Now that Republicans have control of Congress, they could possibly keep their promise to repeal ObamaCare—except for two immediate obstacles. One of course is the threat of the Presidential veto. Another is the already apparent willingness of craven politicians to surrender pre-emptively.
Once a government benefit is given, it becomes politically suicidal to take it back—at least in a way that people can see. There are likely a million or more Americans who are reveling in "having healthcare for the first time in their lives." Or so the Administration's messaging would have us believe. People are not yet onto the difference between having an insurance card and getting prompt medical attention. It may be years before a new beneficiary develops a serious illness and finds out that his policy is worthless. But he will know immediately if his subsidy is taken away, and the plan demands several hundred dollars every month. And the media will be on it instantly.
Lots of articulate and influential people are making out well: navigators, consultants, administrators, insurance plans, some doctors and hospitals. They don't want to lose their benefits either. Every dollar that the government takes from a taxpayer is income to somebody. more >>
America's largest abortion corporation, Planned Parenthood, recently released its 2013 annual report that shows the organization conducted more abortions than it did the previous year, despite the fact that the abortion industry as a whole is seeing a steady decline in the number of abortions.
The 2013-2014 annual report states that Planned Parenthood Federation of America aborted 327,653 babies in 2013, which is nearly 500 more abortions than the group conducted in 2012.
Although the abortion industry has seen a decrease in profitability in recent years, considering the fact that 73 abortion clinics closed down in 2014 and about 75 percent of abortion cliics in the U.S. have been closed since 1991, Planned Parenthood has seemingly been unaffected by the trend as the report reveals that the organization took in a near-record breaking $127.1 million profit in 2013. more >>
The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it's easing restrictions on gay men donating blood, reversing a policy enacted during the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic decades earlier.
In a statement released Tuesday, the FDA said easing the ban came after several years of research into the matter.
"Following this review, and taking into account the recommendations of advisory committees to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the FDA, the agency will take the necessary steps to recommend a change to the blood donor deferral period for men who have sex with men from indefinite deferral to one year since the last sexual contact," stated the FDA. more >>
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recently announced the discovery of a new tick-borne disease in Kansas called the Bourbon virus after concluding that it may have killed a man in Bourbon County this summer.
They also revealed that they don't yet know enough about the virus to stop it and want residents to take precautions to avoid it.
In a carefully worded release Monday, the KDHE noted: "This is the first known case of Bourbon virus, which has been named after Bourbon County, where the patient had lived. Because of the patient's symptoms and changes in blood counts, it was believed that the resident had a tick-borne illness, such as ehrlichiosis or the Heartland virus disease. However, specimens taken from the resident tested negative for known tick-borne diseases, and after further investigation it was determined to be a new, never before seen, virus. It is not known if Bourbon virus was the cause of death or how much it contributed to the resident's death." more >>
Perhaps if pastor Julius R. Malone of the New Testament Church of Milwaukee wasn't a praying man he would be dead today.
Just over a year ago in October 2013, according to Fox 6, Malone, who's been preaching at his church for 34 years, began having stomach pain. Concerned that the pain was a symptom of something serious, he sought medical help and doctors began treating him for acid reflux.
When the pain didn't go away, Malone said he decided to ask God about it in prayer and the Lord gave him a much more serious diagnosis. more >>
Former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow has announced the opening of the Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao City, Philippines, which will serve the critical orthopedic needs of children who are not fortunate enough to afford treatments and simple procedures.
The Tim Tebow Foundation announced in a press release that the hospital, which has been in the works since 2011, officially received its operating license from the health department last week and is already caring for impoverished children. However, the hospital's grand opening will not happen until spring 2015.
The hospital was built in partnership with the Christian organization CURE International, which is a non-profit devoted to the medical care of suffering children. The five-story facility will consist of 30 beds, three operating rooms specializing in pediatric orthopedic surgeries and a 54-member staff that is "ready to provide care to the underserved children of the Philippines." more >>