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Cracks appear in Obamacare: largest U.S. health insurer considering exiting

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Despite the fact that the “Obama administration pointed out that many people are signing up for Affordable Care Act policies:”

… The biggest U.S. health insurer is considering pulling out of Obamacare as it loses hundreds of millions of dollars on the program, casting a pall over President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement.

UnitedHealth Group Inc. has scaled back marketing efforts for plans sold to individuals this year and may quit the business entirely in 2017. …

While UnitedHealth has been slower than some of its rivals to sell Obamacare policies, the announcement may indicate that other insurers are struggling, said Sheryl Skolnick, an analyst at Mizuho Securities.

“If one of the largest and presumably, by reputation and experience, the most sophisticated of the health plans out there can’t make money on the exchanges, then one has to question whether the exchange as an institution is a viable enterprise,” Skolnick said. …

Generally, free markets tend to be accurate predictors of major economic trends.


‘Embattled’ Sebelius to resign

Friday, April 11th, 2014

“Embattled?” She’s nothing of the sort. Sebelius is arrogant, imperialistic, obsequious, disingenuous, and has no place in a republic. She’s only resigning because “Lawmakers from both parties had called for her to resign. … [and] House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) subpoenaed her for records in October, and earlier this year, threatened to investigate her for perjury.” From the AP:

Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as the White House seeks to move past the election-year political damage inflicted by the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

Sebelius’ resignation comes just over a week after sign-ups closed for the first year of insurance coverage under the so-called Obamacare law. The opening weeks of the enrollment period were marred by widespread website woes, though the administration rebounded strongly by enrolling 7.1 million people by the March 31 deadline, exceeding initial expectations. Enrollment has since risen to 7.5 million as people were given extra time to complete applications. …

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ObamaCare: 50,000 enrolled; 0.5 million promised; premiums up

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

So would you say that ObamaCare is off to a good start? The administration promised 0.5 million enrollees after the first month; only 50,000 have successfully bought insurance. And there are multiple reports of premiums increasing, not decreasing as promised — more on that below. First, from Fox:premiums

Fewer than 50,000 Americans have thus far bought a health-care plan on the problem-plagued ObamaCare website according to an insurance industry report, representing only a fraction of the half-million enrollees the administration apparently wanted the first month.

The number was reported first Monday by The Wall Street and confirmed by Fox News, which was told the final reporting day was Nov. 3.

The Department of Health and Human Services issued a prompt response, saying officials could not confirm the numbers. …

Look at all these headlines (and follow the links):

These are just a few of the articles on premiums increasing.

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Six enrollments by second day after Obamacare rolled out

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

A CBS Evening News headline story on October 31 read:

Obamacare enrollments got off to very slow start, documents show

My, what a glaring… er, ah… debacle. The LA Times, another cog in the mainstream media’s (MSM’s) machine, along with CBS, read:

… Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don’t like what they see.

These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years.

Although recent criticism of the healthcare law has focused on website glitches and early enrollment snags, experts say sharp price increases for individual policies have the greatest potential to erode public support for President Obama‘s signature legislation. …

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The ultimate toolkit for defunding Obamacare

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Please act now using the three tools on this page to stop Obamacare. If you want some background, please click here. PLEASE SCROLL TO THE END OF THIS PAGE TO SEE ALL THREE AVAILABLE TOOLS.

  1. Take 20 seconds to fill in your first name, last name, and email address; click one button; and join almost 1 MILLION Americans in signing a petition that urges all members of the House and Senate to defund and stop Obamacare. After signing the petition you’ll need to watch for a confirmation email. Click the link in this email to confirm your signature of the petition.
  2. Take one minute to send a message to your House representative urging him/her to support H.R. 2682, The Defund Obamacare Act of 2013, sponsored by Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA). I’ve put together optional sample text to include in your letter; click here to review, edit and copy the sample letter. After sending your message you’ll need to watch for a confirmation email. Click the link in this email to confirm your message.
  3. Take one minute to send a message to your Senators urging them support S. 1292, The Defund Obamacare Act of 2013, sponsored by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). I’ve put together optional sample text to include in your letter; click here to review, edit and copy the sample letter. After sending your message you’ll need to watch for a confirmation email. Click the link in this email to confirm your message.

