A new annual survey of Americans´ satisfaction with their healthcare finds the percentage who deem it good or excellent has slipped five points during the past election year, down to 67%. Now, according to the new Gallup Poll, the percentage who feel their healthcare is good has dipped from 43% to 40%, while those saying it´s excellent has dropped from 29% to 27%. The survey taken last month finds a familiar split personality among American adults.
Tis isn´t a very good indicator since the teeth of Obamacare hasn´t really sunk in yet. Then you have to seperate health care with people having their hours reduced so the company can avoid the higher costs. This could be more devastating to people than the lack of health coverage.
I go to a local clinic on a sliding scale,so I´m relatively happy with that considering what I would have to pay for even a catastrophic plan.
I have to count on God to keep me out of an operating room.
I could always dress up like an illegal and hit the emergency room.
People aren’t liking “cook book medicine” very well, and it will get much worse. They aren’t liking spending an hour or two answering questions that some government expert dreamed up before they are given something for a sore throat, or that the physician, or more likely, a “P.A” looks at their computer screen rather than listening to their heart. They aren’t appreciating that the hospital is more interested in meeting “core measures” than in answering the call light because their IV Pump is bleating, or they have to get up to the bathroom. But take heart. In a few years, today will look like the “good old days”.
I still can´t believe the apathy and/or the acquiescence of the majority of Americans to the passing of, and now the activation of ObamaCare. Giving up rights and control like lambs to a liberal utopian slaughter. When do we apply to the European Union?
The weak underbelly of America is that a hellbent, motivated and organized minority can push the rest of around. And we all grouse a bit, but gradually knuckle under to the new Leftist rules. An American tragedy. Alas, we´ve, as a nation, become too fat and stupid to save ourselves, Mr. Hayek.
It´s true that O-care hasn´t yet sunk its teeth all the way into our jugulars. However, many existing insurance companies have already accommodated themselves to it in their "Changes for 2013" -- hence the beginning of the drop in satisfaction, from those who read the changes. It will get much, much worse as people discover what it is going to do to THEM personally.
My 73 year old cousin was just told she only needs to get a mammogram for two more years, and then she will not need them anymore. She asked if the incidence of cancer is less after age 73; well, no, actually the incidence of breast cancer is higher for 75+ women. But 0bamacare does not pay for a woman over 75 to have a mammogram.
Conan: Bill Clinton is very upset with Anthony Weiner comparing his sexting to Clinton´s affair with Monica. Bill Clinton said, “Real men cheat in person.” Fallon: I just read that 25% of toddlers in America know how to use an iPad. While 100% of toddlers in China know how to make one. Conan: German researchers were recently able to stop light from traveling for an extended period of time. Here’s how they did it— they placed the light on United Airlines.
Hello. I’m Senator Susan Collins from Maine. My family founded a small business in northern Maine more than 160 years ago. Today, it continues to be run by two of my brothers. Our economy is built on millions of enterprises just like ours. It’s not easy to survive in today’s economy. But these employers remain our nation’s job creators. We should be doing all we can to promote policies to help them survive and thrive. Effective health-care reform should provide Americans with access to quality and affordable care while also encouraging economic growth. That’s not what is happening under ObamaCare.
Hi, everybody. This week, I went down to an Amazon warehouse in Tennessee to talk more about what we need to do to secure a better bargain for the middle class — to make sure that anyone who works hard can get ahead in the 21st century economy. Over the past four and a half years, we’ve fought our way back from the worst recession of our lifetimes and begun to lay a foundation for stronger, more durable economic growth. Today, our businesses have created 7.3 million new jobs.
Impressive! President Obama´s policy reset with Russia is working out as well as his economic stimulus, Guantanamo closing, spending cutbacks, green energy investments, debt discipline, Benghazi investigation, Egyptian fallout, midterm campaigning, Syrian dictator-ousting, Bush-blaming, Libya-calming, Iran-isolating, job approval, budget-passing, Kim Jong-un-taming, ObamaCare implementation and Muslim-outreaching. American presidents have done naive things in the past. Few if any have been so totally and embarrassingly fruitless as this Democrat´s self-imposed suck-up to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Obama has just endured another diplomatic slap, with Putin´s government granting NSA leaker Edward Snowden a year´s asylum.
