Showing posts with label Obamacare. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Obamacare. Show all posts

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Obamacare struck down

WASHINGTON — A conservative federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act “invalid” on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now.
In a 55-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that last year’s tax cut bill knocked the constitutional foundation from under “Obamacare” by eliminating a penalty for not having coverage. The rest of the

Friday, October 13, 2017

Trump has killed Obamacare

Late Thursday night, the Trump administration announced that cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers — a key prop for Obamacare — “must stop, effective immediately.”
“CSR payments are prohibited unless and until a valid appropriation exists,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a legal opinion issued to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Treasury Department.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Who is Jonathan Gruber?

This man did more to elect Donald Trump than anyone else. 

Jonathan Holmes Gruber (born September 30, 1965) is an American professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught since 1992.[4] He is also the director of the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he is a research associate. An associate editor of both the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of Health Economics, Gruber has been heavily involved in crafting public health policy.
He has been described as a key architect[5] of both the 2006 Massachusetts health care reform, sometimes referred to as "Romneycare", and the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, sometimes referred to as the "ACA" and "Obamacare". He became the focus of a media and political firestorm in late 2014 when videos surfaced in which he made controversial statements about the legislative process, marketing strategies, and public perception surrounding the passage of the ACA.

Thursday, May 4, 2017



CHICAGO - Eric Scheidler, a Chicago-based national director of the #ProtestPP (Protest Planned Parenthood) Coalition is applauding the passage of the American Health Care Act by the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday.
Since the new Congress was sworn in this year, Scheidler and #ProtestPP have organized nearly 400 rallies throughout the country in support of defunding Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion chain.
"With today's vote in the House, our leaders in Congress have taken a giant step toward keeping the promise they made to voters last year to defund Planned Parenthood. Now it's time for the Senate and President Trump to get the job done."


Republican Obamacare replacement bill passes House

  • GOP leaders had struggled for months to win enough support for the bill in their caucus
  • The bill faces a potentially harder road to winning passage in the Senate
  • An earlier version of the bill was expected to lead 24 million more people to become uninsured

Friday, March 24, 2017

Not Good

House Republican leaders abruptly pulled a rewrite of the nation’s health-care system from consideration on Friday, a dramatic defeat for President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) that leaves a major campaign promise unfilled and casts doubt on the Republican Party’s ability to govern.
In addition to leaving the Affordable Care Act in place, the news also raises questions about the GOP’s ability to advance other high-stakes agenda items, including tax reform and infrastructure spending. Ryan is still without a signature achievement as speaker — and the defeat undermines Trump’s image as a skilled dealmaker willing to strike compromises to push his agenda forward.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Trump deflected any responsibility for the setback and blamed Democrats instead. 
“We couldn’t get one Democratic vote and we were a little bit shy, very little, but it was still a little bit shy so we pulled it,” he said. 
“I don’t blame Paul,” Trump said, referring to Ryan.
Which Republicans forced Trump to pull the health-care bill
In a news conference shortly after the decision, Ryan conceded that his party “came up short.”

House Votes Today


WASHINGTON (AP) - Abandoning negotiations, President Donald Trump demanded a make-or-break vote on health care legislation in the House, threatening to leave "Obamacare" in place and move on to other issues if Friday's vote fails.
The risky move, part gamble and part threat, was presented to GOP lawmakers behind closed doors Thursday night after a long and intense day that saw a planned vote on the health care bill scrapped as the legislation remained short of votes amid cascading negotiations among conservative lawmakers, moderates and others.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

ObamaCare Lite not doing so well!

The much-maligned Obamacare replacement bill will face its biggest test so far on Thursday, as a House of Representatives committee filled with conservatives could derail the legislation backed by Speaker Paul Ryan before it gets to the House floor. 
If four Republicans join Democrats in voting against the bill in the House Budget Committee, the legislation will fail.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The logical outcome of electing a person without any work experience

President Obama and company have sure messed this up. 
WASHINGTON — Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That’s sure to stoke another “Obamacare” controversy days before a presidential election.

Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Some states will see much bigger jumps, others smaller increases.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Medical facilities are killing non-terminally ill patients by withholding food & water

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It’s bad enough that euthanasia of the terminally-ill is now legal in states like Oregon and California, a hospital and a hospice are deliberately killing non-terminally ill patients by withholding food and water, à la what they did to Terri Schiavo.
culture of death
The following is a June 6 email from Life Legal Defense Foundation:
Life Legal received two distressing phone calls on Sunday.
One was from the niece of an elderly woman who is in the hospital following an injury. The woman has slight dementia, but is able to communicate. The hospital decided it would no longer treat her, as care was “futile” because of the woman’s dementia.The woman’s niece tried to get a court order to keep her aunt alive, but the judge refused—and slandered the niece’s Catholic faith in the process. Yesterday, the hospital withdrew food and hydration from the woman.
Did you know that dementia is considered a terminal illness? And that food and hydration are considered “medical care” that can be withdrawn if a physician believes your condition won’t improve over time? In this case, the woman’s dementia is not severe—she still recognizes her niece and the hospital staff—yet because it will likely not get better, her doctors sentenced her to an agonizing death.
The second call was from the boyfriend of a 30-year-old woman who suffered a brain injury after she went into cardiac arrest. She is in a hospice facility that has not given her any nutrition for over a week. A few days ago, she started talking! She said that she is hungry and is asking for food. She is able to pull herself up and move her legs. She sings along to her favorite songs. Yet, the hospice refuses to feed her and is now giving her morphine because she tried to get out of bed.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Soon, your local doc in the box and CVS will have these. Did you read the small print in the Obama care bill?

Canadian doctors to get euthanasia kits. 

This December, Quebec will become the first jurisdiction in Canada to allow competent adults experiencing intolerable suffering at the end of life to request “medical aid in dying,” aka physician-assisted suicide, aka euthanasia.
Bill 52 allows doctors to administer lethal injections to mentally fit patients suffering an incurable illness who are in constant and unbearable physical or psychological pain, in an advanced state of irreversible decline. and be at the end of life.
Hippocratic Oath
Sharon Kirkey reports for National Post, Aug. 28, 2015, that Quebec doctors will soon be given standardized kits with which to end the lives of patients seeking euthanasia, along with detailed instructions as the province prepares to usher in legalized aid in dying. The
euthanasia patient-killing kit

Monday, December 15, 2014

This legislation combined with the death panel provisions of Obama care will be the death of you.


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CHICAGO - An advocacy group is holding a Chicago screening of a documentary propagandizing that people diagnosed with terminal illnesses should be allowed to kill themselves.
The documentary "How to Die in Oregon" will be shown Saturday with a discussion afterward.
The group Compassion & Choices organized the free screening. Oregon was the first state to allow individuals diagnosed by a doctor as terminally ill to kill themselves using lethal medications prescribed by a doctor.
The issue has gained attention because of the recent death of 29-year-old brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard, who moved from California to Oregon to make use of the Oregon law.
Exploiting Maynard's death, Compassion & Choices has launched a media campaign urging Illinois lawmakers to pass a similar law.

Saturday, November 1, 2014



Andrew Klavan ferrets out the truth to the question on everyone's mind: Is Obamacare working, or are the death panels that the administration swears don't exist already heading to our houses to "cut costs" even as we speak?

Monday, October 13, 2014



9-year-old patient Jayden Broadway of Denver is being treated for the enterovirus 68 
By Teri O'Brien - 
How many American children have died from the Enterovirus D-68, or do you call it the “Unaccompanied Alien Minors Virus?” Were illegal alien children shipped all over the United States after this past summer’s invasion to try to cover up the origin of these infections with a virus that hasn’t been seen in the U.S. since 1962, and which some experts consider more dangerous than Ebola? There is evidence that the answer is yes. 
Speaking of Ebola, the third-world plague that Obama was eager to see invade our country for reasons stated here, now a Dallas health care worker, probably a nurse, who took care of the late Liberian, Thomas Eric Duncan, is infected, despite taking every precaution recommended by “experts” from the federal government’s CDC. How could that happen? During a Sunday morning news conference on October 12, the CDC director stated that the cause was a "breach of protocol," while other experts are warning that it may too late to stop the spread of this disease in the U.S. If we had only listened to left-wing lunatic Rep. Alan Greyson. Even he could see back in July that we should have shut down flights from West Africa.
It looks like the One has found a worthy successor to his race-baiting disgrace of an Attorney General, Eric Holder, and he’s a doozy. Reports are that he will be named before the election, which is only 23 days away.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Rahm's brother, the one that wrote the Obamacare Act, wants to pull your plug at age 75. That kinda explains where they got the death panels from.


