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Image of the Day: Americans' Shrinking Earnings Under Joe Biden

Joe Biden tells Americans that he's helping them by building "from the bottom up and the middle out."  But the numbers don't lie, and the ugly reality is that he's only dragging us all toward the bottom.  Throughout his presidency, wage gains (green) have been consistently exceeded by inflation (blue), meaning loss in real earnings (red):

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="455"] Bidenomics Means Lost Earnings[/caption]…[more]

May 19, 2024 • 11:05 PM

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181 Sanctuary Hospitals: Who Pays the Bills?

Medical bills are pushing more Americans into severe financial distress, even if they have insurance. That's the grim news from a top medical journal. These bills force hundreds of thousands into bankruptcy each year. What's so galling is that while Americans struggle to pay their bills, freeloaders from other countries get the same care at no cost…

182 Dems Destroy Medicare

Under the guise of "reform," President Obama is dismantling Medicare — dooming seniors to needless pain and disability and shortening their lives. The stakes are high, because Medicare and the access it allows to medical innovations have transformed aging. Before Medicare, older people languished in nursing homes or wheelchairs…

183 Zika's Nasty Facts

This week, mosquitoes capable of transmitting Zika start biting in Florida, the Gulf States, and Southern California. It's the "virus from hell," warns Peter Hotez, Dean of Baylor University's School of Tropical Medicine. He's urging women to delay getting pregnant. Hotez worries expectant mothers in these states are already being bitten,…

184 The 'War On Salt' Is Bad Policy Based on Bad Science

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, one of the few openly authoritarian organizations functioning in the United States, once sued the Food and Drug Administration for refusing to regulate Americans' salt intake. No worries. This week, the Obama administration finally embraced CSPI's junk science and allowed the FDA to set new "guidelines…

185 Germs Multiply While CDC Fiddles

Federal officials are predicting doom because a Pennsylvania woman became infected with a germ that can't be stopped by most antibiotics. "The medicine cabinet is empty for some patients," warned Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden last week. You'd think the CDC was finally ready to get serious about drug-resistant…

186 Obama's Deadly Globalism

Federal officials are warning that mosquitoes carrying Zika virus will start biting and infecting U.S. residents in the next month. Key trouble spots are southern Florida, Louisiana, Texas and southern California, but the risk could extend north to New York and San Francisco. The virus inflicts horrific brain damage on unborn children as well as neurological…

187 Medicare Cuts Killing Seniors

President Obama's Medicare cuts are killing seniors. His health law changed Medicare, adding bonuses for hospitals that spend the least per senior. The result? Hundreds of hospitals are skimping on care to win bonuses. Seniors at these hospitals aren't getting the right antibiotic or other treatments they need. They're dying from pneumonia, heart attacks…

188 Obamacare's Teachable Moment

On Monday, House Republicans promised a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare within a month. It's not a moment too soon. Obamacare is collapsing. UnitedHealth will abandon most Obamacare markets, it said Tuesday. Giant insurers such as Aetna and the BlueCross Blue Shield Association are next. They warned last week that losses trying to sell Obamacare…

189 Government Dysfunction Costs Lives

Every year, more than half a million patients in the U.S. are unknowingly put at risk of contracting a superbug infection during a common medical procedure. A doctor threads a tube-like scope down your throat and into your digestive system to treat cancer and other problems. You assume the tube is clean. Think again. The scope's defective design allows…

190 Clinton's Phony Health Care Fixes

The Clinton campaign is finally owning up to what most Americans learned the hard way. The Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable. In fact, its costs are "crushing" people who have to buy health insurance. Hillary Clinton vows to fix the problem, but don't count on it. Clinton's remedies are bad medicine. Some are so preposterous…

191 Obamacare's Tax-Time Torment

"Where is my 1095-A? This is what it must be like dealing with a government agency in a third world country." That was the lament on Twitter of just one poor citizen this week trying to get his tax records in order. Nationwide, hard-working Americans are struggling to meet the April 18 IRS filing deadline. Standing in the way: the bumbling…

192 Heads Must Roll at the CDC

Consumer Reports is sounding the alarm about a vicious infection raging through hospitals, even prestigious academic medical centers such as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and Ohio's Cleveland Clinic. Clostridium difficile, or C. diff for short, sickens half a million people each year, and 29,000 of…

193 Obama Administration Breaks Law to Enrich Health Insurers

The Obama administration will tell any lie and break any law to prevent the president's signature health program from collapsing. Insurance companies, such as UnitedHealthcare and Aetna, are losing billions trying to sell Obamacare plans, and the risk is they'll drop out at the end of 2016. No insurance companies means no Obamacare. In 2014, the White…

194 CDC Dropping the Ball on Zika

If you're pregnant or planning to be, rethink your vacation plans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning against travel to Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and 22 countries in Latin America where mosquitoes are carrying the Zika virus and infecting people they bite.  The biggest danger is to pregnant women, whose babies…

195 Hillary's Healthcare Lies

Hillary Clinton is attacking rival Bernie Sanders, calling his plan to replace Obamacare with socialist single payer healthcare a "risky deal" and unaffordable. She's telling Democrats the survival of the Affordable Care Act depends on her winning the presidency. "The stakes couldn't be higher," she warned Iowa voters. Sunday night…

