Pew Poll: Only 40% Approve of Obamacare
Mar21

Pew Poll: Only 40% Approve of Obamacare

To show you the heavy lifting the Democrats and White House will have running up to the 20-14 elections, a new Pew Research survey finds only 40% approve of Obamacare. The good news for the Democrats and the White House: Americans don’t want to totally scuttle it. But it’s hardly the scenario many predicted would be in play years ago when it was argued that once the law went into effect it would get widespread support. (On...

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Three Types Of Obamacare Winners You Might Not Have Thought Of
Mar21

Three Types Of Obamacare Winners You Might Not Have Thought Of

Despite all the fake horror stories being spread by conservatives, the vast majority of people in this country are benefiting significantly under the Affordable Care Act. Some benefit due to being able to obtain health insurance when they were not able to in the past due to pre-existing medical conditions and/or cost. Many also benefit due to receiving heath care coverage which cannot be cancelled, cannot have rates increased due to...

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An Experience With Obamacare
Mar21

An Experience With Obamacare

Maybe this should be filmed as an ad to counter all those dishonest ads with fake horror stories being put out by the right wing. Kaiser Health News has a comic from a freelancer on her experiences in buying health insurance under the Affordable Care Act following her experiences in buying health insurance on the individual market in the past. The above portion gives an example of past problems, such as recission when insurance...

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‘Screams’ of Fukushima Must Not Be Ignored Like Those of Okinawa (Chunichi Shimbun, Japan)
Mar20

‘Screams’ of Fukushima Must Not Be Ignored Like Those of Okinawa (Chunichi Shimbun, Japan)

Three years after the Fukushima earthquake and nuclear catastrophe, it appears that people who lived near the disaster zone are being ignored by Japan’s government, as it rushes to declare the region safe again. This editorial from Japan’s Chunichi Shimbun compares the victims of Fukushima to the survivors of the Battle of Okinawa in terms of the damage done and the way they have been treated, and castigates Tokyo for...

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Are Obamacare premiums about to skyrocket? (Most likely NOT) REVISED
Mar19

Are Obamacare premiums about to skyrocket? (Most likely NOT) REVISED

Are Obamcare premiums about to skyrocket? And, if so, will overall healthcare costs go up due to treating Democrats who have heart attacks or strokes if they see the premiums skyrocket during an election year in which it now appears the Demo could suffer huge losses and maybe lose the Senate? According to The Hill, rates may soon go up bigtime. But wait! The original article we linked to has now been revised. But the headline —...

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Lying About Obamacare Not Working Out That Well For Republicans
Mar18

Lying About Obamacare Not Working Out That Well For Republicans

Republicans, lacking any real policies they can campaign on,  have been relying on ads based upon lies about the Affordable Care Act. One ad which has received a lot of attention in the Michigan Senate race centered around a cancer patient who claimed her health insurance was unaffordable under Obamacare.  Several fact-checkers found that her new policy through the Affordable Care Act was actually saving her at least $1200 per year....

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Democrats Need To Go On The Offensive On Health Care
Mar15

Democrats Need To Go On The Offensive On Health Care

Yesterday I posted in frustration as to how the Democrats managed to allow the Republicans to both sabotage an effort to repeal the Sustainable Growth Formula and use the Affordable Care Act once again as a political pawn. I found that Greg Sargent had interviewed Paul Begala, who had said something similar to my conclusion about Democrats fighting for the Affordable Care Act and added that to the post. In retrospect this message is...

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Republican House Plays Politics, Screwing Both Doctors And Medicare Patients
Mar15

Republican House Plays Politics, Screwing Both Doctors And Medicare Patients

After several years a deal had been reached to permanently repeal the flawed Sustainable Growth Formula but the House Republicans chose to play politics with it. The House Republicans showed a disregard for both physicians and  Medicare beneficiaries. They attached the fix to a five year delay on the individual mandate, knowing that this would be dead in the Senate. The Sustainable Growth Formula was initially devised to give doctors...

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French animal lobby uncovers ‘unhealthy’ horsemeat from Americas
Mar14

French animal lobby uncovers ‘unhealthy’ horsemeat from Americas

French animal lobby uncovers ‘unhealthy’ horsemeat from Americas (via AFP) Horses from the United States, Canada and other countries in the region whose meat is sold in France for human consumption pose a health risk and are often cruelly treated, a leading animal rights group said Thursday. L214, which derives its name from…...

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More Information Comes Out On Republican Misinformation As Democrats Stand Up To Koch Brothers
Mar12

More Information Comes Out On Republican Misinformation As Democrats Stand Up To Koch Brothers

The Affordable Care Act is bringing about considerable reductions in health care expenses for millions of Americans. Republicans opposing health care reform have tried to undermine support for the law with a series of false ads in which they falsely claim people such as cancer patients have to pay more than in the past for health care coverage. Whenever these claims are actually examined, it has turned out that the claims are false....

