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  • Romney: 'If We Want to Get Rid of Obamacare, We're Going to Have to Replace President Obama'

    06/28/2012 5:10:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 28, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney reacted to the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision by saying that, "if we want to get rid of Obamacare, we're going to have to replace President Obama." "Let’s make clear that we understand what the Court did and did not do," Romney said today, speaking in Washington, D.C. "What the Court did today was say that Obamacare does not violate the Constitution. What they did not do was say that Obamacare is good law or that it's good policy." Romney added: "Obamacare was bad policy yesterday. It's bad policy today. Obamacare was bad law yesterday. It’s...
  • "A Dark Day for American Liberty".....Statement by VA AG Ken Cuccinelli

    06/28/2012 11:05:06 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 13 replies
    From an email
    Dear Friends, This is a dark day for the American people, the Constitution, and the rule of law. This is a dark day for American liberty. This decision goes against the very principle that America has a federal government of limited powers; a principle that the Founding Fathers clearly wrote into the Constitution, the supreme law of the land. The Constitution was meant to restrict the power of government precisely for the purpose of protecting your liberty and mine from the overreaching hand of the federal government. This unprecedented decision says that Congress has the authority to force citizens to...
  • Letter: Why we need Obamacare (Typical Democrat!)

    06/25/2012 10:43:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 25, 2012 | Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.),
    As we await the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare, some insurance companies are already telling consumers which of its many protections they will agree to “honor” if this historic law is thrown out [“Insurers ready for Supreme Court ruling on health care, June 20]. Allowing for-profit insurance companies to decide for themselves is no answer at all. One insurer is willing to keep dependents up to age 26 on their parents’ policy but won’t agree to eliminate pre-existing condition exclusions. Another may be willing to provide free preventive services but won’t stop charging women higher premiums. This week, we...
  • AP sources: Administration mulls pared health law

    06/18/2012 3:33:03 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 81 replies
    Covering all the bases ahead of a momentous Supreme Court ruling, the Obama administration plans to move ahead with major parts of the president's health care law if its most controversial provision does not survive, according to veteran Democrats closely involved with the legislation.
  • Who Is Mike Leavitt, Leading Mitt Romney's Transition Team? (making big money from Obama Care)

    06/04/2012 3:23:51 PM PDT · by dennisw · 20 replies
    theatlantic. ^ | JUN 4 2012
    The former Bush cabinet member is a close confidant of the GOP presidential contender, but his support for a key part of Obamacare has conservatives furious. *He has been a prominent backer of one element of Obamacare. Even as Obamacare has become the GOP's bete noire, Leavitt has vocally backed one provision of the law: state-level health-insurance exchanges. As part of the law's expansion of insurance, these exchanges allow citizens to shop for insurance from private companies, and if they qualify they can use federal subsidies to purchase coverage. Insurance companies accepted various strictures -- most notably, the ban on...
  • Romney's Transition Leader Favors Implementing Obamacare

    06/04/2012 6:47:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 129 replies
    Ricochet ^ | June 3, 2012 | Ben Domenech
    One of the few Republicans in the country who's been tirelessly pushing for the implementation of Obamacare at the state level has been tapped to head Mitt Romney's transition team, should he become president. Former HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt, and his consulting group Leavitt Partners, are the primary advocates within Republican circles for implementation of Obamacare's exchanges. It just so happens that his consultancy is one of the major beneficiaries of the taxpayer funded gold mine of hundreds of millions of dollars in exchange implementation grants.
  • Obama law could be shot in the arm for Valley, state (ObamaCare) [Purge before reading]

    06/04/2012 2:26:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The SanJoaquin Valley Record ^ | June 4, 2012 | Claire Veyriras, California News Service
    California could gain as much as 100,000 jobs and $4.4 billion in economic spillover if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds President Barack Obama's health care plan, according to a report. A Bay Area Council Economic Institute report says the San Joaquin Valley would see employment rise by more than 3,500 jobs and its economy expand by $65 million. Had the health care law taken full effect in 2010, the report says California's economy - helped by federal and state subsidies - would have received a $6.7 billion boost from new spending on doctors, hospitals, medical device manufacturers and the hiring...
  • Father blames hospital after baby born in waiting room dies