196 Doctors Agree: Obama's Electronic Medical Records Mandate Sucks!

Hey, who's up for a stiff dose of "See, I told you so?" For the past several years, medical professionals have warned that the federal electronic medical records mandate — buried in the trillion-dollar Obama stimulus of 2009 — would do more harm than good. Their diagnosis, unfortunately, is on the nose. The Quack-in-Chief peddled…

197 Obama Lied, My Health Plan Died...Twice!

It's deja screwed all over again. In the fall of 2013, our family received notice from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Colorado that we could no longer keep our private health insurance plan because of "changes from health care reform (also called the Affordable Care Act or ACA)." We liked our high-deductible preferred provider organization…

198 Drug Price Controls Would Compound a Government-Made Problem

Price controls and caps are always a bad idea. So when a candidate for president of the United States starts talking about the government setting prices for prescription drugs, it’s always a good idea to cast a cold eye. When two candidates for political office advocate price caps on prescription drugs, that’s when real trouble starts.…

199 ObamaCare's Bill Comes Due: Premium Hikes Up to 36.3% Coming

During the first two years under ObamaCare, health insurers remained unable to assess what rates they must charge to cover the costs imposed by the new law.  Now that such assessment is possible in its third year, insurers realize that the law has proven much costlier than anticipated, and they're desperately seeking premium increases accordingly…

200 Only Democrats Are to Blame for Obamacare Chaos

If the Supreme Court were to decide not to allow retroactive legislating and uphold Obamacare as written, terrible things would happen to America. We might, for instance, find out what health insurance in fabricated, state-run "marketplaces" actually costs. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that the 37 states that have declined to set…

201 Unsustainable Exchanges & Subsidies Exposing ObamaCare’s Weaknesses

From financially dubious exchanges to subsidies that aren’t technically legal, ObamaCare is imploding under its own shoddy draftsmanship. ObamaCare’s state-run exchanges are a great idea – so long as federal taxpayers foot the bill. Since the law was passed in 2010, almost $5 billion in federal start-up grants have been doled out…

202 ObamaCare Exchanges on Life Support

At a recent White House science fair celebrating inventors, a Girl Scout who helped design a Lego-powered page-turning device asked President Obama what he had ever thought up or prototyped. Stumbling for an answer, he replied: "I came up with things like, you know, health care." Ah, yes. "Health care." Remember when the president…

203 Florida Sues to Block "Gun to the Head" ObamaCare Coercion

When it comes to expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare, the Obama administration has a clear goal: Coerce holdout states into submission by threatening to eliminate funding for other health-related programs. Florida is fighting back. In a new lawsuit, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi details a long train of bad faith negotiations by federal officials…

204 What Congress Could Do If the Supreme Court Strikes Down ObamaCare Subsidies

In thinking through how to respond if the Supreme Court strikes down a controversial IRS interpretation of ObamaCare, Republicans in Congress should remember that “a fundamental flaw of the [law] was its imposition of new regulations that made health insurance more expensive for millions of Americans and that, in large part, the [law’s]…

205 Two-Thirds of ObamaCare Subsidy Recipients Had To Pay Back the IRS

If you like your ObamaCare subsidy, chances are you won’t be able to keep it. “Almost two-thirds of tax filers who received insurance via the state or federal insurance Marketplaces had to pay back an average of $729,” according to an analysis by H&R Block. That translates into a 33 percent reduction in the average refund. This…

206 Florida Will Sue to Stop ObamaCare Coercion to Expand Medicaid

Was the U.S. Supreme Court serious when it upheld ObamaCare, but said the federal government couldn’t “hold a gun to the head” of states that choose not to expand Medicaid? A new lawsuit initiated by Florida and supported by Texas may provide an answer. Florida Governor Rick Scott, a Republican, is embroiled in a bitter fight with…

207 ObamaCare Is Great for Insurance Companies, Irrelevant for Better Health

Under ObamaCare, the percentage of Americans without health insurance has dropped, but one stubborn fact remains – the newly covered aren’t any healthier. A new report from Gallup’s Healthways Well-Being Index shows that among U.S. adults 18 and older the uninsured rate is now 11.9 percent, a five-point decline from the beginning…

208 ObamaCare’s Fault: IRS Overworked, Understaffed Going into Tax Season

If the Obama administration thought that canceling millions of individual insurance plans ahead of ObamaCare’s first enrollment period threatened to kill the controversial health law, wait until taxpayers get to experience paying penalties to a dysfunctional IRS. By now, most Americans are aware that ObamaCare tasks the Internal Revenue Service…

209 ObamaCare Plan B: Contract with States to Save Subsidies

If the Supreme Court strikes down an unauthorized IRS rule that gives ObamaCare subsidies to ineligible citizens, the Obama administration thinks it has a way to save them. Last week the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a Virginia-based challenge to the mechanism that makes “The Affordable Care Act”…

210 Obamacare's 1095-A Nightmare

Tax season is stressful enough. But if you are like countless miserable Americans trapped in the Obamacare 1095-A abyss, it's hell on stilts on a Segway teetering over the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The screw-ups, incompetence and bureaucratic blame avoidance over the health insurance exchange tax forms make the healthcare.gov website fiasco look…

 
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