Americans who are buying insurance plans over online exchanges, under what is known as Obamacare, will have limited access to some of the nationâ€™s leading hospitals, including two world-renowned cancer centres.
Amid a drive by insurers to limit costs, the majority of insurance plans being sold on the new healthcare exchanges in New York, Texas, and California, for example, will not offer patientsâ€™ access to Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan or MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, two top cancer centres, or Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, one of the top research and teaching hospitals in the country.
More: “New Affordable Care US health plans will exclude top hospitals”
If You Like Your Doctor, You Can Pay More
ObamaCare created a Medicaid time bomb
What’s a ‘yottabyte’? Read on….
The Toronto Star:
In the Utah desert, the U.S. government has built a secretive data centre [BumbleHive], built to store much of the world’s electronic signals intelligence, a yottabyte’s worth of data. Members of Restore the Fourth are outraged.
More: “Americans angered by NSA spying take protest to Utah Data Centre, aka Bumblehive”
Stars and Stripes:
A longtime adviser to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence has resigned after the government learned he has worked since 2010 as a paid consultant for Huawei Technologies Ltd., the Chinese technology company the U.S. has condemned as an espionage threat, The Associated Press has learned.
Theodore H. Moran, a respected expert on China’s international investment and professor at Georgetown University, had served since 2007 as adviser to the intelligence director’s advisory panel on foreign investment in the United States. Moran also was an adviser to the National Intelligence Council, a group of 18 senior analysts and policy experts who provide U.S. spy agencies with judgments on important international issues.
More: “Longtime US intel adviser resigns, was being paid by Chinese tech firm”
H/T: Thomas Lifson at American Thinker
Obama has been touting the success of ObamaCare in California because of the state’s relatively high number of new enrollees in Medicaid. What he isn’t touting is that the new enrollees may NEVER get to see a doctor there.
An estimated seven out of every 10 physicians in deep-blue California are rebelling against the state’s Obamacare health insurance exchange and won’t participate, the head of the state’s largest medical association said.
“It doesn’t surprise me that there’s a high rate of nonparticipation,” said Dr. Richard Thorp, president of the California Medical Association.
In other states, Medicare pays doctors $76 for return-office visits. But in California, Medi-Cal’s reimbursement is $24, according to Dr. Theodore M. Mazer, a San Diego ear, nose and throat doctor.
In other states, doctors receive between $500 to $700 to perform a tonsillectomy. In California, they get $160, Mazer added.
Only in September did insurance companies disclose that their rates would be pegged to California’s Medicaid plan, called Medi-Cal. That’s driven many doctors to just say no. – [bold added]
More: “Doctors boycotting California’s Obamacare exchange”
Killer Apps – Foreign Policy:
The drone that spied on bin Laden and on Iran’s nukes was just the start. Meet its bigger, higher-flying, stealthier cousin, the Northrop Grumman RQ-180. It’s probably been flying for a few years now, but you weren’t supposed to know that; the existence of this secret project, based out of Area 51, was revealed Friday by Aviation Week.
The RQ-180 is likely flying from the secret Air Force test facility at Groom Lake, Nevada, widely known as Area 51. Its exact specifications, including such crucial details as the number of engines, is unknown, but Aviation Week suggests a wingspan of over 130 feet, based on hangar construction at Northrop’s Palmdale, California facility. The number of aircraft built is also unknown; however, a flight test program, relatively quick entry into service and open budget documents suggest a small fleet are flying routinely.
More: “Unmasked: Area 51′s Biggest, Stealthiest Spy Drone Yet”
Remember this when Obama brags that he has ‘created’ jobs: Year-over-year Obama’s economy is creating fewer jobs than are being lost overseas and through automation. Then offset that paltry number with the runaway inflow of immigrants, legal and illegal.
1,148,000 fewer Americans held jobs this November than did seven years ago in November 2006, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Back then, according to BLS, 145,534,000 Americans held jobs. This November, according to BLS, only 144,386,000 Americans hold jobs. That is a drop of 1,148,000 in the number of Americans working.
More: “1,148,000 Fewer Americans Have Jobs Today Than 7 Yrs Ago”