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  • SOCIALIZE THE PATIENTS FIRST, THE DOCTORS LATER

    11/04/2013 3:00:17 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Powerline ^ | 11/4/2013 | STEVEN HAYWARD
    With Obamacare shaping up as a public policy disaster that is the equivalent of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the Hindenburg, the Bay of Pigs, and Desert One combined, perhaps we should go back and take in Ronald Reagan’s warning about this back in 1961.  Reagan said that socializing health care would require socializing the patients, and voila, we have Obamacare canceling insurance plans previously agreed to between consenting adults.But Reagan also warned that doctors would come to be regulated, too: Today, the relationship between patient and doctor in this country is something to be envied any place. The privacy, the...
  • Why The Left Wants Obamacare To Fail

    07/20/2013 7:43:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 20, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    There is stirring on the left. Now that the odds that ObamaCare will crash and burn have ticked up a notch or two, the words "single payer" are being heard more frequently. [For those who have been living under a rock, "single payer" is what we used to call "national health insurance," and before that "socialized medicine" and before that "government-provided health care," by people who today call themselves "progressives" but used to call themselves "liberals" and before that "socialists" in some cases — all in the hope that continual re-labeling will make the ideas actually seem sensible.] Take Dennis...
  • Patients starve and die of thirst on hospital wards

    10/06/2012 10:38:35 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 40 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 06 Oct 2012 | Laura Donnelly
    Forty-three hospital patients starved to death last year and 111 died of thirst while being treated on wards, new figures disclose today. The death toll was disclosed by the Government amid mounting concern over the dignity of patients on NHS wards. * as well as 43 people who starved to death, 287 people were recorded by doctors as being malnourished when they died in hospitals; * there were 558 cases where doctors recorded that a patient had died in a state of severe dehydration in hospitals; * 78 hospital and 39 care home patients were killed by bedsores, while a...
  • Cuba's Health Care Utopia Crumbles

    09/04/2012 6:25:13 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 28 replies
    Liberal socialistic politicians consistently promise utopia and deliver misery. One way they do this is by pointing to “successful” programs in socialist nations as models for American problems. Cuba’s wonderful universal health care program has been one of these models for decades. But now it seems this program — sometimes touted as better than our own medical system — is now in shambles and facing more financial cuts. Raul Castro is even attempting to educate the population of the need to economize the country’s failing health care system. He has run a series of ads that have a common theme...
  • Why 'job-killing' is fitting description for ObamaCare

    01/18/2011 11:32:53 AM PST · by Crush · 2 replies
    The US Report ^ | 17 Jan 2010 | Kay Day
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) might be able to switch the phrase ‘job-killing’ in H.R. 2 in response to the left’s call for more civil dialog, but one thing’s for sure. ObamaCare (official title Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) is a job killer. That assertion has been verified by a fact-finder media site normally thought of by conservatives as leaning left. Talk to the folks in Lynn Haven, Florida. One of the most ignored news events in the nation occurred in April, 2010. The News Herald (Panama City) reported the loss of approximately 700 Sallie Mae jobs in Lynn Haven,...
  • Single Payer Coming Under Obamacare

    10/03/2010 10:01:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Human Events ^ | October 2, 2010 | Roger Hedgecock
    Leftists who opposed Obamacare because it was not the British-style National Health Service or the Canadian "single payer" system should take another look. Constitutional conservatives who feared that Obamacare was a blueprint for an incremental roll out of "single payer" have been proven right. California's governor is about to sign legislation to set up that state's Health Benefits Exchange. The HBE is authorized under Obamacare and is supposed to be a place where small business and individuals can access the best insurance plans at the cheapest price—a real exchange where customers can compare benefits and price in a competitive atmosphere....
  • THE DEADLY PACT: How ObamaCare will 'Save' Money

