A wave of resistance to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - a.k.a., "ObamaCare" - is exploding across America. Companies like Trader Joes realized the law's impact and can no longer afford to sponsor health care for their part-time workers. Unions want to be just like Hill staffers, as far away from ObamaCare as possible for fear of hour cutbacks. And 88 percent of America's families do not believe they will be better off with the health care mandate. Ironically, the only ones in America who still support ObamaCare is the group it hurts the most: young Americans.
All too soon, young adults between the ages 18 and 34 will learn the hard lesson that there are no free rides, especially when it comes to government welfare programs.
It's easy to understand why most Americans fear ObamaCare. President Obama promised that his signature legislation would lower health care costs. Who wouldn't love that? In reality, though, the law raises insurance premiums by $900 per year, according to the Congressional Budget Office. And at a time when families are living on tight budgets, the law aims to increase coverage by imposing 21 new or higher taxes. These "hidden" fees make no sense to a nation suffocating under an increasing debt crisis. more >>
Married cancer patients are more likely to live longer than those who are unmarried, according to a comprehensive new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology on Monday.
"Even after adjusting for known confounders, unmarried patients are at significantly higher risk of presentation with metastatic cancer, undertreatment, and death resulting from their cancer," noted the conclusion of the study presented in an abstract in the Journal.
According to the abstract, the study highlights the "potentially significant impact that social support can have on cancer detection, treatment, and survival." And some experts have even dubbed the effect of marriage on cancer as equal to or more powerful than chemotherapy. more >>
A Pennsylvania hospital has launched the first ever hospital-based treatment center for people who are so addicted to using the Internet they are unable to bring the addiction under control by themselves.
The Bradford Regional Medical Center in the state announced earlier this month that they had launched the Internet addiction treatment and recovery program as part of the hospital's Behavioral Health Services Division.
"I've studied Internet addiction since 1995," said Kimberly Young, a renowned Internet addiction treatment expert who serves as Program Director. "Back then, people laughed when I told them what I did. Today, it is incredible to see my life's work become a reality that will help so many people in need of treatment." more >>
Four Christian universities in Oklahoma are the latest to sue the Obama administration over its mandate that forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception.
Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Oklahoma Baptist University and Mid-America Christian University filed the new lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma on Friday.
They specifically objected to providing coverage for abortifacients, the Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom, which filed the suit on their behalf, said in a statement. more >>
Young Americans may soon experience "sticker shock" when shopping for health insurance. A new survey of insurers estimates that premiums will almost triple for a hypothetical 27-year-old man next year, once all the federal health reform law's rules take effect.
That could be problematic for its efforts to cover young people. More than a quarter of the 67 million Americans between the ages of 19 and 34 are uninsured. They may well stay that way if insurance becomes unaffordable.
That doesn't have to be the case. Lawmakers can make health coverage more affordable by relaxing restrictions on what insurers can charge young adults -- thus allowing them to offer lower premiums. more >>
Christian healthcare sharing programs, which are exempt from the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as "Obamacare," have seen a spike in growth in the last few years as the new healthcare law is being implemented.
Medi-Share has grown by about 20 percent per year for the last several years, Andrea Miller, M.D., told The Christian Post in a Friday interview, and currently has over 62,000 members. Miller is medical director and vice president of sharing for Christian Care Ministry, which administers Medi-Share, one of the three largest healthcare sharing programs in the United States, along with Christian Healthcare Ministries and Samaritan Ministries.
When the ACA was being written, Miller explained, the three groups asked members of Congress to place an exemption for them in the law so they would be able to continue to operate. Since healthcare sharing programs are not insurance, their members would have been required to buy health insurance if the exemption had not been place in the law. more >>