Health Care

The Right’s Plan to Kill the Birth Control Benefit

The Right’s Plan to Kill the Birth Control Benefit
Why is the Becket Fund expending so much time and money fighting against filling out a form—a requirement that, at first blush, seems like no big deal? As you’ll see, the implications of this brilliant legal strategy are anything but boring.
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Less Government Oversight Means Safer Chicken, Thinks No One

Less Government Oversight Means Safer Chicken, Thinks No One
On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the final rule on a new inspection system for poultry products. The system will transfer a majority of poultry inspections from government inspectors to self-policing by the companies themselves.
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Like Kryptonite to Conservatives: Medicare Doing Better Than We Thought!

Like Kryptonite to Conservatives: Medicare Doing Better Than We Thought!
Medicare and Social Security are in even better fiscal shape than we previously realized. Let's take a look at this Conservative kyrptonite: the massive success of Social Security and Medicare. (Added bonus: Affordable Care Act seems to be helping stabilize both!)
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Big Pharma Battles Doctors Over Costly Drug for Infants

Big Pharma Battles Doctors Over Costly Drug for Infants
A costly drug given mostly to premature babies is at the center of a clash between the manufacturer and the nation's leading pediatrician's group, which recommends scaling back use of the medicine. The dispute involves new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which say medical evidence shows the drug benefits few children other than very young preemies.
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Lindsey Tanner
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Who Could Possibly Oppose a Pact Aiding the Disabled? Take a Guess.

Who Could Possibly Oppose a Pact Aiding the Disabled? Take a Guess.
Conservative Republicans continue to embarrass America by blocking Senate ratification of a U.N. treaty that’s designed to help disabled people, which they hate because they believe (without any factual evidence) that it threatens American sovereignty.
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How the Recent Obamacare Ruling Could Play Out in Pennsylvania’s Gubernatorial Race

How the Recent Obamacare Ruling Could Play Out in Pennsylvania’s Gubernatorial Race
In case you missed the troubling news about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) earlier this week, two federal appeals courts delivered conflicting rulings on, as RH Reality Check‘s Jessica Mason Pieklo described it, “whether or not the text of the [ACA] allows the federal government to subsidize insurance premiums in its federally run exchanges.”
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Scandal! Obamacare Forces Insurers to Refund Nearly $3M to Coloradans

Scandal! Obamacare Forces Insurers to Refund Nearly $3M to Coloradans
For all the trolling inspired by the boogeyman that is Obamacare, the actual laws and benefits reaped by consumers under the Affordable Care Act are wildly popular. Who would've thought that $2.7 million in rebate checks — just in the state of Colorado — might be something that people want?
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Republicans OK With Raising Taxes, but Only When It Hurts Obamacare

Republicans OK With Raising Taxes, but Only When It Hurts Obamacare
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange took to Facebook yesterday and bragged about his role in a federal appeals' court decision in Halbig vs Burwell. This is the case that attempts to end ACA tax credits for families in states that participate in the federal marketplace — a group that includes Alabama. When families lose those credits, their federal tax bills will rise. Mark your calendar, because this is surely an enormous reversal of the long-time GOP mantra of "no taxes, no where, no how."
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Judgment Spray: Dueling Obamacare Rulings Likely Headed to Supreme Court

Judgment Spray: Dueling Obamacare Rulings Likely Headed to Supreme Court
Within hours yesterday, two different courts reached opposing decisions on a key portion of the president's health care plan — meaning a showdown in the nation's highest court is probably inevitable. As more Americans understand and, seemingly in turn, approve of the law however, an interesting political dilemma is beginning to rise for ardent opponents of Obamacare.
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Doctor Who? Physicians Who Refuse Big Pharma Money Get Error Message.

Doctor Who? Physicians Who Refuse Big Pharma Money Get Error Message.
The federal government has a word for physicians who don’t have financial relationships with pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers: “Error.” This week, the government began allowing doctors to log into a secure website to check the payments attributed to them by drug and device makers. This information will be made public later this year under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. In advance, if doctors believe the material about them is wrong, they can contest it. But early reports suggest the new site has some glitches.
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Charles Ornstein
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