ATLANTA — After three years of bashing President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul, Republican governors were surprisingly mute on the first day consumers could shop for insurance policies through online marketplaces. But in the 36 mostly Republican states that left the operation of their exchanges to the federal government, consumer interest Tuesday was high, while Democrats and advocacy groups took the lead in promoting the latest provision of the law. “I’m thrilled that the United States is finally catching up with some of the other countries in the world that provide health care,” said Houston resident Priscilla McAfee, who planned
The insurance "exchanges" set up under the Affordable Care Act, where people can shop online for health insurance, went live on Oct. 1, and an estimated 48 million uninsured Americans can use them to try to find an affordable plan. The 2010 Obamacare law requires that people have health insurance, or that they pay a fee starting next year if they choose to opt out. Here are the ins and outs of forgoing health insurance. If you don´t have health insurance, and aren´t sure if you want to purchase a plan, how long do you have to decide? You can sign up
HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. -- In a campaign appearance Tuesday on behalf of New Jersey Republican Senate nominee Steve Lonegan, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said the government´s implementation of the national health care reform law constituted "a criminal act." "If this health care law is forced upon this country, the young men and women in this audience are the ones who are really going to pay the price," Perry said to a small crowd outside the Bendix Diner in this New York City suburb. “And that, I will suggest to you, reaches to the point of being a felony toward them and
According to the Publishers Weekly Twitter account, American author Tom Clancy died Wednesday in a Baltimore hospital at age 66. — Publishers Weekly (@PublishersWkly) October 2, 2013 The New York Times is also confirming: Tom Clancy´s publisher confirms to the NYT that he died last night in a hospital in Baltimore. — Julie Bosman (@juliebosman) October 2, 2013 "He was a thrill to work with," said Ivan Held, the president of Putnam. — Julie Bosman (@juliebosman) October 2, 2013 Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Tom Clancy went on write technically detailed espionage and
A day after CNN and NBC canceled plans for a Hillary Clinton documentary and miniseries, respectively, another group, Citizens United, said it will press ahead with plans for a movie about the former first lady, senator and secretary of state. The yet-to-be titled movie will be distributed theatrically, shown on television and released on DVD, though partnerships are under wraps so far. Citizens United is a conservative organization frequently attacked by liberals, primarily because it successfully sued the U.S. government over a 2008 movie that was also about Clinton. In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled
Here is the food world´s greatest mystery: New York City is the food capital of the country—if you spend enough time on the subway you can find any cuisine you want. So why is it so freaking impossible to find a great taco in this city? Especially since the city is reaching peak taco. And further: why do so many New Yorkers recommend such crappy tacos here? It just doesn´t make sense. The New York Times´s Pete Wells attempts to figure out that mystery and has, perhaps, given us the most complete and satisfying answer to date: the basic idea of
It is hardly surprising that the president has truncated his trip to Asia in the midst of a crisis. [Snip] He´s still going away on Saturday but has cancelled two stops. It suggests he thinks the shutdown won´t be over any time soon--he only needs to be back in town in the later part of next week. All the signs are that neither side is preparing to blink, quite yet. But while the president is staring hard and straight ahead, the Republicans´ eyes are beginning to water, and they are glancing at the ground. Obama has a strategy. The Republicans
It’s worth considering the risks and rewards in the budget standoff, which is first and foremost a battle for control of the Republican Party and the shape of the 2014 and 2016 primaries. The Republican Party of John McCain and Mitt Romney lost two presidential elections, the second to a weak candidate in a weak economy. Left to its own devices, it will lose the next presidential election and all the following ones. By picking a fight on Obama’s least popular position, namely health care, the conservative wing of the party galvanized the party base and forced the House leadership
A CORONER has criticised poor communication between hospital staff and patients during an inquest into the death of a Barrow woman. Doreen Jesson, 67, of Sutherland Street, was referred to Furness General Hospital in August last year suffering from nausea and weight loss. After being diagnosed with an infection and cirrhosis of the liver, her health deteriorated and she was transferred to Abbey View to receive end of life care. She died of pneumonia on September 19, 2012. But South and East Cumbria coroner, Mr Ian Smith, said doctors should have listened more closely to the patient and her family
One thing often heard in media commentary on the shutdown: what must the Chinese think when the US can´t even keep its government open? The correct answer: who cares? China´s a communist state--its government never sleeps. America´s a democracy--if it has an honest disagreement with itself then it debates it openly within the context of law and the Constitution. If things must shutdown for a bit, so be it. [Snip] Since the 1930s, a series of administrations has tried to expand the responsiblities of the federal government far beyond its original remit, usually bypassing the Constitution in order to avoid