    08/08/2010 11:58:48 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies
    AMERICAN THINKER.com ^ | August 9, 2010 | By John Griffing
    SNIPPET: "Andy Griffith, the former TV Sheriff of Mayberry and guardian of small town America, is now the national spokesman for ObamaCare. More specifically, this venerable gentleman is the spokesman for the new Medicare. Apparently Griffith is under the naïve belief that ObamaCare is a genuinely good thing for seniors. As much as it pains me to say this, Griffith is dead wrong. ObamaCare is a fatal bargain for seniors, and all Americans."
  • Mama Can't Find a Doctor, and Other Fallout From New Democratic Legislation

    07/23/2010 7:54:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2010 | Matt Towery
    Click here to find out more! Lately, even the most elite in media have started to report some of the intended and unintended consequences of the rushed and ill-conceived federal health care bill passed earlier this year by the Barack Obama administration and the Democrat-controlled Congress. And I've had my first eye-opener. Like everyone of their generation, my parents automatically qualify for Medicare. Soon after the new health care bill passed, their personal physician retired. When they set about looking for a new one, they kept hearing the same refrain: "We are no longer accepting new patients." Why? Because while...
  • ObamaCare success: insurers stop writing policies for kids

    07/24/2010 11:25:25 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/24/10 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama has been mighty keen on rolling out the most positive aspects of ObamaCare first in order to protect vulnerable Democrats facing voters angry over the bill’s passage. One of the big wins for Obama in the bill was the mandate for insurers to allow parents to carry their kids on policies until their 26th birthday. However, that intervention has created a rather perverse set of incentives that will see fewer children insured: Some major health insurance companies have stopped issuing certain types of policies for children, an unintended consequence of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law, state...
  • Maryland Becomes Second State to Offer Federally Funded Abortions Under Obamacare

    07/19/2010 2:37:45 AM PDT · by Cindy · 41 replies · 2+ views
    CNS NEWS.com ^ | July 16, 2010 | by Matt Cover
    SNIPPET: "(CNSNews.com) - Maryland will join Pennsylvania as the second state to use federal tax dollars to pay for abortions under the new health care law signed by President Barack Obama in March, according to information released by Maryland’s State Health Insurance Plan. Maryland will receive $85 million in federal funds for its federally mandated high-risk insurance pool, which will cover abortions. As CNSNews.com reported on July 14, Pennsylvania will receive $160 million in federal funds for its high-risk insurance pool, which will also cover abortions."
  • CONGRESS MUST REPEAL OBAMA'S HEALTH-CARE RATIONING PLAN

    06/23/2010 2:47:07 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies
    KANSAS CITY.com ^ | Posted on Sun, Jun. 20, 2010 10:15 PM Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2010/06/20/2031634/congr | by Senator Pat Roberts
    AS I SEE IT Congress must repeal Obama's health-care rationing plan By SEN. PAT ROBERTS Special to The Star SNIPPET: "U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, a Republican from Dodge City, Kan., is a member of the Senate Health and Finance committees. He voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." SNIPPET: "It has scarcely been three months since the new health reforms, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), were signed into law. Unfortunately, as I and many of my colleagues predicted, the promises made to the American people by the president and the majority are already unraveling. The...
  • Administration: 51% Of Companies’ Health Plans Won’t Pass Muster

    06/13/2010 12:52:17 AM PDT · by XHogPilot · 39 replies · 1,291+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 11, 2010 | Sean Higgins and David Hogberg
    Internal White House documents reveal that 51% of employers may have to relinquish their current health care coverage by 2013 due to ObamaCare. That numbers soars to 66% for small-business employers. The documents — product of a joint project of the Labor Department, the Health and Human Services Department and the IRS — examine the effects new regulations would have on existing, or “grandfathered,” employer-based health care plans. Draft copies of the documents were reportedly leaked to House Republicans earlier in the week. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., posted them on his Web site Friday afternoon. (View the full report here.)...
  • Seniors Across America to Host Local Meetings, Participate in Health Care Tele-Town Hall Meeting...

