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Private health insurance plans catering to Medicare recipients are making millions of dollars by taking money the government sends in advance - but isn't immediately needed - and using it to make profitable investments, federal investigators say in a report obtained by the Associated Press.
Over the past year, it has become obvious that what leftists cannot win at the ballot box, they will accomplish via bureaucratic dictate. After the U.S. Senate in 2009 rejected the massive cap-and-tax scheme on carbon credits, the Obama administration rode to the rescue of global-warming fanatics. On Dec. 7, 2009, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson issued a ruling that the EPA would begin regulating five "anthropogenic" (man-made) greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, the air we exhale. The EPA based its finding on research from the now discredited U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and rejected at least 10 petitions for reconsideration.
Those death panels that the White House first promised were never a part of Obamacare and then promised had been removed from Obamacare are back in Obamacare, but the White House promises us it's nothing new. If this doesn't trouble you, I'll make a promise of my own: When your mother gets caught in the cross hairs, it will.
On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will face a choice: It can continue to stand by a breast cancer drug that it approved two years ago and on which thousands of women across the country rely. Or, the FDA can revoke approval for the drug, called Avastin. In so doing, it can let tens of thousands of American women face a terminal illness without access to one the most promising treatments available today.
Medicare's new chief called for more steps to improve patient safety Tuesday, in the wake of a government report that said one in seven hospitalized Medicare patients is harmed during their stay.
As Democrats flee talk of Obamacare on the campaign trail and Republicans exploit weekly revelations about its defects and cost increases, the general public is left trying to decipher what just happened to their health care system, and more importantly, what it will mean to their health care in the future. What the public needs to know in all this - and what Obamacare opponents need to explain as well as exploit - is the larger narrative here, a narrative that suggests that failure was built into this legislation, that it was designed to cause its own collapse.
We are witnessing the unmistakable collapse of an American presidency. While this may not yet be irreversible, it certainly was predictable and preventable. Chief among its causes has been the unbridled hubris that prompted this president to force Obamacare, the government takeover of the finest health care system in the world, against the clear will of "we the people" while turning his back on the free-market principles that once made us the most prosperous nation on earth.
The nation's health system cannot be transformed by rationing medical care, President Barack Obama's new Medicare chief said Monday in his first major speech.