By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
The Senate on Wednesday approved President Obama's pick to lead the nation's Medicare agency, sending it a permanent leader for the first time in several years as the nation inches closer to sweeping health care reforms. Marilyn B. Tavenner enjoyed bipartisan support at the committee level before the full chamber voted, 91-7, to confirm her as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
How many new immigrants should the United States allow each year? How many guest workers? These are not easy questions, which is why there is as much fierce debate within the two parties as between them.
Top federal lawmakers say the time has come to overhaul the way physicians are paid under Medicare, a long-standing problem that encourages medical providers to offer more procedures instead of seeking to improve the quality of care.
The federal deficit this year will be $642 billion, according to an estimate Tuesday from the Congressional Budget Office that marks the first time President Obama will have overseen a deficit of less than $1 trillion.
Federal law enforcement authorities have arrested 89 people, including doctors and nurses, in eight cities suspected of participating in Medicare fraud schemes involving more than $223 million in false billings.
Nearly 100 people, including 14 doctors and nurses, were charged for their roles in separate Medicare scams that collectively billed the taxpayer-funded program for roughly $223 million in bogus charges in a massive bust spanning eight cities, federal authorities said Tuesday.
The health care law has the look of a plan that isn't coming together, and the administration appears unable to foresee the outcome and stay a step ahead of the potential mess.
As I read through Wayne Winegarden's "Treating Alzheimer's with regulations" (Commentary, May 7), I was overcome by many of the statistics surrounding the neurodegenerative disorder. It is clear that Alzheimer's disease is becoming as expansive as it is expensive, but I found myself asking if Medicare is neglectful of rising costs associated with the disease, or if it is wary of the nascent applications of nuclear medicine.
The head of a drug manufacturer that lobbied on behalf of "Obamacare" now has come out swinging on one key aspect of the plan — the requirement for more tax rebates for dual Medicaid-Medicare recipients.
President Obama's top health officials released a massive trove of medical billing data Wednesday, which they said will help expose hospitals that charge too much for common procedures.
Federal tax revenues are up 16 percent this year compared to 2012, helping power a major drop in the federal deficit, according to the latest estimate Tuesday from the Congressional Budget Office.
Sen. Tom Harkin said he will remove his hold on President Obama's pick to lead the nation's Medicare agency, but the powerful Iowa Democrat said Tuesday he is still not happy with the administration's "penny-wise, pound-foolish" tendency to raid a fund designated for preventative health programs.
There are reasons why this is probably the most heavily promoted and advertised book in the television age, perhaps beyond that: Rare is the volume in recent times that deals so clearly with a subject — "Obamacare" — that will have such a profound effect on the lives of so many, prompted bitter debates from the halls of Congress to dinner tables across America, and yet about which there is still so much confusion.
The U.S. health care system is rife with rising costs and stagnating quality. All too often, the cure for these ailments calls for ever greater government intervention. Such cures misdiagnose the problem. The health care system's problems are caused by too little patient control, not too little government intervention.
The Heritage Foundation said Monday that legalizing illegal immigrants would cost taxpayers a net $6.3 trillion over the next 50 years — releasing a report that ignited a venomous battle over an immigration bill and who is truly representing the conservative movement in the debate.