    06/07/2010 10:38:51 PM PDT · by Cindy · 25 replies · 88+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | June 7, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/seniors-across-america-host-local-meetings-participate-health-care-tele-town-hall-m Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 07, 2010 Seniors Across America to Host Local Meetings, Participate in Health Care Tele-Town Hall Meeting with President Obama Senior Obama Administration Officials to Attend Local Meetings WASHINGTON—On Tuesday morning, senior citizens across the country will gather at a series of local meetings to participate via phone in a national tele-town hall meeting on the Affordable Care Act with President Barack Obama. Additionally, more than a dozen senior Obama Administration officials will...
  • Sebelius: Rationing Advocate is ‘Absolutely Right Leader At This Time’ to Run Medicare

    05/28/2010 5:35:51 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 16 replies · 528+ views
    CNS News ^ | 5/28/2010 | Matt Cover
    (CNSNews.com) - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Wednesday that Dr. Donald Berwick, an advocate of health-care rationing nominated by President Barack Obama to run Medicare and Medicaid, is “absolutely the right leader at this time” to run the government’s largest health-care entitlement programs. Under the health-care reform law signed by President Obama in March, hundreds of billions of dollars will be cut from the Medicare program over the next decade. Berwick is nominated to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which oversees Medicare. Berwick, a professor at Harvard Medical School, has repeatedly indicated...
  • Health-care law faces test as regulators settle which plans must do what (Government takeover!)

    05/24/2010 10:36:39 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 6 replies · 626+ views
    washington post ^ | 5/24/2010 | David S. Hilzenrath
    Now that Congress has imposed new requirements on health insurance plans, regulators are trying to resolve another big question: Which plans must comply with the requirements? In keeping with President Obama's promise that you can hold on to your insurance if you like it, the new law exempts existing health plans from many of its provisions. But the law leaves it to regulators to decide how much a health plan can change without giving up its grandfathered status. In other words, when does a health plan cease to be the same health plan? Say you get coverage through your job:...
  • The Federal Fat Police

    05/14/2010 1:59:29 AM PDT · by verklaring · 23 replies · 725+ views
    CNS news ^ | Penny Starr,
    ...The grant-receiving states would be required to mandate that all health care providers in the state determine the Body Mass Index of all their patients in the 2-to-18 age bracket and then report that information to the state government. The state government, in turn, would be required to report the information to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for analysis....
  • Dr. Mark Mostert: This Is What Government-Run Health Care Looks Like

    04/29/2010 4:03:34 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 22 replies · 550+ views
    Disability Matters ^ | 4/29/10 | Dr. Mark Mostert
    Those of us who see Obamacare as a distinct step backwards are often branded as alarmist and out of touch. When we point to the regular horrors of government run systems, especially the UK, we’re shouted down with healthy dollops of “it-can’t-happen-here-because-the president-said-it-won't.”Read on.But before you do, look at this photo from London’s MailOnline: Not pretty.It’s a photo taken in a UK (government run) hospital of 84-year-old Clara Stokes. The photo was taken by her outraged daughter who discovered that her mom was living a nightmare – starved, dehydrated, and lying in her own feces.Apparently, the ward was very...
  • ObamaCare Mulligan [Death Panel Alert!!]

    04/25/2010 6:54:16 PM PDT · by freespirited · 6 replies · 742+ views
    WSJ ^ | 04/26/10
    When President Obama signed his health-care reform last month, he declared it will "lower costs for families and for businesses and for the federal government." So why are Democrats scrambling to pass a new bill that would impose price controls on insurance? In now-they-tell-us hearings on Tuesday, the Senate health committee debated a bill that would give states the power to reject premium increases that state regulators determine are "unreasonable." Some 27 states currently have some form of rate review , but generally don't leverage it because insolvent insurers are expensive for states and bankruptcies limit consumer choices. One exception...
  • Video: Apparently “ObamaCare” is a derogatory term now

    Yeah, I don’t get it either but Newsweek’s pretty sure that Jon Stewart’s right, so QED. Jim Treacher:
  • Obama: Is He Helping Or Hurting Your Business?

