Maybe physicians are the scurvy bottom feeders Barack Obama proclaimed them to be back before Congress agreed to cram his health care law down the throats of unsuspecting American voters. Certainly, one might look askance at doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital, who have been accused of “kidnapping” a 15-year-old and keeping her there against her parents’ wishes.
A veritable death sentence has been handed down on a number of American citizens via the cancellation of their health insurance policies per the Affordable Care Act, as reported by LifeNews.com on Nov. 28 and 29, 2013.
Radical environmentalists and militant animal-rights activists have been accused of neo-paganism owing to their preference for the well being of flora and fauna over that of fellow humans.
Jeannie DeAngelis of the American Thinker wrote an interesting article yesterday titled, “Liberal Semantics and the Redefining of Death Panels.”
Death Panels is a harsh, but accurate, phrase coined by Sarah Palin while describing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a board of unelected bureaucrats who would be charged with making cost-saving decisions about health care, effectively taking decision-making out of the hands of doctors and their patients.
Procrustean one-size-fits-all edicts from the federal government make strange — and tragic — bedfellows. On Friday, The Blaze reported that a cancer patient who had publicly stated that his health coverage was canceled because of Obamacare now says he is being audited by the Internal Revenue Service. A second report today from media watchdog Western Center for Journalism notes that two Texas children, a brother and sister born with a deadly form of cancer, have also been denied coverage, leaving their parents to grapple with Herculean medical bills.
Reports of the Obama administration’s demise appear once again to have been exaggerated. Despite widespread backlash to the president’s Big Lie and the Procrustean provisions of his health care law, not to mention its storm-roiled rollout, the tide of public opinion is rising again in his favor, if ever so slightly. The law itself is suddenly receiving more positive reviews from the same mainstream media outlets that were bashing it mere days ago.
There’s automated efficiency, and then there’s the Brave New World. Writer Nicole Hopkins’s mother, a resident of Washington state, found that out when she used Washington’s health plan exchange website to find a new insurance plan, and was presented with exactly one “option”: Medicaid. Ms. Hopkins mère has always paid for private insurance, and fully intended to continue doing so, even when Obamacare caused her preferred policy to be cancelled. But the new health plan exchange Continue reading
Somehow, despite the recent troubling about-face by one of the human shields Barack Obama used in his Rose Garden standoff against growing opposition to Obamacare, one gets the distinct impression he’s not done with theatrics. If past is prologue, the president will be back, touting other successes of his noxious health care law. It is unlikely, however, that Charlene Hopkins, of Pierce County, Wash., will be one of them.
Hopkins’s daughter, Nicole, has an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal that chronicles her mother’s descent from a proud and self-sufficient individual into a hapless and unwilling ward of the state.
The thrill is gone for Jessica Sanford. If the name fails to ring a bell, it’s because Sanford is a bit player in the still-unwinding melodrama that is the Obama presidency. More precisely, she was a prop the president used in his bizarre Rose Garden infomerical on the Affordable Care Act last month in a lame effort to deflect criticism of the botched Healthcare.gov rollout.
A National Education Association document details the compiled results of a brainstorming session of the union’s state affiliate leaders and representatives. These folks were split into groups and given a handful of tasks, the most interesting of which was to list those things preventing NEA from being more successful. They came up with 101, but we’ll subtract two in honor of Jay-Z.
31 30 deadline is fast approaching, and in anticipation of missing its pledge that Healthcare.gov would be running flawlessly, the administration has arrived at a compromise. The Washington Post reports that a revised target in judging the success of the website is the capacity to sign up 80% of would-be enrollees. For the arithmetically impaired among you, the article, by Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin, notes that “as many as one in five Americans who try to use the Web site to buy insurance will be unable to do so.”
“We will have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.” That sentence would make a fitting epitaph for the woman who uttered those words mere days before the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. Interestingly, the nation’s insurers, knowing that it would impact them directly, bothered to read the law to find out what was in it. They are now expressing dismay that the president apparently didn’t — and didn’t even bother to listen when they sent up warning flares.
President Obama blamed health-insurance cancellations on “bad-apple” insurers, who presumably offered and then cancelled the lousy, cut-rate insurance plan that you liked, but don’t get to keep, because they (the insurers) are bruised and full of worms.
That’s the extent of the rational explanation the president offered for the supposed “bad-apple” cancellations: that they were perpetrated by “bad apples.” Continue reading