EORAHM-CST-100414-1Ezekiel Emanuel with his brother Rahm
By Laurie Higgins - 
Ezekiel (Zeke) Emanuel, bioethicist and brother to Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, wrote an article for The Atlantic Monthly titled “Why I Hope to Die at 75” that is generating  a lot of, shall we say, discussion.
Let’s clarify from the outset what he is not saying in this article.
He is not advocating the legalization of euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide, both of which he has long and admirably opposed, fearing that their legalization would compromise treatment for chronic pain and depression and would result in non-voluntary euthanasia of mentally incompetent patients or those whose conditions others view as constituting a life not worth living.
Nor is Emanuel announcing his intent to commit suicide at age 75.
In addition to expressing opposition to both euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, Emanuel makes some wise judgments regarding what he views as an American obsession with immortality:

Americans seem to be obsessed with exercising, doing mental puzzles, consuming various juice and protein concoctions, sticking to strict diets, and popping vitamins and supplements, all in a valiant effort to cheat death and prolong life as long as possible. This has become so pervasive that it now defines a cultural type: what I call the American immortal.
While agreeing with his criticism of obsessive efforts at prolonging life, I would disagree that the obsession with immortality is either new or distinctly American.
Facing the end of one’s life, which includes both the weakening of mind and body, is neither easy nor pleasant. Wrestling with the inevitability of aging and death is poorly served, however, by seeking futilely to prolong life or the beauty of youth through the profligate use of time, labor, and money.
Following his admirable observations about suicide and bootless quests for the elusive fountain of youth, Emanuel veers into less admirable territory, providing a litany of physical and cognitive impairments that afflict humans as they age and then concluding that “75 is a pretty good age to aim to stop.”
While acknowledging briefly the contribution aging humans make to mentoring and teaching, Emanuel emphasizes that what such activities really do is expose how aging humans accommodate their waning intellectual and physical capacities. From Emanuel’s perspective, the role and value of mentoring is dwarfed by the reality it signifies, which is “the constricting of our ambitions and expectations.”
Both aspects of mentoring in old age (i.e., that mentoring has value, and that mentoring often reflects a constricting of ambitions, expectations, and abilities) are true, but Emanuel’s emphasis matters.
While he rightly points out that the transmission of the “wisdom of elders” is often undervalued, he contributes to such undervaluation through his dispiriting account of the parade of horribles that accompanies aging. Emanuel acknowledges what for many is the greatest blessing and joy of aging: spending time with children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. But the way he addresses this blessing reveals his values.
While writing two sentences about the blessings of offspring, he spends three paragraphs showing how aging matriarchs and patriarchs burden others, and another three presenting his belief that living when one is “stooped and sluggish, forgetful and repetitive” will pollute the memories of younger family members:
There is more to life than youthful passions focused on career and creating. There is posterity: children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
But here, too, living as long as possible has drawbacks we often won’t admit to ourselves. I will leave aside the very real and oppressive financial and caregiving burdens that many, if not most, adults in the so-called sandwich generation are now experiencing, caught between the care of children and parents. Our living too long places real emotional weights on our progeny.
Unless there has been terrible abuse, no child wants his or her parents to die. It is a huge loss at any age. It creates a tremendous, unfillable hole. But parents also cast a big shadow for most children. Whether estranged, disengaged, or deeply loving, they set expectations, render judgments, impose their opinions, interfere, and are generally a looming presence for even adult children. This can be wonderful. It can be annoying. It can be destructive. But it is inescapable as long as the parent is alive. Examples abound in life and literature: Lear, the quintessential Jewish mother, the Tiger Mom. And while children can never fully escape this weight even after a parent dies, there is much less pressure to conform to parental expectations and demands after.
Living parents also occupy the role of head of the family. They make it hard for grown children to become the patriarch or matriarch. When parents routinely live to 95, children must caretake into their own retirement. That doesn’t leave them much time on their own—and it is all old age. When parents live to 75, children have had the joys of a rich relationship with their parents, but also have enough time for their own lives, out of their parents’ shadows.
But there is something even more important than parental shadowing: memories. How do we want to be remembered by our children and grandchildren? We wish our children to remember us in our prime. Active, vigorous, engaged, animated, astute, enthusiastic, funny, warm, loving. Not stooped and sluggish, forgetful and repetitive, constantly asking “What did she say?” We want to be remembered as independent, not experienced as burdens.