    04/17/2010 6:14:39 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 24 replies · 800+ views
    ChannelWeb ^ | March 29, 2010 | Steven Burke
    Obama: Is He Helping Or Hurting Your Business? Timothy Shea has been providing IT solutions for 21 years and has never worked as hard or felt as much economic pressure. Shea, CEO and senior consultant at Alpha NetSolutions, a solution provider based in Marlborough, Mass., says his income as the owner of an "S" corporation that files a personal tax return has dropped 25 percent from 2007 to 2009. At the same time, the health-care costs for his eight-employee, $1.2 million business have doubled over the past three years. Shea is one of many small-business solution providers interviewed for this...
  • HEALTH LAW BANS NEW DOCTOR-OWNED HOSPITALS, BLOCKS EXPANSION OF EXISTING ONES

    04/12/2010 3:19:40 AM PDT · by Cindy · 29 replies · 2,773+ views
    CNS NEWS.com ^ | Monday, April 12, 2010 | By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer
    "Health Law Bans New Doctor-Owned Hospitals, Blocks Expansion of Existing Ones" SNIPPET: "The rules fall under Title VI, Section 6001 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The provision is titled “Physician Ownership and Other Transparency – Limitations on Medicare Exceptions to the Prohibition on Certain Physician Referral for Hospitals.” More than 60 doctor-owned hospitals across the country that were in the development stage will be canceled, said Molly Sandvig, executive director of Physician Hospitals of America (PHA). “That’s a lot of access to communities that will be denied,” Sandvig told CNSNews.com. “The existing hospitals are greatly affected. They...
  • Cash-strapped NHS hospitals chase private patient 'bonanza'

    04/11/2010 7:26:57 PM PDT · by armydoc · 9 replies · 676+ views
    guardian.co.uk ^ | 16 December 2001 | Anthony Browne
    Patients are paying record amounts out of their own pockets to buy private treatment from the National Health Service, which was set up to offer services for free. Middle-class and wealthy people now routinely receive better or earlier treatment on the NHS, including cancer diagnosis, heart bypasses and hernia operations.
  • Madam Pelosi's House Of Ill Repute

    03/22/2010 4:49:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 1,096+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 22, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    The Vote: Conned by the promise of an ephemeral executive order, the last holdouts cave and ObamaCare advances. It doesn't add a single doctor or hospital room, but needs 17,000 new IRS agents to enforce it. Congressman Bart Stupak, D-Mich., spent months spelling out in minute detail how the Senate version of the health care overhaul permitted federal funding of abortion through its failure to expressly prohibit it. In the end, he cashed in his principles for an unenforceable executive order that is trumped by the Senate bill he voted to pass. An executive order is not the law of...
  • Obamacare's Doctorless World

    04/07/2010 6:43:31 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 48 replies · 1,117+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 7, 2010 | Dr. Jason D. Fodeman
    In rural areas of the country, obtaining a doctor's appointment is practically mission impossible. Even in cities such as Boston and Manhattan, it can be very difficult for patients to attain the medical care they badly need, particularly for Medicare and Medicaid patients. From New York's Upper East Side to the heartland to San Francisco's Haight Ashbury, a striking physician shortage exists in this country. The reasons for the dearth of doctors are complex, but one thing is certain: The "health care reform" that President Obama ardently pushed down the public's throat and recently signed into law will not increase...
  • 'I Want My Free M.D.'

    04/07/2010 5:25:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies · 1,430+ views
    Investors.com ^ | April 7, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Dependency: The Democrats' reform bill had hardly become law before doctors and insurers began getting calls asking about free health care. The growing sense of entitlement is disheartening, to say the least. 'Where do we get the free ObamaCare, and how do I sign up for that?" That's what Carrie McLean, an agent for eHealthInsurance.com, told McClatchy newspapers she's been hearing from callers. She said that the company's phone center has been "inundated by uninsured consumers who were hoping that the overhaul would translate into instant, affordable coverage." The McClatchy reporter also talked to Sandra Preston, a state employee in...
  • David Freddoso: Five things we learned about Obamacare after it passed

    04/06/2010 7:21:12 PM PDT · by pissant · 29 replies · 1,718+ views
    Wash Examiner ^ | 4/7/10 | David Frederroso
    "[W]e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., famously said that about President Obama's health care reform package. She was right. We are just finding out what was contained within that Obamacare law that Obama signed weeks ago. Here are five things we've learned so far: One: No sooner had Obamacare passed than the White House discovered that someone goofed. Despite all of Obama's promises and talking points, Obamacare as passed by Congress does not require insurers to cover children...
  • Note to Doctors: Now I'm "Entitled" To Your Services

