In a splurge health policy experts have called "obscene and insulting" taxpayers spent more than a quarter of a million dollars on vacuum erection systems (VES) popularly known as "penis pumps" in the last 10 years through Medicare according the Health and Human Services Inspector General.
A report in The Washington Free Beacon notes that the federal government also paid more than twice the retail price of the pumps which the IG highlights "remain grossly excessive compared with the amounts that non-Medicare payers pay."
The government was billed some $175 million in the five year period between 2006 and 2011 when 473,620 VES claims were made overall. more >>
A government bailout of the health insurance industry looks increasingly likely as too few young, healthy people have signed up for insurance on the Affordable Care Act's, or "Obamacare's," new health insurance exchanges.
For the health insurance exchanges to be financially viable, a sizable portion of its enrollees (the Obama administration estimates 38 percent), need to be in the 18 to 35 age range. Without a sufficient number of enrollees from that low-health-costs age group, industry payments to health providers will be higher than expected.
Those higher costs could lead to higher premiums, which could lead to fewer enrollments, which could lead to even higher premiums, and so on. This is known as the "death spiral." more >>
We constantly are told, "While ObamaCare might not be perfect, the right has not come up with a better plan." Is it possible that we do not need a "plan" at all?
Think about it. Has the federal government set up a food plan for all? A housing plan? Is the Secretary of Whatever empowered to decide what and when we eat? What kind of house each of us lives in? Of course not. We work, we plan and we buy what we need, saving up for the big-ticket items. Government does not control us, nor should it.
So why is health care different? more >>
The United States Supreme Court has officially scheduled oral arguments for what many believe will be a landmark case regarding religious liberty.
Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., a Midwest crafts retail chain, will get to present oral arguments against the Department of Health and Human Services' "preventive services" mandate on Tuesday, March 25.
Owned and operated by a Christian family who hold religious objections to providing abortion-inducing drugs to its employees, Hobby Lobby is represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. more >>
Months after the disastrous launch of the "Obamacare" website, the federal government has tapped the consulting giant Accenture to continue fixing HealthCare.gov. Ties with the original contractor, CGI Federal, have been severed.
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services has announced that Accenture has been selected to become the lead contractor for HealthCare.gov and to prepare for next year's open enrollment period.
"Accenture will bring deep healthcare industry insight as well as proven experience building large-scale, public-facing websites to continue improving HealthCare.gov," David Moskovitz, chief executive of Accenture Federal Services, said in a statement. more >>
Pro-abortion group NARAL Pro-Choice America is asking its supporters to sign a petition declaring their opposition to a Ft. Worth hospital's decision to keep a woman on life support as her baby continues to develop inside her body.
In the petition that will be sent to Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, NARAL asserts, "Difficult personal decisions, like end-of-life care, belong to women and families—not politicians," which is in reference to the 1999 Texas Advance Directives Act that requires hospitals in that state to keep a mother alive until her baby can be delivered.
This complex medical nightmare began for Erick Munoz and his in-laws, Ernest and Lynne Machado, at 2 a.m. Nov. 26 when Erick found his wife, Marlise Munoz, 33, lying unconscious on the kitchen floor. At that time, Marlise was 14 weeks pregnant with their second child. more >>