Posts tagged ‘Health Care’

August 1, 2012

Rationing Begins: States Limiting Drug Prescriptions for Medicaid Patients

 
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(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(CNSNews.com) –Sixteen states have set a limit on the number of prescription drugs they will cover for Medicaid patients, according to Kaiser Health News.

Seven of those states, according to Kaiser Health News, have enacted or tightened those limits in just the last two years.  More…

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July 4, 2012

You WILL buy into it whether you want it or not

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July 3, 2012

20 Hidden Tax Hikes in Obamacare

The Obamacare law contains 20 new or higher taxes on American families and small businesses

Taxpayers are reminded that the president’s healthcare law is one of the largest tax increases in American history.

Obamacare contains 20 new or higher taxes on American families and small businesses.

Arranged by their respective effective dates, below is the total list of all $500 billion-plus in tax hikes (over the next ten years) in Obamacare, where to find them in the bill, and how much your taxes are scheduled to go up as of today:  More…

July 2, 2012

What is causing the outbreak of Flesh Eating Diseases?

Recently, in the news we have heard about perfectly healthy individuals who have had to have their limbs amputated because they were infected with NF, the deadly flesh eating disease (necrotizing fasciitis) caused by MRSA . I have known about this disease for awhile but recently it seems that more and more people are becoming victims of this terrifying disease. So, I started to look into the reasons this disease is on the rise and what we can do to stop it.  More…
June 27, 2012

Igor Birman: Born into Obamacare. A cautionary tale.

 

June 20, 2012

Top doctor’s chilling claim: The NHS kills off 130,000 elderly patients every year

  • Professor says doctors use ‘death pathway’ to euthenasia of the elderly
  • Treatment on average brings a patient to death in 33 hours
  • Around 29 per cent of patients that die in hospital are on controversial ‘care pathway’
  • Pensioner admitted to hospital given treatment by doctor on weekend shift
NHS doctors are prematurely ending the lives of thousands of elderly hospital patients because they are difficult to manage or to free up beds, a senior consultant claimed yesterday.  Read more:
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June 11, 2012

CDC Issues Major Vaccine Alert

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May 30, 2012

Send This To All the College Graduates You Know

Texas A&M Commencement Address – The students gave a standing ovation; the faculty were deathly silent!

speech is from a book Neal Bortz wrote in 1998, and NOT AN ACTUAL SPEECH HE recently gave at TEXAS A&M

 Neal Boortz is a Texan, a lawyer, a Texas Aggie (Texas A&M) graduate, and now a nationally syndicated talk show host from Atlanta . His commencement address to the graduates of a recent Texas A&M class is far different from what either the students or the faculty expected. Whether you agree or disagree, his views are certainly thought provoking.  More…

May 5, 2012

Dictator Obama Issues New Threat to Supreme Court over ObamaCare

Obama Administration has been quietly sending missives to the Supreme Court threatening that if it doesn’t rule in his favor on ObamaCare, Medicare will face disruption and “chaos.”

Sher Zieve  Thursday, May 3, 2012

In his latest display of his full USA federal government dictatorship over both the American people and the former co-branches of government, Dictator Obama is warning the Supreme Court to either rule in his favor or face severe consequences. 

Fox News’ Martha McCallum advised Thursday that the Obama Administration has been quietly sending missives to the Supreme Court threatening that if it doesn’t rule in his favor on ObamaCare, Medicare will face disruption and “chaos.”  Therefore, if SCOTUS rules in favor of the US Constitution, Obama & Co will begin its campaign to either destroy Medicare or make those on it suffer greatly.  The Obama syndicate is said to be threatening to hold off Medicare payments to doctors and hospitals if SCOTUS does not comply with Obama’s demands and submit to him.  More…

March 26, 2012

Senators Warn Americans about Secret Government Policies

March 24, 2012

 March 24, 2012. Washington. For the second time in ten months, two US

Senators Wyden & Udall take on Obama administration secrecy.

