Category Archive: Health Care

Apr 15

Religious leaders think little of President Obama’s PPACA “Accommodation”

I wrote to my elected federal officials indicating my thoughts of the Obama Administration’s rule-making under the PPACA (aka ObamaCare) with respect to requiring religious hospitals to support free abortions and contraceptive care. I understand that contraception and abortions are legal, and that those desiring such items have the legal right to receive them. But, …

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Mar 31

The Untested Assumption Regarding the Individual Mandate

In discussions surrounding the Affordable Care Act, some have suggested that healthy people will not get insurance without an individual mandate.  However, that assumption has never been tested and is contradicted by observable phenomena. Healthy people know that accidents, natural disasters, and violence hit healthy people too.  If you talk to uninsured people why they …

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Mar 21

ACA will force even more employers to drop health insurance

On March 13, 2012, in connection with the President’s budget proposals, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) revised estimates of the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA – aka ObamaCare). One of the key questions is how many employers will give up on providing health care insurance …

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Feb 10

Religious Organizations are Not that Dumb

Earlier today, President Obama attempted to “accommodate” religious organizations that are otherwise forced to violate their religious tenants.  (See here for details) under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Prior to this “accommodation”, religious organizations claimed that the HHS regulations are unconstitutional by denying religious liberties under the First Amendment. According to the President, …

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Feb 04

Obama Administration Directly Violates Religious Freedom

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final regulation on January 20. The rule requires nearly all employers to provide their employees access to health insurance that covers artificial contraception, the “morning after” pill that induces an abortion, sterilization services, and educational support for these “health care” options. The now-issued regulations were …

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Jul 06

Combined, Two Studies Predict the Collapse Of Employer-Provided Health Coverage Under ObamaCare

Two different reports by reputable consulting firms each conclude that more than half of employers will eliminate or change their existing health care plans. The two reports focus on entirely different reasons for the predicted changes. Because of the combined effects of the two reported challenges, there will be few employer-paid health care plans that …

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May 03

Medical Marijuana’s Quotation Marks

Recently, someone very close to me was diagnosed with metastatic cancer.  When something like that happens, you do a lot of research on a whole range of subjects.  One of these subjects is medical marijuana.  As primary caregiver, I needed to research medical marijuana since so much of the responsibility would be falling on me.  I can’t grow …

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May 03

Medical Marijuana's Quotation Marks

Recently, someone very close to me was diagnosed with metastatic cancer.  When something like that happens, you do a lot of research on a whole range of subjects.  One of these subjects is medical marijuana.  As primary caregiver, I needed to research medical marijuana since so much of the responsibility would be falling on me.  I can’t grow …

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Feb 25

Federal health care fraud enforcement efforts recover record amounts

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a required annual Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program report.  The report showed that the government’s health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered more than $4 billion in taxpayer dollars in fiscal year 2010. This is the highest annual amount ever recovered.

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Feb 09

Another Undisclosed $17 billion Federal Deficit Increase

The Senate approved the repeal the expanded 1099 information reporting requirements contained in last year’s health care law. This has bipartisan support, so the change is widely expected to also clear the House.  At the time of the original passage, we discussed details of these requirements and the significant challenges that such reporting would require.  …

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