House GOP Leaders Pull Paul Ryan’s Obamacare 2.0 Bill Off Floor Again

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CNN reported that the bill was pulled at President Donald Trump’s request despite earlier reports that the President wanted a vote—whether or not the bill had the votes to pass. Later reports indicated it was Ryan who urged Trump that the bill needed to be pulled. It was unclear as of Friday afternoon who was ultimately responsible for the decision to pull the bill.

The vote was previously scheduled for Thursday evening, but was canceled within hours of the White House assuring that there would be a vote.

Full article: House GOP Leaders Pull Paul Ryan’s Obamacare 2.0 Bill Off Floor Again – Breitbart


Direct primary care, a no-insurance healthcare model

How direct primary care works

Dr. J. Bryan Hill with one of his patients. Courtesy Dr. J Bryan Hill

For Brent Long and his family, paying for healthcare is now like paying a cellphone bill. Since they joined Black Bag Family Healthcare in Johnson City, Tennessee, about two years ago, the family has paid about $150 a month to belong to the practice.

Long joined around the time he was shifting his insurance to a high-deductible health plan. There were two reasons he decided to switch and start paying for all six members of his family to get direct primary care: the cost-effectiveness of not having to deal with copays or urgent-care visits, and the fact that it could easily fit his family’s busy lifestyle that doesn’t jibe with spending hours in waiting rooms.

Included in that monthly fee are basic checkups, same-day or next-day appointments, and — a big boon to patients — the ability to obtain medications and lab tests at or near wholesale prices.

Direct primary care also comes with near-constant access to a doctor — talking via FaceTime while the family is on vacation, or taking an emergency trip to the office to get stitches after a bad fall on a Saturday night. Because direct primary care doesn’t take insurance, there are no copays and no costs beyond the monthly fee.

Full article: Direct primary care, a no-insurance healthcare model – Business Insider

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OMG This is Actually Happening!


I have to admit, when this link showed up in my feed, I saw the title and pics of Bernie and Ted, and I immediately thought, “Cage match?!”

But this could be an interesting watch.

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Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in Obamacare replacement plan

President-elect Donald Trump said in a weekend interview that he is nearing completion of a plan to replace President Obama’s signature health-care law with the goal of “insurance for everybody,” while also vowing to force drug companies to negotiate directly with the government on prices in Medicare and Medicaid.

Trump declined to reveal specifics in the telephone interview late Saturday with The Washington Post, but any proposals from the incoming president would almost certainly dominate the Republican effort to overhaul federal health policy as he prepares to work with his party’s congressional majorities.

Trump’s plan is likely to face questions from the right, after years of GOP opposition to further expansion of government involvement in the health-care system, and from those on the left, who see his ideas as disruptive to changes brought by the Affordable Care Act that have extended coverage to tens of millions of Americans.

Full article: Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in Obamacare replacement plan – The Washington Post

I’m not going to jump to any conclusions, and I am going to hope for the best here, but I am always suspicious of government involvement in things I think should be a private matter. I have no issues with things like medicaid and medicare, but I don’t like the idea of paying a fine for not being able to afford the insurance (I’m currently out of work and can’t afford Obamacare… so I’ve got a hefty fine that’s going to hit me in the taxes when I file for the contract jobs I took this year; it’s most likely going to be more than I made at those contract jobs, and possibly more than I have to my name).

But I also hope he isn’t going to lean toward single payer, either. That is way more government intervention than any of us want. And if he goes that way, he’ll be a one term president.

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VA Employees Left Vet’s Dead Body In A Shower For Nine Hours

Employees at the Bay Pines VA medical center dropped off a veteran’s dead body in a shower and let it sit there for nine hours, before trying to cover up that they had done anything wrong.

According to a 24-page April investigation by the hospital in Florida, staff broke VA regulations by “failing to provide appropriate post mortem care” back in February when the incident took place, Tampa Bay Times reports.

After the veteran’s death, staff decided told the transporter to move the body to the morgue, who then told them to talk to dispatchers instead according to proper procedure. But staff never made that request to the dispatchers, and so no one ever showed up to take the body away.

To try to get rid of the body, staff moved it into a hallway and then to a shower room, where it remained for a total of nine hours.

