Bogus GOP Report On Insurance Premiums Paid Shows How Conservative Misinformation Is Spread
May02

Bogus GOP Report On Insurance Premiums Paid Shows How Conservative Misinformation Is Spread

On Wednesday the Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee released a bogus report which claimed that only 67 percent of those who purchased health care insurance under the Affordable Care Act have paid their first month’s premium. This is despite numerous reports from insurance companies showing that over 90 percent have paid, providing a good example of how Republican misinformation gets spread. Several sources...

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More Good News On Health Care Reform
May01

More Good News On Health Care Reform

With Republicans constantly putting out false ads and other misinformation regarding the effects of the Affordable Care Act, it is worthwhile to periodically look at the real news. As Politico points out, millions more people now have health care coverage: A panel of health insurers agreed Tuesday that the number of insured people in the country has climbed by millions, despite arguments by some Republicans that the insured population...

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Dying to see our post-antibiotic future
Apr30

Dying to see our post-antibiotic future

The old diseases are coming back. We fought them to a standstill in the Twentieth Century and the Twenty-first seems ripe for their comeback. Staphylococcus (which means ‘bunch of grapes’ for obvious reasons) Just in time for Walpurgisnacht, The World Health Organization has released a chilling new report, the Washington Post reveals: Planet headed toward ‘post-antibiotic era’ when treatments don’t work: WHO BY LENNY...

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“Sugar With That, Or ASPARTAME [Modified E. Coli Poop]?”
Apr28

“Sugar With That, Or ASPARTAME [Modified E. Coli Poop]?”

“Sugar With That, Or ASPARTAME [Modified E. Coli Poop]?” (via Planetsave) Here’s a rather nauseating, if not scary, tidbit about an artificial sweetener beloved to humankind. And also to Monsanto. Aspartame. The second most used artificial sweetener in the world, next to saccharine. Every time you pour those little flecks…...

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A Closer Look At Insurance Cancellations Under The Affordable Care Act
Apr26

A Closer Look At Insurance Cancellations Under The Affordable Care Act

Last fall opponents of the Affordable Care Act made noise way out of proportion to its actual meaning when insurance companies sent out cancellation letters to policy holders whose policies were not compliant with the law. A combination of the initial failings of healthcare.gov and exaggerated reports on cancellations led to much of the negative publicity about the Affordable Care Act which still has many Democrats reluctant to run on...

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New CBO Report Shows Medicaid Expansion Is A Better Deal For The States Than Previously Predicted
Apr24

New CBO Report Shows Medicaid Expansion Is A Better Deal For The States Than Previously Predicted

The trend continues. We have seen predictions regarding costs and benefits of the Affordable Care Act and then receive further data which shows that Obamacare is working even better than expected. The latest news comes from a new Congressional Budget Office report on Medicaid expansion. Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates released last week show that health reform’s Medicaid expansion, which many opponents wrongly claim will...

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Increased Health Care Spending Just Might Be Buying Higher Quality Care
Apr22

Increased Health Care Spending Just Might Be Buying Higher Quality Care

Jonathan Cohn has looked at what appears to be a recent increase in health care spending (national health expenditures in the above graph) after a period of decline. Most likely this is due to a variety of reasons, and I don’t find it surprising that a period of decreased spending would be followed by increased spending. This is partially a sign of an improving economy as people are less likely to put off spending on medical...

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How the world gets drunk, in 4 surprising charts
Apr20

How the world gets drunk, in 4 surprising charts

How the world gets drunk, in 4 surprising charts (via GlobalPost) BANGKOK — The Irish and Russians have long suffered under the stereotype that their men drink excessively. And they do. Health experts insist men should enjoy no more than two drinks per day. The average male Irish drinker has four. Russian guys?…   graphic via...

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Republicans Will Soon Regret Being The Party Of Repealing Obamacare
Apr19

Republicans Will Soon Regret Being The Party Of Repealing Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act has exceeded expectations where ever we have measurements, such as in people signing up, despite the Congressional Budget Office reducing their prediction after the computer problems in October. The Republican horror stories have been debunked whenever the facts have been examined. There are no death panels, and the Republican predictions of doctors refusing to see Obamacare patients or long waits have turned...

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Success Of Obamacare Might Translate Into Political Success
Apr18

Success Of Obamacare Might Translate Into Political Success

The number of people signing up for private insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act has now reached eight million. While primarily symbolic, it does represent a victory after initial projections of seven million were reduced to six million due to the problems when the exchanges opened. We know that if they failed to meet these projections, Republicans would be making a big deal of them. In addition, late enrollees included a...

