This post was published the day before the D.C. Circuit ruled against the government in Halbig v. Burwell and the Fourth Circuit ruled for the government in King v. Burwell. The Supreme Court has since agreed to review King, and the D.C. Circuit has put Halbig on hold pending the Supreme Court’s ruling.
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell reiterated to Congress Thursday that the Obama administration does not have a Plan B if the Supreme Court strikes down a key part of the Affordable Care Act — despite a Republican congressman claiming he heard a contingency plan is being drafted.
Rep. Joseph Pitts, R-Pa., who chairs a House health subcommittee, claimed he has been told the Obama administration is preparing a 100-page contingency plan in case it loses the high court challenge. The Supreme Court next week is hearing a case over whether subsidies at the heart of the law can be distributed through the federal health care exchange.
“So, if the court strikes it down, the administration is just going to say, ‘we surrender?’” Pitts asked.
Burwell answered, “An administrative remedy is something we don’t believe we have.”
On March 4, the Supreme Court will be asked to decide whether the IRS illegally extended subsidies to millions of Americans in order to underwrite the cost of their health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.
The language of the law says the subsidies will be awarded in states that set up their own exchanges, but more than three dozen states opted not to do that. Despite that fact, the IRS extended subsidies into those states.
Should the Supreme Court rule in King v. Burwell—a case challenging the Obama Administration’s implementation of the premium tax credit provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—that the statute restricts the payment of premium tax credits only to individuals obtaining coverage “through an Exchange established by [a] State,” its ruling would preclude the Treasury paying the tax credits to those obtaining coverage through the federally run exchange—or what the Obama Administration calls the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM)—currently serving 34 states King v. Burwell
I am livid. There will be nearly a quarter million people who need care, meds and monitoring. This is JUST one of many stories of being victimized by obamacare! Look at all the facilities obamacare is closing on APSY.
Alabama Psychiatric Services confirms it will end services on February 13, 2015. It cites a decrease in funding from Blue Cross/Blue Shield and a change in how the insurance company covers behavorial health services as the reason for the closure.
An employee at the Madison facility confirmed the closure earlier today, as did several patients. The Madison employee tells us the closure of APS’ statewide offices could impact as many as 200,000 patients.
In north Alabama, APS also has facilities in Cullman, Decatur and Florence.
“After over thirty years of service to our clients for their behavioral health needs, APS will be ending services on Friday, February 13, 2015. It has been our privilege to have offered services to our clients across Alabama, and to have been a critical part of the behavioral health service delivery system across our great state.
At the request of Blue Cross/Blue Shield, we opened offices throughout Alabama. Unfortunately, due to a decrease in funding from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama and a change in its model of providing behavioral health, we are not able to continue our mission.
We would have liked to have given both our patients and our employees more notice of our closure, but this was not possible under the circumstances. APS is making every effort to provide care and transition patients to other providers and our own providers who join or develop their own practices. APS is cooperating fully with other organizations to facilitate the resolution of this intense period.”
A leak of radioactive water from a tank at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant released tritium into the environment this week, but a TVA spokesman said Saturday the leak was quickly contained and presented no public risk.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, which operates the plant near Athens, Ala., said a drain line leaked between 100 and 200 gallons of water containing tritium levels above acceptable EPA drinking water standards. The leak was fixed within three hours of when it was discovered and was largely contained within the plant area, according to TVA.
~ I JUST have ask, HOW can 200 gallons of tritium infected water NOT pose a danger to its citizens?! Would YOU want to drink that water?! Do YOU trust the EPA?!
“In the unlikely event any of the tritiated water enters either the intake or outflow channels, it would be significantly diluted in the 2 million gallon-per-minute flowrate (of the Tennessee River)” TVA spokesman Jim Hopson said. “Based on all of these factors, there is no danger to the public or plant workers.”
But an representative of an anti-nuclear group said any radiation release is potentially dangerous.
Garry Morgan, a retired U.S. Army medical officer who has monitored radiation around Browns Ferry for Mothers Against Tennessee River Radiation, said the release was similar to one reported at Browns Ferry in April 2010. Other tritium leaks have occurred at the Sequoyah and Watts Bar plants in Tennessee.
“Any leak of a radionuclide contaminant into the environment indicates a failure of oversight and/or attention to detail, maybe both, on the part of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Tennessee Valley Authority,” Morgan said Saturday.
He said health surveys by his group show that the increase in cancer mortality rates in the Tennessee River valley grew to 20 percent above the U.S. average since Browns Ferry began generating power in 1974. Morgan has sampled radiation levels around TVA nuclear plants for six years and claims the elevated cancer rate in the region “is attributable to chemical and radionuclide contamination.”