It looks like we won´t have much to write for the next three years. The media, which knows all and tells some, has proclaimed Hillary Clinton the 2016 Democrat nominee. Who can argue? Joe the Delaware Gaffer? Nah? Clinton had breakfast with Biden this week to break the news. And lunch with Obama to get their stories straight about the lethal Benghazi screw-up. She assured him she won´t critically distance herself from him for another two years. Some of his campaigners signed on to the Clinton campaign-that´s-pretending-not-to-be--yet. And some senators profess adoration.
Montana´s Attorney General Tim Fox has taken a stand against revealing the identities of concealed weapon permit holders. All 50 states now have laws permitting qualified individuals to own and carry concealed firearms. But emotions have flared over identifying all those as a class. A firestorm of controversy erupted last winter when a suburban New York newspaper, citing the public´s right to know, published the names and addresses of all licensed handgun owners in two counties.
Letterman: So, Anthony Weiner has apologized for this new scandal. He also apologized for the next one. And the next one after that. Fallon: British Royal Birth: Kate Middleton´s baby weighs about eight pounds. Americans asked, ´How much is that in dollars?´ Conan: At their press conference, Anthony Weiner’s wife said she will stand by her husband. Especially when he goes on the computer. Leno: In a GQ interview, VP Joe Biden says he can die a happy man never having been president. You know what? So can we!
Tonight, millions of middle class Americans will go to sleep worried - worried about a job, worried about health care, worried about whether they can ever get ahead. While the bills stack up, many middle class families wonder whether there’s ever going to be enough money left over at the end of the month to save for retirement or college tuition. All the while, an out-of-touch government in Washington continues to abuse its power and put special interests first while hard working Americans are left to pay the bill.
Hi everybody. On Wednesday, I spoke about what we need to do as a country to build a better bargain for the middle class — to make sure everyone who works hard has a chance to get ahead in the 21st century economy. You see, over the past four and a half years, America has fought its way back from the worst recession of our lifetimes. We saved the auto industry, took on a broken health care system and invested in new American technologies to reverse our addiction to foreign oil.
What a difference 18,262 days makes. President Obama interrupted his campaign for somebody to do something about the nation´s economy to meet in the Oval Office with Truong Tan Sang Thursday. He´s the president of Vietnam, the country whose name is seared into the American psyche from the lost war. You may recall the U.S. and Communists argued over what shape their peace-talk table would be in 1968. The two presidents solved that problem yesterday; they didn´t have one. Obama was an infant an that time. So, he´s losing his own guerrilla war now much the same way in Afghanistan.
See anyone you know in that photo above? Maybe the old guy in the blue shirt front row? Notice anything else about this gang? Yup, no hair on any of them. Heads shaved shiny bald. Almost all these guys are Secret Service agents. They´re on the full-time protection detail for former President George H.W. Bush. One of these agents, first name Jon last name withheld, has a two-year-old son named Patrick. He’s in a tough struggle right now with leukemia.
One way to look at President Obama´s speech tour today: President Obama takes his firm commitment to grow the American economy on the road to urge creation of thousands of new jobs to expand the middle-class. [Snip] Another way to look at Obama´s tour: Lord spare us, the nation´s most addicted campaigner begins -- what? -- the 84th call on somebody to do something about the stubbornly stagnant economy to finally create hundreds of thousands of new jobs he promised four years ago. Obama has pivoted to the jobs meme so often he needs new soles on his shoes.
White House insiders say President Barack Obama is in “a funk” about what he sees as increasing stagnation and failures surrounding his second term and some worry that the President is becoming more distant and distracted. “He’s not the same Obama that came to the Oval Office after the 2008 elections,” a senior White House aided confided to friends in an email recently. “I’m worried.” Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel tells friends that the Presidency has changed his longtime friend Obama and many of those changes are “not good.”
