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So Much For The Mandate To Repeal Health Care Reform (For Now)

December 30, 2010

From U.S. New & World Report: Majority Either Like Health Care Law Or Want It More Liberal By Robert Schlesinger Posted: December 29, 2010 You may have noticed the CNN/Opinion Research poll released earlier this week, which had this all too familiar top-line: 54 percent of voters oppose President Obama’s healthcare reform law. But drill…

Celebrity Economist Urges Protection Of Medicaid

December 20, 2010

Ben Stein, economist. From The Post & Courier: Stein differs with GOP on care By RENEE DUDLEY [email protected] Saturday, December 18, 2010 Celebrity economist Ben Stein said cuts to Medicaid, including those to take effect in South Carolina in February, are a ‘tremendously, tremendously serious problem.’ Stein, who will be in Charleston next month to…

SC Proposes Cutting Hospice, “The Best, Cheapest Option”

December 14, 2010

Andy Burriss [email protected] – – Nurse Jill Ray checks a patient on Monday. SC Hospices Say Medicaid Cuts Would Be ‘Devastating’ By Andrew Dys – Herald Columnist ROCK HILL — Somebody gets “hospice,” they get dignity for the final days, or weeks, and rarely, months. Yet if proposed cuts in South Carolina’s Medicaid program go…

More Pain For The Poor Of South Carolina

December 13, 2010

SC Medicaid Plan: End Adult Dental, Hospice Care, Etc. By JIM DAVENPORT Associated Press The state’s Medicaid program plans to stop paying for adult dental, vision and hospice services and cut home health visits by a third for the state’s elderly and disabled in February. Meanwhile, the agency plans to eliminate routine infant circumcisions, cut…

Low-Income Arizonans Face Death By Budget Cut

December 6, 2010

From The New York Times: Please note that AZ Gov. Jan Brewer “has in turn blamed ‘Obamacare,’ meaning the federal health care overhaul, for the transplant cuts even though the Arizona vote came in March, before President Obama signed that bill into law.” This is worrisome, especially given the rumblings of Medicaid cutting that we…

Opinion: Before You Go Whacking Medicaid…

November 23, 2010

With revenues reduced to a trickle, some states are considering drastic measures to balance their budgets. Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has proposed abandoning Medicaid, the federally mandated program that provides health care for the poor. That idea also has its advocates in Florida, Nevada and here in South Carolina. But before ditching Medicaid, let’s…

Factcheck.org Goes In-Depth On Anti-ACA Distortions

November 22, 2010

From factcheck.org: The Truth About Health Insurance Premiums The new law has brought increases for some. But GOP leaders exaggerate. November 19, 2010 Summary Leading Republicans in Congress are blaming the new health care law for double-digit rate increases being sought by insurance companies in Washington state, New York and Connecticut. But insurance regulators, leading…

Economist: Health Care = Jobs In South Carolina

November 19, 2010

From The State’s opinion page: By Lynn Bailey Gov.-elect Nikki Haley campaigned on increasing South Carolina’s jobs. In South Carolina, health care means jobs — 200,000 jobs. Jobs ranging from home health aides to nursing assistants to brain surgeons to insurance claims processors and hospital administrators. Jobs for people with only a high school diploma…

Health Care Co-op Designed for SC’s Small Businesses

November 18, 2010

By Liv Osby for The Greenville News For more than 60 years, Cline Hose & Hydraulics in Greenville has provided health insurance to its employees — but as the cost went up, the plans changed. “When we first started, we had coverage for all our employees and their wife and children,” said Neb Cline Jr.,…

Health Insurers Paid Chamber $86.2 Million To Stop Reform

November 17, 2010

Karen Ignagni, CEO of AHIP, the insurers’ lobby through which money was funneled. . Today Bloomberg broke an eye-popping story on the true extent to which health insurers went to quietly undermine reform while publicly assuring us of their cooperation. See here where former insurance industry insider Wendell Potter predicted as much, that Big Insurance…

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