    05/30/2012 8:19:56 AM PDT · by Psalm_2 · 14 replies
    FoxNews ^ | May 21, 2012 | NewsCore
    Steven Yorke and his partner Sara Proud went to Leicester Royal Infirmary on Sunday night when Proud realized she was in labor... they were told to wait in a side room with other expectant parents...80 minutes later, baby Kyle was born while Yorke was trying to find help. When two midwives did come to assist, the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby's neck. Kyle was quickly delivered and rushed off in the hope of being revived, but those attempts were unsuccessful.
  • Another Obamacare Debacle

    05/25/2012 7:11:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    The Affordable Care Act – aka: ObamaCare – contained an "incentive" for Small Business Owners who did not provide health care insurance for their employees to add the benefit. Like much of the rest of the legislation that the Democrats just had to pass so we could find out what was in it, that provision appears to be yet another bust. With their rose-colored glasses on the Obama Administration projected that 4 million small business owners would take the bait and start providing health care insurance benefits for their workers. The government run Small Business Administration's estimate was a tad...
  • 15-year-old schoolgirl died after 'doctor mistook tuberculosis for lovesickness'

    05/15/2012 2:22:23 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 59 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 05-14-2012 | Staff
    A 15-year-old schoolgirl died of tuberculosis after her bungling GP claimed she was 'lovesick', an inquest heard. Alina Sarag was seen by more than five doctors at four different hospitals but medics failed to detect the curable disease. Her distraught parents even called her GP more than 50 times about their daughter's ailing condition over a four-and-a-half month period before her death on January 6 last year. An inquest heard that her GP, Dr Sharad Shripadrao Pandit, accused her parents of "mollycoddling" her. Shockingly, he even claimed her symptoms were brought on because she was 'lovesick'. Her distraught father, Sultan...
  • Rep. Wasserman Schultz says she 'earned Cadillac' healthcare coverage

    05/07/2012 1:52:14 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 56 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 5/7/12 | Jay Schorr
    When asked if average Americans should receive the same quality health insurance as that of their elected officials, Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz told a group of South Florida healthcare workers that she “earned” her benefits, implying that her constituents had not. “Yes, she really said that,” related Dr. Norman Palgon, a Hallandale Beach-based internist who was in attendance at a forum the Congresswoman conducted last year to garner support for ObamaCare. The good doctor was non-too-pleased with what he clearly felt was the congresswoman’s imperious attitude. Wasserman Schultz, 45, who also is Chair of the Democratic National Committee, is...
  • In UK survey, doctors support denying treatment to smokers, the obese

    04/29/2012 7:06:05 AM PDT · by John W · 73 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | April 29, 2012 | msnbc.com staff
    A majority of doctors in a United Kingdom survey supported measures to deny non-emergency medical services to smokers and the obese, The Observer newspaper reported Sunday. Although the survey by the networking website doctors.net.uk was a self-selecting poll, the site's chief executive called the response "a tectonic shift" for the profession. The results feed into a British debate about "lifestyle rationing" by the National Health Service, the Observer reported.
  • Hospital tells patients to do own laundry

    04/17/2012 6:54:19 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies
    Cost-cutting measures at Saint-Vincent Hospital's complex continuing care unit mean patients could soon be responsible for doing their own laundry. Officials at St. Vincent Hospital, which is part of Bruyère Continuing Care, said instead of using a cleaning service the continuing care unit would be installing coin-operated washers and dryers for patients and their families to use. The organization said it is $2 million in debt and needs to find savings. They are hoping family members can help the patients do their laundry after a new policy is in place starting in June.
  • Sentenced to death for being old: The NHS denies life-saving treatment to the elderly, as one man's

    04/09/2012 8:17:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/9/12 | ohn Naish
    When Kenneth Warden was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer, his hospital consultant sent him home to die, ruling that at 78 he was too old to treat. Even the palliative surgery or chemotherapy that could have eased his distressing symptoms were declared off-limits because of his age. His distraught daughter Michele Halligan accepted the sad prognosis but was determined her father would spend his last months in comfort. So she paid for him to seen privately by a second doctor to discover what could be done to ease his symptoms. Thanks to her tenacity, Kenneth got the drugs and surgery...
  • Europe Is Baffled by the U.S. Supreme Court

