that she had to pass Obamacare through Congress so that we could find out what was in it, Americans were given a preview of what they are seeing now -- a profusion of legislative errors and broken promises related to President Obama's virtual government takeover of health care. Just this month, we have seen another tranche of bad Obamacare news. Last week, Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont and chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009, acknowledged that -- as Obamacare's critics have contended all along -- the bill will...
  • Many in US get too much medical care: survey (get ready for Obamacare rationing)

    09/26/2011 8:39:55 PM PDT · by Clairity · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Sept. 26, 2011 | AFP
    Forty-two percent of US doctors believe that their patients are getting too much medical care, according to a survey published Monday which suggests fears of malpractice suits may be to blame. A total of 28 percent said they felt they were treating their patients too aggressively, while 45 percent said one of every 10 patients they saw daily had issues that could have been dealt with by phone, by email or by a nurse. Forty percent said they did not have enough time to spend with patients. The results are based on a mail survey that was filled out by...
  • Don't give out cancer drugs if it's just to extend life: Treatment costs can't be justified,

    09/26/2011 7:50:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/26/11 | Sophie Borland
    Patients with terminal cancer should not be given life-extending drugs, doctors said yesterday. The treatments give false hope and are too costly for the public purse, they warned. The group of 37 cancer experts, including British specialist Karol Sikora, claimed a 'culture of excess' had led doctors to 'overtreat, overdiagnose and overpromise'. Campaigners dismissed the report, saying it was wrong to write off cancer victims. 'I would hardly call this type of treatment futile,' said Rose Woodward, of the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer.
  • Health law likely to send premiums through roof, state says (up 150% with Commiecare™ in Ohio)

    09/21/2011 4:37:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Dispatch ^ | 9/21/11 | Catherine Candisky
    Health law likely to send premiums through roof, state saysBy Catherine Candisky The Columbus Dispatch Wednesday September 21, 2011 4:12 AM A new report projects that the cost of health-insurance premiums in Ohio could increase by as much as 150 percent — or drop by 40 percent — in 2014, when key provisions of the new federal health-care law kick in. The analysis was commissioned by the Ohio Department of Insurance to determine how the Affordable Care Act would affect premiums. It found that Ohioans who buy individual policies would have their costs rise the most. Rates also are expected...
  • Gullan, 71, 'too old' for treatment: clinic

    09/17/2011 10:54:49 AM PDT · by UncleHambone · 60 replies
    The Local ^ | 15 SEP 11 | Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)
    71-year-old Gullan Holmgren from Piteĺ, in northern Sweden, is 'too old' for pain rehab, according to the pain rehabilitation unit at the local hospital that turned her away. “I might be over 70, but that doesn't mean I am dead yet,” said an outraged Holmgren to The Local. Holmgren, who has had chronic pain after an unsuccessful hip operation six years ago, sought help through her primary care provider, the local clinic in Piteĺ where she lives. After trying all sorts of pain relief to no avail, her doctor referred her to the pain rehabilitation unit at Sunderby Hospital. Holmgren...
  • More Lies: WH Emails Reveal Major Obamacare Accounting Fraud

    09/15/2011 7:41:01 AM PDT · by Qbert · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | 9/15/2011 | Guy Benson
    Does the American public have the bandwidth to follow two Solyndra-style White House scandals at once?  As maddening as the Solyndra row has been -- and we'll have an update on that story later this morning -- this revelation is probably worse.  I reach that conclusion based on the relative scale and consequences of the dueling disgraces' politically-motivated dishonesty.  First, a little bit of background to prime the pump:  When Democrats entered their full-court press for Obamacare last winter, they made it clear that nothing would stand in their way.  Not hostile public opinion, not sound policy interests, not even...
  • Pa. Fed Judge Knocks Down Key Obamacare Health Care Requirement

    09/13/2011 11:48:58 AM PDT · by Williams · 41 replies
    AP ^ | 9 /13 11 | Marc Levy
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The requirement in the national health-care overhaul law that individuals buy health insurance is unconstitutional, a federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled Tuesday in a question that the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to settle. The suit decided by Judge Christopher C. Conner in Harrisburg is one of more than 30 lawsuits nationwide that have been filed over the 2010 law that is President Barack Obama's signature initiative. Conner, who was appointed to the federal bench in 2002 by President George W. Bush, said the individual mandate is an unconstitutional extension of authority granted to the federal...
  • Tax buried in Obama health-care plan will kill 43,000 jobs...

