Health Care

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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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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