In 2014, 25 million to 30 million Americans who have employer-provided health insurance are likely to lose it thanks to Obamacare's requirement that all plans cover what Washington deems "essential benefits." Some employers will consider that unaffordable and drop coverage altogether, when their current, lower cost plans expire over the course of the year. These 25 to 30 million are in addition to 6 million who bought plans in the individual market and had them cancelled by January 1.
The plight of those 6 million made headline news and caused the first cracks in the Democratic Party's support for the law. The bigger wave of workplace cancellations will force Democrats seeking re-election this fall to defend a law that harms twice as many people as it helps. That's right. At least twice as many will lose coverage in 2014 as will gain it.
The Congressional Budget Office projects 16 million will gain coverage through the law's Medicaid expansion and subsidized exchange plans. That's a best-case scenario, rosier than the enrollment figures we've seen so far, but still half the number losing coverage. more >>
"They just found my daughter dead!" This unexpected and startling revelation jolted my morning.
At the mall where I exercise, a middle-aged mother darted from the Starbucks and stammered the above words just a few days ago.
"Larry, remember when I asked you to pray for my 27-year-old daughter a couple months ago?" she said. "A guy came into her life. ... This was her first real boyfriend. ... He made her feel special. ... He also introduced her to getting high. She'd never done drugs! It wasn't hard stuff-just recreational. Now she's dead! This wasn't supposed to happen!" more >>
German restaurant owner Michael de Beyer says he is hoping to sell his Montgomery, Texas, restaurant, Kaiserhof, for $2 million to help save a 19-year-old employees with a brain tumor who says she did not sign up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as "Obamacare," because she thought the law was cancelled.
"She did not sign up for Obamacare because of all the misinformation and negative comments wherever you look and hear. She believed it to be cancelled. Well, for all the people that tried so hard for Obamacare not to work, thank you very much. At least you had some success, so be happy," wrote de Beyer in a long post delivered in halting English on his Facebook page Wednesday.
According to a KHOU report , de Beyer's employee "waitress extraordinaire" Brittany Mathis is suffering under the weight of mounting medical bills to treat a tumor which may or may not be cancerous, and the confusion surrounding Obamacare left her in a position where she doesn't have insurance for her uncertain medical state. more >>
An Israeli woman and her doctor expressed shock and amazement when the woman's massive malignant tumor, initially found in her leg, vanished almost completely after five months of no treatment, only intensive prayer.
Therese Daoud, a high school science teacher living in the city of Isfiya, was told by doctors at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv that she had to have part of her right leg amputated after an MRI detected a large tumorous mass, about the size of an orange, growing near her ankle. The mass was malignant sarcoma and cancer was quickly spreading throughout her leg. Doctors told her she would probably die if her leg wasn't partially amputated to remove the tumor.
Daoud reportedly scheduled an appointment for the operation, but the surgery was postponed twice for reasons unrelated to her treatment. When the third tentative surgery date was scheduled, Daoud's mother fell ill and she decided to cancel the surgery, saying that if the surgery had to be rescheduled three times, perhaps it was a sign that she shouldn't go through with the procedure. more >>
If Republicans are successful at replacing the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," what would they replace it with? Two bills introduced in the U.S. House provide clues to what health care reform might look like under Republican government.
One of the bills was developed the Republican Study Committee, a group of House Republicans that tends to represent the more conservative wing of the Republican Party. That bill, H.R. 3121, American Health Care Reform Act of 2013 (AHCRA), was introduced last September by Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.). The other bill, H.R. 2300, Empowering Patients First Act of 2013 (EPFA), was introduced by Rep. Tom Price last June. Both Price and Roe are former doctors.
The bills have many aspects in common, and Price is a cosponsor of Roe's bill. Both bills begin by repealing the ACA, then replace the current law with alternatives aimed at expanding health coverage and lowering health costs. more >>
Susan G. Komen suffered a 22 percent drop in donations last year, which may have been due to the controversy it recently had regarding its monetary ties to Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider.
A spokeswoman for the breast cancer awareness organization acknowledged a strong decline in donations, according to the Associated Press.
"Citing audited financial statements posted on its website this week, a spokeswoman for the Dallas-based breast cancer charity said contributions - including donations and corporate sponsorships - dropped from about $164 million from the fiscal year ending in March 2012 to $128 million in the year ending March 2013," reported the AP. more >>