” An alliance of drug companies and patient advocates, joined by Democrats and Republicans in Congress, is fiercely opposing an Obama administration proposal that would allow insurers to limit Medicare coverage for certain classes of drugs, including those used to treat depression and schizophrenia.
Opponents warn that the proposal, if enacted, could harm patients. Federal officials say it would lower costs and reduce overuse of the drugs.
The proposed rule, which would lift a requirement that insurers cover “all or substantially all” drugs in certain treatment areas, is just one of a series of changes to the drug program that are being opposed by the unlikely alliance. Even insurers and drug benefit managers, who have previously supported added limits on drug coverage, oppose the rule. They object to provisions including changes to so-called preferred pharmacy networks, where consumers are steered toward a limited network of pharmacies, and to reducing the number of plans that insurers can offer in any one region.”
So all that talk of drug rationing was just another conspiracy theory cooked up by the “vast right-wing conspiracy” , was it ?
Source: NY Times
” Obamacare enrollment numbers have fallen so short of the Obama administration’s anticipated goal that the government has begun enrolling America’s most upstanding citizens–our incarcerated population–and picking up the tab for it, too.
Albany County, New York Sheriff Craig Apple has pushed hard for prisoners to enroll in Obamacare. He says it’s a win-win situation for inmates and taxpayers. Apple told WRGB that taxpayers will only be forced to pay once for inmates’ medical bills- through their federal taxes, not in addition to their county taxes. Sheriff Apple said that there are around 400 inmates eligible to enroll in Obamacare.”
Read the rest and see if you think Sheriff Apple is right . All we can see is that thanks to government healthcare we , the taxpayers , are picking up the tab for anyone who can’t pay for it themselves which by their very nature means all inmates all the time … Obamacare or not . Yet who could deny the enhancements to the enrollment numbers that the two million member captive audience that is the prison population can offer as a much needed public relations boost to the beleaguered ACA .
” Faced with the Congressional Budget Office’s determination that Obamacare would cost 2.5 million full-time jobs, the Obama Administration has declared that that’s not a bug, it’s a feature: “Full-time jobs”? Who needs that? With “free” health care, Americans will also be free to dump the daily grind of a steady job with benefits and finally write that opera they’ve always wanted to compose. Obamacare is “liberating“, declared The New York Times. At last Americans will be free to “choose” whether they want to spend their days working or writing poetry or cooing multicultural dirges to their children. It’s all about “choice”. I’m pro-choice and I vote lie around the house all day watching TV.
I wouldn’t disagree with the new Democrat conventional wisdom that many people would, if they could, choose not to work. In many American families, two adults with college degrees work full-time to live as well as one provider with a high-school diploma did in the 1950s. Nevertheless, the government is not offering “choice” but dependency. To endorse the proposition, Politico hired a near parodic character who “works” as Professor of Leisure Studies at the University of Iowa to pen an editorial headlined, “Why Do Republicans Want Us To Work All The Time?” “
As regular readers know … Read the whole thing
” Is the latest delay of ObamaCare regulations politically motivated? Consider what administration officials announcing the new exemption for medium-sized employers had to say about firms that might fire workers to get under the threshold and avoid hugely expensive new requirements of the law.
Obama officials made clear in a press briefing that firms would not be allowed to lay off workers to get into the preferred class of those businesses with 50 to 99 employees. How will the feds know what employers were thinking when hiring and firing? Simple.
Firms will be required to certify to the IRS – under penalty of perjury – that ObamaCare was not a motivating factor in their staffing decisions. To avoid ObamaCare costs you must swear that you are not trying to avoid ObamaCare costs. You can duck the law, but only if you promise not to say so.”
The slippery slope of State control just turned into a head-long plunge to the death of individual rights and private property . No longer may a business owner make employment decisions based on what’s best for the company . Now they are subject to the approval of Obama’s foot soldiers in the IRS . Good-bye private enterprise , hello state control of the means of production .
Fox News has the shameful details
The “Wonders” Of Obamacare Continue To Trickle Down To The Masses
The Children’s Hospital has had to sue because it , and it’s young patients and their families , have found that the hospital is only approved under Washington’s healthcare exchange for two of the seven state networks leaving hundreds of patients without the coverage they previously had to continue their life-giving treatments .
” Obamacare is now expected to take 2.3 million full-time workers out of the labor market through 2021 while insuring 2 million fewer Americans in 2014 than expected, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.
The overall result of Affordable Care Act regulation will be a 1.5 percent to 2 percent reduction in the numbers of hours worked between 2017 and 2024, the CBO concluded in its 2014 Budget and Economic Outlook.
The updated numbers are nearly triple the 2011 estimate, which found that Obamacare would push just 800,000 people would leave the work force.”
The story continues at The Daily Caller