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  • My Revised Health Care Cost Coverage Proposal is Back Online

    12/10/2018 11:23:47 AM PST · by Brian Griffin · 8 replies
    Brian Griffin | 12/10/2018 | Brian Griffin
    Its fundamental principle is giving insurers negotiating power. Imagine if Aunt Sue's insurer had to buy exactly A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I and J. The price on each would be high and the total price via premiums would be impoverishing for Aunt Sue. Imagine instead if Aunt Sue's insurer only had to buy at least eight of the ten for Aunt Sue to get a federal tax credit. Each seller would realize that their yearly revenue from Aunt Sue might be zero. Deals would be offered and good deals made. Aunt Sue would probably wind up with all ten and at a much lower...
  • Obamacare enrollment is down 11% from last year

    12/07/2018 3:14:34 PM PST · by spintreebob · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/7/18 | Paulina Firozi
    ...sign-ups through, the federal Affordable Care Act exchange, are down 11 percent through the first five weeks compared with the same time last year -- and experts say final numbers are on track to be lower overall at the end of enrollment. ... ...Get America Covered, published an analysis predicting total enrollment on the federal exchange would fall by 800,000. There are also fewer people enrolling for the first-time in the marketplaces. ew consumers were down about 18 percent compared with last year, and the number of people visiting down almost 21 percent. “You look for explanations, is...
  • Ocasio-Cortez Is Embarrassingly Wrong About ‘Death Panels’

    12/04/2018 12:47:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 57 replies ^ | December 4, 2018 | Justin Haskins
    Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who will represent New York in Congress in January, has once again proven she’s more interested in misleading Americans about single-payer health care than having an honest debate that’s based on the facts.On Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez engaged in a brief Twitter sparring match with Jim Hanson, the president of the Security Studies Group. The exchange began after Hanson commented that under government-managed health care, “Democrat Socialist overlords” would decide “who will live and who will die,” adding “#DeathPanels rock,” at the end of his message.Ocasio-Cortez, a vocal supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) “Medicare for All” proposal—a plan that...
  • Backfire: How a Stupendously Ignorant Tweet From Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    12/03/2018 12:55:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 91 replies ^ | December 3, 2018 | Guy Benson
    Before we delve into her new "argument," I'd like to make a point about why the conservative commentariat sometimes seems fixated on Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  First, she entered the national spotlight as a media fascination and darling -- a young woman of color who shook up the Democratic Party from the left by defeating an establishment fixture.  She wasn't randomly plucked from relative obscurity by right-wing writers or pundits for sport; she was elevated by a mainstream media that loves covering, and sympathizes with, rising liberal stars.  And please recall the DNC Chairman referring to her as "the future of...
  • Medicaid work requirements are helping, and this state shows it ( Arkansas )

    12/03/2018 11:30:56 AM PST · by george76 · 2 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 26, 2018 | Sally Pipes
    A group of Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries is suing the federal government. They claim the Trump administration's decision to allow Arkansas to impose work requirements on all able-bodied adult Medicaid recipients restricts their access to healthcare. That's nonsense. The requirement that able-bodied adult recipients spend 80 hours a month working, training for a job, searching for a job, attending school, or volunteering is hardly burdensome. It's entirely reasonable to ask able-bodied welfare recipients to show some initiative and help themselves. Medicaid was intended as a safety net program for the nation's indigent poor, who have nothing to fear from the work...
  • U.S. life expectancy declines again, a dismal trend not seen since World War I

    11/29/2018 10:43:11 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 61 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 29, 2018 | Lenny Bernstein
    Life expectancy in the United States declined again in 2017, the government said Thursday in a bleak series of reports that showed a nation still in the grip of escalating drug and suicide crises. The data continued the longest sustained decline in expected life span at birth in a century, an appalling performance not seen in the United States since 1915 through 1918. That four-year period included World War I and a flu pandemic that killed 675,000 people in the United States and perhaps 50 million worldwide. Public health and demographic experts reacted with alarm to the release of the...
  • What will be on Brian Kemp’s agenda for health care?