    09/08/2011 10:21:09 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 08, 2011
    The president’s health care overhaul includes a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices that will send the durable medical equipment industry into intensive care, eliminate 43,000 jobs, and whack $3.5 billion from local shops and communities, according to a new study by two free market economists. The 30-page report, released on Wednesday by the Advanced Medical Technology Association, a trade group, also concludes that the tax on medical equipment may prompt the closure of high-tech research facilities in several states. That trade group released its report predicting massive job losses ... The new tax is expected to generate $20...
  • (UK) NHS makes patients wait 'to lower expectations’

    09/05/2011 8:59:35 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 14 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 9/4/11 | Martin Beckford and Kiri Little
    At least 10 primary care trusts (PCTs) have told hospitals to increase the length of time before they see patients in order to save money, an investigation by The Daily Telegraph has found. In some areas, patients endured delays of 12 or 15 weeks after GPs decided they needed surgery, even though hospitals could have seen them sooner. The maximum permitted time between referral and treatment is 18 weeks. In one case a manager said the policy keeps patients in line as “short waiting times also create more demand for treatment due to the expectations this raises”. It comes after...
  • Survey: Employers consider ending health coverage

    08/24/2011 10:39:41 AM PDT · by TSgt · 31 replies
    AP via WCPO ^ | 8/24/2011 | TOM MURPHY
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Nearly one of every 10 midsized or big employers expects to stop offering health coverage to workers once federal insurance exchanges start in 2014, according to a new survey from a large benefits consultant. Towers Watson also found in a survey completed last month that an additional 20 percent of the companies are unsure about what they will do. Another big benefits consultant, Mercer, found in a June survey of large and smaller employers that 8 percent are either "likely" or "very likely" to end health benefits once the exchanges start. Employer-sponsored health insurance has long been...
  • Professor Obama Holds Forth on the Mandate (Obamacare)

    08/23/2011 2:29:38 PM PDT · by opentalk · 21 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | August 23, 2011 | David Catron
    One reason the supporters of Obamacare were initially overconfident about its supposed invulnerability to legal challenges was their belief that the man who signed it into law was an expert on the Constitution. This misplaced faith was based on statements Obama himself made during his first presidential campaign. At a 2007 fundraiser, for example, he told his admirers, "I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president I actually respect the Constitution." This claim turned out, of course, to be one of Obama's trademark shadings of the truth. He was never a "professor" as genuine academics use...
  • ObamaCare and the Constitutional Road Not Taken

    08/22/2011 10:04:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 22, 2011 | Rick Richman
    Why there is a good chance the individual mandate will be struck down by the Supreme Court. The Eleventh Circuit majority opinion (nicely summarized by Dan Miller) is noteworthy not only as the most thorough judicial discussion to date — 207 pages — but as an opinion written jointly by Chief Judge Joel F. Dubina (appointed by the first President Bush) and Judge Frank M. Hull (appointed by President Clinton). As a single opinion, co-authored by two experienced judges, appointed by Republican and Democratic presidents, it has considerable persuasive force.The federal district courts have divided on the constitutionality of ObamaCare...
  • Report: Obama Admin Funded Obamacare Internet Propaganda Campaign

    08/19/2011 9:15:20 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8-19-11 | Buck Sexton
    In a bombshell accusation, the government watchdog group Judicial Watch announced today that the Obama administration used taxpayer money to help orchestrate an internet search engine manipulation campaign specifically promoting Obamacare. Judicial Watch obtained 2,328 pages of records pursuant to a March 23, 2011, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit. The FOIA information included correspondence between the Department of Health and Human Services and the Ogilvy Group, the public relations fire hired by the White House to push Obamacare on the American people. Judicial Watch listed the following as major points of interest from the FOIA request (all bullets quoted):...
  • ObamaCare's latest judicial defeat

    08/19/2011 12:27:36 PM PDT · by IndePundit · 2 replies
    DavidRivkin.com, The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 18, 2011 | David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey
    In the most comprehensive judicial opinion to date, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit last week ruled (2-1) that Congress cannot compel Americans to buy and maintain health insurance. Unlike the Florida district court that earlier found ObamaCare unconstitutional, the 11th Circuit did not invalidate the entire law. But it likewise reaffirmed the fundamental constitutional rule that our federal government is one of enumerated powers with judicially enforceable limits. Congress enacted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 in order to guarantee near-universal health-insurance coverage. According to this law, individuals...
  • ObamaCare stomping on liberty

    08/14/2011 10:51:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Sentinel & Enterprise ^ | 08/09/2011 | STAR PARKER
    Who can forget that rare moment of honesty during the campaign to pass Obamacare when Nancy Pelosi said, "We have to pass the bill in order for you to find out what's in it"? Now we have it, and almost daily there are new revelations about the staggering extent to which our private lives and individual freedoms have been stomped on. We learn now that free birth control in the form of contraceptives, morning-after pills, and sterilization is part of the grand Obamacare socialist dream-come-true. The health insurance that Obamacare mandates that all employers provide and that all citizens acquire...