    04/05/2012 6:24:07 PM PDT · by TexasNative2000 · 84 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 4.5.2012 | John Hudson
    Europe is scratching its head over possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down President Obama's signature legislative achievement. As the judiciary and the Obama administration trade legal barbs over the high court's authority, the idea that health care coverage, largely considered a universal right in Europe, could be deemed an affront to liberty is baffling. "The Supreme Court can legitimately return Obamacare?" asks a headline on the French news site 9 POK . The article slowly walks through the legal rationale behind the court's right to wipe away Congress's legislation. "Sans précédent, extraordinaires" reads the article. In the...
  • Elderly dying due to 'despicable age discrimination in NHS'

    03/25/2012 8:15:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 3/25/12 | Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor
    Thousands of elderly people are dying unnecessarily early because ‘despicable’ age discrimination in the NHS is denying them treatment for cancer, a charity has warned. A lack of treatment or insufficient treatment is contributing to 14,000 deaths a year in people over the age of 75, Macmillan Cancer Support has found, in what it called an ‘unacceptable act of discrimination’. Deaths from cancer are reducing in most age groups but at a slower rate in those aged 74 to 84 and are increasing in people aged 85 and over, the report said. The report, The Age Old Excuse: the under...
  • Doctors tell woman with 24-pound tumor she’s pregnant

    03/21/2012 6:30:51 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 4 replies
    chron.com ^ | 19 Mar 2012 | Laura Haynes
    Doctors in Barcelona, Spain, insisted for months that a woman with a tumor was merely pregnant, UPI is reporting. She’s suing.Doctors misdiagnosed a painful, 24-pound, cancerous uterine tumor as a late-term pregnancy. She alleges doctors quipped, “Haven’t you ever heard of contraception?” and told her she was in the advanced stages of pregnancy, chalking her pains up to a panic attack. After two negative pregnancy tests, she returned to the hospital and urged doctors to examine her further, ThinkSpain reported Saturday.
  • CNN And Fox Project Romney Wins Illinois

    03/20/2012 5:51:54 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 276 replies
    CNN and Fox | March 20, 2012
    No link yet. I'm just seeing it on CNN. Reuters said Fox called it as well.
  • Old people ‘not safe’ in Scottish hospitals, nurses say

    03/20/2012 3:52:34 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 41 replies · 3+ views
    Scotsman.com ^ | 3/20/12 | Andrew Whitaker
    OLDER patients are “not safe” on hospital wards in Scotland because of a lack of qualified nurses to care for them, a hard-hitting report from the body representing the nursing profession has warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) findings come after it emerged the number of nurses in Scotland’s hospitals plummeted by thousands in just over two years, with further nursing posts lost during the last few months of 2011. The report suggests there is just one nurse caring for nearly ten patients on old people’s wards. A survey of almost 1,700 nurses found that 78 per cent said...
  • Your doctor could be Obama (She was right)

    03/07/2012 11:29:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Dickinson Press ^ | March 8, 2012 | Nat Hentoff
    Ever since Sarah Palin’s end-of-life counseling “death panel” remarks exploded into national consciousness in 2009, I have researched the real power ObamaCare will have to overrule your doctor’s decisions about what’s best for your health care. Forget death panels. Starting in July 2014, if Barack Obama is still president, a 15-member board that he selects with Senate confirmation — the Independent Payment Advisory Board — will be in charge of deciding when to reduce government spending per capita (for each person) on health care. Opponents such as Congressman Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., who is also a doctor and the co-chairman of...
  • Sandra Fluke a Self-Described Professional Pro-Abortion Activist

    03/05/2012 3:14:36 PM PST · by NYer · 128 replies
    Life News ^ | March 5, 2012 | Ethika Politika
    LifeNews Note: Reprinted with permission from Ethika Politika, the blog of the Center for Morality in Public Life.Remember the Georgetown Law student, Sandra Fluke, who was forced to suffer through $3,000-worth of protected sex during her stint at law school? Turns out, thereÂ’s a bit more to the story.According to some sources, Fluke might just have been a well-placed fake. Not exactly the young-and-helpless female law student most took her for, FlukeÂ’s LinkedIn profile speaks for itself:With a six year hiatus between her undergraduate time and GT Law, Fluke is probably closer to 30. And sheÂ’s had plenty of involvement...
  • Health care reform ready to hit Vt House floor