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Tell your House rep to de-fund Obamacare quickly and easily

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Just fill in some personal information. Your letter telling your House member to de-fund Obamacare will be sent instantly and automatically. PLEASE NOTE THAT AFTER YOU SUBMIT YOUR LETTER HERE, THIS SERVICE SENDS YOU A CONFIRMATION EMAIL WITH A LINK FOR YOU TO CLICK ON. YOUR LETTER WILL ONLY BE SENT TO YOUR REP IF YOU CLICK ON THE CONFIRMATION LINK. THIS IS A SECURITY PRECAUTION TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE SENDING LETTERS ARE WHO THEY SAY THEY ARE.


Amnesty’s Impact on Health Resources

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

By David North, CIS.org

If Washington enacts a mass amnesty, even one that limits illegal aliens’ new legal status to some kind of provisional or temporary immigration grounds, it will likely add to taxpayer health care costs and risk depriving Americans from timely health care.

Obamacare exempts illegal aliens from eligibility for Medicaid or a premium subsidy and from the individual mandate to get health insurance or pay a fine. But once they gain legal status, former illegals are likely to become eligible for Medicaid or the taxpayer subsidy for paying their premiums.

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The U.S. Election’s Impact on the American and Israeli Economies

Monday, November 12th, 2012

By Barry Rubin

With President Barack Obama reelected there is every reason to believe that he will continue the tax, regulatory, and economic policies of his first term. That means the U.S. economy is unlikely to improve quickly, steadily, or even at all during the next four years. The problem is not just Obama’s own strategy on these issues but also the lack of business confidence in his plans.

Those doubts, along with even higher taxes, a complex and costly new health care system, and uncertainty about what new costs Obama is going to impose will keep investors, large corporations, and small businesses from investing money. Thus, unemployment will remain high and recovery slow or even non-existent.

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UNRWA’s Self-serving Agenda

Friday, November 9th, 2012

by Uri Resnick*

Since June 1967, operations in the West Bank and Gaza by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) have been carried out in accordance with an explicit agreement with Israel, which has repeatedly indicated its support for the agency’s humanitarian activities.[1] Yet this support, which reflects recognition of the genuine humanitarian plight of many of the refugees, has not prevented the Israeli government from expressing its conviction that UNRWA could better serve its beneficiaries by following in the footsteps of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), specifically with regard to resettlement and local integration. As recently as 2011, Jerusalem noted that “UNRWA’s mandate should include … in the Palestinian context … the broadly applied United Nations goals of resettlement and local integration of refugees.”[2] Given UNHCR’s remarkable success in finding sustainable solutions for millions of refugees around the world, UNRWA would do well to implement similar policies for the Palestinians.

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NE Journal of Medicine and Newsmax blast Obamacare [VIDEO]

Friday, October 19th, 2012

From NEWSMAX.COM, a video on, “Obamacare’s 5 Biggest Changes” (watch below). Also, NEWSMAX.COM published, “New England Journal of Medicine Blasts Obamacare” (snippet shown below video).


Among the other KEY points of the [New England Journal of Medicine] editorial:

FEE-FOR-SERVICE: Despite widespread recognition that fee-for-service reimbursement rewards doctors and providers for the quantity of healthcare services delivered and not high quality, Obamacare does little to change reimbursement strategies now used in Medicare. “Much of the coverage expansion is financed through Medicare budget savings, which are produced by reducing the fees paid by Medicare to institutional providers such as hospitals, home care agencies, and nursing homes,” Wilensky noted, “but using the same perverse reimbursement system currently in place.”

PHYSICIAN PAYMENTS: Obamacare contains no reform of the way physicians are paid for some 800 specific services, which is “the most dysfunctional part of the Medicare program,” she argued. “This system rewards the provision of highly reimbursed services without consideration of whether clinicians are providing low-cost, high-value care for patients.”

