In response to the fact that some health insurance companies stopped issuing child-only health policies because under ObamaCare's rules they had to issue policies to children regardless of pre-exisiting conditions — meaning parents could wait until their children were sick or injured and then enroll them, essentially mandating that insurance companies lose money on children's insurance — the Obama administration has reinterpreted the new healthcare law and said insurance companies may consider pre-existing conditions in issuing insurance until 2014, when issurers will be required to accept all applicants regardless of pre-existing conditions.
On Wednesday, October 13, United States authorities announced the biggest fraudulent enterprise in Medicare history. A group of Armenian gangsters set up “phantom” healthcare clinics, as well as a variety of other measures, with the intent to cheat Medicare out of $163 million. Thus far, 73 associates have been indicted, 53 have been arrested, and seven suspects remain on the run.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, mandates that insurance companies cover a variety of preventive services at no out-of-pocket cost, thanks to an amendment sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.).
Scranton, Pennsylvania, the hometown of Vice President Joe Biden, has become the hometown of the latest ObamaCare controversy. Jeffrey Lord, writing for the American Spectator, reports that the impending closure of three Catholic hospitals in the Scranton area, almost certainly in part because of the new healthcare legislation, is threatening to become a major public-relations debacle for the Obama administration and a major drag on the electoral prospects for three Democratic congressional candidates.
Susan Reverby, Wellesley College (MA) Professor of Women’s Studies, has unearthed evidence of a study conducted in Guatemala by the U.S. government between 1946-48 in which Guatemalan subjects were deliberately inoculated with sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs). More than 60 years ago, government medical researchers intentionally infected hundreds of Guatemalans with gonorrhea and syphilis, including prisoners and institutionalized mental patients, without their permission or even knowledge. Reverby posted her report on her website.