Health Care

President Bill Clinton Is Right: Medicaid Matters

The Democrats threw down the gauntlet at their convention in Charlotte this week, putting health care front and center and warning the Republicans that they won’t get away with more of the health care fear-mongering they’ve been stirring up for years. This strategy was solidified on the second night of the convention when President Bill Clinton, in the words of former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum, “detonated the H-bomb of the 2012 campaign: the Medicaid issue.”
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The Koch Brothers Lie About Canadian Healthcare

The Koch brothers are spending $6million on a new anti-Obama ad; an ad featuring a Canadian woman from Ontario.
Shona Holmes claims our medicare system blocked her from getting the immediate treatment she needed to prevent her from dying from a brain tumour. She mortgaged her home to buy life saving treatment at a Mayo Clinic in the US.
Except she never had a brain tumour. She had a benign cyst on her pituitary gland. Very serious, but not life threatening and treatable in the time period planned in Ontario.
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Nursing Home Inspect Update: More Homes, More Violations

Today, we are refreshing our Nursing Home Inspect app to include thousands more deficiencies found by government inspectors in nursing homes around the country.
Our tool, based on data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), has already led to an impressive array of news stories.
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23 Texas Republicans Co-Sponsored Todd Akin's 'Forcible Rape' Bill

23 Texas Republicans co-sponsored the "Forcible Rape" bill that has gotten Missouri Congressman and Senate Candidate Todd Akin -- and his BFF in lady-shaming, Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan -- in so much hot water this week.
The bill seeks to prevent any taxpayer funding from being used to pay for abortions. Currently, the Hyde Amendment allows public funds to be used for women to access abortion if they are a victim of rape or incest.
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Little Difference Between Akin Comments and Oklahoma Personhood Legislation

Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senator in Missouri, is under fire for using the term "legitimate rape" and relying on bogus science in his anti-abortion crusade, but we're used to this type of right-wing lunacy here.
It was only last legislative session for example that the so-called "personhood" bill granting civil rights to a fertilized egg was passed by the Oklahoma Senate before it died its appropriate death in the House. Again, progressive Oklahomans are no strangers to crazy, reprehensible movements that attack women's basic human rights, and we're going to see even more attacks next legislative session.
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Rep. Todd Akin: Pregnancies from 'Legitimate Rape' Rarely Happen

This weekend, an interviewer asked Rep. Akin why he would not support a woman's right to choose abortion in cases of rape. Akin's shocking response?
"From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist."
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Birth Control Ban Critical Part of CO Personhood Amendment

Birth Control Ban Critical Part of CO Personhood Amendment
In this week's coverage of personhood, only The Denver Post and the Durango Herald reported the critical fact that the personhood measure would ban common forms of birth control. That's a big omission, because, among personhood's many and varied impacts, outlawing some common forms of birth control could be its most significant.
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Did You Receive Your Obamacare Insurance Rebate Yet?

As part of the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies must put a certain amount of what they receive in premiums to actual medical care. If they have not met that threshold, they must provide rebates and the first one's are going out...
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Medicaid Expansion Would Save Lives in Missouri

Until now, the Medicaid debate has been about budgets and states' rights. But a statistical study by Harvard researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine found a 6 percent drop in the adult death rate in Arizona, Maine and New York, three states that have recently expanded coverage for low-income residents along the general lines of the federal health care law.
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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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