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Yet Another “Extra-Legal” Change In Obamcare: It Now Qualifies As A “Hardship”

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From the Washington Post’s Wonkblog: “Today, the Obama administration announced that people whose insurance plans were canceled this year will ‘temporarily’ be exempted from the law’s individual mandate.”

1. The individual mandate includes a “hardship exemption.” People who qualify can either ignore the individual mandate altogether or purchase a cheap, bare-bones catastrophic insurance plan that’s typically only available to people under 30.

2. According to HHS, the exemption covers people who “experienced financial or domestic circumstances, including an unexpected natural or human-caused event, such that he or she had a significant, unexpected increase in essential expenses that prevented him or her from obtaining coverage under a qualified health plan.”

3. Today, the administration agreed with a group of senators, led by Mark Warner of Virginia, who argued that having your insurance plan canceled counted as “an unexpected natural or human-caused event.” For these people, in other words, Obamacare itself is the hardship.

Yes, it is. I think we can keep Obamacare in place, simply announce that the entire nation is now under “hardship” and give everyone the right to opt out. Makes total sense.
Of course, this administration has no interest in making sense, so they are continuing in an inconsistent manner by making some people submit to the individual mandate while others are allowed to opt out. Why should people who have never felt they could afford insurance be forced to buy it while others who could afford insurance are permitted to get minimal plans that don’t meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act? Under the law, a person “who can purchase qualifying insurance for less than 8 percent of their income,” is required to do so. How can the Administration simultaneously claim that the standard is right for some people but not for others?
Notice that the rationale here is that some people need special help. But why don’t people who could never afford insurance not also deserve that same help?
The Wonkblog claims that no one really knows how many people have lost their insurance. The Obama Administration claims that the numbers are merely in the hundreds of thousands. But later in the post, tellingly, it claims that insurance companies are worried that the White House is significantly underestimating how many have lost their insurance.
Once again, this allows relatively healthy people to opt out of the Obamacare insurance pool and leave those plans with more sick people.
Obamacare is proving a hardship for everyone.

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D.C. Gov’t To Allow Children to Decide to Take COVID Vaccine Without Parent’s Knowledge

A new rule in Washington D.C. would allow children to decide to take the COVID-19 vaccine without even telling their parents.

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A new rule in Washington D.C. would allow children to decide to take the COVID-19 vaccine without even telling their parents.

The law claims that minors between 11 and 18 can choose not to tell their parents they are taking the vaccine if the child is “capable of meeting the informed consent standard.”

Firstly, no one under 18 should be allowed to make health choices without involving their parents. EVER. Secondly, the state should not be making these decisions, either.

According to Just the News:

The proposed bill, B23-0171 would direct that “a minor, eleven years of age or older, may consent to receive a vaccine where the minor is capable of meeting the informed consent standard, and the vaccine is recommended by the United States Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.”

The injection of a vaccine into the minor would also have to be “in accordance with ACIP’s recommended immunization schedule,” the bill further stipulates.

The bill also allows healthcare providers to seek reimbursement from the parents’ insurance without the parents’ knowledge, too!

Finally, the bill also bars parents from having access to a child’s immunization records.

To take away your children and all decisions over them is the dream of the deep state.

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Biden Lied: MILLIONS of Americans Lost Their Insurance Thanks to Obamacare

Joe Biden lied repeatedly that Americans didn’t lose their insurance thanks to Obamacare.

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Joe Biden lied repeatedly during the last debate of the 2020 campaign, but his lie that Americans didn’t lose their insurance thanks to Obamacare was particularly galling.

The truth is, millions of Americans lost their insurance thanks to Obamacare.

In fact, President Obama’s “you can keep your insurance” lie was rated “the lie of the year” in 2013. Obama’s claim that no one would lose their insurance was so egregious that it became the most risible political statement of the Obama era.

In the fall of 2013, four million Americans lost their health care plans. And that was just the beginning. Millions more lost their plans in the ensuing years.

But during the debate, Joe Biden essentially repurposed Obama’s lie and retold it to the nation.

“What I’m going to do is pass Obamacare with a public option. It will become Bidencare. The public option says in fact if you do not have the wherewithal, if you qualify for Medicaid and you do not have the wherewithal in your state to get Medicaid, you’re automatically enrolled, providing competition for insurance companies,” Biden said.

Biden added that he does not want to eliminate private insurance.

“Not one single person with private insurance would lose their insurance under my plan, nor did they under Obamacare. They did not lose their insurance unless they chose they wanted to go to something else,” he said.

This is pretty much what Obama said. But it is an impossible claim. And a knowing lie.

The problem is, once you offer a “public option” and then force healthcare providers to take that coverage option, millions of employers will simply cancel their healthcare plans and tell employees to go on the government plan.

That is exactly what happened in 2013. And it will happen if we are unfortunate enough to see Joe Biden become president.

Millions more Americans will lose their insurance.

And Joe Biden knows it.

