The GAO issued a statement that it "could not render an opinion on the consolidated financial statements of the federal government (other than the Statement of Social Insurance) because of widespread material internal control weaknesses and other limitations." Oh, boy. Let's put 'em in charge of health care, eh?
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts and the five commercial members of the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans went before a judge on April 8 in Massachusetts Superior Court asking for a preliminary injunction against Insurance Commissioner Joseph G. Murphy's decision to reject 235 of 274 premium hikes proposed by the insurers. The ruling could leave insurers with hundreds of millions in losses this year.
Chalk one up for transparency! Even though they were not legally required to provide the information until 2013, Medtronic disclosed the amount of royalties and consulting fees paid to doctors in the first quarter of 2010. Lack of transparency on all levels of health care has been a massive barrier. Now, only if doctors and hospitals would do the same for their prices on a more widespread scale
Two important events were missed during the week of January 2nd because of the frenzy over the reporting about the the Republican presidential candidates and Obama's unconstitutional recess appointments. Below is Part one. Part two will be posted tomorrow and will zero in on Obamacare waivers.
If I can find embeddable video later I will post it, but don't miss this confrontation in Winston-Salem with the North Carolina Democrat by a mother who "lives in the hospital" with her two children. She knows way more about Obamacare than Hagan, who just comes off as ignorant. Kudos to the NBC affiliate WXII for capturing and posting the story. A taste:
"I don't want free health care. Because I will sell…
A top-mark expert at Heritage told me that he expects within six months the entire thing to be amended it is so unworkable.
I know one is not suppose to be anything like a conspiracy theorist, so call me crazy if you must, but I frankly believe (and considering Nancy Pelosi's comments 'pass this thing, so we can find out what's in it' etc.) that the plan here was about 'transformation'. Republicans are agitating for 'repeal' but I think Democrats are going to start… Continue
President Obama guaranteed Americans that after health reform became law they could keep their insurance plans and their doctors. It's clear that this promise cannot be kept. Insurers and physicians are already reshaping their businesses as a result of Mr. Obama's plan.
Check out the Congressman who doesn't care about the Constitution.
Now, make no mistake. Tea Partiers have to do better in these exchanges. The entire exchange shows that they weren't defeating him in a debate, but badgering him for his mistake. Spending a few hours a week at Heartland U. would give them the training they need to take these exchanges to the next… Continue
This is a tough blog post for me, but in the interests of civil dialogue and making sure we libertarians and conservatives police our own, I have to do it.
Earlier today I sent a broadcast email announcing a Webinar tomorrow being hosted by Heartland Policy Advisor Dave Racer. As I venture to say most of us in this community do, Dave believes the federal health care overhaul legislation is a disaster.
The subject line of my email was “Hope You Can Attend This Webinar: Health…
Obamacare will affect senior and young people disproportionally when it hits with full force next year. Knowledgeable seniors already know to expect less than in the past because of the cuts to future Medicare funding payment for more than half of the Obamacare health law. They also know that better care will not be forthcoming even though Insurance rates will increase.
Speaking of one standard for the Feds and another for everybody else, Ron Bachman writes up the results of his trip to Germany where he dug deep into the German system. He writes, “We listened to federal and state officials, doctors, hospital executives, members of the Bundestag, a health journalist, and German policy experts. They told us that the German system is the fourth most expensive system in the world. Their costs are rising rapidly and are unsustainable.” He says he…
Okay, so the states get hosed, and the insurers get hosed, but how's 'bout the business community in general? Surely they must be doing better now that health care has been "reformed." Well, not so much.
We've already discussed how larger unionized companies had to account for their new liabilities under FAS 106. Henry Waxman threatened to bring them all before his committee for their temerity in complying with SEC requirements. They were just trying to undermine all…
Have you noticed how AGW believers defend AGW, with nothing to back it up?
Or how Liberals defend the HC bill, with no ability to back up claims of how beneficial it will be?
All while others show evidence, facts, history to the contrary? The phrase for their behavior is 'intellectual dishonesty'.
These people are intellectually dishonest, a common trait amongst the North American Liberals, who use feelings as a substitute for evidence,… Continue
The title of this series is a work-in-progress. Perhaps intended consequences is better. Or predicted consequences. We might have to work on that, because President Obama and Congress are quickly proving to be either charlatans or fools (and it's just as likely they are both.)
"Government Fears Bundled Crisis Might Traumatize Children," was posted at The Heritage Foundry by Brandon Steward on August 10. http://blog.heritage.org
In his posting Brandon Steward told of a guide for parents and educators published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, titled: "Tips for Talking to Children & Youth About the Oil Spill Disaster."
In the opening paragraph the guide states: "Children and youth… Continue