Obama admin rebrands signature healthcare law
Obama administration is re-branding the central component of its signature healthcare law. The Health and Human Services Department stopped referring to insurance exchanges this week, even as it heralded the ongoing efforts to prod states into setting up their own.
The change comes despite a determined push by conservative activists to block state-based exchanges in the hope of crippling the federal implementation effort.
Dean Clancy, the Director of healthcare policy at FreedomWorks said, “HHS’s decision to ditch the exchanges label shows that opponents of the healthcare law are succeeding. “ Dean also said, ““I think the patient-centered care movement can chalk up a minor victory here,” he said. “If they’re trying to re-label, it means they’re flailing.”
FreedomWorks runs a website, blockexchanges.com that aims to build grassroots opposition to the insurance markets. The effort has taken on heightened importance in the wake of President Obama’s reelection, which killed of any chance of repeating ObamaCare in Congress.
The democrats and supporters of the healthcare law say that the name change was not meant to assuage political opposition to the healthcare law.
The supporters of the healthcare law noted that states have come up with their own names for their exchanges. Massachusetts’, which predates the federal healthcare law, is called the “Connector” California considered an array of options, including “Avocado” and “Condor” before settling on “Cover California.”
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”