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Back when she was still relatively new to MMA, Ronda Rousey was told by an interviewer that she likely didn’t have the “strength” to compete with a man. Seconds later, YouTube host Aaron Tru learned a very painful lesson that resulted in some “busted ribs.”
The 2011 video was re-posted on Feb. 24 and then went viral this week after Rousey successfully defended her UFC bantamweight title. At the moment, there’s no UFC fighter with a hotter career than Rousey.
But before she became the household name she is now, she had her “buttons” pushed by Tru in a big way when he told her, “As a beginner who has never competed in Judo, and who has a white belt on, I’ve gotta be honest, I don’t think you have as much strength and can compete with a man, even though I’m a white belt.”
“You know how to push my buttons. That was exactly how to get me to throw you,” Rousey replied through her laughter.
And she didn’t hold back in proving just how wrong he was (WARNING: Some strong language):
For any other guys out there who think they have a leg up on Rousey just because she’s a woman, keep in mind that she also beat the mess out of two “huge” men when they allegedly cornered her in a movie theater after a tense encounter during a screening of the movie “Juno.”
After getting beat up, the men actually tried to press charges against Rousey. Police declined to pursue charges, she said.
Basically, don’t mess this Rousey, regardless of your gender.
The United States could face a shortage of 90,000 physicians in the next decade, according to a new report from the American Association of Medical Colleges.
The report says that while the number of doctors in the country is likely to grow slightly between now and 2025, demand is expected to skyrocket. That’s due to a combination of the average age of Americans getting older and more people having health insurance.
Surgical specialties are expected to be the area with the biggest shortage, followed by primary care.
For the Record investigated the link between insurance and health care, as well as some of the emerging trends in medicine in the episode, “Cashcare: Exposing the Middleman” (Wednesday, March 4, 8:00 p.m. ET on TheBlaze TV).
One of the experts interviewed is William Short. He is the CEO of Ameriflex, which handles services like flexible spending accounts and health care spending accounts for 3.5 million people. He said the current insurance model is a big reason why the number of doctors isn’t keeping pace with the number of patients.
“Primary care physicians are dropping out in droves because they can’t afford to pay their bills,” Short said. “So, yeah, great, everyone gets coverage, but if they don’t get care and they don’t have access to care what’s really the point?”
Short said that financial crunch isn’t just hurting doctors; patients are suffering too.
“That primary care physician is dealing with the working capital/accounts receivable death spiral, and where the only way they’re going to have a chance of making their payroll, making the bills that are due, is by seeing as many people as possible,” Short said. “When you have that churn process you’re not getting the care, not getting access to it, you are no longer just a patient.”
Short continued, “The reason they have to churn through it has been when they see a patient today and that by the time they pay someone to file a claim, and by the time that claim is repriced by the government or some other third-party payer, it’s 30, 60, maybe 90 days before they get paid. So how do they keep ahead of that? They’ve got to see more. It’s like the classic death by volume — I’ll make it up in volume. Well, who suffers? The patient suffers. The quality of care the patient gets suffers.”
There is now a growing trend of physicians turning away from insurance entirely to avoid that churn. A study by the Heritage Foundation found that the number of “direct primary care” or “concierge” physicians in the U.S. jumped from 756 in 2010 to 4,400 in 2012.
One of those physicians is Dr. James Pinckney, who founded Diamond Physicians in Dallas in 2012. His practice does not accept insurance; instead, patients pay a monthly fee of $95-295 per adult and $45 per child for unlimited visits. That business model dramatically changes the typical patient visit.
“The average doctor visit right now, the face-to-face time between a patient and a physician is eight minutes. Our average face-to-face time is 60 minutes,” said Pinckney.
“When a client walks into a Diamond Physicians office, I greet them personally in the reception area. I take them into my office. We sit. We chat. We establish rapport. Then we go into the exam room, I do my exam, then we come back to the office and we recap, we summarize, we go over a plan to figure out how we can move forward, how we can reverse disease, and how we can truly modify lifestyle. That’s the way to prevent disease.”
Pinckney believes that changing the way Americans view health insurance could make a huge difference in health care.