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Trump Issues Executive Orders To Cut Insulin, EpiPen Prices; Puts End To ‘Global Freeloading’

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Trump Issues Executive Orders To Cut Insulin, EpiPen Prices; Puts End To ‘Global Freeloading’

President Trump signed four executive orders designed to significantly lower prescription drug prices for Americans, including insulin and epinephrine.

“The four orders I’m signing today will be on the prescription drug market in terms of pricing and everything else to make these medications affordable and accessible for all Americans,” said Trump, surrounded by health care professionals. “The first order will require federal community health centers to pass the giant discounts they received from drug companies on insulin and EpiPens directly to their patients. You know insulin became so expensive people weren’t able to use it. They desperately needed it.”

“We have it to a level that you’re not going to believe,” he continued. “EpiPens — likewise you have been hearing horrible stories about EpiPens over the last six or seven years, horrible, horrible, horrible increases for where they went to almost nothing to massive amounts of money. We’re changing that right now.”

“Under this order,” Trump added, “the price of insulin for affected patients will come down to just pennies a day, pennies a day from numbers that you weren’t even able to think about. It’s a massive cost savings.”

Trump said providers “should not be receiving discounts for themselves while charging their poorest patients massive full prices.”

Along with the order ending the “shadowy system of kickbacks by middlemen,” another order will allow states, wholesalers, and pharmacies to offer “safe and legal importation of prescription drugs from Canada and other countries where the price for the identical drug is incredibly lower,” Trump highlighted.

“It is a difference like you would not believe — 70%, 80%, 90%, 30% — but massively lower than the identical drug made in the same plant, same factory. Same exact drug, same everything, same box, same pill, and yet, it’s 50, 60, 70% lower,” he said.

Trump boosted the fourth executive order as the “granddaddy of them all,” ending “global freeloading on the backs of American patients and American seniors.”

“For decades our citizens have paid the highest prices for drugs, prescription drugs, anywhere in the world, and it is not even close,” he said. “Foreign nations have paid vastly less for the exact same drug again and the exact same box from the exact same plant, from the exact same company. They would pay 10%, 20%, 30%. What our people are paying a pill that would sell for one dollar in certain countries.”

“This means that Americans are funding the enormous cost of drug research and development for the entire planet,” Trump continued. “We are bearing the entire cost of all of this. They are bearing none. They say that this is what we are going to pay. In some cases, it’s the socialist country. So we are paying to reduce drug prices in a socialist country. How does that work?”

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Stock Market Soars After First Coronavirus Vaccine Tested In U.S. Produced Antibodies In All Patients

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Stock Market Soars After First Coronavirus Vaccine Tested In U.S. Produced Antibodies In All Patients

The first coronavirus vaccine tested in the U.S. revved up people’s immune systems just the way scientists had anticipated, researchers reported yesterday as the shots are poised to begin key final testing. Now stocks are soaring today following the news.

“No matter how you slice this, this is good news,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told The Associated Press.

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Stocks soared Wednesday following news that a new COVID-19 vaccine showed that it produced antibodies in all patients during a trial.

Even before the opening gavel fell, stock futures rose more than 500 points. When the market opened at 9:30 a.m., the Dow settled in, rising in the mid-300s.

The stock surge followed news from Moderna, a pharmaceutical company that announced Tuesday night that its coronavirus vaccine produced a “robust” immune response — meaning antibodies — in all 45 patients in its early stage human trial, according to data published in the peer-reviewed New England Journal of Medicine.

“The hallmark of a vaccine is one that can actually mimic natural infection and induce the kind of response that you would get with natural infection. And it looks like, at least in this limited, small number of individuals, that is exactly what’s happening,” Fauci said. “The data really look quite good. There were no serious adverse events.”

The Moderna vaccine test began back in March, with 45 volunteers being injected twice, a month apart. Every one of the test subjects developed “neutralizing” antibodies in their bloodstream at levels about the same as people who had contracted COVID-19 and recovered, the Journal reported. More

If getting this vaccine made is what it takes to get the economy going again, great. However, there is absolutely ZERO chance I will be getting the vaccination. Of course, liberals will now demand that everyone should be forced to take it.

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Officials Admit that COVID Scare Put 80 Million Kids at Risk by Halting Regular Vaccinations

Officials now admit that the coronavirus shutdowns have put millions of kids at risk of disease.

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Officials now admit that the coronavirus shutdowns of doctors offices and hospitals have put millions of kids at risk of disease because their regular vaccinations have been disrupted.

Now, whether you believe in vaccinations or not it not the question here. The fact that these medical authorities are 100 percent behind regular regimes of childhood inoculations and vaccinations is the point. And the fact that they knowingly put the lives of 80 million kids at risk over this coronavirus hysteria is the point here.

Sure, you may be what they call an “anti-vaxer.” But your personal feelings aside, these doctors — who fully believe in vaccines — purposefully denied them to kids for the last several months. If they believe in vaccines, then they are now guilty of putting kids at risk by denying them these shots.

