Washington - The Obama administration reaffirmed key requirements of the new healthcare law Tuesday, setting out how insurance companies will cover nearly all Americans, even if they are already ill, and provide plans with minimum benefits. (Snip) Under the law, Americans who are not covered through work will be able to comparison shop for health insurance in online markets, also known as exchanges, designed to mimic the shopping experience of popular travel sites. These exchanges will be run by state governments, except in states that elect to leave the job to the federal government or to
Comments: Down in the article, it says that AARP is giddy that 0bamacare "protects" the elderly by not raising costs to more than 3X what younger person would pay. Huh? Better enjoy turkey and desert, with all those belt-busting calories, today. Our goose is cooked.
It´s all about insurance and more insurance. Cover everyone out the whazoo - why not??
But if there are not enough doctors, or hospitals, or medical equipment, or new medication discoveries, what difference does all the insurance in the world make? By all means, let´s spend every available dollar to cover everyone with our crapped-out medical system and provide lavish salaries to lib cronies to mismanage it.
Investing in more medical schools and facilities, and giving more opportunities for capable people to enter the medical profession, and thus making it a free-market affordable and efficient system is capitalistic. That doesn´t fit the control-freak agenda of liberals.
Since the SCOTUS decision said (correctly) they couldn´t do this under the commerce clause then business should tell them to take a hike as there´s nowhere else in the constitution that even remotely (via emanations from penumbras) says the feddies get to dictate to the private sector. These insurance companies better man up and challenge this via a class action suit.
At some point people started to view insurance as coverage for your medical costs.
This scheme only put "insurance" companies into the rhelm of an escrow company collecting the fees, and paying the bills since everyone is covered without any pre-existing conditions or considerations.
There will be no reason for doctors or hospitals to control costs. There will be huge deficit in the accounts to pay these bills as everyone pads their invoices.
Everyone is assuming they´ll now be provided Mayo clinic level care.
...And as for the AARP, I´m still trying to decide whether they are Con Men of the Century, or Dupes of the Century. From what I can determine, they thought Obamacare would force all the elderly to join AARP and buy their worthless "supplementary" insurance to cover everything (not really) AARP supported being stripped from Medicare. AARP can go take a hike.
Every state possible should fight this thing. Let the Bright Blue States fund their exchanges and sink with them, and Feds do the Red State exchanges and then put the Fed exchanges on the table for budget cutting. Fight and Starve this monstrous affront to America shoved down our throats by this arrogant and most unAmerican of presidents.
Under the law, Americans who are not covered through work will be able to comparison shop for health insurance in online markets, also known as exchanges, designed to mimic the shopping experience of popular travel sites.
Isn´t it nice that, three years after "passage", they still talk only in future tense about this legislative pig. Nobody can yet say what it has done for anybody. It´s a disgrace.
The administration is wrongly drawing up rules for taking the tax credit for health insurance. The law says that if you buy from a state exchange, you get the credit. It does not say that if you buy from a federal exchange you get a credit. The admin has ignored the law and drawn up regulations to let credits apply to either. That will need to be litigated, probably through tax courts. The purpose of the law was to force the states to set up the exchanges by giving the credits. When the states rebelled against the added expenses and intrusion, Obama and Sebelius just ignored the law and started dictating.
The administration adjusted several rules to accommodate industry concerns, including allowing insurance companies to institute higher deductibles in plans they sell to small businesses and setting enrollment periods to prevent consumers from signing up for insurance only when they get sick.
The proposed new rules drew cautious praise from several leading industry representatives. Karen Ignagni, head of America´s Health Insurance Plans, reiterated concerns that requirements still may force consumers "to purchase coverage that is more costly than they have today."
Who is paying to administer all these exchanges? I can already visualize bureaucratic agencies stuffed full of people getting 5 weeks vacation, generous salaries, and probably public union representation to boot.
Montevideo - Uruguay´s Senate is expected to pass a law on Tuesday making the small South American nation the world´s first to allow its citizens to grow, buy and smoke marijuana. The pioneering government-sponsored bill establishes state regulation of the cultivation, distribution and consumption of marijuana and is aimed at wresting the business from criminals. Cannabis consumers would be allowed to buy a maximum of 40 grams (1.4 ounces) each month from state-regulated pharmacies as long as they are over the age of 18 and registered on a government database that will monitor their monthly purchases.
The political temperature in the Arctic rose on Tuesday when Vladimir Putin vowed to step up Russia´s military presence in the region in response to a claim by Canada to the north pole. In typically trenchant style, Putin told his defence chiefs to concentrate on building up infrastructure and military units in the Arctic. He said the region was again key to Russia´s national and strategic interests, following a retreat in the post-Soviet period. His comments were a direct and rapid riposte to Canada, a rival Arctic power. John Baird, said his government had asked scientists to work on a submission to the UN arguing
The phone call came from a charming woman with a bright, engaging voice to the cell phone of a TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer. She wanted to offer a deal on health insurance, but something was fishy. When Scherer asked point blank if she was a real person, or a computer-operated robot voice, she replied enthusiastically that she was real, with a charming laugh. But then she failed several other tests. When asked “What vegetable is found in tomato soup?” she said she did not understand the question. When asked multiple times what day of the week it was yesterday, she complained repeatedly of a bad connection.