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Insurance Companies Plan To Increase Policies Offered On Exchanges Following 2014 Success, And Other Health Care News
Apr17

Insurance Companies Plan To Increase Policies Offered On Exchanges Following 2014 Success, And Other Health Care News

The first year of enrollment for insurance under the exchanges is largely for first getting our feet wet, with more people projected to sign up in the future. It certainly exposed problems in the computer system and allowed for them to be fixed (although further testing before October was clearly needed). Insurance companies got to see whether this was a profitable market they would want to enter. In the past one or two insurance...

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Sullivan on Obamacare Politics
Apr17

Sullivan on Obamacare Politics

Andrew Sullivan notes the eroding political value of the GOP’s opposition to Obamacare on The Daily Dish. It’s that long game thing again, isn’t it? Like the civil rights revolution of the Obama years, it seemed a close-to-impossible effort to start with, and then was gradually, skillfully ground out. It also seems true to me that the non-event of the ACA for many, many people will likely undermine some of the hysteria on the...

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Obama ‘Turns the Nuclear Cheek’ To Vladimir Putin (Libero Quotidiano, Italy)
Apr16

Obama ‘Turns the Nuclear Cheek’ To Vladimir Putin (Libero Quotidiano, Italy)

Why did President Obama decide last week, in the midst of the Ukraine crisis, to cut the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal four years earlier than required under the 2010 NEW Start Treaty? For Italy’s Libero Quotidiano, columnist Glauco Maggi writes that not only are most E.U. leaders on Putin’s side, but President Obama ‘is a left-wing ideologue, a slave to a pacifism divorced from reality, who knows only how to...

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Ezra Klein on Obamacare
Apr16

Ezra Klein on Obamacare

Ezra Klein comments on Obamacare Derangement Syndrome on Vox.   Today, the right struggles with Obamacare Derangement Syndrome: the acute inability to see Obamacare as anything but a catastrophic failure that the American people will soon reject. For those suffering from ODS, all bad Obamacare news is good news, and all good Obamacare news is spin. In this world, delays of minor provisions in the law prove that the entire...

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Coverage Of The Success of Obamacare And Debunking Republican Lies
Apr15

Coverage Of The Success of Obamacare And Debunking Republican Lies

Reading liberal versus conservative columnists give entirely different views of the Affordable Care Act. Liberals have been writing about its success while conservatives continue to spread misinformation. Here’s a few examples of liberal views on the topic (which are the fact-based articles): Tim Dickenson of Rolling Stone (source for the above graphic) writes that Obamacare is working. (Thanks to SteveK for the link.) Instead...

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New CBO Report Projects The Affordable Care Act Will Cover More People And Cost Less Than Previously Projected
Apr15

New CBO Report Projects The Affordable Care Act Will Cover More People And Cost Less Than Previously Projected

A new report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office projects that the Affordable Care Act  increase the number of people covered, help reduce the deficit, and will cost $104 billion less than previous forecasts:: Relative to their previous projections made in February 2014, CBO and JCT now estimate that the ACA’s coverage provisions will result in lower net costs to the federal government: The agencies currently project a...

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A victory lap for Obamacare
Apr15

A victory lap for Obamacare

WASHINGTON — It’s all over but the shouting: Obamacare is working. All the naysaying in the world can’t drown out mounting evidence that the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, is a real success. Republican candidates running this fall on an anti-Obamacare platform will have to divert voters’ attention from the facts, which tell an increasingly positive story. A new...

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Months of Our Lives
Apr12

Months of Our Lives

Our government — sometimes along with other nations — the states, various groups and organizations, etc. designate months of the year as commemorative months to raise awareness about health, social and other important issues or to commemorate or celebrate significant events. To raise awareness about health issues, for example, we have: American Heart Month (February), Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month (May),...

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US health secretary to resign after Obamacare woes
Apr11

US health secretary to resign after Obamacare woes

US health secretary to resign after Obamacare woes (via AFP) President Barack Obama’s Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is to resign, paying the price for the chaotic initial rollout of his signature health care law, officials said Thursday. Obama will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, his…...

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Newly Insured Able To Find Doctors Despite Republican Predictions Of Shortage And Long Waits
Apr10

Newly Insured Able To Find Doctors Despite Republican Predictions Of Shortage And Long Waits

With people actually becoming enrolled in health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act, we have further evidence that the Republican scare stories are not coming true. There are no death panels. The government has not taken over health care. Enrollment in plans sold through the exchanges have met earlier projections despite the initial problems with the computer system. While it is too early for final numbers, it appears that the...

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