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Nowhere Safe: Medical Experts Demand Senate Fix Disturbing Conditions in Hospitals

Nowhere Safe: Medical Experts Demand Senate Fix Disturbing Conditions in Hospitals
Medical experts testifying before Congress this week said patients are no better protected from patient harm, preventable deaths and injuries in hospitals now than they were 15 years ago, when a landmark Institute of Medicine report set off alarms about deaths due to medical errors and prompted calls for reform. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the panel's chairman, said afterward that most patients probably don't know that preventable patient harm is the third-leading cause of death in America.
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Marshall Allen
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Don't Worry, That Rash Just Came From Your IPad

Don't Worry, That Rash Just Came From Your IPad
Nickel, one of the most common reaction-inducing metals, is giving iPad users a rash. Those already sensitive have been breaking out after surfing for extended periods of time.
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Republicans Prepare to Sue Obama Over Delay of Obamacare Law They Voted to Kill 54 Times

Republicans Prepare to Sue Obama Over Delay of Obamacare Law They Voted to Kill 54 Times
Late last week, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced plans to sue President Obama over delays in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
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Republicans Caught Plagiarizing ALEC Bill, Drafting Error and All

Republicans Caught Plagiarizing ALEC Bill, Drafting Error and All
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that included a drafting error copied-and-pasted from American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) model legislation, and criticized ALEC members for having "simply parroted ... the ALEC model act without alteration."
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Despite SCOTUS, More Employers Covering Birth Control Under Obamacare

Despite SCOTUS, More Employers Covering Birth Control Under Obamacare
More than half of privately insured women are getting free birth control under President Barack Obama's health law, a major coverage shift that's likely to advance. This week the Supreme Court allowed some employers with religious scruples to opt out, but most companies appear to be going in the opposite direction.
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Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
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Failure to Expand Medicaid Is a Missed Opportunity

Failure to Expand Medicaid Is a Missed Opportunity
The White House Council of Economic Advisers has released a new report finding that the failure of 24 states to expand Medicaid has serious consequences for their uninsured residents.
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Iowa State Univ. Scientist Touted False AIDS Vaccine for Gov't Cash, Feds Say

Iowa State Univ. Scientist Touted False AIDS Vaccine for Gov't Cash, Feds Say
Dong-Pyou Han, an Iowa State University scientist, pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he falsified research for an AIDS vaccine just to secure millions of dollars in federal funding.
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Big Soda Wins Lawsuit, NY Can't Ban Large Servings of Sugary Beverages

Big Soda Wins Lawsuit, NY Can't Ban Large Servings of Sugary Beverages
New York's highest court refused to reinstate the ban on big sodas, saying the city's health department overstepped when they capped soda servings at 16 ounces.
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Called Out: CO Rep Cory Gardner Flip-Flops on Personhood Amendment

Called Out: CO Rep Cory Gardner Flip-Flops on Personhood Amendment
Cory Gardner, the Colorado Rep who has a history of promoting bad women's health policy, is trying to hide his position on a personhood bill basically banning abortion. Planned Parenthood, in a new ad, isn't having any of it.
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Red Herring Alert: Subsidies in Place Before Obamacare, But Now Poor People Get 'Em, Too

Red Herring Alert: Subsidies in Place Before Obamacare, But Now Poor People Get 'Em, Too
People love to complain that Obamacare is a free handout. But subsidies (i.e. "free stuff") were in place for health care before we ever had the law. Only difference? Now poorer people get the discounts, too. Apparently that makes certain people very angry.
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