“When I’m driving in my car and I need gas, I don’t make an insurance claim. I swipe my credit card and fill my tank with gas. If I need new windshield wipers, if I need an oil change, or new tires, I pay cash. Well, your day-to-day medical services should be utilized in that same manner. You should pay cash for a flu shot. You should pay cash to see your doctor,” Pinckney said.
“Insurance should be utilized for catastrophic surgery, cancer, hospitalizations, motor vehicle accidents. That’s when you use your insurance. It’s just like when you get in a car accident and you have major damage, thousands of dollars to your car, then you make an insurance claim. And that’s why car insurance is relatively low, especially compared to medical insurance.”
The House voted Wednesday to authorize another $7.2 billion in spending on Amtrak, the nation’s publicly funded rail service that conservatives have criticized as a tax-guzzling entity that needs to be privatized.
Members were considering a bill to authorize Amtrak for another five years, through 2020, and while many Republicans have pushed for an end to the billions of dollars in subsidies that Amtrak gets, their efforts were rejected today. Instead, most Republicans joined every Democrat to maintain subsidies for the rail service at a level of about $1.4 billion per year, the same as the current fiscal year.
The Senate on Wednesday failed to override President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline, marking the end of the legislative effort to force Obama to approve a project that has been stalled for more than six years.
Obama vetoed the legislation last week, knowing that his veto was safe given that the Senate approved the bill in a 62-36 vote. A two-thirds majority vote is needed to override a veto, and last week’s vote indicated that there was not enough support to accomplish that goal.
Less than a week after the Federal Communications Commission voted to regulate the Internet, 20 House Republicans have proposed a bill to block the FCC rule.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) proposed the legislation, which would explicitly ban the FCC from reclassifying Internet serve as a telecommunications service that can be regulated, and also block the FCC from imposing rules on Internet service providers.
The Senate voted Wednesday to overturn a federal regulation that Republicans say will put companies at an unfair disadvantage when their employees decide to hold a union election.
In December, the National Labor Relations Board issued a rule that shortens the time between when union organizers ask for a union election at a company, and when that company must allow the election to take place. The rule could force companies to allow these elections to happen as soon as 11 days after they’re notified, which Republicans say doesn’t give companies enough time to react.
The Department of Justice this week acknowledged to a federal court that it has already given 100,000 illegal immigrants enhanced legal protection under President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, before the court issued an injunction against the program.
Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas blocked Obama’s action, which is aimed at protecting millions of illegal immigrants and letting them work in the United States. That injunction froze the program while the court hears a legal challenge brought by 26 states, although the Obama administration is looking to remove stay that court order.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars has released a survey showing that the Department of Veterans Affairs is having major problems implementing a new program aimed at ensuring veterans can receive care outside the VA system, and that 80 percent of veterans who qualify for the program aren’t being given a chance to use it.
VFW’s survey focused on the ability of veterans to use the new Veterans Choice Program, which Congress created last year and the VA implemented in November. Under the program, veterans who can’t get VA care after 30 days, or who live at least 40 miles from the nearest VA center, have the option of getting care outside the VA.
Last Friday, ABC’s late night host, Jimmy Kimmel, took a slight turn from his typical comedic tone and delivered a semi-serious message about vaccinations. As the father of an 8-month-old baby, Kimmel has a keen interest in the topic.
Kimmel’s crew assembled a group of real doctors to create a somewhat tongue-in-cheek public service announcement to encourage parents to vaccinate their kids.
Here’s the initial message from February 27:
After the show, Kimmel’s Twitter feed was hit with a host of angry, insulting and vulgar messages from the anti-vaccination crowd.
On Monday, the show responded.
Kimmel read a few of the offending tweets and laughed his way through the angriest messages, adding, “Some of these people are demanding I apologize. Which I, of course, will not do.”
He then unveiled a new video in response to the anti-vaxxers. Instead of capitulating, the show doubled-down on its mocking of the medical science deniers.
In this clip, Jack and Becky, Kimmel’s “community activist team” took to the streets of Los Angeles in an effort to get people to sign a petition supporting “a child’s right to choose.”