    04/04/2010 6:13:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies · 1,587+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2010 | Austin Hill
    Vice President Joe Biden did it again. He reiterated what was once a central theme of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, and what has been a central tenet of our government since Mr. Obama became President. And the idea is, simply, this: when government takes wealth away from certain individuals and groups, and gives it to certain other individuals and groups, such actions are NOT to be called “economic re-distribution.” Such actions are to be described as “fairness.” Biden, of course, has been a government employee for nearly forty years, earning a six-fugure salary paid for with our tax dollars. He...
  • Health Care Reform: Tax Hikes on the Way

    04/07/2010 1:02:03 AM PDT · by iowamark · 16 replies · 1,087+ views
    Yahoo, Kiplingler.com ^ | 04/06/2010 | Joan Pryde
    Here are 13 changes in the massive overhaul that could impact your tax bill, for better or worse. The new health care reform law is chock-full of new taxes and tax increases that will affect many individuals and businesses, but it will be years before most of these hikes take a bite out of your -- or your company’s -- wallet. The law also has tax breaks to help both individuals and small businesses pay for insurance. 1. A new 10% excise tax on indoor tanning services on services provided after June 30, 2010. 2. The new law gives small...
  • The Tax Police and the Health-Care Mandate

    03/29/2010 7:00:16 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 20 replies · 751+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3-30-10 | William McGurn
    Americans of modest means may soon get a lesson in the power of the IRS. ### Is there an IRS agent in your future? Shortly before Barack Obama signed the health-care bill, Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee created a stir with a report suggesting our new law will lead the Internal Revenue Service to hire as many as 16,500 new agents. The Republicans came up with the figure by extrapolating from the IRS budget, the amount spent on employees, and the $10 billion in new funding that the Congressional Budget Office says the IRS will need to...
  • A War On Reality

    03/29/2010 4:21:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 663+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 29, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: Rep. Henry Waxman vowed to haul CEOs into hearings after they revealed just how much ObamaCare will cost their firms. It's an absurd war on bookkeeping, from a Congress desperate to avoid heat for this fiasco. In the wake of President Obama's presidential signature on the gargantuan Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act last Thursday, big companies have crunched their numbers and come up with an ugly picture. In legally mandated filings, AT&T reported that ObamaCare will cost it $1 billion. Deere & Co. reported $150 million in new costs. Caterpillar must cough up $100 million. 3M must pay...
  • A national ID card in 2010?

    03/26/2010 6:53:57 PM PDT · by GailA · 87 replies · 2,041+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3/11/2010 | N/A
    A new attempt at immigration reform may require a biometric ID card for all working Americans. Privacy advocates aren't pleased National identification cards, long feared by privacy advocates, may soon become mandatory for American workers. In a bipartisan effort to curb the hiring of illegal immigrants, Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have proposed legislation that, if passed, will require all working Americans to carry biometric ID cards containing fingerprint records and other personal information. Sen. Schumer calls the measure "the nub of solving the immigration dilemma." But Chris Calabrese, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer, warns the...
  • SWEDISH SOCIALIST PARTY NEWSPAPER "NSD" TAKE ON OBAMACARE VICTORY (Translation)

    03/25/2010 2:55:13 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 2 replies · 431+ views
    Relatively upbeat straight news story from Sweden's SOCIALIST daily newspaper, NSD, talking in positive terms about Obamacare's passage by the U.S. House of Representatives, how historic it was, the greatest forward movement since Lyndon B. Johnson's days, the points Obama scored which strengthened him, blah, blah, blah.What was particularly instructive was THIS gem: (excerpt) "There has been quite a effort at reform now that Barack Obama has taken office there, so this was important for him. It is historic in the sense that several US presidents before Obama has tried to get a more comprehensive health insurance system, but...
  • CUBAN COMMUNIST PARTY NEWS SERVICE "La Prensa Latina" Positive Coverage of Obamacare/Iowa Visit