Senators have made a courageous and public showing against what they call, “alarming” and “secret” government abuse of power. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mark Udall (D-CO) first took their warning directly to the American people on the floor of the US Senate. Now, they’re taking their fight directly to the door of US Attorney General Eric Holder. Last week, Eric Holder once again refused to disclose the Obama administration’s “secret interpretation” of the Patriot Act.  More…

March 22, 2012

Obamacare Is A “Fundamental Insult To Our Individual Liberty” (video)

March 22, 2012

This is a Travesty (video)

March 22, 2012

The Whole Truth (video)

March 19, 2012

Obamacare Is A Cancer That Must Go

Fellow Americans:

It has been two years this week since the passage of Obamacare, and the firestorm it ignited has not abated but only spread and intensified. Most Americans have already made up their minds, understanding that until it is completely removed, the cancer of Obamacare threatens not only our healthcare and our economy but also our most fundamental liberties and constitutional self-government.  More…

March 16, 2012

How Dare They – Jack Cafferty Rips Obama on Healthcare

Listen to this guy tell it like it is!

March 16, 2012

Cost of Obamacare – Lies Revealed – 3/14/2012

March 6, 2012

Senate GOP and conservative groups clash on healthcare reform repeal votes

By Alexander Bolton – 03/06/12 05:00 AM ET
Senate Republicans are clashing with conservative groups over whether to hold votes this year to repeal all of President Obama’s healthcare reform law.

One group, the Restore America’s Voice Foundation, plans to spend $50,000 to $100,000 per week on television ads pressing Senate Republicans to force a vote on repeal.  More…

March 4, 2012

Obama Breaks Promises to Catholic Bishops

On February 5, 2012 Father Sammie Maletta delivered a Homily at St. John the Evangelist Parish in St. John, Indiana. This Homily addressed how President Obama is threatening our Religious Freedom and declaring war with the Catholic Church. Please take a few moments to listen. No one sums it up quite like Father Maletta.

March 2, 2012

Repeal ‘death panel’ from Obamacare

House subcommittee votes to repeal healthcare reform law’s ‘death panel’
By Julian Pecquet

Bipartisan legislation to repeal the healthcare law’s cost-control board sailed through a House panel on Wednesday, raising pressure on the Senate to take up the bill and dealing President Obama a political blow.

The Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee vote was 17-5, with ranking member Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) crossing the aisle to vote for repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board. There were no amendments.

Votes in the full committee and on the House floor have not yet been scheduled but are expected to happen by the end of next month, in conjunction with Supreme Court arguments on the healthcare reform law.  Read the story here.

February 28, 2012

OBAMA TO CUT HEALTHCARE FOR TROOPS

 

The Obama administration’s proposed defense budget calls for military families and retirees to pay sharply more for their healthcare, while leaving unionized civilian defense workers’ benefits untouched. The proposal is causing a major rift within the Pentagon, according to U.S. officials. Several congressional aides suggested the move is designed to increase the enrollment in Obamacare’s state-run insurance exchanges.

The disparity in treatment between civilian and uniformed personnel is causing a backlash within the military that could undermine recruitment and retention…(more)

February 24, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: New Obama 2012 Leaked Strategy Memo

By Troy Senik
Thursday, February 23 2012
   

FROM: David Plouffe

TO: President Obama

TOPIC: Strategic messaging for 2012 reelection campaign

Mr. President ~

In a few short months, our 2012 general election campaign will begin in earnest. Of course, the uncertainty in the Republican presidential field makes it very difficult to calibrate our strategy (at the moment, our best guess is that the GOP will finally settle on a candidate shortly before the 2016 election). With that fact in mind, we are beginning our planning by preparing to defend the administration’s record against the many attacks that are sure to come our way. What follows is a guide to how we intend to respond to specific lines of criticism during the course of the campaign:  More…

February 24, 2012

Speedy reviews for genetically-modified crops

USDA Says Rule Changes to Hasten Modified Crop Approvals

By Jack Kaskey – Feb 22, 2012 2:25 PM PT
 

Seed companies including Monsanto Co. (MON), the world’s largest, will get speedier regulatory reviews of their genetically modified crops under forthcoming rule changes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

The goal is to cut by half the time needed to approve biotech crops from the current average of three years, Michael Gregoire, a USDA deputy administrator, said today in a telephone interview. The changes will take effect when they’re published in the Federal Register, probably in March, he said.

