• How President Trump Could End Obamacare With A Single Tweet

    How President Trump Could End Obamacare With A Single Tweet

    After more than eight years of promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Republican-led Congress has yet to pass legislation that would replace Obamacare, which has forced millions of Americans to lose their doctors, caused dramatic increases in health insurance premiums and deductibles, and pushed millions more into Medicaid.

    However, a relatively small provision included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in December 2017, gives President Trump the ability to achieve what his party has failed to accomplish — ending the disastrous Obamacare program — and without the approval of Congress.

    Following the passage of the ACA, the health-care law faced numerous legal challenges, culminating in a controversial 5–4 decision by the Supreme Court in 2012 to uphold the ACA, with Chief Justice John Roberts delivering the deciding vote.

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  • New Health Insurance Offers $7 Doctor Visits

    New Health Insurance Offers $7 Doctor Visits

    With the rising costs of healthcare and uncertainty as to whether Obamacare will be repealed and/or replaced, there is a new health insurance company called “7 Health” making waves in Texas.

    The company offers the following services for just $7:

    1. Office Visit
    2. After-hours urgent care
    3. Cholesterol lab test
    4. Strep test
    5. Diabetes screen test
    6. Flu shot
    7. Prostate screen test
    8. Pnuemonie shot
    9. EKG
    10. Join injection
    11. Well-woman exam
    12. Spirometry
    13. Yearly physical
    14. Allergy testing
    15. Allergy shot (kenalog)
    16. Spinal adjustment
    17. Sports physical
    18. School physical
    19. Thyroid test
    20. Medical weight loss visit
    21. Stitches

    Their site reads:

    If you’re like most people, your healthcare costs are spiralling up.

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    Trump Must Stick to His Agenda

    The best-dressed man in American politics and one of the political mentors of President Donald Trump told Breitbart News Monday the president needs to stay focused on his program in his first address to a joint session of Congress. “He needs to stick to the agenda,” said Roger Stone, who was one of the first advisers to join Trump’s campaign and remains one of his closest confidantes.

    “Avoid back-and-forth with his critics — just stick to the agenda — and make at least one good reference to fake news,” Stone said.

    Less than two months in, Stone said he is impressed by Trump’s performance in the White House.Read More...

  • McConnell: No one can fix Obamacare

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Thursday that he would vote against President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the implementation of Obamacare, and said the Senate should instead spend its time on repealing the law.

    The Senate is expected to approve Sylvia Burwell as the next secretary of Health and Human Services early Thursday afternoon. But McConnell said he would vote against her, in large part because she supports the 2010 healthcare law.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky.,said he would vote against President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the implementation of Obamacare.

    “Her embrace of this disastrous law is reason enough to oppose her confirmation,” he said on the Senate floor.… Read More...

  • Is it time for a permanent Obamacare watchdog?

    Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) says Congress needs to create a full-time, permanent arm of the government that monitors Obamacare and submits detailed quarterly reports to Congress on how the massive healthcare law is being implemented.

    Roberts proposed legislation to create a special inspector general that would monitor all aspects of the law, including whether it’s leading to more expensive health insurance, whether insurance subsidies are being calculated correctly, how jobs are being affected, and the functionality of the Obamacare website.

    Sen. Pat Roberts, (R-Kan.), has proposed the creation of a new government body to oversee the implementation of Obamacare. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

    Roberts said an inspector general is needed because so far, the Obama administration has failed to keep Congress informed about how the law is working and how it’s changing health coverage for millions of people.

  • VA Supporters Should Stop Citing Dubious VA Wait Time Data

    It wouldn’t make much sense to cite Enron’s annual reports after word broke that the books were being cooked. Similarly, it doesn’t make much sense to cite VA wait times when the veracity of that data is (and has been) highly suspect.

    A few days ago, Timothy Noah writing for MSNBC argued that, despite the ongoing VA scandal, VA wait times aren’t much worse than those in the private sector:

    News stories about the Phoenix VA and some other bad actors indicate the wait can be many months, but an internal VA estimate—one based on “hard” time stamps and therefore less vulnerable to manipulation than the records allegedly falsified — puts the average wait at about 21 days.… Read More...

  • Systemic fraud at the VA ‘crime syndicate’

    Remember that Inspector General report President Obama said he was waiting for, before he weighed in on the mushroom cloud of scandal hanging over the Department of Veterans Affairs? The report he needed to read before making any decisions, because the previous eighteen reports issued over the past decade just weren’t good enough for him?

    Well, Report Number Nineteen is out, and Barack Obama will once again be astonished to learn what the Obama Administration (which he has absolutely no connection to, or responsibility for) has been up to. The IG speaks of a “systemic problem with clinics lying about treatment records,” according to Fox News.… Read More...

  • My 60-Year-Old Document Shows VA Used Civilian Hospitals

    Nearly everybody is up in arms over the VA scandal. As usual, President Obama voiced his outrage and moved on. To show that he cares, he visited the troops in Afghanistan. He’s had six years to fix what he claimed in 2008 needed to be fixed. The fact that “he cares” is all that low-information voters need to know. It’s all about feelings.

