President Barack Obama even traveled to the Golden State in June to tout the health-care laws success at pushing down costs for consumers. Unfortunately, several analyses have recently revealed that because of Obamacare individual health insurance premiums are headed anywhere but down for California residents. The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that Californians will actually be paying more for less because of the Affordable Care Act. From the article: The doctor can’t see you now. Consumers may hear that a lot more often after getting health insurance under President Obamas Affordable Care Act. To hold down premiums, major insurers in California have sharply limited the number of doctors and hospitals available to patients in the state’s new health insurance market opening Oct. 1. While this piece of news cant be helpful to the White Houses effort to sell Obamacare, it shouldnt come as a surprise to anyone who has been following the troubled implementation of the health-care law. The basic reason Obamacare raises premiums is simple: It fundamentally changes the marketplace for health insurance by putting in place a number of onerous and highly restrictive federal regulations. Most notably, the law requires insurers to cover all comers, regardless of pre-existing health conditions. Obamacare also severely limits the factors that insurers may account for in pricing their policies. For example, insurers may not vary premiums based on health status and must charge a 64-year-old no more than three times as much for the same plan as they would charge an 18-year-old. Finally, the law mandates that insurers cover a number of benefits that they may not have had to previously. In tension with these economic and regulatory factors working to raise premiums is the political pressure being applied by the Obama administration, particularly in states like California, to keep premiums as low as possible.
North Texas doctor fined over unneeded stent implants
A medical board panel found the Dr. Taysir Jarrah had performed improper procedures in at least 10 cases at Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, and that his incompetence was likely to harm the public, according to the order fining him. Dr. Jarrah, who declined to comment, agreed to pay a state fine of $3,000 and must take eight hours of classes on record keeping and two hours of classes on medical ethics, an order approved Aug. 30 shows. His license has not been suspended. The case came to light when a hospital employee reported concerns about Jarrahs performance of stent procedures to managers, hospital spokeswoman Nikki Mitchell said. An investigation at the hospital found that Dr. Jarrah performed 21 surgeries without any documentation of the clinical basis for the procedures, according the state order. The Plano hospital suspended his privileges and reported him to authorities, and the state then launched its investigation. The hosptial did not confirm the date of those actions, but Mitchell said he hasnt done a procedure at the hospital since October 2011. Dr. Jarrah was a shareholder at the doctor-owned hospital but hasnt been since April 2012, Mitchell said.
Doctor Who’s line is it, anyway?
That was my first stage experience.” Innes had just completed his first year as a graduate teacher and although he loves teaching now, he found he desperately needed an escape from his day job. “I started my own troupe, The Impro Box, with the people that I loved playing with in the rookies. One of the things I loved doing was an impro version of a film, TV show or author, and that was what I wanted to serve up differently from every other impro group.” The first thing Innes’ group tackled was PJ Wodehouse, then Roald Dahl, and next year it’s James Bond’s turn with a new show called Spyfall. But for now, Time Lord is his focus. “Time Lord started last year in October. We get an episode title from the audience, so when I start a show, I don’t know what’s going to happen. When it first started I was very protective and almost over-directed, but now I think I want to see where this episode is going to go. I’ve been genuinely surprised, and it’s the greatest feeling.” The show has had several different formats, but Innes has to admit that he over-reached himself attempting to tackle the greatest evil in the universe. “The least successful was the dalek show. We even had a ring modulator [an electronic device which distorts the human voice to produce the tones of a dalek], so I was super-serious. But within the first five seconds, the model dalek fell over, and I burst out laughing. I realised that I was just trying to shoe-horn them into what should have been just a really lovely improv show.” Ad Feedback Adding to the unpredictability of Innes’ Wellington show is the fact he’s missing a couple of important elements.