Outgoing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius hopes ObamaCare covers injuries sustained from being shoved out a door.
After magically manufacturing her own low-ball projections of 7 million-plus signups for ObamaCare, she high fives herself, then exits stage far left. She leaves the smoldering ruins of a poorly thought out commandeering of one seventh of our economy by a bumbling group of ineffective ideologues.
The media coverage was what you would imagine. CBS called her "heroic." Fox asked for details and accountability. MSNBC called Fox "racist and sexist" for wanting details. CNN built a paper airplane, tossed it around the studio, and interviewed experts on Sebelius' projected flight pattern back to Kansas. more >>
Every Thursday, my daily live radio show (The Harry Jackson Show) focuses on health. During the past year, discussions with health and fitness experts have revealed that there is no easy fix to being healthy. The government can't legislate it and so it is amazing how much weight has been put into Obamacare as the one-stop-shop for health and wholeness. And the cookie cutter formula is to be inclusive of all people, no matter their health history or ethnic origin. It is no wonder that the initial sign up for Obamacare has been underwhelming.
In particular, few Latinos signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Many analysts are asking why this group did not participate in the open enrollment. According to the White House, at least 10.2 million Hispanics in America are currently uninsured, and over 80 percent of these would likely qualify for coverage subsidies. Originally, the White House had hoped six million members of America's largest ethnic minority would have enrolled by now, but early reports suggest the actual numbers will be much lower.
"The enrollment rate for Hispanic-Americans seems to be very low, and I would be really concerned about that," lamented health policy specialist Mark McClellan of the Brookings Institution. There is has been much speculation about why those numbers are so low. At least one probable factor is the tremendous amount of personal information individuals are required to disclose when they sign up. In addition to worrying about hackers, many Hispanics were also concerned that the information gathered about them might be used to deport relatives who are in the United States illegally. more >>
WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama was joined Friday by former first lady Rosalynn Carter, former Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) and Jill Biden to announce new initiatives for Joining Forces, a program to help the caregivers of wounded veterans.
Wounded veteran caregivers should connect with the resources they need, Obama encouraged at a White House event introducing the new initiatives. Some of these resources can be found at caregiver.va.gov or militaryonesource.mil.
She recalled meeting with a group of veteran caregivers at Fort Belvoir. It was the military base's first meeting of its kind, she said. Soon, those at the meeting discovered that "talking to peers" who are dealing with the same struggles was "powerful." more >>
Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appeared in a television interview for the first time since her resignation, and described the Obama administration's calculation that the law's online sign-up system would be ready by Oct. 1 as "just flat out wrong."
"Clearly, the estimate that it was ready to go Oct. 1 was just flat out wrong," Sebelius told NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, of the launch of HealthCare.gov.
She announced her resignation last week, following which President Barack Obama nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the Office and Management and Budget, as her replacement. more >>
The announced departure of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius marks the end of a chapter of American history. Sibelius, aside from President Obama, has been the most prominent public face on the signature initiative of the Obama administration – the Affordable Health Care Act.
The question before Americans today is whether we are concluding the first chapter of a dream come true or whether this may be the beginning of the end of a nightmare.
I'm hoping Americans will wake up and see Obamacare for the nightmare it is. more >>
The New York Department of Health says it has "vigorously" investigated complaints against 25 licensed abortion clinics in the state since 2005, despite pro-life groups' outcry that 200 continue to go unchecked.
A pro-life nonprofit organization known as the Chiaroscuro Foundation submitted a Freedom of Information Law request to the New York Department of Health on April 11, 2013, to acquire state inspection records of both licensed and unlicensed abortion facilities from as far back as Jan. 1, 2000.
The Chiaroscuro Foundation found that unlicensed abortion clinics had not been inspected in more than 10 years, and among the 25 facilities that are licensed, eight also went unchecked. "A mere 45 inspections were conducted (over more than 10 years' time) and no clinics were inspected on an annual basis." more >>