Category Archives: Health Care

July 13, 2017

US charging 412 in health fraud schemes worth $1.3 billion (Video)

Sessions said in his remarks that nearly 300 health care providers are being suspended or banned from participating in federal health care programs.

U.S. prosecutors announced Thursday that they have charged more than 400 people with taking part in health care fraud and opioid scams that totaled $1.3 billion in false billing.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the collective action the “largest health care fraud takedown operation in American history” and said it indicates that some doctors, nurses and pharmacists “have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients.”

Among those charged are six Michigan doctors accused of a scheme to prescribe unnecessary opioids. A Florida rehab facility is alleged to have recruited addicts with gift cards and visits to strip clubs, leading to $58 million in false treatments and tests.

Officials said those charged in the schemes include more than 120 people involved in prescribing and distributing narcotics.

“They seem oblivious to the disastrous consequences of their greed. Their actions not only enrich themselves, often at the expense of taxpayers, but also feed addictions and cause addictions to start,” Sessions said in prepared remarks.

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June 12, 2017

Top doctor says system ‘imploding’

The incoming president of the Canadian Medical Association says Canada’s health-care system is sick and doctors need to develop a plan to cure it.

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The incoming president of the Canadian Medical Association says Canada’s health-care system is sick and doctors need to develop a plan to cure it.

Dr. Anne Doig says patients are getting less than optimal care, and she adds that physicians from across the country – who will gather in Saskatoon today for their annual meeting – recognize that changes must be made.

“We all agree that the system is imploding, we all agree that things are more precarious than perhaps Canadians realize,” Doig told The Canadian Press.

“We know that there must be change,” she said. “We’re all running flat out, we’re all just trying to stay ahead of the immediate day-to-day demands.”

The pitch for change at the conference is to start with a presentation from Dr. Robert Ouellet, the current president of the CMA, who has said there’s a critical need to make Canada’s health-care system patient-centred. He will present details from his fact-finding trip to Europe in January, where he met with health groups in England, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and France.

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April 11, 2017

Single-Payer Health Care: America Already Has It (Video)

Could a single-payer, government-run health care system work in the United States? We already know the answer, because America already has single-payer, government-run health care. Author and commentator Pete Hegseth explains.

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March 16, 2017

‘Deport the Illegal Aliens’: GOP Congressman Presents Solution to Make Healthcare More Affordable (Video)

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) made some waves last week when he likened the GOP healthcare bill to a “lump of coal” as he complained that the proposed Obamacare replacement would be the largest Republican welfare bill in history.

October 18, 2016

Covered California Notifies Subscribers of Up to 57 Percent Rate Increases

Covered California, the state’s Obamacare health exchange, has started mailing notices to 1.3 million subscribers, announcing rate hikes of up to 57 percent for next year.

California health regulators have been forced to approve stunning rate hikes as insurance companies, doctors, and other health professionals continue to flee Covered California’s high costs and rigid health mandates.

California’s version of Obamacare sent its 1.3 million subscribers and prospects a mailer inviting them to go to the Covered California website and use the “Shop and Compare” tool to see just how much health insurance premiums skyrocketed.

The statewide “sticker shock” for Covered California healthcare insurance premiums next year is 13.2 percent — more than triple the roughly four percent increases in each of the previous two years.

Two of California’s biggest insurers — Blue Shield and Anthem — asked for some of the biggest statewide rate hikes. Blue Shield’s premiums are spiking up by an average of more than 19 percent, and Anthem’s rates are leaping by more than 16 percent.

The only reason that Covered California has not collapsed is that 90 percent of Covered California subscribers get subsidies, according to the IRS. Last year, that average federal subsidy for more than 800,000 California households was $5,200 a year, about $436 per month.

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October 17, 2016

Over 250,000 to Lose Health Insurance in Battleground North Carolina Due to Obamacare

More than 250,000 people in North Carolina are set to lose their healthcare plans under Obamacare due to two of the state’s three insurers dropping out of the exchange.

The insurers’ departure from the exchange means that only one insurer will be available for people to purchase plans from, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, and they are raising their rates by nearly 25 percent, the Washington Post reported.

The Obama Administration says the exchanges are still viable despite these departures. According to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 60 percent of Americans in the marketplaces will be able to choose from three or more insurers with multiple plans to choose from, the Post reports.

North Carolina is not the only state where 95 of its 100 counties will only have one insurer to choose from.

States such as Oklahoma, Alaska, Alabama, South Carolina and Wyoming only have one insurer to choose from on its exchanges for 2017 statewide.

Nearly three-fourths of Florida’s counties and more than four-fifths of Mississippi’s will also be down to one insurer.

Administration officials say that the lack of insurers returns to a pattern that predates Obamacare, where many in rural areas had a lack of coverage options.

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October 6, 2016

Bill Clinton calls Obamacare ‘the craziest thing in the world’… (Video)

Mark Halperin: In Little Rock, we call that a Clinton classic.

August 18, 2016

‘We are in the death spiral’

Obamacare meltdown means Americans’ health premiums rocket 40-60%.

As another major health insurance company exits the vast majority of Obamacare exchanges and many U.S. states are forecasting massive premium increases later this year, a leading health care expert says the Obamacare death spiral is already beginning.

Late Monday, Aetna announced it was pulling out of Obamacare exchanges in all but four U.S. states as a result of large financial losses. The company reported $200 million in pre-tax losses in the second quarter of 2016 alone.

“As a strong supporter of public exchanges as a means to meet the needs of the uninsured, we regret having to make this decision,” said Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini in a written statement.

Galen Institute President Grace-Marie Turner told WND and Radio America Aetna’s decision to largely abandon the exchanges is a huge development.

“Aetna was all-in in not only trying to get the law passed but also to try to make this work,” she said. “So with Aetna throwing in the towel, I think it really shows the way this law is structured, and particularly the way it’s been implemented, just does not work.”

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April 19, 2016

Newt Gingrich: Veterans Administration Is ‘Grievously Sick’

The Veterans Administration (VA) is in a desperate need of an overhaul after failing those it is supposed to serve for years, writes Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

In an article for The Washington Times, Gingrich, also a former Republican presidential candidate, compares the individual in Tunisia who set himself on fire and subsequently sparked the Arab Spring in December 2010 to a similar event involving a New Jersey veteran.

“Last month, a 51-year-old veteran set himself on fire in front of a Veterans Administration facility in Northfield, New Jersey,” notes the former House Speaker. “His comparable act of despair should be a call to another political revolution here in the United States–one focused on transforming the bureaucracies that are failing many of the most vulnerable Americans, not least our veterans.”

“No American should be satisfied with the incompetence and corruption exemplified by the VA. That the Department of Veterans Affairs is grievously sick has been evident since at least 2007, when the stories of neglect at Walter Reed Army Medical Center began to get public attention,” he adds. “We learned that the VA had wounded veterans recovering in deplorable conditions, and that the carelessness and indifference of the administrators led to a number of deaths.”

Gingrich declares that it is Congress’ responsibility to change the VA.

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March 19, 2016

Hillary Clinton Wants To Give Americans’ Healthcare to Millions of Illegals, Says Chelsea Clinton

Hillary Clinton wants American taxpayers to pay for the healthcare of all illegal immigrants who get into the United States, Chelsea Clinton told a health-care salesman.

Clinton “thinks it’s so important to extend the Affordable Care Act to people who are living and working here, regardless of immigration status, regardless of citizenship status,” Chelsea told the advocate March 15, at an event in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Roughly 14 million illegal immigrants are living in the United States, alongside 310 million Americans, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.

Donald Trump quickly denounced the move.

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