Organizing for Action, President Barack Obama's campaign organization, has begun a social media campaign encouraging its supporters to talk about the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," during the Thanksgiving holiday.
The campaign mostly seems designed to encourage parents to get their adult children without employer-provided health insurance to sign up for health insurance on the ACA's exchanges. At BarackObama.com, OFA's website, supporters can watch a video and learn about the suggested four steps for encouraging family members to sign up.
Step one is to "send a packing list" so that their children will bring what they need to sign up for health insurance on the ACA website, healthcare.gov, such as their social security number and pay stubs or W-2, when they arrive for Thanksgiving. more >>
Benjamin Scot Miller filmed his son's first year, and this touching story has gone viral on YouTube. Born prematurely, Ward Miles was too small for his mother to hold, and even when she could hold him, he needed a complex medical apparatus to stay alive.
"He was born way too early, and the obstacles he had to overcome were really big, but not bigger than our God," Miller wrote about the video. He posted it last Friday, on his wife, Lyndsey's, birthday, "as a gift to her." The video has since found more than 4.7 million views, with nearly 37,000 "likes."
"This is a story of a mother's love for her baby," Miller wrote. The video opens on July 20, 2012, four days after Ward's birth, when Lyndsey finally got to hold him. Born over three months premature, Ward weighed just under 1.5 pounds four days after birth. more >>
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now considering whether or not to start requiring local makers of emergency contraceptive pills to add weight warnings to product labels after a French maker of a pill similar to Plan B revealed that the drug doesn't work at all for women heavier that 176lbs, and begins to lose effectiveness for those weighing more than 165lbs.
HRA Pharma, the French manufacturer of the emergency contraceptive Norlevo, is currently changing its packaging to warn women of the weight limits after European pharmaceutical regulators approved amendments to the labels on Nov. 10 based on scientific data highlighting the weight problem, according to a report in Mother Jones.
And with the average American woman weighing 166lbs, according to the CDC, this could spell trouble for American women using popular emergency contraceptive pills like 'Plan B One Step', 'Next Choice One Dose', 'My Way' and other generic brands with doses of the drug containing a similar chemical makeup to Norlevo. more >>
New projections regarding the cancellations of employer-sponsored health insurance plans reveal that between 80 and 93 million people could receive cancellation notices for their health care plans. The plans have been deemed unfit to use after failing to meet the requirements mandated under the Affordable Care Act.
Stan Veuger of the American Enterprise Institute revealed that there are roughly 157 million people covered under employer health care insurance policies, with the possibility that "at least half the people on employer plans would by 2014 start losing plans as well."
"The administration estimated that approximately 78 million Americans with employer sponsored insurance would lose their existing coverage due to the Affordable Care Act," Avik Roy of the Manhattan Institute said in a statement. more >>
While liberals have been supportive of President Barack Obama for most of his presidency, that may be starting to change. Recently, Obama-friendly media and Democrats have not been as friendly as they used to be.
Some liberals appear to have turned sour on Obama within the last two months over the malfunctioning "Obamacare" website, and his broken "if you like your health care, you can keep it" promise.
The Chicago Tribune endorsed Obama twice and is located in his hometown, but recently the left-leaning newspaper has become one of the president's harshest critics, especially with its editorials. more >>
Possibly signaling a national trend, The Cleveland Clinic, ranked the fourth-best American hospital by U.S. News & World Report, announced that it plans to cut $330 million from its 2014 budget, and attributed about half of those cuts – roughly $165 million –directly to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as "ObamaCare."
Massachusetts General Hospital, ranked number two by U.S. News & World Report, also reported increased budget cuts but did not have a specific number.
"We had to take about $330 million out of next year's budget," Eileen Sheil, executive director of corporate communications at the Cleveland Clinic, said in an interview on Monday. Sheil told The Christian Post that "half of the 330" is directly attributable to ObamaCare. more >>