In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say.On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans, citing an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The bulletin said that the highest threat levels are the Middle East and North Africa, “and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arab Peninsula.”
Washington - President Barack Obama´s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East. The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday (Snip) Obama is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat after playing golf earlier on Saturday. His birthday is Sunday. The White House said Obama had received regular briefings about the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures all week.
[Video] Rapper Jay Z appearing on HBO´s "Real Time" with Bill Maher says that the black community wants upward economic mobility rather than a stronger police presence. In a conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank about police tactics such as stop-and-frisk, Jay Z suggests the stagnant economy and wealth inequality could cause widespread social unrest: "The real problem is there´s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider... It´s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression
Common sense tells me that cops don´t need a Taser or a shotgun to subdue a 95-year-old man. When John Wrana was a young man, fit and strong and fighting in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, did he ever think he´d end this way? Just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday, in need of a walker to move about, cops coming through the door of his retirement home with a Taser and a shotgun.
Not only should President Obama cancel a bilateral summit with "schoolyard bully" Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday on "Face the Nation," but considering the country granted asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, U.S. allies should try to move next month´s G-20 gathering from St. Petersburg. "President Putin´s behaving like a schoolyard bully, and in my experience, I´ve learned, unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more," Schumer said. "He´s always going out of his way, President Putin is, to seem to poke us in
You don´t have to be gay or even Russian to feel the wrath of the Russian government´s homophobia. You could go to jail if you are "pro-gay," whatever that means. And that´s under just one of a growing number of hate-infused bills becoming law at a time when, as it happens, Russia is preparing to host the world in the next Winter Olympics. The perverse anti-gay legislation is inflaming an atmosphere of persistent intimidation and at times deadly violence against Russian gays and lesbians. The question now is: What should the rest of the world do?
Several skills that every kid once learned in school are going the way of the dodo in a hurry. Diagramming sentences is practically an extinct art, for example. Cursive handwriting and memorized multiplication tables look to be swiftly headed that way. Apparently, the next thing that kids will no longer need to learn is spelling and grammar. Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in northeast England, announced that traditional language rules are out of fashion, reports the Daily Mail. Kids don’t need to waste time on those things, see. State-of-the-art computers and mobile phones can make
I have a suggestion. How about an exhibit on Tawana Brawley? If the purpose of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian is to remember racial controversies, as the proposed Trayvon exhibit seems to confirm, then how about an honest look at the phenomenon of hate crime hoaxes? Particular attention should be paid to the role of the media in both the Trayvon and Tawana materials. Unquestionably, the media stirred up racial animus, and these incidents both contributed to raising racial tensions.
Police shot and killed an armed teen in the South Bronx early today after the suspect opened fire and refused to drop his gun, police said. Two rookie cops heard shots fired near East 151st Street and Courtlandt Avenue around 3 a.m. and ran in the direction of fire, police said. The uniformed officers saw Shaaliver Douse, 14, of the South Bronx, chasing another person through the streets, according to cops. Douse, who was arrested in May on attempted murder charges for shooting a 15-year-old, fired at the man running on East 151st Street this morning, police said.
An odd dark vertical line that was observed in the sky over Florida earlier this week has left meteorologists puzzled. The shadowy apparition was spotted and photographed by Mike Weight at Honeymoon Island State Park near Dunedin, Florida, Wednesday. Weight was walking on the beach at around 12.30pm. The day was bright and sunny, but there were thunderheads forming to the east. ‘I was looking North when I observed what looked like a ray of dark light coming down from a small cloud to the surface of the Gulf about a half-mile away,’ the 73-year-old man wrote in an email
Goose Creek resident Nancy Mace officially announced her campaign to defeat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in the 2014 Republican Party primary. The first woman to graduate from the Citadel, Mace is a well-regarded up-and-comer in Palmetto State politics, counting at least one notable South Carolina Tea Party fave as an ally, state Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort). However, if Mace truly hopes to secure the SCGOP nomination, she will need to answer questions about another comrade, Will Folks of FITSNews. As the former co-owner of FITSNews, Mace presided over the South Carolina political gossip site during its most infamous days;