Approvals that took six months in the 1990s have lengthened because of increased public interest, more legal challenges and the advent of national organic food standards, Gregoire said. U.S. farmers worry they may be disadvantaged as countries such as Brazil approve new technologies faster, said Steve Censky, chief executive officer of the American Soybean Association.

“It is a concern from a competition standpoint,” Censky said in a telephone interview.

Faster approvals also benefit seed developers by allowing them to profit from new products sooner, Jeff Windau, a St. Louis-based analyst at Edward Jones & Co., said in a telephone interview. The financial benefit is difficult to estimate until the new rules are in place, he said.

“If you can reduce the approval time, you get sales that much faster,” said Windau, who rates Monsanto “hold” and DuPont Co. (DD) “buy.” “It could be significant for the companies like Monsanto and DuPont.”  More…

February 24, 2012

Protect Freedom of Choice and Conscience: Repeal ObamaCare!

By Ashton Ellis
Wednesday, February 22 2012
 
 

The Obama administration’s mandated contraception compromise raises serious constitutional and moral questions.  It also makes one wonder why employees don’t have the freedom to choose their own health plan. 

The answer comes from the late economist Milton Friedman.  In a 2001 report for the Hoover Institution entitled How to Cure Health Care, the Nobel Laureate identified three characteristics of the American health care industry since World War II: (1) rapid advances in medical technology; (2) huge increases in spending, and (3) rising dissatisfaction with the delivery of medical care from everyone associated with it. 

But while technology advances have allowed consumers to enjoy higher quality for less money with products like food, cars and telecommunications, healthcare stands alone for returning less value than its cost would predict.  According to Friedman, the reason for health care’s outlier status is traceable to two bad federal policies.  More…

February 22, 2012

What We’re Learning about Obamacare isn’t Good — Especially for Seniors

January 21, 2012/Neil Snyder

 

While I taught at the University of Virginia, I served for a while as associate dean.  My dean at the time, Bill Shenkir, used a phrase that I thought was particularly helpful when we were contemplating major decisions: “Let’s reduce the fog factor.”  By that he meant that we should always examine the ramifications of our decisions on our students’ classroom experience since teaching them was our primary mission.

Obamacare is an example of a federal government program that would not have been enacted if the fog factor test had been applied.  While Congress debated Obamacare, talk about death panels and rationing of healthcare services abounded, but the warnings came from Republicans who were in the minority in the House and the Senate.  Their objections were dismissed out of hand.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid rounded up Democrat votes and shoved Obamacare down our throats with the blessing of President Obama.  The jury is still out on the legality of Obamacare, but while we wait for the courts to rule on the constitutional issues involved, the Obama administration is rapidly implementing the program.  By the time the courts finally reach a decision, our healthcare system won’t resemble what we had prior to March 2010 when Nancy Pelosi used her oversized gavel to pound Obamacare through the House over strenuous objections from most Americans.

Our senior citizens are most at risk under Obamacare — especially those over 70.  Rationing of services and death panels (only they’re called “ethics panels” under Obamacare instead of death panels for obvious reasons) are now the rule, not the exception.  I have a friend who is a loyal Democrat and a strong Obama supporter.  In 2008 when she voted for Obama, she couldn’t imagine that in 2012 she would have a massive heart attack and need a pacemaker.  Prior to 2010 and the passage of Obamacare, that would have been a routine procedure, but not anymore.  She’s over 70, and under Obamacare people who are over 70 routinely receive “comfort care.”  That’s a euphemism.  It means that a panel of experts has determined that your life isn’t worth saving beyond 70, so they will try to make you feel good while you die.  Read more:

February 16, 2012

Nanny state report: NC school officials confiscate preschooler’s homemade lunch

 
 
CHICAGO – JUNE 24: Children eat breakfast at the start of a day camp program at Casa Juan Diego St. Pius V Youth Center June 24, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
 
A North Carolina elementary school forced a preschool student to eat cafeteria chicken nuggets for lunch on Jan. 30 after officials reportedly determined that her homemade meal wasn’t up to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s standards for healthfulness, according to a report from the Carolina Journal.

