Trump May Have Picked a Winner for HHS Secretary

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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In May of 2015, Georgia Congressman, Dr. Tom Price, released a statement introducing the “Empowering Patients First Act.”

In his press release, Dr. Price, a former orthopedic surgeon, highlighted the “legislation that fully repeals Obamacare and starts over with patient-centered solutions.” Included in the Act are “solutions including individual health pools and expanded health savings accounts, tax credits for the purchase of coverage and lawsuit abuse reforms to reduce the costly practice of defensive medicine.”

Well this sounds good, as I’ve always been an advocate of health savings accounts, and tax credits are great – much better than a mere tax deduction. Unlike a tax deduction, which only lowers your taxable income slightly, a tax credit is an actual dollar-for-dollar reduction of your income tax liability. In other words, a $1,000 tax credit saves you $1,000 in taxes. And for those unfamiliar with the term “defensive medicine,” it is, for example, when a doctor will insist on doing a dozen tests on a patient, when one or two will do, for fear of getting his butt sued off.

So why bring this up almost two years later? Well, in case you haven’t heard, Dr. Price is Trump’s nominee to head up the Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS. This is good news, as it is evident the Congressman is no fan of Obamacare and will therefore be an integral part of its repeal, and replacement of the nationalized system with a private sector-based healthcare system. read more

New Gene-Editing Tool

Chinese scientists have begun the first human trials using the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool by treating patients...Chinese scientists have begun the first human trials using the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool by treating patients with lung cancer(Credit: chepko/Depositphotos)

The powerful gene-editing CRISPR-Cas9 technique is a promising tool in the fight against conditions like retinal degradation, muscular dystrophy and HIV, but so far trials have been restricted to cultured cells and laboratory mice. read more

British Healthcare Offers a Glimpse into the Future of Obamacare

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Obamacare is once again in the news – this time for the massive rate hikes Americans have to look forward to in a few months. The right is decrying the hikes, as the left desperately tries to down-play them or just deflect and change the subject.

Citizens already stretched to their budgetary limits are wondering how on Earth they will ever be able to afford the insurance premiums – some rising well over 50%. I personally fail to see how a family who is struggling to pay their current premiums will ever be able swing even a 15 or 20% increase, much less 50%.

Combine the massive rate hikes with the availability of insurers, which shrink every year, and you have a recipe for mass financial disaster. Can you say a record year for personal bankruptcy? Yeah – I think so. And always remember – Obamacare is just shoddy health insurance. It is NOT healthcare, as everyone on the left consistently and purposely sells it. The left does like their word games.

But as has been said a myriad of times from us on the right – Obamacare is a fiasco by design. It is a premeditated failure. A single-payer, entirely government-run system has always been the end. Obamacare was always intended to be the deceptive means to that end.

As a single-payer healthcare system is the want of the leftist statists, let me site yet another example of what the future holds for many in the good ole U.S. of A. read more

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Obamacare claims another victim

Last week commentator Michelle Malkin wrote a piece chronicling her personal saga with Obamacare. In it she describes that since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, her personal health-care plan has been canceled three times.

She says: “Once was a shock. Twice was an outrage. Thrice is a nightmare that won’t end.” Her first plan was canceled in 2013, then 2015, and now again, just a year later. read more

Camera Mounted Plaque Shaving Catheter

The Pantheris system can not only spot blockages in blood vessels, but it can help doctors...
The Pantheris system can not only spot blockages in blood vessels, but it can help doctors shave them away as well

The impact of ever-miniaturizing electronics can be felt right across the spectrum of technological advancement, but as we are beginning to see, one place where it can have a truly profound impact is in the human body. The latest example of this is a tiny camera no bigger than a grain of salt, which can be fixed to the end of a catheter and fed into arteries to provide surgeons tasked with removing plaque a live view from within. read more

Faster-Acting Insulin Found in the Slow Cone Snail

The cone snail uses insulin to stun its predators

The cone snail uses insulin to stun its predators (Credit: Baldomero Olivera)

An at times urgent need for insulin has given rise to quick-fire solutions that can take effect in as few as 15 minutes, but in a scenario where every second can make a difference there is always room for improvement. This has led scientists to look for an even faster-acting insulin from a notoriously slow-moving source, finding the insulin in a certain type of snail venom can begin working in a third of the time of the fastest insulins currently on the market.

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Better Late Than Never!

Die, fat guy! Brits’ policy is future of Obamacare

In January, 2009, Rush Limbaugh was contacted by what he described as a major print publication regarding his wishes for new president Barack Obama. “Dear Rush: For the Obama Inauguration we are asking a handful of very prominent politicians, statesmen, scholars, businessmen, commentators, and economists to write 400 words on their hope for the Obama presidency. We would love to include you. If you could send us 400 words on your hope for the Obama presidency. …”

To that Rush famously responded: “OK, I’ll send you a response, but I don’t need 400 words, I need four: I hope he fails.”

Naturally, the press, political and pundit class went nuts. Yet we knew exactly what he meant, and we agreed. But Obama hasn’t failed – just the opposite. By all accounting, his presidency has been a smashing success. read more

Podcast – 4.9 Percent Unemployment and No Jobs – A Look into the Future of Obamacare – Gun Rights Activist gets Sued in Texas

The Government is touting 4.9% unemployment and the Federal Reserve thinks this is great. So great in fact that they are going to start raising interest rates. But this figure is – surprise, surprise – a lie. Let’s take a look at what it really is.

Want to see what our fabulous healthcare system, Obamacare, will look like soon? Just take a look at the British socialized, single payer system and the latest reports of rationing. This is what we have to look forward to.

A County in the state of Texas is not happy with a gun rights advocate who has written to them complaining about not being to carry his weapon in the county courthouse complex. They’ve evidently decided to make an example of him.

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Close to a Cure for Alzheimer’s?

The researchers found that increasing levels of the protein Neuregulin-1 in the brain (seen here on ...
The researchers found that increasing levels of the protein Neuregulin-1 in the brain (seen here on the right), lowered levels of amyloid precursor proteins (Credit: Salk Institute)
Our understanding of Alzheimer’s, a neurodegenerative condition that, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International, affects a staggering 46.8 million people across the globe, is constantly improving. Now, scientists at the Salk Institute have taken another step in the right direction. They’re using a laboratory mouse model of the disease to evaluate the effectiveness of a specific protein at breaking up plaques in the brain, that are central to the progression of the condition.

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The Obamacare Scheme may be Imploding Ahead of Schedule

by: the Common Constitutionalist

IBD wrote  last week that the, “Illinois’ insurance regulator said ObamaCare premiums in the state will jump as high as 55%. The Obama administration’s response to this and other news of massive rate hikes: Don’t worry. Be happy.”

Yes, be happy that this fall Illinois Obamacare premiums will increase by an average of 48% – the Bronze by 44%, the Silver by 45% and the Gold by 55%.

What ever happened to that $2500 savings we were promised? Well, some will save – in fact, make out like bandits. Those being subsidized will see their subsidies increase, allowing plans to be offered for less than $100 per month – for every increase in our premium means an increase in the subsidy.

And if you think Illinois is an outlier, think again. As one state’s losses pile up, other states will follow. Nationwide, insurers and exchanges are recording massive losses, which means the rest of us will be stuck holding the bag with 40-50 percent increases every year to pay for those losses and the subsidized. read more