Moscow - Russian investigators on Wednesday charged five Greenpeace campaigners with piracy over an open-sea protest against Arctic oil drilling, the environmental group said, calling the move an "outrage". The charge against the activists -- a Briton, a Finn, a Brazilian, a Russian and a dual US-Swedish citizen -- dimmed hopes that 25 others detained over the protest could be indicted on a lesser charge. Piracy by an organised group carries a punishment of between 10 and 15 years. A spokeswoman for the Moscow-based Investigative Committee declined to provide details of the charges, confirming only that the activists from the
Seoul - The United States and South Korea signed a new pact to deter North Korea´s potential use of nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction amid growing threats from Pyongyang, their defense chiefs said on Wednesday. The defense ministers also agreed to review the timing of the transfer of war-time command control of their combined forces on the Korean peninsula from the U.S. military to South Korea, a joint statement issued after their meeting said. The transfer is scheduled to take place in December 2015, but there have been calls in South Korea for it to be postponed
It was supposed to be joke on General David Petraeus, but the New York City Police Department wasn´t laughing. Police say a friend mailed a fake grenade to General Petraeus´ office in the Solow Building on 58th Street. His secretary opened the box around noon Tuesday and saw what she thought was a real grenade. Investigators describe it as a "novelty item." Police evacuated the office and shut down 58th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. They took the package to the building´s courtyard to get a closer look. "Just a lot of police officers, a lot of people that worked in the buildings, "The higher-ups
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) narrowly leads the pack of potential GOP contenders in 2016, according to a new poll. If the GOP presidential primary were held today, 17 percent of GOP voters would elect Paul, according to a new Quinnipiac Poll released Wednesday. He leads among Tea Party Republicans as well with 22 percent. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie rates second with 13 percent, followed by Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) with 12 percent and Jeb Bush with 11 percent. Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) garner 10 percent. Nineteen percent of Republicans are undecided. Rubio’s numbers have dropped 7
He´s well known for his verbal gaffes--now Joe Biden is in the spotlight for making a visual one. The U.S. Vice President accidentally revealed the cover of a classified document for the world to see while standing absent-mindedly at a press event on Monday. In a photograph published by AFP/Getty Images, the binder clearly shows the title ´Codeword: Classified Document´ emblazoned across it. Below that, it said ´Vice President´. The contents of the folder, however, could not be seen in the picture. Biden had been holding talks with President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office
Glitches: The federal government had 1,288 days to build the ObamaCare exchanges, where millions are supposed to enroll. Yet they were crashing across the U.S. on opening day. Your health care is in the best of hands. Since late last year, administration officials told anyone who´d listen they were on track to open the ObamaCare exchanges on time by Oct. 1. Last December, Gary Cohen, who has been heading up ObamaCare implementation efforts, told state regulators that "10 months from today, people will be signing up for health insurance." The next month, he said again that "yes, we will be ready." In March,
More veterans are set to storm the barricades of Washington DC´s shuttered national monuments today in protest at the government shutdown after Congress refused to fund the healthcare act. Former servicemen are plotting to occupy the capital´s closed Second World War Memorial for a second day, and also broaden their protests to other sites including the Lincoln Memorial. The planned acts of civil disobedience by defiant veterans in their 80s and 90s threatens to fan the flames of an already fierce fight over who is responsible for denying the federal government the funds to operate. The National Mall´s memorial to
Young people should be forced to “earn or learn” and no longer have the option of a “life on benefits”, Mr Cameron said. The Prime Minister made the suggestion in his speech to the Conservative conference, in which he appealed to voters to give his party a Commons majority in 2015 so the Tories can “finish the job”. Echoing Sir Winston Churchill’s wartime appeal to “Give us the tools and we will finish the job,” Mr Cameron outlined his vision for Britain under a Conservative government after 2015. The party would make Britain a “land of opportunity,” where hard work and talent are
On one side of the Oval Office sat Barack Obama making nice with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On the other side stood Press Secretary Jay Carney checking the Vegas line on this week´s NFL games. Next to him stood Joe Biden, who is still vice president. He appeared to be in another trance. In between Biden and Carney and Obama and Netanyahu Monday was a jostling pack of reporters and photographers recording the leaders´ warm words and chilly body language.
