Community Health Systems hacked, records of nearly 4.5 million patients stolen
Published August 18, 2014 FoxNews.com
Hospital giant Community Health Systems said on Monday that the personal information of nearly 4.5 million patients was stolen by hackers in an attack believed to originate from China.
In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the company, which operates 206 hospitals in 29 states, reported that the hackers used “sophisticated malware” to attack the company’s security systems and copy and transfer hospital data.
Republicans plan votes on ObamaCare security legislation
House Republicans are warning that HealthCare.gov should give consumers a similar scare -- and they're making the issue a top priority. READ MORE: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/02/think-target-was-bad-republicans-plan-votes-on-obamacare-security-legislation/
Tax Increase Summary for Minnesotans
ACA (Obamacare) taxes for MN that kicked in on January 01, 2014:
Top Income tax bracket went from 35% to 39.6% Dividends tax went from 15% to 39.6%
Top Income payroll tax went from 37.4% to 52.2% Estate tax went from 0% to 55%
Capital Gains tax went from 15% to 28%
How's that 'Hope & Change' working out for us now!
Insurers warn of problems with ObamaCare enrollment
Exurtps By Roberta Rampton
Dec 3, 2013
Today Minnesotans and all of America learned there is no mechanism for payments to the nation’s insurance providers.
So essentially, the payments requested by the providers will work like the following: “($ this $) is how much the government is going to give us”. Our government then will just start writing checks, without the correct amount of the medical insurance enrollees annual fee known—this is simply unbelievable, and a reckless way to run one-eighth of our nation’s economy.
While Obama and his aides have been focusing on fixing the most visible problems with the website, insurers say that serious technical issues are still plaguing the so-called "back end" of the portal that transmits important user information to insurance companies.
1-in-3 Who enrolled already think they are
covered today—Administration says they are not
"It's a real problem for plans when the enrollment file never comes over, and then you get the consumer calling, and the plan has no record of that individual," Durham said at a forum organized by Georgetown University and law firm Arent Fox. "Time is short. January 1 is coming around fairly quickly here."
Cynthia Michener, spokeswoman for Aetna Inc, the third-largest U.S. insurer, said the company is continuing to receive flawed enrollment files, including duplicate records.
She also said that while there have been improvements with the website's performance, Aetna is helping "identify, prioritize and test additional issues."
Read more from Reuters: http://tinyurl.com/ke4xzo4
Obama's Cancellation "Fix": Violating the Law for a Short-Term Public Relations Move
President Obama has told ObamaCare’s critics that the law is “settled” and “here to stay.” But today he is saying he’ll violate the law to put a Band-Aid on it for another year. That’s in addition to the one-year delay in the employer mandate and numerous other “fixes” and delays.
The ultimate “fix” lies with Congress, and it’s a simple one: Undo this unfair, unworkable, and unpopular law that never should have been passed in the first place.
Read more: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/11/14/obamas-cancellation-fix-violating-law-short-term-public-relations-move/?utm_source=heritagefoundation&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=&utm_content=&utm_source=heritagefoundation&utm_medium=email&utm_content=readthis&utm_campaign=saturday131116
President Obama Apologizes For Americans Losing Health Plans
President Obama said Thursday he was “sorry” Americans are losing health insurance plans HE REPEATEDLY SAID THEY COULD KEEP, and vowed to work with those who are finding themselves in a “tough situation” as a result. News for him: those people will not likely vote for him or other Democrats who supported this move to nationalize one-fifth of the American economy.
His remarks came as a bipartisan bill was introduced in the Senate to delay by one year the implementation of the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, and commonly referred to as ObamaCare. This would mean Americans would avoid a $95 penalty for NOT having health insurance—that’s scheduled to kick-in next year.
The White House, while defending the health care law and vowing to fix the problems with the website, has not completely ruled-out the possibility of delaying the individual mandate.
As House Speaker John Boehner phrased it, “an apology is certainly in order, but what Americans want to hear is that the president is going to keep his promise.” Americans, historically, have rightly demanded that presidents keep their promises (usually via the voting booth--your inalienable right). And Mr. President, who has “been burned”? (the American citizens and hard-working taxpayers, unfortunately).
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU IN MINNESOTA: The fact is, Americans recognize when a government program is not created with the highest health standards in mind, but rather a means of re-distributing wealth in this country and destroying the world’s most effective health care system which rightly employs evidence-based standards.
Health care was never designed to be managed by the U.S. government, and similarly, our Founding Fathers did not write the Constitution to include such outright over-reach into our personal data and lives (which is now known to be a requirement when signing-up for benefits under the ACA). And health care should never be forced as a burden onto consumers AND TAXPAYERS.
You know something is fishy when even the unions are rejecting the ACA law. The latest union to publicly condemn the health care law is the Las Vegas Culinary Local 226. It cites certain provisions of the law that would destroy union health plans, and therefore adds to the long list of usual staunch allies of President Obama who have rejected his law.
So we passed the (health care) bill, and we (finally) read the bill, as Nancy Pelosi famously said. And now we have learned of the truly startling revelations of the establishment of the “Independent Advisory Board (IPAB)” which will likely prove the MOST DANGEROUS TO OUR LIBERTY.
What Is “IPAB”,
And How Will It Affect My Health Care In Minnesota?
IPAB IS PART OF OBAMA CARE: It is the 15-member board, appointed by the president, and charged with developing recommendations regarding your
- Spending priorities for Medicare and Medicaid.
The law says this group of fifteen is to discover ways to implement the best practices, devising methods by which these programs may provide better (?) services at lower cost—remember: you get what you pay for, and this applies to health care as well.
While it is true that IPAB will decide which life-saving treatments and drugs Medicare and Medicaid recipients may access, its ultimate function will be to SERVE AS A LEVER WITH WHICH TO PRY THE ENTIRE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY FROM PRIVATE HANDS. The law is even written in such a way as to lock Congress out of the process.
This from www.whitehouse.gov:
This is in place in Britain now, (known as “N.I.C.E.”, the National Health Service), the identical organ to our IPAB. As an entirely socialized medical system, N.I.C.E wields power over the health care options of all residents of Great Britain.
To understand IPAB and its intended role, it is essential to realize that ObamaCare isn’t about health care, nor is IPAB about controlling costs. Both are mechanism for expanding the number of voters who are dependent upon the government, and hopefully expand sufficiently to provide the Liberal Left with electoral success for decades to come.
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