Health Care

Romney Praises Israel's Government-Run, Universal, 'Socialized' Health Care System

Does Willard "Mitt" Romney have compartments in his brain that are hermetically sealed and inaccessible to the other parts?
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Study: Criminalization of HIV Nondisclosure May Discourage Testing

A team of researchers has published findings that they say indicate criminalization of HIV nondisclosure may discourage testing and hinder efforts to prevent the spread of the disease.
The study, from Canada, found that a significant minority of men who have sex with men said that a series of high-profile criminal prosecutions related to HIV nondisclosure had impacted their willingness to get tested for the virus or to discuss risk factors with medical professionals. The researchers further reported that these individuals were more likely to engage in higher-risk sexual practices.
“Our results indicate that, although it is a minority of individuals (17.0 percent and 13.8 percent respectively) who reported that nondisclosure criminal prosecutions either (a) affected their willingness to get tested for HIV, or (b) made them afraid to speak with nurses and physicians about their sexual practices, this small group reported higher rates of unprotected penetrative anal intercourse and internal ejaculation with, on average, a higher number of different sexual partners within the previous 2 months,” wrote the study’s authors.
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NJ Players in the Life and Death Game Of The Affordable Care Act

There are about 1.3 million people in NJ without health insurance - people who forgo needed doctor visits, can not afford medicines, avoid surgery, receive short term help in emergency rooms, and die earlier than those insured. One would think that such a large group would have a significant voice in NJ's approach to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Alas!... no way.
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TX State Senator Op-Ed: Fed Up with Perry's Medicaid Grandstanding

TX State Senator Op-Ed: Fed Up with Perry's Medicaid Grandstanding
It's time to move beyond grandstanding and look at the facts of the ACA and what it will cost us if we continue to have the nation's highest rate of uninsured residents.
First off, it should be emphasized that the governor's pronouncement was not the final word on this matter - any possible expansion of Medicaid must first come through the Legislature. Thankfully, the governor backtracked on his original stance and said he would work with the Legislature.
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SHUT UP: Texas Tries to Stop Doctors from Talking About Abortion

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Health and Justice: The Deep Heart of Healthcare Reform

A few months ago, I got an email from Jeremy Helton asking if I was interested helping him get the word out about a project from the Recollective, telling real stories about patients abandoned by our profit-driven insurance system. The stories are intensely moving. Each vignette shows a still picture with voice-over—Jeremy spent hours with these folks to get the stories down to their essential meaning, and I think he did a marvelous job.
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Salazar, Udall: What ObamaCare Means For Colorado

Obama Administration Regional Director in Health and Human Services, Marguerite Salazar, was in Denver Monday to discuss the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or "Obamacare") and what it means for people living in Colorado.
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Gov. Rick Perry Refuses to Establish Health Insurance Exchange, Blocks Medicaid Expansion

Governor Rick Perry, in a desperate attempt to remain relevant to the Republican party base and screw over his constituents at any cost, put out a statement today that he will a) not expand Medicaid coverage and b) refuses to establish a state-based insurance exchange. Perry joins a slew of constituent-loathing Red State governors with Presidential aspirations who are refusing to follow the state-level aspects of President Obama's health insurance reform that would actually insure people.
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B: Poll: Americans Want GOP to Stop Trying to End 'Obamacare'

A new Kaiser Health Tracking Poll has findings that completely refute the claims of Eric Cantor, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and Mitt Romney that "the American people" want them to spend their time and energy fighting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare."
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B: Health Insurance Industry Moves to Block Information to Consumers

Just when consumers are finally getting a look at how health insurance companies conduct their business, the industry is racing to shut and lock the door.
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