Reduce the obesity rate in New York City? Fat chance! More New Yorkers than ever are living large, despite Nanny Bloomberg’s war on sugary drinks and fast foods, statistics obtained by The Post reveal. The city’s obesity rate among adults has skyrocketed 25 percent since Mayor Bloomberg took office in 2002, city Health Department figures show. That year, nearly one in five New Yorkers was considered obese. Now almost one in four is. The figures are surprising given Gotham’s residents are doing better according to other health indicators.
Greenville, South Carolina -- Lauren Zanardelli and Graham Foster are the kind of customers the government needs to make Obamacare work. The chefs own and operate a bright orange hipster magnet called the Neue Southern Food Truck. The farm-to-table vehicle stands out in Greenville, South Carolina, even among the new gastropubs that dot the city´s charming Main Street. Today Zanardelli and Foster are zooming around their rented kitchen on the edge of town, preparing deep-fried Brussels sprouts, Ramen with seaweed and pumpkin sweet rolls. They won´t have time after their 12-hour work day to explore the new health insurance marketplaces
Twenty years after Vanity Fair special correspondent Maureen Orth reported on the sexual-abuse case involving Woody Allen and Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter Dylan, Orth reconnects with Farrow to discuss her human-rights work, her relationship with Frank Sinatra, the home she created for her 14 adopted and biological children, and the scandal that nearly destroyed it, 20 years ago. For her piece in the November issue, Orth talks to eight of Farrow’s children, including the long-silent Dylan, who speaks on the record for the first time about the alleged incident. Farrow discusses her relationship with Frank Sinatra, telling Orth that Sinatra was
Never one to let anything speak for itself, the president made his case for the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, the day its exchanges launched. To listen to his speech, the health-care law has fixed the U.S. economy, will save tens of thousands of lives, and has solved the U.S.’s long-term debt problem. Needless to say, none of these things are true. He began with a sort of Clintonian random factoid he said he’d heard the other day: that people who get cancer and have health insurance are 70 percent more likely to be alive after five years than people who
Three and a half years after it was signed, sealed and delivered, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act remains the undead; not interred, not thriving, but fought over on numerous fronts. This enrages the left, which calls the case settled, and says it has facts on its side: The act was passed legally by both houses of Congress, survived the Supreme Court and five center-right justices, and survived 2012 and the presidential election, in which voters endorsed it.Like other big laws — Social Security, Medicare and Medicare Part D — it had initial delays, but will soon be accepted.
It´s a simple enough request, but for patients and families who feel vulnerable, scared or uncomfortable in a hospital room, the subject can be too intimidating to even bring up with a doctor or nurse: Have you washed your hands? Hospitals are encouraging patients to be more assertive, amid growing concern about infections that are resistant to antibiotics. Strict hand hygiene measures are the gold standard for reducing infections associated with health care. Acquired primarily in hospitals but also in nursing homes, outpatient surgery centers and even doctor´s offices, they affect more than one million patients and are linked to
Under the Rules of Suspension they were operating under (not sure why, but it’s what it was), a 2/3 vote was needed in the House to pass legislation funding various agencies. Democrats in the House voted against funding the Veterans Administration, the District of Columbia and National Parks, including the Holocaust Memorial Museum and Smithsonian.