November 30, 2012
ALDOUS HUXLEY once made this chilling observation: "A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. " I thought of this in the days after the election, as the Left and the Right started arguing about what this country will look like in four more years. Those of us who did not vote for Barack Obama fear that the 2.0 version of his administration will permanently move us from a nation of makers to a nation of takers.
August 8, 2012 |
If you're on Medicaid and looking for a new doctor, your chances are excellent of finding one - in Wyoming. In New Jersey, not so much. About 69 percent of doctors nationally accept new Medicaid patients, but the rate varies widely across the country, according to a study published Monday in the journal Health Affairs. New Jersey had the nation's lowest rate at 40 percent, while Wyoming had the highest, 99 percent, according to a survey last year of doctors by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
August 6, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama, emboldened by the Supreme Court's affirmation of his health-care overhaul, is now embracing the law while campaigning for reelection, just as Republican rival Mitt Romney steps back from it. Obama sees a second chance to sell voters on the issue despite deep skepticism about it from many people. Romney is avoiding answering hard questions about how he would tackle health care, and thus missing the chance to energize voters who oppose the law. Democrats say the president always planned to stress health care if the court upheld the law. A month after the ruling, he and his team are focused on promoting individual parts of the law that have proved more popular than the sum. The campaign is targeting its efforts on important groups of voters, including women and Hispanics, who, Obama aides say, will benefit greatly once the law takes full effect.
August 3, 2012 |
The women congregated Wednesday on a busy street corner across from City Hall. They waved signs and handed out fliers. But for once, these advocates were not protesting a policy. They were celebrating one. "Women's health has been under attack," said Rebecca Foley, director of public policy at Women's Way, a local women's advocacy organization. "To be able to rejoice is wonderful in this political climate. " Starting Aug. 1, most private insurance plans must phase in coverage of eight preventive-health services for women - free.
July 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's health-care overhaul will reduce rather than increase the nation's huge federal deficits over the next decade, Congress' nonpartisan budget scorekeepers said Tuesday, supporting Obama's contention in a major election-year dispute with Republicans. Republicans have insisted that "Obamacare" will actually raise deficits - by trillions, according to presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But that's not so, the Congressional Budget Office said. The CBO gave no updated estimate for deficit reductions from the law, approved by Congress and signed by Obama in 2010.
July 20, 2012 |
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Wooing Florida voters, President Obama warned Thursday that Republican challenger Mitt Romney would gut his health-care reform law and turn Medicare into a voucher program, driving up costs for the elderly on fixed incomes. Romney, firing away near his Boston home base, accused Obama of caring only about saving his own job - not the jobs of Americans. In the daily war of words in an up-for-grabs presidential contest, health-care politics took top billing as Obama opened two days of campaigning in Florida, the largest and most coveted of the nation's Election Day toss-up states.
July 15, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area members of Congress voted on major issues last week: House Health-law repeal. Voting 244-185, the House on Wednesday sent the Senate a Republican bill (HR 6079) to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2010. A yes vote was to repeal the health law. Voting yes: Charles W. Dent (R., Pa.), Michael Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.), Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.), Frank A. LoBiondo (R., N.J.)
July 11, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - They're young, healthy, and flat broke - and now the government says they have to buy thousands of dollars' worth of medical insurance. What should tapped-out twentysomethings do? Well, some might just do nothing. The annual fine for shrugging off the new federal insurance requirement, which is to begin in 2014, starts out at a relatively low $95, depending on income. That would be far cheaper than paying premiums. But that does not necessarily make blowing off the mandate a good idea for the fit and frugal.
July 6, 2012 |
Now that the Supreme Court has upheld health-care reform, President Obama can get to the next logical order of business: compulsory broccoli purchases. Absurd? Tell that to the Supreme Court, which cited the vegetable no fewer than a dozen times in its ruling last week on the Affordable Care Act. Not so long ago, when no legal scholar believed the health-care law faced a serious constitutional challenge, the broccoli question sprouted as conservative reductio ad absurdum: If the federal government could force us to buy health insurance, why couldn't it make us buy broccoli?
July 5, 2012 |
It's Independence Day, so many Americans are reflecting on the year 1776, when this nation was born. But today's rancorous political divisions are also a reminder of 1861, when President Lincoln explained in a Fourth of July speech why war was necessary to crush that period's "states' rights" movement. More than 150 years later, another crew of states'-righters are challenging a president. They're not threatening to secede, but are vowing to ignore a law passed by Congress and recently deemed constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court — the Affordable Care Act, which they have derisively dubbed Obamacare.