Death Panels, End of Life Treatment and the Quality of Life
Jul23

Death Panels, End of Life Treatment and the Quality of Life

From a really personal point of view this article jumped right out at me. A new study finds that, at least in cancer, there’s a very real medical reason to consider giving less treatment at the end of life: chemotherapy doesn’t improve dying patients’ quality of life. In fact, for those terminal cancer patients who were doing the best at the beginning of the study and were least disabled by their cancer, receiving...

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Factcheck.org Debunks Conservative Smear Campaign Against Planned Parenthood
Jul23

Factcheck.org Debunks Conservative Smear Campaign Against Planned Parenthood

The conservative attack on Planned Parenthood follows the pattern we have seen so many times in the past. Groups such as Breitbart put out edited tapes or videos to attack organizations which they disagree with based upon false claims. Now that fact checkers have had time to evaluate the recent attacks on Planned Parenthood, it is becoming clear that this is just one more example, and hardly comes as a surprise considering that most...

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What A Heart Looks Like After 15 Years Of Cocaine Abuse [VIDEO]
Jul18

What A Heart Looks Like After 15 Years Of Cocaine Abuse [VIDEO]

The American Heart Association reports the effects of cocaine can infiltrate the heart. The stimulant increases the heart’s demand for myocardial oxygen by raising heart rate and blood pressure. And in a video from MEDspiration, a non-profit organization specializing in the art of medicine and science, we get a rare look at what these demands...

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Cuddling With Your Pet Chicken Will Make You Sick
Jul14

Cuddling With Your Pet Chicken Will Make You Sick

Of the nearly 200 Salmonella poisoning cases that have been reported throughout the U.S. by June 29, an alarming 86 percent have been linked to direct contact with live chickens and other poultry. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that the public avoid contact with chickens to prevent this outbreak from spreading,...

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Are Death Panels Coming Back?
Jul13

Are Death Panels Coming Back?

If you thought that Republicans had finally seen the folly of their demagoguery demonizing recommendations to include end-of-life counseling in Medicare or the Affordable Care Act, well think again. Remember Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley suggesting that government health care reforms would lead to the government deciding when to “pull the plug on grandma.” Or former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin warning: The...

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(Updates) Medicare-Covered End-of-Life Counseling Proposed
Jul09

(Updates) Medicare-Covered End-of-Life Counseling Proposed

Update: The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and other news sources are providing additional details on Medicare’s plans to reimburse doctors for “conversations with patients about whether and how they would want to be kept alive if they became too sick to speak for themselves.” New York Times: “The new plan is expected to be approved and to take effect in January, although it will be open to public comment for 60 days....

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Single Payer Coming?
Jul05

Single Payer Coming?

It looks like we might be heading in the direction of a single payer health care system, but not in the way we wanted. Aetna is seeking to buy Humana. While this would not actually be single payer, it would further decrease competition in the insurance industry. There is also speculation that UnitedHealth is interested in purchasing Cigna and Aetna. Instead of a single=payer system modeled on Medicare, we could wind up with a more...

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Chinese Workers Caught Stepping And Sleeping On Noodles That Will Eventually Be Sold
Jul05

Chinese Workers Caught Stepping And Sleeping On Noodles That Will Eventually Be Sold

A Chinese noodle factory has been shut down after images surfaced of workers sleeping on and sticking their bare feet in piles of noodles before they were sent off for distribution. One staff member at the factory in Dongguan City was even pictured taking a nap on piles of noodles before the snack was packed...

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Scientists Reveal Death Toll Caused By Soft Drinks- And It Is Whopping
Jul04

Scientists Reveal Death Toll Caused By Soft Drinks- And It Is Whopping

Scientists have keynoted the dangers of fizzy, sugary drinks, noting that they kill 184,000 adults every year. It further said those under 45 consume more artificially sweetened drinks and are more at risk of diabetes and obesity. The worldwide study is the first to estimate deaths and disability from diabetes, heart disease, and cancers caused...

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Tell Me More about Obamacare and Pass the Corn Please
Jul02

Tell Me More about Obamacare and Pass the Corn Please

Flush with the recent historic Affordable Care Act (ACA) victory at the nation’s highest court and rightly proud of the overall success of the program, the Obama administration is taking its message directly to the festive, red-white-and-blue-covered hot dogs and potato salad tables this Fourth of July. Warning Americans that misinformation about the ACA is everywhere, that there’s been a lot of money spent to spread that...

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New Poll: 62 percent of public supports Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare
Jul02

New Poll: 62 percent of public supports Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare

Yet another poll suggests that conservative Republicans who are still proclaming “Repeal and Replace!” on Obamacare (without yet offering a detailed replacement plan) are on the wrong side history — and polling numbers: A majority of Americans approve of the Supreme Court decision to continue allowing Affordable Care Act health insurance subsidies in all states, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll. The poll...

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Two Liberal Decisions From A Conservative Court
Jun27

Two Liberal Decisions From A Conservative Court

It has been a good week for liberal decisions form a conservative court. Yesterday, as I was certain they would, they threw out the absurd case against the Affordable Care Act. I’m not sure that this really changes anything. Conservatives will continue to complain about the law, but lack any effective way to repeal it, and certainly have no alternative. The case made no sense and if Roberts had wanted to destroy Obamacare he...

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Cartoon:  Obamacare
Jun27

Cartoon: Obamacare

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ObamaCare Blessed by Supreme Court – What to Expect Now (Guest Voice)
Jun27

ObamaCare Blessed by Supreme Court – What to Expect Now (Guest Voice)

ObamaCare Blessed by Supreme Court – What to Expect Now By Rick Lindquist, Co-Author of The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance: Why It’s Good for You, Your Family, and Your Company On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of ObamaCare in King v Burwell. The ruling confirms Health Insurance Marketplaces in all states can provide premium tax credits to individual policyholders. This decision is a huge win for...

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A Day to Celebrate with ‘Texas Update’
Jun26

A Day to Celebrate with ‘Texas Update’

(Texas reaction at end) An article at the U.S. Supreme Court web site starts in the following manner: “EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW”-These words, written above the main entrance to the Supreme Court Building, express the ultimate responsibility of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Court is the highest tribunal in the Nation for all cases and controversies arising under the Constitution or the laws of the United...

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Cartoon: Obamacare Republican Reaction
Jun26

Cartoon: Obamacare Republican Reaction

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Cartoon: Boehner’s Shiner
Jun26

Cartoon: Boehner’s Shiner

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Analysis: GOP can no longer look to court to repeal Obamacare
Jun25

Analysis: GOP can no longer look to court to repeal Obamacare

WASHINGTON — It’s clear now that any overhaul of the Affordable Care Act will have to come through the political system, not the court. And repeal-minded Republicans face trouble generating a mandate for change. Republicans were hoping the court would decide against this key part of the law — and in turn give the party...

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Historic Obamacare Ruling: Reason Wins Out Over Mean-Spirited Political Gamesmanship
Jun25

Historic Obamacare Ruling: Reason Wins Out Over Mean-Spirited Political Gamesmanship

The U.S. Supreme Court today dealt a major blow to conservatives who have used everything from bare-knuckle politics to legislative sleight-of hand to frivolous litigation in a years-long effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act, a flawed but ultimately workable effort to bring affordable health care to all Americans as well as President Obama’s signature achievement. In a momentous 6-3 ruling, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr....

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Cartoon: Obamacare safe
Jun25

Cartoon: Obamacare safe

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