The newspaper reported that the four-year-old girl brought a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, potato chips and apple juice in her packed lunch from home. That meal didn’t meet with approval from the government agent who was on site inspecting kids’ lunches that day.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Child Development and Early Education requires that all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs must meet USDA guidelines. Meals, the guidelines say, must include one serving each of meat, milk and grain and two servings of fruit or vegetables. Those guidelines apply to home-packed lunches as well as cafeteria meals.  Read more:

February 16, 2012

Why We Suck

February 10, 2012

More of Kitty (Healthcare and Gestapo)

February 10, 2012

More of Kitty

February 10, 2012

Obama finally met his match

Obama retreats on birth control mandate

By Daniel Strauss and Amie Parnes

The White House will announce a retreat from its controversial rule requiring religious organizations like charities and hospitals to include contraception in their healthcare plans.

President Obama has come under heavy criticism from the Catholic Church and other religious organizations, Republicans, and even some Democrats over the issue, and Vice President Biden has suggested a compromise could be worked out.

A White House official on Friday confirmed an announcement on changing the rule would be made Friday. The White House is referring to the change as an accomodation.

It is unclear whether President Obama, who ducked questions on the issue on Thursday, will announce the change or comment on it in public.  Read the story here.

February 6, 2012

Democrats’ campaign leader confident Medicare issue will make Pelosi speaker

By Erik Wasson – 02/04/12 04:32 PM ET

The Democratic representative charged with taking back the House says the election will be about one issue — Medicare — and his party “is in a much better place than anyone thought we would be” to put Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) back in the speaker’s chair.  More…

January 31, 2012

Catholic Church Rejects Surrender Terms from Obama

January 30, 2012, 3:44 pm By Accuracy in Media

 My Catholic priest, Father Larry Swink, delivered a homily on Sunday that I told him would make headlines. In the toughest sermon I have ever heard from a pulpit, he attacked the Obama Administration as evil, even demonic, and warned of religious persecution ahead. What was also newsworthy about the sermon was that he cited The Washington Post in agreement—not on the subject of the Obama Administration being evil, but on the matter of its abridgment of the constitutional right to freedom of religion.

What is happening is extraordinary and unprecedented. The Catholic Church is in open revolt against the Obama Administration, with Fr. Swink noting from the pulpit that priests across the archdiocese were joining the call on Sunday to rally Catholics to resistance against the U.S. Government. He said we are entering a time of religious persecution and that Catholics and others will have to make a final decision about which side they are on.

The issue is what the Catholic Bishops have called a “literally unconscionable” edict by the Obama Administration demanding that sterilization, abortifacients and contraception be included in virtually all health plans.  More…

January 26, 2012

Obamacare and the Supreme Court with Richard Epstein and John Yoo

January 25, 2012 | Recorded on January 19, 2012

Obamacare and the Supreme Court with Richard Epstein and John Yoo

with guests Richard A. Epstein and John Yoo
The law with Epstein and Yoo

Richard Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University Law School, and John Yoo, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley law school, examine the merits of various constitutional arguments for the Supreme Court’s striking down Obamacare.

 

 

January 26, 2012

Religious believers simply cannot be at home . . .

“Conservatives may enjoy the problems this creates for Mr. Obama this election year. Still, for those who care about issues such as life and marriage and religious liberty that so roil our body politic, we ought to wish Catholic progressives well in their intra-liberal fight. For we shall never arrive at the consensus we hope for if we allow our politics to be divided between a party of faith and a party of animosity to faith.”

—William McGurn, Wall Street Journal, January 24, 2012

That quote up above from Bill McGurn is the kicker on his important piece about President Obama’s attempt to force Catholic organizations to pay for birth control. You should read the whole thing.