    03/25/2010 2:19:36 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 4 replies · 447+ views
    La Prensa Latina (Havana, Cuba) in Spanish ^ | 25 March 2010 | La Prensa Latina, Communist Cuba
    The Che Guevara-founded, official wire service of the Government of Communist Cuba, La Prensa Latina, reports Mr. Obama's victory tour to Iowa to bolster support for his Obamacare. (Link to article in Spanish above), and HERE.
  • ITALIAN SOCIALIST POLITICAL NEWSPAPER "L'Unità": HEAPS PRAISE ON OBAMACARE, SIGNING CEREMONY

    03/25/2010 1:24:09 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 4 replies · 449+ views
    .. .. The here-to-fore Communist Party of Italy newspaper run by that outfit in the past, "La Unita", [now the domain of a Socialist party in Italy] has run a positive banner story under its "Mundo (World)" section, along with a photo of Barack Obama greeting prop-guests who were at the White House during the signing of the Socialist Health Care bill.The article is here, in original Italian: HERE The Italian title is: "Sanità, un bimbo e una colf: le armi segrete di Obama" or my translation: "The Secret Weapons (i.e.,to pass the bill) of Obama: A Boy and...
  • JAPAN COMMUNIST PARTY NEWSPAPER "AKAHATA" ADOPTS SUPPORTIVE TONE OF OBAMACARE PASSAGE

    03/25/2010 12:35:18 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 8 replies · 546+ views
    Akahata ("Red Flag") Official Newspaper of Japan Communist Party ^ | 25 March 2010 | Japan Communist Party Reporter Nishimura (D.C.)
    Newspaper: Akahata ("Red Flag"). The Daily Japanese newspaper which is the central organ of the Japanese Communist Party.Highlights in its edition today the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of Obamacare in a positive light.Makes references to obstructionist, reform opponents, the U.S. Republican Party.Otherwise paints in a positive light from a Socialist perspective, the passage by the US Congress of this legislation.
  • "HEALTH CARE VICTORY" (Commmunist Party U.S.A. Newspaper Applauds Passage Of Obamacare: No Joke)

    03/24/2010 11:51:34 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 33 replies · 1,016+ views
    Peoples World Newspapers, (Communist Party U.S.A.) ^ | 24 March 2010 | PW Editorial Board (i.e. a bunch of COMMUNISTS)
    Almost every sector of American society greeted yesterday's signing of a historic health care law as a major step toward guaranteeing affordable health insurance for all. Labor unions, health care professionals, small business owners, retirees, students, and ordinary people from throughout the country applauded President Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for having the tenacity to push through what's being called the most sweeping health care legislation since the establishment of Medicare in the 1960s. We join with those who hail this legislation both as a measure that will save lives now and begin curbing the insurance...
  • California could take big hit from healthcare overhaul

    03/24/2010 11:26:50 PM PDT · by thecodont · 8 replies · 608+ views
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | March 24, 2010 | 5:04 p.m. | By George Skelton, Capitol Journal
    From Sacramento Figure $2 billion to $3 billion. That's the state of California's rough estimate of what national healthcare expansion ultimately will cost it each year. Forget the Washington gobbledygook about it saving the federal treasury money over the next 10 or 20 years. Nobody seems to be able to predict federal spending over a two-month period, let alone two decades. But if the feds do realize a net gain, as backers of the legislation predict, it will be at the states' expense. While Democrats in Washington have been rejoicing in victory and Republicans have been predicting Armageddon, California officials...
  • Health care reform had to happen

    03/24/2010 11:32:07 AM PDT · by thecodont · 1 replies · 243+ views
    East Bay Express / www.eastbayexpress.com ^ | March 24, 2010 | By Robert Gammon
    California Turns to the Right The coming weeks and months also will reveal whether the health-care victory and the push to regulate Wall Street will reverse the trend toward conservatism in California and beyond. Recent polls suggest the rightward shift has been dramatic. Last week, the Field Poll showed that GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman had moved into the lead over Democratic Attorney General Jerry Brown, 46 to 43 percent. Whitman had trailed Brown by nearly 20 points a year ago. Although Whitman's surge can be attributed to her expensive ad blitz during the Winter Olympics and Brown's nonexistent campaign...
  • Barack Obama: Passage of Health Care Marks a New Season in America

