County Health Rankings Show People Living in Least Healthy Counties Twice as Likely to Have Shorter Lives than People Living in Healthiest Counties – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

March 28, 2014

The fifth edition of the County Health Rankings released today continues to show us that where we live matters to our health. Large gaps remain between the least healthy counties and healthiest counties. For instance, the least healthy counties have twice the death rates and twice as many children living in poverty and teen births as the nation’s healthiest counties.

A collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI), the County Health Rankings allow each state to see how its counties compare on 29 factors that impact health, including smoking, high school graduation rates, unemployment, physical inactivity, and access to healthy foods. The Rankings are available at http://www.countyhealthrankings.org.

via County Health Rankings Show People Living in Least Healthy Counties Twice as Likely to Have Shorter Lives than People Living in Healthiest Counties – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


How Much Does Obamacare Rip Off Young Adults? We Ran The Numbers. Here Are The Results

March 28, 2014

Look at our numbers (laid out in the charts below) and you’ll see why so many Millennials have Obamacare sticker shock. Someone, for example, earning $25K annually in Arizona will pay $2,424 in total monthly premiums for Obamacare (10% of their annual income) and still be stuck with a $4,000 deductible and a $5,200 cap on their out of pocket costs. The same person in Illinois will pay $3,576 in annual premiums, and in low cost Texas $2,460.

What about the same 30 year old who now earns $30,000 annually – the average salary for a pre-school teacher according to census data? In Arizona, their annual cost for carrying the Obamacare plan runs $2,772 and their deductible is $5,000. In Illinois, the same person will spend $4,092 for the same health plan, and also have a $5,000 deductible before their full health coverage kicks in.

via How Much Does Obamacare Rip Off Young Adults? We Ran The Numbers. Here Are The Results.


Medicaid rolls swell as state officials resolve backlog of paper ObamaCare applications – Boston Business Journal

March 28, 2014

At today’s Massachusetts Health Connector board meeting, Sarah Iselin, special assistant to Gov. Deval Patrick tasked with cleaning up the website mess, said that the backlog of paper applications has been eliminated. The total number of paper applications a month ago was 50,000, and the state received an additional 22,000 new paper applications since then. Many of those individuals have been placed in temporary Medicaid coverage: That transitional program has grown to 125,000 from 84,000 in just the past week. That’s because vendor CGI Corp. failed to build a working website tool to determine which people are eligible for help paying for health insurance and which are not.

via Medicaid rolls swell as state officials resolve backlog of paper ObamaCare applications – Boston Business Journal.


Screw You, Mickey Kaus – Ann Coulter – Page full

March 27, 2014

With zero help from the Obamacare website, I eventually figured out that there was one lone insurance plan that would cover treatment at a reputable hospital. The downside is, no doctors take it.

So my only two health insurance options — and yours, too, as soon as the waivers expire, America! — are: (1) a plan that no doctors take; or (2) a plan that no hospitals take. You either pay for all your doctor visits and tests yourself, or you pay for your cancer treatment yourself. And you pay through the nose in either case.

That’s not insurance! It’s a huge transfer of wealth from people who work for a living to those who don’t, accomplished by forcing the workers to buy insurance that’s not insurance. Obamacare has made actual health insurance “illegal.”

It’s not “insurance” when what I want to insure against isn’t covered, but paying for other people’s health care needs — defined broadly — is mandatory.

It’s as if you wanted to buy a car, so you paid for a Toyota — but then all you got was a 10-speed bike, with the rest of your purchase price going to buy cars, bikes and helmets for other people.

via Screw You, Mickey Kaus – Ann Coulter – Page full.


Heckman | Impact of Early Childhood Education on Adult Health

March 27, 2014

Published on March 27, 2014, in Science, research by Professor Heckman and colleagues at the University of Chicago, University College London, and Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina shows the potential of quality early child programs that incorporate health and nutrition to prevent disease and promote adult health.

via HEALTH RESEARCH | Heckman.


White House Announces 6 Million Obamacare ‘Sign-Ups,’ But Number of Uninsured Enrollees Remains A Mystery

March 27, 2014

If we assume that 80 percent of the 6 million will ultimately pay up, that’s 4.8 million enrollees. And we don’t know what percentage of those enrollees were previously uninsured. After all, the core goal of Obamacare is to increase the number of Americans with health insurance. Thus far, surveys indicate that the vast majority of enrollees were previously insured.

If we assume, beyond the available evidence, that as many as half of Obamacare exchange enrollees were previously uninsured, we end up with 2.4 million uninsured exchange enrollees. The Congressional Budget Office’s original prediction was that more than 6 million previously uninsured people would sign up for exchange-based coverage in the first year.

via White House Announces 6 Million Obamacare ‘Sign-Ups,’ But Number of Uninsured Enrollees Remains A Mystery.


Hobby Lobby, Obamacare, and Religious Liberty by Hoover Institution

March 27, 2014

Richard Epstein examines the points made during oral arguments to the Supreme Court advocating Hobby Lobby’s challenge to Obamacare’s contraception mandate.

via Hobby Lobby, Obamacare, and Religious Liberty by Hoover Institution.