Because their regular vaccination routines were ended, up to 80 million children under a year old could be at risk of diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio, medical experts now admit.

More than half the 129 nations reporting to the World Health Organization now say that vaccinations for infants and toddlers were at least partially disrupted if not completely ended because of fears over the coronavirus.

Vaccination campaigns for cholera, measles, meningitis, polio, tetanus, typhoid, and yellow fever have been severely disrupted all across the globe.

“Disruption to immunization programmes from the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to unwind decades of progress against vaccine-preventable diseases like measles,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s director general, said in the WHO report.

Per CNBC:

The reasons vaccine services have been disrupted varied. Some parents are reluctant to leave home because of restrictions on movement, lack of information or because they fear Covid-19 infection, according to the report.

Many health-care workers are unavailable because of restrictions on travel or because resources have been redeployed toward the coronavirus pandemic response. UNICEF reported that planned vaccine deliveries have been delayed because of global lockdown measures and the decline in commercial flights and the limited availability of charters.

Many countries have also suspended vaccination campaigns intended to prevent other diseases such as cholera, measles, meningitis, polio, tetanus, typhoid and yellow fever, due to risk of Covid-19 transmission, global health officials said in the report.

Mass vaccination campaigns for polio and measles have been hit the hardest, with measles campaigns suspended in 27 countries and polio campaigns put on hold in 38 countries.

Again, you personally, dear reader, may be against vaccinations. But these people are not against them. And this means that in their minds they knowingly put the lives of millions of babies at risk.

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Copper State Coronavirus Surge has Medical Experts Alarmed

Trouble is brewing out west.

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While much of the nation’s attention has been wrested away from the global COVID-19 pandemic by the death of George Floyd, the virus continues to spread and wreak havoc from coast to coast.

New York City was America’s COVID hot spot for months, thanks to an unmatched population density and the innate hustle and bustle of The Big Apple.  But now, thousands of miles away, a surge in cases is causing alarm for citizens and healthcare authorities in Arizona.

Experts around the country and in Arizona are raising alarms about the state’s COVID-19 situation because cases and hospitalizations have increased for the past two weeks.

The increase in cases can’t solely be attributed to increased testing in Arizona, experts say.

Instead, it looks like the state is trending upward in a way that is concerning and could need another stay-at-home order to curb the spread.

“I would go so far as to say alarming,” said Dr. William Hanage, an epidemiology professor at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “The only sort of crumb of comfort that I can find is that I think, in general, it’s sort of easier to social distance in Arizona than it is in some places.”

While the virus isn’t particularly deadly when speaking in general terms, certain populations of Americans are at a much higher risk for complications, including the elderly and the immunocompromised.

In several hospitals, the situation was growing dire.

Arizona’s largest hospital system warned over the past week that its intensive care units are filling up, ventilator use was on the rise and capacity was reached for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation treatment.

“We have seen a steady climb of COVID-19 cases in Arizona over the last two weeks,” Banner Health tweeted Monday. “This trend is concerning to us, and also correlates with a rise in cases that we are seeing in our hospital ICUs.”

Officials are also concerned that the recent push to reopen several states’ economies could contribute to this uptick in sickness.

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Gov. Cuomo On Coronavirus Nursing Home Deaths: It’s Trump’s Fault

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New York Gov. Cuomo doubled down on his state’s now-scrapped nursing home policy that critics say contributed to thousands of coronavirus deaths and instead blamed the problem on President Trump and his administration.

“New York followed the president’s agencies’ guidance,” he said, per Fox News. “What New York did was follow what the Republican Administration said to do. That’s not my attempt to politicize it. It’s my attempt to depoliticize it. So don’t criticize the state for following the president’s policy.”

TDW:

New York governor Andrew Cuomo is still defending his administration’s policy of sending COVID-19 positive individuals into nursing homes and other adult care facilities with populations at risk of contracting the deadly virus. This time though, he found a convenient target to blame for the illnesses and deaths: President Donald Trump.

At a press conference Saturday, Cuomo claimed that he was only following the president’s directives when he issued his nursing home plan.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has, indeed, issued some guidance on coronavirus and nursing facilities, according to the network, but it refers largely to those individuals who might have been accepted at an adult care facility before the pandemic began, and does not appear to reference COVID-19 positive patients specifically.

Instead, the CDC guidance say that, “nursing homes should admit any individuals that they would normally admit to their facility, including individuals from hospitals where a case of COVID-19 was/is present.” The CDC also required that “any newly admitted and readmitted resident with a COVID-19 case to be placed in a designated COVID-19 care unit, while those who have met the criteria to have recovered can return to a regular unit in the nursing home,” according to Fox News. More

So what’s new about this? The liberal New York governor Andrew Cuomo has done what all liberals do and has attempted to blame others for his own inept actions. The really sad thing about his deflection is, some will actually believe him.

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