Healthcare

  • St. Louis Meeting to Determine Cancer Patients’ Fate

    The heated national debate over drug pricing heads to St. Louis this week, where a hearing will be held Thursday over the value of new drugs designed to treat a deadly form of blood cancer. A controversial group, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), which has been called the “de facto arbiter of the nation’s medicine chest,” […]

  • ObamaCare: So awesome, we keep exempting people from it.

    Today the White House announced another, Constitutionally illegal (the fourteenth to be exact), executive policy change to the ObamaCare Law. They will allow folks with cancelled plans to purchase those crappy bare-bones “catastrophic” plans that weren’t good enough when the law was first passed, but now that it is a complete disaster, those plans are fine.

    Hundreds of thousands of people whose health plans are being canceled because their coverage doesn’t meet Obamacare rules will be exempt next year from the U.S. mandate that all Americans carry medical insurance.

    People losing coverage will now be allowed to buy bare-bones “catastrophic” insurance that the law usually limits to those younger than age 30, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said yesterday. Others can opt out completely without the threat of the fines being imposed next year on the uninsured as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    So yesterday this type of plan wasn’t good enough for any American, any where. Today, they are perfectly acceptable. And, they are only acceptable because your government says they are acceptable.

  • ObamaCare: So awesome, we keep exempting people from it.

    Today the White House announced another, Constitutionally illegal (the fourteenth to be exact), executive policy change to the ObamaCare Law. They will allow folks with cancelled plans to purchase those crappy bare-bones “catastrophic” plans that weren’t good enough when the law was first passed, but now that it is a complete disaster, those plans are fine.

    Hundreds of thousands of people whose health plans are being canceled because their coverage doesn’t meet Obamacare rules will be exempt next year from the U.S. mandate that all Americans carry medical insurance.

    People losing coverage will now be allowed to buy bare-bones “catastrophic” insurance that the law usually limits to those younger than age 30, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said yesterday. Others can opt out completely without the threat of the fines being imposed next year on the uninsured as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    So yesterday this type of plan wasn’t good enough for any American, any where. Today, they are perfectly acceptable. And, they are only acceptable because your government says they are acceptable.

  • Kidney grown from stem cells

    Now here is some news I can actually get behind!

    Scientists in Australia have grown the world’s first kidney from stem cells – a tiny organ which could eventually help to reduce the wait for transplants.
    The breakthrough, published in the journal Nature Cell Biology, followed years of research and involved the transformation of human skin cells into an organoid – a functioning “mini-kidney” with a width of only a few millimetres.
    Scientists are hoping to increase the size of future kidneys and believe the resulting organs will boost research and allow cheaper, faster testing of drugs. Within the next three to five years, the artificial organs could be used to allow doctors to repair damaged kidneys within the body, rather than letting diseases develop before proceeding with a transplant.
    “This is the first time anybody has managed to direct stem cells into the functional units of a kidney,” Professor Brandon Wainwright, from the University of Queensland, told The Telegraph.

    Unfortunately it looks like it’s a decade of more away. I can’t wait that long.

    For me, and thousands like me, please consider donation TODAY!

  • Kidney grown from stem cells

    Now here is some news I can actually get behind!

    Scientists in Australia have grown the world’s first kidney from stem cells – a tiny organ which could eventually help to reduce the wait for transplants.
    The breakthrough, published in the journal Nature Cell Biology, followed years of research and involved the transformation of human skin cells into an organoid – a functioning “mini-kidney” with a width of only a few millimetres.
    Scientists are hoping to increase the size of future kidneys and believe the resulting organs will boost research and allow cheaper, faster testing of drugs. Within the next three to five years, the artificial organs could be used to allow doctors to repair damaged kidneys within the body, rather than letting diseases develop before proceeding with a transplant.
    “This is the first time anybody has managed to direct stem cells into the functional units of a kidney,” Professor Brandon Wainwright, from the University of Queensland, told The Telegraph.

    Unfortunately it looks like it’s a decade of more away. I can’t wait that long.

