We would miss Obamacare
Feb23

We would miss Obamacare

WASHINGTON — Will it take the repeal of the Affordable Care Act or its evisceration by the Supreme Court for us to appreciate what it’s actually done? Critics of the ACA are so insistent on pointing to the problems it has encountered — erroneous tax information to 800,000 taxpayers is the latest — that it was especially enlightening on Friday to talk with Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the secretary of Health and...

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Two Democratic Congressmen Propose Bills To Legalize Marijuana At Federal Level
Feb23

Two Democratic Congressmen Propose Bills To Legalize Marijuana At Federal Level

It is probably only a matter of time until marijuana prohibition ends. Like gay marriage, we will reach a tipping point where conservative opposition loses its impact. Also, like marriage equality, the majority of Democratic politicians will probably lag behind the country in openly adopting more liberal views, but two House Democrats have introduced bills to end marijuana prohibition. Sam Stein reports: Two congressmen filed separate...

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CMS Announces Special Enrollment Period To Help Those Who Were Unaware Of Penalty
Feb21

CMS Announces Special Enrollment Period To Help Those Who Were Unaware Of Penalty

I recently discussed a flaw in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in which people who were unaware of the penalties for failing to obtain health insurance might not become aware of this until April, after the closing of the open enrollment period. It would then have been too late for them to purchase insurance. Some Democratic members of Congress were urging the Obama administration to extend open enrollment. Today they...

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Bloomberg News Shows That Obamacare Is Not A Job-Killer As Republicans Claim
Feb21

Bloomberg News Shows That Obamacare Is Not A Job-Killer As Republicans Claim

I’ve discussed many times, most recently here, how the conservative arguments against the Affordable Care Act don’t hold up. Their predictions of doom have also consistently failed to come about. Bloomberg News looked at the effect of Obamacare on corporate profits, finding only a small effect, debunking the conservative claims that Obamacare is a job killer. It also helps that one of the benefits of the Affordable Care...

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A Day In Conservative Stupidity: Three Examples
Feb19

A Day In Conservative Stupidity: Three Examples

The conservative movement has become totally divorced from reality, often denying science and facts to make their positions. Here’s just three examples from the past day. Conservatives Hate Historical Facts Conservatives hate actual American history as the facts contradict so many of their claims. As Joseph Ellis has explained, the Founding Fathers established a secular state with overlapping sources of authority and a blurring...

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I Want To Out Live Actuarial Science and Feel Good Doing It.  By Dr. KP, DC
Feb18

I Want To Out Live Actuarial Science and Feel Good Doing It. By Dr. KP, DC

The image above is at “Dad’s Day” while my eldest daughter was attending university. I did the same with my second daughter (at bottom). I was at their graduations as well. The one above will be married in May. I want to be around to know her children become adults and do similar things with them. I have a wonderful job; I advise my family, patients, my community and athletes I guide how to get and stay healthy. Not...

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Inspiration: Confident of licking cancer, Emerald to run again
Feb18

Inspiration: Confident of licking cancer, Emerald to run again

Inspiration: Confident of licking cancer, Emerald to run again by Donald Harrison SAN DIEGO (via SDONA) – Confident of her recovery from breast cancer, for which she currently is undergoing radiation five days a week, City Councilwoman Marti Emerald says she plans to run in 2016 for another four-year term in part because she wants to protect the children of the 9th District against violence and future PTSD. Emerald discussed her...

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Democrats Seek To Fix Bug In Obamacare Deadline–Updated
Feb17

Democrats Seek To Fix Bug In Obamacare Deadline–Updated

The Affordable Care Act has been a tremendous success in increasing the number of people insured, reducing the cost of health care coverage, and eliminating the ability of insurance companies to deny coverage to those who develop medical problems. However it is not surprising that a law of its complexity does get some details wrong. When I first heard that open enrollment would end in mid-February I thought this was a mistake. Some of...

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ISIS Beheaded A Cigarette Smoker
Feb15

ISIS Beheaded A Cigarette Smoker

The Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria has long imposed a strict ban on alcohol, cursing, smoking and other acts deemed haram, or sinful. But it seems smoking may be the vice that’s most offensive to ISIS, considering the severed head of an ISIS official that was reportedly found last month in eastern Syria...

