obamanomics works for no man.
Kaiser Health News ^ | January 15, 2015 | By Pauline Bartolone, Capital Public Radio
When Dennie Wright went to sign up for obamacare insurance last year, it wasn’t a hard decision. His insurance agent told him he had only one insurer – Anthem Blue Cross – that he could buy from on the exchange, Covered California.
Wright lives in a modest house overlooking a pasture in Indian Valley. It’s a tiny alpine community at the northern end of the Sierra Mountains, close to the border with Nevada. He lives in one of 250 zip codes where Blue Shield of California stopped selling individual insurance policies in 2014.
“That was new to us, you know, Covered California. Anthem Blue Cross was the insurance carrier. Then of course, three months later I have a heart attack,” says Wright.
More than once, he was flown across the state line to Reno for care. Wright and his wife, Kathy, now have piles of medical bills and insurance paperwork. Anthem Blue Cross covers emergencies when they happen out-of-state but not routine doctor care in another state.
In twenty-two counties in Northern California, there are zip codes where there is only one choice of insurer. There are areas around Monterey and Santa Cruz on California’s Central Coast that also have only one carrier.
American Spectator ^ | 1/19/2015 | David Catron
Marilyn Tavenner, the obama administration official who presided over obamacare’s worst debacles and most devious deceptions, has finally made an intelligent decision—she resigned. Tavenner ran the government bureaucracy responsible for the inept rollout of HealthCare.gov, the promulgation of phony PPACA enrollment figures, and the handout of legally dubious waivers to Democrat-friendly donors. And, when Congress subpoenaed her emails—stop me if you’ve heard this one before—she discovered that they had somehow been deleted. Having thus committed as many blunders as can be reasonably expected of any incompetent apparatchik, she announced last Friday that she will depart next month.
The “news” media have represented Tavenner as a casualty of obamacare’s disastrous launch, as if the mind-boggling mismanagement of its implementation can be attributed to some natural disaster. Her boss, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, actually praised her handling of the botched rollout: “It’s a measure of her tenacity and dedication that after the tough initial rollout of HealthCare.gov, she helped right the ship.” In reality, Tavenner and her underlings at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are responsible for running it aground. And, as Reuters reports, “a team of outside experts got the website working.” Not coincidentally, the leader of that team will replace her as acting CMS administrator.
Surprise, surprise, surprise.
North Platte Bulletin ^ | 1/17/15 | George Lauby
One of the primary health insurance companies in Nebraska is folding, after federal grants and loans were cut off in mid-December.
Policy holders are scrambling to switch to one of the only two remaining health insurance companies in Nebraska – Coventry or Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
(Hey, fatso, put the doughnut down. See, that didn't cost a nickel).
The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 16, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
Posted on 1/17/2015, 2:12:36 PM by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
A new project from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is using computer simulated training sessions to teach doctors in Minnesota how to talk to fat kids.
The nearly $500,000 study using “virtual role play” to coach doctors is the latest attempt by the federal government to combat obesity.
Of course, you would expect someone named Hussein to do that.
National Post ^ | January 16, 2015 | Tom Blackwell
incidents point to dangerous breakdowns in the Canadian health-care system. But don’t expect to find any public record of either apparent blunder — or of thousands of similarly harmful and sometimes deadly mistakes that occur in facilities across the country each year.
Most instances of the system hurting rather than healing patients, in fact, are not even reported by staff internally, a National Post investigation has documented.
Research suggests that about 70,000 patients a year experience preventable, serious injury as a result of treatments. More shocking, a landmark study published a decade ago estimated that as many as 23,000 Canadian adults die annually because of preventable “adverse events” in acute-care hospitals alone.
The rate of errors may be even higher today, some evidence suggests, despite the millions of dollars spent on much-touted patient-safety efforts.
Yet a tiny fraction of those cases are publicly acknowledged and usually only in the form of antiseptic statistics. For most serious treatment gaffes, not even the sparsest of details is revealed, making the vast problem all but invisible.
The Post has also learned there is no routine, public documentation of one common source of health-care harm — malfunctioning medical devices linked to dozens of deaths and hundreds of serious injuries every year.
that blacks, the least educated thirteen percent of the population, the least productive, most criminal, and most dependent on governmental charity almost always vote democrat?, Why is it that this 13% of the population are always in the fore front of American politics? Could it be that the democrats would never win an election without them and they know it? Just wondering.
We are sooooo screwed and you can thank your local lib loon.
vanity | January 15, 2015 | CivilWarBrewing
Obama's release of five more Yemeni terrorists from GITMO yesterday, one week after the terrorist attacks in Paris is beyond words. It wasn't outrageous enough that he didn't appear at the anti-terror march in Paris, he had to follow that up with what can only be described as a show of solidarity with Islamic terrorism since Yemen is where the two Kouachi brothers got their weapons training before their brutal attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine. Would you expect less from a guy named Hussein?
Certainly not the current one. The only thing obama ever ran was his mouth. (Perhaps erazor can come to obama's aid and help run one sixth of the American economy. Don't hold your breath.)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Filing a federal tax return is about to get more complicated for millions of families because of obama's health law. But they shouldn't expect much help from the Internal Revenue Service.
Got a question for the IRS? Good luck reaching someone by phone. The tax agency says only half of the 100 million people expected to call this year will be able to reach a person.
Callers who do get through may have to wait on hold for 30 minutes or more to talk to someone who will answer only the simplest questions.
"Taxpayers who need help are not getting it, and tax compliance is likely to suffer over the longer term if these problems are not quickly and decisively addressed," said a report Wednesday by agency watchdog Nina E. Olson.