The White House has announced that they will give $100 million to help fund improvements in mental health facilities and access in the United States.
Vice President Joe Biden explained the situation prompting the funding as the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre draws near.
"The fact that less than half of children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need is unacceptable," stated Biden. "The president and I have made it a priority to do everything we can to make it easier to access mental health services, and today's announcements by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture build on that commitment." more >>
Woven through the non-stop evaluations of and reports about Obamacare's failures is an undercurrent of wounded wonder: The President lied.
He lied about keeping one's doctor and keeping one's health insurance plan. Repeatedly. Frequently. Blithely. His defenders are reduced to such justifications as this by CNN commentator L.Z. Granderson: "President Obama … should have been more forthright with how the Affordable Care Act was going to impact the country. But with that being said, all Americans know politicians lie. The question is, which lies can you live with? And, time and time again, Americans have said we can deal with the lies that President Obama tells us because we believe in his heart, he has the best interest for the American people. Every president is going to lie to you. Every politician is going to lie to you. The question is, which lies can you live with?"
"Americans have said we can deal with the lies that President Obama tells us." Really? When? Mr. Granderson's projection of the apparent suspension of his own sense of honor onto 315 million of his fellow citizens is laughable. more >>
Former Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) expressed his support for a Christian retail company suing the federal government over the HHS' "preventive services" mandate.
The former Republican presidential hopeful wrote in a column published on his Institute's website Sunday that Hobby Lobby Inc. has the right to not pay for contraceptives and abortifacients for its employees.
"Much of the discussion has focused on whether a corporation such as Hobby Lobby can even have First Amendment rights. But the issue of 'corporate personhood' is a smokescreen," wrote Paul. more >>
Like Obama, I got my colonoscopy when I turned 50. The President got his done as a "virtual colonoscopy" at Walter Reed Hospital, where they simulated a full colon exam without actually doing one. It was the same way the media simulated examining The Affordable Care Act when it passed in 2010.
"Proctologist" is a word a man never likes to hear, along with a few others like "testicular," "ingrown," "listen," "ask for directions," and "let's cuddle." But a colonoscopy was something I knew had to do, and you should, too.
My procedure went well, but now I know how those sock puppets in the media feel. For MSNBC's Chris Matthews' sake, I hope Jay Carney has small hands. I don't listen to instructions well, so I really didn't know what to expect. I felt like it would be best to treat it like French marriage: asking a lot of questions might take the fun out of it. more >>
Do you want to learn more about "Obamacare"? Here are answers to some of your most common questions about the new law.
What is "Obamacare"?
"Obamacare" is a new health care law that was passed in 2010. It is officially called The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Sometimes it is also called the Affordable Care Act, or ACA. Much of the new law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. Parts of the law have been delayed until 2015. more >>
Three of the richest healthcare insurance companies in America are reluctant to join the state exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare." One expert believes their minimal participation will contribute to making the Obamacare plan in the exchanges essentially the same low quality as Medicaid.
"Most people will be outside the market, mostly in employer provided coverage," Edmund Haislmaier, senior research fellow in Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, told The Christian Post on Monday. This employer coverage, Haislmaier explained, is the service in which United HealthCare, Aetna, and Cigna — the three with a minimal presence in the exchanges — specialize.
All three rank in the top five healthcare companies in CNN Money's Fortune 500 list, along with WellPoint and Humana. Each company provides most of its business in administrative services, Haislmaier said — 61 percent for Aetna, 54 percent for United HealthCare, and 84 percent for Cigna. In these plans, the employer bears the risk and the insurer merely administers it. more >>