Health Care

Study Shows 24 States Refusing to Expand Medicaid Are Rejecting $423.6B in Federal Funds Over 9 Years

 Study Shows 24 States Refusing to Expand Medicaid Are Rejecting $423.6B in Federal Funds Over 9 Years
How much of our hard-earned tax money are Republicans throwing away simply because of their Obama(care) Derangement Syndrome? According to a new study by the Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — a shit-ton. Yeah, that's a technical term.
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Doctor Who Prescribed More Clozapine Than TX, NC and FL Combined Suspended by IL Medical Board

Doctor Who Prescribed More Clozapine Than TX, NC and FL Combined Suspended by IL Medical Board
Illinois medical regulators have indefinitely suspended the medical license of psychiatrist Michael Reinstein, who prescribed more of the most powerful and riskiest antipsychotic drug clozapine than any other doctor in the country. The board determined that Reinstein received "illegal direct and indirect remuneration" from the maker of generic clozapine; did not consider alternative treatments for his patients; and disregarded patients' well-being because of potentially life-threatening side effects of the drug.
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Charles Ornstein
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Ebola, Ignorance, and the Marketing of Fear

Ebola, Ignorance, and the Marketing of Fear
It takes a special kind of jerk to market fear and exploit public ignorance in the midst of a health emergency - and, sure enough, members of this repellent American subspecies are already flapping their yaps.
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Our Health Care Dead Matter Less Than War Dead?

Our Health Care Dead Matter Less Than War Dead?
We cannot stop people from getting sick or hurt, but we can stop killing them with our lack of action to change the system that snuffs out their lives.
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Another Anti-Obamacare Ad Fail in CO: Subject Actually HELPED by ACA

Another Anti-Obamacare Ad Fail in CO: Subject Actually HELPED by ACA
Another anti-Obamacare ad posted by Americans for Prosperity has failed to pass even a modicum of scrutiny. Turns out the lady at the center of the ad wasn't hurt by the ACA at all. In fact, her husband's high blood pressure medication was covered under Obama's signature legislation.
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Thanks to Obamacare, Rate of Uninsured in CO Plummets

Thanks to Obamacare, Rate of Uninsured in CO Plummets
The numbers are in, and they unequivocally lead to one conclusion: Obamacare is working. Colorado's uninsured rate has dropped to 11% from the 17% it was before the Affordable Care Act was implemented.
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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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