The report notes that the investigative effort was slowed by false reports of what had actually happened. Staff lied in an effort to cover up their tracks.

Full article: VA Employees Left Vet’s Dead Body In A Shower For Nine Hours | The Daily Caller


Memphis, Nashville, Murfreesboro VA centers rank at bottom on VA’s 5-star scale

(Photo: Yalonda M. James, The Commercial Appeal)

Shortly after the latest interim director for the Memphis VA Medical Center arrived this fall, he didn’t hide the fact that Memphis is a “one-star facility,” among the agency’s worst performing centers in the nation.

While the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs does not publicly share its hospital performance ratings,  a list obtained by USA Today shows the Memphis VA center is not alone at the bottom of the ratings. Tennessee is a hot spot for VA medical centers rated only a single star on the five-star ranking used to guide improvements.

The Tennessee Valley Healthcare System with campuses in Nashville and Murfreesboro also rates only one star.

In contrast, the Mountain Home VA Medical Center in Johnson City is a four-star facility, based on more than two dozen measures of quality, ranging from hospital death rates to avoidable complications and patient satisfaction.

Both advocates and critics of the federal health care system for veterans point to leadership as a major factor in medical center performance. The Memphis center assisted more than 68,000 veterans last year while the Tennessee Valley System saw 96,600.

Full article: Memphis, Nashville, Murfreesboro VA centers rank at bottom on VA’s 5-star scale


Terminally Ill Woman’s Insurance Company Will Pay for Her Assisted Suicide, But Not for Chemo

The Washington Times reported that the California Assisted-suicide law prompted an insurance company to deny coverage to a terminally ill California woman.

Bradford Richardson, from the Washington Times reported that Stephanie Packer, a wife and mother of four who was diagnosed with a terminal form of scleroderma, said that her insurance company initially indicated it would pay for her to switch to a different chemotherapy drug based on the recommendation of her doctors but shortly after the California assisted suicide law went into effect, her insurance company denied her treatment.

Richardson reported Packer as saying:

“And when the law was passed, it was a week later I received a letter in the mail saying they were going to deny coverage for the chemotherapy that we were asking for,”

She said she called her insurance company to find out why her coverage had been denied. On the call, she also asked whether suicide pills were covered under her plan.

“And she says, ‘Yes, we do provide that to our patients, and you would only have to pay $1.20 for the medication,’”Mrs. Packer said.

Full article: Terminally Ill Woman’s Insurance Company Will Pay for Her Assisted Suicide, But Not for Chemo |

This is disturbing beyond words.

I will say this. Assisted suicide is not an option where I live. And when my father was diagnosed with brain cancer (for those who don’t know, my father was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme in 2014 and he passed away in April 2016) his claim was also denied for chemotherapy and radiation. He was on Medicare with a supplemental insurance, although I am not 100% sure who he had that insurance with.My parents ended up having to apply for a grant that would only pay a portion of the cost of the chemo and radiation. They got the grant, but lost it when the hospital basically just stopped administering treatment in hopes of forcing the VA to take over (it was, basically, because my father was a pain in the ass as the disease progressed, and they didn’t want to deal with him anymore; this was told to us in kinder terms).

People keep telling me this is what Obamacare is here to solve. But considering he was on Medicare and Obamacare was already active law, I highly doubt the government is suddenly going to help pay for cancer treatments of terminally ill old people so they can get a little more time and maybe some quality of life, which my father ended up not having either of.

This woman… look, I know the illness is terminal. But this woman obviously wants whatever time she has left. To me, that isn’t a waste of money. A lot of people with terminal illnesses have gone on to live long lives. Young, old, it shouldn’t matter. These are human beings. I honestly don’t care if someone with a terminal illness wants to end their life. I can understand it completely, and I would be lying if I said I was against it. If the person is of sound mind and this is what they want, then fine, give them suicide pills (my father should have not qualified if it had been option here, since he was not of sound mind). But if they want their time… give them that time!

I am not, however, going to blame this law for the denial of her treatment. As I said, my father’s was denied as well, and assisted suicide is not an option here. I don’t know many folks who had insurance grant payment for chemo and radiation on terminal illnesses. Does that suck? Hell yes it does. I think it should be granted for people who want that time.