    02/24/2012 5:16:05 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    wcax.com ^ | 2/22/2012
    A hotly debated issue-- health care reform-- will hit the House floor... Gov. Peter Shumlin defended the bill Wednesday, saying it abides by President Barack Obama's health care reform law and puts Vermont on track toward single-payer care in the future.
  • U.S. Seeks Ways to Reduce Excessive Medical Testing

    02/17/2012 11:57:29 AM PST · by Innovative · 42 replies
    Insurance Journal ^ | Feb 17, 2012 | Debra Sherman
    A leading group of U.S. doctors is trying to tackle the costly problem of excessive medical testing, hoping to avoid more government intervention in how they practice. The American College of Physicians (ACP), the largest U.S. medical specialty group, is rolling out guidelines to help doctors better identify when patients should screen for specific diseases and when they can be spared the cost, and potentially invasive procedures that follow. Many individual U.S. medical centers have launched their own efforts to build a protocol of patient care in fields such as diabetes or obstetrics, but the ACP effort has the potential...
  • Ky. lawmakers join challenge to health care reform

    02/12/2012 11:04:49 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 25 replies
    Lexington Herald Leader ^ | 2/12/2012 | Roger Alford
    FRANKFORT, Ky. — Nearly all of Kentucky's state-level Republican lawmakers have signed a legal brief in support of a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. "We're tired of sitting out on the sidelines when something of this importance is being deliberated," said Rep. Tim Moore, R-Elizabethtown. "We're now making it clear where we stand, that we want that law undone because it's unconstitutional." More than 300 lawmakers from 17 states, including nearly 60 from Kentucky, have signed a friend-of-the-court brief that an attorney for the libertarian Cato Institute will file Monday with the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices announced...
  • (FReep This Poll) Should Health Insurance Companies Be Required to Give Women Free Contraceptives?

    02/11/2012 4:54:12 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 43 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | Fox 5 San Diego
    FReep This Poll! Contraception Controversy Should health insurance companies be required to give women free contraceptives? - Yes - No Note: Go to the link provided here to the Fox 5 San Diego homepage. Scroll down a bit and look for the poll on the right side of the homepage (a bit above Chrissy's Outfit of the Day) Vote your choice.
  • VA AG Ken Cuccinelli debates liberal D Mass AG Coakley over Healthcare

    02/10/2012 10:23:11 AM PST · by Gopher Broke
    Two of the nation’s most prominent attorneys general sparred Thursday over federal health care reform in a precursor to next month’s U.S. Supreme Court battle on President Obama’s signature legislative achievement. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a staunch critic of the Affordable Care Act, and his Massachusetts counterpart Martha Coakley, whose state’s health care law served as a model for the federal law, offered vastly different visions for how the high court will ultimately decide the case in June during a forum at the National Press Club. Cuccinelli, a Tea Party darling, predictably opined the Supreme Court would ultimately rule...
  • Now patients are denied 'breakthrough' prostate cancer drug as health watchdogs brand

    02/01/2012 9:30:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/1/12 | Jenny Hope
    A ‘breakthrough’ drug that gives extra months of life to men with advanced prostate cancer has been rejected for use on the NHS. The once-daily pill was developed by UK scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and trials were partly funded by British charities. But it has been branded as too expensive by the rationing watchdog the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Abiraterone is the latest prostate cancer drug to face an NHS ban despite being proven to extend life for men with advanced disease. Last month another drug--Jevtana--was turned down as ‘not cost-effective’.
  • NICE: Prostate cancer drug too costly for NHS

    02/01/2012 5:00:49 PM PST · by originalbuckeye · 15 replies
    BBCNews ^ | Smitha Mundasad
    A drug that can extend the life of men with advanced prostate cancer by more than three months has provisionally been rejected for NHS use. The health watchdog for England and Wales says the drug's benefits are not enough to justify the price the NHS has been asked to pay. Cancer charities have been angered by the decision about abiraterone, one of the few drugs available to men in the final stages of prostate cancer. A final decision is yet to be made. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to affect men in the UK. Abiraterone costs just under...
  • My Uncle Teddy