At age 75 we reach that unique, albeit somewhat arbitrarily chosen, moment when we have lived a rich and complete life, and have hopefully imparted the right memories to our children. Living the American immortal’s dream dramatically increases the chances that we will not get our wish—that memories of vitality will be crowded out by the agonies of decline. Yes, with effort our children will be able to recall that great family vacation, that funny scene at Thanksgiving, that embarrassing faux pas at a wedding. But the most-recent years—the years with progressing disabilities and the need to make caregiving arrangements—will inevitably become the predominant and salient memories. The old joys have to be actively conjured up.
Of course, our children won’t admit it. They love us and fear the loss that will be created by our death. And a loss it will be. A huge loss. They don’t want to confront our mortality, and they certainly don’t want to wish for our death. But even if we manage not to become burdens to them, our shadowing them until their old age is also a loss. And leaving them—and our grandchildren—with memories framed not by our vivacity but by our frailty is the ultimate tragedy.
75 defines a clear point in time… The deadline also forces each of us to ask whether our consumption is worth our contribution.
What an unattractive picture Emanuel paints of the final chapter of life. One wonders, does he have an objective measure of creativity, activity-level, vigor, animation, and enthusiasm that he looks to for help in determining human check-out time? Or is it just the diminution of creativity, activity-level, vigor, animation, and enthusiasm that marks one’s appointed departure time? I know an 89 year-old whose activity level, though diminished, exceeds the activity level of a decades younger man I know who has the disposition of a slow-moving loris—which isn’t a bad thing. He’s very pleasant and relaxing to be around.
Emanuel paints an equally unattractive picture of family life in which elderly parents “render judgments, impose their opinions, interfere, and are generally a looming presence” that casts an ominous “shadow” over the lives of their adult children and prevents them from living an independent life. (The overbearing autonomous self rears its intrusive giant head again, obsessed with its own narcissistic desires).
Yes, elderly parents set expectations, render judgments, and offer opinions, but so too do their children and even grandchildren. That’s what family members (and, I might add, friends) do.  Elderly parents also laugh and tell jokes. They cuddle and read stories. They hug and they heal. They watch and they listen. And no one will see grandchildren (or as I call mine, “golden calves”) through glasses as fogged by love as grandparents.
Emanuel could have eloquently illuminated the good that is cultivated when people are offered the privilege of serving the infirm and the disabled of any age.
He could have explored the parade of horribles that, unless we’re careful, can infect any society as blessed with material comfort as America, one horrible of which is the sense of entitlement to comfort and leisure time that has contributed to our willingness to warehouse our elderly.
He could have expressed sadness over the resentment so many Americans feel toward tending to those whose conditions deplete our often ample reservoir of leisure time.
He could have expressed frustration over the amount of time we Americans spend golfing, jogging, shopping, getting manicures, and watching television while our sluggish, forgetful, aching mothers and fathers languish in elder-warehouses with perhaps a visitor or two once a week.
He could have used his rhetorical powers of persuasion to encourage those who care for both aging parents and children to remind their children why their grandparents are stooped.
He could have urged parents to teach their children how to feel about the elderly and disabled when their children are young, long before it is only “with effort” that they are able to recall the funny, joyful memories of their grandparents.
Emanuel is wrong about memory. My “predominant and salient memories” of my grandpa who lived to 89 and of my grandma who lived to 96 are not of “progressing disabilities” and “caregiving arrangements.” Yes, I have those memories, but they are neither predominant nor salient.
My memories of my Swedish immigrant grandpa include his ceaseless tinkering with legs bowed by rickets, his selfless sacrifice of his cake frosting to me on every family birthday, and his awkward gift to my mother of a back- issue of Popular Mechanics magazine to read on the occasion of her hospitalization.
My predominant and salient memories of my grandma are of her making Swedish coffee bread and dumpling soup, of planting snapdragons—those most delightfully aggressive summer flowers—and  picking weeds by hand, all stooped over.
We have ceased to see caring for the least of these—including even our own family members—as a way to bring glory to God. We see little of value in suffering. We don’t see in our own aging any blessing for ourselves or the larger community. We don’t value sacrifice. We don’t see any of this because selfishness, pride, and the values of the world have blinded us to the strange beauty that inheres suffering and sacrifice.
Laurie Higgins is the Cultural Analyst for the Illinois Family Institute. Prior to working for the IFI, Laurie worked full-time for eight years in Deerfield High School’s writing center in Deerfield, Illinois. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Could this happen in America?

