A Canadian man whose pregnant wife was pronounced brain dead in December is choosing to fight for his preborn son's life by keeping his wife on life support.
Robyn Benson was five months pregnant with her first child, Iver, when she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. Doctors were unable to save her life, but told her husband, Dylan, they would be able to keep her body functioning to give their son a fighting chance at life.
Ten years from now, about 31 million U.S. residents will be without health insurance, predicts a study by the Congressional Budget Office.
When President Barack Obama called for passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2009, he said the law was necessary in order to provide health insurance for the approximately 30 million Americans who do not have it. One conservative author, John Podhoretz, reported for the New York Post that this means the number of uninsured will remain about the same even after passage of the ACA. Obama, though, was not counting non-citizens while the CBO report does count non-citizens. (Non-citizens are not eligible for government subsidies to purchase health insurance under the ACA.)
According to the report, "the insurance coverage provisions of the ACA will markedly increase the number of nonelderly people who have health insurance – by about 13 million in 2014, 20 million in 2015, and 25 million in each of the subsequent years through 2024 (see Table B-2). Still, according to estimates by CBO and JCT, about 31 million nonelderly residents of the United States are likely to be without health insurance in 2024, roughly one out of every nine such residents." more >>
On January 28, nineteen U.S. Senators and 91 members of the House of Representatives, all Democrats, filed briefs with the U.S Supreme Court supporting the Obama administration's legal war against Hobby Lobby, a family-owned chain of craft stores that provides health insurance for employees but refuses for religious reasons to cover morning after pills such as Plan B and Ella.
Senator Patty Murray claims, "what is at stake in this case before the Supreme Court is whether a CEO's personal beliefs can trump a woman's right to access free or low cost contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act. "
Nonsense. Not one word in the Affordable Care Act guarantees that health plans cover birth control products. There is no such right. Sect. 2713 of the law says insurers must cover whatever services the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force rates A or B, and empowers the Secretary of Health and Human Services – a presidential appointee – to add others. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force doesn't call for covering birth control. more >>
A majority of Americans are now opposed to Obamacare (which has the euphemistic title of the "Affordable Care Act"), even those who supported it earlier. Once the program began, sticker shock set in.
Long before any of us heard of Obamacare, P.J. O'Rourke famously said: If you think health care is expensive now, wait until it's free.
Particularly painful to watch is a recent video of the candid reactions of employees of a small business in Pennsylvania. A TV crew captured the initial response a handful of workers had to finding out what Obamacare meant to them personally. more >>
Check out this adorable video of singing animals. After watching it, don't be surprised if you have a sudden urge to sign up for "Obamacare."
The video was produced by Enroll America, a nonprofit group created to encourage people to sign up for the new health insurance plans available under "Obamacare."
Which ad campaign do you think will have more success at getting people enrolled: the singing animals, or the "pajama boy" ad? Let me know in the comments below. more >>
On Super Bowl Sunday, NFL stars tweeted their support for the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," following the advice of a White House liaison, Kyle Lierman.
"Football fans, hope you're getting ready for Super Bowl XLVII, don't forget you can #getcovered at healthcare.gov," tweeted Brendon Ayanbadejo, former linebacker for last year's Super Bowl champs, the Baltimore Ravens. His first attempt only got 8 "retweets" and 5 "favorites."
Lierman, a White House Office of Public Engagement liaison, drafted that tweet and others, in an email to the NFL Players Association obtained by The Washington Free Beacon. "When folks tweet this out if they or you email me with their handle I can flag it for the @whitehouse and our other twitter handles to be retweeted, etc.," the liaison wrote. more >>