    A remedy to the VA debacle has been proposed:

    “Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., turned up the heat on the administration over the Veterans Affairs health-care scandal on Saturday, writing in an op-ed that President Obama was ‘nowhere to be seen’ as accusations of misconduct at VA hospitals mounted in recent months.… Read More...

  • Guantanamo Detainees Receiving ‘First-Rate’ Medical Care

    While doing some research for a previous article, I came across an article published by American Forces Press Service and posted on the U.S. Department of Defense website. I was shocked when I read it, especially since the VA scandal erupted.

    The medical facility in Guantanamo is said to be “state-of-the-art.” Capt. Barry Barendse, a Navy nurse and the deputy command surgeon for JTF Guantanamo, said, “The standard of care here is the best possible standard of care (the detainees) could get.”

    I’m all for helping anybody who has a medical condition. But it seems to me that our nation’s soldiers should be the ones receiving “as good as or better than” enemy combatants.

  • After Horrific Care at Veterans Administration – Purple Heart, Iraq War Veteran Pays for his Own Health Care, Medicine and Psychologist

    Editor’s Note: A lot has been in the news lately about how our veterans are not having their claims taken care of under the Obama Department of Veterans Affairs. Joe has contributed to Freedom Outpost for some time and, as an Iraq veteran, who has had to be referred to the VA due to physical and mental trauma sustained during his service, I think his experience sheds light on how many of our veterans are treated.

    This is a very short account of my experience with the VA (Veterans Administration). After being wounded in Iraq in May of 2004, I was medevaced to LRMC in Germany.

  • Obamacare Tax is Likely Unconstitutional, and Here’s Why

    Nearly two years ago, Chief Justice John Roberts deemed the ACA’s individual mandate penalty a “tax” and saved Obama’s signature law.

    But did he really save it – or did he doom it?

    Many legal experts have disputed the classification of that provision of Obamacare as a “tax” – the ACA itself refers to it as a “penalty”.

    Ilya Shapiro, an attorney and senior legal fellow at the Cato Institute, calls the a tax a “‘unicorn tax,’ a creature of no known provenance that will never be seen again.” In a column for Forbes, Shapiro explains that the tax that Justice Roberts “invented” is unconstitutional based on the Origination Clause:

    Article I, Section 7, Clause 1 says: “All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other bills.” This clause was put in to ensure that that most awesome federal power was lodged in the political body most sensitive to public opinion.

  • Letter from California: A tale of two states with something in common

    California and Massachusetts are separated by over 2,555 miles. However, they share much in common when it comes to protecting their children.

    If you live in Massachusetts, you may be very familiar by now with the Justina Pelletier case.

    Briefly, Justina, a 15-year-old Connecticut resident, diagnosed by Boston’s Tufts Medical Center with Mitochondrial Disease, a rare genetic muscle wasting condition, after she was referred by Tufts to Boston Children’s Hospital in February 2013, when she became ill with the flu while in Boston with her family.

    Justina’s doctor at Tufts wanted Justina to be seen by a specialist at BCH because of the complications that Mitochondrial Disease can produce and suggested that the parents take her there.… Read More...

  • AP Treats Obamacare Contractor’s Employees in Three States Doing Almost No Work As a Local Story

    A search at 11:00 p.m. ET tonight at the Associated Press’s national web site on “Serco,” the company with a five-year, $1.25 billion contract to process paper Obamacare enrollment applications, returned no results. That’s absolutely pathetic, given that St. Louis TV station KMOV, based on multiple accounts from several current and former employees and contractors, has reported that the company has well over 1,000 people doing almost nothing all day simply because there are very few paper applications to process. KMOV, which carried five consecutive reports this week (here, here, here, here, and here), even noted in its later segments that its work had drawn national attention.

  • Insurance Company Bailout: A Real Possibility with Obama’s New Rule

    The Obama administration issued a new rule Friday opening up the possibility of spending even more money on a bailout for insurance companies that took the risk to work with Obamacare exchanges.

    Midway through a filing from Obamacare administrator the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the administration addresses worries that the current risk corridor funding they’re collecting for any insurer bailout may not be enough to cover insurers’ losses.

    “We appreciate that some commenters believe that there are uncertainties associated with rate setting, given their concerns that risk corridors collections may not be sufficient to fully fund risk corridors payments,” the rule reads.… Read More...

  • Broken: Eric Shinseki and The VA Hospital System

    There really isn’t much you need to know about how well government healthcare would work in the US. Most of what you do need to know involves a discipline of OR called Queuing Theory. Either the people now attempting serve American War Veterans don’t know much about it, or they are being totally overwhelmed by the scale and magnitude of their demand. Since the VA hires OR mathematicians like much of the rest of the government, they know what is going on. They simply lack the resources to handle their job and basic economic theory can explain why such is the case.

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