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Number Of Uninsured Continues To Decrease
Mar11

Number Of Uninsured Continues To Decrease

Gallup reports a continued decrease in the percentage of Americans without health insurance, including a drop in uninsured young people: The percentage of Americans without health insurance continues to fall, measuring 15.9% so far in 2014 compared with 17.1% in the fourth quarter of 2013. These data are based on more than 28,000 interviews with Americans from Jan. 2-Feb. 28, 2014, as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index....

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Predictions As To The Demise Of The Health Insurance Industry
Mar05

Predictions As To The Demise Of The Health Insurance Industry

I’ve been seeing a prediction from Ezekiel Emanual recently that insurance companies will be replaced by Accountable Care Organizations and hospital systems in various medical publications recently and now that The New Republic has picked up on this it is starting to be discussed in the blogosphere. Accountable Care Organizations are basically organizations of hospitals and physicians which form a network to provide care to...

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Los Angeles bans e-cigarettes in public places
Mar05

Los Angeles bans e-cigarettes in public places

Los Angeles bans e-cigarettes in public places (via AFP) Los Angeles lawmakers voted Tuesday to ban e-cigarette use in public places where tobacco smoking is prohibited, including work places, restaurants and bars. The LA City Council agreed by 14-0 to outlaw their use in indoor workplaces, outdoor dining…...

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Passing of a Man with a Big Heart
Mar03

Passing of a Man with a Big Heart

He lived for almost 59 years with his first heart, for nine years with the second one and for a full 15 years with his third heart. But with each heart, Richard (“Dick”) A. Harbourt lived life to the fullest and, through his personal and public charitable and community work, he made sure that many others were able to do the same. You see, Dick Harbourt suffered a heart attack “out of the blue” in April 1989, at age 57. Afterwards,...

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Closing the D.C. Reality Gap
Mar03

Closing the D.C. Reality Gap

WASHINGTON — To understand the country’s frustration with politics, we shouldn’t focus primarily on “gridlock” and “polarization.” The larger problem is a disconnect between what the nation’s capital is talking about and what most citizens are worried about. The issues discussed at kitchen tables and over back fences relate to getting and keeping good jobs, better educating our children,...

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Rand Paul Blocks Surgeon General Nomination For Calling Guns A Health Threat
Feb27

Rand Paul Blocks Surgeon General Nomination For Calling Guns A Health Threat

Rand Paul has placed a hold on Dr. Vivek Murthy, Obama’s nominee for Surgeon General, because of calling guns a significant public health threat. Paul stated, “As a physician, I am deeply concerned that he has advocated that doctors use their position of trust to ask patients, including minors, details about gun ownership in the home.” As I have discussed before, this position is based upon recommendations of medical...

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Republican Health Care Proposal Would Remove Employer Coverage From One Million And Increase Deficit
Feb26

Republican Health Care Proposal Would Remove Employer Coverage From One Million And Increase Deficit

The Affordable Care Act is a great idea in principal, increasing the number of people with coverage and eliminating the abuses from insurance companies which had destroyed the individual market. So far it has been working out well as policy beyond the initial IT glitches. Republicans have repeatedly brought up horror stories, but each time they have turned out to be false when the details were examined (see here and here). Considering...

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Rankism Can Be Harmful to Your Health
Feb25

Rankism Can Be Harmful to Your Health

This is the eleventh part of the serialization of All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity (Berrett-Koehler, 2006). The ideas in this book are further developed in my recent novel The Rowan Tree. CHAPTER 6: RANKISM CAN BE HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH Doctors are seen as somebodies. What separates them from healers is that healers bridge the gap between somebody and nobody by forming a partnership with patients based on...

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Fake Right Wing Claims Of Losers Under The Affordable Care Act, Revisited
Feb25

Fake Right Wing Claims Of Losers Under The Affordable Care Act, Revisited

Last week I looked at the right wing’s inability to present losers under Obamacare. There certainly are some losers in a major overhaul of the healthcare system, however they just don’t help the Republicans with their line of attack. The losers, i.e. people paying more in premiums, are affluent Americans who don’t qualify for subsidies but, as I pointed out in the previous post, we still receive significant...

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UN denounces Uganda anti-homosexuality law
Feb24

UN denounces Uganda anti-homosexuality law

The United Nations has denounced the draconian anti-homosexuality law signed into force in Uganda today because it will encourage violence against lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people by formalizing discrimination against them. Navi Pillay, the UN Human Rights chief said the law “will institutionalize discrimination and is likely to encourage harassment and violence against individuals on the basis of their sexual...

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