Watch the segment:
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A House Democrat on Tuesday accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of trying to instill fear in Americans in order to goad the U.S. into taking more aggressive steps against Iran.
Netanyahu addressed Congress with a set of remarks that warned the U.S. must not accept an agreement that allows Iran to continue its nuclear weapons program. He said the Obama administration is negotiating a “bad deal,” and said the world should be demanding that Iran stop its aggressive, terrorist actions as a condition of the talks.
Colleague and Blaze Magazine editor Chris Field has alerted us to the fact that M. Stanton Evans has passed.
Mr. Evans was an anti-Communist researcher and author par excellence, who exposed the mass infiltration of American institutions by Communists and Communist sympathizers prior to and during the Cold War.
He took contrarian and controversial positions in support of like-minded individuals, including Sen. Joe McCarthy on whom he published a revisionist history in an attempt to rehabilitate his image.
Glenn Beck spoke with Evans about Communist infiltration and Sen. McCarthy back in 2010, which you can watch below:
We also recommend this speech from 2013.
The top Democrat on the House Select Committee on Benghazi has called on Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) to release hundreds of private emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton related to Benghazi.
The New York Times reported Monday that Clinton never had an official State Department email address while she was secretary, and instead used a personal email account for work. The State Department asked former secretaries for any work-related emails that might need to be turned over to the government, and found about 300 Clinton emails related to Benghazi.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has told Republicans that he would call up and pass a “clean” Department of Homeland Security spending bill this week, and give up the fight to use that bill to defund President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.
The decision marks the end of a standoff that has lasted for several weeks — a standoff Republicans will lose to Democrats when the clean DHS bill passes.
Pop star Taylor Swift posted a video online Monday afternoon, telling her fans that it was the “best thing” she has ever seen.
THIS IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN. http://t.co/4bNzbBdcsX
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) March 2, 2015
The video shows a baby stop crying each time a Taylor Swift song is played. When Swift’s music is paused, the baby resumes crying.
At the time of publication, the footage had just more than 77,000 views. It had initially been posted to YouTube on Feb. 21.
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Senate Democrats on Monday night blocked a Republican request to negotiate a Department of Homeland Security spending bill with the House, a move that could signal the end of GOP efforts to use that bill to defund President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.
Republicans in the House and Senate have been pushing for a return to “regular order,” in which the two chambers meet in a conference committee to work out differences between legislation. In this case, the differences are huge — the House bill defunds Obama’s immigration plans, and the Senate bill doesn’t.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday dismissed a Republican request to hold a House-Senate meeting to discuss the Department of Homeland Security spending bill as a “charade,” even though just a few years ago, he hailed these kinds of meetings as a tool that has been used successfully by Congress for more than two centuries.
Republicans are seeking a conference to sort out the differences between the House bill, which would defund President Barack Obama’s immigration plans, and the Senate bill, which is silent on Obama’s new program.
Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the Obama administration is still willing to give Russia several more days to abide by a ceasefire in and around Ukraine that was supposed to take effect on Feb. 15, but has failed miserably so far.
Even in the run-up to the ceasefire, the State Department was complaining that Russia and pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine did not appear to be living up to the ceasefire, which was agreed by Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany.
The folly that is Obamacare is beginning to hit Americans hard. Higher premiums, higher deductibles and less choice are all symptoms of the Obamacare disease. Already conceded by even Obamacare’s most shrill apologists are the realities that Americans can’t keep their doctors or their plans or that they’ll save $2,500 dollars a year for a family of four. We are now graduating into government-imposed fines for people who don’t follow their government’s edict to buy lousy and expensive insurance. Now, Americans watch as the huge bureaucracy that has already grown around Obamacare gives out wrong information and places the burdens of compliance on a majority of the people who opposed the wrong-headed bill to begin with.
In short, Americans have been screwed by their own government.
The question is, how do we fight back? The opposition party, you say? There seems to be no opposition party on this issue. Many of the GOP elites, with their $12,000 health care stipend in hand, seem powerless or unwilling to fight this cancerous entitlement.