If you haven’t heard the story yet, here’s the short version: part of Obamacare mandates that all employers must provide “preventive” health care to workers. The president and his Health and Human Services Department have decided that this vague wording shall be interpreted to mean that all employers—even religious organizations such as the Catholic Church—must provide free contraceptives to their employees. There is to be no conscience exception.  More…

January 24, 2012

VIDEO: Seniors & Providers Dread Obamacare Changes

Marguerite Higgins/January 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm

 

Medicare patient Ann Lorenz has relied on the advice and recommendations of her neurologist, Dr. Jeffrey English, since she was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 13 years ago. So the dramatic changes coming to Medicare via the Affordable Care Act—and its potential to limit seniors’ access to care as doctors foresee dropping Medicare patients—already worry Lorenz.  More…

January 23, 2012

CBO Report: Medicare Cost-saving Programs Fall Short

Written by Brian Koenig   
Monday, 23 January 2012 09:11
President Obama, along with the Democratic-led Senate and formerly Democratic-led House, touted the 2010 healthcare overhaul as a landmark law that would curb the rise in U.S. healthcare costs. However, according to a new report released last week by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), reform programs akin to those endorsed by ObamaCare have neither abated healthcare costs nor salvaged any significant amount of government revenue.  More…
January 21, 2012

Medical lobby keeps up ‘doc fix’ push

By Sam Baker – 01/20/12 03:40 PM ET

Medical groups are keeping up the pressure on Congress to find a long-term solution to Medicare’s payment formula for doctors.

The American Medical Group Association said in a letter Friday that Congress’s near-constant cycle of short-term “doc fix” bills is a strain on doctors as well as the Medicare program, and the group pressed Congress to find a longer-term solution. The latest temporary patch is set to expire March 1, at which point doctors would see a nearly 30 percent cut in the Medicare payments.

The American Medical Association, the nation’s largest physicians’ lobby, has said it’s finished lobbying on short-term payment patches and is focused solely on a permanent replacement to Medicare’s formula.


January 19, 2012

Congressional Conservatives Confronting Challenges

Rep. Jim Jordan

In 2012, our vision must be crystal clear

by Rep. Jim Jordan/01/17/2012
 

The November 2010 elections sent an influx of conservatives to Congress with a genuine desire to solve our country’s biggest challenges. But make no mistake, the troubles Americans have faced in recent years have not yet been conquered.

Millions remain unable to find a job. Washington continues to spend and borrow way too much. ObamaCare puts unconstitutional demands on citizens even as health care costs keep going up. The structural weaknesses that endanger Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security have not yet been fixed.

Conservatives spent the past year confronting these challenges head on. The Republican Study Committee proposed the Jobs Through Growth Act to grow our economy with less red tape, more energy production, and a simpler, flatter tax code. We voted to repeal ObamaCare and worked toward lowering costs through greater choice and competition.

Our Cut, Cap, and Balance plan would have finally forced Washington to live within its means. And our budget attempted to strengthen Medicare & Social Security while giving States the flexibility they need in Medicaid to prevent it from breaking the bank.  More…

January 17, 2012

Medicare panel’s payment recommendations pit hospitals against doctors

By Julian Pecquet – 01/16/12 12:04 PM ET

Hospitals and other healthcare providers are worried that a Medicare panel has painted a target on their backs just as lawmakers return to Capitol Hill to prevent a payment cut to physicians.

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which advises Congress on Medicare payments, voted last week to recommend cuts to hospital outpatient departments that could save the government between $1 billion and $5 billion over the next five years. The recommendations come as lawmakers seek to stave off a nearly 30 percent cut to physician payments scheduled to kick in March 1; postponing the cuts costs about $30 billion per year, and lawmakers say they’re hoping for a two-year “doc fix” at least.  More…

January 17, 2012

What’s going on?

 N.Y. State Health Department: What's Going On? N.Y. State Health Department: What’s Going On? >>
Twelve teenage girls in a New York school have developed tics and other classic symptoms resembling Tourette syndrome, and their parents want answers. But officials aren’t saying much. More >>

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January 17, 2012

On health reform, the election will matter more than SCOTUS

Campaign signs are shown in New Hampshire. | JAY WESCOTT/POLITICO

A Republican president could dramatically weaken reform’s impact. | Jay Westcott/POLITICO

 
By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 1/15/12 5:53 PM EST
 

Think the Supreme Court is where the future of President Barack Obama’s health care law will be settled? Think again.

The real verdict on the future of Obama’s signature achievement will come in November — and the law’s supporters say a Republican sweep could pose a bigger threat to the law than the nine justices ever could.  Read more: