We are what we eat
Jul28

We are what we eat

  We are what we eat  By Esther J. Cepeda Washington Post Writers Group Columnist CHICAGO — Remember last year’s hysteria over school lunches? Administrators, cafeteria workers, students and parents across the country freaked out when — gasp! — school lunches were made healthier. News reports throughout the 2012-13 school year — when lunch standards mandated by the 2010 Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids...

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Cartoon: Dawn of the Dead Republicans
Jul28

Cartoon: Dawn of the Dead Republicans

This copyrighted cartoon is licensed to run on The Moderate Voice by Cagle Cartoons. Reproduction without licensing is strictly prohibited.

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Heading for a high court showdown?
Jul27

Heading for a high court showdown?

Heading for a high court showdown? by Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers’ Group Columnist WASHINGTON — Don’t be so sure the Supreme Court is going to save Obamacare. Again. The question is enormously important: Are health care consumers entitled to subsidies if they buy coverage on insurance exchanges established by the federal government, as they are from state exchanges? Two federal appeals courts have reached...

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Going to China? You May Want to Skip the Fast Food
Jul24

Going to China? You May Want to Skip the Fast Food

Recently, fast-food chains in China have been receiving a lot of bad press after a Chinese television station revealed some McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants were stocked with spoiled meat. The popular fast-food chains allegedly received shipments of rotten meat from a supplier known as Shanghai Husi Food Co., the Chinese branch of Illinois-based OSI Group. Authorities believe the shipment occurred after senior...

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Surveys Show Benefits Of Obamacare For Individuals And Hospitals
Jul24

Surveys Show Benefits Of Obamacare For Individuals And Hospitals

Two polls were released Wednesday regarding opinion of the effects of the Affordable Care Act, one from consumers and one from hospital administrators. The first is reported by CNN: More than half the public says Obamacare has helped either their families or others across the country, although less than one in five Americans say they have personally benefited from the health care law, according to a new national poll. A CNN/ORC...

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Activist Conservative Judges Attempt To Destroy Obamacare, Causing Potential Problems For Republicans
Jul23

Activist Conservative Judges Attempt To Destroy Obamacare, Causing Potential Problems For Republicans

We had two different federal appeals court panels give conflicting rulings on Tuesday regarding the legality of subsidies in the Affordable Care Act. This came about due to some ambiguities in the writing of the law–primarily a proof reading error at one point which suggests that only insurance purchased in state exchanges can allow subsidies. The bulk of the law makes it clear that people purchasing coverage can qualify for subsidies...

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Reports Show More People Insured But No Increase In New Patient Volume For Physicians Since January Under Affordable Care Act
Jul22

Reports Show More People Insured But No Increase In New Patient Volume For Physicians Since January Under Affordable Care Act

Some favorable data on the Affordable Care Act which came out before today’s news of another Republican court victory in their ongoing efforts to deny people the benefits of Obamacare: The New England Journal of Medicine has reviewed the increase in coverage under the Affordable Care Act and concluded: Taking all existing coverage expansions together, we estimate that 20 million Americans have gained coverage as of May 1 under...

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Respected Medical Periodical Reviews ‘Obamacare’
Jul21

Respected Medical Periodical Reviews ‘Obamacare’

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) — not a slouch — has just published a progress report on “Health Care Coverage under the Affordable Care Act” — “an overview of Obamacare’s first year, its successes and the challenges ahead.” Talking Points Memo (TPM) says: The NEJM report pulled a wealth of information, much of it already known by those closely following the law’s implementation but presented...

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What’s The Matter With Thomas Frank?
Jul21

What’s The Matter With Thomas Frank?

Thomas Frank has fallen for the Green Lantern view of the presidency, thinking that the president has the power to do anything he wishes. His criticism of Obama: Why did he do nothing, or next to nothing, about the crazy high price of a college education, the Great Good Thing that he has said, time and again, determines our personal as well as national success? Why didn’t he propose a proper healthcare program instead of the confusing...

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Do e-Cig Flavors Market Tobacco to Children?
Jul17

Do e-Cig Flavors Market Tobacco to Children?

In the past few years, electronic cigarettes have become one of the most popular methods for nicotine consumption. Touted by many as a safer and less bothersome option than traditional cigarettes, many nicotine addicts have switched over to e-cigs for their fix or are using them to help kick the habit, similar to a nicotine patch. In addiction to nicotine, after all, normal cigarettes contain a number of dangerous chemicals like jet...

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Bill Maher On Republican Zombie Lies About Obamacare
Jul14

Bill Maher On Republican Zombie Lies About Obamacare

Bill Maher had a rant against all those Republican lies about Obamacare which, despite being repeatedly debunked, are still out there–neither dead or alive, like Dick Cheney. The same is true about all those other lies which Republicans tell, since facts do not matter to them. Video above and transcript (via Daily Kos) follows: And finally, New Rule: Now that there’s been an uproar over all the neocons who lied about the...

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Is This Country Getting Better or Worse?
Jul13

Is This Country Getting Better or Worse?

When the religious right turned itself into a political action tool, they changed the very nature of our country. Republicans aligned themselves to their movement. It represents a large block of votes. That is what politicians focus on when they are campaigning—blocks of votes. Career politicians spout a lot of rhetoric on the campaign trail, but their biggest concern is getting elected…and re-elected…and re-elected. Before the...

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Researchers Develop Novel Compound From Fart Gas Which May Provide Real Health Benefits
Jul13

Researchers Develop Novel Compound From Fart Gas Which May Provide Real Health Benefits

Researchers Develop Novel Compound From Fart Gas Which May Provide Real Health...

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Military Retirees: Light ‘Em Up – at Your Own Risk.
Jul13

Military Retirees: Light ‘Em Up – at Your Own Risk.

I am a military retiree. In the back of my mind I knew that retired members of the armed forces (who are entitled to pay) are still subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). As a hopefully law-abiding retiree I have never given it much thought, however. Furthermore, it was my understanding that if a retiree was ever “hauled-in” to face military justice, it would be for some very severe crime. In a recent article, the...

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Commonwealth Fund Study Demonstrates Success Of Affordable Care Act
Jul11

Commonwealth Fund Study Demonstrates Success Of Affordable Care Act

Republicans have made multiple predictions of ways in which the Affordable Care Act would fail, and have been wrong on every one of them. They have claimed that no more people are insured now than before, that prices would skyrocket, that doctors would not accept people with Obamacare, and that so many people would seek medical care that there would be long waits due to shortages. (They don’t seem to realize that this totally...

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Mike Peters  Guest Cartoon: Businesses Respond to Hobby Lobby Decision
Jul08

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Businesses Respond to Hobby Lobby Decision

Businesses Respond to Hobby Lobby Decision by Mike Peters Of related interest: –Hobby Lobby case empowers millions of businesses to sue government, experts say –Why the Hobby Lobby Decision Is a Stunning Setback for Women’s Rights –Will Hobby Lobby decision affect business owners who don’t want to serve gay weddings in Oregon? –Too soon to tell how Hobby Lobby ruling will affect business, benefits...

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Fast Food Dietary Habits Can Be Passed Down In DNA, Hurting Your Kids
Jul06

Fast Food Dietary Habits Can Be Passed Down In DNA, Hurting Your Kids

Fast Food Dietary Habits Can Be Passed Down In DNA, Hurting Your...

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Buffer Zones for Hypocrite Justices
Jul06

Buffer Zones for Hypocrite Justices

Buffer Zones for Hypocrite Justices By Dick Polman If only the women at abortion clinics could get the same deal that the high court justices have arranged for themselves. As you know, all nine members decreed last week that Massachusetts was wrong to carve out a 35-foot buffer zone to protect women from the abuse routinely heaped upon them by anti-abortion protestors. In the court’s view, the zone violated protestors’...

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Everything You Need To Know About Urine, Plus 18 Strange Facts [VIDEO]
Jul05

Everything You Need To Know About Urine, Plus 18 Strange Facts [VIDEO]

Everything You Need To Know About Urine, Plus 18 Strange Facts...

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Dr Oz’s Dead End Brick Road
Jul04

Dr Oz’s Dead End Brick Road

Pity poor Dr. Mehmet Oz. He gets big bucks hosting the popular Opra Winfrey-syndicated “The Dr. Oz Show” on TV. But now he’s come under fire in Congress, in the media, and on the Internet for promoting health supplements that sold big due to his effusive recommendations — products now considered by many to be largely useless. How did he respond? With a technique we’ve seen used all too often by...

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