This weekend on The Chris Salcedo Show, we brought together a panel to answer the question that many who have been harmed by Obamacare are asking: How do Americans beat Obamacare? We also talked with a congressman who said Congress has no constitutional obligation or obligation under the law to fund Barack Obama’s executive inaction memo.
To hear the medical panel, just click and listen at 42:25.
Conservative Republicans were scrambling on Monday morning to prevent House Democrats from using an obscure rule allowing them to call up and pass their preferred Department of Homeland Security bill — one that funds President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.
Due to the way House rules are set out, House Democrats may have a chance this week to call up a “clean” DHS bill that doesn’t touch Obama’s immigration plan, and have it pass if just a few dozen Republicans support it. That could happen soon after the Senate votes later today against a House-Senate conference to work out their differences on the DHS bill.
This week, For the Record examines health care and health insurance and finds that they may not be as closely related as you’ve been led to believe.
While the Affordable Care Act has forced millions of Americans to buy health insurance that covers basic treatments like birth control, a growing number of physicians and nurse practitioners are going an entirely different direction: They’re cutting insurance out of their practices entirely.
The number of so-called “concierge” practices in the U.S. jumped more than 500 percent from 2010 to 2012 and has continued to grow.
In this week’s “Producer’s Notebook” podcast, For the Record executive producer Joe Weasel talks to Dr. James Pinckney, who started one of those practices. Diamond Physicians in Dallas offers clients unlimited visits and 24/7 access to care for a fixed monthly membership fee. Everything is paid in cash, which saves the practice massive amounts of time and money.
You can listen to the podcast below or on the For the Record Soundcloud stream.
“Cashcare: Exposing the Middleman” airs Wednesday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET on TheBlaze TV.
It’s that time again. The Church Boys are back with episode seven to talk all about the colors of that obnoxiously viral dress, CPAC, Star Trek and plenty, plenty more.
I also reveal what Chris Field claims is “an ugly secret” from my childhood — and we talk through recent interviews with the Benham brothers, Roma Downey and plenty of others.
Listen to it all unfold below:
You’ve already seen what happens when Coca-Cola is boiled.
Now, a widely-circulated video on the Internet Friday, shows a new reaction: this time, what takes place when the popular soft drink is mixed with milk.
Viewers responded in a variety of ways, mostly fascinated by what happened.
“Incredible,” one wrote.
“This looks disgusting,” said another.
The producer of the video offered a scientific explanation for the chemical reaction:
It is a reaction of the Phosphoric Acid contained in the coca cola to the milk. Phosphoric Acid molecules attach to the milk giving them more density and separate out while the remaining liquid that makes up the milk and cocoa cola now being lighter floats on top. The solid matter is basically milk that has been curdled by the addition of the more acidic soda.
Both items are acidic but coca-cola more so. In general, coca-cola has a pH of anywhere from 2.5-4.5 because of the Phosphoric Acid content where milk has a normal pH around 6.7 (almost neutral, milk that is in the base range is usually mastitic).
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The Congressional Budget Office this week told the Senate that passing legislation to permanently defund President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration would increase annual budget deficits, by about $6.3 billion over the next decade.
That’s about $630 million per year, a price the GOP seems willing to pay to end a policy they say is illegal and would let millions of illegal immigrants stay and work in the United States.
Is it a dealbreaker if your sister, who you’re very close with, won’t give approval for your potential spouse to marry you? How about if your mom reveals you’ve never held hands with a past partner? Or if your brother reveals you’re a “wild mustang”?
On the “Married Guys Talk Bachelor” podcast — where two married Blaze employees recap the show — we look at how the hometown dates with Prince Farming led to Chris’ ultimate decision that brought us the final two.
Also, as we revealed thanks to extensive research in episode one of our podcast, the big “Playboy” Jade reveal took place during the show. How did that go? (Spoiler: awkwardly.) Listen here:
Also discussed: the non-tropical locales “The Bachelor” contestants visited, the big fall from the top slot by Britt and a look back at how our predictions performed.
Listen to all episodes of “Married Guys Talk Bachelor” on TheBlaze Radio On Demand.