I was wondering about this with the passage of Obamacare and all. What do you think?

Doctors in Belgium are killing an average of five people every day by euthanasia, new figures have revealed.
The statistics also show a huge 27 per cent surge in the number of euthanasia cases in the last year alone.
The soaring number of deaths will inevitably fuel fears that euthanasia is out of control in Belgium, a country which only months ago became the first in the world to allow doctors to kill terminally ill children.
There have been a surge in the number of euthanasia deaths in Belgium since it was legalised in 2003. Earlier this year there were protests to stop the law being extended to children
There have been a surge in the number of euthanasia deaths in Belgium since it was legalised in 2003. Earlier this year there were protests to stop the law being extended to children
The figures, published in Sudpresse, Belgium’s leading French-speaking newspaper, showed that 1,816 cases of euthanasia were reported in 2013 compared to to 1,432 in 2012, an overall increase of 26.8 per cent.
‘You could say that currently there are 150 cases of euthanasia per month in Belgium or, even more telling, five people euthanised a day,’ the newspaper said.
Of the total number of cases in 2013, 51.7 per cent were male patients and 48.3 per cent were female.
Elderly people aged between 70 and 90 years made up just over half (53.5 per cent) of the total. Those aged between 60 and 70 years represented 21 per cent and those aged over 90 years seven per cent.
The under-60s accounted for just 15 per cent of the total number of cases.
In 2003 Belgium was the second country in the world to legalise euthanasia after Holland liberalised the law a year earlier, becoming the first country since Nazi Germany to permit the practice.
Over the past decade the numbers of Belgians dying by euthanasia has crept up incrementally.
Controversial: In February, the Belgian House of Representatives voted in favour of extending the policy to children who are terminally-ill or in a state of unrelieved suffering
Controversial: In February, the Belgian House of Representatives voted in favour of extending the policy to children who are terminally-ill or in a state of unrelieved suffering
There was a 25 per cent increase in the number of euthanasia deaths from 2011 to 2012, soaring from 1,133 to 1,432, a figure representing about two per cent of all deaths in the country.
In February Belgium extended euthanasia to children who are terminally-ill and in a state of unrelieved suffering.
They must also be judged to have ‘capacity of discernment’, affirmed by a psychologist, and the consent of their parents before they can die by injection.
Anti-euthanasia campaigners have argued that such safeguards have consistently proved to be meaningless.
They say that besides patients who are gravely ill euthanasia is used increasingly on people with depression or non-terminal conditions.
Those killed include deaf twins Marc and Eddy Verbessem, 45, who were granted their wish to die in December 2012 after they learned they would likely to become blind.
Last year Nancy Verhelst, 44, a transsexual, was also killed by euthanasia after doctors botched her sex change operation, leaving her with physical deformities she felt made her look like a ‘monster’.
Disability rights campaigner Nikki Kenward of the UK-based Distant Voices pressure group said the figures demonstrated the difficulties in regulating euthanasia.
She said that once a country legalised assisted suicide or euthanasia people were inevitably killed in greater numbers than ever envisaged.
The figures should serve as a warning to the Parliament not to change the law on homicide to allow even assisted suicide, she said.
‘As the numbers of people dying from euthanasia in Belgium grow, that slippery slope comes into vision,’ said Mrs Kenward of Aston on Clun, Shropshire.
‘I am vulnerable,’ said Mrs Kenward, who has been in a wheelchair since the 1990s when she developed Guillain Barre syndrome.
‘I’m afraid of becoming another statistic, another faceless victim,’ she said, adding: ‘We are told that safeguards will protect us from abuses. They certainly do not protect the elderly in Belgium.’

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