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LONGEVITY — Tips Re-visited Six Weeks Later by Dr Kevin, DC
Feb12

LONGEVITY — Tips Re-visited Six Weeks Later by Dr Kevin, DC

On December 31st I posted some specific thoughts on how you might lift your nutritional excellence in 2015. http://themoderatevoice.com/201533/tips-lift-nutritional-excellence-2015-dr-p-dc/ Time passes quickly. That was six weeks ago; long enough that if you have initiated some or all of the suggestions you may have felt or seen some results. I know one reader has because I put my eyeballs on him during a recent visit. As well, the...

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President Obama  Signs the  Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act: ‘The Stigma Has to End…’
Feb12

President Obama Signs the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act: ‘The Stigma Has to End…’

A bill aimed at reducing military and veteran suicides and improving their access to quality mental health care and a bill that was doggedly opposed and blocked by a lone, “support-the-troops” Republican Senator was finally signed into law by President Obama today. The bill, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, or SAV Act, is named after Clay Hunt, a decorated Marine veteran who, upon his return from combat in...

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John Oliver Exposes Pharmaceutical Marketing
Feb10

John Oliver Exposes Pharmaceutical Marketing

John Oliver and Last Week Tonight returned on HBO last weekend with a biting expose of the pharmaceutical industry (video above). Like Jon Stewart, Oliver’s comedy version of the news is far more revealing than what is seen on most actual news reports. Last Week Tonight also has the advantage of spending more time on a single story than either Jon Stewart or actual news shows. Oliver pointed how how Americans are addicted to...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon:  Vaccinations and Rand Paul
Feb10

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Vaccinations and Rand Paul

Vaccinations and Rand Paul by Mike Peters OF RELATED INTEREST: –Rand Paul misses vaccines hearing –Rand Paul on defensive in Iowa after comments about vaccination dangers –Rand Paul on vaccines, thin line between medicine and politics –Rand Paul’s vaccine claims under microscope Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and comic...

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The Rise of the Charlatans
Feb08

The Rise of the Charlatans

The Rise of the Charlatans By Tina Dupuy At the birth of every conspiracy theory is the question, “Who profits?” In the dark reaches of anonymous Internet forums, the answer is always Big Government, Big Pharma, Big Farm-a and occasionally Satan, aliens, the Illuminati, the Knights Templar, or the Pentavirate—some omnipotent all-powerful force that enviously pulls off vast nefarious synchronization perfectly. And this...

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Cartoon: Weasles outbreak
Feb08

Cartoon: Weasles outbreak

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Vaccine Politics: Bowing at the Altar of Ignorance
Feb05

Vaccine Politics: Bowing at the Altar of Ignorance

Vaccine Politics: Bowing at the Altar of Ignorance By Dick Polman Listening to the attacks on vaccines, I’m reminded of the closing line in The Great Gatsby: “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” And back we go – wasting our time, yet again, re-debating stuff that is settled science. We have lightweights like Rand Paul claiming that he has “heard of” cases...

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Important Update: The Vaccines Issue: Satire, or Politics Imitating Satire?
Feb04

Important Update: The Vaccines Issue: Satire, or Politics Imitating Satire?

Important Update: While the statements (below) by Mrs. Bachmann, Mr. Christie and Dr. Paul on vaccinations are an important public service, perhaps the most authoritative word on this critical issue comes from none other than Senator Joni Ernst (R.-Iowa). Today at the New Yorker, Andy Borowitz released the text of a letter by the good Senator giving the American people invaluable advice on how to protect our children during the...

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Measles Outbreak Shows How Republicans Have A Serious Problem With Science And Facts
Feb04

Measles Outbreak Shows How Republicans Have A Serious Problem With Science And Facts

Statements from many prominent Republicans, including Chris Christie and Rand Paul, on the measles outbreak have served to remind people that Republicans really are the Party of Stupid. This follows recent problems with Republicans ignoring the science to promote hysteria in response to Ebola.  As The New York Times wrote: The vaccination controversy is a twist on an old problem for the Republican Party: how to approach matters that...

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A Quarter-Century Later, How Does the ADA Hold Up?
Feb04

A Quarter-Century Later, How Does the ADA Hold Up?

The general consensus when it comes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is that you’d either have to be wildly inconsiderate or outrageously contrarian to suggest there’s something wrong with it. But, as you might have guessed, there are some legitimate criticisms of the ADA that aren’t founded on psychopathy. When it was first introduced, the main purpose of the ADA was to make it easier for people with disabilities to...

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Cartoons: Anti-Vaxxers
Feb04

Cartoons: Anti-Vaxxers

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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