Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Two health related articles - scary...

Gov't-Run Health Care Death Sentence in AZ: No More Liver Transplants for Hep-C Patients
(CNSNews.com) - Arizona's Medicaid agency will no longer pay for liver transplants for patients with Hepatitis C; certain heart and bone marrow transplants; or lung and pancreas transplants. The state agency says "significant fiscal challenges" also will eliminate other benefits for adults. A group that advocates for viral hepatitis patients is outraged by the state’s decision to "deprive" hepatitis C patients of liver-transplant coverage, calling the move "a death sentence."

HHS: Government-Mandated Electronic Health Records Need ‘NOT’ Include Cancer Diagnoses--As Opposed to Obesity Ratings
(CNSNews.com) – Physicians will not be required to include a cancer diagnosis on the electronic health records that all Americans are supposed to have by 2014 under the terms of the Democrats' economic stimulus law, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, a division of the Health and Human Services Department. By contrast, HHS is mandating that all EHRs include a person’s Body Mass Index.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Record Debt Reducing GDP, Costing As Many As 1 Million U.S. Jobs

Administration: Debt to Reach $13.6 Trillion – 93.1% of GDP This Year

With understandably little fanfare and late on Friday night during a Congressional recess, the U.S. Treasury Department met its legal obligation to issue its “Annual Report on Public Debt.” The document, which came out on the same day the Labor Department reported virtually no private sector jobs were created last month, contained more bad news for the American people –as the national debt will soar to record levels. Citing recent expert testimony, Ways and Means Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI) noted the national debt will be so large this year that it will impede job creation.

“The President’s economic experts say a 1 percent increase in GDP can create almost one million jobs, and that 1 percent is what experts think we are losing because of the debt’s massive drag on our economy,” said Camp. “The failure of this Congress to even produce a budget, let alone get spending under control, is doing direct harm to our economy. Washington must start paying for its spending with something other than more debt and more lost jobs.”

On page 8 of the report, the Administration estimates the total debt for Fiscal Year 2010 will reach $13.6 trillion, or 93.1 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). University of Maryland Professor Carmen Reinhart, who is also a member of both the National Bureau of Economic Research and Center for Economic Policy Research, recently warned the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility that debt loads above 90 percent of GDP result in a reduction in economic growth of one percentage point. According to the Administration’s Romer-Bernstein economic model, a one percent increase in GDP could create 979,000 jobs.

“The debt is preventing us from creating the jobs America needs,” said Camp. “This report is yet another warning that Congress cannot continue to pass unpaid-for spending without further hurting our recovery.”

A Gallup poll released Friday showed that Americans are keenly aware of the harm the debt is causing. A total of 79% of Americans now view the federal debt as a serious threat to the “future well being” of the country – an identical number to those viewing terrorism as a serious threat.

Ways and Means Republican Press Office

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Byron York - Democrats threaten companies hit hard by health care bill

Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, has summoned some of the nation's top executives to Capitol Hill to defend their assessment that the new national health care reform law will cost their companies hundreds of millions of dollars in health insurance expenses. Waxman is also demanding that the executives give lawmakers internal company documents related to health care finances -- a move one committee Republicans describes as "an attempt to intimidate and silence opponents of the Democrats' flawed health care reform legislation."

On Thursday and Friday, the companies -- so far, they include AT&T, Verizon, Caterpillar, Deere, Valero Energy, AK Steel and 3M -- said a tax provision in the new health care law will make it far more expensive to provide prescription drug coverage to their retired employees. Now, both retirees and current employees of those companies are wondering whether the new law could mean reduced or canceled benefits for them in the future.

The news is an embarrassment for Democrats. As President Obama and congressional leaders tout the purported benefits of the new health care law, some of the nation's biggest companies are saying it will mean higher costs and fewer benefits -- not exactly what Democrats want to hear in the days after their historic victory.

So Waxman has ordered the executives to explain themselves at an April 21 hearing before the Energy and Commerce Committee's investigative subcommittee. That subcommittee just happens to be chaired by Rep. Bart Stupak.

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Democrats-threaten-companies-hit-hard-by-health-care-bill-89347127.html

Byron York - Democrats threaten companies hit hard by health care bill

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Copenhagen Summit Turned Junket?

Talk about hypocrisy! Talk about showing elitism... these people have become the King George court of our time. They live in their own world, holding their hankies to their noses to keep from smelling the masses, dole out alms to those in the gutters to ease their conscious and they believe they know more and know better than anyone else. I am so sick of the hypocrisy.

Exclusive: At Least 20 Members of Congress Made the Trip to Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen Last Month

Few would argue with the U.S. having a presence at the Copenhagen Climate Summit. But wait until you hear what we found about how many in Congress got all-expense paid trips to Denmark on your dime. C

BS investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports that cameras spotted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the summit. She called the shots on who got to go. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and embattled Chairman of the Tax Committee Charles Rangel were also there...