    01/28/2012 1:58:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    E-Mail for Obama | January 28, 2012 | Caroline Kennedy
    Four years ago today, I joined my Uncle Teddy and thousands of excited students at American University to endorse Barack Obama as the next president of the United States. Barack Obama had stirred something in young people and the young at heart. I saw the passion in my own teenage children, and I heard it from a different generation of people who said they felt like they did when my father ran for president. We felt strongly that we needed to elect a president who urged us to believe in ourselves, who could tie that belief to our highest ideals,...
  • Court won't hear arguments demanding Kagan recusal

    01/23/2012 10:21:45 AM PST · by ColdOne · 22 replies
    Google.com ^ | 1/23/12 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear arguments from a conservative watchdog group that wants Justice Elena Kagan disqualified from deciding the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's national health care overhaul. Freedom Watch asked the high court for time to demand Kagan's recusal or disqualification during arguments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The law is aimed at extending health insurance coverage to more than 30 million previously uninsured people and would, by 2019, leave just 5 percent of the population uninsured, compared with about 17 percent today, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
  • Argentina's Fernandez sent home, never had cancer

    01/07/2012 10:26:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sat Jan 7, 2012 11:33am EST | Hugh Bronstein and Maximiliano Rizzi
    Argentine President Cristina Fernandez never had cancer despite being diagnosed with the disease last month and having her thyroid gland removed on January 4, her spokesman said on Saturday. The government announced just after Christmas that the recently re-elected leader had thyroid cancer. The operation to remove the gland went well, but when it was later analyzed it turned out to have never contained cancerous cells, said spokesman Alfredo Scoccimaro. "The original diagnosis has been modified," he told a news conference. "The presence of cancer cells was discarded." Fernandez was originally diagnosed with papillary carcinoma. …
  • Many seriously ill get too much care: docs, nurses

    12/27/2011 7:06:37 PM PST · by EBH · 30 replies
    Yahoo Health/ ^ | 12/27/11
    The most common problem was "too much care," followed by the sense that other patients would have benefited more from intensive care, according to Dr. Ruth Piers of Ghent University Hospital in Belgium and colleagues. The researchers note in the Journal of the American Medical Association that other studies have found ICU physicians often feel they are treating patients whose chances of survival are slim to nothing. While it's unclear if the new findings apply in the U.S., one recent survey showed nearly half of American primary care physicians believe their patients are getting too much medical care (see Reuters...
  • Gingrich ’06 Memo: “Agree Entirely With Gov. Romney” on Health Care

    12/27/2011 7:11:11 AM PST · by Outlaw Woman · 94 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | Dec 27, 2011 7:41am | By Jonathan Karl
    To conservatives, the biggest strike against Mitt Romney is the health care plan he put in place in Massachusetts, but Newt Gingrich lavished praise on Romney’s plan after it was passed in 2006. “We agree entirely with Governor Romney and Massachusetts legislators that our goal should be 100 percent insurance coverage for all Americans,” Gingrich wrote in 2006. And, Gingrich wrote, the key to achieving that goal was doing what Romney did in Massachusetts: Requiring everybody...
  • The Ugly Realities Of Socialized Medicine Are Not Going Away

    12/20/2011 6:12:42 PM PST · by Innovative · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | Sally Pipes
    The worldwide recession has forced countries around the world to curb public spending - or risk defaulting on their debt. The United Kingdom is the latest to tighten its belt. The National Health Service (NHS) - the centralized public agency that runs Britain's government healthcare system - is being forced to shave $31 billion from its budget by 2015. These cuts are leading to a precipitous drop in the quality of care patients receive. The NHS has been living well beyond its means for quite awhile. And now brutal government-enforced cost controls are exacting a heavy human toll. Thanks to...
  • The Bomb Buried In Obamacare Explodes Today-Hallelujah!