MEDICARE CUTS: Obamacare provides Medicare “productivity adjustments,” but unless these institutions find ways to reduce costs, lower Medicare reimbursements will force providers to bargain for higher payments from private insurers. “Eventually, seniors’ access to services will be threatened,” she said. “The Medicare actuary expects that 15 percent of institutional providers will lose money on their Medicare business by 2019, and the proportion will increase to 25 percent by 2030.”

FEW QUALITY PROVISIONS: Although some reforms are included in the law, such as value-based purchasing and accountable care organizations (ACOs), that could drive up quality while holding down costs, she said the amount providers will be paid are small and not likely to lead to many changes.

NO MARKET-BASED REFORMS: Like Medicare, Obamacare relies on regulatory methods, instead of harnessing market forces, to promote spending reductions and improve quality of care. If that approach fails, the law authorizes an Independent Payment Advisory Board to reduce payments to clinicians and institutions. Although Congress can override the IPAB’s recommendations, it can do so only by a three-fifth’s “super majority,” and only if it acts within a limited time and comes up with comparable savings.

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‘Sharia-Medicine’: Egyptian Clinic Treats People with Camel Urine Per Prophet’s Advice

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

by Raymond Ibrahim*

A recent Egyptian TV program showed how Islamic Sharia law’s many prescriptions do not merely clash with modern-day concepts like free speech and religious freedom, but even with medicine and science.

On September 16, popular TV persona Wael El-Ibrashi hosted Dr. Zaghlul al-Naggar, a prominent Islamic thinker and Chairman of Egypt’s Committee of Scientific Notions in the Quran, on the topic of medical science and Islam. Inevitably the idea of drinking camel urine as a form of therapy—first proposed in the 7th century by Muslim prophet Muhammad—came up.

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Medical Cost Exposure Forcing States’ Hands

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

By James R. Edwards Jr., CIS.org

Obamacare is already forcing states to make hard decisions in order to stay out of bankruptcy. Health “reform” cheerleader Norman Ornstein decries in the Washington Post how states are approaching the federally mandated health costs they will see skyrocket over the next several years. However, with massive loopholes cynically intended to allow illegal aliens to get taxpayer-funded health care, states have little choice but to start curbing their overall health spending now. And, of course, many legal immigrants will soon qualify for Medicaid, worsening the burden.

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A conversation with Reverend Michael Faulkner; candidate for the 15th congressional district in Manhattan

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

“SETTLEMENTS ARE NOT AN OBSTACLE TO PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST”

By Fern Sidman

This may be the first time that the Rev. Michael Faulkner is running for elected office, but it is not the first time that Faulkner is running. If the name sounds at all familiar, especially to sports fans, it is because this passionate Christian evangelical minister is also a former NY Jets defensive lineman and has more than ample practice achieving his goals both on the gridiron and on the field of life.

Israel National News spoke with Rev. Faulkner (R) about his campaign to unseat his political rival, Charles Rangel (D-NY); a political icon who has spent the last 40 years representing the people of Manhattan’s 15th congressional district, which includes the upper West Side, Harlem and Washington Heights.

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Death By Hijab: But What’s It Got To Do With Isadora Duncan?

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

by Phyllis Chesler

I have gone on record, many times, about how hazardous the Islamic Veil is to women’s health in both medical and psychiatric terms. There are other kinds of health risks involved in adopting Islamically “modest” dress. For example, in England, Muslim nurses are now refusing to leave their arms uncovered below the elbow which can potentially lead to spreading hospital superbugs and to the death of patients. The British National Health Service has given in to this demand — but has prohibited short-sleeved nurses from wearing crosses. … Continue reading…

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Every Hospital Patient Has a Story: The Decline of Compassionate Care giving in American Hospitals

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

By Phyllis Chesler

Every hospital patient has a story. Just stop anyone on the street. Ask your relatives and friends. If they’ve done time in a hospital they’ll tell you about some indignity, perhaps a nightmare or two. If you haven’t heard these stories, it’s partly because you haven’t asked, or more likely, because most people want to forget about their hospital experiences if they can.

It is hard for me to write about such minor humiliations. Why? Because in terms of science and medicine, we are blessed to be alive in the American twenty-first century — and we know it. … (Continue reading…)

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