A porn performer who tested positive for HIV in Los Angeles is asking for privacy as the industry tries to determine the scope of the problem. "The performer deserves privacy and dignity at this difficult time, and we ask that our colleagues and the media respect the performer’s wishes for privacy unless he or she wishes to speak," the Free Speech Coalition, a porn industry trade group, said in a statement. The Free Speech Coalition said it was working to identify anyone who had sex with the infected performer. “We take the health of our performers very seriously and felt
In China on Thursday, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. spoke plainly about the role of a free press in a democratic society. “Innovation thrives where people breathe freely, speak freely, are able to challenge orthodoxy, where newspapers can report the truth without fear of consequences,” he said in an address to American businesspeople living and working there. He was speaking against the backdrop of China’s restrictive policies on reporting by foreign news organizations; the Chinese government has so far declined to renew the visas of nearly two dozen reporters from The New York Times and Bloomberg News as a consequence
Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided not to attend a memorial service for Nelson Mandela this week because it is too expensive to travel to South Africa, Israeli media reported on Sunday. Netanyahu had notified the South African authorities that he would fly in but cancelled his plans at the last minute due to the costs involved -- around 7.0 million shekels ($2 million) for his transport and security alone, pubic radio and the Haaretz daily reported. "The decision was made in light of the high transportation costs resulting from the short notice of the trip and the security required for the prime minister
New Orleans - Things traditionally get started a little late down here, an inclination that runs from mealtimes to political races. But with nearly a year to go before the 2014 election, it is already open season on Senator Mary L. Landrieu, Democrat of Louisiana. (Snip) As Democrats look across the rest of the South, the outlook does not get much better. Ms. Landrieu, along with Senators Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Kay Hagan of North Carolina, is pretty much all that is left of Southern Democrats in the Senate. All three are up for re-election next year. And the outcome of their races could determine whether the Southern Democrat,
New York — The anchor who might beat Bill O’Reilly gets her eyelash extensions applied one at a time, with tweezers and dabs of glue, about 90 minutes before showtime, right after a motorized gun sprays foundation over her face, neck, shoulders, collarbone and sternum, wiping out a galaxy of light freckles that spreads across her — Let me stop you right there. Photos of the day Uruguay legalizes marijuana, Kiev police pull back from protesters, aging U.S. prison population and more. Tuesday´s Photos of the day Would you write this way about a man? About O’Reilly himself? At least that’s what Megyn Kelly might ask at
In August 2013 I became very sick with what I thought was a cold. After a few days I lost vision in my left eye and I checked into the hospital. I soon found out that what I thought was a summer cold was actually Strep bacteria poisoning my blood stream. The bacteria blinded my left eye, ate a hole through my heart, caused five strokes on both sides of my brain and forced the removal of my prosthetic left knee. Dr. Lee was the surgeon assigned to perform open heart surgery. What was originally scheduled to last four hours ended
The health director who approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate has died in a plane crash, Hawaiian officials said Thursday. Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft she was travelling on went down shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport at around 3:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) on Wednesday. The other eight people on board were rescued, Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC News early Thursday, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed. Fuddy hit the headlines two years ago when she approved a waiver request allowing Obama to
Fox News host Megyn Kelly has made herself the center of a racial controversy by declaring that Jesus Christ and Santa Claus are white. On Wednesday night, Kelly was responding to an article by Slate writer Aisha Harris, who wrote an article entitled “ Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore .” The popular news host told viewers of “The Kelly File,” her hit FNC program, “When I saw this headline, I kinda laughed and I said, ‘Oh, this is ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it´s racist to have a white Santa.’ And by the way, for all you kids
Views of the tea party are at all-time lows in a new poll, as primary challenges to establishment Republicans continue to heat up Washington. Just 30 percent of Americans view the tea party favorably in a new Gallup poll released Wednesday, the movement’s lowest point since Gallup began polling about it during its rise in 2010. Also in a first, a majority of Americans had an unfavorable view of the tea party, at 51 percent. Similar numbers of respondents described themselves as proponents or opponents of the tea party: Twenty-two percent identified themselves as tea party supporters, while 24 percent said they
Columnist Charles Krauthammer attacked new Obamacare rules unveiled by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a late Thursday conference call, saying the Obama administration is “approach[ing] banana republic lawlessness” by issuing the decrees. Krauthammer spoke with Fox News’ Bret Baier on a panel with Juan Williams and Judge Andrew Napolitano, as the three reacted to Sebelius’ new directives for insurance companies. “This is exactly a reaction to a deep understanding among Democrats that [Obamacare] is a train wreck,” he said. “And it’s a panic reaction. As the judge said, this is utterly lawless. This now approaches banana republic lawlessness.
WASHINGTON – It’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of the budget deal.“Embrace the suck,” House minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi told fellow Democrats Thursday morning, a source told Politico.“We need to get this off the table so we can go forward,” she added. It’s a way of telling her colleagues the budget deal negotiated with Republicans is the best they can get. Democrats are fuming that the bipartisan budget deal doesn’t extend unemployment benefits for more than a million Americans. One of Pelosi’s top lieutenants, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, said Thursday it