    12/02/2011 7:18:23 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 57 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 2, 2012 | Rick Ungar
    I have long argued that the impact of the Affordable Care Act is not nearly as big of a deal as opponents would have you believe. At the end of the day, the law is – in the main – little more than a successful effort to put an end to some of the more egregious health insurer abuses while creating an environment that should bring more Americans into programs that will give them at least some of the health care coverage they need. There is, however, one notable exception – and it’s one that should have a long lasting...
  • Appeals court upholds Obama health care law

    11/08/2011 8:51:30 AM PST · by Mechanicos · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 8, 11:38 AM EST | NEDRA PICKLER
    DC Appeals Court Rules Obamacare Constitutional.
  • Elderly woman breaks hip at Niagara hospital, told by staff to call ambulance

    10/19/2011 6:28:09 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 36 replies
    The Star ^ | October 18, 2011 | Laura Stone
    When Doreen Wallace fell and broke her hip in the lobby of a Niagara Falls hospital, she figured at least she’d get help — and fast. But that’s not what happened. Instead, the 82-year-old Wallace — who was leaving with her son after visiting her dying husband at Greater Niagara General Hospital on Oct. 8 — was told by staff no one could help her until an ambulance was called. To a hospital. “It was horrible. It really was. Everybody who walked through the door stopped and stared at me,” said Wallace, who already had a broken arm from a...
  • Half of Obamacare's deficit reduction wiped out

    10/14/2011 6:36:47 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 17 replies
    The Examiner ^ | October 14, 2011 | Phil Klein
    Nearly half of the deficit reduction that Democrats claimed when President Obama signed the national health care law would be wiped away by the administration's recomendation against implementing a doomed long-term care program. As Obamacare's critics noted at the time, Democrats' deficit reduction claims were based on a series of accounting gimmicks. One of the most obvious was the inclusion of the Community Living Assistance and Support Services Act, a program that was slated to collect five years of premiums before paying out any benefits. Though it was unsustainable over time, on paper it produced surpluses during the Congressional Budget...
  • When Fighting Cancer Is Folly

    10/13/2011 11:48:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2011 | Steve Chapman
    Whenever I have a medical appointment, my wife inquires, "What did the doctor say?" I always give the same answer: "She said I'm going to die." Not because I have some fatal illness, but because life is a terminal condition. Americans might keep that fact in mind in considering the recent news made by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. It recently recommended against routine screening of healthy men for prostate cancer, on two grounds: The test doesn't save lives, on balance, and the treatments are usually worse than the disease. Everyone who gets prostate cancer will die. But usually...
  • Let taxpayers foot sex-op bill: panel

    09/29/2011 4:37:30 PM PDT · by freejohn · 17 replies
    A state panel advising Gov. Cuomo wants taxpayers to foot the bill for transgender residents to get “sexual-reassignment surgery,” allowing them to change their physical characteristics from a man to a woman or woman to man, The Post has learned. New York’s costliest-in-the-nation Medicaid program would cover the tab. “Provide Medicaid coverage for transgender surgery/hormone replace-ment therapy and treatment,” read the proposal submitted by the state “health disparities work group.’’ The panel is submitting recommendations to Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team for possible inclusion in the governor’s budget plan.
  • Obamacare Has Arrived in the Supreme Court

    09/28/2011 12:24:42 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 46 replies
    The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation ^ | September 28, 2011 at 11:00 am | Hans von Spakovsky
    The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) stole a march on the Obama Administration this morning by filing a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court appealing the 11th Circuit’s Obamacare decision. The Department of Justice (DOJ) had announced on Monday that it was not going to ask all 11 judges of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to review en banc the August 12 decision of a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit that found the individual mandate unconstitutional. This opened up a path to an appeal by DOJ to the Supremes. However, with this petition, the NFIB jumped ahead...
  • Paul Ryan’s ‘Repeal and Replace’ Speech

    09/27/2011 2:26:13 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 9 replies
    NRO ^ | Sept. 27, 2011 | Paul Ryan
    Thank you very much for that introduction. It was kind of you to invite me – and not hold it against me that I steal so many ideas from you guys. It’s true. I steal monetary policy ideas from John Taylor, rule-of-law stuff from Richard Epstein… I even tried to steal some wit and humor from Peter Robinson during a taping of his show this morning, but I’m not sure that worked. If this speech falls flat – blame Robinson. I’m here today to talk about health care, which is a subject that I find it hard to be funny...
  • CNN Poll: Perry still at top but Romney stronger vs. Obama