    11/27/2018 2:46:25 PM PST · by spintreebob · 7 replies
    Georgia Health News ^ | 11/27/18 | Andy Miller
    Brian Kemp’s election as governor likely means that full-fledged Medicaid expansion will remain off the table in Georgia, at least for a while. Republican Kemp, who will take office in January, opposed Medicaid expansion during the campaign, while Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams strongly supported it. Gov. Nathan Deal and his fellow Republicans who control the Georgia General Assembly have resisted expansion since it became an option for states several years ago. But there may be other health care ideas coming under a Kemp administration that can bring coverage to more Georgians. And those ideas come under the general heading of...
  • Ga. navigator aims to boost Obamacare coverage among state’s Hispanics

    11/27/2018 2:03:19 PM PST · by spintreebob · 8 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 11/27/18 | Ariel Hart
    On a sunny, cold Sunday in November, Victoria Laverde walked up to an information table at Plaza Las Americas in Lilburn and asked for federal help in signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. It’s exactly what officials under the Trump administration hoped would happen when they made big changes to funding for ACA navigation. The government has made news as it stripped down the grant money, reducing Georgia’s enrollment navigator funding to $499,995, down from $1.4 million last year and $3.7 million in 2016. It’s virtually eliminated advertising, and it fired the major statewide nonprofits that...
  • FReep: recommendations open for public comment until Dec. 26.

    11/23/2018 11:38:55 AM PST · by spintreebob · 12 replies
    CMS ^ | 11/20/18 | Stuart Caplan
    As we have noted in earlier correspondence, this change is necessary to expand (public) beneficiaries’ access to preventive services The drug also is very expensive, at nearly $1,676 for a 30-day supply, The proposed recommendations are open for public comment until Dec. 26. Stuart Caplan RN, MAS Lead Analyst Office of Clinical Standards and Quality Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Mail Stop C1-09-06 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850 Already commented: African American Health Alliance, AIDS Action Baltimore, AIDS Alabama, AIDS Alliance for Women, Infants, Children, Youth & Families, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, The AIDS Institute, AIDS Legal Referral...
  • Northeastern Workers Battle Forced Dues ( Unions )

    11/23/2018 5:45:17 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 20, 2018 | Bill McMorris
    Govt. healthcare employees in Penn. & Conn. allege coercive payments. A pair of healthcare workers in the Northeast have filed lawsuits alleging that labor leaders have blocked them from resigning even after the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory public sector membership is unconstitutional. William Neely, a Pennsylvania-based psychiatric aide, has accused American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 13 of refusing to honor his resignation. Neely was a dues paying member of the organization for 15 years before requesting to cut ties in July, shortly after the Supreme Court ruled that government agencies could no longer require paying...
  • The New York Times Reveals the Horrors of Capitalism—By Showing China’s State-Run Hospitals

    11/21/2018 4:09:52 PM PST · by deandg99 · 23 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 11/21/2018 | Sarah Lilly
    The New York Times released a 10-minute video last month entitled “How Capitalism Ruined China’s Health Care System.” The video attempts to blame capitalism for the many problems in China’s health care system. “Under Mao Zedong the Communist state provided free health care for all,” the narrator tells us. “Decades later China adopted a unique brand of capitalism that transformed the country from a poor farming nation into an economic superpower. Life expectancy soared. But the introduction of capitalism and the retreat of the state meant that health care was no longer free.” As a resident of China and a...
  • You Snooze, You Lose: Insurers Make The Old Adage Literally True

    11/21/2018 2:01:28 PM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 34 replies ^ | 11/21/18 | Marshall Allen
    Millions of sleep apnea patients rely on CPAP breathing machines to get a good night’s rest. Health insurers use a variety of tactics, including surveillance, to make patients bear the costs. Experts say it’s part of the insurance industry playbook. Last March, Tony Schmidt discovered something unsettling about the machine that helps him breathe at night. Without his knowledge, it was spying on him. From his bedside, the device was tracking when he was using it and sending the information not just to his doctor, but to the maker of the machine, to the medical supply company that provided it...
  • U.K. Investigates 3,000 Foreign Medics, After Fake Doctor Is Exposed

    11/19/2018 8:38:18 AM PST · by Theoria · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 19 Nov 2018 | Alan Cowell
    In a land where matters of public health care are never far from scrutiny and sometimes scandal, the British medical authorities acknowledged on Monday that they were checking the credentials of some 3,000 foreign physicians, after one was convicted of fraud and accused of falsifying qualifications. The case could add to concerns about the safety of patients in Britain’s once-vaunted National Health Service, even as tight budgets and the possible impact of Britain’s pending departure from the European Union have augmented a sense of unease. For more than two decades, Zholia Alemi, 56, worked at health facilities in Britain using...
  • How American Citizens Finance $18.5 Billion In Health Care For Unauthorized Immigrants