    03/23/2010 8:39:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies · 913+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 23, 2010 | Barack Hussein Obama
    Today, after almost a century of trying; today, after over a year of debate; today, after all the votes have been tallied — health insurance reform becomes law in the United States of America. Today. It is fitting that Congress passed this historic legislation this week. For as we mark the turning of spring, we also mark a new season in America. In a few moments, when I sign this bill, all of the overheated rhetoric over reform will finally confront the reality of reform. And while the Senate still has a last round of improvements to make on this...
  • The States’ Rights Challenge

    03/23/2010 7:38:26 PM PDT · by thecodont · 29 replies · 668+ views
    WBUR / On Point Radio ^ | Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 10:00 AM EDT | On Point with Tom Ashbrook
    Before health care reform passed last weekend, Virginia and Idaho had already voted to defy the law. Now, dozens more states have movements to pick and choose elements, or reject it outright. “States’ rights” is suddenly an opposition rallying cry. And not just on health care. On gay marriage and marijuana and gun laws, and more, states have been flexing their own authority. Maybe it’s a source of creativity and strength. Maybe it’s a not-so-slow-motion rebellion. This hour, On Point: states’ rights, in the health care debate and beyond. You can join the conversation. Tell us what you think —...
  • Calif. GOP urges suit over health care overhaul

    03/23/2010 7:10:32 PM PDT · by thecodont · 23 replies · 474+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Tuesday, March 23, 2010 | By CATHY BUSSEWITZ, Associated Press Writer
    (03-23) 17:54 PDT Sacramento, Calif. (AP) -- Republican state senators called on California Attorney General Jerry Brown Tuesday to join other states and sue the federal government over health care reform. The legislators said Congress cannot force people to buy health insurance or any other products. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2010/03/23/state/n125709D80.DTL&type=politics#ixzz0j3Wlpt82
  • ObamaCare Can Be Repealed (Obamacare is today's Intolerable Act)

    03/23/2010 12:07:05 PM PDT · by mojito · 143 replies · 2,142+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | 3/23/2010 | Edwin Feulner
    Late Sunday night, in a narrow and partisan vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the most significant piece of social legislation in over seven decades. It did so in the face of overwhelming and principled opposition from the American people. Large majorities of Americans oppose this legislation because it offends the historic American dedication to the principle of self-government. They understand that this new law will accelerate Washington's intrusion into our most personal and private decisions. This is why opposition to this bill will only grow. Supporters of this bill argue that popular hostility will recede upon its passage....
  • Kill It In Court

    03/22/2010 5:00:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies · 804+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 22, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Constitution: Republicans vow to repeal health care reform. But no social entitlement, once signed into law, has ever been overturned. The way to stop this federal overreach is through the courts. Fox pundit Bill Kristol predicts that Republicans will repeal the law in 2013. Rep. Jim DeMint and other GOP leaders have already pledged to do so. But that assumes a lot. Republicans must first regain control of both houses of Congress, which will require sustaining the current level of public outrage for six months after the fact. That won't be easy. While additional negative details about the 2,074-page bill...
  • After healthcare vote, Democrats turn to damage control

    03/22/2010 11:57:02 AM PDT · by thecodont · 14 replies · 615+ views
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | March 22, 2010 | By Mark Z. Barabak
    Democrats may feel today as though they just fought -- and won -- the equivalent of a 100-year war. The House passage Sunday night of sweeping healthcare legislation ends months of caustic debate over the plan and the way it was enacted, marked by a steep decline in approval for Democrats almost everywhere. Now, they hope, the discussion will finally shift in their favor. President Obama was spared a devastating defeat, and squabbling lawmakers showed they could accomplish something epic and important in the face of unanimous GOP opposition. That should count for something, they hope, at a time when...
  • California stands to gain most from health bill

