Category: Interesting Links

Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

Why thretirement-crackede disabled on Medicaid can’t afford to retire. Here’s how Chile solved that problem.

ObamaCare pushes doctors and hospitals to consolidate; then the FTC and the DOJ claim they’ve violated anti-trust law.

30 percent fewer “young invincibles” enrolled in ObamaCare than expected; administration gets two Pinocchios.

More than 1,100 IRS employees who owe back taxes received more than $1 million in bonuses and more than 10,000 hours in time-off awards.

Hits and Misses

Smiling NurseThree more states — Connecticut, Nebraska and New York — are in the process of allowing nurse practitioners to work without oversight from a doctor, in an effort to alleviate physician shortages.

Tom Sargent summarizes economics in 335 words. Or is it 297 words?

eHealth, Inc., an online insurance broker, is ObamaCare’s biggest winner.

If we had a drug to delay Alzheimer’s by five years, annual treatment costs would drop by almost half a trillion dollars a year.

Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

prescription-drugsPrices for a dozen generic drugs jumped 2,000 percent in one year: FDA to blame.

Users report better experience on broken state ObamaCare exchanges than federal healthcare.gov exchange.

Did Kathleen Sebelius request kickbacks from H&R block for enrolling ObamaCare applicants?

Man covered by ObamaCare owes half the cost of a $54,000 helicopter ambulance bill.

The Heartbleed virus infected Heatlhcare.gov: ObamaCare exchange enrollees advised to change passwords.

Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

nutrition-labelAre serving sizes on food packages intentional attempts to mislead us? No, they are dictated by the government.

Medicare kept paying dozens of doctors after they were suspended or terminated from state Medicaid programs or were indicted or charged with fraud.

Terminal cancer patients in Russia are sent home to die; can’t get pain medication; some are committing suicide. (HT: Jason Shafrin)

Patients at risk: More than 100,000 doctors, nurses, medical technicians, and healthcare aides abuse prescription drugs.

Hits and Misses

Woman Using Exercise MachineIs the motivation to exercise in your genes?

Does marijuana wreck your brain? Or was the study so much hype?

Readmissions: They may not be the hospital’s fault.

After years of failed attempts, researchers have finally generated stem cells from adults using the same cloning technique that produced Dolly the sheep in 1996.

About 16% of people who die in traffic crashes in the U.S. are bikers or pedestrians. Phoenix and Fresno are the worse cities for bikers. Detroit and Miami are the worse for pedestrians.

Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

When America’s joint surgeons were challenged to come up with a list of unnecessary procedures in their field, their selections shared one thing: none significantly impacted their incomes.

Kathleen Sebelius for U.S. Senate?

Income Inequality Institute creates more inequality by paying Paul Krugman $25,000 a month — no teaching required.

Hits and Misses

Could a single protein make our organs repair themselves?

The Tax Code is not 70,000 pages long. But how long is it?

SAT tests are really IQ tests; contrary to conventional wisdom, they predict college performance reasonably well; and prep courses matter very little.

Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

Food Stamp recipients outnumber women who work full-time

Obama has proposed 442 tax hikes since taking office

Which chain do you think is more heavily celebrated on the website of the American Cancer Society? CVS, which will stop sales of all tobacco products, or Walgreens, which won’t?

Hits and Misses

Government panel: get rid of CHIP.

Some five million people are bitten by snakes each year. Of those, as many as 94,000 die and another 400,000 have limbs amputated or are permanently disabled as a result.

An argument that parents don’t matter.

Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

Administration does not know if it has legal authority to delay ObamaCare mandates.

New Jersey woman’s ObamaCare insurance turned down by 96 doctors — still no appointment.

What’s more difficult than signing up for an ObamaCare insurance plan? Cancelling one.