    For me, and thousands like me, please consider donation TODAY!

  • HHS wants insurers to cover people who have a plan in their basket-no payment required

    There is no doubt they’re doing this so they can release supercalifragilisticexpialidocious numbers on enrollment in ObamaCare before the end of the year. Otherwise, the enrollment numbers are abysmal.

    More specifically, the Department of Health and Human Services will now pressure health insurers to retroactively accept payment for coverage that was supposed to begin on January 1, even if no payments have been made and no coverage has been formally granted. Furthermore, HHS wants insurers to pay out-of-network providers as though they were in-network “to ensure continuity of care for acute episodes,” and to pay for refill prescriptions under previous plans.”
    In other words, if you applied for Obamacare, have not been enrolled, have not paid a dime, and get sick on January 1, the Obama administration now wants insurance companies to pay for your care before you ever pay a dime. Furthermore, they want you to get care for which you will not be approved under your insurance plan.

     After I read through the document, it’s clear what they are trying to do. With the extended coverage they are encouraging insurers to provide (i.e: out-of-network benefits, extended drug coverage) they don’t want consumers to realize the full amount of coverage they are actually going to lose in this process. By hiding exactly what doctors or medications are out of reach in these new plans for the first 30 days, and having insurers in the Exchanges can wait to get the money, HHS is buying time. Insurers can wait to inform (by covering them for the first 30-days) consumers that their preferred doctors or life saving drugs are not covered-and consumers will have plans that don’t meet their needs. It delays, until 30-days after the first of the year, the outrage that people will have when the full impact of this legislation begins to hit the masses. I’m sure it is the hope of the Administration that this will spread out the pain out enough that media coverage will not make it look so bad. And, it puts insurers in the position of waiting to receive payment on insurance plans that are most likely covering only the sickest and most needy patients.

    Exit question-Since when is it ok for the government to tell companies you must provide service to consumers even though they’ve made no effort to pay? How about if I start ordering from Amazon with a promise to pay within the next 30-days….how about the government orders that mandate.

  • HHS wants insurers to cover people who have a plan in their basket-no payment required

    There is no doubt they’re doing this so they can release supercalifragilisticexpialidocious numbers on enrollment in ObamaCare before the end of the year. Otherwise, the enrollment numbers are abysmal.

    More specifically, the Department of Health and Human Services will now pressure health insurers to retroactively accept payment for coverage that was supposed to begin on January 1, even if no payments have been made and no coverage has been formally granted. Furthermore, HHS wants insurers to pay out-of-network providers as though they were in-network “to ensure continuity of care for acute episodes,” and to pay for refill prescriptions under previous plans.”
    In other words, if you applied for Obamacare, have not been enrolled, have not paid a dime, and get sick on January 1, the Obama administration now wants insurance companies to pay for your care before you ever pay a dime. Furthermore, they want you to get care for which you will not be approved under your insurance plan.

     After I read through the document, it’s clear what they are trying to do. With the extended coverage they are encouraging insurers to provide (i.e: out-of-network benefits, extended drug coverage) they don’t want consumers to realize the full amount of coverage they are actually going to lose in this process. By hiding exactly what doctors or medications are out of reach in these new plans for the first 30 days, and having insurers in the Exchanges can wait to get the money, HHS is buying time. Insurers can wait to inform (by covering them for the first 30-days) consumers that their preferred doctors or life saving drugs are not covered-and consumers will have plans that don’t meet their needs. It delays, until 30-days after the first of the year, the outrage that people will have when the full impact of this legislation begins to hit the masses. I’m sure it is the hope of the Administration that this will spread out the pain out enough that media coverage will not make it look so bad. And, it puts insurers in the position of waiting to receive payment on insurance plans that are most likely covering only the sickest and most needy patients.

    Exit question-Since when is it ok for the government to tell companies you must provide service to consumers even though they’ve made no effort to pay? How about if I start ordering from Amazon with a promise to pay within the next 30-days….how about the government orders that mandate.

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