    03/22/2010 9:06:53 AM PDT · by thecodont · 28 replies · 737+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Monday, March 22, 2010 | Victoria Colliver, Chronicle Staff Writer
    The stakes are high for Californians when it comes to the health care overhaul, mainly because the coverage problems in this vast state are so large. With a new UCLA study estimating that more than 8 million Californians, or nearly 25 percent of the population, lack health coverage, many health experts say California will be impacted more than other states by the reform legislation. "When this is fully implemented in 2014 or beyond, we will see some two-thirds or more (of the uninsured) getting coverage and, with that, better access to care and more affordable coverage," said Marian Mulkey, senior...
  • Oklahoma’s U.S. House members explain ‘no’ votes

    03/22/2010 2:03:03 AM PDT · by PhiKapMom · 24 replies · 693+ views
    Oklahoman ^ | March 22, 2010 | Chris Casteel
    Chris Casteel WASHINGTON — All five of Oklahoma’s U.S. House members voted against the health care bill. 03/22/2010 WASHINGTON — Ending a tense week of vote-counting, protests outside the Capitol and last-minute negotiations on abortion, House Democrats on Sunday... →Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore: "This deeply flawed legislation raises taxes, expands government control and kills job creation, but it fails to cut health care costs or meaningfully reform the insurance system. ... This $1.2 trillion monstrosity increases taxes by $569 billion and cuts Medicare by $523 billion.” →Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City: "I am not done fighting to protect Oklahoma’s families...
  • Congress Votes to Socialize Health Care in United States

    03/22/2010 1:44:50 AM PDT · by Cindy · 26 replies · 1,397+ views
    CNS NEWS.com ^ | Monday, March 22, 2010 | By Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief
    "Congress Votes to Socialize Health Care in United States" Monday, March 22, 2010 By Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief SNIPPET: "According to the CBO, by 2016, the cheapest family health care plan that Americans will be required to buy under the law will cost $12,000 per year. The average family plan will cost $15,200. A family of four making $88,201 per year—or more than 400 percent of the poverty level—will not receive any federal subsidy to purchase such a plan. They will pay taxes, however, to subsidize the health care purchases of people earning less than 400 percent of poverty. According...
  • Government-run Healthcare: UK’s medical records go online without consent

    03/19/2010 5:45:56 PM PDT · by FactReal · 3 replies · 289+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 3/10/2010 | FactReal
    FactReal on March 10, 2010 UK government is rushing to publish medical records…before the patients try to stop them. One more reason not to have government in charge of our health care. ObamaCare-lovers, beware! "Those who do not wish to have their details on the £11 billion computer system are supposed to be able to opt out by informing health authorities. But doctors have accused the Government of rushing the project through, meaning that patients have had their details uploaded to the database before they have had a chance to object...
  • CBO Revises Estimate of the Cost of Senate Health Care Bill Upwards by $50 Billion

    03/19/2010 1:07:29 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 699+ views
    CNS News ^ | 3/18/2010 | Christopher Neefus
    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has revised its estimates of discretionary spending provisions in the Senate health care bill – adding more than $50 billion to the price tag of reform, cutting in half the potential savings of the Senate bill. In a March 15 memo, CBO said it had identified “at least $50 billion in specified and estimated authorizations of discretionary spending that might be involved in implementing” the Senate bill. Discretionary spending is the use of funds not required by law, which are inserted in periodic appropriations bills that Congress passes to set the spending level of the...
  • CBO: Health Bill Would Force Families to Buy Insurance Costing a Minimum of $12,000 Per Year

    03/19/2010 12:57:14 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 30 replies · 1,543+ views
    CNS News ^ | 3/18/2010 | Pete Winn, Senior Writer/Editor
    If Congress passes the Senate health-care plan, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, American families will be required by federal law to buy a federally approved health insurance plan that will cost a minimum of $12,000 per year--and, on average, will cost $15,000 per year -- whether their employer or the government helps them with the premium or not. Beginning in 2014, the Senate plan would require all individuals to buy health insurance. Anyone who does not obtain insurance through an employer would be forced to buy it out of their own pocket. Families of four that...