Breaking: HHS Has Failed to Meet a Third of Obamacare’s Mandated Deadlines
A new report from the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, commissioned by Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and others, finds astounding proof of the total administrative failure of the administration in implementing Obamacare. According to the report, HHS has missed one-third of the deadlines contained within the legislation for the first six months under Obama’s new health care regime. Coburn, who last week introduced an | Read More »
Tom Coburn Has Medicare Fraud in His Sights
When it comes to solving the multi-billion-dollar challenge of Medicare and Medicaid fraud, Oklahoma Senator (and physician) Tom Coburn has led the way in calling for innovative approaches to fraud prevention. Now he’s introduced legislation focused on addressing the problem. It may not go anywhere in this Congress, but expect it to get a lot of consideration early next year. “This act does several things | Read More »
Support Dr. Larry Bucshon in Indiana’s Eighth Congressional District
Note: This was originally posted on HoosierAccess. What drives people to put aside their regular lives and dive into politics? For a few doctors it was the Congressional Democrats passing their unpopular health care law. Who better understands the health care system than our doctors? One such person is Dr. Larry Bucshon running in Indiana’s Eighth Congressional District. This heart surgeon and Navy veteran knows | Read More »
Constitution Day: What Does the Constitution Say About Health Care?
For Constitution Day, the Heartland Institute is providing a look at what the Constitution actually says about some of the key policy areas we deal with today — read what the Constitution says about Education here. Needless to say, when the United States Constitution was ratified in 1788, the concept of health care was very different than it is today. Standardized treatments for diseases were | Read More »
Barney Frank calls Barack Obama dumb.
(H/T Instapundit) Come, I will conceal nothing from you: I respect Barney Frank‘s political skills. I absolutely can’t stand what he uses those skills for, but I recognize that Rep. Frank has them, and that he knows how to use them effectively. To give just one example, Rep. Frank was about the only Democrat to make it through last year’s August health care meltdown without | Read More »
Severability and Obamacare
Several state legislators have reached out to me recently with questions about the nature of severability and Obamacare. Since some Redstaters seem to have questions as well, I thought I’d explain a bit about what this means. Most laws of large size and scope have something called a “severability clause” attached to them. Essentially, this means that if one part of a piece of large | Read More »
Seventy One Percent of Missouri Voters Agree With Candidate Obama
On Tuesday, Missouri voters went to the polls. Among other things, the voters decided on Proposition C, a statute exempting Missouri from the individual mandate from Obamacare. By an overwhelming percentage, voters rejected Obamacare and passed Prop C (71.1 to 28.9). This ardent rejection of the individual mandate puts Missouri voters on par with then-Candidate Obama who, during the 2008 primary, attacked Sen Hillary Clinton’s | Read More »
Reid to Nutroots: ‘We’re Going To Have a Public Option’
It’s the bad idea that just won’t die: the public option. Progressives have been pushing a government run “option” to private health insurance as some sort of panacea over the last few years. Their vision is that a government that has shown itself to be second to none in cost over-runs and bloat will somehow magically be able to operate more effectively and efficiently than | Read More »
Unpacking the Berwick Surprise.
[UPDATE]: Ben Domenech over at the New Ledger calls this a “formality.” Roll Call reports: President Barack Obama sent the Senate his nomination of Donald Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday — a move that comes two weeks after Obama bypassed Congress to put his stalled nominee in the post until the end of 2011. Via Senatus: background | Read More »
Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D, TX-23) gets cranky.
Ah, to be an Entitlement Democrat these days. Apparently, Rep. Rodriguez is not particularly happy with the idea that his constituents are checked out on the CBO’s revised scoring of Obamacare. Or that they feel entitled themselves to talk back to the man. Shouting, smacking a newspaper against the table, a general ‘Do you know who I AM?’ – is this what Nancy Pelosi meant | Read More »
IRS: New Health Care Law Imposes ‘Significant’ New Burdens
Cross-posted at Liberty Central. Advocates of the president’s health care bill made a lot of promises in the run-up to passage of the law. They said health care costs would go down, people could keep insurance that they were happy with, the law would not increase the budget deficit, and small business would not be burdened by the new law. In the months since the | Read More »
Donald Berwick Exemplifies the Obama Agenda
The White House’s announcement today that they will bypass the nomination process of the United States Senate to recess appoint Donald Berwick as head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is an act of unconscionable hubris. The White House claims this act is in response to “Washington game-playing”, accusing Republicans of planning to “stall the nomination” as long as possible. This is | Read More »
Obamacare’s Mythical Small Business Aid
Redstate’s own Cpa Charlie wrote a post in early June about his experience with the false promises of Obamacare, and learning how it wouldn’t help his small business. Read his original post here. After talking with him, I asked if he’d like to write a more formal column about his experience for Health Care News. Thanks to that, yesterday this story was retold on the | Read More »
An Anniversary to Forget
June 23rd marked the three month anniversary of the enactment of ObamaCare. As Speaker Pelosi stated in March of this year, we would “have to pass this bill” so we could “find out what is in it.” And we certainly have. Over the last three months, we have found out all kinds of things about this bill – and none of them have been very | Read More »
“ObamaCare – Three Months of Broken Promises”
A couple of weeks ago I gave the GOP a hard time about not paying close enough to the disastrous ObamaCare legislation and allowing Americans to forget about what has been rammed down our throats by the Democrats. Today, House Minority Leader John Boehner’s office published a thorough analysis of the “Three Months of Broken Promises” brought on by this abomination, and in doing so, | Read More »