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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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CT Gov Sides with Insurance Companies Over Bi-Partisan Action and Mental Health Advocates

CT Gov Sides with Insurance Companies Over Bi-Partisan Action and Mental Health Advocates
At the end of May, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy stunned healthcare advocates when he vetoed an important bill that would have required insurance companies to provide data about how much substance abuse coverage and related mental health care they are actually providing Connecticut residents. Considering that the cost of appropriate substance abuse treatment and mental health services is far cheaper and more effective than dealing with the resulting violence and incarceration that often results from inadequate treatment, the bill was extremely appropriate.
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Dr. Oz on Peddling Miracle Pills: 'They Don't Have the Scientific Muster to Present as Fact'

Dr. Oz on Peddling Miracle Pills: 'They Don't Have the Scientific Muster to Present as Fact'
Under pressure from Congress, celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz on Tuesday offered to help "drain the swamp" of unscrupulous marketers using his name to peddle so-called miracle pills and cure-alls to millions of Americans desperate to lose weight. Oz appeared before the Senate's consumer protection panel and was scolded by Chairman Claire McCaskill for claims he made about weight-loss aids on his TV show.
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Medicare Taken for a Ride By Ambulance Companies in New Jersey

Medicare Taken for a Ride By Ambulance Companies in New Jersey
To grasp Medicare's staggering bill for ambulance rides in New Jersey, just visit the busy parking lot of the DaVita St. Joseph's dialysis clinic in the town of Paterson. More than 20 ambulances and a handful of wheelchair vans were parked outside on a recent morning there. Emergency medical technicians wheeled patients in and out on stretchers. As soon as one ambulance departed, another took its place. For each one-way ride, Medicare pays ambulance companies nearly $200, plus $6 a mile.
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Charles Ornstein
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Right-Winger Manages To Link Isla Vista Massacre To Obamacare

 Right-Winger Manages To Link Isla Vista Massacre To Obamacare
After linking the Isla Vista shooting to gay marriage, now the Family Research Council is somehow trying to use the incident to criticize Obamacare.
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