Obamacare Health Insurance Premiums Expected To Increase By Average Of 7.5 Percent; Kaiser Lowering Rates In California
Aug12

Obamacare Health Insurance Premiums Expected To Increase By Average Of 7.5 Percent; Kaiser Lowering Rates In California

As the data comes in, we are seeing that another of the scare stories about Obamacare isn’t coming true. For example, there was a report in March claiming rates would sky rocket which many lazy journalists repeated despite it originating from a story with no sources, written by someone who had interned at The National Review. The same writer at The Hill now says that premiums will increase an average of 7.5 percent. In the past,...

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School Vending Machine Bans Don’t Always Change Kids’ Diets
Aug11
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This Is What The Ebola Virus Does To Your Body
Aug08
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And now the bad news about the tea party
Aug07

And now the bad news about the tea party

And now the bad news about the tea party: They don’t lose when they lose. They bounce back and make even more trouble. They’ve become the common cold of our politics, the relentless pain in once-healthy joints, the anomalies found in our blood tests. The Tea Party wins when it wins, and it wins when it loses. Five years after it began and long after many people (myself included) thought it would fade away, it continues to...

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Ohio Experiment Shows Way To Save Money With Medicaid Expansion And Avoid Increase In ER Utilization
Aug06

Ohio Experiment Shows Way To Save Money With Medicaid Expansion And Avoid Increase In ER Utilization

Opponents of the expanded Medicaid program have often cherry-picked data from Oregon to point out an increase in Emergency Room use and to question the benefits of the program. NPR’s Morning Edition looked at a program in Ohio to expand Medicaid coverage before the expansion in the Affordable Care Act and found positive results. The program was formed due to the problem of unreimbursed high cost care when uninsured people with...

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Ebola Drugs
Aug05

Ebola Drugs

I did a post the other day on a potential Ebola vaccine but perhaps a vaccine is not the route to go.   What if a cure was a better thing?  It appears the lives of the two Americans that contracted the disease may have been saved by a highly experimental drug produced by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc.  The drug had been tested on monkeys but never on humans.  They apparently got approval to give them the drug based on the FDA...

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Ebola Vaccine?
Aug03

Ebola Vaccine?

This is disturbing and points out what is wrong with our current pharmaceutical industry.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has developed what appears to be a vaccine for Ebola and taken it through phase one testing.  At this point it would normally be turned over to a for profit  pharmaceutical company to complete the testing and produce and market it but none have shown any interest. The problem, instead, is the economics of...

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Why Gluten-Free Diets May Not Be As Healthy As You Think
Aug02

Why Gluten-Free Diets May Not Be As Healthy As You Think

Why Gluten-Free Diets May Not Be As Healthy As You...

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Health Insurance Premiums In California Expected To Rise Only 4.2 Percent Next Year With Considerable Variation Nation Wide
Aug02

Health Insurance Premiums In California Expected To Rise Only 4.2 Percent Next Year With Considerable Variation Nation Wide

When the Affordable Care Act went through Congress many of the ideas which would have lowered costs failed to make it, with the final law concentrating more on expanding the number of people who are covered. Insurance has always been very expensive on the individual market, and many are watching to see how rate large increases will be compared to the past. It was expected that on average premiums would go up the first year before...

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Another Frivolous Suit Against Obamacare Thrown Out Of Court
Aug01

Another Frivolous Suit Against Obamacare Thrown Out Of Court

There have  been a lot of frivolous suits filed by various Republicans lately, ranging from suits to try to block the Affordable Care Act to the House Republicans’ own suit. While we had contradictory rulings in the case making the absurd argument that the ACA did not intend to allow subsidies to those who obtained coverage on the federal as opposed to a state exchange, another ridiculous argument was thrown out of court this week....

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Decriminalization of Prostitution Led To Reduction In Rape And Gonorrhea
Jul31

Decriminalization of Prostitution Led To Reduction In Rape And Gonorrhea

An unintended experiment in Rhode Island found that when prostitution conducted indoors  was decriminalized due to a loophole in the law, there was a decrease in rape and cases of gonorrhea. The Wall Street Journal reports: A loophole in Rhode Island law that effectively decriminalized indoor prostitution in 2003 also led to significant decreases in rape and gonorrhea in the state, according to a new analysis published by the National...

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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...

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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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