    09/26/2011 9:09:00 AM PDT · by TexasFreeper2009 · 337 replies
    CNN politics ^ | 9/26/11 | cnn political unit
    According to the survey, which was released Monday, 28 percent of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say they support Perry as their party's presidential nominee, with Romney at 21 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is at ten percent, with Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who's making his third bid for the White House, former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show host Herman Cain, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, all at seven percent. The poll indicates that Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is at four percent, with former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania at three...
  • Dean: Employers will drop coverage under Obamacare

    09/20/2011 10:44:02 AM PDT · by kcvl · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Sept. 30, 2011 | by Conn Carroll, Senior Editorial Writer
    Dean: Employers will drop coverage under Obamacare Former Democratic National Committee Chairman, and doctor, Howard Dean backed a McKinsey & Co. survey today that found that almost a third of private-sector employers will drop their employee health insurance coverage when Obamacare's government-managed insurance exchanges come online. Dean told Morning Joe, "The fact is it is very good for small business. There was a McKinsey study, which the Democrats don't like, but I do, and I think its true. Most small businesses are not going to be in the health insurance business anymore after this thing goes into effect." http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/dean-employers-will-drop-coverage-under-obamacare
  • Even when it succeeds, Obamacare fails

    09/19/2011 7:24:22 PM PDT · by freespirited · 2 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/18/11 | Conn Carroll
    Advocates on the left finally have one data point to show that President Obama's signature domestic accomplishment is working. Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that a half-million more 18- to 24-year-olds had health insurance in 2010 than did in 2009. There is no hard evidence of a link, but it is perfectly reasonable to assume that this demographic increased their health insurance coverage, while all other demographics saw their coverage rates fall, thanks to the Obamacare provision that forces insurance companies to allow parents to add their adult children to their employer-provided health plan. But, while these mostly...
  • Rick Perry slams 'socialized medicine' (obamacare)

    09/16/2011 11:37:48 PM PDT · by Clairity · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | Sept. 16, 2011 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    "The model for socialized medicine has been tried before…whether it was in western Europe or in Massachusetts…The problem with state-sponsored health care is that you cannot contain it just within the borders of your state. When that plan took effect, it also increased Medicare/Medicaid costs." Perry also said [Mitt] Romney's health care law, which last night he referred to as RomneyCare, had "killed" 18,000 jobs according to a Beacon Hill Institute study. "Think about what ObamaCare would do if it's implemented all across this country. It must be repealed."
  • Report:'Romneycare' a killer [Bay State lost 18,000 jobs]

    09/15/2011 5:03:23 AM PDT · by Diogenesis · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Thursday, September 15, 2011 | Frank Quaratiello
    Report: ‘Romneycare’ a killer Study finds Bay State lost thousands of jobs The Bay State’s controversial 2006 universal health-care plan — also known as “Romneycare” — has cost Massachusetts more than 18,000 jobs, according to an exclusive blockbuster study that could provide ammo to GOP rivals of former Gov. Mitt Romney as he touts his job-creating chops on the campaign trail. The Beacon Hill Institute study found that, on average, Romneycare: cost the Bay State 18,313 jobs; drove up total health insurance costs in Massachusetts by $4.311 billion; slowed the growth of disposable income per person by $376; and reduced...
  • 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...
  • (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...
  • HAS ANYONE WONDERED WHY THERE IS A CANCER DRUGS SHORTAGE?

    08/29/2011 7:39:56 AM PDT · by Marty62 · 74 replies · 1+ views
    various | 8-29-2011 | various
    Locally the news has been covering the shortage of Cancer Drugs. Patients are haveing life saving surgeries and trestments prosponded or delayed due to this shortage. This situation led me to ask WHY? I have found that Doctors are fighting to get drugs for their patients. Nuclear Medicine (lukemia etc) is having shortages of Isotopes due to the destruction of the Nuclear Industry. Have we missed the complicity of the Obama Admin in this silent genocide. When Gov policies result in a class of people dying it is in fact genocide. Big Pharma held meetings with the Administration and by...