An opinion on the future of the Healthcare sector amiss national debt
It was for the first time that the federal government had to face partial shutdown in the last seventeen years. The U.S. Treasury is draining its capability of borrowing money soon under debt limit. Though the stakes are quite high, the lawmakers are still not able to make the fiscal debates successful. At the origin of the fiscal debate is the scope and the size of the federal government. It consumes not less than one-fifth 22% of the GDP or gross domestic product. In the meantime, the national debt which is nearly $17 trillion is now going beyond the economic product.
There are entitlement programs which seem to be the main driver of debt and federal spending. The only sector which is growing rapidly is healthcare and the not-so “Affordable Care Act” that will raise federal health care expenditures by 15% extra in 10 years. Without the reform, Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid with Obamacare will be on the path to absorb almost more than half of the U.S. budget by the present decade’s end.
The present debate on budget has mainly two parts. One is the fund for Obamacare and the other is the circumstances during which debt ceiling may take place. There has been a difference in opinion over the funding level for the government agencies during this summer. The lawmakers have submitted resignation because the allotment method will be stalled. Rather than passing the 12 spending bills as the allowance method had called for, the lawmakers paid attention to pass a continued resolution by 30th September, 2013.
The Obamacare or Affordable Care Act is at the root of the difference in budget that led to the lapse of allotment-funding. The Act has become unwanted due to its negative effects like high premium amount, full-time working hours, high tax and loss of employer-provided coverage for your health. This is what you call the Affordable Care Act’s challenge. A law has been enacted by means of reconciliation which is a budget-process system and is designed to accord the differences in the budget proposals of the Congress.
It was President Obama and his associates who required some support of the Republicans to obtain fund for the law. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives have enacted the bills frequently which provided fund to the government, other than Obamacare and the Democrat-controlled Senate refused them. The government officials are draining exceptional steps that led the Treasury Department to pursue meeting the payments at the right time, in spite the fact that the debt ceiling was hit on 19th May, 2013.
The Americans have observed that Washington is facing double catastrophe of enormous debt and spending. According to the report of Bloomberg news service, almost two-thirds of the Americans believe that the Congress needs to reduce the expenses cut before growing the debt limit.
President Obama has denied to negotiate with the Congress for finding entitlement reforms and spending cuts that may be complied with before the debt limit is raised. While the United States is suffering from fiscal crisis, the lawmakers will have to employ a plan for solving the problem.
LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”