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Posts Tagged ‘Health Care Plan’

Health Care Plan Allows FDA To Require Calorie Labels On Vending Machines,Live Bait Companies Raise A Stink

August 26, 2010

 The health-care bill on pages 515 and 516 through the FDA requires vending machines to display calorie counts for the food they dispense.

The requirement, which wouldn’t apply for people who own fewer than 20 vending machines, is part of section of the  bill that would also require chain restaurants to post calorie counts.

Anyway, it’s easy enough to see how a restaurant would add a calorie count to the menu, but it’s somewhat harder to figure out where that sort of thing would go on a vending machine. But the legislation leaves vending machine owners an out if nutritional information is clearly visible on the product packaging, through the vending machine window.

 The folks from the National Automatic Merchandising Association don’t like the rule. In a story posted this morning, an official from the trade group tells NPR that following the labeling requirements would be “pretty expensive” for people who own the machines. Maybe FDA should focus on rotten eggs and salmonella poisioning instead of calories in small bags of  pork rinds. Lawyers for the live bait industry are angling for exclusions..

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US Postal Service Loses $3.5B…. Health Care Plan Time Machine

August 6, 2010

WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – The U.S. Postal Service reported a quarterly net loss of $3.5 billion on Thursday and said it will likely have a cash shortfall going into 2011.

The agency, which delivers nearly half the world’s mail, has reported net losses in 14 of the last 16 fiscal quarters.

Revenue in the third quarter that ended June 30 fell $294 million to $16 billion from a year ago, while expenses were $789 million higher at $19.5 billion, due largely to higher workers’ compensation costs and retiree health benefits.

“Given current trends, we will not be able to pay all 2011 obligations,” said Joseph Corbett, the agency’s chief financial officer.

Snap shot of Health Care Plan time machine….

Build It and They Will Come

May 18, 2010

The new healthcare law will pack 32 million newly insured people into emergency rooms already crammed beyond capacity, according to experts on healthcare facilities.

A chief aim of the new healthcare law was to take the pressure off emergency rooms by mandating that people  have insurance coverage. The idea was that if people have insurance, they will go to a doctor rather than putting off care until they faced an emergency.

People who build hospitals, however, say newly insured people will still go to emergency rooms for primary care because they don’t have a doctor.“Everybody expected that one of the initial impacts of reform would be less pressure on emergency departments; it’s going to be exactly the opposite over the next four to eight years,” said Rich Dallam, a healthcare partner at the architectural firm NBBJ, which designs healthcare facilities. 

 “We don’t have the primary care infrastructure in place in America to cover the need. Our clients are looking at and preparing for more emergency department volume, not less,” he said. The Academy of Architecture for Health predicts hospitals will need at least $2 trillion over the next 20 years to meet the coming demand. National Emergency Room Heath Care Plan.. That will drive down the cost of health care.

Thanks Nancy

Eye View Surprise..Health Overhaul law potentially costs $115B more

May 11, 2010

Congressional budget referees say President Barack Obama’s new health care law could potentially add another $115 billion over 10 years to government health care  spending.

If Congress approves all the additional spending, that would push the 10-year cost of the overhaul above $1 trillion—an unofficial limit the Obama administration set early on.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Tuesday the added spending includes $10 billion to $20 billion in administrative costs to federal agencies carrying out the law, as well as $34 billion for community health centers and $39 billion for American Indian health care.

The additional spending is not automatic, however. Congress would have to specifically release the funds.

It is pretty apparent that Congress will approve  release of  the funds needed to actually adminster the law. To not include the costs to administer the bill in the original CBO review is nothing more than bait and switch to bring the numbers in lower.. Thanks Nancy

Health Care Plan. Never too Late. Helmets Always Optional

April 12, 2010

With pre-existing health care coverage…. it will  never  be  too late for people to sign up for health care coverage…Even after the accident, never a problem..its a right dude…

 

One Shining Moron

March 22, 2010

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi emerged from the last Democratic caucus meeting late yesterday wielding a sledgehammer-sized gavel. She used last night  when the House passed another  health care entitlement program.

“It was used in the enactment of the Medicare law,” Pelosi told reporters, “I will use it this evening when we cast a very successful for this important legislation.”

The gavel was lent to her by Rep. John Dingell (D), who used the same gavel when the House voted on Medicare in 1965.

The fact that Medicare is billions in debt, with possible insolvency in 5 years, and doctors dropping Medicare patients more and more, I am not sure I would be using that gavel as a symbol for  one shining moment… 

On The Job Watch..IRS Could Be Hiring

March 18, 2010

If the Obama Health Care Plan passes, there will be a need for an additional 15,000 IRS agents to enforce the health care requirement mandates…Tax increases would start right away so have the application on hand and beef up your FICO scores….