Tritium is a radioactive form of hydrogen that occurs in nature and also as a byproduct of nuclear fission. It is commonly used in commercial operations for its luminescent abilities, including building “exit” signs and watch faces.
Megyn Kelly pressed CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden on the government’s response to the Ebola threat.
Kelly reminded Frieden that he assured the public that the U.S. would stop Ebola in its tracks. But now, Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has died, and one of the nurses that cared for him also has Ebola, though Frieden said health care workers would be trained.
“The American public looks at you and say:
‘Why should we trust you, and why should we trust the administration when Barack Obama told us we are prepared if Ebola reaches our shores and that the medical personnel would be adequately trained?’” Kelly said.
Frieden admitted that it’s “deeply troubling” that a nurse has contracted Ebola.
Make that two now:
AMBER VINSON, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who flew JUST the day before diagnosis on a Frontier Airlines flight from Cleveland to Dallas-Fort Worth before being diagnosed with Ebola
Still, he pledged, “We will stop the chains of transmission, I have no doubt about that. But it’s not going to be easy, and in West Africa, it’s not going to be quick.”
Kelly even brought up calls by her colleagues, including Bill O’Reilly, for him to resign for his mishandling of the situation. Frieden kept assuring that despite a smattering of cases in the U.S., the CDC is doing everything it can to make sure contact with others is minimal and hospitals have the tools they need to treat. Kelly confronted him with past assurances that Ebola would be stopped in its tracks and wouldn’t be coming to the United States.
She pressed him on why the U.S. doesn’t just implement a travel ban:
Frieden argued they’ve done enough by recommending all non-essential travel to West Africa be stopped for Americans, as well as stepping up airport screenings, but he doesn’t want to “isolate these countries” because it will “make it harder to stop the epidemic here.”
Kelly kept pushing him on hospitals not being fully equipped to treat Ebola before bringing up O’Reilly’s mad-as-hell call for Frieden to resign. Frieden basically dismissed those calls and insisted, “I’m focused on protecting Americans 24/7.”
As I’ve stated in social media, The ZomBot’s 2nd Presser left ME with no confidence. After all he excused himself from the podium with a runny nose, to go blow his nose. He’s an arse clown! ~ JP
Two days after a man in Texas was diagnosed with Ebola, a Missouri doctor Thursday morning showed up at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport dressed in protective gear to protest what he called mismanagement of the crisis by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Gil Mobley checked in and cleared airport security wearing a mask, goggles, gloves, boots and a hooded white jumpsuit emblazoned on the back with the words, “CDC is lying!”
“If they’re not lying, they are grossly incompetent,” said Mobley, a microbiologist and emergency trauma physician from Springfield, Mo.
Mobley said the CDC is “sugar-coating” the risk of the virus spreading in the United States.
“For them to say last week that the likelihood of importing an Ebola case was extremely small was a real bad call,” he said.
“Once this disease consumes every third world country, as surely it will, because they lack the same basic infrastructure as Sierra Leone and Liberia, at that point, we will be importing clusters of Ebola on a daily basis,” Mobley predicted. “That will overwhelm any advanced country’s ability to contain the clusters in isolation and quarantine. That spells bad news.”
While I was researching this, I came across something even more frightening I;m sure many are not aware of. Did you know DHS has created ‘Fushion’ Centers?
Located in states and major urban areas throughout the country, fusion centers are uniquely situated to empower front-line law enforcement, public safety, fire service, emergency response, public health, critical infrastructure protection, and private sector security personnel to understand local implications of national intelligence, thus enabling local officials to better protect their communities. Fusion centers provide interdisciplinary expertise and situational awareness to inform decision-making at all levels of government. They conduct analysis and facilitate information sharing while assisting law enforcement and homeland security partners in preventing, protecting against, and responding to crime and terror
I don’t know about you but the things in this post make me very uncomfortable. Particularly with the election coming next month. Is this deliberate with Patient Zero? Then our children getting deathly ill and dying from from enterovirus D68.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted Thursday that Obamacare has fallen three million short of its enrollment target through November.
The full exchange is below:
REP. PITTS: On October the 8th, you reported that a September 5th memo sent to you listed monthly enrollment targets for the exchanges, and this memo indicates that your target enrollment number for the end of December is 3.3 million. Based on HHS’s release this morning, your department is more than 3 million off their target number. Isn’t that correct?
SEC. SEBELIUS: Through the end of November, that is correct, sir.
Rep. Pitts asks Secretary Sebelius whether the government knows how many people will be successfully enrolled in plans at the beginning of next year.