Monday, February 24, 2014

Cruising the Web

It turns out that the NCAA fine for Oklahoma's players eating extra pasta was bogus with Oklahoma just having some fun with the NCAA. Too bad - it was a nice story seemingly encapsulating the ridiculousness of some of the NCAA's rules.

Jim Boeheim photoshops are already making the rounds. And then there is this poster that one Cameron Crazy had, but that was confiscated by security.

Politico looks at the politics of the delays in Obamacare's employer mandate. It seems that many Democratic politicians are quite happy to have the implementation of the law they voted for postponed more and more. Businesses aren't complaining; it's the insurance companies that are the ones most adversely affected by all these delays.

One man has a heartrending story of what Obamacare has done to his mother who has carcinoid cancer. She had a perfectly fine plan that covered her expensive treatment...until it was cancelled because of Obamacare. Then the nightmare really began.
And then in November, along with millions of other Americans, she lost her health insurance. She'd had a Blue Cross/Blue Shield plan for nearly 20 years. It was expensive, but given that it covered her very expensive treatment, it was a terrific plan. It gave her access to any specialist or surgeon, and to the Sandostatin and other medications that were keeping her alive.

And then, because our lawmakers and president thought they could do better, she had nothing. Her old plan, now considered illegal under the new health law, had been canceled.

Because the exchange website in her state (Virginia) was not working, she went directly to insurers' websites and telephoned them, one by one, over dozens of hours. As a medical-office manager, she had decades of experience navigating the enormous problems of even our pre-ObamaCare system. But nothing could have prepared her for the bureaucratic morass she now had to traverse.

The repeated and prolonged phone waits were Sisyphean, the competence and customer service abysmal. When finally she found a plan that looked like it would cover her Sandostatin and other cancer treatments, she called the insurer, Humana, to confirm that it would do so. The enrollment agent said that after she met her deductible, all treatments and medications—including those for her cancer—would be covered at 100%. Because, however, the enrollment agents did not—unbelievable though this may seem—have access to the "coverage formularies" for the plans they were selling, they said the only way to find out in detail what was in the plan was to buy the plan. (Does that remind you of anyone?)

With no other options, she bought the plan and was approved on Nov. 22. Because by January the plan was still not showing up on her online Humana account, however, she repeatedly called to confirm that it was active. The agents told her not to worry, she was definitely covered.

Then on Feb. 12, just before going into (yet another) surgery, she was informed by Humana that it would not, in fact, cover her Sandostatin, or other cancer-related medications. The cost of the Sandostatin alone, since Jan. 1, was $14,000, and the company was refusing to pay.

The news was dumbfounding. This is a woman who had an affordable health plan that covered her condition. Our lawmakers weren't happy with that because . . . they wanted plans that were affordable and covered her condition. So they gave her a new one. It doesn't cover her condition and it's completely unaffordable.
Her story is tragically Kafkaesque.

Now the administration is going after Medicare coverage of certain types of drugs.
The administration’s proposal would remove the protected status from three classes of drugs that has been in place since the program’s inception in 2006: immunosuppressant drugs used in transplant patients, antidepressants and antipsychotic medicines. They include many well-known drugs, such as Wellbutrin, Paxil and Prozac to treat depression, and Abilify and Seroquel to treat schizophrenia.
Add this to the attacks on Medicare Part D. Remember that it was supposed to be Paul Ryan who was throwing granny of the cliff. Now it's Barack Obama

Whole Foods: Temple to pseudoscience?

Why what is happening in Ukraine is Putin's worst nightmare.

Thomas Sowell excoriates Ted Cruz for endangering the possibility of the GOP retaking the Senate. And then he rightly turns to attacking the GOP establishment for being so poor at articulating their arguments.

Glenn Reynolds celebrates some examples from the U.S. of people rising up to protest encroachments on their freedoms and government taking a step back.

Stuart Taylor bemoans the situation in our country where Justice Anthony Kennedy is practically the "emperor of America."