    11/17/2018 10:46:16 AM PST · by bitt · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | FEB 26, 2018 | Chris Conover
    I recently did an interesting interview with Dan Gorenstein, a health care reporter with station WHYY and NPR's radio business show Marketplace on the issue of tax-financed health care for unauthorized immigrants [1]. The piece that aired did not include any of my remarks, but I thought it would be useful to give readers my perspective on this knotty policy question based on both background research I did to prepare for the interview and follow-on research I did in light of the questions posed in the interview. Current federal policy is to prohibit federal tax funding of health care to...

    11/14/2018 4:40:11 PM PST · by spintreebob · 9 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | 11/13/2018 | Stephen Gurley
    While Georgians may not yet know who will occupy the Governor’s Mansion in January, there is something Georgians know for sure: They want Medicaid expansion. A recent AJC poll found that 73 percent of Georgians, including 51 percent of Republicans, support expanding Medicaid. Georgians know that expanding Medicaid will allow those without insurance to finally get the coverage they need and deserve. This is true for all Georgians, but is especially true for women, particularly those that live outside of metro Atlanta. The state is currently failing its women. Georgia ranks 48th among the states for health insurance coverage for...
  • Single-Payer Health Care

    11/14/2018 8:42:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 55 replies ^ | November 14, 2018 | John Stossel
    America needs single-payer health care, say progressives. That's a system where government pays doctors and hospitals, and no sick person has to worry about having enough money to pay for care. After all, they say, "Health care is a "right!" "Who pays for it?" asks Chris Pope, "And that's really not a rights question." Pope studies health care systems for the Manhattan Institute. In my newest video, Pope explains that although many Americans think that Canada and most of Europe have single-payer systems, that's not really true. "In Germany, employers provide most of the health care ... just as they...
  • Socialists Won’t Rest Until We Have Single-Payer Health Care. We Must Stop Them.

    11/12/2018 7:19:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | November 12, 2018 | Justin Haskins
    The 2018 midterms could someday be remembered as the beginning of the Democratic Party’s full embrace of creating a single-payer health care system in the United States. For the first time in American history, a large number of Democrats, many of whom identify as socialists, openly campaigned for the creation of a government-run health insurance model.For instance, Democratic Socialists of America member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won 78 percent of the vote on Election Day, championed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) “Medicare for All” proposal, calling it the “ethical, logical, and affordable path to ensuring no person goes without dignified healthcare.” According...
  • Now President Trump is even more likely to get re-elected (barf alert)

    11/08/2018 4:14:41 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 7th 2018 | Justin Webb
    One clear message seems to have emerged from the mid-term elections in the United States: the under-estimation of the political powers of Donald Trump by his opponents is going to have to stop. The idea that he is little more than a racist; the notion that his supporters are Neanderthals; or that his economic boom is a mirage that makes little difference to ordinary people – all of this is blown apart by results that underline across America the political appeal of this President. Like it or not, he is here to stay. And assuming he chooses to run in...

    11/08/2018 1:49:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Newsweak ^ | 11/07/18 | SHANE CROUCHER
    **SNIP** “Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans, it’s about restoring the constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump administration,” Pelosi, 78, said at the election night party in Washington D.C. “It’s about stopping the GOP and Mike—Mitch—McConnell’s assaults on Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and the health care of 130 million Americans living with pre-existing medical conditions.” Then, raising her fist in the air, Pelosi declared: “Let’s hear it more for pre-existing medical conditions!”
  • Virginia facing high unexpected Medicaid costs

    11/06/2018 4:33:08 PM PST · by spintreebob · 20 replies
    WAPO AP ^ | 11-2-18 | Alan Suderman | AP
    Virginia is facing a huge bill for unexpected Medicaid costs that hamper proposed new spending on things like school improvements or tax breaks for the poor. State officials said Friday that Virginia has about $460 million in unforeseen Medicaid costs. The new costs, first reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, are unrelated to Virginia’s recent decision to expand Medicaid eligibility to low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act. Instead, Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne said much of the new costs stem from faulty forecasts overestimating the benefits of having private health insurers cover a greater number of some of the state’s...