Controversial televangelist Pat Robertson recently told a viewer that he has cured deafness through prayer in the past and that he did not know what she was "doing wrong" in her effort to do the same.
On a Wednesday episode of the Christian Broadcasting Network program "The 700 Club," Robertson received a letter during the "Bring it on" segment from the mother of a deaf child.
"My son is hearing impaired and cannot hear at all. I have prayed for his healing; it seems as if God is hearing-impaired. What am I doing wrong?" read the letter, signed by a person identified as "Debbie." more >>
Generation Opportunity (GO), a conservative group focused on youth issues, will present an award to CGI Federal, the main contractor behind the failing website HealthCare.gov, to applaud the group for unintentionally hurting Obamacare with its poor job.
"We're just so proud of everything that CGI Federal has done to keep young people away from these expensive and creepy ObamaCare exchanges, and we're honored to give them this award," David Pasch, communications director at GO, told The Christian Post on Wednesday. "CGI Federal has created a website that literally no one can use," Pasch explained.
Pasch credited CGI Federal, the American subsidiary of Canadian multinational CGI Group, for doing "more than any other single individual person or organization to prevent young people from signing up for ObamaCare." more >>
Now that we've had just a few weeks of the mess that is Obamacare, it brings home how grossly unfair it is for the political class to impose it on the rest of us and not have to abide by it (for as long as it lasts). It may yet collapse on its own weight.
I feel sorry for the younger generation and especially for those just out of college. They have less of a chance to get a good job with benefits. Many companies continue to downsize because of Obamacare.
So these young people get less work. But they'll have to pay more for healthcare, which they may never see. Assuming they can register for it, which we now know is a huge assumption. more >>
Children who are homeschooled have less body fat than children who attend schools outside the home, according to a new study published in the journal Obesity.
"Based on previous research, we went into this study thinking homeschooled children would be heavier and less active than kids attending traditional schools. We found the opposite," Dr. Michelle Cardel, University of Colorado-Denver, one of the study's 11 authors, told University of Colorado-Denver.
The researchers compared homeschooled children, ages 7 to 12, to children in the same age group who attend schools outside the home. They found that the homeschooled children had about the same level of activity as those not homeschooled, and had about the same quantity and quality of meals while at home. more >>
I remember the days of black-and-white television. When color television sets became available, they were expensive and few could afford them. And few networks broadcast in color, since the audience was limited. At a certain point of supply and demand, sets became less expensive, and networks went all-in for color. The same phenomena occurred more recently with the move to high definition TV. And so it will go with private, high quality medical care.
Years ago I penned the Physicians' Declaration of Independence, urging physicians laboring under increasingly abusive third party contracts to opt out, to allow them to return to the unfettered practice of medicine. Increasing numbers of physicians are opting out of Medicare, and few participate in Medicaid (full disclosure: as a nephrologist taking care of dialysis patients, I have not opted out of Medicare). Declining reimbursements and ever-greater paperwork and reporting requirements are driving this trend. To a certain extent, this is also happening in the private insurance sphere, and for the same reasons. But what really limits physician opt out is the relatively small numbers of patients who are "self-pay." With the implementation of Obamacare, these numbers are set to explode.
There are compelling reasons for patients to opt out of Obamacare, Medicaid, and even Medicare. The most important reason is poor access to high quality physicians. Few of these currently accept Medicaid patients, and more each day are declining to accept new Medicare patients. A large element of the Obamacare strategy is to expand Medicaid to families with incomes well above the poverty line. A silver lining in the otherwise horrendous Roberts court decision upholding Obamacare is the ability of states to refuse to expand Medicaid, and a large number have taken advantage of this. The Wall Street Journal points out the idiocy of expanding what is arguably the worst health insurance program in the nation ("Obamacaid," October 8, 2013). "Private" insurance policies available under the Obamacare exchanges will strongly resemble Medicaid, with limited options and poor physician participation. And unless you qualify for subsidies, the premiums will be very high, especially if you are relatively young and healthy. You will be much better off shopping for a catastrophic coverage plan and paying for routine care yourself. Of course, since there is "guaranteed issue," you will always be able to re-apply should you become severely ill. more >>
A federal judge on Tuesday gave the green light to a lawsuit challenging a major IRS Obamacare regulation that could cripple the healthcare law after denying the government's motion to dismiss it.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are individuals and small businesses across six states, according to a report by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which first reported on the case and is assisting with its coordination.
The group also sought a preliminary injunction on Obamacare, but U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman denied it and opted to put the case on an expedited schedule. He said he would rule on the merits of the case on or before Feb. 15, 2014. more >>