- Tonight on AC360: The extraordinary cost of getting sick in America (ac360.blogs.cnn.com)
- Medical Freedom (personalliberty.com)
- Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us | Steven Brill | Time | 20 February 2013 (thebrowser.com)
This is great news for residents in Ohio. See this link to read the press release.
See the video at this link which shows the Federal Government is going to essentially run the exchange no matter who creates it. So, why spend state money then? This means Ohio can use the money they were going to spend in much better ways to the benefit of its citizenry.
No matter who sets the exchange up, whether it is the state or the Federal Government, the federal Government will run the exchange. Therefore, ALL states should forgo setting up the exchanges. Why spend state money and increase taxes on residents at the state level?
Via National Journal
On the eve of a big deadline for states, the Obama administration decided to give them another month to decide whether to build their own online health insurance markets or leave exchange-building to the federal government.
States were supposed to inform the Department of Health and Human Services of their plans on Friday. Thursday night, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote governors to say they could have longer—until Dec. 14.
The extension is the second in as many weeks. Last week, Sebelius told states that an earlier deadline to submit detailed state plans on Friday would be extended. States that wish to build their own exchanges were asked to submit plans in December. Those that wish to collaborate with the federal government were asked to submit their plans by mid-February. Both of those deadlines remain unchanged.
My Doctor already has. So much for that Barack Obama promise – ‘If you like your Doctor, you can keep your Doctor.’
Great video from Reason on the obesity problem in America.
In May 2012, an HBO documentary and a Washington conference, both named “The Weight of the Nation,” made the case for government intervention in your workout, your workplace and your kid’s lunchbox. They argue that lack of individual willpower is not to blame for obesity, and that it will take a serious government overhaul to shrink waistlines on a national scale.
“It’s an access issue. We live in an obesogenic environment,” says Dr. Lisa Santora, chief medical officer of Southern California’s Beach Cities Health District. President Obama agrees. He has already bundled $15 billion in with his healthcare reform bill, and we’ve seen government programs intervening in nutrition time and time again.
So far, the programs haven’t worked out too well.
“The research shows that we haven’t been very good at trying to, through government, control obesity,” says Cal Poly economics professor Michael Marlow. He says that even when the government realizes that their solutions don’t work, they will only try more aggressive regulations that will further impend on your freedom to choose whatever you want on the menu.
Great read in today’s Wall Street Journal on how the president’s pledge that “If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep it” clearly does not apply to America’s seniors. Click the title link to read it.
This week, the Supreme Court takes up challenges to the sweeping health-care law that was adopted in 2010, including whether or not the mandate for individuals to purchase health insurance is constitutional. As the justices hear arguments (view guide to hearings), the Washington Post wants to take the case to you. Tell the Post if you agree with the individual mandate by your vote, then explaining your view in the comments.
The vote right now is 96% feel the law is unconstitutional and 4% think the law should stand. Not what I was expecting for such a liberal paper.
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